Last night, the House voted on H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny or the REINS Act. I am a cosponsor of this bill, and it passed 237 to 187 with my vote.
Quick update from earlier today....
The changes weakening the Office of Congressional Ethics were removed from the congressional rules package.
Today was one of the few times I was glad President Obama picked up his pen….
Once again, not all things are to be decided in Washington. It’s a concept too often forgotten in this town.
Today, the House voted on the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act of 2017...the so-called continuing resolution. This bill would keep the federal government running through April, and it passed by a vote of 326 to 96 and I voted yes.
It represented but what one thing, a bridge that funded government until the new Trump administration is in town and settled.
On Friday, the House voted on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017, which authorizes defense spending for next year, and it passed by a vote of 375 to 34. I voted for it because I think funding our national defense is one of the most important roles of government...and in this case, that outweighed the flaws I found in this particular bill.
Last night, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a biomedical bill that could help many people, while at the same time it would negatively, and critically, impact our country’s bias toward spending. The bill passed 392 to 26, and I was among the 21 Republicans who voted no.
Earlier today, the House voted on the Midnight Rule Relief Act, a bill that would let Congress void regulations this administration finalizes at the end of its term all at once...instead of one at a time. The bill passed 240 to 179 and I voted yes. Let me give you three points on why I voted as I did.
Today, we found ourselves back in the Ways and Means Committee Room for a day’s worth of rule setting within the Republican Conference. While there were a host of different amendments that would go with the Rules package that will be voted on in final form in the New Year, there were three that I think really stood out.
Washington is aflutter with talk of what comes next, and as a consequence, it’s a most interesting time to be back up this way.
The heavy lifting on policy change and proposals won’t come until the next Congress and administration in the new year, and accordingly, the votes tonight were mundane…but - for each of us as taxpayers - still meaningful.