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.
While we wait on the next set of crazy pronouncements from Trump or Clinton in the presidential race, may I send you something even more outrageous than what they might say?
It’s on another OSHA directive that defies common sense….
I hope your weekend was good and that if you are still trying to get the house and yard back in order, it went well. Mine still had too much chainsaw time down at the farm….
Shifting gears for a minute...last month, the House successfully voted to override the administration’s veto of a bill - the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act - that would, in essence, allow family members of those killed on 9/11 to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. This was the first successful House override vote of the Obama presidency with a final count of 348 to 77.
With Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath, I haven’t had the opportunity to catch up on a couple of smaller bills we voted on before Congress adjourned and wanted to do so today. Unfortunately, each bill highlights the slow but constant growth of government….
Last week, the House voted on H.R. 3537, a bill that would add 22 different drugs to the highest legal level of drug enforcement, called Schedule I. The bill passed 258 to 101, and I was among those who voted no. Let me explain a few reasons why.
On Wednesday night, we voted on a short-term spending bill, called a Continuing Resolution (CR), that will fund government through December 8th. In essence, a CR takes what we spent last year and authorizes spending at the same monthly rate for as long as the resolution lasts - in this case, just over 2 months. The bill passed 342 to 85, and I voted no.
Last night, the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 by a vote of 399 to 25, and I voted in favor of it. After the vote, I posted on an amendment to the bill that I didn’t like that ultimately will provide $170 million in funding to Flint, Michigan, but I said I get back on the full bill...so here I am.
The House just finished voting on the Water Resources Development Act. I voted for it, and it passed by a vote of 399 to 25.
There’s a larger conversation about the full bill that I’ll get to a tomorrow, but one of the amendments offered was of particular note, and I wanted to touch on it.
In the category of catch-up…last week, the House voted on H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, a bill that would stop the administration from paying ransoms to Iran. The bill passed 254 to 163 with bipartisan support, and I voted yes.