A week ago, the House voted on H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act. If this bill becomes law, the courts would be able to stop deferring to federal agencies during lawsuits on government regulations. The effect of the bill would be to make it much more difficult for this administration and future ones to enforce far-reaching regulations from agencies like the EPA.
Privacy and the Fourth Amendment still matter. Big time. Accordingly, I write on three votes that occurred in the House on Monday night: the Anti-Terrorism Information Sharing is Strength Act (H.R. 5606), the Enhancing Treasury’s Anti-Terror Tools Act (H.R. 5607) and finally H.R. 5602, which would expand the Treasury Department’s ability to closely examine private financial records.
Last week, the House voted on S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. This bill would spend $324 million over 10 years to provide grants to combat drug addiction at the state and local level. While very well intended in its purpose, it was simply the conference report of a bill the House had already voted on.
In the category of catching up, just after midnight on Thursday morning, I spoke on the House floor in support of an amendment that Congressman Ken Buck and I offered to a spending bill for various financial services agencies. One of the agencies that receives its annual budget through this bill is the IRS, and our amendment would reduce the salary of the IRS Commissioner to zero.
Yesterday, the House voted on a bill to fund the agencies that enforce regulations of financial companies and the telecommunications industry as well as the IRS, the federal courts, the postal service, and the Small Business Administration. The bill passed 239 to 185, and I voted yes.
Late last night - very early this morning, the House voted on a bill that combined $1.1 billion in emergency funding to help combat the Zika virus as well as funding for military construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) budget. The bill passed 239 to 171, and I voted yes.
Just wanted to share a press release that the House Freedom Caucus sent out a few minutes ago.
Today, the House voted on H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act. The bill would limit the information that tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations have to provide to the IRS about their donors. I voted for the bill, and it passed 240 to 182.
Yesterday, the House voted on and passed H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act by a vote of 297 to 127. I voted no on this bill along with 102 of my Republican colleagues.