There is a saying that what goes around comes around. There is also the law of unintended consequences...what we hoped for in a plus b equals c, sometimes doesn’t work out that way.
He has so consistently pushed the envelope on unilateral actions that this morning, the House voted on the Guantanamo Bay Transfer Prevention Act. It would stop the president from transferring detainees at the prison to the United States and foreign countries until January 21, 2017. I voted yes, and the bill passed 244 to 174.
Earlier today, the House voted on a couple of different bills, and accordingly, I wanted to highlight one that I thought had a little more significance than the others: the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act, which would repeal a $33 billion tax increase put into place by Obamacare. I voted yes, and the bill passed 261 to 147.
Earlier today, I voted in favor of H.R. 2357, the Accelerating Access to Capital Act, and the bill passed 236 to 178.
In essence, the bill would do two things:
This afternoon, I voted in favor of H.R. 5063, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016, and it passed 241 to 174.
With Tropical Storm Hermine likely headed our way, I thought that it might be an appropriate time to pass along some information. We’ve been incredibly lucky and blessed these past few seasons, but once again, this is a reminder to go down the Scout's checklist and “be prepared” for all types of emergencies.
In continuing to catch up with all the activity of the House over the last few weeks, I wanted to write on S. 764. This bill would knock out state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling standards and replace them with a federally mandated barcode-style label. I voted no along with 36 other Republicans as well as 81 Democrats, but the bill passed 306 to 117.
Last week, the House voted on S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act, a bill that would prevent medical professionals from being forced to provide abortions, if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. The bill passed 245 to 182, and I voted yes.
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.