While today’s vote on the Financial CHOICE Act probably represented the most significant legislative action over the last year by the House, all eyes were instead glued to television screens across the Capitol. The Comey hearing was certainly the center of the political universe today.
I would just make three observations.
On the back of President Trump’s Executive Order opening millions of acres of federal waters in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to new oil and gas leasing, Congressman Sanford co-led a bipartisan letter with over 100 Members of Congress urging Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep these areas off-limits.
As the saying goes, time is money. With that in mind, I’ll keep this post short….
I voted yesterday for the American Health Care Act, and given the intensity of feelings and thoughts surrounding this bill, I wanted to write to explain my reasoning.
Despite all the hyperbole, ultimately the vote this week came down to one simple question: do we kill the bill and not let the debate advance to the Senate - or not?
I just sent out a statement on my vote for the American Health Care Act and wanted to share it with you:
Congress voted last week to extend government funding for seven days, and it looks like tomorrow there will be another vote on a funding bill. This one will take us through the end of the federal government’s financial year, which is September 30. With this dealt with, it seems that there has been a refocusing on the healthcare debate, and that vote may well come up on Thursday.
The vote we just took was remarkable. In this vein, take a look at this screenshot. It says everything. In a House, Senate, and White House controlled by Republicans, there were only fifteen Democratic “no” votes for the omnibus bill.
Congress voted last week to extend government funding for seven days, and it looks like tomorrow there will be another vote on a funding bill. This one will take us through the end of the federal government’s financial year, which is September 30.