Bad policy makes things worse. Once vibrant economies - like Venezuela’s - have been crushed under the weight of bad policy choices, and it’s a reminder to everyone of us how much government really does matter.
It’s kind of like oxygen. When you don’t need it, you don’t think about it...but try a few moments without it, and you’re gasping fast.
If I may return to a vote from last week...and a vote I took to reauthorize programs of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that help federal, state, and local law enforcement better coordinate and enhance their efforts to combat the online exploitation of children. Exploitation includes crimes like sex trafficking and child pornography.
To say that it is an usual year in Washington would indeed be an understatement. In that vein, yesterday, the House passed its budget resolution for 2018.
Today, the House voted on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill which would prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill passed by a vote of 237 to 189, and I’d like to offer a few thoughts on why I voted as I did in supporting the measure.
Allow me to circle back again to a vote that occurred last week. Before I do though, let me state the obvious, which is that my thoughts and prayers go to the individuals and families who were affected in the tragedy of Las Vegas.
Can I go back to another vote of this week?
Sometimes, an occasional “I told you so” makes sense….
Such is the case with the Federal Aviation Administration/disaster tax relief bill that came up on Monday….
I voted against it and, at that time, said it was sure to come back up. Indeed, it did here just two days later, as we voted on it yesterday.
Last night, I voted against H.R. 3823, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017. I was one of seven Republicans who voted no, and given it was brought up under what’s called “suspension” - which requires a two-thirds majority for passage, the bill failed.
Hope your day has been good. Mine has entailed visits up toward the Summerville area today, and I’ll be down in Beaufort County tomorrow.
At office hours today up in Summerville, we got into a robust debate on health care, civil liberty, and more….and under the category of debate, I wanted to include an explanation for a few more of last week’s amendments to the omnibus bill.