Last month, the House passed H.J. Res 76 by a vote of 399 to 5. This resolution would allow Virginia, Maryland, and DC to establish a tri-state Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. Under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress has the authority to permit states and the District of Columbia to enter into interstate compacts.
The air we breathe. The water we drink. Our surroundings. Each of these things are part and parcel to not only life itself but the quality of our lives.
I say this because if one reads about smog days in Los Angeles or Beijing and the ways in which people are encouraged to stay inside and not go out, it makes you think about how important things are that we take for granted.
A little more catch-up…in this case on some of the amendments the House voted on last week to the Make America Secure Act. This Act was a package of four smaller spending bills to fund the Defense Department, Energy Department, Veterans Affairs Department, military construction projects, and the Legislative Branch.
Who knows which movie goes with the lines below?
“Yeah. The world ain't what it seems, is it, Gunnie?”
“You keep that in mind. The moment you think you got it figured, you’re wrong.”
On Monday, I was one of but 10 Republicans to vote against H.R. 3180, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. As a result of our votes, the bill failed...but it is being brought back up again today. A little discussion…
The countries of North Korea, Iran, and Russia have become a greater threat to the security of our country of late, and consequently, Congress has reacted. Today, we passed H.R.
As promised on Wednesday, let me highlight a few amendments in the annual defense authorization bill that I thought significant. Again, I missed them because I was in Beaufort for my mom’s funeral, but I thought I owed you an explanation on these amendments that I found more controversial or more difficult to understand.
Under the category of catching up, last week the House voted on H.R. 2810, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I voted for the bill, and it passed 344 to 81. More than anything, it represents a vision statement on the configuration of our military, and given its importance, my bias is to support these bills when I can.
This past Saturday marked two years since the murder of Kathryn Steinle. Kate, as her friends and family called her, was killed in San Francisco by an illegal alien who had been deported five times. He was released by San Francisco police after they refused to honor a request from federal authorities that he be held for an outstanding drug warrant.
Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act, by a vote of 218 to 210. This bill provided legal reforms that were scored by the Congressional Budget Office to save $50 billion in federal healthcare cost over the next ten years.