Over the past couple of weeks, the House has held votes on a host of amendments to the omnibus bill that will fund the federal government in 2018. May I highlight a handful of them?
I continue to believe that unsustainable spending represents our greatest threat. This is true for its potential to undermine our republic - just as it is in its ability to take from each of us much of what we have worked for over the courses of our lives.
Today, I voted against the consortium vote that included the debt ceiling, federal flood insurance extension for 3 months, Harvey aid, and a few other extraneous items. I believe it was a real mistake and a loss for the taxpayer and even those of us who live along the coast who might one day be in need of further federal assistance. The measure however passed by a vote of 316 to 90.
It’s uncertain the degree to which Hurricane Irma will affect South Carolina, but it’s a reminder to go down the Scout's checklist and “Be Prepared” for all types of emergencies associated with peak hurricane season.
Last month, the House voted on H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility Over Water Act. I was one of seven Republicans to vote no, but the bill passed 230 to 190. On its face, this bill seemed like a straightforward attempt to solve years of drought and groundwater depletion in the western United States.
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…