I voted against the bill, though doing so was not my preference given the ways in which I believe national defense is one of the few core constitutional responsibilities of the federal government.
Today, I voted for Trade Promotion Authority, so-called TPA, and given the number of conversations I have had with people at home who felt strongly on the subject, I believe I had to answer several questions. Does my belief in the concept of free trade outweigh my disdain for this President? Is TPA something out of the ordinary? What is at stake here beyond trade itself?
The bill would spend $55.2 billion on infrastructure and housing programs and authorize an additional $53.5 billion in spending out of a variety of trust funds, including the Highway Trust Fund. The bill narrowly passed by a vote of 216 to 210.
Thomas Jefferson once observed that eternal vigilance was the price of liberty. I have always believed that he was right and accordingly think one of the many roles that fall to members of Congress is to push back against encroachment on American liberty. This past week, we had another chance to do this in an amendment that I co-sponsored with Rep.
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to celebrate the grand opening of
It’s been a busy week in the House! On Wednesday, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 passed by a vote of 242 to 183. This bill would spend $51.4 billion, a $1.3 billion increase from last year, on programs ranging from NASA, to the FBI, to the Attorney General’s Office.
Happy lunch time.
I will have additional thoughts later this afternoon on an amendment I have with the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill, but in the meantime, I wanted to download just a touch from the budget hearing I just stepped out of with the new head of the Congressional Budget Office, Director Keith Hall.
For those of you who watch C-SPAN, you may have noticed Senator Rand Paul speaking on the Senate floor for over ten hours yesterday about the USA FREEDOM ACT and how it violates our 4th Amen
Today the House passed H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 by a vote of 387 to 35, which authorizes a short-term extension of federal highway funding through July 31st of this year. There is no new spending associated with this legislation since the Highway Trust Fund that pays for these spending projects will not run dry until the end of July.