Yesterday afternoon, we voted on the Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8). Right now, ten percent of federal highway funds are set aside for small businesses owned by women and members of racial or ethnic minorities. This bill would add small businesses owned by veterans to that list.
Yesterday, I wrote on the Syrian refugee issue, and mentioned that I had signed onto the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 3314) offered by Rep. Brian Babin.
Last night, I voted on three suspension bills – which, as you may remember, are bills viewed as non-controversial and are accordingly considered under special procedure. Instead of a majority vote in the House, a suspension bill has to pass by a two-thirds supermajority.
On Friday, the President noted that “We have contained ISIS”...he made this proclamation just hours before the terrorist attacks took place in Paris.
Last year, he likened ISIS to a JV team….
Yesterday morning, we voted again on the National Defense Authorization Act. It came back based on the President’s veto threat on the first bill’s use of contingency funds as a way of getting around the budget caps.
For too long, Congress has relied on temporary measures to maintain federal highway funding, and given the look of the bill and where the Senate stands, it looks like this is what will stay with us going forward for now. This week we are voting on a six-year Highway Bill that will have funding for the next three years.
Late last night, I voted on nine different amendments to the Highway Bill.
There are not that many times you see the gavel passed in the House Chamber, but today was one of those days. In that regard, I wish Speaker Ryan well and offer the very best of farewells to outgoing Speaker John Boehner.
For all of us as taxpayers, unfortunately today was a 1.5 trillion dollar day. I can’t say that I have had a lot of those days, but where we ended today was not only bad for the taxpayer – it was worse for the way we got there.
This administration continues to over-reach. It also continues to propose government as the answer. Pushing back against this bias is important, and, accordingly, the vote tonight on H.R. 1090, the Retail Investor Protection Act, is important.