Last week, I voted against the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, better known as the Farm Bill. I suspect this bill will come back, and I hope that we’re able to make it a better bill in the process. Part of what was occurring here was also about leverage with regard to a vote on immigration...and that debate is still up in the air as well.
Yesterday, the House voted on a bill H.R. 5698, which would expand federal criminal laws against harming or attempting to harm police officers. The bill passed 382 to 35, I along with 10 of my Republican colleagues voted against the bill.
Today, the House passed H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, which will work to finalize the Yucca Mountain site for nuclear waste storage and also authorize interim storage until the Yucca site is fully licensed and prepared to receive shipments.
Today, the House voted on a bill that would require states and localities that receive federal grant funding for pretrial service programs to report specific information on defendants to the Justice Department.
Earlier today, the House passed H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which will make substantive reforms to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and authorize it through 2023.
Too often, well-intended bills in the House or Senate wind up giving advantage to those connected to government...which in the end from my perspective erases any good intentions that may have existed in the bill.
During my entire time in politics, I’ve consistently fought against and voted against special use legislation. In many cases, the intent of this type of legislation is well meaning and may even deliver in measurable good - but if one believes in the themes of equality under the law, this type of legislation is harmful.
Unlike the vote I described in yesterday’s post which was about a bill that had been relatively rushed through the process, H.R. 5444 comes on the heels of a series of 13 hearings and roundtable discussions held by the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee over the past three years.