On Friday, the House voted on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017, which authorizes defense spending for next year, and it passed by a vote of 375 to 34. I voted for it because I think funding our national defense is one of the most important roles of government...and in this case, that outweighed the flaws I found in this particular bill.
Last night, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a biomedical bill that could help many people, while at the same time it would negatively, and critically, impact our country’s bias toward spending. The bill passed 392 to 26, and I was among the 21 Republicans who voted no.
Earlier today, the House voted on the Midnight Rule Relief Act, a bill that would let Congress void regulations this administration finalizes at the end of its term all at once...instead of one at a time. The bill passed 240 to 179 and I voted yes. Let me give you three points on why I voted as I did.
Today, we found ourselves back in the Ways and Means Committee Room for a day’s worth of rule setting within the Republican Conference. While there were a host of different amendments that would go with the Rules package that will be voted on in final form in the New Year, there were three that I think really stood out.
Washington is aflutter with talk of what comes next, and as a consequence, it’s a most interesting time to be back up this way.
The heavy lifting on policy change and proposals won’t come until the next Congress and administration in the new year, and accordingly, the votes tonight were mundane…but - for each of us as taxpayers - still meaningful.
While we wait on the next set of crazy pronouncements from Trump or Clinton in the presidential race, may I send you something even more outrageous than what they might say?
It’s on another OSHA directive that defies common sense….
I hope your weekend was good and that if you are still trying to get the house and yard back in order, it went well. Mine still had too much chainsaw time down at the farm….
Shifting gears for a minute...last month, the House successfully voted to override the administration’s veto of a bill - the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act - that would, in essence, allow family members of those killed on 9/11 to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. This was the first successful House override vote of the Obama presidency with a final count of 348 to 77.
With Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath, I haven’t had the opportunity to catch up on a couple of smaller bills we voted on before Congress adjourned and wanted to do so today. Unfortunately, each bill highlights the slow but constant growth of government….
Last week, the House voted on H.R. 3537, a bill that would add 22 different drugs to the highest legal level of drug enforcement, called Schedule I. The bill passed 258 to 101, and I was among those who voted no. Let me explain a few reasons why.