Allow me to circle back again to a vote that occurred last week. Before I do though, let me state the obvious, which is that my thoughts and prayers go to the individuals and families who were affected in the tragedy of Las Vegas.
Can I go back to another vote of this week?
Sometimes, an occasional “I told you so” makes sense….
Such is the case with the Federal Aviation Administration/disaster tax relief bill that came up on Monday….
I voted against it and, at that time, said it was sure to come back up. Indeed, it did here just two days later, as we voted on it yesterday.
Last night, I voted against H.R. 3823, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017. I was one of seven Republicans who voted no, and given it was brought up under what’s called “suspension” - which requires a two-thirds majority for passage, the bill failed.
Hope your day has been good. Mine has entailed visits up toward the Summerville area today, and I’ll be down in Beaufort County tomorrow.
At office hours today up in Summerville, we got into a robust debate on health care, civil liberty, and more….and under the category of debate, I wanted to include an explanation for a few more of last week’s amendments to the omnibus bill.
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.