On Wednesday night, we voted on a short-term spending bill, called a Continuing Resolution (CR), that will fund government through December 8th. In essence, a CR takes what we spent last year and authorizes spending at the same monthly rate for as long as the resolution lasts - in this case, just over 2 months. The bill passed 342 to 85, and I voted no.
Last night, the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 by a vote of 399 to 25, and I voted in favor of it. After the vote, I posted on an amendment to the bill that I didn’t like that ultimately will provide $170 million in funding to Flint, Michigan, but I said I get back on the full bill...so here I am.
The House just finished voting on the Water Resources Development Act. I voted for it, and it passed by a vote of 399 to 25.
There’s a larger conversation about the full bill that I’ll get to a tomorrow, but one of the amendments offered was of particular note, and I wanted to touch on it.
In the category of catch-up…last week, the House voted on H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, a bill that would stop the administration from paying ransoms to Iran. The bill passed 254 to 163 with bipartisan support, and I voted yes.
You know one of the things that really bothers me?
The way in which people get excited about tax refunds.
I’m obviously not against refunds, but the way in which people react would make you think that the money never belonged to the taxpayer to begin with….
There is a saying that what goes around comes around. There is also the law of unintended consequences...what we hoped for in a plus b equals c, sometimes doesn’t work out that way.
He has so consistently pushed the envelope on unilateral actions that this morning, the House voted on the Guantanamo Bay Transfer Prevention Act. It would stop the president from transferring detainees at the prison to the United States and foreign countries until January 21, 2017. I voted yes, and the bill passed 244 to 174.
Earlier today, the House voted on a couple of different bills, and accordingly, I wanted to highlight one that I thought had a little more significance than the others: the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act, which would repeal a $33 billion tax increase put into place by Obamacare. I voted yes, and the bill passed 261 to 147.
Earlier today, I voted in favor of H.R. 2357, the Accelerating Access to Capital Act, and the bill passed 236 to 178.
In essence, the bill would do two things: