Yesterday afternoon, the House voted on H.R. 78, the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act. The bill passed by a vote of 243 to 184, and I voted for it. Let me explain.
Staying on course with last week’s theme of reforming the regulatory process, I wanted to let you know the House voted yesterday on H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. I voted for the bill, and it passed 238 to 183.
Every once in awhile, Congress votes on a bill with a worthy objective but a flawed process. I believe that to be the case when it comes to H.R. 39, the TALENT Act, a bill that would make the Presidential Innovation Fellows program permanent. Last year, I was one of 8 members of the House, all Republicans, to vote against it, and it passed by a vote of 409 to 8.
Congress is now back in session, but before I am wrapped up completely in national issues, I want to float an idea and ask for your help.
Last night, the House voted on H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny or the REINS Act. I am a cosponsor of this bill, and it passed 237 to 187 with my vote.
Quick update from earlier today....
The changes weakening the Office of Congressional Ethics were removed from the congressional rules package.
Today was one of the few times I was glad President Obama picked up his pen….
Once again, not all things are to be decided in Washington. It’s a concept too often forgotten in this town.
Today, the House voted on the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act of 2017...the so-called continuing resolution. This bill would keep the federal government running through April, and it passed by a vote of 326 to 96 and I voted yes.
It represented but what one thing, a bridge that funded government until the new Trump administration is in town and settled.
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.