Yesterday morning, we voted again on the National Defense Authorization Act. It came back based on the President’s veto threat on the first bill’s use of contingency funds as a way of getting around the budget caps.
For too long, Congress has relied on temporary measures to maintain federal highway funding, and given the look of the bill and where the Senate stands, it looks like this is what will stay with us going forward for now. This week we are voting on a six-year Highway Bill that will have funding for the next three years.
Late last night, I voted on nine different amendments to the Highway Bill.
There are not that many times you see the gavel passed in the House Chamber, but today was one of those days. In that regard, I wish Speaker Ryan well and offer the very best of farewells to outgoing Speaker John Boehner.
For all of us as taxpayers, unfortunately today was a 1.5 trillion dollar day. I can’t say that I have had a lot of those days, but where we ended today was not only bad for the taxpayer – it was worse for the way we got there.
This administration continues to over-reach. It also continues to propose government as the answer. Pushing back against this bias is important, and, accordingly, the vote tonight on H.R. 1090, the Retail Investor Protection Act, is important.
I haven’t seen it, but apparently there is a show called The Walking Dead in which zombies charge into homes in rural Georgia. In short, weird beings keep rising out of nowhere to keep coming at people, and this week is proving similarly to be a week of eerily bizarre walking dead votes coming at all of us as taxpayers...a discharge petition, debt ceiling, year-end funding, and more…
I’ve fallen a bit behind this week in offering updates on what’s happening in the House and what we’re voting on, so I wanted to take a minute to remedy that! In particular, there were two votes I’d like to explain: the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act and the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act.
Several friends at home have asked why I planned to vote for Chairman Paul Ryan for Speaker, and, accordingly, I am writing. Before I go into the details of why, I think a little history is important though, given all that has happened with regard to the Speakership over the last few weeks.