Today was a big day.
Just like American military officers, Members of Congress swear an allegiance to uphold the Constitution. Legitimately, people have differences of opinion as to what that means, but we had a significant constitutional debate today and over the last few days about one of its foundational elements.
Do you remember the death panels that Sarah Palin used to talk about?
This window between Christmas and New Years represents my last chance to catch up on a number of legislative matters we voted on, but I couldn’t get out there given other posts that were stacked up.
There’s always a story behind the story…and such was the case on Thursday with debate that surrounded the continuing resolution intended to keep government up and open.
It’s been 31 years since a major tax bill was signed into law, and Congress is on the verge of passing another one this week.
Too often in solving problems with government answers, we never get down to addressing the real problem. And getting to the root of the problem is in fact the key to fixing it.
I can’t quite ever seem to keep up with posting about all the votes that are occurring...but I try my best. In that realm, can I circle back around to an interesting recent vote on a bill that renews two copper-nickel mining leases on national forest land in Minnesota.
There are few issues out there that generate as much political energy as guns do. On the one hand, I would argue the Second Amendment is the teeth behind every other right promised to us in the Bill of Rights. It’s something that I and many others feel strongly about when we talk about freedom and its sustainability.
I do hope that yours was a good one. Thanksgiving really is my favorite holiday...ours is a frenetic one with lots of outdoors, hunting, and more down at the farm. In whatever your tradition might be, I do hope that you were with family, friends, and loved ones….
This past week, the House passed Resolution 599, which expresses the need for a political solution in Yemen consistent with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216 or as otherwise agreed to by the parties. In short form, it expresses the sense of Congress in regards to our strategy in Yemen. The measure passed, but I was one of 30 who voted against the bill, and here’s why: