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A Roundup of Farm Bill Votes

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

As promised, here is a review of some of the major amendments offered during debate over the farm bill in the House.  You can click here to see the color-coded spreadsheet of how each Republican voted on the amendments and final passage.  The bill failed 195-234 with 62 Republicans voting no.

Here is a synopsis of some of the major amendments with the vote tallies:

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A Recap of Important Amendments to the DHS Appropriations Bill

Friday, June 7th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Earlier this week, the House voted on the first appropriations bills of the FY 2014 budget process.  So far, leadership has kept their promise to allow an open amendment process on the bills.  As such, members have been able to offer some good and some not so good amendments.  Unfortunately, none of this will make a difference because they will cave on the final budget process at the end of the summer.

Among the amendments, were three votes that I highlighted in a spreadsheet: a bad amendment by Bill Cassidy to delay modest flood insurance reforms, a good amendment by Scott Garrett to block TSA-style searches outside of an airport setting, and a King amendment to defund Obama’s illegal administrative amnesty.  Click here to see the voting presentation.

Here is a description of the amendments from the Republican Study Committee:

Cassidy (R-LA)/Grimm (R-NY)/Palazzo (R-MS).  This amendment delays implementation of Section 207 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Report Act of 2012 for one year.  Section 207 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012 ends the grandfathered National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rates and allows the premium rates to rise up to 20 percent per year over a five year period. According to the sponsor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not fully understand the implications of implementing Section 207 and has not accounted for all factors when creating their flood zone maps.  The one year delay is designed to give FEMA time to properly implement the risk premium formulas and create accurate flood zone maps.

The amendment passed 281-144 with 94 GOP votes.

Garrett (R-NJ).  This amendment prohibits any funds in the Act from being used by a Visible Intermodal Protection and Response (VIPR) team or by the Transportation Security Administration to conduct security screening outside of an airport.  According to the TSA, the VIPR program was developed by TSA after the Madrid train bombing in 2005.  VIPR teams are fully mobile and can be deployed at “random locations and times” and are applicable to “all modes of transportation”.  This amendment directs that screening will only be conducted following the provisions of Section 44901 of title 49.  Section 44901 of title 49 applies to screening at airports only.

The amendment failed 180-247 with 68 Republicans voting no:

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36 Republicans Side With Big Labor on Davis-Bacon

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Earlier today, the House commenced the annual appropriators process when members began voting on amendments to the FY 2014 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriators bill.  Rep. Steve King offered an amendment which would have barred the use of funds in the bill to enforce Davis Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements.  Davis-Bacon mandates that federal government contractors pay prevailing union-level wages for work on federally funded projects.  This law discriminates against non-union firms and costs taxpayers 22% for each project.  The amendment was defeated as 36 Republicans joined with every Democrat to side with Big Labor against the taxpayers.

One would think that all Republicans would realize that not only do labor unions want to destroy the economy; they want to destroy the Republican Party. It’s incomprehensible why Republicans would want to offer handouts to those who bankroll the Democrat Party.

Here is a list of the members who voted against defunding Davis-Bacon.  The so-called conservative, Paul Ryan, was among the Big Labor Republicans.  Bonus fact: Bill Shuster (PA-9) represents the most conservative district of those who sided with the labor unions.  We’re proud to be the first organization to endorse Art Halvorson against him in next year’s primary:

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