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November 30, 2011

Senate Votes Down Amendment to Eliminate Duplicative Programs

The Senate voted 54 – 45 for Senate Amendment 610, which would have cut $7 billion from the Federal Budget; the measure required a 3/5 majority to override a potential filibuster. The Amendment directed the Office of Management and Budget to identify and report to Congress a minimum of $7 billion in cost savings that could be had by eliminating or consolidating unnecessary or duplicative Federal programs contained in the General Accounting Office Report GAO-11-318SP of March 2011.

Seven Democrats joined all Republicans in voting for the measure: Max Baucus (MT), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Claire McCaskill (MO), Joe Manchin (WV), Ben Nelson (NE), John Tester (MT), and Jim Webb (VA).

March 16, 2011

House Passes Continuing Appropriations Bill in a Mixed Vote

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011, the House passed House Joint Resolution 48, which funds discretionary spending by the Federal Government until April 8th, 2011. The final vote was 271-158, with 54 Republicans voting against it, and 85 Democrats voting for it.

The mixed partisan voting pattern was due to a number of factors – most Republicans who voted for its passage feared being blamed for a government shutdown, as the current appropriations expire on March 18th. The same motivation fueled 85 Democrats’ (mostly bluedog) desire to join the moderate Republicans in support of the bill. The 54 Republicans who voted against it thought it did not cut spending sufficiently, and the measure was a capitulation to pressure from the liberal media; the 104 Democrats who voted against it thought that it cut spending too much, especially in pet programs such as certain housing subsidies, EPA greenhouse gas studies, and BLM land acquisition and development.

January 25, 2011

Setting the 2011 Budget at 2008 Levels

House Resolution 38 was passed by a vote of 256-165. This Resolution instructs the House Budget Committee to write the budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 so as to be in accord with non-security spending levels of fiscal year 2008.

All of the Republicans present voted for H.Res. 38, as well as 17 Democrats: Altmire (PA-4), Barrow (GA-12), Boren (OK-2), Chandler (KY-6), Cooper (TN-5), Costa (CA-20), Costello (IL-12), Donnelly (IN-2), Holden (PA-17), Kissell (NC-8), Lipinski (IL-3), Matheson (UT-2), Peterson (MN-7), Quigley (IL-5), Ross (AR-4), Schrader (OR-5), and Shuler (NC-11).

It is interesting to note that three Illinois Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with their 11 Republican colleagues in Illinois for the spending cuts; in effect, 74% of the Illinois delegation voted for the spending cut.

January 22, 2011

Instruction to Committees for Obamacare Replacement Legislation

H.Res. 9 was passed Thursday, January 20th, 2011, instructing the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Ways and Means to write proposed legislation that addresses the following points: eliminating job-killing policies and regulations concerning the health care industry; increased competition and choice among private health care insurance providers; pre-existing condition access; tort reform; tax incentives for medical savings and expenses; prohibit government funded abortions; eliminate duplicative government programs; no legislation proposed shall increase the tax burden.

The Resolution passed on a vote of 253-175, with all Republicans voting for it, and the following 14 Democrats also voting for it: Altmire (PA-4), Barrow (GA-12), Boren (OK-2), Brown (FL-3), Chandler (KY-6), Critz (PA-12), Holden (PA-17), Kissell (NC-8), Lipinski (IL-3), Matheson (UT-2), McIntyre (NC-7), Peterson (MN-7), Ross (AR-4), Shuler (NC-11).

I would note that Brown, Critz, Kissell, and Lipinski are not in the Blue Dog Coalition; this vote may signal a turn toward center for these Democrats.

January 20, 2011

ObamaCare Repeal Passed In House

H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, was passed on a 245-189 vote January 19th, 2011. All Republican members voted yea, along with three Democrats: Dan Boren (OK-2) Mike McIntyre (NC-7), and Mike Ross (AR-4).

Larry Kissell (NC-8), who was one of four Democrats who voted to bring the bill to the floor for debate in H. Res. 26, and also voted against the original Affordable Health Care Act a year ago, declined to vote for the repeal in the final moment. Kissell’s district includes Ft. Bragg (home of the Special Forces), and Pope Air Force Base, which gives a conservative cast to his electors. But it does not explain his flip-flopping on this measure. Let us trust that the voters in his district remember this vote 21 months from now.

January 5, 2011

Election of House Speaker

As anticipated, John Boehner (OH-8) was elected Speaker of the House. The vote tally was strictly on party lines, though 18 Representatives declined to vote for Pelosi (CA-8), and instead voted for a number of other Democrats, along with one who voted present (Sanford Bishop (GA-2)). It is interesting to note that Boehner declined to vote, but Pelosi voted for herself.

The speculation is that the 19 Democrats who did not vote for Pelosi come from conservative districts and did so as not to alienate their voters, recognizing that an association with Pelosi and other hard-line Progressives would fare poorly in the 2012 election. It may behoove the Republican leadership and conservative voters as well to keep an eye on these 19 Democrats and perhaps use them as possible allies.
The 19 Democrats are as follows:
Altmire (PA-12), Barrow (GA-4), Bishop (NY-1), Boren (OK-2), Cardoza (CA-18), Cooper (TN-5), Costa (CA-20), Donnelly (IN-2), Giffords (AZ-8), Holden (PA-17), Kind (WI-3), Kissell (NC-8), Lipinski (IL-3), Matheson (UT-2), McIntyre (NC-7), Michaud (ME-2), Ross (AR-4), Schrader (OR-5), and Schuler (NC-11).

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