A Couple Big Votes In The House Today
Childers Votes In Favor Of $26 Billion Spending Bill
Dubbed by Republicans such as Alan Nunnelee as Stimulus II, the House passed a spending measure providing $26 billion for state and local government. Much like the first major stimulus (although much smaller in size), most Democrats were on board. Travis Childers supported the Democratic majority again today; Gene Taylor was opposed to the bill today (as he was to the original stimuls). The question then becomes: are Americans buying what the Democrats are selling this time? Dozens of vulnerable Democrats voted yes so they obviously are feeling good about the bill.
Before the vote, Nunnelee sent out a presser saying this:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called members of the House of Representatives back to Washington today to vote on a $26 billion spending bill. The bill adds funding to some measures already funded under the original Stimulus. The $26 billion price tag is paid for with $9.7 billion in permanent tax increases and $12.6 billion in deficit spending. The current Congress is projected to add more to the deficit over the next ten years than was added under every President from George Washington to George Bush.
The House bill not only adds to our national debt and raises taxes, it also requires the state of Mississippi to spend between $50-$100 million in state taxpayer dollars to access extra, federal education dollars. Those state funds will have to be stripped from public safety, human services, mental health and other state priorities.
Alan Nunnelee said, “Congress is not content with bankrupting the nation. Now they’re trying to bankrupt the states.”
Childers & Taylor Support Lame Duck Session of Congress
Some of the latest rumblings going around Washington is that Democrats may try to pass controversial legislation following the November elections, but before the new Congress is sworn in- during what is called the lame duck session where typically nothing of any interest happens.
But with the inability by Democrats to pass legislation such as cap-and-trade or card check despite overwhelming majorities in both houses, some on the left are looking at the November and December period as the last, best chance to pass the major liberal reform. And conventional wisdom says they are right: Republicans are poised to make gains in both the House and the Senate and just a couple more reliable Republican Senators, and almost any legislation will need support of Republicans other than Scott Brown and the Maine duo.
In response, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) offered legislation that would stop such a session. Democrats said no thanks with a 236-163 majority killing the bill; and keeping lame duck hopes alive. Two of the Democrats that joined their party: Travis Childers and Gene Taylor. Not exactly sure their reasons for extending a session to possibly vote on legislation they oppose, but that is how they voted today.