June 12, 2009 This Week in Washington-Congressman Sam Graves

Posted: June 16, 2009 in Congressman Sam Graves
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This is the most recent this Week in Washington from Congressman Sam Graves. This is an update on legislation that has passed Congress this week. There is some ridiculous stuff that was passed, spending, spending, spending!!!! Comments are listed below in italics.

This Week in Washington- June 12, 2009

It was another busy week in Washington. It is going to be a busy summer with bills on Cap and Trade, Healthcare Reform and the Senate will start hearings on the Supreme Court nominee in July.
Legislation
H.R. 2410 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 – H.R. 2410 will authorize funds for the State Department for FYs 2010-2011. The State Department and other diplomatic agencies will receive $41 billion, a 12 percent increase over last year.  This bill also would establish same-sex domestic partnership benefits for Foreign Service Officers and promote the legalization of abortion abroad. H.R. 2410 passed on Wednesday by a vote of 235-187. I opposed this bill.
(Seriously, exporting abortion to other countries, this is a priority right now? More foreign spending, at what point does the money tree quit producing. This is not acceptable.)
H.R. 1886 – Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009 –This bill triples U.S. economic assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion annually. The bill would have set out certain benchmarks and micromanaged our policy at the same time that our military and diplomats are trying to build a partnership. I believe that Congress shouldn’t not try and micromanage our efforts in Pakistan.  The bill passed 234-185.
H.R. 2751 – Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (CARS) Act (aka Cash for Clunkers) – passed on Tuesday by a vote of 298-119.  It will establish a new $4 billion program to provide vouchers to offset the purchase or lease of a new vehicle upon the trade-in of a less fuel-efficient used vehicle.  Once again, in the midst of a $1.8 trillion dollar deficit, Washington is proving that its response to every problem is to spend money we do not have.
(This really pisses me off! Because the morons on the left have a theory about global warming we are going to give people an incentive to buy a smaller car. We are broke!!!!! We can’t afford this idiocy. My dad used to tell me something when I was a kid, don’t use your brain to hold your ears apart. I extend the same advice to the 298 morons in the House.)
Senate Amendment to H.R. 1256 – Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act- Imposes taxes on tobacco companies by $5.4 Billion over 10 years on top of the $72.1Billion tobacco tax over 10 years that took effect on April 1st. This tax will simply be passed on to consumers. It passed 307-97.
(Let me explain something to you, companies don’t pay taxes, consumers do. Politicians don’t seem to comprehend this simple fact. This will just be paid for by smokers. There is no logic here.)
Small Business Committee
I introduced legislation that would amend the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, overseen by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  The bill, H.R. 2767, would change the programs eligibility requirements for small businesses and allow firms with considerable venture capital funding to participate in the SBIR program.

The SBIR program, created in 1982, offers competition-based awards to stimulate technology innovation among small firms, while providing government agencies with new, cost-effective, technical and scientific solutions to meet their diverse needs.

In 2003, the SBA reversed eligibility requirements that prohibited small businesses with more than 50% of venture capital ownership to apply for SBIR funds.  Recent estimates indicate that since the restriction was instituted, applications for SBIR grants have been on the decline.  The National Institutes of Health, one of the largest grantors to medical technology companies, reported application reductions of 11.9 percent in 2005, 14.6 percent in 2006, and 21 percent in 2007.  This legislation would allow companies to apply for SBIR assistance as long as one venture capital company does not own more than half of the small business.

Healthcare Op-ed

In case you missed it, Roy Blunt, Lynn Jenkins and I had an opinion piece in the Kansas City Star this week. You can see it here.
Have a good weekend.

Sincerely,
Sam Graves Signature
Sam Graves

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