Below you will find the 6/19/2009 edition of Sam Graves’ This Week in Washington. No surprise more wasteful spending passed by the left.

This Week in Washington- June 19, 2009.

Appropriations season is now in full swing in Washington.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution says, “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.” Each year, Congress must pass 12 appropriations bills by October 1st to fund the government for the next year. Each House passes their own appropriations bills and then they go to conference to iron out their differences in a final version. The first of those bills was on the floor this week.
  • H.R. 2847 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act – is $6.8 billion (11.7%) more than last year’s bill. The Bill funds the Departments of Commerce, Justice and Science (including NASA) among other smaller agencies. I voted against the measure, but it passed 259-157. An 11% increase is not something a government that has a $1.8 trillion dollar deficit can afford.
  • Conference Report on H.R. 2346 – Supplemental Appropriations Act – This bill is supposed to be a troop funding bill. The $106 billion bill ultimately passed by a vote of 226-202. However, the bill included billions for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other programs. My belief is that we should debate those programs on their own merits, rather than cramming it into a bill that funds our troops. The Majority also defeated an amendment to this bill that would have blocked the release of detainee photos.
  • H.R. 2918 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act – This bill funds Congress, the  Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol Police, Congressional Budget Office, Government Accountability Office, and the Capitol Visitors Center for the upcoming 2010 fiscal year. It appropriates $4.7 billion, a nearly 7 percent increase over 2009. As businesses and families cut back across the country, House budgets are set to increase at a rate faster than inflation. I believe Congress should have frozen its own budget. I voted against the bill, which passed 232-178.
  • H.R. 560- Resolution to stand with the Iranian people – This bill expresses support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law. It condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias, as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the Internet and cell phones. And it affirms the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections. It passed overwhelmingly.
  • H. Res. 520- Articles of impeachment for Judge Samuel Kent- Judge Kent is a district court judge for the Southern District of Texas. He began his 33 month sentence after pleading guilty to unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact with two employees. He pled guilty to testifying falsely before a special investigative committee of the federal judiciary regarding his actions. However, he has refused to resign, which means that he continues to draw a federal judge’s salary while in jail ($174,000). The impeachment articles passed without a dissenting vote and now move to the Senate where the case will be tried.

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