Below you will find the June 26th edition of Sam Graves’ This Week in Washington. The number one issue mentioned below is the Cap and Tax. sorry, Trade bill. As many know, 219 losers voted for this bill in the Congress, eight of them Republicans. I would encourage everyone to write the RNC and tell them that these eight Congressman need to be left out flap in the wind in 2010. Cap and Tax is a tax on everyone that consumes energy, there is much debate on just how much tax will result, Democrats claim a couple hundred a year Republicans claim a couple thousand. Odds are good the Democrats are lying, not exactly the most honest bunch of people. Either way it’s a tax on those that make less than $250,000 dollars a year. Yet another lie brought to you by good ole’ Barry O.

THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON- June 26, 2009

1. H.R. 2454- The Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill.

I had a large number of constituents call and email this week asking me to oppose this bill. I appreciate everyone who called in to voice their opinion. I did oppose this bill because it was nothing more than a massive national energy tax. It would affect every farmer, small business and family in Missouri.

This bill would put our manufacturers at a self-imposed disadvantage when competing against India and China. Worse yet, placing more restrictions and taxes on manufacturers will simply drive more manufacturing jobs out of the country. We want those manufacturing plants and the jobs they create here in America, not overseas.

I support a plan to create more American energy and more American jobs in the process. The American Energy Act is an all-of-the-above energy solution that includes specific measures to encourage development of renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear and biomass, while also producing more American-made oil and natural gas.

We can create American jobs and become more energy independent at the same time. Instead of raising taxes and destroying jobs, Washington ought to be working to solve our problems.

The bill passed 219-212, it now heads to the Senate.

2. H.R. 2892 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010 –Includes a $2.6 billion increase above last year’s level. The bill funds border security and immigration enforcement at the President’s request, with slight increases for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) investigations, border enforcement, and Coast Guard counternarcotics operations.  In addition, the bill fully funds the E-Verify program – a system that allows U.S. employers to check the citizenship and work eligibility of employees. I voted for H.R. 2892 which passed on Wednesday by a vote of 389-37.

3. H.R. 2647 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 – authorizes $550.5 billion in spending for the Department of Defense and $130 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan war costs. The Majority defeated a Republican amendment to prohibit transferring or releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees into the U.S., as well as an amendment requiring approval of state governors and legislatures before transferring any detainee into their states. I voted for the bill and it passed overwhelmingly 389-22 with one member voting present.

4. H.R. 2996 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 – The Department of Interior and Environment bill appropriates $32.2 billion, an increase of $4.7 billion (17 percent) above the 2009 level, which continues the trend of double-digit increases in non-Defense/Homeland Security spending.  A government that is spending $1.8 trillion more this year than it take is, cannot afford a 17 percent increase in spending. Congress must tighten its belt and make tough choices on this type of spending. I opposed the bill, but it passed 254-173.

Congress is in recess next week for the Fourth of July.

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