Below is the July 17th edition of Congressman Sam Graves’ This Week In Washington. Before that though I wanted to mention an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal that mentions Congressman Graves. It looks as if the rich are sick and tired of being the doormat and might start to fight back in the districts where Democrats have had to have their help to get elected. Could Atlas start to shrug in this country? One could only hope!

Mentioned below; healthcare, more spending, tax-payer funded abortions in DC, and contraception for wild horses. Pardon my language here but what in the hell is wrong with these morons?

This Week in Washington- July 17, 2009

The debate on health care reform heated up on Capitol Hill this week. The Ways and Means Committee passed a Health Care reform bill. All of the Committee’s Republicans and three of the Democrats voted against it. If that is the proposal that Congress is forced to vote on, then I will vote against it. There are three reasons I will oppose this bill. The first is the cost to small businesses. The second is that this will lead to a government takeover of our health care industry. The third is that I believe it will lower the quality of care for many Americans.

Financial Services Appropriations: On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 3170, the Financial Services appropriations bill by a vote of 219-208.  The bill contained an increase of $1.4 billion above the non-emergency discretionary spending level for FY 2009. Historically, the Financial Services Appropriations bill has included a restriction on government (both federal and District of Columbia) funded abortion in the District of Columbia, known as the Dornan Amendment.  The bill lifts the restriction on local D.C. funds being used to pay for abortions in the District.  Since Congress appropriates both federal and local funds, this change will mean that taxpayer funds could be used for abortion. I voted against the bill.

Energy—Water Appropriations:  On Friday, the House passed the H.R. 3183, Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2010 by a vote of 320-97.  H.R. 3183 contained a total of $33.3 billion in discretionary spending, an increase of $46 million. However, when Stimulus funds are included it was a 183% increase in funds for these agencies. I would have voted no on this bill, but I returned to Missouri early for the funeral of a friend who died last week in a plane crash at Tarkio while she practiced for the next day’s air show.

Wild Horses bill: The House also passed H.R. 1018 by a vote of 239-185.  The bill expands the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.  In addition, the bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to vastly expand its wild horse and burro management programs and obtain new rangeland.  According to CBO, the legislation could end up costing a total of $700 million.  Additionally, the bill would establish a horse census every two years, provides “enhanced contraception” and birth control for horses, and mandates that government bureaucrats perform home inspections before Americans can adopt these animals. With a 1.8 trillion dollar deficit and a 9.5% unemployment rate, Congress should focus on fixing our economy instead of creating a wild horse welfare program. I would also have opposed this bill.

For the record 33 Republicans voted for this stupid waste of your money. The good news is that none of them were from MO. Now the same can’t be said of the Democrats. Of course 3 Missouri Congressman had to join the idiots in voting affirmatively on this one. 2 idiots out of St. Louis; Rep. Carnahan (MO-3), and Rep. Clay (MO-1) and Kansas City’s own Rep. Cleaver (MO-5). The good news is that this has to still be voted on in the Senate. You might call on this one.

Small Business Committee

The Small Business Committee held a hearing this week on whether or not the stimulus is working. I don’t believe there is any question that the stimulus has not worked. It was a massive spending bill that had little to do with stimulating our economy.

I supported a plan that would have given relief to small business and individuals. It would have allowed people to spend their own money and stimulate the economy at the same time. Our plan would have created twice the jobs at half the cost. I believe Congress ought to take back the stimulus that has not been spent yet. We can do better than a massive spending bill.

The House will be in session again next week. Have a good weekend.

Sam Graves

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