Congressman Graves’ This Week in Washington 1/21/2010

Posted: February 22, 2010 in Congressman Sam Graves, This Week in Washington
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I feel as if I am just spinning my tires trying to get caught up. Below is the This Week in Washington from Congressman Graves from January 21st.

This Week in Washington- Thursday, January 21, 2010

The House was back in session, but the biggest event of the week happened in Massachusetts. A special election was held there to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat. The Republican candidate won that election, which ended the filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

The effect of that election is that the Administration’s healthcare reform bill is now indefinitely stalled. No one in Washington seems to know what is going to happen to the bill. In fact, no one seemed to know what would be on the agenda for the rest of 2010.

The President gives his State of the Union speech this upcoming Wednesday. We will find out more about his plans for the year then.

Legislation:

Tribal Water Rights Claims: On Thursday, the House passed three bills (H.R. 3254, H.R. 1065, and H.R. 3342) dealing with disputed water rights claims between the States of New Mexico and Arizona and a number of American Indian tribes in the Southwest. The bills would ratify settlement agreements between the States and tribes and allow the federal government to fund and participate in the construction and maintenance of local water systems. In total, the three bills would authorize $380 million in new spending over ten years. I opposed the bills because there has not been enough scrutiny of how these dollars are spent and whether there is any benefit for taxpayers.

Haiti Charitable Tax Incentive: On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 4462, a bill intended to accelerate the tax benefit for certain charitable cash contributions made for the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti, by voice vote. The bill would permit taxpayers to treat charitable contributions of cash made after January 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, as if such contributions were made in 2009, rather than in 2010. The effect of this provision would be to give taxpayers who make earthquake-related contributions of cash through the end of February the opportunity to accelerate the tax benefit by claiming the charitable deduction on their 2009 returns.

Small Business Expo: I will be hosting the Second Annual Sixth Congressional District Small Business Expo on Monday, February 1st. It will be held at the Vision Center on the Cerner Campus in North Kansas City.

The Expo will have several different panel topics for attendees to choose from including: Access to Capital; Getting the most out of your Website and Social Media; Tax Information and Credits; Best Business Practices; Exporting Goods and Services; Federal Procurement Opportunities and Missouri Economic Development.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the event will end at 3:15 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please call Shawna Searcy at (816) 792-3976.

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

Sincerely,

Sam Graves

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