This Week in Washington- Thursday, January 28, 2010
The House had an unusually light week of work. That was partly due to the State of the Union Speech and partly due to a Congressional retreat in Baltimore.
The State of the Union speech was on Wednesday night. Frankly, I was disappointed to hear the President continue to talk about Healthcare and Cap and trade legislation. He acknowledged that Congress should make helping create jobs the top issue, but pushed legislation that would do just the opposite.
I’m glad that we are talking about reducing spending for a change. However, last year’s deficit was $1.4 trillion and this year’s deficit is projected at $1.35 trillion. We need to take drastic action. A spending freeze is a first step, but Congress should do much, much more. We cannot sustain the out of control spending in Washington.
H.R. 3726, the Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act, passed by a vote of 240-175. The bill would establish a new National Historic Site on the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is 3,000 acres of beachfront property in St. Croix. I voted against the bill because the National Parks Service study had not been completed, it cost $50 million to purchase the land and there was no guarantee that private homeowners wanted to sell their land. That would mean the eminent domain law may have been used to get the land.
H.R. 4474, the Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act, extends permits to operate water facilities on certain federal land in Idaho and passed by a vote of 415-0.
Small Business Expo: This is your last chance to register for 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.