The number of bills that were introduced this week – 446. This is a little higher than the typical number of bills introduced each week in the House and Senate. This is likely due to a summer recess that is supposed to take place. At this point, I don’t see it as a bad thing they’ll be gone for a few weeks – it means they won’t be spending us into oblivion.
H.RES.1560 — Whereas computing technology has become an integral part of culture and is transforming how people interact with each other and the world around them. Supporting the increased understanding of, and interest in, computer science and computing careers among the public and in schools, and to ensure an ample and diverse future technology workforce through the designation of National Computer Science Education Week.
This one really burns me, especially being someone who is a part of the information technology instructional community, as our federal government has been attempting to do this for years. The bill is an attempt to give extra scholarships and incentives to “women and minorities” in the realm of computer science because the government feels not enough “women and minorities” are computer scientists. The incentives are not fair or equal to ALL people – it picks winners and losers based on financial incentives. A common sense approach to this is to look at the high rate of female RNs in the medical field. It’s more popular amongst females to take on the role of an RN versus a computer scientist just as the reverse is true. Let people chose their OWN future rather than try to steer people for the sake of “diversity”. This type of legislation is absolutely ridiculous and Vern Ehlers should be ashamed of himself for introducing it. Thankfully Vern will be replaced by someone like Justin Amash as Mr. Ehlers will be retiring January 3rd, 2011. Vote: NO
H.CON.RES.314 — Expressing the sense of Congress on the closure of the main entrance to the Supreme Court. Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that–
(1) the Supreme Court tradition of openness as symbolized by its open front doors should be honored and continue to be upheld;
(2) even in the face of threats from enemies, it is of critical and symbolic importance that the United States demonstrates to the world that its most sacred institutions will continue to be open for business to all who seek justice; and
(3) the Supreme Court should act with great dispatch to take every step to open its main doors as a public entrance.
Now this is something I completely agree with. In fact, I believe ALL federal buildings should be as open as they were BEFORE September 11th, 2001. We are supposed to live in an open and free society, but they’ve closed the doors to We, The People. Vote: YES
H.CON.RES.305 — Expressing the sense of the Congress concerning contraceptives for women.
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress–
(1) supports a major, national campaign to help all women, regardless of income, avoid unintended pregnancy and abortion through access to contraception; and
(2) supports programs and policies that make it easier for all women not only to obtain contraceptives but also to use them consistently and correctly over time.
There are already health and sex education classes in schools that explain matters of pregnancy and contraception. There are also state/county-sponsored clinics that allow men and women to obtain contraception free of charge. While I understand the intent of this bill is to help curb abortion, it certainly won’t stop it and is not likely to change the statistics significantly. Free educational material and free contraceptives are already out there and available, throwing more money at the problem won’t solve it. The government has already involved itself too much in both health and personal matters where the government should not have any part in to begin with. Vote: NO
H.RES.1579 — Establishing an earmark moratorium for fiscal year 2011.
…(d) This resolution shall not apply to any authorization of appropriations to a Federal entity if such authorization is not specifically targeted to a State, locality, or congressional district.
I got excited when I saw the title of this bill, but as usual, bill titles are very misleading. Because of the very last line (d), this bill is fairly meaningless. If (d) was removed, it would receive a yes vote, but because of (d), nothing is changed and earmarks continue. Vote: NO
H.R.5858 — FIRE Act. To amend the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 to authorize a fire station construction grant program for 5 years, and for other purposes. `(3) CONSTRUCTION OF NON-FEDERAL FIRE STATIONS- In addition to the amounts authorized under paragraph (1), there are authorized to be appropriated to the Director for competitive grants for modifying, upgrading, or constructing non-Federal fire stations $210,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015.’.
Non-federal means just that – non-federal. Let the taxpayers decide at the state and local level if they want to pass something such as this through millages. If they feel an “upgrade” to their fire station is necessary, let it happen through millages and donations as it always has. Don’t take taxes from Michigan to pay for a new fire station in California. Vote: NO
H.R.5871 — SEED Act. To amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to allow non-debt financing for for-profit companies in business incubators.
This is redistribution of wealth and debt – it even says so in the bill. They’re not even trying to hide their intentions any more. Vote: NO
H.R.5875 — Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010. Making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.
There is a LOT of money floating around in this bill being distributed to FEMA, FBI, ATF, and Federal Prisons, which are already heavily funded, but we have none to spend. We already have had plenty of money funneled into border protection, including the funding to build a fence that was squandered away on other projects. My simple suggestion is to dissolve the Department of Homeland Security to pay for the extra border protection. Vote: NO
This next bill has me puzzled and VERY skeptical. The time at which the resolution takes effect tells me it’s a trap. I’m posting this short bill in it’s entirety here. It has been created by Jared Polis (D-CO):
H.RES.1573 — To amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to prohibit bills and joint resolutions from containing more than one subject. To amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to prohibit bills and joint resolutions from containing more than one subject.
Resolved, That (a) rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives is amended by adding at the end the following new clause–
`11.(a) No bill, joint resolution, or amendment to any bill or joint resolution that contains more than a single subject may be received or considered in the House. A question of order on the number of subjects in any such bill, joint resolution, or amendment thereto, may be raised at any time.
`(b) The single subject of any bill or joint resolution shall be expressed in the title.
`(c) Paragraphs (a) and (b) do not apply to a bill, joint resolution, or amendment thereto that complies, consolidates, revises, or rearranges the statutory law.’.
(b) The amendment made by this resolution shall take effect immediately before noon, January 3, 2011.
Is Mr. Polis preparing for the House of Representatives to be recovered and taken over by Republicans? I’m thinking so. This is a bill that everyone should keep their eye on.