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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Vote Notes on Legislation

November 30, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 6 – 21st Century Cures ACT: YES.  This bill expedites FDA approvals for new medical drugs and devices and authorizes spending on major research into cancer and Alzheimer’s.

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September 28, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation

Senate Amendment to HR 5325 – Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Resolution: YES.  This bill avoids a government shutdown on October 1st by extending current spending authority through December 9th.  This is the WORST way to fund the government, because it fails to exercise congressional oversight through the budget and appropriations bills.

September 28, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 5303 - Water Resources Development Act:  YES.  On the plus side, out of a total of $10.5 billion for projects across the nation, this bill authorizes $1.6 billion for flood control projects in the Sacramento Delta.  (Of course, this would have been unnecessary if the Auburn Dam had been completed, but at the moment that’s, um, water under the bridge).

September 28, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation

S. 2040 Override of President’s Veto – JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act): YES.  If a foreign government pays terrorists on U.S. soil to attack the United States, victims can sue for damages.  If that SAME government pays those SAME terrorists on foreign soil to attack the United States, those SAME victims CANNOT sue.  This measure closes that loophole.

July 14, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation
Mankind has genetically modified crops and livestock since the dawn of recorded history (it’s called cross-breeding, and it gives us seedless grapes and sweeter corn). A movement has recently emerged that contends – despite every scrap of available scientific evidence – that genetic modifications are dangerous and demands that all foods be labeled as to their genetic modifications.
May 24, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation
This is a well-intentioned bill that accomplishes the opposite of what it is designed to do. Its purpose is to expedite and standardize the evaluation of toxic chemicals. Instead, it grants sweeping new powers to the EPA...
May 19, 2016 Vote Notes on Legislation
National defense is the federal government’s most fundamental responsibility, but this is not an excuse for waste and mismanagement within the defense establishment. I especially object to provisions that prohibit BRAC review of obsolete or dysfunctional military bases...
December 18, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

House Amendment 1 to HR 2029 – Omnibus Spending Act: NO.  This is the 2,000-plus page $1.15 trillion spending act to fund the government through September 30, 2016.  A bill of this complexity always has good and bad provisions, and the question comes down to whether in balance it moves the government in the right direction.

December 17, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

House Amendment 2 to HR 2029 – Tax Extenders Act: YES.  Called the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act” this 233-page bill provides a complex list of changes to the tax code.  Once again, there is both good and bad.  

December 3, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 22 – TEA 21 “The Highway Bill”: No.  The Highway Trust Fund – accent on the “Trust” – was a promise made to highway users that the gas taxes they paid at the pump would be used for highways. Period.  That promise was broken long ago and now shattered by this act.

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