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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Vote Notes on Legislation

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.

December 2, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

S. 1177 - Every Student Succeeds Act (or the Bill Formerly Known as No Child Left Behind): YES.  George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” has been a disaster.  Its stated goal was to bring every child to grade-level proficiency by 2014.  Instead, for the first time in 25 years student achievement is declining with just 33 percent of 8th graders proficient in math and 34 percent in reading.

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November 19, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 4038 – American SAFE Act: Yes.  This bill requires that refugee applicants from Iraq and Syria not be admitted to the United States until and unless the FBI Director, Homeland Security Secretary and Director of National Intelligence all certify that the applicant is not a security threat.

October 28, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 1314 – Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015: NO.  M. Stanton Evans once observed that there are two parties in our country: the evil party and the stupid party, and when they adopt a bipartisan measure it is usually something evil and stupid.

July 29, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

7/29/15 H.R. 3236 – Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act: NO   This bill pays for three months of highway and transit spending with savings promised ten years from now – and according to the CBO, still adds at least $1.2 billion to the nation’s debt.

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