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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Vote Notes on Legislation

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.

July 23, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

7/23/15 H.R. 1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015: YES.  This bill creates a uniform system across the U.S. to govern the labeling of so-called “genetically modified” foods.  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).

July 15, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

7/15/15 HR 3038 – Highway and Transportation Funding Act: NO.  This bill is a five month extension of highway and transit spending, paid for over the next TEN YEARS. This is the J.

June 23, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 2576 – The TSCA Modernization Act: NO.  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.

June 23, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 805 - Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2015: NO.

June 9, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

HR 2577 - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriation: No.  Although this appropriation fits within the overall architecture of the budget, it is so stuffed with wasteful spending that I cannot vote for it.

May 21, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

HR 1806 – America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015: No.  This is a $33 billion authorization for the next two years (paid out over the next four) for a grab-bag of grants administered mainly by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.  If you are an average family, that accounts for about $262 of your taxes.

May 14, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

5/14/15 - H.R. 1191 –  Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act: NO.  The Congress is correct to distrust the President in his negotiations with Iran, but this measure misses the point.  

March 26, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation

3/26/2015 - HR 2 – Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act: NO.  In 1997, Congress passed legislation to control Medicare spending by establishing a “Sustainable Growth Rate” (SGR) that limits the annual increase for physician reimbursements, but Congress never had the stomach to actually implement it.

March 25, 2015 Vote Notes on Legislation
3/25/15 - H. Con. Res. 27 – Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2016: YES. Sadly, the final version of the House Budget as amended on the floor declines to pay for $22.5 billion in additional spending for defense and refugee resettlement that was added to the off-budget war account to satisfy “defense hawks.” Although technically this only affects spending for FY 2016, I fear it implicitly repudiates programmed reductions in 2017, without which the budget may not balance within ten years as called for in the version that passed the House Budget Committee. I addressed this issue in greater detail in my speech to the House of March 24...

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