Recent votes in the House

Why does Rep. Reed vote as he does? His constituents can only wonder.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) reports on his votes; Tom Reed seldom does. Consequently, even when we know how Rep. Reed voted, we seldom understand his reasoning. Tom seems to like it that way.

Rep. Amash writes:

dollars1I (Rep. Amash) voted yes on the Broun of GA Second Amendment to #HR4800, which holds funding for the Economic Research Service (ERS) at the FY 2014 level, saving $7.7 million. The ERS is one of three overlapping statistical and research offices within the Department of Agriculture. These functions should be consolidated. The amendment was not agreed to 130-290.

Rep. Reed and most Democrats voted NO.

dollars2I (Rep. Amash) voted yes on the Broun of GA Third Amendment to #HR4800, which eliminates funding for the Watershed Rehabilitation Program, saving $25 million. The program funds projects related to a series of 50-year-old earthen dams—an outdated way to build dams. Pres. Obama’s budget calls for an elimination of the program. The amendment was not agreed to 62-358.

Rep. Reed and most Democrats voted NO.

ddollars3I  (Rep. Amash) voted no on #HR4745, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015. This $52 billion appropriations bill spends $1.2 billion above the FY 2014 funding level, and it funds numerous programs that should be left to state and local governments and the private sector. It passed 229-192.

Rep. Reed voted AYE.

While Rep. Reed’s votes may be justified, his constituents might be better satisfied with his actions if he would explain them. Rep. Amash, a libertarian, invariably is critical of government spending, while Tom is more an opportunist. In the case of these three votes, I believe Rep. Reed got it right and Rep. Amash got it wrong. Would it be fair to think of Tom as a “closet liberal?”

© William Hungerford – July 2014




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2 Responses to Recent votes in the House

  1. solodm says:

    You are correct William. Reed never really explains why he votes as he does. But, invariably he still votes for less funding than is needed for any and all helpful programs and bills.
    Closet liberal? Maybe…. what do you want him to be? He’ll tell you that’s just what he is.


  2. whungerford says:

    Appropriation bills are written as the leadership wishes. Amendments, which might conflict with backroom deals, may not be welcome. So party stalwarts like Tom may vote against amendments whatever their impact on spending.


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