Tom’s Day, Sept. 9, 2014

ways and meansTom’s Event Archive reports some of Tom’s daily activities. Here’s what’s recorded for September 9:

  • Ways & Means Select Revenue Measures Roundtable
  •  Meeting with i3 Electronics President
  •  Meeting with Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic & Trade Affairs
  •  Sophomore Class Meeting

These meetings pique one’s interest–what was discussed and promised?

  • I found no report on the Select Revenue Measures Roundtable.
  • i3 Electronics is an Endicott, NY defense contractor.
  • The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, “maintains close working relations with the U.S. Congress and the Administration, including the Department of State, Department of Commerce, Department of Treasury, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Department of Justice. Issues being dealt with include trade promotion, security enforcement matters, intellectual property rights, strategic trade control, investment protection, and financial services issues.”
  • About the Sophomore Class meeting, we can only wonder what was discussed.

Tom doesn’t mention any votes, but he did vote on several questions:

H. Res. 644 — “Condemning and disapproving of the Obama administration’s failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and expressing national security concerns over the release of five Taliban leaders and the repercussions of negotiating with terrorists.”

Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 249 – 163 (Roll no. 485). Every Republican joined by 22 Democrats voted in favor of this.

H.R. 5078 — “To preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States, and for other purposes.”

chemung-riverAbout this misleadingly titled bill Tom Reed wrote: “Regulating our nation’s waters must be done in an environmentally responsible way, while making sure there isn’t unnecessary and costly expansion of the federal government. That’s why we co-sponsored the bipartisan Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, (HR 5078) which would uphold the federal-state partnership to regulate the nation’s waters by preserving existing rights and responsibilities. We need to make sure local control is maintained by the people on the ground, who know best – not the bureaucrats in DC.”

Tom thought best not to mention that HR 5078 would “prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a rule that broadens the scope of the Clean Water Act.”

Two amendments offered by Mr. Bishop were defeated. H.R. 5078 passed by the Yeas and Nays: 262 – 152 (Roll no. 489). Every Republican except one joined by 35 Democrats voted in favor of this.

Here’s what I would like to see in Tom’s schedule–quiet time to prayerfully consider what is best for my country and my constituents rather than myself and my party.

© William Hungerford – September 2014


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One Response to Tom’s Day, Sept. 9, 2014

  1. Anne says:

    I’m sure there’s at least room for some daydreaming about how sweet and rich life is going to be once he’s gotten himself that lobbyist job.


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