Jim Jordan

Jim Jordan


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State OH
Years in DC 10
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Votes Conservative Position Jordan Vote Vote Result Date
Restore Congress' ability to stop burdensome regulations
One of the biggest legislative priorities for reigning in an out of control regulatory bureaucracy is the REINS Act. This legislation would require Congress to approve major economic regulations before they go into effect. In effect beginning the return of Congress to its rightful place as a check on the executive branch. This vote is to improve the REINS act with an amendment from Rep. Steve King that would apply the REINS act's requirements to major regulations that are already on the books. This would force Congress to examine and hold up or down votes on every existing economically impactful regulation. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 1/6/2017
Block Impeachment of IRS Commissioner
This vote was on whether or not IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's impeachment should be blocked. Conservatives have made the case that Koskinen was involved in covering up and hampering Congress' investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups and conservative speech. Koskinen has been accused of repeatedly lying under oath and refusing to cooperate with congressional investigators. In June 2014, he told Congress that since the start of this investigation into former Director Lois Lerner, every email had been preserved. Yet, just three months earlier, IRS officials magnetically erased 422 backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails. House conservatives brought articles of impeachment to the floor accusing Koskinen of violating the public trust of his office. Instead of affirming the articles of impeachment and sending them to the Senate to be tried, the motion was blocked. For years, Congress has abdicated its oversight powers and the accountability tool of impeachment against abusive executive officials. Koskinen was a perfect candidate for impeachment and this would have been an opportune moment to strengthen congressional power and deter future executive officials from malfeasance and to hold corrupt government officials accountable. A vote in support of this motion was a vote to block impeachment. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/6/2016
Fund Obama Priorities and Give Planned Parenthood a Raise
This government funding bill funded all aspects of the federal government from October 1 through December 9, 2016. Absent from this budget bill was any sort of meaningful limitations on a single illegal, abusive, or harmful executive action taken by President Obama. In fact, this spending bill funded every major policy priority of the Obama administration. Absent from the bill were limitations or reforms to Obamacare, Planned Parenthood funding, Obama’s transgender bathroom mandate on the states, sanctuary cities, unconstitutional amnesty, or anything resembling a spending reduction or fiscal responsibility to address our $20 trillion debt. Additionally, this spending bill offered specific funding to combat Zika, despite funding already being available. There were no restrictions on whether this government money could go to Planned Parenthood, which effectively increased government funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider. What was particularly disturbing about this blank check is that the timing of the budget deadline coincided with two new harmful unilateral policies of the Obama administration: the giveaway of oversight over internet IP addresses to a foreign entity and a net increase in refugee admissions for the new fiscal year. Of course, the failure to do anything about Obama’s increase in refugee admissions comes on top of the existing increase in refugees from the Middle East during a time of grave homeland security concerns. While one expects compromise with divided government, this spending package was truly breathtaking as it embodies Democrat values – as if Republicans did not in fact actually control Congress. Finally, this bill was timed to expire during December, and thus creates a lame-duck session which exposes America to the inevitable danger of multiple onerous policies jammed through by retiring members, including those who have lost their bid for reelection. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 9/29/2016
Bail Out of Puerto Rico
Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Puerto Rico bailout bill 297 – 127. In total, 139 Republicans supported the bill, with 103 opposing. The bill passed with Democrat votes (158 in favor). What this bill represents should worry every voter. The bailout first establishes a fiscal oversight board. This board will be created by Washington and will have near imperial powers over the island’s governance, particularly its finances (yes, these Washington bureaucrats can raise taxes on Puerto Rico by fiat). Equally as troubling, the bill allows the Oversight Board to restructure the island’s debt without the consent of the creditors. In other words, the bill provides Puerto Rico with bankruptcy-like powers that have otherwise been found unconstitutional. The ability to restructure Puerto Rico's debt is nothing less than a bailout. Instead of Puerto Rico declaring default or working with the creditors, the oversight board will be able to implement legally unbounded decisions to force payment cuts upon creditors. Even worse the bill allows for “transparent” cronyism and the oversight board receives no funding from Congress, nor do the board members receive pay. Instead, it is expected to operate on payments from Puerto Rico – the same government that is completely broke. Without the financial assistance from Puerto Rico, the oversight board will be permitted to accept gifts. Yes, the board that will have near imperial powers over the island’s bonds, contracts, and pension may accept publicly provided gifts (bribes?) from the very people they will impact. The bill is a symbolic shift from a fiscal mess on the shoulders of Puerto Rico, to one on taxpayers across the country. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 6/9/2016
Support Obama Transgender Agenda
This vote was to pass an energy and water spending bill that not only spent $2.8 billion more than the liberal, Pelosi-controlled Congress, but also $168 million more than President Obama requested. The bill also contained underlying language that approved of Obama's controversial executive order 13672. Order 13672 instructs federal agencies to sever contracts with any private company that doesn't follow Obama's mandated sexual identity agenda. This could include companies or vendors that don't allow men into women's bathrooms in their private facilities. Voting for this legislation would have not only increased spending but would have advanced a radical social agenda item of the left. Democrats effectively sided with conservatives on this vote because the proposed legislation did not include their spending priorities. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 5/26/2016
$1.1 Trillion Budget Busting Spending Bill
This 2,009 page omnibus bill contained a whopping $1.1 trillion for funding the entire government for the remainder of fiscal year 2016, or $547 million per page. Taken in totality, this bill gave away the final opportunity for Republicans to wield the power of the purse over a number of lawless or harmful executive policies for the rest of the Obama administration. The tactics and processes used by Speaker Ryan to advance this bill were identical to ones used by Speaker Boehner, and ultimately resulted in the GOP Congress losing all leverage over an out of control executive branch. As the omnibus fully funded Obama’s amnesty programs and even added close to $300 million in funding for economic and cultural development in some of the very Latin American countries violating our sovereignty. While the bill contained no positive immigration riders to prevent Obama from bringing in Syrian refugees and other security risks, it contained a harmful provision quadrupling the H2-b visa program for next year, further burdening American workers and taxpayers with more low skilled workers from impoverished countries. In addition, this bill stripped out every rider halting Obama’s environmental agenda. Finally it increased spending by $53 billion relative to the previous year. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/18/2015
1,300 Page $305 billion Highway Bailout Bill
This 1,300 page bill was introduced, "debated", and voted on within 72 hours, making it virtually impossible that any member of Congress actually read it. It is accurate to assume that Congress is blindly spending $305 billion with little knowledge of its implications. Additionally this bill bails out the Highway Trust Fund to the tune of $70 billion. While the Republican controlled Congress makes the argument the bill is paid for, that is a fraudulent claim as the payfors are budget gimmicks designed to hide the true cost of the bill. Besides continuing Congress' reckless spending spree, the bill also renews the once shuttered crony capitalist Export Import Bank. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/3/2015
Expand Federal Involvement in Education
This vote was to reauthorize No Child Left Behind through 2020. No Child Left Behind represented an unprecedented expansion by the federal government into education. Overall this reauthorization legislation is a missed opportunity for a Republican controlled congress to empower parents and put children first. Education is an issue that is near and dear to families and represents and opportunity for Republicans to lay down a bold contrast of family first policies. Conservatives believe education decisions should be made by state and local officials, yet this bill retains the fundamental mandate requiring states to concoct uniform standards in reading and math that would be applied statewide throughout all jurisdictions. The bill keeps the plethora of federal testing requirements that have been the driving force behind the adoption of Common Core. Likewise, it does nothing to address the duplicate and wasteful programs funded by the Department of Education, but in reality actually expands education control into preschool programs. Instead of renewing the 2001 law with minor changes, conservatives should be implementing sweeping reforms that allow states to drive innovation in their own school districts. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/3/2015
Raise Debt by $1.5 Trillion and Increase Spending
The Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (H.R. 1314) represents the convergence of everything that is wrong in Washington and is a prime example of  the engendered permanent growth of the federal government. This bill married a blank check of approximately $1.5 trillion in debt suspension with a two-year budget plan that placed the final nail in the coffin of the 2011 Budget Control Act, which cut government spending for the first time in years. At a time when spending is already slated to increase by another $250 billion in 2016, this deal busts the budget caps by $112 billion. In classic Enron-style accounting, the hodgepodge of offsets are either notional, intangible, or scheduled to take effect almost ten years from now and in typical Washington fashion, unlikely to ever come to fruition. In addition, this bill bails out the broken Disability Insurance program with $150 billion from Social Security retirement benefits without enacting any durable and verifiable reforms that address the systemic flaws in the program which have made this program a dependency-inducing Ponzi scheme rife with fraud. Finally, this budget bill fails to exact a single policy concession from Obama on the major issues of our time immigration enforcement, Planned Parenthood, EPA regulations, the Iran deal, etc. and takes the power of the purse off the table as leverage against any potential executive overreach for the remainder of the Obama presidency. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 10/28/2015
Fund Planned Parenthood and Obama's Priorities
Republicans gained control of both chambers of Congress last fall with the premise of stopping Obama by using their Constitutional right of the power of the purse to defund key parts of Obama’s agenda. Over the 2015 summer an undercover group released numerous videos depicting Planned Parenthood engaging in the sale and harvest of organs of aborted babies. Conservatives responded with calls to halt federal funds to private organizations like Planned Parenthood that engage in this behavior. Additionally conservatives called on Congress to with hold funding for President Obama’s disastrous Iran deal, which puts America and her allies at risk, and to continue efforts to defund Obama’s executive amnesty. This vote was on final passage of spending bill that fully funds Obama’s priorities, including abortion, until December 11, 2015. Between now and December 11th, Planned Parenthood is estimated to commit 70,000 abortions. Preceding this vote, Republicans engaged in a series of show votes to give the appearance of fighting against public funding of abortion, however this vote was a critical vote in the House to cut off those federal funds. From a spending and budget perspective this spending bill maintains the excessive burn rate of taxpayer dollars and lacks any spending reforms. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 9/30/2015
Obamatrade -- Fast Track Authority for TPP
This vote was on the key procedural provision known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA grants a special fast-track status to trade deals negotiated by the president and as such has been dubbed Obamatrade. While conservatives generally support trade agreements as important tools for lowering tariffs and trade barriers, and TPA is often needed in order to effectively negotiate with other countries, this particular TPA was problematic for a number of reasons. Typically, a TPA is passed at the beginning of negotiation cycles so that Congress directs the president to negotiate along specific parameters. In this case, the three primary treaties that would receive fast-track status under this TPA have already been negotiated in secret for years. There is no reason to pass fast track authority without releasing more details about these trade agreements to the public. Moreover, given this president’s penchant for implementing major policies without Congress, there was a widespread fear that Obama would use these trade agreements to pursue liberal policies, such as changes to our immigration system, labor laws, and global warming regulations. For example, according to WikiLeaks, one of the impending trade deals – the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) – contains an entire immigration section, including a provision prohibiting US authorities from conducting in-person interviews for certain visa categories. Additionally, the main trade deal – the Trans Pacific Partnership – contains a “living agreement” provision, which could enable Obama to expand the scope of the agreement during the final months of his presidency or add countries like China to the agreement. Finally, GOP Leadership negotiated a deal to advance Trade Promotion Authority and in exchange for Democrat votes, promised to renew the crony capitalist Export-Import Bank and a failed government handout program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, a subsidy bailout for labor unions. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 6/18/2015
$500 Billion Healthcare Bill
This vote was on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act which is expected to increase the nation's debt by $500 billion over the next 20 years. This bill was cobbled together in a backroom deal by Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi. Overall H.R. 2 is a massive health care spending bill that replaces the existing Medicare payment system for health care providers, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), with a new bureaucratic pay scheme that would automatically increase reimbursements every year. Although everyone agrees that the SGR was a flawed system, this bill merely replaced one top-down bureaucratic price-control system with a new one, albeit with a more generous reimbursement rate. With this bill Congress failed to address the underlying problems in healthcare entitlements and in true back room deal fashion, included several extraneous provisions designed to buy votes. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 3/26/2015
Kill Funding for Obama's Executive Amnesty
While considering HR 240, the FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security funding bill, in the Senate, newly elected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worked with Democrats and liberal Republicans to re-instate funding for Obama’s executive amnesty. This vote is on whether or not to kill the bill that contains funding for Obama's executive amnesty. If this motion would have passed it would have stopped Obama's executive amnesty from being funded. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 3/4/2015
Repeal Obamacare
This vote was to repeal Obamacare and to stop its damage to our nation's economy and healthcare system. No law in recent memory has had such a large effect on not only the American economy, but also the long term fiscal outlook of our country. Obamacare created a new entitlement program, and has complicated and disrupted the lives of every American. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 2/4/2015
Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline
This vote would grant TransCanada immediate authority to begin constructing and operating the Keystone Pipeline, thereby circumventing all of the bureaucratic tape and stonewalling the Obama administration has created for years. If there was ever a slam dunk positive initiative for the American economy, it is the Keystone pipeline. Completion of the 1,200 mile pipeline will create thousands of jobs, increase our energy output, and lower the price of oil and energy across the board for consumers. Moreover, pipelines are the most environmental friendly means of transporting oil, much cheaper and safer than transport by ship. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 1/9/2015
Remove John Boehner from Speaker of the House
This vote was to determine who serves as the Speaker of the House for the 114th Congress. The Speaker has dominant influence and sets the agenda for what bills and votes are allowed on the floor. After Speaker Boehner partnered with President Obama to whip votes for the $1.1 trillion Cromnibus bill funding Obama's illegal executive amnesty, conservatives saw that act as the last straw. Because the Speaker is determined by absolute majority of the potential 435 voting representatives, only 29 Republican votes for a candidate other than Boehner were needed to force a second ballot. Forcing a second ballot would have effectively removed John Boehner from Speaker. The conservative position was to vote for anyone besides Boehner or a Democrat. Those listed as YES attempted to remove Speaker Boehner and replace him with another Republican. Those listed as NO voted for Speaker Boehner, a Democrat, or present. Boehner received enough votes to be re-elected Speaker of the House. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 1 1/7/2015
$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill that Funds Executive Amnesty
This 1700+ page, $1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill granted President Obama full funding for 11 of 12 federal departments for the remainder of the fiscal year - without any congressional restrictions on his unilateral action on amnesty, Obamacare, and environmental regulations. Worse, this bill actually provided Obama with an additional $2.5 billion in funds to facilitate his executive amnesty. Most egregiously, this 1700-page bill was crafted as a backroom deal by lame duck senators who were rejected by the American public in the November election. Speaker Boehner placed the bill on the floor with only 48 hours to read all 1700 pages. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/12/2014
Extend Ex-Im and set up Lame Duck
This spending bill was filled with problematic provisions such as arming “friendly” rebels in Syria, extending the corrupt Export-Import Bank, and sets up a post-November election lame-duck session of Congress. The main conservative concern with a lame duck is the potential for a massive omnibus spending bill and the potential for an unaccountable Congress to pass an Internet sales tax. This bill passed the House 319-108 and was signed into law by the President. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 9/18/2014
Freeze Obama DACA Program
Since President Obama's issue of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, illegal immigration numbers have spiked. Conservatives have voiced concerns that amnesty provided under DACA will only embolden future waves of illegal immigration. This amendment by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), would freeze the Obama DACA program and address the root cause of the Summer of 2014 border crisis, DACA. This bill passed the House 216 – 192 on Aug. 1, 2014 and waits further action by the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 8/2/2014
RSC Back to Basics Budget
The Republican Study Committee (RSC)'s “Back to Basic Budget” would have balanced our nation's budget in four years and addresses many of its long term fiscal liabilities. It attempted to do so by freezing federal spending until the budget is balanced, repealing and replacing Obamacare, enacting a pro-growth tax reform to jump start economic growth, reforming welfare, and addressing the unsustainability of Social Security. Unfortunately, this amendment failed 133-291. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 4/10/2014
Continue Flood Insurance Subsidies
This bill canceled out Flood Insurance reforms designed to make the program sustainable. Currently taxpayers around the country subsidize flood insurance premiums in flood prone areas. Cancelling Flood Insurance reforms will bankrupt the program requiring another taxpayer bailout. This bill passed the House 306 – 91 on Mar. 4, 2014, and was later signed by the president into law. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 3/5/2014
Suspend the Debt Limit
This bill removed the nation's debt limit until March 15, 2015. No spending cuts or budget reforms accompanied this bill. Representatives supporting this debt ceiling increase had no idea the amount of debt they were approving because the increase was affixed to a date rather than a number. In essence this increase was a blank check, despite the nation's $17.3 trillion debt. The bill was approved by the House 221 – 201 on Feb. 11, 2014 and was signed by the president on Feb. 15, 2014. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 2/12/2014
No Federal Funds for Abortions
Traditionally Congress has kept federal funds from paying for abortions. With the passage of Obamacare it opened the flood gates of federally funded abortions. This legislation would prohibit federal funds for abortions and ensure taxpayers are not paying for the destruction of human life. The legislation passed the House 227 – 188 on Jan. 28, 2014, but awaits further action by the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 1/29/2014
1,582 page Omnibus Spending Bill
The 1,582 page Omnibus spending bill was given very little time to be read but increased spending $45 billion over Budget Control Act levels. Last minute bills are a typical Washington maneuver to ram through large spending bills with very little scrutiny. This bill passed the House 359 – 67 on Jan. 15, 2014 and was signed by the president on Jan. 17. 2014. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 1/16/2014
Ryan-Murray Budget Deal
The Ryan-Murray budget deal undid the required spending cuts called sequestration. These spending cuts were designed to pay for the August 2011 debt limit increase. Voting for this deal increased spending and taxes immediately and relied on a future Congress to keep potential spending cuts, despite the irony that the Representatives voting in favor of this legislation canceled out previously agreed to spending cuts. The deal was approved in the House 332 – 94 on Dec. 12, 2013. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/13/2013
Raise the Debt Limit and Fund Obamacare
This legislation raised the nation's debt limit without any spending reforms and fully funded Obamacare, while also re-opening non-essential services of the government. Conservatives have pointed out time and time again the destruction that Obamacare has wrought on our nation's healthcare, economy, culture, and fiscal outlook. This backroom deal ultimately did nothing to slow its implementation or weaken the law. This bill passed the House 285 – 114 on Oct. 16, 2013 and was signed by the president on Oct. 17, 2013. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 10/17/2013
Defund Obamacare
This legislation looked to fully fund the government and pause the implementation of Obamacare. Obamacare would have been paused for one year to give Congress time to address the skyrocketing healthcare premiums, mass insurance cancellations, and damage to the economy and employment market. The Constitution specifically grants Congress the power of the purse to counteract and out of control executive branch. Congress should exercise that authority to stop any more damage from Obamacare. While this bill passed the House 230 – 189 on Sept. 20, 2013, the Senate struck language pausing Obamacare and the final bill approved fully funding Obamacare. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 9/20/2013
Re-affirm the 4th Amendment
This amendment, sponsored by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) would have re-affirmed the 4th Amendment of the Constitution that protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizure. It also looked to extend Fourth Amendment guarantees to electronic communications and required specific warrants granted from specialized intelligence courts in order to obtain this information. Unfortunately, this amendment failed 205 – 217 on July 24, 2013. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 7/25/2013
Permanent Farm Bill
This farm bill trades minor reforms to food stamps for a permanent farm bill. This legislation would make market distorting subsidies permanent and is being used as a bait and switch for conservatives. Not until late in the process was it revealed that the legislation was permanent and it would inhibit conservatives from attempting future reforms to corporate welfare and food stamps. Additionally it gave momentum to reauthorizing what ended up being a $1 trillion farm bill. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 7/11/2013
Violence Against Women Act
The original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 made domestic violence a federal crime, in addition to a state or local crime. This reauthorization of VAWA made changes that allowed for "emotional distress" to be classified as domestic violence. While conservatives abhor domestic violence and advocate for the rule of law, the lack of authority for this legislation in the Constitution gives conservatives pause. Conservatives have argued that state and local governments are better equipped to stop domestic violence than the federal government. This bill was approved in the House 286 – 138 on Feb. 28, 2013 and was later signed by the president on Mar. 7, 2013. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 2/28/2013
$33.677 billion increase in spending
This amendment sponsored by Rep. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), increased spending in the Hurricane Sandy bill by almost $34 billion. This legislation, combined with other legislation geared towards addressing damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, amounts for $60.4 billion in un-accounted spending. Significant portions of the funding in the legislation did not go towards Hurricane Sandy needs but instead toward pet projects. Simply put Congress used a natural disaster as an excuse to increase spending. The amendment passed 228 – 192 on Jan. 15, 2013 and the bill was later signed into law by the president. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 1/16/2013
Fiscal Cliff Tax Increase
The Fiscal Cliff tax increase raised taxes on incomes of over $400,000, raise payroll taxes on 77% of Americans, while extending corporate welfare tax breaks for special interests. Raising taxes hurts economic growth and fuels out of control government spending. This increase was approved by the House 257 - 167 on Jan. 1, 2013, and the bill was signed by the president on Jan. 2, 2013. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 1/2/2013
Audit the Federal Reserve
This legislation would have required the Comptroller of the United States to audit the Federal Reserve and provide a report to Congress on Federal Reserve activity. This amendment came at a time when the Federal Reserve's balance sheet was the largest in history and continued to keep interest rates at non-existent levels to increase inflation. The goal of this legislation was to provide transparency to an opaque decision making process and a stepping stone to sound monetary policy. While the bill passed the House 327-98 on July 25, 2012, it never passed the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 7/25/2012
Plus Up Government Spending
This government spending bill aimed to fund the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development with a combined level of $51.6 billion over the following fiscal year. Rather than cut funding to these departments this legislation increased funding for a variety of programs like Amtrak, the Essential Air Service, and questionable community development block grants. The bill passed the House 261 – 163 on June 29, 2012 but was never passed by the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 6/29/2012
Repeal Subsidies of Airline Tickets
Rep. Tom McClintock's (R-CA), amendment proposeed to eliminate the $200 million a year Essential Air Service (EAS). The EAS provides subsidies to small rural air carriers to keep ticket prices low. Taxpayers should not have to be subsidizing airline ticket prices. Other methods of transportation such as automobile, bus, or train are valid options as well. In some cases EAS airports are within only a few hour drive of a major hub. The amendment failed 164-238 on June 26, 2012. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 6/27/2012
Ban Sex-Selective Abortions
This bill would have imposed criminal penalties on those who perform an abortion based exclusively upon the gender of the baby. Aborting a baby because one does not like the sex is a barbaric practice. These abortions most often occur during the 2nd and third trimesters of pregnancy, when the baby is viable and capable of feeling pain. Moreover, in a society where we value life, liberty, and equal opportunity for everyone, there is no reason that such discriminatory behavior should be exhibited to the most vulnerable among us. This vote failed to reach the 2/3 majority needed to pass. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 5/31/2012
Strong Missile Defense
The Rehberg amendment would have prohibited the Obama administration from unilaterally reducing our nation's strategic nuclear triad and missile defense. Conservatives opposed the new START treaty because there was not enough accountability to ensure that Russia would comply with the nuclear reduction agreement. The lack of accountability would have resulted in unilateral disarmament for the United States. Although the House doesn’t vote on ratification of treaties, this amendment would have forced the Obama administration to uphold promises they made to Congress regarding the treaty. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 5/18/2012
Export-Import Bank Reauthorization
This reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) expanded the bank's lending authority an additional 40% for a total of $140 billion. Ex-Im is the poster child for corporate welfare. Additionally, the bank distorts the free market with taxpayer backed subsidies pitting one section of the US economy against the other. This bill passed the HOUSE on May 9, 2012, and was signed into law on May 30, 2012. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 5/9/2012
Raise Cost of Imports
This legislation raised the cost of imports from non-market economies by applying a special tariff. Ultimately, consumers have had the tariff tax passed along in the form of higher prices. This legislation pits one section of the US economy against the other and attempts to manipulate international trade. This bill was passed by the House 370 – 39 and was later signed into law by the president. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 3/7/2012
Budget Busting Omnibus
This government spending bill was over 1200 pages long and spent $1.054 trillion. Additionally the spending bill lacked any checks or balances on the out of control executive branch and violated the recently agreed to Budget Control Act spending levels. The bill funded major liberal priorities like Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, and lacked a single spending cut. This bill was passed by the house 296 – 121 on Dec. 16, 2011 and was later signed into law by the president. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/16/2011
Increase Debt Limit by $2.4 Trillion
This bill increased the nation's debt limit by $2.4 trillion, the largest increase in the history of the United States. In exchange for an immediate debt limit increase, the bill "promise[d]" discretionary cuts in the future. Future increased spending was assured with an immediate increase but "promised" cuts were certain to be overturned at the time. (Note: Spending cuts promised in this bill were overturned in December of 2013 with the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal). This bill passed the House 269 – 161 on Aug. 1, 2011 and was later signed into law by the president. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 8/2/2011
$3 Billion Spending Cut
This amendment sponsored by Rep. Huelskamp (R-KS), would have cut $3 billion from the Interior spending bill. Specifically it tried to reign in the EPA with cuts to their budget and also eliminated the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. There are numerous private charities dedicated to advancing the arts and humanities. These cuts would have been painless. This amendment failed 126 – 284 on July 25, 2011. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 7/26/2011
Cut, Cap, and Balance Act
The "Cut, Cap, and Balance" act would have increased the debt ceiling in exchange for a balanced budget amendment to the constitution, a 20% cap on future spending, and $110 billion in spending cuts. "Cut, Cap, and Balance" would have set our nation on a path to long term fiscal sustainability and save $5.8 trillion over 10 years. This bill passed the House 234 – 190 on July 19, 2011, but was blocked in the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 7/20/2011
Cut Ethanol Subsidies
This amendment sponsored by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) cut subsidies to the ethanol industry. At the time, the ethanol industry received the triple crown of government protection: mandate to use their product, tariff protections from overseas ethanol, and government subsidies. Ethanol has failed at its goal of reducing foreign dependence on oil and has only served to drive up food prices while decreasing mileage for vehicles. The amendment was approved 283 – 128 and subsequently died in the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 6/16/2011
$700 Million Spending Cut
This amendment sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) would have saved taxpayers $1.8 billion by bringing total spending in the bill in line with the conservative Republican Study Committee budget. The amendment aimed to eliminate the foreign "Food for Peace" program and reduce duplicative government programs. For example the Department of Agriculture has three different agencies that perform research and statistics. This amendment failed 83 – 338 on June 15, 2011. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 6/16/2011
Expand Offshore Drilling
Since the BP oil spill the Obama Administration has used the accident as an excuse to curtail all offshore energy exploration. As a result thousands of jobs have been lost and America's dependence on foreign oil has increased. This legislation would have overturned the moratorium on offshore energy exploration and allow Governors to request leases be made in areas that reside in their jurisdiction. At a time when our nation's economy is stalled, facilitating energy exploration would create thousands of jobs and lower energy prices to allow for more private investment. While this bill passed the House 243 – 179 on May 12, 2011, it received no further action and died in the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 5/12/2011
Block EPA Energy Tax
This legislation would have amended the Clean Air Act to block the EPA from instituting a backdoor Cap-and-Trade style tax. Congress rejected Cap-and-Trade legislation but the Obama Administration has turned to regulations promulgated by the EPA to advance radical environmental goals. While this bill passed the House 255 – 172 on Apr. 7, 2011, it received no further action and died in the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 4/7/2011
Expand Obamacare
This legislation would have expanded an Obamacare grant program by loosening eligibility requirements. Expanding the constituency of Obamacare grant programs will only make it more difficult to repeal as the enlarged constituency for these grants becomes dependent on the funding. This bill passed the House (2/3’s) 280 – 138 on March 8, 2011 but received no further action and died in the Senate. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 3/9/2011
Keep 2010 Pledge to America Promise
This amendment sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), aimed to cut spending in the underlying bill by $100 billion. House Republicans in in their 2010 Pledge to America promised to roll back government spending by $100 billion to 2008 levels. The Blackburn amendment would have kept that promise. This amendment failed 147 – 281 on Feb. 18, 2011. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 2/19/2011
FDA Takeover of Food Industry
This legislation greatly increased the power and jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has a poor track record of responding and preventing food safety outbreaks and has frequently mislead the public to the cause of food-poisoning outbreaks. The legislation was unpaid for, lacked little congressional oversight, and reduced the choices of consumers all while empowering an agency with a poor track record. This bill passed the House 215 – 144 on Dec. 21, 2010 and was later signed into law by the president. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/22/2010