NC Congressional Delegation Activity Jan. 19-23

This week was a busy week in Washington. Congress barely stopped working on Tuesday, though many found time to attend President Obama's inauguration. A few of our House Reps. found themselves in the spotlight. Rep. Brad Miller spoke before the Judiciary Committee about H.R. 225, Rep. Sue Myrick proposed an amendment that was adopted and Rep. Virginia Foxx provided cover for moderate and conservative Democrats.

U.S. House
H.R. 200: To amend title 11 of the United States Code with respect to modification of certain mortgages on principal residences, and for other purposes

Committees
House Judiciary - Rep. Mel Watt sits on the House Judiciary committee and heard testimony/presentations in committee on this bill.

Latest Major Action
1/22/2009 Committee Hearings Held

H.R. 225:To amend title 11 of the United States Code with respect to modification of certain mortgages on principal residences, and for other purposes

NC Sponsor
Rep. Brad Miller, NC-13

NC Cosponsors
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, NC-01
Rep. Mel Watt, NC-12

Committee
House Judiciary - Rep. Mel Watt sits on the House Judiciary committee and heard testimony/presentations in committee on this bill.
Rep. Brad Miller spoke/testified before the House Judiciary committee. His opening statement can be found linked on this page.

Latest Major Action
1/22/2009 Committee Hearings Held

H.R.384: To reform the Troubled Assets Relief Program of the Secretary of the Treasury and ensure accountability under such Program

Committees
House Financial Services: NC members - Rep. Mel Watt, NC-12 & Rep. Brad Miller, NC-13
House Ways and Means: NC member - Rep. Bob Etheridge
House Judiciary: NC member - Rep. Mel Watt, NC-12 Senate Finance

NC member votes
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, NC-01 - Aye
Rep. Bob Etheridge, NC-02 - Aye
Rep. David Price, NC-04 - Aye
Rep. Mike McIntyre, NC-07 - Nay
Rep. Larry Kissell, NC-08 - Aye
Rep. Heath Shuler, NC-11 - Nay
Rep. Mel Watt, NC-12 - Aye
Rep. Brad Miller, NC-13 - Aye

Latest Major Action
1/22/2009 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

H.R.632: To encourage, enhance, and integrate Silver Alert plans throughout the United States, to authorize grants for the assistance of organizations to find missing adults, and for other purposes

NC Cosponsor
Rep. David Price, NC-04

Committee
House Committee on Judiciary

Latest Major Action
1/22/2009 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary

H.R.662: To evaluate and extend the basic pilot program for employment eligibility confirmation and to ensure the protection of Social Security beneficiaries

NC Cosponsor
Rep. Heath Shuler, NC-11

Committees
House Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Education and Labor, Committee on Ways and Means

Latest Major Action
1/23/2009 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

H.J.RES.3: Relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

NC Sponsor
Rep. Virginia Foxx, NC-05

Committee
House Financial Services

Latest Major Action
1/22/09 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 270 - 155 (Roll no. 27)

How NC Reps Voted
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, NC-01 - Nay
Rep. Bob Etheridge, NC-02 - Nay
Rep. David Price, NC-04 - Nay
Rep. Mike McIntyre, NC-07 - Aye
Rep. Larry Kissell, NC-08 - Aye
Rep. Heath Shuler, NC-11 - Aye
Rep. Mel Watt, NC-12 - Nay
Rep. Brad Miller, NC-13 - Nay

U.S. Senate

Confirmation of Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State

Votes of NC Senators Senator Kay Hagan - Aye
Senator Richard Burr - Aye

S.181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 On the Amendment (Hutchison Amendment No. 25 )

Votes of NC Senators Senator Kay Hagan - Nay
Senator Richard Burr - Aye

There were six other amendments to the Lily Ledbetter Act that were proposed and defeated.

S. 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

Votes of NC Senators Senator Kay Hagan - Aye Senator Richard Burr - Nay

Comments

Not sure whether Shuler or McIntyre is worse

I honestly think McIntyre is channeling his old best buddy, Robin Hayes.  Those two were tight from what I hear.



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Oh, my.

Yes, oh, my.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Wonder why Larry would vote FOR

disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

He voted for it before he voted against it

I don't really know.  I didn't get a press release on it.  I have no statement, though I've seen one given to the msm.

I'm doing a more in-depth piece on that particular vote.  I have video of Foxx getting testy with Frank and Frank putting her in her place.  This was going nowhere since the Senate had already defeated the same bill, so it was a throw away vote.



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 Schuler is a Yellow Dog

 Schuler is a Yellow Dog Democrat. He is socially conservative but believes in core Democratic principles. He could be our senatorial challenger to Burr, however I would rather have Cooper.

EDIT: Schuler is a Blue Dog, we're all Yellow Dogs!

yellow dogs

Speak for yourself, I am not a Yellow Dog Democrat.

Thanks Betsy

I want to thank Betsy for keeping up with the votes on the Hill. This is not a easy job, but it sure provides good information.

On Shuler he is walking a tight rope. He will be granted some latitude in SOME of his votes, but he needs to realize his district is hit hard with layoffs. In a recent local paper there was an announcement many medium sized retailers in the area are closing their doors. We will not tolerate for to long ideological stands. Votes with V. Foxx will gain attention very quickly. The working families of this district need the support of their Congressman. The last Congressman from the district forgot that...I hope Congressman Shuler does not forget that too.

V. Foxx can do just fine wrecking her own district, there is no need in tying the two together.

The essence of trade unionism is social uplift. The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor.--A. Phillip Randolph

Apologies in advance for my ignorance -

But can anyone provide more detail on

H.R.384: To reform the Troubled Assets Relief Program of the Secretary of the Treasury and ensure accountability under such Program

and

H.J.RES.3: Relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

I know that the house "disapproved" of the second tranche of TARP funds - and I'm guessing that was H.J.RES.3. I hadn't heard of H.R.384, and I'm not sure what it covers.

Also, as one of Shuler's constituents, I'm most interested in whether or not he supports Miller's efforts on foreclosure relief. That will be a watershed vote for him, as far as I'm concerned.

H.R. 384 was Barney Frank's bill

It provided most of the substantive debate and the process allowed for several amendments from Dems and Reps alike. I plan to go into more detail on that bill later. Basically, it allowed Reps. to attach conditions upon which the money would be released or requirements to be met after the money is released.

Basically, the Senate had already triggered the release of the second half of the TARP funds. Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res 5) was introduced by Sen. David Vitter to try to keep the second half of the TARP funds from being released. That resolution did not pass. Just like a bill, a joint res has to pass both houses in identical form and then must be signed by the president to become law. When H.J.Res.3 made it to the floor in the House, it's basic counterpart had already been defeated in the Senate. The likelihood that the Senate, after defeating a similar/near exact bill would take H.J.Res.3 back up for consideration was similar to the chances that a snowball would make it out of hell without melting. H.J.Res.3 provided an opportunity for debate, but that's about it. Well, it provided a chance for conservative Dems and Dems from conservative districts to vote for something that will look good to their constituents. Seriously, even if both houses voted to deny Obama the second half of the TARP funds, you think he wouldn't exercise the veto? No way there are enough votes to override veto - not with the margin that the res. failed in the Senate.



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I would have been in favor of blocking the second half of TARP.

This thing has been a boondoggle from beginning to end, and though I was in favor of the original bill, now that I've seen how poorly it's been implemented and administered, and how little it seems to have changed banks' behavior, I'm glad that there's even symbolic resistance on the Hill. Frankly, I wish more progressive representatives had voted for it as well. And it should be noted that Shuler voted against the bailout back in October, so it's not like he's changed his position.

But Shuler's vote on HR 384 seems like a mistake to me. If you were opposed to the bailout, why not vote for a bill that imposed more restrictions and vote against the second tranche? That does seem like hiding behind a symbolic vote while supporting the status quo.

Why withhold from President Obama

what we willingly/unwillingly gave to George Bush. We would be handicapping Barack Obama from the outset. After watching almost all of the debate from the House floor and watching the tape of it, I'm still a bit confused as to whether the restrictions voted on in the House actually have a chance of being applied to the second half of the TARP funds.

The only problem I have with so many Dems hopping on Foxx's bandwagon is the failure to admit up front that the res was going nowhere. Rep. Barney Frank can explain it much better than I. It was symbolic from the outset. That doesn't mean it was a waste. It gave more opportunity for debate.



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McIntyre is a deep red - blue dog

We need to find someone to primary him and make him fight for his place at the trough. I'm done with "Blue Dogs" and I sure hope Larry K. keeps his word about not associating himself with these folks.

Stan Bozarth

You're done with "Blue Dogs"?

You're done with "Blue Dogs"? I think the diversity in thought within the Democratic Party is what makes us unique and better than the GOP.

Diversity?

First of all, the Blue Dogs act as a bulwark against diversity of thought by limiting the politically feasible solutions to the problems we face. Their effect is to drag the debate rightward, keeping it within the range it has stayed in for the past 20-30 years.

And it seems to me that no individual voter or citizen has any moral obligation to support "diversity" for the sake of diversity. Saying you're "through" with Blue Dogs can simply mean that you'll never vote for one or support or donate to their campaigns. Making considered decisions like that - and making them public - is part of our civic duty.

No one has to support

No one has to support diversity simply for diversity, but I think with a diversity of opinion you can receive a variety of opinion. I think that many liberals are just as dangerous as the conservatives that surrounded dubya and essentially turn into yes men. If anything, Obama has shown us that diversity of opinion and hearing it out is important and useful.

Agreed.

Anyone who is not willing to listen to opinions other than theirs risks missing important opportunities - to learn and grow, and to find a better way of doing things. Also, listening to and understanding "the other side" is the best way to solidify and clarify your own opinions.

That's my opinion, anyhow.

Painting with a broad brush

Shuler is indeed an unashamed member of the Blue Dog Coalition. But he also voted FOR the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and is a strong voice for conservation of natural resources and protecting the environment. He has faced a great deal of opposition even in his hometown of Bryson City for working toward a financial payout to Swain County instead of building the North Shore Road (the famous Road to Nowhere).

As a voter in the 11th Congressional District, I will support Shuler until someone better comes along. But we put up with 12 years of a lot worse!

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

good job

I didn't see this post until now. Thank you for it.

I wonder if there is a service where you can get this on a weekly basis...