OK-SAFE, Inc. – “Continuing Resolution” Vote
On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, the U.S. Congress voted on H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, a Continuing Resolutions (CR) to fund government operations. From the House website: “The bill provides necessary funding to keep the doors of the government open until the end of the fiscal year on September 30.”
Another way of saying we’re kicking the can down the road – again.
The correct position was to vote against the resolution and defund such things as the Patient Protection and (Un)Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care”. The correct position was to take a stand and vote to do the right thing.
Four of Oklahoma’s Republican delegation failed in this. (Choosing instead to plan for 2014 elections?)
House Votes on H.R. 933:
March 6, 2013 votes on H.R. 933: 267 Ayes/151 Nays/13 Not Voting. The Nays included 14 Republicans, one of whom was OK Congressman Jim Bridenstine.
GovTrack link to votes: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h62
Dist. 1 – Jim Bridenstine – Voted Against the Continuing Resolution. This was the correct vote.
DC Phone: 202-225-2211
Washington, DC, March 6, 2013 – Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted against the “Continuing Resolution” in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The Continuing Resolution (CR) is legislation whereby Congress authorizes continued funding of government operations in the absence of a budget. The Obama Administration has not submitted a budget as required by law, so Congress must act to appropriate funds. Congressman Bridenstine has no desire to “shut down the government” but saw this up or down vote as a strong opportunity to de-fund implementation of the widely unpopular and expensive Obamacare programs.
Mr. Bridenstine commented:
“As the IRS moves to collect billions in fees for Obamacare and the Department of Health and Human Services continues to promulgate complex new rules for businesses and individuals to implement the unpopular and unworkable law, today I voted against the Continuing Resolution (CR).”
Rest of Bridenstine’s statement is here.
DC Phone: 202-225-2701
Website spin statement: “Military Flexibility” – mimics Tom Cole’s statement
Washington D.C. – March, 6 2013 – Today Congress approved H. R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund government operations. The bill passed by a vote of 267 – 151.
“I voted yes on this bill because it gives our military much-needed flexibility during sequestration and makes the spending cuts that are vital to finally balancing the budget permanent,” Mullin said. “These cuts are real cuts to spending and reign in many out-of-control tentacles of the federal government such as the EPA and IRS.”
Rest of Mullin’s statement is here.
DC Phone: (202) 225-2132
Lankford website statement – silence.
There is no statement on this vote on Congressman Lankford’s website. A call to Lankford’s office resulted in being put in touch with a Kelly Ferguson; one of Ms. Ferguson’s questions was why were we looking for a statement on this vote? Ferguson went on to say she would get with the Congressman and see whether he wanted to issue a statement on his vote or not. If he does, we will update this blog post with that information.
[UPDATE 12:00 pm. Rep. Lankford's office has posted a link to his Facebook page, providing a link to a Fox Business video discussion of his vote on the Continuing Resolution. His FB page contains a brief statement on the right hand side.]
DC Phone: (202) 225-6165
Website Spin statement – “Military Flexibility” – see Mullin statement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September, replacing the temporary funding measure that expires March 26. Additionally, the legislation maintains sequestration cuts while providing the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs greater flexibility to cut spending without jeopardizing military readiness or the health and well-being of our veterans.
“This legislation is a responsible approach that cuts spending, avoids the threat of a government shutdown, and protects our military capability.
Rest of Cole’s statement is here.
DC Phone: (202) 225-5565
Website statement on this vote – silence.
A call the Congressman Lucas’ office resulted in a vague statement by an aide that there would probably be a statement posted today. The aide went on to justify Lucas’ vote for the continuing resolution, otherwise “government would have shut down”.
On continuing to use the threat of “government shutting down” as justification for passing this type of resolution simply continues to delay what should be done to correct the situation we’re in – namely, operating without a budget.
Instead of taking a position and moving toward forcing the creation of a budget, and defunding “ObamaCare”, four of Oklahoma’s delegation blinked. Now, who should be primaried?