Monday, November 19, 2007

Pete Sessions votes "no" to responsible surveillance, mortgage reform

From Congress.Org:

Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act - Vote Passed (291-127, 14 Not Voting)
"to amend the Truth in Lending Act to reform consumer mortgage practices and provide accountability for such practices, to establish licensing and registration requirements for residential mortgage originators, and to provide certain minimum standards for consumer mortgage loans." Pete Sessions voted "no." See H.R.3915, Roll No. 1118.

Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed, and Effective (RESTORE) Act - Vote Passed (227-189, 16 Not Voting) "To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence, and for other purposes." Pete Sessons voted "no." See H.R. 3773, Roll No. 1120.

Pete Sessions' missed votes on Head Start, Internet Predators, Child Pornography

Pete Sessions missed 26 votes between the days November 14-15, among them votes to reauthorize the Head Start Act, to prosecute those involved in child pornoraphy, and to protect our kids from internet predators. Below are three key votes in which Pete Sessions failed to show up on behalf of our kids; for a complete list of Pete Sessions' votes (missing and otherwise), search Pete Sessions' page on the U.S. Congress Votes Database, sponsored by Washington Post:

Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act of 2007 This passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support, 409-0, with 23 not voting. Pete Sessions "not voting." See H.R. 4120, Roll No. 1105.

Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2007 This bill also had complete bi-partisan support, and passed 417-0, with 15 not voting. Pete Sessions "not voting." See H.R. 719, Roll No. 1092.

Improving Head Start Act of 2007 This bill passed 381-36, with Pete Sessions among those "not voting." See H.R.1429, Roll No. 1090.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pete Sessions finally says "no" to Bush!

In a rare break with the Bush White House, Pete Sessions voted with the bipartisan majority in Congress to override the President's veto of the Water Resources Development Act. See HR 1495, Roll No. 1040. Pete Sessions voted "yes."

In other votes, Pete Sessions was back in lockstep, voting against employment non-discrimination, appropriations for labor and education, and tax relief. From Congress.Org:

Employment Non-Discrimination Act - Vote Passed (235-184, 14 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would bar employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against potential workers based on their real or supposed sexual orientation. See H.R. 3685, Roll No. 1057. Pete Sessions voted "no."

Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act, FY2008- Vote Passed (274-141, 17 Not Voting)
With this vote the House sent the appropriations bill funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to the President’s desk. See H.R. 3043, Roll No. 1122.

Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (216-193, 24 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill to provide tax relief for the 2007 filing year. See H.R. 3996, Roll No. 1081. Pete Sessions voted "no."

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Sessions a "no show" for small business; votes "no" on trade, environment


Small Business Contracting Program Improvements Act - Vote Passed (334-80, 18 Not Voting)
This House bill is intended to update the government’s contracting programs targeting veteran and minority owned businesses. See
HR 3867, Roll No. 1017. Pete Sessions not voting.

Trade and Globalization Assistance Act - Vote Passed (264-157, 11 Not Voting)
On Wednesday the House passed this bill that reauthorizes and expands the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. See HR 3920, Roll No. 1025. Pete Sessions voted "no."

Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act - Vote Passed (244-166, 22 Not Voting)
This House bill would overhaul environmental standards applied to mining, finance abandoned mine site clean-up, and charge royalties for hardrock mines located on federal lands. See HR 2262, Roll No. 1033. Pete Sessions Voted "no."

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Middle Class Gives Pete Sessions an "F"

I added a link to the website, which rates our members of Congress and Senators according to how well they serve the middle class. Pete Sessions only voted in the interest of the middle class 11% of the time.