Thursday, January 29, 2009

House passes American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

On a nearly straight party-line vote, the House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with all Repubicans and 11 Democrats voting against. See HR 1, Roll No. 46.

Republicans in TX-32 will be pleased that Pete Sessions has suddenly discovered fiscal responsibility, having voted in October to bail out Wall Street, but they wonder if he's listening to constituents this time, or if it's just more partisan politics.

Democrats have launched an ad campaign targeting Sessions and other Republicans who voted for the Wall Street bailout, but can't vote for the new stimulus bill:
Economic Recovery – Bank Bailout Ad

The following ad is the districts of Representatives Eric Cantor (VA-07), Pete Sessions (TX-32), Henry Brown (SC-01), Ken Calvert (CA-44), Dan Lungren (CA-03), and Lee Terry (NE-02):

Did you know Congressman Eric Cantor voted to bail out big banks, but opposed tax breaks for 95 percent of American workers? Times are tough, tell Member to put families first.
Now, the bill is on its way to the Senate for further debate. Stay tuned...

1 comment:

Weaseldog said...

My open letter to the honorable Pete Sessions:

I saw today that you voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Though I believe that government spending needs to be reduced on all fronts, I am puzzled why you would vote against a pork bill this late in the game.

You continually vote to fund no bid contracts in Iraq, shoveling what will ultimately be $trillions of dollars into this money pit. Likely because you highly value Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and of course, Dubai where Halliburton stashes their lucre.

Then you vote to give bankers who are crappy at business, $600 billion, with no oversight. Geitner now says that out of the $600 billion, $2.1 trillion has already been given away, leaving $300 billion left. What funny math you folks use in Washington. So I assume that keeping bankers who are crappy at banking, in the black matters to you. This is important to you.

There are many other pork programs you have supported and love, that I would deem wasteful, but there's little point in listing them here. Suffice it to say that I'm not aware that you voted against any of them.

Now you finally decide to vote nay on a program, and it's one and only defining characteristic, is that the money would be spent in America, on America.

You don't mind voting on Pork to send to Kuwait, but you veto Pork going to America.

It's clear that your issue isn't with the pork spending. You have a problem with America. You're giving us the finger. You're telling us that we can shove it where the sun don't shine.

Pete Sessions, why do you hate America? And why do you stay? Is it so that you work to continue to rot America away from the inside? do you simply see your duty as a saboteur, committing treason, bill by bill?

You wrote to me previously that the Patriot Act is Constitutional because a lawyer (Alberto Gonzales?), told you it is. The illegal spying, illegal torture, etc... is all legal, because a lawyer explained that anti-constitutional laws are constitutional. From that letter, you made it clear that you didn't read Patriot Act, that your haven't read and understood the US Constitution, and after all of these years in office, you haven't bothered improve your education in these matters.

So perhaps, you never read this bill. Perhaps someone shoved a couple of C-Notes into your hand and told you how to vote. Is this the case? Is that what happened?

Well take care. you might be a crook and a traitor, but I guess you're our crook and traitor.

Feel free to forward this email to the FBI as you have the others. and I wish you the best and good health, but I also wish you'd find another profession.