Monday, May 10, 2010

Pete Sessions votes "no" to Home Star Energy Retrofit Act

Last week, the House passed H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, which allocates $6 billion to be used for consumer rebates to make houses more energy efficient. This is a popular bill with bipartisan support; the Senate version of the bill is co-sponsored by Scott Brown (R-MA) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC). The measure is, favored by manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and voters in TX-32!

The House bill passed 246-161 (23 not voting), with Pete Sessions among those voting no. From here, the bill goes to the Senate; read about the benefits of the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act in this article at Grist: Home Star energy retrofit bill passes House". Read the text of the bill and follow its progress through the Senate at Gov Track

Monday, May 3, 2010

Pete Sessions votes "no" to Puerto Rico Democracy Act

Last Thursday, the House paved the way for Puerto Rico self-determination by passing the Puerto Rico Democracy Act. This is part of a multi-step process which will eventually allow Puerto Rico to decide for themselves if they want complete independence from the United States, to remain a commonwealth, become a 51st state, or to be independent with some sort of special political relationship with the U.S.

The bill, H.R. 2499, passed 223-169, with Pete Sessions among the "no" voters. From there, it will go to the Senate.

For the roll call vote, and to follow the progress of this bill see Gov Track.