Or at least tries to keep them honest. . .
Last week, Representative Thomas Massie (KY-04) waged a heroic guerrilla campaign to force the House leadership to hold a vote on ending U.S. involvement in Yemen by forcing roll-call votes on every suspension bill until the House leadership allows a vote on Yemen.
Here are some of the suspension bills voted on last week:
S. 1158 – establishes a Mass Atrocities Task Force to prevent genocide and establishes a complex crisis fund to prevent or respond to unforeseen and complex foreign crises, including genocide. Here Is the roll-call vote. Only four Republicans voted no:
Justin Amash (MI-03)
Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
Paul Gossar (AZ-04)
S. 1580 – urges the government to consider the needs of vulnerable women and girls in administering U.S. foreign aid programs. Here Is the roll-call vote. Only five Republicans voted no:
Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
James Sensenbrenner (WI-05)
S. 3247 — bill to improve programs and policies aimed at enhancing women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Here is the roll-call vote.
HR 7227 — Requires the IRS to develop a customer service strategy, establish a new office for appeals, reauthorize the taxpayer aadvocate and reauthorizes a variety of programs designed to provide assistance in filling out tax forms. The problem with this is that we are not really customers of the IRS — unless you consider mugging victims to be customers of the mugger. Here is the roll-call vote.
H.R. 4227 – Directs the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a study on preventing vehicular terrorism. Here is the roll-call vote. Only Amash and Massie voted no.
HR 5509 – Directs the National Science Foundation to provide grants for research to STEM education and the STEM-related workforce. Here Is the roll-call vote.
S. 1023 – Extends the tropical forest conservation program to any forest whether tropical or not. Here is the roll call vote.
HR 7328 – puts in place plans for government response to pandemic incidents. Here is the roll-call vote.
S. 2322 – Puts into law a definition of natural cheese. The bill was defeated because of because of concerns that natural cheese should be defined by the FDA not Congress. Of course, some believe producers and consumers should define what is considered natural cheese. Here Is the roll-call vote.
S. 2276 – Requires federal agencies to make public what GAO recommendations they have implemented and the ones they have yet to act on. Here is the roll-call vote.
HR 7279 — amends tbs Water Pollution Act to promote green infrastructure—can’t we at least wait until Pelosi is speaker before promoting green energy? Here Is the roll-call vote. Only ten Republicans voted no:
Rod Blum (IA-01)
Bob Goodlate (VA-06)
Morgan Griffith (VA-09)
Glen Grothman (WI-06)
Mark Sanford (SC-01)
HR 4174 — requires agencies to make a oust of policy questions and the ways they will use evidence and data in making policies and report these to the Office of Management and Budget. Establishes an Interagency Council to give OMB expanding access and use of federal data and requires each agency to appoint a Chief Evidence Officer to coordinate evidence building activities.
Also requires open government data assets be published at least once a month. Here Is the roll-call vote.
The House also passed a bill standing flood insurance program till May 31 of net year.