The US House of Representatives passed a "clean" funding bill
for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday.
"Clean" is loaded language; it means, in this case, "provides funding for Obama's lawless amnesty for illegal immigrants."
The “Hastert Rule” says that a Speaker shouldn’t let any bill reach the floor unless a majority of his own caucus supports it. In the end, when the Great Executive Amnesty Sellout reached its final act, a supermajority of Boehner’s caucus opposed it. He passed the bill anyway — with all members of the minority party voting yes.
Among the 75 GOP Congresscritters that voted "Yea" was my own representative Frank Guinta. Reading between the lines of his press release: he'd rather pass the buck to the judicial system than do anything about it himself.
I sent him a note. Basically asking: why did I bother voting for him, if he's just going to vote the same way Carol Shea-Porter would have?
Also disappointing is our state's GOP Senator, Kelly Ayotte,
who has signed on as
co-sponsor of the dreadful "Campus Accountability & Safety Act".
Supporters allege that it has been improved from a previous incarnation. Ashe Schow finds that those improvements are insufficient.
Worse, when Ms Schow asked Senators' offices (last year) about "due process" protections for college students accused of sexual assault or rape:
Ayotte's spokeswoman didn't even answer the due process question.
As an ex-Attorney General, Senator Ayotte should be able to do better than that.
But it's not all bad news in the Granite State today: Jim
Harper reports that an attempt to enact "REAL ID" requirements
for driver's licenses was defeated unanimously by the Senate
Transportation Committee. (Follow the link for more information as
to why this is good news.)
In other news: something called the "Dietary Guidelines Advisory
Committee" issued its report.
In addition to the usual nagging, it recommended taxes
on sweet and salty foods, plus more regulations, subsidies, incentives,
At Reason, Baylen Linnekin has more. Apparently, the Committee considered "sending text messages to obese Americans", but that idea was dropped. Maybe next time.