Would you believe me if I told you that Democratic representative Lloyd Doggett and Republican John Culberson have the same voting record? Probably not, right? Then let me follow that with this; would you believe that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is more conservative than Republican John Culberson? Never, you say! I can prove otherwise.
I am busy like the rest of us and I don't always check my representatives voting record, but the other day I had a few spare moments and decided to check up on Representative Culberson's voting record on the FreedomWorks Scorecard for the 2013 Congressional Session. Never in a million years would I have imagined what I would find. Yes, like a 'good' Republican, he's pro-life, pro-family, but lately, it seems, he's pro-spending. FreedomWorks scored all of the Congressmen and Congresswomen on three key spending votes that have come down during this session and Congressman Culberson voted yes on every single one, thus earning himself a score of zero.
First, there is : Key Vote 1 On the Amendment: H.Amdt.5 - To add $33.677 billion in additional spending.
This amendment, sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), would add another $33 billion to the Disaster Relief Act, bringing the total spending in the bill to over $50 billion. Although the bill is supposedly to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the better portion of this amendment funds unrelated programs such as community development block grants. The "emergency" spending is also not offset, meaning that it will add to the federal deficit.
"Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 2: On Passage: H.R. 152 - Disaster Relief Appropriations Act
This bill is an "emergency" appropriations bill that contains $50.1 billion in spending that is supposed to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy. In reality, however, most of the spending will not provide acute disaster relief, and much of it is not even scheduled to be spent until 2014 or later. Thus, the bill functions more like a stimulus than true disaster relief and its spending should be appropriated through the budget process instead of as emergency spending that adds to the federal deficit.
"Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 3: On Passage: H.R. 325 - To Increase the Debt Limit until May 19th, 2013
This bill raises the statutory limit on the public debt (the "debt ceiling") by whatever amount is necessary to reach May 19th, 2013. Although the bill theoretically contains a "no budget, no pay" provision conditional upon the Senate passing a budget resolution, in reality the provision has no teeth. FreedomWorks insists that further increases in the debt ceiling by accompanied by proportional decreases in federal spending in order to address the ever-increasing federal debt, which at the time of this bill stood at $16.4 trillion. Instead, this bill amounts to a "clean" debt ceiling hike, accompanied by the unenforceable promise of spending reforms at a later date.
"Nay" votes scored.
Oh, and FYI, Culberson isn't the only Republican representative who has some 'splaining to do. Congressman Michael McCaul faired better, voting nay on vote 1 and vote 2, but yes on vote 3. Pete Olson also voted nay on vote 1 and vote 2 but yes on vote 3. Check this out, even Alan Grayson, the crazy democratic representative from Florida who accused Republicans of wanting Americans to "die and die quickly" because they opposed Obamacare. Remember him? Yeah, he voted no on vote 3. Pelosi and Wasserman-Schultz BOTH voted nay on vote 3. So, who are the tax and spend representatives again?
I checked Congressman Culberson's website for his voting record and the link doesn't yet show his votes for this year. Maybe they haven't linked it up yet since it's still the new session, I'm not sure. I did find something else interesting on his site, though. A blog post by one of his staffers about a bill he and a few other representatives have introduced is called A Step Toward Fixing Our Spending Problem. The last line of the blog post says, "Now is the time to take serious action to reduce our spending and national debt. This bill is a step in the right direction." How about the other THREE that you voted for that INCREASED SPENDING? #headdesk