Thursday, September 24, 2009
Congress finally completed action on the bill to fund the legislative branch for next year and avoid shutting down Congress next Thursday. H.R. 2918 passed the House back on June 19 by a vote of 232-178. Congressman John Boozman (R-Robot) voted against it then, and he opposed it again yesterday when the House ordered the previous question and defeated the Republican motion to instruct conferees.
Why would Boozman vote against the appropriation for the legislative branch? What was so awful in the bill that caused him to oppose it? Why did he vote against Section 101 that required any unspent money from a Member's office account to be used for federal deficit reduction? Why did he vote against operational expenses for the Capitol Police, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Library of Congress? Why did he vote against the "Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped" program? Why did he vote against Section 1202 to engrave the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the National Motto of "In God We Trust" in the Capitol Visitor Center?
Now we will see if John Boozman really has the courage of his convictions and his vote. If so, he will surely refuse all salary and staff expenses after September 30th.