The newly elected Congressman from the 5th Congressional District (R) “MO” Brooks is serving his first term in Congress after unseating a democrat in a district made up of north Alabama including the city of Huntsville. joltleft.com writer, Hank Richards has been following Brooks’ votes and it appears that the Congressman promised to vote the opinion of his constituents and is doing so.
The list of recent legislation shows Brooks’ votes as well as that of both Republican Senators, Shelby and Sessions. The vote outcome is listed below.
Recent House Votes
Cut, Cap, and Balance Act – Vote Passed (234-190, 8 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would make a debt ceiling increase contingent on passage of a balanced-budget constitutional amendment. The White House indicated the president would veto it. The Senate rejected the bill later in the week.
Congresman Brooks: voted YES
Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (241-173, 18 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill to alter the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a mortgage and credit card watchdog group created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law. The bill would raise the threshold by which the Financial Stability Oversight Council can overturn CFPB regulations and require Senate confirmation of a director before the CFPB can begin operating. The Senate is unlikely to pass the bill.
Congressman Brooks: voted YES
Legislative Branch Appropriations, FY2012 – Vote Passed (252-159, 21 Not Voting)
This $3.3 billion bill would fund the legislative branch in the upcoming fiscal year. It marks a 6.4 percent reduction from the current funding level. It is not clear when the Senate will take up the bill.
Congressman Brooks: voted YES
Recent Senate Votes
Military Construction-VA Appropriations, FY2012 – Vote Passed (97-2, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate passed its version of the military construction and Department of Veterans Affairs appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year. The $144 billion bill differs slightly from the House version that passed on June 14. A conference committee will work out a final bill.
Sen. Richard Shelby: voted YES
Sen. Jeff Sessions: voted YES
Motion to Table; Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011 – Vote Agreed to (51-46, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate agreed to this motion to table the House-passed “Cut, Cap and Balance” debt ceiling and balanced-budget plan. The move essentially kills the bill.
Sen. Richard Shelby: voted NO
Sen. Jeff Sessions: voted NO
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, joltleft.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria, the British Petroleum Recovery Program and the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast restoraton region.
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