Saturday, January 20, 2007


$15,000 in political contributions from Tom DeLay apparently can induce both deafness and dumbness:
This week, in a report broadcast on WFDD-FM, 5th District Rep. Virginia Foxx said that former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is not facing trial, has not been indicted and certainly does not face criminal charges. She hadn't heard. When informed that DeLay's trial on criminal charges of money-laundering is pending, Foxx concluded, with no further research, that the indictment was a "trumped-up charge."
W-S Journal, 20 Jan. 2007
Meanwhile, in the job we all pay her to do, the Madam continued to harden her already miniscule heart:

On the Clean Energy Act of 2007 (H.R. 6), which repeals special tax breaks for oil & gas producers ... the Madam voted "no" (Roll Call # 40)

On the College Student Loan Relief Act (H.R. 5), which will reduce interest rates on federal student loans from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent over the next five years ... the Madam voted "no" (Roll Call # 32)

On the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007 (H.R. 4), which would require the Secretary of Health & Human Services to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies "in hopes of lowering drug prices" for Medicare Part D beneficiaries ... the Madam voted "hell no" (Roll Call # 23)

On the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (H.R. 3), which would direct the Secretary of Health & Human Services to allow federal research $$ to go to support embryonic stem cell research (under certain stringent conditions: see below) ... the Madam voted "no" (Roll Call # 20)
*To receive federal $$ under H.R. 3, experiments must meet all three of the following conditions: (1) the embryos must have been donated for use in "in vitro fertilization" processes; (2) the head of the clinic to which the embryos are donated must certify that they would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded and; (3) the individuals donating embryos must sign a letter of written consent for the embryos to be used in research and must not have received any financial benefit from the donation.
On the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (H.R. 2), which would raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over 26 months ... the Madam voted "f**king NO!" (Roll Call # 18)

On Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act, which would (duh) actually implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations ... the Madam voted "no" (Roll Call # 15)

Much additional detail on all these bills available at US House Digest (hat tip to Stumpy).

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