How Your Congressman Voted at One Site

9-20-12

As I have said before. I am an Independent. That being said, I find this election as difficult to decide as any.  This recession has caused political agendas’ to surface that we only suspected existed.

Since this is the first of several articles that will give factual information, my challenge has been to decide how far back in history I should give information on.  The state of our country has spanned several presidencies but involves present day sitting congressional representatives and senators.

I think it is prudent to start at the point when I realized that our representative’s agenda did not include the welfare of the middle and lower class, assuming there really is a difference in classes.

In 2010 the recession had caused an impact on our financial wellbeing since 2006. Senator McCain thought the situation was important enough in 2007 that he put his bid for the presidency on temporary hold.

The layoffs and housing devaluations were noticeable in 2006 but it wasn’t really known how devastating  this would become nor was the truth or extent about the bank fraud known.  By 2010 the unemployment rate had risen to 8% in some states and the rate of new applications for benefits had not shown signs of slowing.  The construction industry had almost come to a stop and the mortgage foreclosures began to rise to unheard of levels.  Banks were going broke.

One of the issues our congress had to vote on were the three or four unemployment benefit extensions.  These vote tallies’ were the first sign that our congress had a division of principle that had nothing to do with the plight of the lower classes.  It was clear that our two political parties had actually become political representatives of separate classes.  Most Republicans did not want to extend the unemployment benefits referring to them as entitlements and the Democrats were pushing to extend the benefits.

We had already Voted for the TARP Resolution 1424 (Troubled Asset Relief Program) known as the” bank bailout” in 2008 that passed  263-171 and the Stimulus bill HR1 in 2009 passed 246-183.

Both of these bills were introduced by Democrats and the division became clear. These bills passed with almost all democrats voting for the bill and all but a handful of Republicans voting against the bills. The Senate vote was along party lines too. Resolution 1424 and resolution HR-1 testify to this.

 The parties seemed to be digging in their trenches.  These two bills were critical to the survival of our financial institutions but the vote in 2010 for the extension of unemployment benefits had an impact on anyone who had tried to survive as a result of being laid off work.  Ron Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul said “I cannot vote to pay people not to work”  This statement was answered by yours truly on December 6th 2011. Paul’s statement has recently been echoed by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s “47%” statement.

On November 18, 2010 the House of Representatives voted on extending unemployment benefits for the nearly 10 million unemployed Americans.

The vote tally was 258 for and 154 against. The Democrats voted 237 for and 7 against. The Republicans voted 21 for and 143 against.

There are many more important vote tallies, such as term limits,  that you should know about before voting.  Some of you may agree with the way your representative voted and if that is the case, vote them in office again. These tallies are not easy to find. It’s almost as if the information is put forth begrudgingly and after excessive searching is done does the information surface.   You can find the total votes fairly easy but the actual tally that has a name connected to the vote is not so easy to find.  The Senate has done a better job at protecting their identity on vote results. My next post will provide more tallies on any issue that is important to you.

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