Cross Posted from my website: http://llphsecondrevolution.wordpress.com/
Washington D.C. is up to its old tricks again as seen on February 4, 2013. The House voted on two pieces of legislation that are just a small microcosm of the spending and unconstitutional problem in the House of Representatives.
The first bill which was voted on, the National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013, does not have any additional spending, but it gives more power to federal bureaucrats that is not authorized by the United States Constitution.
Rep, Justin Amash explained it best:
I voted no on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H R 225, National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013, which expands the existing Pediatric Research Initiative (PRI) to include a new National Pediatric Research Network. Under the bill, public and private research institutions can receive monetary awards for the establishment and operation of up to 20 pediatric research consortia to conduct research on pediatric diseases and conditions, including an "appropriate" number that focus on rare pediatric diseases and conditions. Although the bill doesn't authorize any additional spending, it puts upward pressure on funding by encouraging more of the PRI's limited resources to go toward "rare" pediatric ailments. The bill is also unnecessary, since the National Institute of Health already has broad discretion in the allocation of PRI funding. Additionally, I'm concerned by the bill's requirement that each consortium assist the CDC in the "establishment or expansion of patient registries and other surveillance systems." It passed 375-27.
The second bill was the worse one of the two bills. It was called the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013. This nice-sounding bill (which is what politicians always do-name something nice and then demagogue those who vote against their favored bill) authorizes $330 million PER YEAR from 2013-2017. This adds up to more than $1.3 billion for a program that the federal government has no right being involved in.
So all in all, LLPH Second Revolution opposed both of these bills. As we have previously stated several times...we are in a fight for America's freedom. We are fighting a revolution against the out of control spending and unconstitutional legislation. We are not fighting against individuals...we are fighting against terrible principles and ideas that will lead America down the path to destruction. And this fight is harder than ever.
As seen above, we must commend 21 fabulous representatives who voted against both pieces of legislation:
(From R-L as seen in the picture above): Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI 3), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK 1), Paul Broun (R-GA 10), Mike Conaway (R-TX 11), Tom Cotton (R-AR 4), Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3), Virginia Foxx (R-NC 5), Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1), Tom Graves (R-GA 14), Raul Labrador (R-ID 1), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY AL), Kenny Marchant (R-TX 24), Thomas Massie (R-KY 4), Tom McClintock (R-CA 4), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX 19), Ted Poe (R-TX 2), Trey Radel (R-FL 19), Steve Stockman (R-TX 36), Marlin Stutzman (R-IN 3), Randy Weber (R-TX 14), Ted Yoho (R-FL 3).
A big WOOAH to this great group of representatives who fought for fiscal responsibility (trying to preserve $1 billion) and against unconstitutional legislation (like the first vote). There will be many more opportunities for other representatives to redeem themselves and more spending battles in the future. We congratulate these representatives and hope that in the future, more will follow their lead.
Here is the roll call vote for vote #31 on the unconstitutional bill: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll031.xml
Here is the roll call vote for #32 on the $1 billion bill: