Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Frank LoBiondo votes for the week of February 8-14, 2009

This is, I believe, a complete record of Frank LoBiondo's votes last week in the House of Representatives. It does not include any votes in committee.

Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Frank LoBiondo's opposition to the stimulus bill (H.R. 1)was expressed in five party-line votes (70, 69, 68, 67, 66), plus another vote against a rule change that I believe is also related to passing the stimulus bill (63.) This has gotten a lot of attention here and everywhere else.

Elder Abuse Victims Act

I have neglected to praise Representative LoBiondo for joining an overwhelming bipartisan majority to vote for the Elder Abuse Victims Act:

To protect seniors in the United States from elder abuse by establishing specialized elder abuse prosecution and research programs and activities to aid victims of elder abuse, to provide training to prosecutors and other law enforcement related to elder abuse prevention and protection, to establish programs that provide for emergency crisis response teams to combat elder abuse, and for other purposes

Only an extreme right-winger would vote against it -- yes, New Jersey's own Scott Garrett.

Silly Procedural Stuff

LoBiondo went with the Republican line on a procedural vote on adjourning (60) that seems pretty meaningless. He also supported a bizarre attempt by Republicans to remove Charlie Rangel from his committee chairmanship -- strictly speaking, he voted against tabling the it (57.) Well, if Rangel's ethics problems become worse I suppose he will be proud of this, otherwise it seems like a waste of time.

Commemorative votes

Frank LoBiondo voted to honor or support Abraham Lincoln, the NAACP, National Engineers Week, Democratic Congressman John Dingell, the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's visit to India, Miami University, Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, and National Girls and Women in Sports Day. All of these are worthy causes, and making these sorts of proclamation is part of Congress's job.