Monday, September 28, 2009

What does LaHood know that LoBiondo doesn't?

I haven't time to do justice to Frank Lobiondo's stand on health care, but needless to say, he's been very skeptical of the plans being put forth by Barack Obama and the Democrats. So, I was a little surprised to see this post by Matt Cooper of The Atlantic after he talked to Ray LaHood:

I asked LaHood about health care and he told me that every Cabinet member has been enlisted in selling the package and that he thinks that in the end as many as 10 House Republicans might support the final passage of a bill...Any Republican support would be a blessing, and as a former House Republican LaHood is in a position to help get it. He helped pull in eight crucial GOP l votes for the president's energy bill earlier this year, something that Obama called and thanked him for the next day. "Part of the reason I have this job is because I can help bring in Republican votes," LaHood says. He helped recruit former GOP congressman John McHugh to be Army Secretary. "When people call me on their road projects, I take their temperature on health care."

I don't see how you get 10 Republican House votes without Frank LoBiondo. I'd be quite happy if he somehow trades a vote for health care reform (which I support) for a Route 55 extension (which I also support.)

Still, I'll believe it when I see it, because LoBiondo has been quite clear in his opposition.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Frank LoBiondo bans contractor misconduct, is trying to cancel all Lockheed contracts!

Representative Frank LoBiondo wisely has saved a million dollars in his campaign fund and broken his 1994 term limits pledge so that he could grant us the benefits of his wisdom without fear of the consequences. Years of fighting in Congress, with his special role in overseeing the Coast Guard's Deepwater Project, has brought him the hard-earned experience to know what to do when faced with corruption and incompetence. The results...

LoBiondo has co-sponsored H.R. 3571, which reads:

To prohibit the Federal Government from awarding contracts, grants, or other agreements to, providing any other Federal funds to, or engaging in activities that promote certain indicted organizations.

Now, Frank LoBiondo's no dummy. He knows that crooked contractors won't give up their money easily. That's why he and his Republican friends chose the name "Defund ACORN Act," to throw everyone off the scent. You see, even if ACORN stole every cent it was granted in the last decade, it wouldn't even make the top thirty list of contractor misconduct. And, as Lobiondo and we all know after the AGI bonus outrage, a Bill of Attainder aimed at punishing specific people or companies is unconstitutional. So who will LoBiondo defund with his new rules?

Here's one: Lockheed-Martin, in the past a big supporter of LoBiondo, is responsible for $577 million in misconduct in 50 separate cases according to POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database .

It's too bad Representative Alan Grayson figured out that so many crooks would be caught in LoBiondo's net. Feel free to add to his google spreadsheet of contractor abuse so that Grayson can file the list of crooked contractors in the legislative history.

I'm sure my interpretation of LoBiondo's intentions are accurate. After all, it's not possible that Frank LoBiondo only cares about fraud by a non-profit that helps poor people of color?

Cross Posted at Blue Jersey

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Frank LoBiondo endorses heckling of President

This is a pathetic move by Frank LoBiondo:

Today the United States House of Representatives was presented with a vote that said it disapproved of Joe Wilson for heckling the President when he spoke in front of Congress at the invitation of Congress.

The entire NJ Republican delegation voted against the mild rebuke. That's Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Frank Lobiondo, Leonard Lance (the "moderate"), and Chris Smith who apparently think it is OK to heckle the President.

Update: A number of Republicans voted for the motion so it's not outrageous for me to be disappointed by LoBiondo's vote.