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U.S. Congress has forgotten the Constitution

Time to rattle the cages in Washington
Time to rattle the cages in Washington
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The New American magazines third look at the rampant indifference of the 113th Congress should be a wake-up call. The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution has tried to enlighten the voting populace to how their elected officials fail to abide by their Constitutional mandate. The latest installment proves without a doubt that the majority are out of touch and out of line.

Contact Info: By Congressional district

  1. Bradley Byrne (R)
  2. Martha Roby (R)
  3. Mike Rogers (R)
  4. Robert Aderholt (R)
  5. Mo Brooks (R)
  6. Spencer Bachus (R)

Each and every Alabamian should be aware of their respective Representatives voting record and hold them accountable. Contact them and let them know if you approve or disapprove of their actions. Silence is truly consent when dealing with politicians of any persuasion.

House votes 113th Congress (Votes 21-30):

21) Budget Amendment: During debate on the 2014 Budget Agreement; House Joint Resolution 59 - Republican in Name Only Paul Ryan moved that the House concur with the Senate's business as usual wasteful spending plans. It jacked the spending caps for FY 2014/2015 to $1.012 trillion ans $1.014 trillion. This is an astronomical increase of $26 billion for 2015. The not so honorable members of the House cover this drunken spending by fleecing the already overburdened taxpayers.

It passed (Roll Call 640) by a vote of 332 to 94 on December 12, 2013. None of their wasteful and frivolous spending is authorized by the Constitution. It's no wonder we are over $17 trillion in debt and steadily rising everyday.

  1. Byrne did not vote.
  2. Roby voted for wasted taxes.
  3. Rogers voted for wasted taxes.
  4. Aderholt voted for wasted taxes.
  5. Brooks voted against it.
  6. Bachus voted for wasted taxes.
  7. Sewell voted for wasted taxes.

22) Omnibus Appropriations: House Resolution 3547 provides for $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending (reads wasted) in 2014. This legislation provided for the following:

  • Agriculture - $20.9 billion
  • Commerce/Justice/Science - $51.6 million
  • Defense - $572 billion
  • Overseas Contingency Ops (Afghanistan) - $85.2 billion
  • Energy/Water - $31.4 billion
  • Financial Services - $21.9 billion
  • Homeland Security - $39.3 billion
  • Interior/Environment - $30.1 billion
  • Labor/HHS/Education - $156.8 billion
  • Legislative Branch - $4.3 billion
  • Military/Construction/VA - $73.3 billion
  • State/Foreign Affairs - $49 billion
  • Transportation/HUD - $50.9 billion

It passed (Roll Call 21) by a vote of 359 to 67 on January 15, 2014. Rampant irresponsibility in spending abounds in Washington.

  1. Byrne voted against it.
  2. Roby voted against it.
  3. Rogers voted against it.
  4. Aderholt voted against it.
  5. Brooks voted against it.
  6. Bachus voted against it.
  7. Sewell in typical liberal fashion voted to throw money away.

23) Abortion Funding: House Resolution 7 to prohibit any federal funding or resources to be used to facilitate the coverage or performance of an abortion (allowed for endangerment of the mother, incest, or rape). It banned abortions performed by physicians under the employ of the federal government.

It passed (Roll Call 30) by a vote of 227 to 188 on January 28, 2014. Regardless of how one feels about abortion federal tax dollars should not be used to subsidize abortions. There is no constitutional basis for authorizing this spending.

  1. Byrne voted in favor of the ban.
  2. Roby voted in favor of the ban.
  3. Rogers voted in favor of the ban.
  4. Aderholt voted in favor of the ban.
  5. Brooks voted in favor of the ban.
  6. Bachus voted in favor of the ban.
  7. Sewell voted to use your hard earned money for abortions.

24) Farm and Food Programs: House Resolution 2462 to reauthorize federal farm and nutrition programs through 2018. It would maintain the subsiding of corn for ethanol (while fuel injectors foul and Americans go hungry) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps).

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the program to cost $956 billion over 10 years ( $756 billion allocated for food programs). It passed (Roll Call 31) by a vote of 251 to 166 on February 11, 2014. Subsidizing corn for ethanol and handouts for the habitually lazy are unconstitutional and instill entitlement mentality.

  1. Byrne voted to perpetuate this scam.
  2. Roby voted to perpetuate this scam.
  3. Rogers voted to perpetuate this scam.
  4. Aderholt voted to perpetuate this scam.
  5. Brooks voted to perpetuate this scam.
  6. Bachus voted to perpetuate this scam.
  7. Sewell as expected voted for entitlement.

25) Debt Limit Suspension: Senate 540 a.k.a Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act will extend the federal debt limit through March 15, 2015. It passed (Roll Call 61) by a vote of 221 to 201 on February 11, 2014. we, as average Americans, must live within our means or suffer the consequences and so should Washington.

  1. Byrne voted against extending the debt.
  2. Roby voted against extending the debt.
  3. Rogers voted against extending the debt.
  4. Aderholt did not vote.
  5. Brooks voted against extending the debt.
  6. Bachus voted against extending the debt.
  7. Sewell voted for business as usual.

26) EPA Regulations: House Resolution 3826 to prohibit the EPA from issuing, implementing, or enforcing any proposed rule under the Clean Air Act establishing a standard of performance for emissions of greenhouse gas from any new source that is a fossil fuel fired electric utility generating unit. It passed (Roll Call 106) by a vote of 229 to 183 on March 6, 2014. Carbon Dioxide is by no means a pollutant, but a necessity for healthy plant life. Any effort to restrict them is a vast overstep of Constitutional authority.

  1. Byrne voted to keep energy bills lower.
  2. Roby voted to keep energy bills lower.
  3. Rogers voted to keep energy bills lower.
  4. Aderholt voted to keep energy bills lower.
  5. Brooks voted to keep energy bills lower.
  6. Bachus voted to keep energy bills lower.
  7. Sewell surprisingly broke ranks with the Administration and voted for fossil fuels.

27) Enforcing Existing Laws: House Resolution 4138 to authorize the House or Senate to bring civil action against the President, an agency head, or employee of the federal government for not enforcing existing laws, policies, programs, regulations, rules, or statutes in violation of the constitutional obligation to faithfully execute the laws (Article II, Section 3). It's past time to take away the pen and the phone so easily abused by the current Administration to circumvent the Constitution.

It passed (Roll Call 124) by a vote of 233 to 181 on March 12, 2014. Any President regardless of party affiliation should see that the laws are faithfully executed. Picking and choosing is a usurpation of power.

  1. Byrne voted to uphold the Constitution.
  2. Roby voted to uphold the Constitution.
  3. Rogers voted to uphold the Constitution.
  4. Aderholt voted to uphold the Constitution.
  5. Brooks voted to uphold the Constitution.
  6. Bachus voted to uphold the Constitution.
  7. Sewell as expected voted to cover her bosses posterior.

28) Aid to the Ukraine: House Resolution 4152 to provide $150 million in direct aid (can you say Sequester) to the Ukraine. It would provide loan guarantees (to be taken from taxpayers if the Ukraine renegs). Just say no to ongoing foreign aid. It passed (Roll Call 149) by a vote of 378 to 34 on April 1, 2014.

  1. Byrne voted to waste tax dollars.
  2. Roby voted to waste tax dollars.
  3. Rogers voted to waste tax dollars.
  4. Aderholt voted to waste tax dollars.
  5. Brooks voted to waste tax dollars.
  6. Bachus voted to waste tax dollars.
  7. Sewell voted to waste tax dollars.

29) Indefinite Military Detention: during debate on the malicious National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) House Resolution 4435 Rep. Adam Smith (D-Washington) proposed prohibiting indefinite detention by providing transfer to a trial and proceedings in court.

It was rejected (Roll Call 234) by a vote of 197 to 230 on May 22, 2014. The House of Representatives though sworn to uphold the Constitution thinks the Sixth Amendment is irrelevant. They support granting the President the power of a dictator.

  1. Byrne voted against the Constitution.
  2. Roby voted against the Constitution.
  3. Rogers voted against the Constitution.
  4. Aderholt voted against the Constitution.
  5. Brooks voted against the Constitution.
  6. Bachus voted against the Constitution.
  7. Sewell voted against the Constitution.

30) Use of Military Force (NDAA) Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) proposed a sunset clause to be added to get rid of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (12 months after enactment of the 2015 NDAA). It was rejected (Roll Call 237) by a vote of 191 to 233 on May 22, 2014. This was essentially Congress surrendering their Constitutional authority to wage war to the Executive Branch. They must be pressured to reassert their authority as intended by the Founders.

We have sit idle for far too long as the Executive Branch has seized more and more powers. Congress has gotten weaker and more spineless tear after year. They talk a good game but actions speak louder than words. They are facilitating our full speed ahead approach to tyranny. What say you, Alabamians? Have you had enough of lip service to the Constitution? Today is the day to spark the change we need to take America back.