Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Frank Wolf's Worst Votes of 2007 (Part 1)

It's that time of year again, the time to make silly fascinating "best" and "worst" lists about the year that was. My contribution to this ever-fascinating genre is "Frank Wolf's Worst Votes of 2007." I'd say "enjoy," except there's nothing enjoyable about Frank Wolf's votes. By the way, Wolf cast so many bad votes in 2007, I'm going to break this up into four posts -- one per quarter. This post covers January-March 2007.

Bad Vote #1: On January 4, Frank Wolf voted in lockstep with all the other Republicans for John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Yes, the same John Boehner who "distributed campaign contributions from tobacco industry lobbyists on the House floor as House members were weighing how to vote on tobacco subsidies." The same John Boehner who "knew of 'contact' between [disgraced former Congressman Mark] Foley and Congressional pages in the spring, but was unaware of their nature or content." Yes, THAT John Boehner.

Bad Vote #2: On January 9, Frank Wolf voted against H.R. 1, a bill to "implement many of the remaining recommendations proposed by the 9/11 Commission in 2004." That's right, Frank Wolf voted against "faster and more efficient funding to first responders." And yes, that's right, Frank Wolf voted against "boost[ing] federal aid to regions at greatest risk of a terrorist attack." Regions like...uh, ours perhaps? Nice.

Bad Vote #3: On January 11, Frank Wolf voted against H.R. 3, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. So much for moving quickly to cure diabetes, Alzheimers, Parkinson's, etc.

Bad Vote #4: On January 18, Frank Wolf voted against H.R. 6, the "Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation Act." So much for caring about our energy security and environment.

Bad Vote #5: On February 13, Frank Wolf voted against H. Con. Res. 63, a nonbinding resolution expressing "the House's disagreement with President Bush's planned troop buildup in Iraq." This continues a pattern of Wolf voting in lockstep with Bush on Iraq. Interestingly, Wolf's fellow "moderate" Republican, Tom Davis, vote FOR the resolution.

Bad Vote #6: On March 1, Frank Wolf voted against H.R. 203, the "Employee Free Choice Act". The bill's goal was to "establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts." Does Frank Wolf support "unfair labor practices?" Ask him next time (if there IS a next time) he shows his face in public.

Bad Vote #7: On March 9, Frank Wolf voted against H.R. 229, to "authorize appropriations for state water pollution control revolving funds." Another vote against the environment.

Bad Vote #8: On March 20, Frank Wolf voted against H.R. 254, "to Assist in the Provision of Affordable Housing to Low Income Families Affected by Hurricane Katrina." I believe that's known as "compassionate conservatism." Heh.

Bad Vote #9: On March 27, Frank Wolf voted against considering H.R. 270, the "Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007." I guess Frank Wolf must drive, pretty much.

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