How Conservative is your Alabama
There have been four very important votes in the U.S. House of
Representatives this year. We have recorded the votes of our
Congressional Delegation on these four key votes and a brief
explanation of each follows:
- Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy
for Users - A historic and record breaking "pork"
bill with over 5,000 "special projects."
One of the most "pork" laden pieces of legislation ever passed by
Congress. A Conservative vote would have been to recommit this
bill to committee to remove excess and irresponsible government
- National ID Act - establishes
a defacto national id under the guise of being anti-immigration. A
Conservative vote would have opposed this intrusion of the federal
government into the area of State issued drivers license. The
place to stop illegal immigration is at the border, not your local
driver license office.
- Patriot Act extension - Some
questionable sections concerning basic God given rights that are
supposed to be protected by the Constitution. Basic rights of
citizens are placed at risk by this legislation.
- CAFTA - The next step in a
continuing series of Expensive Trade Agreements, misnamed "Free
Trade Agreements" - continuing the
erosion of our countries manufacturing base and will further the
deterioration of our international trade position and will foster
increased illegal immigration.
The following table is a summary of the voting record of the
Alabama Congressional Delegation on the key votes on each of these
issues. Note that on the selected vote for the Transportation Bill
Representative Davis was listed as "not voting." By a
- 1 margin the Alabama Congressional delegation has provided
overwhelming support for these four pieces of legislation.
Some of the votes documented below are not what conservatives
expected and do not match the public position stated by some of the
Representatives. By all accounts there was extreme pressure and
lobbying in an effort to undermine conservative positions on each of
these issues. Much of the pressure and lobbying came from two
sources; Multi-National Corporate interests and to the
disappointment of many, the Bush Administration.
In our opinion it is very important for conservatives to
understand the pressure being applied to our Congressional
delegation and to encourage them to stand firm in the future. Many
of these votes are disappointing, in fact are a slap in the face for
conservatives and we need to remind our delegation that this not
what we put them in office for.
The table below lists each Congressional Representative and
how they voted on each of these four issues. The first column
provides a link to contact information for each Representative. The
links at the bottom of the table provide links to the official Clerk
of The House Roll Call Votes.
When you contact your Representative, be firm and polite but
let them know that we expect better in the future.
Note 1: This roll call was a vote to recommit the bill to
committee, rather than a vote for passage and is considered the key
vote. So on the roll call, a vote for the pork is listed as the NOES
and a vote against the pork is listed as the AYES.
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