Rep Allen West – Legislative Lowdown and more

Legislative Lowdown

Free Trade Agreements —  Wednesday, the House approved the three long-pending, job-creating free trade agreements with Colombia (by a vote of 262-167), Panama (by a vote of 300-129), and South Korea (by a vote of 278-151). These agreements will increase exports, lower the trade deficit and help the U.S. economy to grow. I voted YES.

• Other trade programs — Also on Wednesday, the House approved the Senate amendment to H.R. 2832 by a vote of 307-122, which would extend the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). I voted NO.

Federal funding of abortion — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act, by a vote of 251-172. The bill would amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), preventing federal funding of abortion or abortion coverage. I voted YES.

• EPA Regulatory Relief — Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, by a vote of 275-142. The bill would provide a legislative stay of four interrelated Environmental Protection Agency rules, commonly referred to as the “Boiler MACT rules,” that govern emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from approximately 200,000 boilers and incinerators nationwide.  mills. The bill would alleviate the excessive regulatory burden placed on employers by the EPA’s Boiler MACT rules by replacing them with sensible, achievable rules that do not destroy jobs. I voted YES.

Coal Ash — Friday, the House approved H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011, by a vote of 267-144. The bill would preclude EPA from regulating fly ash waste, bottom ash waste, slag waste, and flue gas emission control waste generated primarily from the combustion of coal or other fossil fuels under Subtitle C of the Solid Waste Disposal Act. I voted YES.
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Congressman West joins House Armed Services Committee in demanding the “Super Committee” keep defense cuts off the table.


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