Nolatarian Goes to Washington 11/14 – 11/18/11

“Nolatarian Goes to Washington” is a weekly column on the activities of Louisiana Senators David Vitter and Mary Landrieu and Congressmen Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond.

Senate

There was only one major vote this week. HR 2112 passed in the Senate, with Vitter dissenting, that authorized appropriations for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for “other purposes.” For more on these other purposes. I almost thought I was reading a parody on big government big spending and then I remembered it was a Landrieu press release. Until Congress is able to perform the most basic required function of passing an actual budget, these acts will continually need to be created.

In other events, Landrieu was successful in acquiring an additional $390 million for Louisiana for 2005 storm related hazard mitigation. This is interesting considering the issues with the current program, because why would you have contractor fraud when there’s a pile of over $1 billion for elevation contractors to go after. I guess we can expect to continue hearing stories like this.

After all this redistributing of citizens hard earned income, I’m sure the Senate needs a break.

House of Representatives

Scalise joined on Wednesday in voting for HR 822 that would allow for a national standard of reciprocity for concealed carry firearm permits. The bill passed the House and moves onto the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Hopefully this can continue on to become law. Thursday brought us a little bi-partisan big spending when Scalise joined in the Landrieu appropriations fun in voting for the above mentioned HR 2112; Richmond did not vote. On Friday, a vote to add a Constitutional balanced budget amendment fell 28 votes short. Scalise voted for, Richmond against.

That more or less wraps up the week. Until next time…

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