“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.
The last week of floor votes for 2011. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter had one more chance to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act with the Conference Report that accompanied the House version of the bill in it’s passing on to the president, but of course they didn’t. So, the government marches on to ignoring the 5th Amendment. They both also voted for the ever so critical Reid-McConnell Amendment 1465 to the Middle Class Relief and Job Creation Act that extends the payroll tax cut for all of 2 months. At least the act includes a provision that will force a decision by the president on the Keystone XL pipeline within 2 months.
In other Senatorial news this week, Vitter proudly announced that the US Mint was discontinuing production of the $1 presidential coin. Big whoop. If he really wants to get serious about eliminating “mindless government waste” he would propose a bill that scraps production of the penny which actually costs more to make than it’s worth, unlike the $1 coin. So, Senator Vitter, please take on the zinc lobby and introduce a bill that gets rid of pennies and then come talk to us. Thanks.
House of Representatives
Final week of the year for voting in the House as well. Steve Scalise voted for and Cedric Richmond against the payroll tax cut bill. However, Scalise gave a speech complaining about the stop gap measure in favor of a more long term solution of a whole year.
Scalise contributed some good news on 12/16/11 however, with the introduction of HR 3675 in tandem with S 2008 sponsored by Sen DeMint. The bills make up the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act which would deregulate aspects of the television industry. Some highlights from the press release:
“The government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers, and the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act ensures that by removing the heavy-hand of government, the market is free to operate in a way that continues to benefit consumers and encourage innovation.”
“The bill removes government interference from what should be free market business relationships between and among content creators, network programmers, television broadcast stations, and multichannel video programming distributors. The bill maintains intellectual property rights for copyright holders and privacy protections for customers of cable and satellite companies.”
And thus ends at the very least an interesting year in Congress in 2011. 2012 is an election year for Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond and I will be eagerly looking at and for their competition. Everything our representatives did this year wasn’t horrible, but certainly left a lot to be desired. So onward we go.