Friday, June 26, 2009

Cap and Trade Passes House: Eight GOP Defectors, 50 Dems Voted "No"

After Rep. Henry Waxman introduced a 300-page amendment at 3:09 a.m. the day of the vote, Waxman attempted to shame Rep. John Boehner for taking some time to talk about "the most profound piece of legislation to come to this floor in 100 years," while allowing only a "whopping 5 hours" of debate. Boehner accuses Waxman of have the "audacity" to drop the amendment only hours before the vote, and asks, doesn't he [Waxman] think the voters expect Congress to understand what's in the Bill before we vote on it?

Thank you to Hot Air. Watch the video below. Well, of course, Waxman doesn't care who understands the Bill and who doesn't. He just wants it passed. With the help of 8 GOP'ers, the Bill passed 219 to 212. Republicans who voted for the Democrat's man-made disaster - the bill that will cost the average homeowner $3,200.00 per year, are:


Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)
Mike Castle (R-DE)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) J
John McHugh (R-NJ)
Dave Reichert (R-WA)
Rep. Chris Smith (NJ)

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) says the Bill is already dead in the Senate:
He said all the hubbub in the House was over Pelosi’s desire to attend a conference in Copenhagen and be able to stand up and say, “Oh, we’ve passed this out of the House and we’re going to lead the way in America but it’s not going to pass the Senate. Inhofe said the bill, if passed, would constitute the largest tax increase in the history of the country. 
He scoffed at Democratic claims that “cap and trade” doesn’t represent a tax increase at all but instead is a free enterprise solution. “MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the Wharton School of Economics came out with an analysis of what this is. They said that the range is between $330 and $350 billion a year. That translates in Oklahoma to $3,200 per family. Everyone who’s reading this story right now, that would be a tax increase of over $3,000 per family. I can give you all the documentation on that.” 
Inhofe said Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, tried to “rip me up” on the Senate floor only Thursday night and I said, “In your state of Massachusetts, there’s an innocuous organization called MIT. Are you familiar with that?” Then, he said, he read what the MIT analysis had to say.
This is a rousing interview with Senator Inhofe with brief statements on gun control, health care and Supreme Court nominee,, Sonia Sotomayor. Read it here, but just this tidbit about Sotomayor:
He repeated his intention to vote against the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court but acknowledge that she will be confirmed, quoting Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, as saying Republicans are afraid to vote against her because she’s a woman and she’s Hispanic. “I’m not,” Inhofe said without hesitation. “I’m going to be voting against her.”
ChicagoRay has one of the best posts up on Cap and Trade, with a graphic that leaves no doubt what the House tried to do to Americans today.


House Passes Cap and Trade - Rep. John Boehner (Video)

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