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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thompson Votes in Support of Government Funding Measure

Thompson Votes in Support of Government Funding Measure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) today voted to support H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, which passed the House by a margin of 219-206.

H.R. 83 includes funding through the end of the Fiscal Year, September 30, 2015, for 11 of the 12 annual spending bills. Funding for the primary agencies that are responsible for carrying out the president's executive actions on immigration will expire on February 27, 2015.

"This package is important to keep the government open, while also instituting thoughtful spending reductions and reining in bureaucratic and regulatory overreach," stated Rep. Thompson. “The legislation provides short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security that would expire before the President's executive actions on immigration take effect, giving Congress the ability to address this important matter without the threat of a broader government shutdown.”

H.R. 83 also forces the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) to withdraw the interpretive rule (IR) that was issued in conjunction with the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which would dramatically expand federal authority over water and land uses.

“Provisions forcing the withdrawal of the Interpretive Rule are a positive start, but the House and Senate must keep pressure on the EPA and Army Corps to address the blatant flaws with the underlying WOTUS proposal. I believe these ends will be achieved in the coming year,” Rep. Thompson added.

H.R 83 also strikes an unprecedented bipartisan compromise on reforming multi-employer pension agreements that will ensure the longevity of severely distressed pension plans that have been at risk of bankrupting the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and placing the retirements of 10 million workers at risk.

“Keeping retirement plans stable into the future will prevent workers from losing everything. This bipartisan agreement includes reforms that will protect taxpayers and provide trustees with flexibility and the appropriate tools to save troubled plans. Doing nothing, which I’m thankful we avoided, would simply lead to systemic collapse,” said Rep. Thompson, a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, which brokered the agreement.

Additional information on H.R. 83 can be accessed by clicking here.


Anonymous said...

Typical spin from GT.

The bill contains provisions rolling back Dodd-Frank banking regs regarding derivatives. The new provisions were actually written by Citibank lobbyists, and place the taxpayers in a position of guaranteeing Wall Street speculation. That's just plain stupid and dangerous.

The pension provision will result in pensions being reduced by up to 60% in many cases. It's an assault on the middle class once again.

The bill provides once again hundreds of millions in funding for fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin that the pentagon doesn't want. But Lockheed spent $23 million in campaign lobbying in the last election cycle, so there's no surprise there.

Washington is a broken cesspool of special interest deals. This bill reflects that.

Spin it all you want Glenn, but we're not stupid.

Maybe more than 33% of the electorate will vote next time, but probably not. It no longer makes a difference.

Anonymous said...

Typical Republican TAX AND SPEND

Anonymous said...

And they let the native Americans grow and sell cannabis on their land without repercussions? They don't make billions of dollars on casinos? Or is the one bald eagle a year not enough for them? Us "white men" are getting screwed.