This is one set of votes that Shelley Sekula (no hyphen) Gibbs will not be using her next mailer. Nick’s Blue Dog streak is definitely showing.
The bill essentially funds many branches and agencies of the government through September 2008. 37 amendments were filed, 6 passed, and 31 either failed by vote, by point of order, or were withdrawn. The vote for final passage went 240 Aye to 179 Nay.
Nick voted Nay.
But that was just on final passage. Here’s a record of his votes on the amendments
Amendments 1-3 were withdrawn.
Amendment 4: to reduce funding for the General Activites under the General Services Administration by $8 million and increase funding for the Office of Inspector General under the General Services Administration by $6 million.
Nick voted Aye. Amendment passed by a vote of 281-144
Amendment 5: “to reduce funds for Selective Service System by $10,000,000 and increase funds for the Small Business Administration by $10,000,000.”
Nick voted No. Amendment failed by a vote of 95-320.
Amendment 13: (you didn’t think I was going to list them ALL did you?): to prohibit the use of funds to be used for the Prevention Works or Whitman-Walker Clinic needle exchange programs.
Nick voted Aye. Amendment failed by a vote of 208-216.
Amendment 16: to prohibit funds for the Grace Johnstown Area Regional Industries Incubator and Workforce Development program. (submitted by Jeff Flake R-AZ, this specifically targeted projects promoted by Congressman John Murtha).
Nick voted Nay. Amendment failed by a vote of 87-335.
Amendment 19: prohibit the use of funds to be used for the Mitchell County Development Foundation, Inc. for the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree Project (Another Jeff Flake amendment).
Nick voted Nay. Amendment passed by a vote of 249-174.
Amendment 26: to prohibit use of funds for the Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission.
Nick voted Nay. Amendment failed by a vote of 107-318.
Amendment 27: to prohibit use of funds in the bill for the Office of the Vice President (This was Rahm Emanuel’s amendment to cut off funding for Dick Cheney).
Nick voted Nay. Amendment failed by a vote of 209-217.
Nick, we could have saved $4.8 million.
Amendment 30: to limit the use of funds to implement section 5112 of title 31 United States Code (this section deals with designing coins and notes for the US Mint).
Nick voted Nay. Amendment passed by a vote of 295-127.
Amendment 35: to require that each amount appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act is hereby reduced by 0.5 percent.
Nick voted Aye. Amendment failed by a vote of 205-220.
Amendment 36: to prohibit funds to be used to implement or enforce the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992.
Nick voted Aye. Amendment failed by a vote of 224-200.
Amendment 37: to prohibit funds to be used by the Internal Revenue Service to implement a Spanish-language version of the "Where's my Refund?" service.
Nick voted Aye. Amendment failed by a vote of 165-257.
On a motion to recommit the bill to the Appropriations committee, Nick voted Aye. The motion failed by 199-222
On passage, Nick voted Nay. The bill passed by a vote of 240-179.
Now I realize that Nick is a fiscal conservative and that his voting record is being closely watched. On Thursday he did not give the Republicans much ammunition to use against him, and I guess that’s good. I just wish some of those programs that Nick voted not to support were programs that he did support. And really, Dick Cheney doesn’t need the $4.8 million. Now that he is no longer a part of any of the 3 branches of our government, Halliburton can write the check.
It’s chump change to them.