Last Week in Congress Wrap Up

The House is not in session this week. The Senate is in session and considering nominations and may pass a motion to go to conference on H.R. 6172, the bill reauthorizing the USA FREEDOM Act.

So today, we will look at the suspension bills from last week:

1.    S. 3744—Imposes sanctions on any individual found to be involved in the Chinese government’s oppression of the Uyghur Muslim minority.

As Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul often points out, sanctions are an act of war. Therefore, any representative voting for this is voting in favor of carrying out an act of war against China and doing so after only 40 minutes of debate.

Of course, few representatives think about the consequences of an act of war against China, they simply accept the government propaganda regarding China’s treatment of the Uyghur. Even many who understand the danger of this legislation will vote for it for fear of being attacked as “soft on China” or “enabling China’s human rights violations.”

So, kudos to Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY), who showed true political courage by being the only member to vote no. Representative Massie showed true commitment to non-interventionist foreign policy by willing to stand alone against the mad rush to start a new cold (and potentially hot) war with China.

You can see the vote here.

2.    H.R. 6168—Provides a cost of living increase for veterans’ disability benefits. Interesting, since the Fed and its apologists keep telling us there is no or little inflation, so why is this necessary? This bill was passed by voice vote.

3.    H.R. 6782—Requires the Small Business Administration to prepare a report on the recipients of funds under the Paycheck Protection Program, including the decision-making process to determine what business received funding. It's good Congress is increasing transparency in how these funds are being used, now maybe they’ll repeal the provisions they stuck in one of the coronavirus spending bills allowing the Federal Reserve to keep the names of businesses the Fed gives loans to a secret. The bill passed by a vote of 269-147. You can see the vote here.

4.    H.R. 7010 —Extends the deadline for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program to December 31 and allows employers to delay payment of payroll taxes.  The bill passed by a vote of 417-1. Once again, Rep. Massie was the only no vote. He opposed it because it did nothing to end the lockdowns and restart the economy.  In other words, it made it easier to use the band-aids but did nothing to stop the bleeding. This will guarantee more bleeding and thus more band-aids, meaning more trillion-dollar spending bills. Rep. Massie has been one of the few representatives to speak out about the dangers of Congress passing multi-trillion-dollar spending bills without making any attempt to offset the spending with cuts in other spending. Instead, Congress seems content to let Federal Reserve print the money.

You can see the vote here.


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