I Salute 15 Freshmen House Members
I salute 15 freshmen members of the US House for being true to the US Constitution, and for not getting tainted in Washington, DC. I use two votes in 2011 as my guide. These 15 are the only freshmen members who, in my opinion, voted NO correctly both times.
The first vote occurred on March 8, 2011. This was a vote on an amendment sponsored by Tammy Baldwin (WI-2) to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance and increase the number of veterinarians trained in veterinary public health. This amendment is basically an add-on to obamacare to spend money to pay off veterinarians’ college tuitions. The vote was held under a suspension of the rules to cut debate short and pass the bill, needing a two-thirds majority. This usually occurs for non-controversial legislation. The totals were 280 Ayes, 138 Nays, 14 Present/Not Voting.
The second vote occurred on June 23, 2011. This was a vote on a bill sponsored by Lamar Smith (TX-21) to amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform. One major change is the switch from a “first to invent” rule for issuing patents to a “first to file” rule. As the name suggests, this new system would grant a patent to the first person to file an application with the patent office, even if someone else had previously invented the same technology. This is not a patent reform bill. This is a big corporation patent give away that tramples on the rights of small inventors. America has dominated innovation in the world for 100 years based on our patent system and protection of risk-takers. Innovation is the one thing we still dominate in the world economy. It is our job engine. The first rule of governing should apply here: If it aint broke don’t “fix” it. The vote was held under normal House rules requiring a simple majority, and passed 304 – 117.
I wish I was able to salute more than 15 freshman House members, but it is what it is. These members are not considered far right Republicans according GovTrack’s analysis. GovTrack considers them centrist and moderate Republicans, and I consider them constitutional conservatives. I have listed the names and a link to the homepage of each of these 15 House members. If you could email or call them to thank them for their service, then that would be awesome. If you are looking for House candidates that you want to support in 2012, then consider this list an excellent starting point. If you live in a district of another freshman House member, then you may want to let them know your displeasure.