I was looking around in Randy Kuhl’s campaign website, and I came across this:
“I pride myself on accurately representing the people of the 29th Congressional District and I work hard each day to try and better the lives of everyone in this region.
OK. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not knowledgeable about every single vote he has cast, but lets look at some of the votes that he has cast:
07/20/06 Vote 392: HR 5684: YES, To Implement the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement (OFTA)
07/19/06 Vote 388; HR 810: NO, Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act
06/22/06 Vote 315; HR 5638; YES, Permanent Estate Tax Relief Act
05/10/06 Vote 132: HR 4297: YES; Extended the Bush Tax Cuts
02/01/06 Vote 4: HR 653: YES; Cut nearly $40 billion from the federal budget by imposing substantial changes on welfare, child support and student lending programs
09/29/05 Vote 506: HR 3824: YES; Would have forced the government to compensate property owners if development plans were stymied by attempts to protect endangered species and would have given political appointees more power to make decisions about which species and areas would be subject to government intervention aimed at protecting plant and wildlife.
07/28/05 Vote 445: HR 6; YES; Offered tax breaks and incentives for oil and gas companies.
7/28/05 Vote 443: HR 3045: YES; Central American Free Trade Agreement. Established a free trade zone. (CAFTA)
05/24/05 Vote 204; HR 810; NO; Would have repealed restrictions on federal spending on embryonic stem cell research.
03/21/05 Vote 90: S686; YES; Gave federal courts jurisdiction in the Terri Schiavo dispute.
01/04/05 Vote 6: HRES 5: YES; Instituted a number of changes in the ethics rules that govern the conduct of individual members of Congress.
Click here for an additional website that contains a good summary of Mr. Kuhl’s votes.
OFTA and CAFTA do not benefit our region. Period. The Bush tax cuts have predominantly benefitted the wealthy. We hear that it is responsible for our “strong economy”, but the effect of this has not trickled down to the middle and lower classes. The Estate Tax Relief benefits very few citizens of this country:
“Congressional tax experts estimated that if the changes become law, only 5,100 estates would face taxation when the changes are fully in effect in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2011. The Internal Revenue Service levied taxes on more than 30,000 estates in 2004.”
Federal funding has been cut to key programs that benefit the citizens of our area, and student loan programs have been negatively affected. Political appointees, (cronies, anyone?), would be making key decisions regarding the safeguarding of our environment and wildlife. DO THE OIL COMPANIES NEED ANY MORE TAX BREAKS AND INCENTIVES?
Embryonic stem cell research is a hot topic these days, and I understand that it is an issue where people have very strong feelings. However, the House and Senate, in representing their constituents, had approved the federal funding. President Bush vetoed the bill; his only veto to date. Not only did Mr. Kuhl side with the president, he also presided over the House session that kept the veto from being overturned. (And, avid C-Span geek that I am, I’m sorry that I had missed that session. I have never seen Mr. Kuhl on C-Span; I guess I have missed my opportunity.)
As for HRES 5, let’s see what Former House ethics committee Chairman Joel Hefley, (R-CO), recently had to say:
“As I review the events at the start of the 109th Congress, it leads me to the conclusion that several important actions were conducted by the majority without consulting the minority. These partisan actions were contrary to the nature and spirit of the way business has been, and should be, conducted by the ethics committee.”
With this quotation, Hefley was “scolding GOP leaders for attempting to change ethics rules at the start of the 109th Congress”. (Remember Tom DeLay?)
And then we have the political intervention of Congress and this administration regarding the matter of Terri Schiavo. Put yourself in that family’s place. Would you like it if your personal, private family situation became a national, political spectacle?
What on the above list benefits you, your family, and your community? Do these votes represent the communities of NY-29? You, the voting public, be the judge.