October 06, 2008

Bachmann Votes--2007

While looking into Bachmann's health care voting record (still ongoing), I discovered that she has a tendency to vote in the minority. Frequently, she's even voting in the minority among Republicans. Here's what she did in the first half of 2007. I've left out bills on Iraq, where her record of voting with the president is well-known, and appropriations bills, which are generally messy affairs.

January 9, 2007
Bachmann voted against H.R. 1, the bill implementing the 9/11 Commission's recommendations on information sharing, cargo inspections, infrastructure protection, etc. She later voted for the compromise bill on July 17, 2007.

January 10, 2007
She voted against H.R. 2, the bill to raise the minimum wage.

January 17, 2007
She was in the minority among Republicans, voting against H.R. 5, which would lower interest rates on student loans.

March 1, 2007
She voted against H.R. 800, which would make it easier for employees to unionize.

March 14, 2007
She voted against H.R. 985, which would expand the list of retaliatory actions that may not be taken against whistleblowers. She was in the minority even among Republicans.

March 26, 2007
She was one of only 48 to vote against H.R. 802, which provided for pollution control in international shipping.

March 27, 2007
She voted against H.R. 1401, which would direct Homeland Security to develop a security plan for over-land transportation.

April 17, 2007
She was one of only seven to vote against H.R. 1677, the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2007. Seven.

April 25, 2007
She was one of only 45 to vote against H.R. 1332, the Small Business Lending Improvements Act of 2007, which among other things, improves lending in rural areas and to veterans.

May 2, 2007
She was one of only 48 to vote against H.R. 1429, the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, which improves teacher training, mandates that programs be based on education research, and improves disclosures and oversight to avoid abuse of funds.

May 15, 2007
She was in the minority among Republicans, voting against H.R. 916, which provides for repayment of a portion student loans for attorneys who agree to serve at least three years as a prosecutor or public defender.

May 22, 2007
She voted against H.R. 1427, the Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007, which would establish oversight over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among others.

May 23, 2007
She voted against H.R. 1252, which would disallow price gouging on gasoline and other fuels.

June 7, 2007
She voted against S. 5, which would have allowed research using human embryonic stem cells.

June 20, 2007
She was in the minority among Republicans, voting against H.R. 2284, which would encourage small business development among native Americans.

That's it for the first six months of her term. I can't decide whether she's a maverick (or extremist) or she just likes to say, "Nay."

To be continued....

2 comments:

Analiese said...

Great post, Stephanie! I only hope you're able to forget all about the details of this disaster called Bachmann in twenty-some days. Eew!

Stephanie Zvan said...

Thanks! I hope so too. Oh, do I hope so. I almost called this post something like, "Looking Closely at Bachmann, So You Don't Have To."