With the survival of freedom in America hanging in the balance; it is vitally important for Alabamians to stay informed on how their elected leaders vote. With Cybersecurity legislation (Privacy), Obamacare (Socialized medicine), National Defense Authorization Act indefinate detention (Fourth and Sixth Amendments) among a few being passed, voter participation in the process is more important than ever. The U.S. Senate has considered violating the Second Amendment through both the UN Small Arms Treaty and a backdoor approach at gun control through the cybersecurity bill currently being debated. Silence equals implied consent in the world of politics. Get vocal today!
The New American magazine for July 9, 2012 Freedom Index rated the votes of Alabama Senator Richard Shelby and Senator Jeff Sessions based on the U.S. Constitution. The overall score for both Senators were:
- Senator Richard Shelby (R)-77%
- Senator Jeff Sessions (R)-72%
1) House Resolution 2055; Omnibus Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2012- to waste $915 billion more tax dollars on areas not found in the U.S. Constitution (Foreign aid, housing, education, etc….) all the while this nation is looking at a trillion dollar deficit. The Senate adopted the conference report on December 17, 2011 by a vote of 67 to 32 (Roll Call 235). Both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted against it.
2) House Joint Resolution 98; to disapprove of President Obama’s desire to dig this nation deeper in debt by raising the debt limit $1.2 trillion. A motion to proceed by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was defeated on January 26, 2012 by a vote of 44 to 52 (Roll Call 2). Both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted against the President’s desire to live beyond the means of our nation.
3) Senate 2038; amendment by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to a Congressional insider trading bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution limiting the number of times a Member of Congress may serve. We already have term limits; they are called elections and we can send them packing,if they fail to do their job. Roger Sherman speaking at the 1787 Constitutional Convention stated that the best incentive for elected officials to represent their constituents is the possibility of re-election. If our current system was good enough for our Founders; it is good enough for today. The amendment was soundly rejected on February 2, 2012 by a vote of 24 to 75 (Roll Call 11). Senator Shelby voted against removing your voice and vote. Senator Sessions voted in favor of increasing lame duck unaccountable politicians.
4) Senate 1813; amendment by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to” protect the rights of conscience with regard to requirements for specific items and services.” Under Obamacare employers must provide contraceptive coverage even if it counters their religious convictions. The Senate tabled the amendment on March 1, 2012 by a vote of 51 to 48 (Roll Call 24). Both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted in favor of protecting religious convictions against abortion and contraception. They heeded the words of Thomas Jefferson:
” No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”
5) Senate 1813; Offshore Oil and Gas Development- amendment by Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) to allow for more leases for offshore drilling. Senator Vitter wanted to ease the burden of Americans at the pump by increasing American energy independence. His amendment was rejected on March 8, 2012 by a vote of 43 to 55 (Roll Call 28). Both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted against denying access to these untapped resources.
6) Senate 1813; EPA Boiler Emission Regulations-amendment by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) to give regulatory relief to industrial boilers from the Environmental Protection Agency’s radical new emission standards. The new standards have a cost of $14 billion and 200,000 much needed jobs for our economy. Her amendment to protect U.S. jobs was rejected March 8, 2012 by a vote of 52 to 46 (Roll Call 30). The EPA which has no Constitutional authority to even exist with it’s efforts to “crucify” American businesses and further drain the American economy is out of bounds. Both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted for relief from the EPA’s over-regulation and American jobs.
7) Senate 1813; Oil and Gas Development/ Keystone XL Pipeline- amendment by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to open up part of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and natural gas exploration, expand lease sales for off-shore drilling, and approve the Keystone Oil Pipeline. The Democratic controlled Senate happy to see Americans suffer at the gas pumps rejected it on March 13, 2012 by a vote of 41 to 57 (Roll Call 38). Both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted in favor of American energy independence.
8) Senate 1813; Energy Tax Extensions- amendment by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) to extend already lapsed and soon to expire programs to promote renewable energy (reads wasteful (Solyndra), ineffective (solar/wind), and potentially harmful (CFL light bulbs). Her amendment was rejected on March 13, 2012 by a vote of 49 to 49 (Roll Call 39). Both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted against rewarding businesses favored by the Progressive crowd in Washington, DC.
9) House Resolution 2072; Export-Import Bank reauthorization for 2 years including a boost in their lending cap from $100 billion to $140 billion. If we are paying foreign countries to buy our products for years on end and American manufacturing is withering away as cheap foreign junk fills our shelves; we are being robbed. It passed on May 15, 2012 by a vote of 78 to 20 (Roll Call 96). Sadly both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted in favor of risking your hard earned tax dollars to provide loans to the private sector the private sector deems too risky. (Find that authority in the Constitution.)
10) Senate 3187; FDA Regulation of Food and Dietary Supplements (They are after your One-A-Days)- an amendment by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to prohibit he FDA from regulating food or dietary supplements as drugs and censoring health claims. It would have also prohibited this unconstitutional agency’s employees from “carrying firearms and making arrests without warrants.” Senator Paul’s efforts to rein in this out of control bureaucratic beast was tabled by a vote of 78 to 15 (Roll Call 107). Sadly both Senator Shelby and Senator Sessions voted for the leviathan and against your rights as American citizen’s.
We, as Alabamians, must take it upon ourselves to take our country back. We must sound the alarm to our fellow citizens in Alabama and across the country to wake up, get up, and speak up. We must exercise our rights at the ballot box and send those who fail to heed the Constitution, home unemployed. Remember to vote in November and send a message loud and clear to Washington that we are alert, angry, and we vote our conscience. See you at the polls Alabama. Give thanks where it is due and chasten where necessary.