Nothing going on at our capitol and nothing planned in the foreseeable future so we have been watching the House on C-Span and the Senate on C-Span 2.
Of course you are aware that the Senate Immigration Bill was killed in the senate. Probably most of you didn’t have the opportunity to watch it unfold. It was a real battle for a few days once Senator Reid brought it back up again. Having watched these people for so long I can almost vote for them when their name is called. While watching the manipulations it became plain to me that Senator Reid knew that the Bill would not pass.
I reported on the TV Show Tuesday night that the Bill would not pass but it would be stopped by a bipartisan vote. Reid was pushing for a vote so they could tell those of Mexican Descent “We tried to pass this Bill but the Republicans stopped it.” Of course they won’t mention that the number of Dems voting against and Reps voting for was almost the same. That way they could get those votes from those citizens wanting the Bill to pass.
Sure enough the vote was 17 short of passage despite some Republicans voting for it.
In the House there were two things I watched of significance.
Congressman Conaway of Midland was asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the House opening ceremony. He did not say “UNDER GOD”. Rather he said One nation, indivisible, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Was this a momentary lapse of memory or was it intentional?
VP Cheney has said his office was not a part of the Executive Branch when he was subpoenaed on the attorney firings. While working on the budget the Democrats offered an Amendment to cut VP Cheney’s $4,000,000 yearly allowance for staff and his residence from the Executive Branch Budget.
Boy did that cause an uproar. Again I believe it was just for show and not intended to pass. Some in both Parties voted both ways and it fell just short of passage. If they think they sent Mr. Cheney a message I’m afraid they wasted their time.
We received an Email with a list of Laws that would supposedly take effect on July 1st. Since Bills take effect immediately if they get enough votes and on September 1st if they don’t I felt this should be checked out. I found only one of the mentioned Laws and there were companion Bills for such a law but neither passed. This leads me to believe that this message was mistaken. If you find otherwise please let us know.
July is shaping up to be a very busy month already. We shall attend the TOG Chapter meeting on Sunday the 1st then head home to welcome my son and his family home. We will be starting a new chapter in Liberty County on Monday the 2nd. I shall go back home to finish out the rest of the week celebrating with the family and get back to work.
We’ll be in Corpus Christi the 10th of July and in Wichita Falls on the 19th. We will then attend the Hot Damn Run at its new location in Brownwood. On the 28th we will meet with the American Legion Riders in Killeen. Of course we’ll be doing the Show each week and I am sure there will be more appointments before the month ends.
Have a Happy 4th and remember what the day stands for. Get back on track and be ready to defend that which our Founding Fathers and others died to give us.