HERR: THE COUNTDOWN OF JOE PITTS’ 40 WORST VOTES HAS BEGUN!

THE COUNTDOWN OF JOE PITTS’ 40 WORST VOTES HAS BEGUN!
 
September 17, 2010 — It’s a tough job, but somebody had to do it:  counting down Congressman Joe Pitts’ forty worst votes.  It’s widely known that Congressman Pitts has a long record of voting “NO” on bills that would help our district’s working men and women.  But to sift through all those “NO” votes to demonstrate the importance of giving Rep. Pitts a much-deserved retirement was daunting.  Let the record show that the Herr 2010 campaign was equal to the task.  We searched the Congressman’s voting record for the past four years (which amounted to giving Mr. Pitts a “bye” for the first eleven years of his long and dismal tenure in Washington.)
 
To avoid being thought excessively partisan, the Herr 2010 search committee drew upon Megavote.com, a non-partisan aggregator of data from The Congressional Record.  For additional information on bills, we turned to THOMAS, a research tool provided by the Library of Congress, and cost estimates issued by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
 
With much furrowing of brows and perusal of legislative language, we narrowed the list down…and down…until we had Joe Pitts’ Forty Worst Votes.  The Lois Herr campaign will release the list, one bill at a time, over the next forty days.  (Important note:  the decision of the judges is final, and persons wishing to draw up their own “Pitts’ 40 Worst Votes” lists are encouraged to do so.  The Congressman has given us all plenty of material.)
 
Drum roll please…  Announcing Number 40 (the least of the worst):
 
H.R. 2868, the Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009
 
This bill, sponsored by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, aims to protect chemical facilities from terrorist attacks by requiring owners of facilities to prepare security plans or to rely on alternate plans that may already be in place.
 
Pitts votes NO.
 
We’re not sure why Rep. Pitts voted against this effort to improve our defenses against terrorist attacks.  He could not possibly have thought it would be too expensive, as the CBO had evaluated the bill and declared, “We estimate that any such effect [on direct spending and revenues] would not be significant.”  In any event, Rep. Pitts did vote “NO”, but H.R. 2868 eventually passed 230-193 with 11 not voting.

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