Friday, May 30, 2014

House Republicans Endorsed Wage Theft and Predatory Lending Last Night

Last night, the House voted on Justice and Commerce appropriations. I would like to highlight two amendments here.

Keith Ellison (MN-05) introduced an amendment to prohibit use of funds to enter into a contract with any person whose disclosures of a proceeding with a disposition outlined in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System include the term "Fair Labor Standards Act." In other words, if you have been accused of wage theft or any similar such violation, you can't do business with the government.

The House killed it 211 to 196. 186 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted for it. 211 Republicans voted against it.

Who were the only 10 Republicans to think that your employer shouldn’t steal your wages?

Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Jimmy Duncan (TN-02)
Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Chris Gibson (NY-19)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)
David McKinley (WV-01)
Ted Poe (TX-02)
Jon Runyan (NJ-03)
Don Young (AK-AL)

Scott Garrett (NJ-05) introduced an amendment to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Justice to enforce the Fair Housing Act in a manner that relies upon an allegation of liability under C.F.R. 100.500. This refers to the principle of "disparate impact," i.e., discrimination is determined not by stated intent but by the disproportionate adverse impact on a specific group. Think of predatory lending practices as an example.

It passed 216 to 190.

215 Republicans and 1 Democrat voted for it. 185 Democrats and 5 Republicans voted against it.
Jerry McNerney (CA-09) was the only Democrat to support the bill.

The 5 Republicans who opposed the amendment were the following:

Randy Forbes (VA-04)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Chris Gibson (NY-19)
Richard Hanna (NY-22)
Mike Turner (OH-10)

I'll have more diaries up soon about some of the other amendments.

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