Personal Explanationby Representative Earl Blumenauer
Posted on 2013-01-15
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, due to a family emergency, I was unable
to be in Washington, D.C. for the votes that occurred on January 3,
2013 and January 4, 2013 and was not sworn in as a Member of Congress
until January 14, 2013. As a result, I missed the votes listed below. I
regret missing these votes but it was necessary to be in Portland
for my family. Had I been in Washington, D.C., I would have voted as
H. Resolution 5: A resolution providing for the House Rules of the
I would have voted no on H. Res, 5. The House Rules package maintains
the House of Representative's discriminatory stance on the Defense of
Marriage Act, which I have opposed, restricts the District of
Columbia's electoral representation, prohibits the House of
Representatives from acting on health care recommendations from a
nonpartisan scientific panel, and supports the partisan and unnecessary
attacks on Attorney General Eric Holder.
H.R. 41: To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program I would have voted yes on H.R. 41. To limit the danger of future storms, it is important to ensure the careful reconstruction of areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy. That effort will take many years, however, and should not unnecessarily limit access to resources provided by the National Flood Insurance Program. I support the increased lending authority to that program to ensure adequate support to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
H.R. 219: Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 I would have voted to approve this legislation, which combines several changes the House had previously supported to improve recovery projects for Hurricane Sandy.