Personal Explanationby Representative Elizabeth H. Esty
Posted on 2013-02-26
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ms. ESTY. Mr. Speaker, I want to state that on February 15, I missed
several rollcall votes due to the Citizens Medal ceremony honoring the
following constituents, Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren
Rousseau, Victoria Soto, Mary Sherlach, and Dawn Hochsprung. These six
extraordinarily talented and courageous teachers and administrators
dedicated their lives to education and to the children of Sandy Hook
Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. When unimaginable tragedy struck,
they gave their lives protecting those same children. As a community,
Newtown will always feel their loss. As a country, we will always look
to their courage. Had I been present I would have voted:
I. Nay--H. Con. Res. 15--Adjournment Resolution: I would have voted
``nay'' as the House should stay in session and work to find a
reasonable alternative to the irrational, across-the-board spending
cuts in the pending sequester.
2. Aye--Final Passage of H.R. 273: I would have voted ``aye'' to prevent a pay increase for Members of Congress in 2013 and am an original cosponsor of a bill to prevent a pay increase for Members of Congress for the entire 113th Congress. In these tough economic times and until the budget is balanced, it's not fair for Members of Congress to receive any form of pay increase when others are asked to cut their budgets.
3. Aye--Final Passage of H. Res. 65: Condemning the Government of North Korea for its flagrant and repeated violations of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions, for its repeated provocations that threaten international peace and stability, and for its February 12, 2013 test of a nuclear device.