In what should have been no brainer legislation, our US Congress once again played political brinksmanship with House bill HR 4348, not passing it until just days before the affected programs expired. The combined bill (why can’t we actually do bills that cover only a single topic or at least related topics after all the promises by both parties to do so?) funds infrastructure improvements that support 2.7 million construction jobs nationally, the extension of student loan interest supports at the 3.4% level, and renewal of the National Flood Insurance programs.
All worthwhile and relatively non-controversial subjects. The bill passed the House 373-52 and the Senate 92-4! Remarkably bi-partisan support in an election year…which should indicate that the voters support these programs and to vote against them could have negative consequences at the polls in November.
But according to the weekly feature in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Congress: Following the Vote, two intrepid Wisconsin legislators feel comfortable bucking the trend.
In the house, the only WI Congressman voting against the bill? No it wasn’t Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI 1st). It was Rep Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI 5th)…apparently his constituents have all of the roads they need, are all gainfully employed and have children in college on full scholarships or can pay out of pocket…I kinda doubt it. And hopefully his constituents won’t forget in November.
And the ONE of only four Senators? Rookie Senator Ron Johnson (R). I am betting he expects everyone to forget he voted against the best interests of his state by the time he comes up for re-election.