Monday, January 22, 2007

Rep. Blunt & The 100-Hour Agenda

KYTV political reporter David Catanese notes House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) says much of the 100-hours package House Democrats pushed through still face stiff opposition in the Senate.

''Many of the 100-hours 'accomplishments' can't make it through the Senate'' or survive a veto, said Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri, the Republican whip, told the New York Times.

Blunt told the Washington Times the energy legislation would raise the price of gas.

This bill will hurt domestic production and increase the price of oil and gas in this country," said House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican. "If you take away the oil industry's incentives to invest in domestic production, you increase our dependence on foreign oil."

Environment & Energy daily reports that Blunt tried to stop the energy legislation by using House rules.

"It also came after a last-minute parliamentary maneuver by Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), ultimately unsuccessful, to require a three-fifths majority vote in support of the bill because it would result in a tax hike."

Others are wondering who Roy Blunt represents in Washington. Last November, nearly 75 percent of Greene County voters and two-thirds of Jasper County voters supported a higher state minimum wage. These are the people Roy Blunt represents. Yet Blunt voted against a bill in the U.S. House that would raise the federal minimum wage. In the decade since the last federal minimum wage increase Rep. Blunt’s congressional salary has increased by $31,600.