RECENT VOTES

The President's Budget

On Thursday, April 2 the House passed H. Con. Res. 85: the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2010. This resolution provides the framework through which the House will craft the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bills and reflects the priorities outlined in President Obama's budget released earlier this year.

The budget resolution advances the commitment toward implementing health care reform by expanding coverage, improving quality and addressing costs. This budget resolution does not include the specifics of President Obama's health care reform package but the House did recognize its importance and its desire to address the issue by clearly setting aside an unfunded reserve account. This approach was also taken with the environment and a host of other initiatives.

It also provides additional resources for the full spectrum of the educational experience — from early education through college. It addresses energy independence by increasing our commitment to achieving energy efficiency and investing in renewable energy sources. H. Con. Res. 85 also addresses the importance of economic stability by affirming the President's commitment to cutting the budget deficit in half over four years.

I voted YES. H. Con. Res. 85 passed in the House and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

233

20

0

1

REPUBLICAN

0

176

0

2

TOTAL

233

196

0

3

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

10

0

0

0