Our House of Representatives, by a huge margin, passed HR 2264 onto the Senate. HR 2264 is titled: H.R. 2264: No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007. It even has a catchy acronym, NOPEC. Now aint that cool?
OK, I looked the bill up in Thomas and Govwatch. Both indicate that the bill actually passed in May of 07. Yet a Mark Steyn article on the topic is dated May of 08. So, I am not 100 percent certain exactly when, before or after the witch hunts of Big Oil CEO's, that NOPEC got the nod.
What I like is the blatant double standard. We cannot locate, close with, and exploit our own assets. But, we can sue the pants off of a sovereign nation who has the nerve to make their own decisions on what to do with their own stuff. Imagine that, the Royal House of Saud didn't seek congressional permission on this... Oh the horror.
Just for the record, these are the elected officials who voted NO on the bill. While they lost, they did the right thing. Ya might drop em a line so they know that you are keeping score and, for the moment at least, approve of their action.
|MD-6 Bartlett, Roscoe [R]||TX-6 Barton, Joe [R]||CA-50 Bilbray, Brian [R]|
|UT-1 Bishop, Rob [R]||MO-7 Blunt, Roy [R]||OH-8 Boehner, John [R]|
|OK-2 Boren, Dan [D]||LA-7 Boustany, Charles [R]||TX-8 Brady, Kevin [R]|
|IN-5 Burton, Dan [R]||CA-44 Calvert, Ken [R]||UT-3 Cannon, Christopher [R]|
|NC-6 Coble, Howard [R]||OK-4 Cole, Tom [R]||TX-11 Conaway, K. [R]|
|CA-20 Costa, Jim [D]||WY-0 Cubin, Barbara [R]||TX-28 Cuellar, Henry [D]|
|GA-9 Deal, Nathan [R]||CA-4 Doolittle, John [R]||CA-26 Dreier, David [R]|
|OK-5 Fallin, Mary [R]||FL-24 Feeney, Tom [R]||AZ-6 Flake, Jeff [R]|
|NC-5 Foxx, Virginia [R]||AZ-2 Franks, Trent [R]||NJ-11 Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R]|
|CA-24 Gallegly, Elton [R]||NJ-5 Garrett, E. [R]||GA-11 Gingrey, John [R]|
|TX-12 Granger, Kay [R]||IL-14 Hastert, J. [R]||WA-4 Hastings, Doc [R]|
|TX-5 Hensarling, Jeb [R]||MI-2 Hoekstra, Peter [R]||MO-9 Hulshof, Kenny [R]|
|CA-49 Issa, Darrell [R]||IA-5 King, Steve [R]||GA-1 Kingston, Jack [R]|
|MN-2 Kline, John [R]||CO-5 Lamborn, Doug [R]||GA-7 Linder, John [R]|
|OK-3 Lucas, Frank [R]||CA-3 Lungren, Daniel [R]||FL-14 Mack, Connie [R]|
|TX-24 Marchant, Kenny [R]||UT-2 Matheson, Jim [D]||CA-22 McCarthy, Kevin [R]|
|CA-25 McKeon, Howard [R]||CA-42 Miller, Gary [R]||TX-19 Neugebauer, Randy [R]|
|CA-21 Nunes, Devin [R]||TX-14 Paul, Ronald [R]||IN-6 Pence, Mike [R]|
|PA-16 Pitts, Joseph [R]||TX-2 Poe, Ted [R]||GA-6 Price, Tom [R]|
|CA-19 Radanovich, George [R]||AZ-1 Renzi, Rick [R]||CA-46 Rohrabacher, Dana [R]|
|ID-1 Sali, Bill [R]||TX-32 Sessions, Peter [R]||AZ-3 Shadegg, John [R]|
|ID-2 Simpson, Michael [R]||NE-3 Smith, Adrian [R]||AR-2 Snyder, Victor [D]|
|CO-6 Tancredo, Thomas [R]||NE-2 Terry, Lee [R]||KS-4 Tiahrt, Todd [R]|
|MI-7 Walberg, Timothy [R]||GA-3 Westmoreland, Lynn [R]||AK-0 Young, Donald [R]|
Yep, that is it. IF your rep is on the list then he or she might actually have a spine. At least in this instance they did the right thing. IF your rep aint on the list then they either voted for the measure, thus exposing a hypocritical bent, or didn't vote. The non-voters are potentially the real schemers since they can make any claim they wish depending on which way the winds are blowing.
So there it is, your government in action. Check thru the older posts. Are your guys living up to the ideals we rightfully demand of them? If not, then here is one more branch on the tree of liberty to hang em from. Get A Rope.