Thursday, August 19, 2010


Lynn Jenkins didn't vote to keep American jobs in America. H.R.5982, the Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2010 failed to get the 2/3 majority needed to pass, thanks to Lynn Jenkins and the Party of No. This was a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the expansion of certain information reporting requirements to corporations and to payments for property, to eliminate loopholes which encourage companies to move operations offshore, and for other purposes.

Maybe you, like me, think that eliminating these loopholes in the tax code is a good idea. C.P.A. Lynn Jenkins voted to let American corporations move jobs out of America, and keep the tax break too! That was roll call 514.

Kansas' schools are hiring teachers. That is not thanks to the State Legislature making more money available for our kids. Teachers are being hired because of Public Law 111- 226, H.R. 1586, now known as the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act.

The Senate returned H.R. 1586, the Education, Jobs, and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 to the House with Amendments. Two Rules were brought bringing the Senate's amendments to the House. Lynn Jenkins voted against those Rules, on roll call votes 516 and 517. The Education, Jobs, and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 passed the House by resolving the differences with the Senate on roll call vote 518. Lynn Jenkins voted no.

Now remember H.R. 5982? That bill was grafted into H.R. 1586 and these jobs that Lynn Jenkins voted against are largely paid for by closing the tax loopholes that let American businesses ship jobs overseas.


Unobligated funds, that's the money appropriated to Federal Departments and Agencies which has not been spent. Well, H.R. 1586 took back a whole slew of that money through a series of rescissions. This bill was paid for by using unspent money. $20 Million from the Department of Energy. $100 Million from the General Services Administration. $6.8 Million from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. $28.6 Million from the E.P.A. $11.2 Million from the National Parks. $157 Million from funds allocated to the Commissioner of Social Security, making other funds available through another section of preexisting law. $92.7 Million from the Department of Education. $506 Million from the Department of Defense (mostly construction). $6.1 Million from the Department of Veterans Affairs. $5 Million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. $120 Million from the Department of State. $7 Million from the Department of Transportation. $2.2 Billion from unobligated funds to the States from Federal Aid to Highways.

The Democrats looked at the unused money and put it to work making Air Travel safer, Social Security more dependable, and Teachers available to our children. Lynn Jenkins said no.

When H.R. 1586 first appeared it was a bill to tax the bonuses paid from TARP funds. Lynn Jenkins voted against that version of the bill. Lynn Jenkins was one of only 93 Members of the House who thought it was a bad idea to tax the big bonuses of bad bankers who got TARP funds. The original version of H.R. 1586 passed on roll call 143 by a margin of 328 to 93.

Now Lynn Jenkins is asking where the jobs are and calling the Sunset Provisions of the Republican Tax Breaks for the Richest of the Rich a Democratic tax hike. What a load of manure! Lynn Jenkins repeatedly voted against the Summer Jobs bill until the bill finally passed before Congress' summer recess. That was July 27th and the bill was H.R. 4899. We discussed that bill back on July 9th. Republicans held the Summer Jobs bill until the end of July so they could rant about a lack of jobs. Talk about brass.

Now those folks who got those huge bonuses paid for by the taxpayers courtesy the TARP funds are the same people Lynn Jenkins thinks should not have their tax breaks see a sunset.

Lynn Jenkins does not represent us.

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