Mike Thompson Watch


Head Start, Mortgage and Iraq Votes

(December 3, 2007)

Mike Thompson voted with most members of the House of Representatives for the Improving Head Start Act (H.R. 1429), which passed 381 to 26, after differences with the Senate version of the bill were resolved. This boosted funding for the program. Mike also voted for the Fiscal 2008 Tranportation/HUD appropriations (H.R. 3074), providing $51.2 billion in funding, which passed 270 to 147, also after differences with the Senate bill were resolved..

The Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act (H.R. 4156) passed 218-203 with Congressman Thompson voting Yes. The bill would provide 4 months of emergency funding for more war in Iraq provided that troop withdrawals began within 30 days of the bill's enactment. To become law it would need to be passed by the Senate and signed by the President, who is more likely to veto it. The Senate already voted to not even consider it.

Mike joined a broad majority in voting For the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act (H.R. 3195), passed 291 to 127. If it becomes law this act would make illegal some of the most unethical practices in the mortgage industry.

Representative Thompson also voted Yes on the Responsible Electronic Surveillance Act (3773), which passed the House 227-189, which makes it unecessary for the administration to obtain a court order to spy on communications between non-U.S. persons.

Mike voted Yes on overriding the President's veto of the Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act of fiscal 2008. But the 277 to 141 vote failed to override the veto.

Congress took two weeks off for Thanksgiving, but is starting back up on December 4th.

-- William P. Meyers

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Mike Thomspon is the current elected member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 1st Congressional District.