Mike Thompson Watch


Housing, Infrastructure and Crime Votes

(October 14, 2007)

Mike Thompson voted for the Improving Government Accountability Act, which had only 11 representatives voting against it. It purports to increase the accountabilitiy of the Inspectors General office.

The MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007 (H.R. 2740) also passed by a lopsided majority, with 389 yes votes, Mike Thompson among them. The bill (if it becomes law) would hold private security contrators accountable for criminal behavior. Funny, I thought the laws applied to everyone, already. This is a response to problems with private contractors, notably Blackwater, in Iraq. But then the war in Iraq is in itself a war crime, the illegal invasion of another nation. When will Congress attempt to enforce that idea?

Mike voted Yes on the Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007 (H.R. 3246) which seems to be a moving bureaucrats around bill. The commissions in question are supposed to help the most severely distressed economic areas of the U.S. The vote was 264 for, 154 against.

Mike also joined a lopsided majority (386 to 27) for the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 (H.R. 3648). If it becomes law (not likely) those who have lost their homes due to failure to make their mortgage payment will no longer have the "discharges of indebtedness" count as gross income. As far as I can tell this seems to do something, while actually doing nothing. It may even actually benefit the mortgage companies, not the people paying the mortgage.

-- 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.