Michael Dennis “Mike” Rogers (born July 16, 1958), is the U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district, serving since 2003.
DEBT CEILING BILL FIRST VOTE: This Congressman voted YES on the first vote of the revenue bill numbered S.677. The ‘S’ on the bill means the bill originated in the Senate, not in the House of Representatives as the Constitution requires.
If this Congressman, along with 2 others, had listened to the public outcry and voted NO, it would have forced a vote on the Cut, Cap, and Balance Bill that would have prevented the downgrade of the USA credit rating from AAA to AA+.
Furthermore, the vote on this bill was used as a bait and switch, since this bill, S. 677, was not the bill finally passed and signed into law, S. 365. In order to raise the debt ceiling, the House used not one, but two Senate bills to bypass the Constitution and confuse the public.
Here are the links to both House of Representative votes and the bills that were completely rewritten from their original intent: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:3:./temp/~bd7mXA:@@@R|/home/LegislativeData.php|
DEBT CEILING BILL: This Congressman voted YES to S. 365 on the final vote to raise the debt ceiling. The bill had public outcry claiming it was an illogical step since there was no budget passed since 2007 to even know if more money was needed. It is a revenue bill created in the Senate, when the Constitution clearly states that all revenue bills must be initiated in the House of Representatives.
Cost is “less than $1 per American over the 2012-2016 period. Computed from a Congressional Budget Office report by dividing the estimated cost of $71,000,000 by the U.S. population. (Note: To keep this cost down, they also divided it by 4 years.)http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-365
Before any votes occurred, President Obama said publicly that the USA could “no longer pay SSI on August 3rd” without borrowing more money and the USA was at risk of defaulting on it’s loans. This admission directly affected the world’s views on our ability to pay our debts.
Shortly after this bill passed, the S&P then downgraded for the first time in history the USA’s AAA credit rating to AA+ stating the budget cuts in this bill were not enough for the USA to keep borrowing more money without eventually defaulting.
More downgrades have occurred since, such as the downgrade of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which is now taxpayer owned because they cannot keep their obligations without borrowing money from the federal government.
PATRIOT EXTENTION ACT of 2011 – This Congressman voted YES on S.990 to extend the Sunset clause of the Patriot Act which is widely desputed by Americans from both parties because infringes upon our right to privacy.
(b) Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004- Section 6001(b)(1) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-458; 50 U.S.C. 1801 note) is amended by striking ‘May 27, 2011’ and inserting ‘June 1, 2015’. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-990
TARP (BANK BAILOUT) BILL: This Congressman voted YES on the H.R. 1424, which was originally passed by the House as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. This is unconstitutional because all revenue bills must originate in the House of Representatives first. This bill provided massive loans to failing banks, who were participating in risky loans. This bill is the primary instrument in fully ‘waking the sleeping giant’ of the public because no regulations were put upon the banks to stop them from doing risky loans.
A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes.
This is the Senate’s October 2008 Economic Stimulus Relief Bill. This bill was originally introduced in March 2007 and passed the House as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. In October 2008, it was co-opted as the so-called “vehicle” to pass the relief bill with an amendment that rewrites the whole bill. The House’s initial vehicle was H.R. 3997, but they failed to pass their amendment co-opting the bill. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1424
FANNIE MAE/FREDDIE MAC BAILOUT: This Congressman voted YES on H.R. 3221. This is the first large bailout bill that stirred the ‘sleeping giant’. The bill cost 900,000,000,000. If it had been the last bill, the ‘sleeping giant’ probably would have just returned to sleep. It was during the hot election where they were battling it out over the war issues, so eyes did not want to turn to the economy, which was in full collapse. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were privately run, but this bill bailed them out and returned them to being government run. Like many of the bills since this bill, it was originally called New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act, which had nothing to do with the bill it later became in order to bypass original vote limits. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-3221