Mike Castle’s Voting Record

  There has been a lot of discussion about Mike Castle’s voting record. His supporters will tell you that he votes with the GOP somewhere around 80% of the time. That number could be accurate. That is, if all you are doing is counting yes and no votes with the party.

  But as I have often pointed out, if you get down in the weeds and start looking at those yes and no votes a very different picture begins to appear.

  It seems that Mr. Castle has a tendency to vote yes or no with the GOP on amendments and then will find an escape hatch when it comes time to vote for passage. These amendment votes keep up his average of voting with the GOP, while allowing  him to vote his more liberal conscience on the real issue. He is counting on no one paying attention.

  Of course another factor that leads the casual observer to believe that Mr. Castle is some kind of party loyalist is the number of times he cast votes with the GOP on such important issues, as for example, when he cast a yes vote along with every other Republican in the House on October 27,2009 on HR : Recognizing Weber State University for the 120th Anniversary of its Founding as an Institution of Higher Learning. Or when he also cast a yes vote along with every member of the GOP in the House on October 22, 2009 on HR 836: Expressing support of Teen Read Week. And let us not forget that all important yes vote he cast with every  member of the GOP in the House on S Con. Res. 43: Authorizing the use of the Rotunda of the Capital for the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to former Senator Edward Brooke. Of course he was also voting yes with every member of the Democrat party in the House as well, so maybe those are a push.

  The point is that Mr. castle seems fine with voting with the Republicans on resolutions and amendments, but tends to leave them at the altar when the time comes to say, “I DO”.

  Let’s look at some key issues that the Congressman has left the party on.


Vote 86: H R 1105: Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009

   Mr. Castle voted yes with the Democrats


Vote 906: H R 976: In this 265 to 159 vote the House passed an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The bill also passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 31. The bill increases total funding for the program to $60 billion over the next five years and provides health insurance for 9 million currently uninsured American children. The $7 billion yearly expansions were a major sticking point for the White House and ultimately lead to the fourth presidential veto from the Bush administration. The measure is a key agenda item for the Democratic majority in Congress, and Democratic leaders have vowed to push for a veto override, which would require a two-thirds vote. White House press secretary Dana Perino criticized Democrats for sending the president a bill she said they knew would be dead on arrival. “They made their political point,” Perino said. The White House contended that the 61-cent increase in the federal tobacco tax would not be able to recoup the required funds needed to fund the bill. White House officials also argued the measure would push millions of children already covered by private health insurance into publicly financed health care program


       Mr. Castle voted yes with the Democrats.


Vote 99: H CON RES 63: This measure expresses the House’s disagreement with President Bush’s planned troop buildup in Iraq. The nonbinding resolution pledges support for U.S. personnel serving “bravely and honorably in Iraq” but says Congress “disapproves” of the president’s plan to add more than 20,000 combat troops. The resolution was approved 246 to 182. Seventeen Republicans joined 229 Democrats in support of the resolution. Two Democrats opposed the measure. While the 95-word resolution has no legal weight to force the president to change his course in Iraq, it marks a first key showdown between the White House and the new Congress controlled by Democrats.

               Mr. Castle voted yes with the Democrats.


Vote 40: H R 6: This bill would repeal tax cuts to oil companies and mandate that they pay a fee to remove oil from the Gulf of Mexico. It would also fund renewable energy programs. The act would repeal a tax break that oil and gas firms received in 2004. That break effectively lowered their corporate tax rates. It would also bar oil companies from bidding on new federal leases unless they pay a fee or renegotiate improperly drafted leases from the late ‘90s. Those leases did not require royalty payments on Gulf of Mexico oil production. Oil firms would pay a “conservation fee” for oil taken from the gulf. <br> <br> Additionally, the bill would set aside an estimated $13 billion to $15 billion in revenues over a five-year period for tax breaks relating to renewable energy sources, according to The Washington Post. <br> <br> The bill was designed to reduce the United States’ dependency on foreign oil by investing in alternative energy sources. However, critics say it actually would decrease domestic oil production so the country would rely more heavily on imported oil. <br> <br> The House passed the bill on Jan. 18, 2007, with a vote of 264-163. All House Democrats except one favored the bill. They were joined by 36 Republicans. The Senate must debate the bill. <br> <br> The Washington Post reported that the Bush Administration opposed repealing the tax break for oil companies when other manufacturing industries benefited from the 2004 reductions. It also frowned on forcing companies to renegotiate their Gulf of Mexico leases.

           Mr. Castle voted yes with the Democrats.


Vote 23: H R 4: This bill would allow the government to negotiate directly with drugmakers for lower prescription drug prices for individuals using Medicare. The bill, which amends the Social Security Act, permits the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate with drug companies on behalf of private insurers that run the drug benefit program for Medicare. This overturns a 2003 law which made private insurers responsible for these negotiations. The bill would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to lead negotiations and report back to Congress in six months. Even with this new legislation in place, pharmaceutical companies are not mandated to lower their prices. The House swiftly passed the bill on Jan. 12, 2007, by a vote of 255-170, with 24 Republicans joining House Democrats. A companion bill has not been offered in the Senate. A similar Senate bill allows the government to negotiate with drugmakers in some instances.

                  Mr. Castle voted yes with the Democrats.


Vote 18: H R 2: This bill would increase the federal minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour over two years. It would increase the minimum wage in three increments. Sixty days after enactment, the minimum wage is to be raised to $5.85. A year after that it will be $6.55, and a year after that it will be $7.25. This is the first change to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 since 1997 when the federal minimum wage was increased from $4.75 to $5.15 an hour. The bill also applies the federal minimum wage to the North Mariana Islands, a territory of the United States. The legislation passed in the House on Jan. 10, 2007, with a vote of 315-116. Every House Democrat voted in favor of the proposal along with 82 Republicans. The Senate version has been stalled because President Bush recommended that tax cuts for small businesses be added to the bill. Senate Democrats lost a 54-43 cloture vote on Jan. 24, 2007 to pass the legislation without tax cuts. The Senate bill now includes $8.3 million in tax breaks even though House Democrats argue constitutional precedents require that tax legislation originate in the House, according to The Washington Post. If the Senate passes its version of the bill, both the chambers will have to reconcile their differences between the two versions.

                Mr. Castle voted yes with the Democrats.

       And here is one of my favorites. From a man who is clearly an environmentalist.


Vote 445: H R 6: Offered tax breaks and incentives in what supporters said was an effort to spur oil and gas companies to provide innovative ways to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, conserve resources and reduce pollution.

           Mr. Castle voted no with the Democrats. So it would seem that Mr. Castle will do almost anything to spur the developement of alternative green energy sources, that is except for offering tax breaks and incentives. Fiscal conservative my eye!

         And now one for my fellow social conservatives out there.


Vote 90: S 686: Gave federal courts jurisdiction in the Terri Schiavo dispute

          Mr. Castle voted no with the Democrats. Well at least he was consistent on the abortion of life.

   So while we may have to concede the over all average of Mr. Castle’s voting record, when you count such weighty issues as recognizing university anniversaries, we must also recognize the fact that many times on some very important issues, Mr Castle has not only been on the wrong side of the aisle, but many times completely on the wrong side of the issues.

  All the above information is from the Washington Post ” U.S. Congress Votes Data Base”

2 Responses to “Mike Castle’s Voting Record”

  1. Patricia Fish Says:

    I did not realize that Mr. Castle voted a no-confidence in the Iraq troop surge.

    How sleazy is this?

    Someday, like an abused woman finally reaches the point where the alternative discomfort is not as bad as the current discomfort, many of yon readers still pulling that voting lever of pain will finally walk away.

    Try it. A Democrat voting on Democratic issues is not nearly as painful as a republican voting for Democratic issues. With one you know what to expect. With the other you are being mocked and abused and lied to.

    The end result is, of course, the same.

  2. frankknotts Says:

    Pat we can only hope that this primary election on Sept. 14th will end our pain!

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