by Max Brantley
Thanks, DM, for the item about House passage of legislation that prevents schools from tying, restraining, drugging or isolating children in school as discipline, except when their behavior poses an immediate danger to others.
Oh, you betcha you know where this is going. Family values champion John Boozman, who wants to bring those values to a wider stage in the U.S. Senate, was among the 145 Republicans and eight Democrats who opposed this legislation.
UPDATE: It gets worse. Today, Boozman voted against a jobs bill with bipartisan support. It included help for small businesses and money for highway construction.
DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE RELEASE
For the second time in a span of just several months, Congressman John Boozman continued to ignore the 104,000 unemployed residents of his state by voting “no” to the HIRE Act this afternoon, a commonsense job creation package that will create many good, new jobs across Arkansas and more than a million jobs across the nation. The bipartisan bill, has four key provisions including a payroll tax holiday for businesses to encourage hiring, additional funds to help small businesses expand, an extension of the Highway Trust Fund to allow more infrastructure investments, and an expansion of the Build America Bonds program to allow states finance infrastructure projects. Today’s “no” vote comes just several months after Congressman Boozman voted “no” to a House jobs bill last December.
“Congressman John Boozman continues to ignore the economic realities of his state by voting against every piece of legislation designed to jumpstart job creation,” said DSCC National Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy. “Instead of looking out for the unemployed workers of Arkansas, Congressman Boozman’s voting record shows he cares more about political posturing than the people he has sworn to represent. Today’s vote is just the latest example that Congressman Boozman has been in Washington for far too long.”
According to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Congressman Boozman also voted against, created over 2 million last year, has boosted the US economy by 3.5%, and has lowered the unemployment rate by up to 2.1%. The CBO projects that the stimulus will have an even greater impact in 2010.