The Journal of Representative Ersberg
January 7th, 2009
I saw this new intriguing bill being dropped off into the hopper by my fellow representative Mr. Frank. This bill will definitely create some controversy in the House of Representatives. I’m very passionate about this issue myself, and hopefully I’ll be able to pull some strings. The bill was then given HR- 164 and was placed on the committee calendar. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll be hearing about this bill during my term!
March 16th, 2009
Remember that bill I was talking about way back in January? Well it finally made it to the House! It was then assigned to the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Education and Labor (my committee!) and they assigned it to separate subcommittees in each committee. I was lucky enough to get it into my subcommittee.Tomorrow we start our hearings and revisions to the bill. We will way the advantages and disadvantages of this bill. I’m excited to get involved in this bill.
March 17th, 2009
When our subcommittee met and started talking about this bill, arguments started rising. Representative Miller shared “I have family that was involved in the jobs bank system and they claim, although miserable, it saved their family.” Representative Osgood fired back with “I’m sure it did, but look at the state of the economy now. Those establishments ruined the top three American carmakers revenue and caused them to ask us for a bailout plan. That is unacceptable since three months ago we handed out a bailout plan to the banks and loan agencies similar to the one they were asking for.” The entire subcommittee agreed strongly with what representative Osgood had to say, even representative Miller. We vote unanimously to recommend the recommendation of our standing committee to pass this bill with no revisions made.
March 18th, 2009
Today we sent in our recommendation to our Standing Committee and hopefully they will agree with our decision. We won’t know until a couple of days from now. The suspense is killing me!
March 20th, 2009
They decided to recommend it! They decided a lot faster than I expected them to which is reassuring. The bill is now heading to Floor Action where plenty of debating will occur. Hopefully we’ll be able to start Floor Action tomorrow but you never know about congressman!
March 30th, 2009
Finally we are able to start. There wasn’t a quorum for the past ten days so we had to wait till all the older congressmen returned from their golfing trips. Let the debating begin! I decided to ask for the floor first and the Speaker accepted my proposal and I went up to state my case on this bill. I said, “This bill will prevent anything closely resembling a depression in the future. Our automakers will not be forced to ask for bailout deals. Our people will not have to struggle with the hardships of a depression again if we pass this bill. At the heart of this current depression lies these jobs bank establishments. They provide pay to people who play games all day and don’t deserve to be earning anything from this. So if you love your country and you want the United States to become a stable nation again, vote for this bill.” Nobody said anything. I felt very good about my time on the floor and hopefully that silence after my time was a good silence. I’m sure this isn’t the end of the debating but it’s a very good start.
April 11th, 2009
After almost two weeks of debating and arguing we, the House of Representatives agreed to pass the bill and send it to the Senate where the process will start all over again, but I’m to tired to explain it all tonight. I’ll finish tomorrow.
April 12th, 2009
It’s almost hard to believe how fast that bill went through the House! Anyways, before I forget the whole Senate process I’ll write it down. First, the bill gets a new number; in this case they gave HR- 164 the new number S- 72. Then it goes through the exact same process as it does in the House. It is referred to a standing committee in the Senate; it is then referred to a subcommittee where they will have hearings and make revisions. If the bill is recommended by the standing committee (I’m sure it will!), then it goes to the Floor where the senators debate, debate and debate some more. If the bill is passed without revisions then it will go to the Presidents desk for approval. If there are revisions, then it will go to a conference or a joint committee where they work out the differences of each bill and gets approved again by the House and the Senate. Then it is finally sent to the President where he can either veto it in several different ways or he approve it. If vetoed, Congress can override the veto with 2/3-majority vote in both chambers. If not then the bill dies and has to go through the process again if it’s going to become a law. If passed then it becomes federal law. Hopefully there aren’t too many complications! I believe this bill can help create a more stable country which is what we need right now.