Rep. Bill Sali ignores Idaho traditions of bipartisanship, collaboration, effectiveness

Minnick for Congress

By John Foster - October 21, 2008

Monday, October 27
For immediate release

Recently, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID02) was named by Esquire Magazine as one of the 10 best members of Congress thanks to his willingness to evaluate all ideas, reach across party lines and look for solutions rather than arguments.

They are lessons Rep. Bill Sali (R-ID01) ignored while he served with Simpson in the Idaho Legislature, and lessons Sali continues to ignore while he serves with Simpson in the U.S. House. 

The latest example is a list of nearly 70 votes where Simpson joined a broad, bipartisan majority to vote in favor of crucial legislation—much if it having nothing to do with spending—but where Sali joined a slim minority, thus ultimately canceling out Simpson’s vote.

“Idaho has only two Congressmen,” said Walt Minnick, a candidate for the seat held by Sali. “They must both be effective.”

According to the list, of the 435 members of Congress, Sali was one of the few who:

- Voted against a law to protect the elderly from abuse;
- Voted against improved safety of highway bridges;
- Voted against cracking down on oil speculators;
- Voted against increased enforcement of child abuse laws;
- Voted against cracking down on Mexico’s illegal drug trade;
- Voted against helping small businesses;
- Voted against loan programs to make college more affordable for students;
- Voted against investigating corruption in Iraq;
- Voted against tax breaks for those impacted by the mortgage crisis;
- Voted against science scholarships—TWICE;
- Voted against the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 commission;
- Voted against putting more police on the streets.

“Bill Sali disdains the pragmatic, consensus approach favored by the vast majority of Idahoans, including elected officials past and present from both parties,” Minnick for Congress spokesman John Foster said. “Idahoans want an effective voice in Congress. That’s why Republicans, Democrats and independents are supporting Walt Minnick. They know Idaho needs a representative who understands that working together and solving problems is critical in these serious times.”

For more information, or for details on any of these votes, please contact John Foster via the phone number or e-mail address below.
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Minnick for Congress
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BILL SALI: INEFFECTIVE FOR IDAHO
Votes where Bill Sali canceled the vote of Mike Simpson:

On January 17, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved H.R. 5, the College Student Relief Act of 2007.  This bill amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 to reduce interest rates for student borrowers.  The vote was 356 - 71.  Rep. Sali joined 70 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On February 16, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 976, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007.  The vote was 360 - 45.  Rep. Sali joined 44 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On March 7, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 569, the Water Quality Investment Act of 2007.  The Act will amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit the funds authorized by this Act from being used to lobby governmental entities or officers, or to pay for their expenses related to memberships in organizations or associations.  The vote was 367 - 58.  Rep. Sali joined 57 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On March 14, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 1255, the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007.  The Act will amend chapter 22 of title 44, United States Code, popularly known as the Presidential Records Act, to establish procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records.  The vote was 333 - 93.  Rep. Sali joined 92 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On March 19, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 658, the Natural Resource Protection Cooperative Agreement Act.  The Act will authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements to protect the natural resources of the National Parks.  The vote was 390 - 10.  Rep. Sali joined 9 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On March 21, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 1227, the Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007.  The Act will help provide affordable housing to low-income families affected by Hurricane Katrina.  The vote was 302 - 125.  Rep. Sali joined 124 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On March 26, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 802, the Maritime Pollution Prevention Act of 2007.  The Act will increase enforcement by the Coast Guard and EPA to decrease ship pollution in America’s coastal waters and bays.  The vote was 359 - 48.  Rep. Sali joined 47 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On March 26, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 137, the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007.  The Act will amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting.  The vote was 368 - 39.  Rep. Sali joined 36 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On March 26, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 580.  The Act will amend chapter 35 of title 28, United States Code, to provide for a 120-day limit to the term of a United States attorney appointed on an interim basis by the Attorney General.  The vote was 329 - 78.  Rep. Sali joined 77 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On April 17, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HRES 196.  The Resolution expressed support for the goals and ideals of World Water Day.  The vote was 393 - 22.  Rep. Sali joined 21 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On April 24, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 362, the 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Math Scholarship Act.  The Act will authorize science scholarships for educating mathematics and science teachers.  The vote was 389 - 22.  Rep. Sali joined 21 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On April 24, 2007, the US House of Representatives approved HR 363, the Sowing the Seeds through Science and Engineering Research Act.  The Act will authorize programs to support the early career development of science and engineering researchers, and for support of graduate fellowships.  The vote was 397 - 20.  Rep.  Rep. Sali joined 19 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On April 25, 2007, the US House approved HR 1678, the Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2007.  The Act will amend the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance to domestic and foreign medical centers for the treatment of victims of torture initiated by the United States government.  The vote was 418 - 7.  Rep. Sali joined 6 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 1, 2007, the US House approved H.CON.RES 112, states that the Congress supports the goals and ideas of National Child Care Worthy Wage Day, and urges public officials and the general public to honor early childhood care and education staff and programs in their communities and to work together to resolve the early childhood care and education staff compensation crisis.  The vote was 345 - 73.  Rep. Sali joined 72 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 2, 2007, the US House approved HR 1867, the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2007.  The bill authorizes appropriations for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010 for the National Science Foundation, with specific allocations for: 1) research and related activities; 2) education and human resources; 3) major research equipment and facilities construction; and 4) agency operations.  The vote was 399 - 17.  Rep. Sali joined 16 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 3, 2007, the US House approved HR 1868, the Technology Innovation and Manufacturing Stimulation Act of 2007.  The bill authorizes appropriations for the National Institute of Standards and Technology for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010 and establishes a Technology Innovation Program to assist U.S. businesses and institutions of higher education to accelerate development and application of challenging technologies that promise widespread economic benefits.  The vote was 385 - 23.  Rep. Sali joined 22 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 7, 2007, the US House approved HR 407, the Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area Study Act.  The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing the Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area in the States of Washington and Oregon.  The Heritage Areas would focus on Native American history, local history, Euro-American settlement culture, and related economic activities.  The vote was 294 - 80.  Rep. Sali joined 79 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 8, 2007, the US House approved HR 1595, the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.  The bill recognizes the suffering and the loyalty to America of the people of Guam during the Japanese occupation of Guam during World War II.  The vote was 288 - 133.  Rep. Sali joined 130 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 10, 2007, the US House approved HR 1873, the Small Business Fairness in Contracting Act.  The bill reauthorizes the programs and activities of the Small Business Administration relating to procurement.  HR 1873 amends the Small Business Act to increase the government-wide goal for participation by small business concerns in federal procurement and service contracts, and directs the SBA Administrator to contact registered small businesses regarding the likelihood of federal contracting opportunities.  The vote was 409 - 13.  Rep. Sali joined 10 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 14, 2007, the US House approved HRES 385, recognizing National AmeriCorps Week.  The resolution honors the more than 70,000 Americans who each year provide voluntary service to meet America’s needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.  The vote was 346 - 21.  Rep. Sali joined 20 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 15, 2007, the US House approved HR 1700, the COPS Improvements Act of 2007.  The bill amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the COPS ON THE BEAT grant program by expanding the authority of the Attorney General to make federal grants for public safety and community policing programs.  The vote was 381 - 34.  Rep. Sali joined 33 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 6, 2007, the US House approved HR 964, the Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act.  The bill protects users of the Internet from unknowing transmission of their personally identifiable information through spyware programs.  The vote was 368 - 48.  Rep. Sali joined 42 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 20, 2007, the US House approved HR 2284, to amend the Small Business Act to expand and improve the assistance provided by Small Business Development Centers to Indian tribe members, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The vote was 351 - 73.  Rep. Sali joined 73 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 27, 2007, the US House rejected H.AMDT. 451 to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2008.  Had the amendment passed, it would have eliminated all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.  The vote was 97 - 335.  Rep. Sali joined 93 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED NO.

On July 12, 2007, the US House approved HR 1851, the Section 8 Voucher Reform Act of 2007.  The Act will reform the housing choice voucher program under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, resulting in more places to live for the homeless.  The vote was 333 - 83.  Rep. Sali joined 80 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On July 18, 2007, the US House rejected H.AMDT. 530 to the appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.  Had the amendment passed, it would have reduced appropriations for Children and Families Services Programs by $8 million.  The vote was 58 - 370.  Rep. Sali joined 57 other Republicans to vote yes with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED NO. 

On July 18, 2007, the US House rejected H.AMDT. 543 to the appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.  Had the amendment passed, it would have reduced the Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research account by $2,279,000.  The vote was 95 - 335.  Rep. Sali joined 83 other Republicans to vote yes with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED NO.

On July 18, 2007, the US House rejected H.AMDT. 544 to the appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.  Had the amendment passed, it would have reduced the funding for the Student Financial Assistance account by $64,987,000.  The vote was 79 - 349.  Rep. Sali joined 78 other Republicans to vote yes with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED NO.

On July 25, 2007, the US House approved HR 2929, a bill to limit the use of funds to establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq or to exercise United States economic control of the oil resources of Iraq.  The vote was 399 - 24.  Rep. Sali joined 23 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On July 27, 2007, the US House approved HR 1, the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007.  The bill will provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.  The vote was 371 - 40.  Rep. Sali joined 38 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On July 31, 2007, the US House approved HR 176, the Shirley A. Chisholm United States-Caribbean Educational Exchange Act of 2007.  The bill will authorize the establishment of educational exchange and development programs for member countries of the Caribbean Community.  The vote was 371 - 55.  Rep. Sali joined 54 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On September 6, 2007, the US House passed HR. 2786, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2007.  The Act reauthorizes the programs for housing assistance for Native Americans.  The vote was 333 - 75.  Rep. Sali joined 74 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On September 7, 2007, the US House passed HR. 2669, the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007.  The Act 1) cuts student loan interest rates by 50%, 2) increases Pell grant award money available, and 3) caps student loan repayment at 15% of income, after expenses for essentials have been paid.  The vote was 292 - 97.  Rep. Sali joined 96 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On September 17, 2007, the US House passed HR. 1657.  The bill establishes a Science and Technology Scholarship Program to award scholarships to recruit and prepare students for careers in the National Weather Service and in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine research, atmospheric research, and satellite programs.  The vote was 360 - 16.  Rep. Sali joined 15 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On September 18, 2007, the US House passed HR. 1852, the Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007.  The bill gives the Federal Housing Administration the authority to assist struggling homeowners in making their mortgage payments.  The vote was 348 - 72.  Rep. Sali joined 71 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On September 27, 2007, the US House passed HR. 3567, the Small Business Investment Expansion Act of 2007.  The bill amends the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to expand opportunities for investments in small businesses.  The vote was 325 - 72.  Rep. Sali joined 71 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On October 4, 2007, the US House passed HR. 3648, the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007.  The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude discharges of indebtedness on principal residences from gross income. The vote was 386 - 27.  Rep. Sali joined 26 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On October 16, 2007, the US House passed HRES. 734 expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the withholding of information relating to corruption in Iraq.  The vote was 395 - 21.  Rep. Sali joined 20 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On October 17, 2007, the US House passed HR. 2095, the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2007.  The bill amends title 49, United States Code, to prevent railroad fatalities, injuries, and hazardous materials releases, and it would authorize the Federal Railroad Safety Administration.  The vote was 377 - 38.  Rep. Sali joined 37 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On November 15, 2007, the US House passed HR. 3915, the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007.  The bill amends the Truth in Lending Act to reform consumer mortgage practices and provide accountability for such practices, to establish licensing and registration requirements for residential mortgage originators, and to provide certain minimum standards for consumer mortgage loans.  The vote was 291 - 127.  Rep. Sali joined 126 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On December 18, 2007, the US House passed HR 6, the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007.  The bill moves the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government.  The vote was 314 - 100.  Rep. Sali joined 95 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On February 7, 2008, the US House passed HR 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007.  The Act amends and extends the Higher Education Act of 1965 by establishing new college cost and assistance information resources for students, parents, and the public, among other items. The vote was 354 - 58.  Rep. Sali joined 57 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On February 7, 2008, the US House passed HR 4848, which assists Americans with mental health issues by requiring group health insurance plans to treat mental health benefits and medical/surgical benefits equally regarding lifetime payout limits and annual payout limits on benefits covered by the plan.  The vote was 354 - 58.  Rep. Sali joined 57 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On February 14, 2008, the US House passed HR 1834, which authorizes the national ocean exploration program and the national undersea research program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The vote was 352 - 49.  Rep. Sali joined 48 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On April 23, 2008, the US House passed H.R. 5819, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer Reauthorization Act.  The Act Directs the Administrator to make two-year grants to organizations to: (1) conduct SBIR outreach efforts to increase small business participation; and (2) provide application support and entrepreneurial and business skills support to prospective participants and requires organizations receiving grants to direct activities towards small business concerns located in underrepresented geographic areas and/or small business concerns owned and controlled by women, small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, and small business concerns owned and controlled by minorities.  The vote was 368 - 43.  Rep. Sali joined 37 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 14, 2008, the US House passed H RES 1173, Recognizing AmeriCorps Week.  The bill encourages all citizens to join in a national effort to salute AmeriCorps members and alumni and encourages citizens of all ages to consider serving in AmeriCorps.  The vote was 344 - 69.  Rep. Sali joined 68 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On May 21, 2008, the US House passed HR 1771, the Crane Conservation Act of 2008.  The bill requires the Secretary of the Interior to provide financial assistance for approved projects relating to the conservation of cranes (whose numbers are declining), using amounts in the Crane Conservation Fund established by this Act.  The vote was 304 - 118.  Rep. Sali joined 117 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 5, 2008, the US House failed to pass HR 5540, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act.  The bill amends the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 to make permanent the authorization of appropriations for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network for the outdoor recreation of Americans in the NE United States.  The vote was 321 - 86.  Rep. Sali joined 85 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES. Click here to see the bill. Click here to see the vote.

On June 10, 2008, the US House passed HR 6028, the Merida Initiative to Combat Illicit Narcotics and Reduce Organized Crime Authorization Act.  The bill directs the President to report to the appropriate congressional committees respecting measures taken to: (1) address U.S. demand-related aspects of the drug-trafficking phenomenon; (2) combat the southbound flow of illegal precursor chemicals and bulk cash transfers into Mexico; and (3) implement and measure the success of activities taken under this Act.  The vote was 311 - 106.  Rep. Sali joined 83 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 11, 2008, the US House passed HR 6003, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act.  The bill authorizes appropriations for Amtrak for FY2009-FY2013, and authorizes Amtrak to contract for the operation of an intercity rail service or route not included in the national rail passenger transportation system.  The vote was 311 - 104.  Rep. Sali joined 103 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 17, 2008, the US House passed HR 2964, the Captive Primate Safety Act.  The bill Amends the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to add nonhuman primates (i.e., monkeys, great apes, lemurs, etc.) to the definition of “prohibited wildlife species” for purposes of the prohibition against the sale or purchase of such species in interstate or foreign commerce.  The party-line vote was 302 - 96.  Rep. Sali joined 95 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 24, 2008, the US House passed HR 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act.  The bill amends the Social Security Act by: 1) extending expiring provisions under the Medicare Program, 2) improving beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, 3) enhancing low-income benefit programs, and 4) maintaining access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access.  The vote was 355 - 59.  Rep. Sali joined 58 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 25, 2008, the US House passed HR 6357, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008.  The bill will require certain standards and enforcement provisions to prevent child abuse and neglect in residential programs.  The vote was 318 - 103.  Rep. Sali joined 102 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 26, 2008, the US House passed 6052, the Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act.  The bill 1) promotes increased public transportation use, 2) promotes increased use of alternative fuels in providing public transportation, and 3) authorizes appropriations for each of FY2008-FY2009 for public transportation formula grants for urbanized areas and for other areas.  The vote was 322 - 98.  Rep. Sali joined 97 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On June 26, 2008, the US House passed HR 6377, the Energy Markets Emergency Act of 2008.  The bill 1) promotes increased public transportation use, 2) promotes increased use of alternative fuels in providing public transportation, and 3) authorizes appropriations for each of FY2008-FY2009 for public transportation formula grants for urbanized areas and for other areas.  The vote was 402 - 19.  Rep. Sali joined 18 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On July 9, 2008, the US House passed HR 5811, the Electronic Message Preservation Act.  The bill requires 1) that certain Federal agency electronic records be preserved and 2) certification and reports relating to Presidential records.  The vote was 286 - 137.  Rep. Sali joined 136 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On July 10, 2008, the US House passed HR 1286, the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Designation Act.  The bill amends the National Trails System Act to designate the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary War Route a National Historic Trail.  The vote was 345 - 69.  Rep. Sali joined 68 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On July 15, 2008, the US House passed HR 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act.  The bill improves beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhances low-income benefit programs, and to maintains access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access.  The vote was 383 - 41.  Rep. Sali joined 40 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On July 24, 2008, the US House passed HR 3999, the National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act.  The bill amends title 23, United States Code, to improve the safety of Federal-aid highway bridges, to strengthen bridge inspection standards and processes, to increase investment in the reconstruction of structurally deficient bridges on the National Highway System.  The vote was 367 - 55.  Rep. Sali joined 54 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On July 30, 2008, the US House passed HR 1108, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  The bill provides the Food and Drug Administration with the authority to regulate tobacco products to protect the public health and prohibits cigarettes from containing any artificial or natural flavor, herb or spice, including strawberry, cinnamon, or coffee.  The vote was 326 - 102.  Rep. Sali joined 98 other Republicans to vote no with the minority. SIMPSON VOTED YES.

On September 18, 2008, The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 6460, The Great Lakes Legacy Reauthorization Act of 2008.  The vote was 371-20.  Rep. Sali joined 20 other Republican to vote no with the minority.  Simpson voted YES. 

On September 22, 2008, The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1907, The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Act.  The vote was 313-59.  Rep. Sali joined 59 other Republicans to vote no with the minority.  Simpson voted YES. 

On September 23, 2008, The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5244, The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008.  The vote was 312-112. Rep. Sali joined 111 other Republicans to vote no with the minority.  Simpson voted YES. 

On September 23, 2008, The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5352, The Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2008. The vote was 387-28.  Rep. Sali joined 28 other Republicans to vote no with the minority.  Simpson voted YES. 

On September 29, 2008, The U.S. House of Representatives approved S 906, To prohibit the sale, distribution, transfer, and export of elemental mercury, and for other purposes.  The vote was 393-5.  Rep. Sali joined 5 other Republicans to vote no with the minority.  Simpson voted YES. 

On October 2, 2008, The US House of Representatives approved H.R. 7221, The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act.  The vote was 355-61. Rep. Sali joined 61 other Republicans to vote no with the minority.  Simpson voted YES. 

On October 3, 2008, The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 6867, Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008.  The vote was 368-28.  Rep. Sali joined 28 other Republicans to vote no with the minority.  Simpson voted YES. 

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