Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sali is an embarrassment

Rep. Bill Sali, elected to represent Idaho's 1st District, continues to embarrass the entire state with his poor congressional performance in June.

On June 27, the U.S. House rejected an amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2008, which would have eliminated all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The vote was 97 to 335. Sali voted yes with the minority.

On June 20, the House approved H.R. 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 to 73. Sali voted no with the minority.

On June 6, the House approved H.R. 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 to 48. Sali voted no with the minority.

Even with a "yes" or "no" chosen at random for each House vote, Idaho would be better represented.

Dick Artley

Grangeville, Idaho

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