During his years in the US House, Roger Wicker made quite a few questionable votes. Here are a few he made in his last three years in the House. Read them and see if you can still consider Wicker a conservative:
- In 2005 Wicker voted against an amendment that would have cut spending by 2 percent over 2004 levels; and voted for a bloated 2005 transportation bill with a price tag of nearly $300 billion, more than $11 billion more than Transportation asked for because it was loaded with earmarks.
- In 2006 Wicker voted against three budget cutting amendments: an amendment that would have cut off taxpayer funding for the “National Grape and Wine Initiative,” an amendment that would have stopped funding to renovate a city-owned swimming pool in Banning, California, and an amendment that would have cut funds for an aquarium in New London, Connecticut.
- In 2007 Wicker voted for the 21st Century Competitiveness Act, which according to FreedomWorks “would authorize over $43 billion over 3 years to fund at least 40 new federal programs for various agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Science and Technology, and the Departments of Commerce, Education and Energy. The size and scope of the funding that emerged from the conference report drastically exceeds the original House version where $23 billion was allocated for 20 new programs. It not only represents the reckless spending that has come to characterize Congress, but also is a drastic and irresponsible expansion of the size of government.”
- In 2007 Wicker voted for Water Resources Development Act that, according to FreedomWorks, was “bloated with over 900 special-interest earmarks, which far exceeds the $4.9 billion requested by the Army Corps of Engineers. The bill does not set any priorities and would result in funding for truly essential projects, like protections in Louisiana against future hurricanes, being drowned out in a sea of pork.”