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Hollinsworth held to task as reader’s representative

Thank you, Live Wire caller, for recognizing that I have held Trey Hollingsworth to task, as I think we should all our representatives, especially when they send us communication from their office.

Now, I usually have contacted my representative, be they Republican or Democrat, personally, but lately I will get little or no response that answers my concerns.

Yes, I’m aware that Democrats have a razor-thin majority in the House and in the Senate and that they have been in control for less than a year. I am aware that in the Senate, on most legislation, a bill needs 60 votes, unless they get parliamentary approval to do otherwise, and that usually deals with bills covering the budget. Did you know that?

Are you aware that once the Democrats gained control in the House (2019) that they passed more than 275 bipartisan bills, with many getting eight to only one vote from Republicans, and none of those were passed in the Republican-held Senate?

Now, in 2017 and 2018, when the Republicans controlled the House and Senate, the House passed 991 bills, including 284 that became law. The Senate did not approve 707 of those bills. So, having Republican control didn’t really help a lot. Are you aware of that?

Now, I hold Trey Hollingsworth to task over the following, which are concerning:

•Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act. He voted no.

•Protecting Our Democracy Act. He voted no.

•Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021. He voted no.

•Extending Government Funding and Delivery Emergency Assistance Act. He voted no.

•John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021. He voted no.

•Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. No.

•Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021. No.

•Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. No.

•Build Back Better Act. No. (I hope he doesn’t send me a flyer on how he brought money to Indiana and claim credit for the money that replaced Harrison County’s outdated communication system, which was over $2 million.)

There are more bills that I will hold him to task because he is my representative as well, and I will not be distracted by any response that takes away from the issues at hand.

But, there was one bill this year that passed in the House that was truly bipartisan, and that is a good thing. That was the renaming of post offices in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Now, that’s a bill that really impacts our daily life.

Sandy Gettelfinger

Corydon, Ind.

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