Do Nothing House Top Issues – Polar Bear Trophies and Golf

Good thing, the House is in session today or I might not have known that today is …. National Golf Day !

Yep, just last week, people were questioning whether women should be welcomed as members at the Augusta National Golf Club … but that was so last week.

This week, the House has already voted overwhelming to award the Congressional Gold Medal to professional golfer Jack Nicklaus. The Congressional Gold Medal originally was awarded for acts of heroism, especially during war. George Washington was the first recipient, and until the Civil War, the medal was given only to members of the Armed Forces to recognize their heroism and self-sacrifice that was made to save the lives of others. Now, Congress feels the need Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf.

But if you thought the House would be addressing JOBS … well, they are concerned about Golf Jobs … especially if a natural disaster would strike a golf course.

Gosh, did you know that golf courses were excluded from receiving disaster tax relief ?

Well, to the rescue comes Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) and HR 2718 – The Disaster Tax Act of 2011. Ms. Ellmers explains her support for the legislation :

Small golf course owners and operators attempting to get back on their feet in the wake of devastating floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, are now at a fundamentally unfair disadvantage compared to other small businesses. Outdated stereotypes and the politics of envy and division caused previous Congresses to look down on the sport of golf and punish an entire industry.

The time has come for a “do-over,” or in golf terms, a mulligan. That’s why I am proud to cosponsor HR 2718 – The Disaster Tax Act of 2011. This legislation allows golf courses to be included as recipients of much-needed tax relief and support in the wake of natural disasters.

I came to Washington to protect the free market and remove the government’s barriers to the American Dream. This bill paves the way toward protecting the injured parties that are so critical to the economic vitality of my district and state.

Good thing that yesterday, the House addressed the Polar Bear Trophy issue …. Good news ! Thanks to Roll Call 160 on HR 4089 legislation designed “To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting“, the importation of endangered polar bear trophies from Canada by hunters who killed the bears (despite warnings that importation of the bears would likely be illegal) will now be able to be legally brought into the United States.

Yep, don’t call the Republican-controlled Congress, a Do-Nothing Congress.