Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Who is Ron Paul?

Ron Paul, 70, the unorthodox congressman from Lake Jackson, holds no top positions on Capitol Hill and rarely angles for dollars for roads and bridges for his reshaped 14th District.

The House on a 430-1 vote approved an alternate bill that would pay for research on stem cells extracted from umbilical-cord blood, with Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, a physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, casting the only vote against the bill.

U.S. law provides the opportunity for Congress to vote on the United States' participation in the WTO every five years. Rep. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, and Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, two long-time critics of the WTO, introduced legislation in March that would require Washington to quit the global trade body if approved.
A similar resolution offered five years ago by Paul was defeated 56-363 in a bipartisan vote.

Ron Paul almost always goes against the grain. He recently cast one of the few votes against President Bush's emergency spending for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Internet Spyware Prevention Act of 2005 would make it a crime to install software on a computer if that software will be used to break a law, transmit personal information or try to bypass the computer's security measures. Violators would face up to five years in prison. Although the bill passed overwhelmingly, there was a single Nay vote: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.


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