Congressman Poliquin votes to shut down Operation Choke Point
Washington, D.C. – February 5, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, voted to stop President Obama’s abuse of his executive power through the Justice Department’s “Operation Choke Point.” In a bipartisan 250-169 vote, the House passed the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015, a bill that prevents federal banking agencies from targeting legal businesses, such as Federally Licensed Firearm Dealers, while regulating financial institutions. Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:
“The Obama Administration has consistently stepped outside of its executive authority,” said Congressman Poliquin. “After a congressional investigation, ‘Operation Choke Point’ was uncovered as a deliberate attack on legitimate businesses, including the hundreds of gun shops throughout Maine. These shops employ hundreds of our fellow Mainers that deserve to have a government that works for them, not against them.
“The Justice Department’s unfair targeting of perfectly legal businesses violates our Constitution and system of government. Today, the House has taken a stand against the President’s overreach and has defended the rights of private businesses. I am proud to stand in support of our local businesses and employees against the President’s intrusion.”