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Republican Co-Author of Incandescent-Bulb Ban Seeks Chair of House Energy Committee
cnsnews.com ^ | Monday, November 08, 2010 | Matt Cover

Posted on 11/08/2010 6:22:58 PM PST by jobkiller

Republican Co-Author of Incandescent-Bulb Ban Seeks Chair of House Energy Committee Monday, November 08, 2010 By Matt Cover

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) seeks the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may have some explaining to do to fellow GOP colleagues as he seeks the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, given the incoming wave of new conservatives who may not appreciate some aspects of Upton's voting record.

Upton joined with Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) in 2007 to co-author the legislation that effectively banned indoor incandescent light bulbs in the United States. In the last Congress, he an Harman teamed up again to offer new legislation that would extend the ban on incandescent bulbs to outdoor lighting also.

"In 2007, Harman and Upton introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation--which became law as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act--that bans the famously inefficient 100-watt incandescent light bulb by 2012, phases out remaining inefficient light bulbs by 2014, and requires that light bulbs be at least three times as efficient as today's 100-watt incandescent bulb by 2020," explained a 2009 press release put out by the two House members.

Last year, after George Will wrote a column criticizing Upton's and Harman's proposal to extend the incandescent-bulb ban to outdoor lighting, the two House members sent a letter to the Washington Post complaining about the column and defending their legislative campaign against the incandescent bulb.

"Current incandescent bulbs on store shelves are obsolete and highly inefficient--only 10 percent of the energy consumed by each bulb is for light, and 90 percent is wasted on heat," Upton and Harman told the Post. "Today's incandescents employ the same technology as the bulbs Thomas Edison created more than 120 years ago. By upgrading to 21st-century technology, we will help preserve energy resources and reduce emissions, all the while saving American families billions of dollars in their electric bills."

"Naysayers aside," wrote Upton and Harman, "in a few short years, every home will be on the front lines of reducing pollution and saving energy--one light bulb at a time."

Upton is the second most senior Republican on the Energy and Commerce panel, behind current ranking member Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), who is term-limited, according to House GOP conference rules. Barton, who also is seeking the chairmanship, can apply for a waiver from the GOP conference that would allow him to become chairman.

Upton, due to his seniority, is the frontrunner for the post and has recently sought to bolster his conservative credentials by vowing to investigate President Obama's energy czar Carol Browner, EPA chief Lisa Jackson, and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“We’ll paint the curb yellow for them,” Upton told Politico on Oct. 29.

However, in addition to sponsoring the bill to phase out incandescent light bulbs, Upton’s past votes may also pose an obstacle for him as he tries to secure one of the most powerful chairmanships in the House. The most notable of these is his vote against extending the Bush tax cuts in 2005.

That bill, which ultimately passed, extended the cuts enacted in 2001 but contained reductions in programs that Upton had favored in the past, such as agriculture subsidies and conservation spending.

Upton originally made a name for himself as a freshman congressman in the 1990s for offering measures that would have enacted broad-based spending cuts. Upton also led the fight this year against the Obama administration’s efforts to impose Net Neutrality regulations on the Internet, and he opposed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) efforts to pass cap and trade legislation in 2009.

Upton does have more than a few votes that might please incoming conservatives. In 2006, he voted to grant then-President George W. Bush a line-item veto on spending increases, if those vetoes were exercised to reduce the budget deficit.

Upton also voted for the original Bush tax cuts in 2001--before the massive Medicare entitlement was added--as well as the elimination of the marriage-tax penalty and the death tax.

Upton also voted for a 1999 bill that would have made it harder for Congress to raid the Social Security trust fund.

Other parts of Upton’s record may give him trouble. He voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008 twice: when it failed the first time and again, along with a bipartisan majority, when it came up again following the stock market collapse in October 2008.

Upton’s record on stimulus spending is also mixed. He voted for both of President George W. Bush’s stimulus packages in 2008 and against the Republican alternative to President Obama’s plan in 2009. However, Upton also voted against Obama’s stimulus package twice: once when it passed the House and then again when it was reconciled with the Senate version.

Other parts of Upton’s record are relatively uncontroversial. His record indicates that he is solidly pro-life and is generally opposed to financial regulation, opposing the Democrats’ 2010 effort to increase financial regulation.

Upton has also been a consistent supporter of the war on terrorism, voting against recent Democratic efforts to restrict both Presidents Bush and Obama in the conduct of that war.

Upton has consistently supported campaign finance regulations, a thorn in the side of many conservative activists.

Upton also has consistently opposed the controversial ObamaCare legislation, vowing in a Politico interview in October to use the Energy and Commerce Committee to attack the bill piece-by-piece.

“I know there’s going to be a vote to repeal the whole thing if we take over, but in all likelihood we’re not going to have the votes to override” a presidential veto, Upton told Politico. “I look at this a little bit like a Jenga game. It’s a good game with my kids. We’re going to look at the pieces


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: bulbs; cfl; china; dimbulb; fascist; fredupton; incandescent; jobs; light; michigan; rino
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because of this man Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich we lost the 500 jobs to make light bulbs in Ameican now all light bulbs will be made in CHINA
1 posted on 11/08/2010 6:23:04 PM PST by jobkiller
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To: jobkiller

Well my soon to be ex-congressman travels to China several times a year.


2 posted on 11/08/2010 6:29:31 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: jobkiller

UHH, fred, in a word, HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 11/08/2010 6:29:32 PM PST by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: jobkiller

The new Republicans need to remember who gave them their new majority. We don’t want the government telling us what kind of light bulbs we must use just like we don’t want it telling us what doctors we can use. Period.


4 posted on 11/08/2010 6:31:42 PM PST by Surfscoter (Surfscoter)
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To: jobkiller

Rep. Joe Barton!!


5 posted on 11/08/2010 6:32:20 PM PST by Bubbette
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To: jobkiller

** sniff sniff **

I smell a RINO.


6 posted on 11/08/2010 6:32:45 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: jobkiller; PadreL; Morpheus2009; saveliberty; fabrizio; Civitas2010; Radagast the Fool; ...
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Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

7 posted on 11/08/2010 6:33:50 PM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: jobkiller
Last year, after George Will wrote a column criticizing Upton's and Harman's proposal to extend the incandescent-bulb ban to outdoor lighting, the two House members sent a letter to the Washington Post complaining about the column and defending their legislative campaign against the incandescent bulb.

The CFC's do not work well in cold weather. Heck I have a lamp that the A/C blows on and you can watch the light physically dim when the cool air hits the bulb and when the A/C turns off the bulb slowly brightens. Anoying if you are reading by the lamp!

8 posted on 11/08/2010 6:36:44 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: jobkiller
The irony of Fred Upton's name is palpable, especially if he's related to this Upton.

I once did some contract technical work for an electrical appliance company whose development center was on Upton Drive. I've always wondered if it was named after the Upton mentioned in the link above.

9 posted on 11/08/2010 6:37:12 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

CFL


10 posted on 11/08/2010 6:38:37 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: jobkiller

Freddy Mercury should get his head examined.


11 posted on 11/08/2010 6:39:09 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jobkiller

No.

You’ve destroyed enough.

Would anyone laugh if I called him a dim bulb?


12 posted on 11/08/2010 6:42:36 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: jobkiller

He’ll get the job because its his “turn”

ugh


13 posted on 11/08/2010 6:42:48 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: jobkiller

He needs to go!


14 posted on 11/08/2010 6:43:40 PM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: jobkiller

GE’s congressman. GE is a scum company.

You can still get Sylvania reg bulbs but you better buy them now.


15 posted on 11/08/2010 6:44:12 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: jobkiller

“because of this man, Rep. Fred Upton, we lost 500 jobs to make light bulbs in America”

And he got re-elected???? I’m not up on Michigan’s election results, but are you saying he’s still in office?????????? Are you kidding me??????


16 posted on 11/08/2010 6:45:35 PM PST by laweeks
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To: jobkiller

If I came face to face with this guy I know where I’d like to put a light bulb . . . .


17 posted on 11/08/2010 6:51:37 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: jwalsh07

“Freddy Mercury”

BWAH-hah hah hah!!


18 posted on 11/08/2010 6:52:03 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable Rights)
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To: jobkiller

Welcome to Free Republic. Interesting post.


19 posted on 11/08/2010 6:52:26 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jobkiller
Down with Upton
20 posted on 11/08/2010 6:54:12 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012)
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To: Frantzie

Ah, thanks. I was wondering what his financial interest is.


21 posted on 11/08/2010 6:54:22 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable Rights)
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To: jobkiller
NOOOO...
The election meant that people like this are NOT welcome anymore.
22 posted on 11/08/2010 6:54:55 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Vote like Obama is on the ballot)
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To: jobkiller

We don’t need anyone that stupid.

Or Greedy.

NO. Hell NO!


23 posted on 11/08/2010 6:55:54 PM PST by Ole Okie (American.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

“Well my soon to be ex-congressman travels to China several times a year.”
________________________________________________________

Well, there you go. Unbelievable who can pick up and buzz over to China to trade and sell stuff, but representatives need to chill. China loves the old rigs & equipment sitting out to rust here when drilling went south....again.


24 posted on 11/08/2010 6:56:39 PM PST by RitaOK
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To: GeronL

He’ll get the job because its his “turn”

***************

The GOP will ride that stick pony all the way into oblivion.


25 posted on 11/08/2010 6:58:17 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: colorado tanker
If I came face to face with this guy I know where I’d like to put a light bulb . . . .

It isn't his face where I'd like to shove a light bulb.

26 posted on 11/08/2010 6:59:42 PM PST by Ole Okie (American.)
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To: Frantzie

Hoarding here . . . do they store okay over the long haul?


27 posted on 11/08/2010 7:04:24 PM PST by Twinkie
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To: Red_Devil 232

I wondered what caused that. My mother has one in her living room that constantly jumps from bright to dim and back every few minutes. It’s right next to the hallway so there must be a draft doing it.


28 posted on 11/08/2010 7:09:44 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Red_Devil 232
"Heck I have a lamp that the A/C blows on and you can watch the light physically dim when the cool air..."

Don't worry, Congress will "fix" that for you when then ban A/C.

29 posted on 11/08/2010 7:19:03 PM PST by coaltrain (Obama's a Harvard lawyer like Elvis was a Black Belt)
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To: colorado tanker

If I came face to face with this guy I know where I’d like to put a light bulb.”

Would you do me a favor and just sit on him until I get there - I want first dibs!


30 posted on 11/08/2010 7:20:49 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: jobkiller

They SHOOT horses, don’t they?????? Just asking!


31 posted on 11/08/2010 7:22:25 PM PST by Doc Savage (Stay Thirsty My Friend!!)
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To: Tzimisce

Don’t worry. It takes a lot more than just one RINO to change a light bulb.


32 posted on 11/08/2010 7:22:25 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: jobkiller; All
Republican Co-Author of Incandescent-Bulb Ban (Rep. Fred Upton R-Mich) Seeks Chair of House Energy Committee"


33 posted on 11/08/2010 7:23:19 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman
He's the grandson of the WHIRLPOOL CO-FOUNDER AND HE'S A SQUISHY MODERATE AND PROUD OF IT!

I prefer to call him a sickening RINO incumbent who works with the Marxists to our detriment.

34 posted on 11/08/2010 7:30:23 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Frantzie

I may sound old fashioned, but I’m really upset at GE for their quickness to dismiss the invention that started the company and made it famous. They wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for the incandescent bulb.


35 posted on 11/08/2010 7:34:33 PM PST by kerbear413 (Socialism breeds Mediocrity)
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To: onyx

I grew up in Berrien County Michigan (borders Indiana and right on “The Lake”).

Whirlpool’s main headquarters were in St.Joseph. I’m “up” on the Uptons!!


36 posted on 11/08/2010 7:37:19 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: jobkiller

I use the regular bulbs during the Winter then switch them out for the cool bulbs during the Summer. The heat is not wasted that way.

Just let the market decide.


37 posted on 11/08/2010 7:40:02 PM PST by yarddog
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To: jobkiller

These are the kind of people the phrase “Get a rope!” was invented for.


38 posted on 11/08/2010 7:42:23 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: musicman

Aha! So is this “call me Fred” guy another rich RINO “moderate” heir like Nelson D. Rockefeller?


39 posted on 11/08/2010 7:47:21 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: jobkiller

That ban needs to be repealed by the next Congress!!

It’s a winning issue- especially when the hazards of these crappy bulbs are explained.


40 posted on 11/08/2010 7:48:08 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Obama will sink as fast as he rose. (False) Idolatry will not succeed. Be patient, folks...)
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To: jobkiller
Any member of Commiegress who thinks he or she should choose our type of home lighting has no business being in OUR United States CONGRESS. If he offers a bill to immediately rescind his moronic idea and pushes it through I might reconsider my not so high opinion of him right now. If not? Well my not so high opinion of him stands.
41 posted on 11/08/2010 7:52:51 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: jobkiller

They should follow Japanese corporate tradition and give him a seat in the Capitol overlooking the street—a “window man.” They can’t be fired, but they are given no work. If they stay in their jobs, they must sit at the window all day. In this way, everyone can see that they are considered useless where they work.


42 posted on 11/08/2010 8:15:14 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: Tzimisce
Would anyone laugh if I called him a dim bulb?

Maybe.

43 posted on 11/08/2010 8:23:19 PM PST by MaggieCarta (What are we here for but to provide sport for our neighbors, and to laugh at them in our turn?Austen)
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To: jobkiller

I really wish they would rescind this ridiculous ban on incandescent bulbs. The American people should be able to choose to use the new bulbs - not be forced to do so.

Down with Upton.


44 posted on 11/08/2010 8:33:18 PM PST by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: jobkiller

I can’t wait for the first lawsuit by some parent for Mercury poisoning from one of the curlie bulbs.


45 posted on 11/08/2010 8:35:43 PM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: onyx

If you Googled “rich elitest snobs”, I would be shocked to not see an Upton family photo in the top 10 searches.

They were always in the “Herald Paladium”(or whatever they call it now) St.Joe-Benton Harbor newspaper (it covered at least 4 counties) “donating” at some charitable event or attending some “high society” function.

There is even an “Upton Drive” in St.Joe!!

For DECADES Lil’ Freddie’s realitives’ factories have put enough garbage in the ground (everything you can imagine just short of actual nuclear waste) and in the St.Joe River and Lake Michigan that will be there long after we are gone, and yet Lil’ Freddie thinks my light bulbs are killing the planet and takes them away.

I’ll tell ya what, the day when they pass the law that ANY Whirlpool stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer is required by law to use no more energy that my incandesant light bulbs do, then I might listen to Lil’ Freddie.

Until then he really needs to STFU.


46 posted on 11/08/2010 8:36:41 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

He looks like a product of inbreeding. This is the first I’ve heard about him. Wow, he needs to be primaried, but I suppose the area suits him and that he has the name and money to stay in office for as long as he desires. The House Republicans shouldn’t give him a leadership position.


47 posted on 11/08/2010 8:42:04 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: kerbear413
I may sound old fashioned, but I’m really upset at GE for their quickness to dismiss the invention that started the company and made it famous. They wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for the incandescent bulb.

They were likely pressured by their largest buyer to do so. I'll not mention the company by name but one company pretty well dictates these days where things are made and even the quality to a great extent.

This company I'm talking about {not GE but it's largest retailer buyer} after it's founder died was basically taken over and ran by liberals. A company that for many years built it's name on selling products MADE IN THE USA actually. First to go was made in USA policy to a make it in China or Mexico for us cheaper policy.

The company I'm talking about was known for demanding lower quality products with well known brand names be made outside the USA to drive down cost. That same company also went on a GREEN ENERGY kick and these bulbs were basically the beginning of it. The bulbs fit right in with their new reduced on hand inventory to an on time delivery inventory system which often leaves it's shelves bare. Can anyone guess what corporation I'm talking about? One clue. Snapper Mowers said no to them.

Many rich persons especially the ones who inherit their mega fortunes seem to forget where their money initially came from and the principles that earned it.

48 posted on 11/08/2010 8:42:41 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...

If you would like to be added or dropped from the Michigan ping list, please freepmail me.


49 posted on 11/08/2010 8:57:00 PM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: jobkiller
The House Energy Chair has not yet been seated ...

She's kind'a busy right now.

50 posted on 11/08/2010 8:59:47 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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