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  • Lawmaker wants pot off federal drug list

    01/25/2014 3:02:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2014 | Ben Goad
    The Justice Department should cross marijuana off the government's list of most dangerous drugs, says a House Democrat now trying to build congressional support for the action. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is making the case to remove pot from the list of "Schedule I" drugs, a day after Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that the Justice Department would adjust existing rules to allow legal marijuana businesses to access the banking system. Recreational pot use became legal in Colorado this month, and 20 other states allow it for medicinal purposes. Blumenauer said the Obama administration was “unquestionably making the right call”...
  • Who Read 1,582-Page $1.1T Spending Bill? Congressman: ‘Nobody Did’

    01/17/2014 12:34:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 16, 2014 - 5:20 PM | Barbara Boland
    When asked whether he read the 1,528-page, $1.1 trillion government spending bill before he voted for it yesterday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said, “Nobody did!” […] In an e-mail to CNSNews.com, Blumenauer’s communications director, Patrick Malone, said: “A reminder that the Republicans complained and complained about not having time to read bills when the Dems were in charge and then keep dropping bombs like this on us.” …
  • Democrat: Raise Gas Tax To Make Up Lost Revenue From Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

    12/05/2013 7:21:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2013 - 1:31 PM | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) says his plan to nearly double the federal gas tax is needed because the tax hasn’t been raised in years and a decrease in fuel tax revenues has occurred due to the improved fuel efficiency of vehicles. … Blumenauer introduced a House bill this week that would raise the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 33.4¢ per gallon. The measure also would raise the federal tax on diesel fuel from 24.4 cents to 42.8 cents per gallon. …
  • (Rep. Earl Blumenauer RAT-Ore.) Bill would nearly double federal gasoline tax

    12/02/2013 4:50:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/13 | Keith Laing
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is introducing legislation that would nearly double the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax that is traditionally used to pay for federal transportation projects. Blumenauer's bill would increase the gas tax by 15 cents, matching a proposal that was included in the 2011 Simpson-Bowles budget reform recommendations. The legislation would result in drivers paying an extra 33.4 cents per gallon on their purchases, in addition to state taxes. Transportation advocates have pushed for a gas tax increase to close an approximately $20 billion shortfall in infrastructure funding that has developed as cars have grown more fuel efficient. The...
  • Democrat Defends IRS Targeting of Traditional Marriage Group

    06/06/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 5, 2013 11:21 AM | Penny Starr
    Calling the tax-exempt status of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) a “charade,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said it should not qualify for 501(c)(4) status with the Internal Revenue Service, because it is not a social welfare group but political in nature. “It’s everybody’s right to participate in politics, and well you should,” Blumenauer said on Tuesday at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing into allegations that the IRS targeted conservative organizations, including NOM. “But I think having organizations parading as being social welfare organizations and then being involved in political combat harkens back to why the [IRS 501(c)(4)]...
  • Video: Blumenauer, D-Ore., uses hearing on IRS wrongdoing to trash victims (and gets told off)

    06/05/2013 10:26:27 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 32 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 6/5/13 | David Freddoso
    Some Democrats participating in the House IRS hearings have used the opportunity to ask tough questions and promise to punish any government employees who unfairly singled out conservative non-profit applicants for unfair treatment. Not Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore...He even took the opportunity to trash 501 c(4) advocacy groups that advocate things he doesn’t like, such as the traditional legal definition of marriage:
  • Congresswoman: Global Warming 'Will Destroy' Maryland

    02/16/2013 7:55:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – A group of House Democrats labeling themselves the Safe Climate Caucus held a press conference today to warn that if Congress does not address global warming, the country could face dire consequences, including detrimental effects to California wines and an end to Vermont skiing. One Democratic representative even worried that global warming could destroy the state of Maryland. “If we do nothing about what is happening, it will destroy our economy, it will destroy our state, and it will have a broad impact not just here in this country but around the world,” Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • (Democrat) Congressman Launches Inquiry into Cost of Sarah Palin's Tour

    06/07/2011 2:50:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 130 replies
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | Sheila Marikar
    Sarah Palin is set to tour national monuments around the country this summer, and one congressman wants to know how that will affect everyone else. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) sent a letter to the National Park Service today asking how federal resources were used for the northeast leg of Palin’s “One Nation Tour,” which traveled from Washington, D.C. to New Hampshire last week. His concern: press accounts of the tour “which provided personal and political benefits to former Gov. Palin, suggest that National Park Service resources were made available to an extent beyond that which an average American family would...
  • Hamas' 54 Democratic Congressmen

    01/28/2010 4:33:09 PM PST · by Salem · 15 replies · 803+ views
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | 26 January, 2010 | Daniel Greenfield - Sultanknish
    Keith Ellison, widely hailed as America's first Muslim congressman, could more accurately be described as CAIR and Hamas' man in Congress. Congressman Ellison has been a regular presence at CAIR fundraisers and at pro-Hamas rallies in the United States. As a former member of Farrakhan's Nation of Islam , Ellison has enough anti-semitic and Islamist credentials to satisfy anyone, and had expressed openly anti-semitic beliefs in the past. Since Ellison got his start with CAIR , his attempt to provide support for Hamas is completely unsurprising. Both Hamas and CAIR are projects of the Muslim Brotherhood, which also helped...
  • Is this man really Dr. Death? (Blumenauer and "Death Panels")

    11/18/2009 7:01:53 PM PST · by presidio9 · 14 replies · 785+ views
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2009 | Gloria Borger
    Congressman Earl Blumenauer says he's just a regular fellow "trying to get things accomplished." As a result, the Oregon Democrat tells me, he spends much of his time "looking for ideas that can bring people together -- simple, straightforward ideas that would help people and their families." And so he proposed the infamous "death panels." Really. Before they were Palinized -- and turned into those nasty death panels ready to pounce on Grandma (that "goofy stuff," as he now calls it), Blumenauer had a good idea: help people prepare for the end of life. As he wrote in The New...