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  • New House Ratings Ride a Republican Tide

    05/15/2010 11:10:25 AM PDT · by randita · 9 replies · 808+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 5/15/10 | Bob Benenson
    New House Ratings Ride a Republican Tide By Bob Benenson, CQ-Roll Call Senior Elections Analyst For the Democrats who control Congress, the outlook for this year’s midterm elections is the evil twin of the one they enjoyed in each of the past two election cycles — as CQ Politics’ latest race rating revisions underscore. In 2006 and 2008, Democrats surged in response to the collapse of President George W. Bush ’s popularity, and Republicans had to walk away from many efforts to challenge for what could have been vulnerable Democratic seats. This year, the voter backlash is against President Barack...
  • Kos poll: Burns by six (PA-12 Special Election)

    04/30/2010 10:58:09 AM PDT · by randita · 16 replies · 815+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/30/10 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Kos poll: Burns by six By: Josh Kraushaar April 30, 2010 12:59 PM EDT Weighed down in his district by low presidential favorability ratings and a health care law that's unpopular there, Pennsylvania Democrat Mark Critz now trails by six points in next month's special election for the seat of the late Rep. John Murtha, according to a Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll released Friday. Critz, who served on Murtha's staff before the congressman's death, takes 40 percent of the vote in the poll compared with 46 percent for Republican businessman Tim Burns. The poll shows President Barack Obama's favorability number...
  • Cash pours in for Murtha's top aide in Pa. race for seat

    04/26/2010 9:00:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 818+ views
    WaPo ^ | April 26, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Many of the defense contractors that benefited from the late Rep. John Murtha's power to dole out Pentagon contracts are lining up to help elect his top aide to the seat. Defense contractors, local business officers and lobbyists that relied on earmarked federal contracts from Murtha (D-Pa.) recently chipped in $142,400 to elect Mark Critz, an analysis by The Washington Post shows. Those donations made up more than 52 percent of the individual contributions that Critz raised in the first-quarter of 2010 as he seeks to replace his late boss, new campaign records reveal. Critz is a friendly face to...
  • (Election Projection) Rating change: GOP projected to win Murtha's seat (5/12 Special Election)

    04/26/2010 5:57:24 AM PDT · by randita · 38 replies · 1,102+ views
    Election Projection ^ | 4/25/10 | staff
    Sunday, April 25, 2010 Rating change: GOP projected to win Murtha's seat With the Pennsylvania preview comes one more projected GOP takeover. On May 18th, a special election will be held to fill the seat vacated by John Murtha's unexpected passing. The pundits call it a toss-up, but polls give Republican Tim Burns an slight edge over Democrat Mark Critz. As a result, the race moves to a Weak GOP Gain. I'm looking forward to seeing if the momentum displayed in Massachusetts in January will still be going strong in May in southwestern Pennsylvania. This change brings the projected House...
  • Republicans: Focus on 2010 elections, not 2012

    04/10/2010 1:36:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 491+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/10 | Steve Holland
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Republican leaders urged party loyalists on Saturday to concentrate on winning seats in November congressional elections and worry later about who to pick to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. "Don't get distracted by 2012," Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour told the Southern Republican Conference, a four-day pep rally that is hearing from several potential 2012 candidates, Barbour included. "The election we've got to be focused on is 2010. We can't wait until 2012 to start taking our country back," he said. Republicans are energized in opposition to Obama's agenda and harbor hopes of wresting the U.S....
  • Per NRO: Nye a No

    03/21/2010 3:02:38 AM PDT · by LS · 35 replies · 2,010+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/20/2010 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Glenn Nye, D-VA has announced a no vote on the health care bill. Was he an expected no? According to Lopez late last night, Stupak appeared to be holding firm.
  • Ike Skelton (D), HASC Chairman, admits Obamacare doesn't protect servicemembers, families

    03/19/2010 10:13:55 PM PDT · by No Longer Free State · 62 replies · 2,711+ views
    Skelton Press Release ^ | March 18, 2010 | Rep Skelton
    Skelton to Introduce Legislation to Protect TRICARE Washington, D.C.—Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below regarding his intent to introduce legislation to explicitly state in law that TRICARE and the DOD nonappropriated fund (NAF) health plans meet all of the health care requirements currently under consideration by Congress for individual health insurance. These programs provide health coverage to members of the military and their families, military retirees and their families, and employees of U.S. military post/base exchanges and other nonappropriated fund activities. “Our nation’s military provides us with first-class protection, and it is our...
  • Shuler says he will vote no on health care reform

    03/19/2010 3:25:51 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 86 replies · 3,625+ views
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  • ObamaCare in the U.S. (Slaughter) House

    03/15/2010 4:49:15 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 17 replies · 397+ views ^ | 3/15/2010 | Peter Andrew
    "Without the votes to pass the Senate version of the ObamaCare Nightmare, you have to wonder why House Democrats are so giddy. All smiles, they promise to pass ObamaCare this week. One has to wonder if Nancy Pelosi and her pals are going to bypass going Nuclear and instead use the "Slaughter" Cheat to pass Socialist Health Care... ...The Slaughter Cheat involves the House first passing the bill to "fix" the Senate bill they never approved, and then changing the rules for a moment and declaring that the approval of the "fix" bill means that they have automatically passed the...
  • Slaughter Preps Rule To Avoid Direct Vote On Senate Bill (House to pass ObamaCare without vote!)

    03/10/2010 1:08:06 PM PST · by Pilsner · 80 replies · 3,965+ views
    National Journal via NRO's The Corner ^ | 10 March 2010 | Anna Edney, with Billy House and Dan Friedman contributing
    Democracy by Slaughter [Daniel Foster] The sense around here for the last week or so has been that "only the House vote matters" in deciding the fate of Obamacare. But what if the Democrats can pass the bill with no House vote at all? Astoundingly, House Democrats appear to be preparing to do just that: House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill, the chairwoman said Tuesday. Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once...

    03/09/2010 6:42:27 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 233 replies · 2,687+ views ^ | 3/9/2010 | Matt Drudge
    Just as the healthcare drama in the capitol reaches a grand finale, congressional officials are warning employees to avoid the DRUDGE REPORT! The Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works issued an urgent email late Monday claiming the DRUDGE REPORT is 'responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate.' The committee ordered hill staff: 'Try to avoid' the DRUDGE REPORT 'for now'. On Monday DRUDGE served over 29 million pages with NOT ONE email complaint received about 'pop ups', or the site serving 'viruses'. The site was seen 149,967 times since March 1st from users at and...
  • 'Trust' Gap Between House, Senate Dems Hurting Health Care Push

    03/07/2010 10:48:19 AM PST · by SmartInsight · 13 replies · 163+ views
    FoxNews ^ | March 7, 2010 | FoxNews
    House Democrats' distrust of the Senate is turning up as a major roadblock to passing health care reform. And they're playing right into Republicans' hands. With President Obama pushing anew to pass the health care package through Congress in the coming weeks, several House Democrats have voiced concern that the Senate could betray them if they go along and pass its version of the health bill. Trust is such a key factor because the end game for health care reform involves House lawmakers passing the Senate-passed bill, and then crossing their fingers in hopes that the Senate will follow up...
  • Rep. Anh 'Joseph' Cao's fundraising suffers after voting for health care bill

    02/24/2010 11:44:17 AM PST · by abb · 20 replies · 754+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | February 24, 20101 | Ben Evans
    The lone Republican lawmaker to support Democratic health care legislation has seen his fundraising drop by nearly 40 percent since his vote, and he is quickly burning through a dwindling bank account after resorting to a costly national fundraising operation. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, the unlikely congressman from New Orleans, is facing the perils of bipartisanship unlike any other lawmaker in Washington -- trying to please a heavily Democratic constituency while relying on core conservatives for money to fuel his campaign. Although Republican leaders have continued supporting Cao with money from their campaign committees despite his health care position, the...
  • Weekly Standard: Don't support these people

    01/22/2010 10:04:53 AM PST · by bmweezer · 14 replies · 966+ views
    The GOPNation ^ | January 22, 2010 | Bryan Wolfe
    The Weekly Standard has come out and bashed J Street and its list of early 2010 endorsements. Basically it boils down to this: if J Street is endorsing them, we GOPers should not: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-07) Rep. Michael Capuano (MA-08) Rep. Lois Capps (CA-23) Rep. Russ Carnahan (MO-03) Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09) Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53) Rep. William Delahunt (MA-10) Rep. Donna Edwards (MD-04) Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05), Sen. Russ Feingold (WI) Rep. Bob Filner (CA-51) Rep. Barney Frank (MA-04) Rep. Charles Gonzalez (TX-20) Rep. Deborah Halvorson (IL-11) Rep. Jim Himes...
  • EDITORIAL: Special protection for Black Panthers--The Justice Dept is institutionalizing discrim..

    01/15/2010 9:11:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 1,181+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2010 | Editorial
    Racial cowardice, thy name is Eric Holder. For those who don't remember, Attorney General H. Holder Jr. had the gall last February to claim that Americans form "a nation of cowards" with regard to racial issues. Saying that this nation must examine its "racial soul" and that "we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race," Mr. Holder explicitly vowed to "have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us." In that same context, he also vowed repeatedly last year to "restore" the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to a supposedly renewed focus...
  • Boehner calls on Rangel to step down from Ways and Means chairmanship

    09/04/2009 3:37:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 1,184+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2009 | Susan Crabtree
    House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has renewed his call for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. “When it comes to the relationship between the American people and those they elect to serve them, trust is everything,” Boehner wrote in a letter to Rangel sent Friday. “This is especially true at a difficult time such as this for our nation, when Americans are looking to their government for leadership and solutions, and finding both in short supply. “For this reason, I am writing to again respectfully urge that you step aside as...
  • Sorry, Charlie Rep. Rangel must step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

    09/04/2009 12:45:18 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 22 replies · 1,042+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 3, 2009
    FOR POLITICIANS with major bad news to release or to make public, there's no time like the dead of August to do it. The thinking goes that the public won't remember a thing come September. We hope Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) will have no such luck. His belated revelation of previously unreported income, property and bank accounts demands that he step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Rangel's amended financial disclosure form, which exposes omissions from his 2002 through 2006 records, is a treasure trove of outrage. He neglected to report a checking account...
  • As Ethics Issues Swirl, the House Finally Has the Right Process

    08/05/2009 9:35:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 453+ views
    Rollcall ^ | August 5, 2009 | Norman Ornstein
    Last week, the Washington Post had a story discussing potential conflicts of interest of the members of the House ethics committee over its investigation of alleged earmark irregularities linked to the lobbying firm PMA Group. PMA has close ties to a number of Members of Congress, including the powerful chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). It turns out that the 10 members of the ethics panel have requested a number of earmarks from Murtha’s subcommittee. Let me start by saying that I have met with the chairwoman and ranking member of the Committee on Standards...
  • US House pumps 2 bln dollars into 'cash for clunkers'

    07/31/2009 12:55:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 967+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted Friday to pump another two billion dollars into a program that lets consumers trade in gas-guzzling cars and trucks for more efficient vehicles. Lawmakers voted 316-109 to prime the "cash-for-clunkers" program with monies taken from a giant economic stimulus package approved in early 2009 after the vastly popular effort burned through one billion dollars in its first week. The measure must now clear the US Senate, where its fate is far less clear, amid disputes on whether to require higher fuel efficiency and greater emissions reductions before extending the campaign. The...
  • What on Earth is Going on in the U.S. House?

    07/23/2009 6:23:01 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 10 replies · 771+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | July 23, 2009 | Anthony G. Martin
    To claim that the Congress is being run by an ape-wild gang of ring-tailed baboons going on a pilfering and plundering spree would be a gross understatement. They flush taxpayer dollars down the toilet faster than Joe Biden can reel off a string of foot-in-mouth inaccuracies. This is true with both the House and the Senate. However, at least on the House side, the Democratic leadership is not only exhibiting the pillage habits of zoo animals but the ethics and fairness of the Chicago mob.
  • US House Democrats reach climate change deal, vote soon

    06/23/2009 4:32:46 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 39 replies · 1,832+ views
    State-Run Reuters ^ | 6/23/09 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives working on climate change bill said on Tuesday that they had reached a deal on difficult agriculture issues that will clear the way for a vote, and probable passage, in the chamber this week. "We have an agreement finally," said House Agriculture Committee chairman Collin Peterson whose support has been widely sought by House Democratic leaders. Representative Henry Waxman, a main proponent for legislation to reduce industrial emissions of carbon dioxide told reporters the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the Environmental Protection Agency, will be put in charge...
  • Members (of Congress) join Obama at summit

    04/18/2009 10:52:35 AM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 27 replies · 709+ views
    POLITICO ^ | Apr 17, 2009 | AMIE PARNES
    Joining Obama in Trinidad and Tobago: Sen. Max Baucus (D)and Reps. Xavier Becerra (D), Kevin Brady (R), Dan Burton (R), Yvette Clarke (D), Bill Delahunt (D), Eliot Engel (D), Sam Farr (D), Sander Levin (D), Connie Mack (R), Mary Bono Mack (R), Kendrick Meek (D), Gregory Meeks (D), Donald Payne (D), Charlie Rangel (D), Nydia Velazquez (D) and Delegates Pedro Pierluisi (D) and Donna M. Christensen (D).
  • House rookie McClintock relishes platform for conservative views [lauds Sanford porkulus rejection]

    04/18/2009 9:51:53 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 665+ views
    McClatchy / The Sacramento Bee ^ | 2009-04-18 | Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON – As an eager rookie in the House of Representatives, Tom McClintock came to Capitol Hill in January, ready to honor a popular president who had transformed the nation's politics. Yes, Ronald Reagan's 98th birthday was approaching. And McClintock, the new Republican congressman from California's 4th District, offered a resolution to celebrate the Gipper's life. It was never taken up by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "We were informed by the committee that they don't do birthday resolutions any more," McClintock said. The resolution was one of two pieces of legislation sponsored by McClintock in his first...
  • FEC scorecard: 10 election insights

    04/17/2009 3:07:30 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 2 replies · 446+ views
    Now that congressional candidates have filed their first-quarter Federal Election Commission fundraising reports, a clearer picture of the 2010 election cycle is developing. The following is POLITICO’s list of the top 10 insights gleaned from the first round of fundraising — and what they reveal about the 2010 landscape.
  • NY-20 Judge: Most Objections Invalid

    04/15/2009 9:48:39 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 5 replies · 640+ views
    PolitickerNY | Apr 15, 2009 | Jimmy Vielkind
    ALBANY—Judge James Brands just ruled that most of the over 1,200 contested absentee ballots in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in Congress were objected to improperly based on discrepancies in their applications. This means many more ballots will be counted. Henry Berger, an attorney for Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, argued this morning that these ballots should all be counted because boards of election already issued them. Any problems with those ballots - from an invalid reason for the request to a missing date - cannot be challenged because the determination was already made by elections officials to send them...
  • Obama Retreats to Virginia as Senators Bicker Over Stimulus

    02/05/2009 4:00:50 PM PST · by Baladas · 23 replies · 1,121+ views
    FOX News ^ | February 05, 2009 | Trish Turner
    President Obama is heading to Virginia Thursday night for a retreat with House Democrats, as Senate leaders on Capitol Hill continue to wrestle with the president's contentious economic stimulus package. But whether they'll be any closer to an agreement on the more than $900 billion bill by the time he gets back is anyone's guess. A couple of senior Democratic aides told FOX News late Thursday final passage of the current bill is very likely Friday despite the efforts of a group of 18 senators who have been negotiating a compromise package to get more senators on board. The group...
  • Cures for Our Economic Disease [Ron Paul]

    02/02/2009 12:38:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 3,252+ views
    I have recently had several opportunities on various news programs to discuss the economy and what is wrong with the so-called economic stimulus package. I have said over and over what we shouldn’t be doing, and now I’d like to explain what we should be doing. But to improve the situation, you must first have a solid grasp of how we got here. Government policies and central planning created the housing bubble, now going bust. About a decade ago the government made expanded homeownership and affordable housing a public goal. Through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the secondary mortgage market...
  • GOP Stakes Its Claim With Stimulus Vote; Small Government Returns as Maxim

    01/29/2009 9:44:03 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 718+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-01-30 | Perry Bacon Jr. & Paul Kane
    The unanimous vote by House Republicans against President Obama's stimulus plan provided an early indication that the GOP hopes to regain power by becoming the champion of small government, a reputation many felt slipped away during the high-spending Bush years. The bill passed easily despite the opposition of all 177 Republican House members, but party leaders delighted in what they considered a victory after two straight electoral drubbings and much soul-searching about what the party stands for. "How about those House Republicans?" cheered Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a vocal small-government advocate, at a Heritage Foundation appearance yesterday.
  • Obama Porkulus Bill (LIVE Thread) US House C-SPAN

    01/28/2009 8:19:12 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 159 replies · 6,780+ views
    01/ 28/09 | US House members
  • Caos Do Fly, At Least In New Orleans (The Dirt: GOP pummels Dems in LA election wins shockers)

    12/07/2008 2:51:46 AM PST · by flattorney · 103 replies · 6,190+ views
    National Journal ^ | December 07, 2008 | Tim Shad
    In a shocker, there will be a GOP Rep. in New Orleans. In a surprising twist, GOPers won a sweep in LA tonight in two general elections, picking up embattled Rep. Bill Jefferson's (D-LA 02) seat in New Orleans, and holding retiring Rep. Jim McCrery's (R) seat in the Shreveport-based Fourth District. But the surprise of the night, and possibly the cycle, was in the Big Easy. Atty Ahn “Joseph” Cao (R) defeated Jefferson 50-47%. Dems outnumber GOPers here 6-1, and African Americans make up 61% of the vote. But the NRCC must've had an inkling that something was up...
  • LA U.S. House Election Results: In upsets, Republicans win both Districts 2 & 4

    12/06/2008 9:50:43 PM PST · by flattorney · 66 replies · 5,584+ views
    Louisiana SOState/Local News Articles ^ | December 6, 2008 | Staff
    LA-2 , Orleans, Jefferson Parish: In a huge upset win, little known Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao beat nine term and criminally indicted William Jefferson(D). Jefferson had been expected to easily win. Cao becomes the first Vietnamese member of U.S. Congress. LA-4, Shreveport-Bossier City, Sabine Parish, et. al., Western LA, TX/AR border: Republican Dr. John Fleming wins. Fleming was trailing by about 3% early in the election results but came on strong in the end to beat Carmouche(D) by 356 votes. Carmouche has not conceded election – recount probably pending. With these results, the 111th U.S. House of Representatives...
  • Pete Sessions(TX) wins leadership role in GOP campaign efforts (New NRCC Chairman)

    11/19/2008 3:11:36 PM PST · by flattorney · 12 replies · 859+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 19, 2008 | Todd Gillman
    House Republicans installed Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions at the helm of their campaign arm (National Republican Congressional Committee) this afternoon, betting he can round up the cash and candidates they’ll need to climb out of a deepening hole in the next elections. That makes a pair of Texans responsible for GOP efforts to boost their ranks in both the House and Senate. On Tuesday, Sen. John Cornyn won the chairmanship of the Senate GOP campaign committee (National Republican Senatorial Committee - FR Thread) a coincidence that reflects Texas’ status as a mother lode of Republican votes and donors, an increasing...
  • Contestants in uncalled House race heading to DC { McClintock & Brown }

    11/14/2008 4:21:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 583+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/14/8 | ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- With their Northern California House race still too close to call, Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Charlie Brown will be heading to the nation's capital next week for orientation for new lawmakers. Both were invited by House leaders, as were contestants of both parties in another uncalled race in Ohio — along with some 50 new House members who won election outright. "We believe Tom will be elected to represent the 4th Congressional District, and it is important for him to attend orientation in order to best serve the people," said McClintock's spokesman, Bill George. Said Brown's...
  • Goode, Perriello too close to call [House, Va. 5th District]

    11/04/2008 9:37:45 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 2 replies · 495+ views
    The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va. ^ | 2008-11-05 | Brian McNeill
    A fiercely contested race between six-term U.S. Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., R-Rocky Mount, and Democrat Tom Perriello of Ivy was too close to call at press time Tuesday night. With 97.4 percent of precincts reporting, it appeared that Perriello, a 34-year-old national security consultant, and Goode, 62, were in a dead heat. Perriello had 50.11 per-cent of the vote, compared with Goode’s 49.83 per-cent. The Associated Press and CNN both projected Goode as the winner Tuesday, but Perriello took a slight lead over Goode late in the evening.
  • Editorial: Goode time for leadership [endorsements for Goode, Cantor]

    11/03/2008 2:21:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 1 replies · 239+ views
    Of all the politicians this newspaper has encountered, Virgil H. Goode Jr. is among the most sincere in his efforts for constituents and the least caught up in politics and paybacks. He does what he believes is right. That’s a rare quality in Washington these days. If for no other reason than to present the Beltway insiders with an example of a true independent, the 5th District should re-elect Virgil Goode. But there are other reasons — such as that constituent concern. Mr. Goode is well known for his work in assisting 5th District residents with their problems. His record...
  • Bailout or Rescue? Rape of American Taxpayer! Who Voted Yea?

    10/04/2008 2:46:38 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 8 replies · 411+ views ^ | October 4, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    On you will find a list of those Congressional members who voted "yea" for a nearly $1 trillion rape of the American taxpayer: I am not an economist. I am simply an American citizen who knows when it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and defecates like a duck, it's a duck. Late last week, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill that will put the U.S. government nearly $1 trillion deeper in debt. Earlier in the week, the House of Reps. found some political backbone and rejected the $700 billion pork-laden bailout...
  • US vote says cigarettes are drugs

    07/31/2008 5:15:40 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 44 replies · 251+ views ^ | 07/31/08 | bbc
    About one in five adults in the US still smokes The US House of Representatives has voted to treat tobacco as a drug and have it regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill would tighten restrictions on advertising, impose new penalties for selling to children and require all new products to be approved by the FDA. But the White House threatened to veto the bill, saying it would put an enormous burden on the FDA. It also said having FDA approval could make people think cigarettes are safe. Industry funded The bill cleared the House with a...
  • Democrats gain Baton Rouge U.S. House District for first time in 33 years

    05/03/2008 7:56:39 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 28 replies · 378+ views
    LA Secretary of State ^ | 05-03-08 | Theodore R.
    U. S. Representative, 6th Congressional District 508 of 512 precincts reporting Click here for Results by Parish 49,312 49.24% "Don" Cazayoux, D - 46,282 46.22% Louis "Woody" Jenkins, R - 443 .44% Peter J. Aranyosi, N - 3,705 3.70% Ashley Casey, N - 397 .40% Randall T. Hayes, O -
  • You want the truth...(Earmark Video: Murtha lies on House floor)

    08/07/2007 5:22:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 1,077+ views blog ^ | August 7, 2007 | Congressman John Campbell
    Posted by: John Campbell at 6:36 PM Early in the morning on Sunday, as we were finishing up amendments on the Defense Appropriations bill, I debated an earmark challenge with the Chairman of the Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations, Congressman John Murtha (D-PA). The earmark allocated $2 million to Sherwin-Williams Paint Company to develop what they described as a "paint shield to protect against microbial attacks." As the sponsor of the amendment, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-OH) did not come down to defend her earmark. The defense was left to Congressman Murtha. Here is a link to this brief debate, now keep...
  • CSPAN Live House Debating FISA

    08/04/2007 5:54:32 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 227 replies · 3,068+ views
    08/04/07 | Cspan
    Nadler just called Bush a criminal, Republicans object and ask him to withdraw statement. Nadler says he "withdraws his accurate statement." Heated debate continues with Democrat lies.....
  • Busted computer hamstrings House ( The Old ....the Computer did it excuse ... Dems using excuses)

    08/03/2007 12:53:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 1,391+ views
    The Politico ^ | politico blog
    A busted computer system hamstrung the House of Representatives for at least 45 minutes Friday on one of the tensest legislative days of the year.The House's electronic voting system malfunctioned at approximately 2pm as lawmakers began a vote on a procedural motion sponsored by Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.). Projectors that usually display how each member voted and show a tally of votes were not working, although votes were still being recorded on computers at various locations in the House chamber. The mishap came during the final two days of legislative activity before a month-long recess, a time when tensions run...
  • House erupts in chaos

    08/03/2007 5:12:10 AM PDT · by IronKros · 441 replies · 12,565+ views
    The Politico ^ | 8/3/2007 | Patrick O'Connor
    In a massive flare-up of partisan tensions, Republicans walked out on a House vote late Thursday night to protest what they believed to be Democratic maneuvers to reverse an unfavorable outcome for them. The flap represents a complete breakdown in parliamentary procedure and an unprecedented low for the sometimes bitterly divided chamber. The rancor erupted shortly before 11 p.m. as Rep. Michael R. McNulty (D-N.Y.) gaveled close the vote on a standard procedural measure with the outcome still in doubt. Details remain fuzzy, but numerous Republicans argued afterward that they had secured a 215-213 win on their motion to bar...
  • House approves longer home rest for Iraq forces

    08/02/2007 12:37:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 528+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 2, 2007 | Noam N. Levey
    11:49 AM PDT, August 2, 2007 WASHINGTON -- The House today passed a measure to mandate more rest at home for troops serving in Iraq, with Democrats taking another swipe at President Bush's management of the war on the eve of Congress' summer recess. The legislation — which passed 229 to 194, with six Republicans joining the majority — stands little chance of becoming law. A similar proposal sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) was blocked by Senate Republicans last month, and the White House today issued a veto threat. But as lawmakers prepare to go home to face their...
  • House GOP rebukes Senate bill

    06/26/2007 6:34:30 PM PDT · by Baladas · 19 replies · 1,073+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 27, 2007 | Jackie Kucinich
    House Republicans yesterday unveiled a resolution expressing their disapproval of the Senate immigration bill. It was offered by Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), and simply read: “resolved the House GOP Conference disapproves of the Senate immigration bill.” The move puts the House Republican Conference at odds with President Bush, who has endorsed the Senate bill. Hoekstra said that while he preferred not to break with the president, the language and content of the Senate bill compelled him to vocalize his opposition. It is the second time this year that members of the House Republican Conference have publicly vocalized opposition to Bush...
  • BREAKING: 114-23, House GOP Rejects Senate Amnesty Bill

    06/26/2007 4:04:57 PM PDT · by notes2005 · 80 replies · 3,517+ views
    RedState ^ | 6/26/2007 | Erick
    In a just concluded House GOP Conference voted 114 to 23 to reject the Senate's Amnesty Bill. Pelosi has now signaled that the House will start fresh on the Amnesty Bill and will not just embrace the Senate version. It looks like, in fact, the House will . . . dare we say it . . . have committee hearings on the bill.
  • House urges UN to charge Ahmadinejad (Kucinich and Ron Paul Only No Votes)

    06/21/2007 9:45:15 AM PDT · by anotherview · 124 replies · 2,821+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 21 June 2007 | Hilary Leila Kreiger and JTA
    Jun. 21, 2007 17:38 | Updated Jun. 21, 2007 17:46 House urges UN to charge Ahmadinejad By BY HILARY LEILA KRIEGER AND JTA The US House of Representatives urged the UN Security Council Wednesday to charge Iran's president under genocide conventions. The non-binding resolution, initiated by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), passed by 411-2. It cites an October 27 speech in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad allegedly called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and calls for the Security Council to charge him under its 1948 convention for the prevention of genocide. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) attempted...
  • $8B of pork: Dems take 60 percent

    05/22/2007 4:03:31 AM PDT · by Baladas · 4 replies · 465+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2007 | Roxana Tiron and Ilan Wurman
    The House last week approved about $8 billion in earmarks as part of the 2008 defense authorization bill, with the wealth shared by both Democrats and Republicans. Given their majority, however, Democrats claimed close to 60 percent of the bill’s earmarks. Because of new House rules, for the first time the earmarks have been disclosed as part of the bill’s report. The current list of earmarks includes the budget account, the project description, the intended recipient and beneficiary as well as the name of the requesting member. This year, the House approved a $504 billion defense authorization bill. Among the...
  • House Irresolution (69 Were For The War in 2002 and Against in 2007)

    02/17/2007 4:02:28 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 556+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 17 February 2007 | Staff
    ...Minority Leader John Boehner and the GOP leadership deserve credit for making a spirited argument against the resolution that clearly won over many of their skittish backbenchers. Credit, too, to such "moderate" GOP Members as John McHugh of New York and Jim Saxton of New Jersey, who opposed the resolution despite the unpopularity of the war in their states. And credit as well to the two Democrats, Gene Taylor of Mississippi and Jim Marshall of Georgia, who didn't join their party's defeatist ranks. As for those in favor, no fewer than 69 Members were for the war before they were...
  • War veterans open House debate

    02/14/2007 4:13:52 AM PST · by bushfamfan · 10 replies · 525+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 2/14/07 | Margaret Talev
    Veterans from World War II through the current conflict in Iraq led off debate yesterday as the House of Representatives took up a resolution to oppose President Bush's troop increase for Iraq. "Walking in my own combat boots, I saw firsthand this administration's failed policy in Iraq," said Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., a 33-year-old freshman and the first Iraq combat veteran to serve in Congress. Rep. Duncan Hunter, 58, a California Republican and Vietnam veteran, argued a widely held opposing view, that the resolution signals "the first sound of retreat in the world battle against extremists and terrorists." With the...
  • It's out: Meehan has eyes for UML post

    02/04/2007 2:36:37 PM PST · by MassachusettsGOP · 10 replies · 501+ views
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 02/04/2007 | Lowell Sun Staff
    THE REAL story always wins out. After weeks of denying that he was interested in the UMass Lowell chancellor's job, Rep. Marty Meehan finally fessed up last week, and was interviewed by the 21-member Search Committee on Friday. The 50-year-old congressman handles the sharp focus of the press better than many pols, but in recent days he delivered his denials with atypical vehemence. Bending over backwards to prove his point, Meehan asked: How can I leave with the Democrats now in control of the House? How can I leave when I'm now chairman of a high-profile subcommittee of the Armed...