House of Representatives

Mike Pence slams Slaughter Solution

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Boehner on Health Care: There is No Way to Hide From This Vote

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Ex-Senate Parliamentarian on Rules of the Senate

The whole idea to remove the Filibuster from the Senate is to make it more like the House of Representatives because the Senate, supposedly, isn’t working.

It’s not that the Senate doesn’t work, it does work, but it works in a very different way than the House of Representatives.

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The Senate is not ruled by it’s majority leader.  It’s ruled by a consensus which has to be built by both the majority leader and the minority leader.

This is not a shot taken at Harry Reid or any Democrat based on their position on an issue, it’s an opinion of how ineffectively the current leadership is building a consensus.

I do not think the problem is the rules, I think the problem in the Senate is the Senators.

Congress gets snow days (are you complaining?)

Because of all the snow that has hit and is expected to hit Washington, DC, the House of Representatives has cancelled all votes for the week:

“Due to inclement weather affecting travel to Washington, D.C, Members are advised that there will be no recorded votes taken in the House this week,” according to an email from the Majority Leader’s office.

Because next week is the President’s Day recess, the decision means no votes will be taken in House until Tuesday, Feb. 22nd.

“The change this week means that we will add two days to the schedule as we look to take action on a jobs bill and other critical measures,” said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. “Therefore, the House will reconvene on Monday, February 22, one day earlier than previously scheduled. The House will now also be in session on Friday, February 26th.”

I could get used to this.

House website slowed due to increased traffic

So many e-mails are being sent to the House of Representatives that it is slowing down the website:

Technical support issued a warning to congressional staff that the site - - may be slow or unresponsive because of the large volume of e-mail being sent to members.

Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the House’s chief administrative officer, which maintains the Web site, said traffic data was not available and could not be released without the lawmakers’ consent.

But anecdotally, he said, the spike in e-mail volume was widely believed to be a result of the health care debate.

“It is clearly health care reform,” Ventura said. “There’s no doubt about it.”
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Ventura said the last time he saw such a significant slow-down in the system was in January, shortly before the House passed an $819 billion bill to stimulate the economy.

BJ Lawson on Glen Beck 10/31/08

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BJ Lawson on air with Glenn Beck discussing his race against David Price. Great show where Glenn and BJ connect for their first of what I think will be many more appearances together.

Lawson for Congress: The Office at Midnight

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BJ gives a tour of the Lawson for Congress office.

Something New: Barney Frank Spreading Lies In Campaign Commercials

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Barney Frank claims that Democrats wanted to “regulate the subprime” situation before it got out of control. While in fact it was one of the few instances where Democrats actually favored less regulation (for the GSEs where most suprimes derived from), while Republicans favored greater regulation over the sector. Frank spreads lies on the television. Wow, thats a first.

Barney Frank: Plenty of rich people that we can tax

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Love him or hate him Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee speaks his mind with much greater candor than most politicians on Capitol Hill. But the last thing the economy needs is “a healthy dose of Keynesianism” as he stated. Does he not remember when he was in his thirties how John Maynard Keynes’ theories were proven to result in stagflation?

How Did Your Congressperson Vote?

We all may have breathed a sigh of relief two days ago when we realized the bailout bill had been defeated, but the truth is, the battle is not yet over.  The Senate votes on the bill this evening, and if it passes it will come back to the House on Thursday for another vote.  It will only take a few Representatives to change their vote in order for the bill to pass and it’s imperative that we do not allow that to happen.  We must continue to keep up the barrage of phone calls, emails and faxes to both Houses in order to keep it from passing.

The website track.nocashfortrash.org has been set up in order to help us keep track of how our Congresspersons voted.  I encourage all of you to visit it and note how your rep voted. If that information isn’t available yet, you have the ability to enter the information yourself.  A simple phone call to your candidate’s office will give you the answer and the opportunity to either thank them or berate them.

I’d like to share with all of you what my friend Michele recently reminded her TN Congressman after learning that he had voted yes for the bailout.  He told her that despite his constituents adament opposition against the bill, he had voted yea because he felt it was the best thing for TN and the country.  This was Michele’s response-

Cooper,

You don’t get it…I said “vote no.” I don’t care what YOU think is best for me or TN. You are an elected official who is to represent the opinion of your constituents. You idiots think that despite a 100-1 disapproval rating of ANY bailout plan that you know better. Well, you don’t. Government cannot fix anything by definition, nor is it your job. In case you are unsure of what your job description is, allow me to enlighten you. Under the United States Constitution, you are allowed the privilege of serving the citizens of this country in the following ways: “ALL bills for raising revenue shall originate in the HOUSE (not the executive); Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes for the defense and general welfare of the US BUT it must be uniform throughout the US (NOT pandering to corporations nor people unable to pay their debts); you are able to borrow money on the credit of the US (the implication is from foreign countries NOT a private central bank); you are able to COIN money.” Those are essentially your duties regarding debt and money that Congress is limited to. By the way, have you ever even read The Constitution?

Vote “no” to any and all bailouts…period.

Many of our Congressmen have forgotten that they are our employees and that they serve at our pleasure.  It’s time we reminded them.


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