Once again, La Warren isn’t afraid to do what she sees as right. In a year of ups, downs and stunning disappointments, she is as feisty as we hoped she would be, even standing up to our President. Read what landed in my inbox recently.
Apparently, our favorite fact free Congresswoman from Minnesota has been a naughty gal. Allegations of corruption have been leveled at prominent Tea Party leader, Michele Bachmann, giving rise to a State Senate investigation in Iowa. Iowa’s ethics rules prohibit lawmakers from being paid for their work on presidential campaigns. That line of inquiry has given rise to questions about whether Bachmann’s campaign broke federal campaign finance laws by failing to disclose an estimated $52,500 in compensation for Sorenson, her highest-profile supporter in Iowa. Andy Parrish, Bachmann’s former congressional chief of staff and a longtime Minnesota Republican operative, has said that Sorenson was paid for his support of her run at the 2012 Presidency.
But that’s not all for the former Republican presidential nominee! Two other investigations are currently underway, also into the financial aspects of the ill-fated 2012 presidential bid from even farther back. Congressional ethics investigators are examining whether staffers in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign Continue reading →
How’s the sequestration treating you? Most may ask, ‘What Sequestration?’. Alot of folks stopped paying attention to this sort of thing, due to fatigue, so it is understandable that they would not know. It’s a state of broad departmental budget cuts to government programs and services. We are gifted with this albatross because the last Congress could not pass a budget. The doomsday scenarios the White House and some Democrats warned against haven’t happened. Yet.
The country has not imploded yet, nor been invaded by a foreign entity.Personally, I haven’t been affected at all by sequestration, which I think is indicative of the experience of most Americans, because I am self sufficient, I have no special needs that require federal aid. Unless you need a service of any kind…..that you depend on to eat, take care of yourself and family, to educate children. You know, nothing of real importance to the media, or the average Senator and Congressperson. Like booking a flight home from Washington!
The failure of the Senate to pass the measure that could result in legislation requiring background checks for certain firearm sales really disappointed me. I had clung to a thin hope that they would be moved by the activism of the parents and families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims.
I was so bummed out I couldn’t write or read anything newsworthy or political for a week. Depressed and disgusted, would describe the way I felt. And then I got Mad!! It also ticked off the folks at RepresentUs…read on, dear friends.
The US Senate just rejected a basic background check law for gun sales despite the fact that 90% of Americans support it.Even 74% of NRA members support it!1
Represent.Us has no official position on gun rights/gun control, but you’re damn right we have a position on whether America’s Congress follows the will of the American people. And they don’t. Our leaders are FAILING US, and by letting it happen, by letting them continue to steal our country, we’re failing America.
It’s time to WAKE UP. Stop writing emails to Congress. Stop yelling at your computer screen. Stop feeling hopeless. Continue reading →
Once again, those wild and crazy guys in the GOP are doing what they like best; Refusing to nominate someone that would actually help Americans protect themselves from predatory financial companies.
Check out the email I received about the Senate minority’s quest to serve their real masters, and sign the petition if you’d like to send them a message.
Below is an email from James Lardner of Americans for Financial Reform, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
As Elizabeth Warren says, “Never before in American history has a minority in the Senate blocked a nominee to try to get changes in a law they don’t like and don’t have the votes to change.”
She’s talking about the 43 senators who have threatened to block Rich Cordray’s re-nomination as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). They don’t question his qualifications; their grievance is with the agency itself. They want changes that would undermine its funding, independence, and authority before they will allow a vote on any nominee for the job.
You have to wonder if this Senate can confirm anyone in a timely fashion, say, in less than two months. After blocking an judicial appointment just to be contrary, the Senate finally confirmed Robert Bacharach to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Oklahoma.
I say finally, because Judge Bacharach waited 263 days for a Senate floor vote, only to be approved overwhelmingly, by a vote of 93-0. Many more judicial appointments await the Senate’s approval, and that fact is disheartening.
Clearly, the days of verbal agreements sealed with a simple handshake in the halls of power are long gone. And those who posture with primaries in mind, rather than the health and well being of Americans can’t be trusted to do the right things.
If you are as annoyed as I am that Harry Reid fell short on ended the obstructionist use of the “filibuster”, you may want to click the Daily Kos links in the email below.
Cecelia, please sign our petition urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to re-open filibuster reform in light of recent Republican obstructionism on federal nominees. Click here to sign the petition.
The ink is barely dry on the watered-down filibuster deal that passed the Senate a few weeks ago, and Republicans have already returned to their obstructionist tricks. Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked a vote on former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, marking the first time in American history that any nominee for defense secretary has been filibustered. Continue reading →
In the days following the President’s big speech outlining his intentions to do something to curb gun related murders, and after taking some time to think about who really wins and loses if any kind of changes in law really occurs, and then marveling at how crazy some folks get on both sides of gun control, I had a few questions plaguing me.
I decided to throw a few questions out there for consideration.
How many Senators and Congress persons are in the NRA’s pocket?
When will we get a full time ATF head, and in fact, a more robust ATF?
How the heck did we get to the point that it is standard practice to run all legislation past an industry’s lobbyists for approval and notes, prior to nomination?
Why is a right to own an object more precious and sacred than protecting American lives?
Is the NRA objection to Universal background checks more to prevent a slowing in the growth of gun sales, rather than a defense of the second amendment?
What can the voter do against the NRA’s indisputable sway over Congress and the Senate? Continue reading →