Thursday, December 30, 2010

House Speaker-designate John Boehner Announces More Staff Assignments for Speaker’s Office

Washington (Dec 30) House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) today announced additional staff assignments for the Office of the Speaker in the 112th Congress:

* Ed Cassidy will serve as Director of House Operations for the Speaker. Cassidy has worked as Senior Advisor and Floor Assistant for Boehner since 2007.
Prior to that he served at the House Ethics Committee as Chief of Staff to Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), and at the House Rules Committee as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House.

* Kristen Chaplin will serve as Director of Scheduling & Special Events for the Speaker. Chaplin has worked as Boehner’s executive assistant and scheduler since 2007, and previously served in the White House under President George W. Bush and in Boehner’s personal office.

* Johnny DeStefano will serve as Senior Advisor for Member Services & New Member Development. DeStefano served as Boehner’s political director for the past several years and deputy executive director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) during the 2010 election cycle. Prior to that he worked for House Republican Conference Chair Deborah Pryce (R-OH).

* Trevor Kolego will serve as Deputy Director of Member Services for the Speaker. Kolego joined the Boehner leadership team in 2007, after previously working as Legislative Director for Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV).

* Amy Lozupone will serve as Director of Administrative Operations for the Speaker. Lozupone has served as Boehner’s chief administrative staffer for many years, beginning with his chairmanship of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce in 2001. Prior to that, she worked for the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House, and as Executive Assistant to the Staff Director at Education & the Workforce.

* Danielle Maurer will serve as Director of Member Services for the Speaker. Maurer has worked as Boehner’s member services director since January 2008, when she returned to Capitol Hill after a stint in the private sector. She previously worked for the Office of the Majority Leader under Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX); the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) under then-director Mitch Daniels; and the House Rules Committee under Reps. Gerry Solomon (R-NY)and David Dreier (R-CA).

* Anne Thorsen will serve as Director of Floor Operations for the Speaker. Thorsen has worked as Deputy Director of Floor Operations for Boehner since 2006, when Boehner was elected Majority Leader. She held a similar position in the Majority Leader’s office under Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), and worked as Legislative Director for Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) prior to that.

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Michael C. Burgess discuss the $3.22 trillion in new debt during the 111th Congress VIDEO

Dr. Burgess on Fox Business’ Bulls and Bears with David Asman.

Dr. Burgess appeared on Fox Business' Bulls and Bears with David Asman to discuss the $3.22 trillion in new debt during the 111th Congress. This is more debt during the last two years than during the first 100 Congresses combined.You can watch the video below.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jo Bonner to Serve as House Ethics Committee Chairman in 112th Congress

Jo Bonner

Jo Bonner
Washington (Dec 29) House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) today announced he has appointed Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) as Chairman of the House Ethics Committee, formerly the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, for the 112th Congress. During the 111th Congress, Rep. Bonner served as Ranking Minority Member on the panel. Boehner issued the following statement:

“The American people have every right to expect the highest standards of ethical conduct from their elected leaders, and it is important for members of both the majority and the minority to work together to ensure that such standards are observed and respected at all times within the institution.
A functioning Ethics Committee will be central to that effort in the 112th Congress. Jo Bonner is widely respected on both sides of the aisle, and has a deep appreciation for the importance of both ethics education and enforcement in the House. I am confident that as chairman, he will work with the other members of the Ethics Committee to ensure there is accountability at all times in the People’s House. I look forward to working with him, and I’m grateful for his willingness to serve.”

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Gentry Collins talked about his bid to become chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) VIDEO

Gentry Collins talked about his bid to become chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC). He’s one of six announced candidates (so far) to run for leadership of the RNC as it prepares for the 2012 elections. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host

Republican Strategy in 2011 VIDEO

Republican Strategy in 2011 Dec 29, 2010 C-SPAN | Washington Journal.

Armstrong Williams gave a conservative perspective on issues in the news, including the economy, foreign affairs, the Obama administration, Congress, and the year ahead for Republicans. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Daily Caller to Co-Host Republican National Committee’s Chairmanship Debate with Americans for Tax Reform on January 3rd

RNC LogoWASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Daily Caller, in conjunction with Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), is pleased to host a debate for Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman candidates. The event will take place in the ballroom of the National Press Club on Monday, January 3rd.
Online voting and audience participation will feature prominently in this year’s debate. Via, Americans can both submit questions for candidates and vote on questions submitted by others. During the debate, candidates will answer those questions that received the most votes.

A live-stream of the debate will be available at and the online audience will have the opportunity to have their follow-up questions answered by submitting them during the debate via Twitter.

Profiles of each candidate will be published on during the run-up to the debate. Currently, candidates attending the debate include Saul Anuzis, Maria Cino, Reince Priebus and Ann Wagner.

“Our debate will be the most open, democratic (emphasis on the lower case “d”) and technologically advanced debate ever conducted,” said Neil Patel, Daily Caller Publisher. “The combination of online voting on debate questions, live streaming of the event and Twitter use for follow-up questions will allow the American people an unprecedented level of access and involvement to help ensure the best possible leadership for one of our two major political parties.”

“We are pleased to host this debate with The Daily Caller. The actual vote for RNC Chairman will be made by the 168 members of the Committee, but the impact will be felt by all,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Therefore, every activist should play a role in questioning the candidates and communicating with RNC members who cast votes...just like lobbying your Congressman and Senators.”

When: Monday, January 3, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET. Doors open at Noon.
Where: National Press Club (529 14th St. NW), 13th floor, ballroom.
RSVP Required: or

Additional co-sponsors include Susan B. Anthony List.

Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 20-year veteran journalist and Fox News contributor, and Neil Patel, former chief policy advisor to Vice President Cheney, The Daily Caller is a 24-hour news publication providing its audience with original reporting, thought-provoking commentary, and breaking news. Since its launch on January 11th, 2010, The Daily Caller has grown to over 2.5 million visitors per month. For more information, or to schedule an interview with The Daily Caller staff, please contact Becca Glover Watkins at or 202-506-2027.

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at

Contacts: Daily Caller. Media Contact: Becca Glover Watkins, 202-506-2027,

Monday, December 27, 2010

H.R.4248 -- Free Competition in Currency Act VIDEO FULL TEXT

H. R. 4248

To repeal the legal tender laws, to prohibit taxation on certain coins and bullion, and to repeal superfluous sections related to coinage.

Mr. PAUL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


To repeal the legal tender laws, to prohibit taxation on certain coins and bullion, and to repeal superfluous sections related to coinage.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Free Competition in Currency Act of 2009'.


(a) In General- Section 5103 of title 31, United States Code (relating to legal tender), is hereby repealed.

(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for subchapter I of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 5103 and inserting the following new item:

`5103. [Repealed]'.


(a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law--

(1) no tax may be imposed on (or with respect to the sale, exchange, or other disposition of) any coin, medal, token, or gold, silver, platinum, palladium, or rhodium bullion, whether issued by a State, the United States, a foreign government, or any other person; and

(2) no State may assess any tax or fee on any currency, or any other monetary instrument, which is used in the transaction of interstate commerce or commerce with a foreign country, and which is subject to the enjoyment of legal tender status under article I, section 10 of the United States Constitution.

(b) Effective Date- This section shall take effect on December 31, 2009, but shall not apply to taxes or fees imposed before such date.


(a) In General- Title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking sections 486 (relating to uttering coins of gold, silver, or other metal) and 489 (making or possessing likeness of coins).

(b) Conforming Amendment to Table of Sections- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 25 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking the items relating to the sections stricken by subsection (a).

(c) Special Rule Concerning Retroactive Effect- Any prosecution under the sections stricken by subsection (a) shall abate upon the taking effect of this section. Any previous conviction under those sections shall be null and void.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tom Coburn Fox News Sunday FULL VIDEO and TEXT TRANSCRIPT

The following is a rush transcript of the December 26, 2010, edition of "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace." This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, ANCHOR: I'm Chris Wallace. Welcome to a special holiday edition of "Fox News Sunday."

WALLACE (voice-over): With the lame-duck session in the rear-view mirror, time to look at what's next. Runaway government spending, the country's growing debt, and a possible push for tax reform. We'll discuss America's balance sheet with the Senate's leading fiscal hawk, Republican Senator Tom Coburn.

Then, with the Christmas season upon us, we'll talk about religion and politics with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington.

Also, the 2011 political landscape, from the White House, to Capitol Hill, to the presidential campaign trail. We'll ask our Sunday panel what to expect. All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

WALLACE: And hello again from Fox News in Washington. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the holiday season.

A top priority for the next Congress with Republicans in control of the House and with more clout in the Senate will be to cut spending. Joining us now with his ideas for getting our fiscal house in order is Senator Tom Coburn, known as "Dr. No" for his opposition to government spending.

He joins us from his home state of Oklahoma. Senator, welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

SEN. TOM COBURN, R-OKLA.: Well, good morning, Chris.

WALLACE: I want to start with the lame duck session of Congress that you just finished. You blocked the Democratic omnibus spending bill, which had $8 billion in new earmarks.

On the other hand, Congress did pass that extension of tax cuts and also unemployment benefits, which adds another trillion dollars to the deficit. So my question is, did Congress get the message that voters were sending in the mid-term elections?

COBURN: I certainly don't believe that the lame duck Congress did. The omnibus would have spent -- raised the baseline about $40 billion when you take all the tricks out of it. When we wanted to have a stimulus program, but we don't want to get rid of the inefficient things that are not working in the federal government, and there is well over $300 billion a year, which I can lay out for you in detail that most Americans would agree we should eliminate.

We made an easy decision to pass the tax cuts and the unemployment compensation, as well as the decrease in Social Security payments. We didn't do the hard work. The hard work is eliminating the parts of the government that aren't working, that aren't effective, and also a lot of it that's not even in our constitutional role. WALLACE: Well, let me turn to 2011 and the new Congress. How much, realistically do you think the new Congress can cut in federal spending?

COBURN: I think that remains to be seen. We could certainly cut $100 to $200 billion and help ourselves. What most of America doesn't understand is if we don't put our house in order, we are going to look like Greece or Ireland or even Spain and Italy, which are coming, or even maybe ultimately Japan.

And so, time is of the essence for us. And you're seeing economists around the world starting to worry about whether or not we're going to make the substantive changes to austerity that we need to make in our country to correct our course and to create the confidence that we don't wind up like in Ireland.

WALLACE: Let's get more specific. We'll get to the debt situation, the economic situation in a minute, but let's talk about the job that Congress has.

You just released what you called "Waste Book 2010," in which you outline $11 billion in what you call wasteful spending, including some of those crazy earmarks like $5 billion for an neon sign museum in Las Vegas.

But Senator, for all the waste, if you are going to cut spending seriously, aren't you going to have to cut programs that Americans now rely on? Aren't you going to be calling on Americans to make some tough sacrifices?

COBURN: Absolutely. The problem that faces our country today, the last 30 years we have lived off the future, and the bill is coming due. So there cannot be anything that is not put on the table. There will not be one American that will not be called to sacrifice. Those that are more well-to-do will be called to sacrifice to a greater extent. But the fact is, if we all want a successful future for our kids, and we want to see a renewal in America's productivity and growth, we're going to have to make sacrifices. We've -- both the Republican and Democratic administrations have refused to do that. And we're at a time where we don't have the option anymore, and we need to make those decisions ourselves, rather than have those decisions forced upon us by the international financial community.

WALLACE: If I can, Senator, let's get a little specific. Give me the idea of some programs, because, of course, the dirty secret is everybody is opposed to government spending in general. But when it affects them, they like government spending for the programs that actually benefit them. Give me an idea, in your mind, not necessarily Congress is going to pass of a couple of specific programs you'd have to say aren't waste, but we simply can no longer afford?

COBURN: Well, first of all, we haven't even done the hard work of identifying all the duplications in the federal government. A year ago or two years ago, I asked the GAO to give me a report of all the government programs that are out there, so we could cross-reference which ones do the same thing. It's taken the GAO a year-and-a-half and they refused to do it until I put it in the last debt limit extension.

But for example, we could save about $50 billion a year by eliminating programs. I'll give you a couple of examples. We have 267 job training programs across 39 different agencies. Why do we have 267 of them?

We have 105 programs to encourage people to go into science and technology, engineering and math. That's 105 sets of bureaucrats. None of them have metrics on it. We have $100 billion at a minimum of fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. The healthcare bill didn't significantly address that. That is money that's just being blown away.

The Pentagon can't even audit its own books. It doesn't even know where its money is going. And we refuse to have the tough forces go on the Pentagon so that at least they are efficient with the money they're spending.

So we have a round-up of about $350 billion that will not truly impact anybody in this country that we could eliminate tomorrow. Sen. Coburn Talks Debt and Taxes

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Message from State Rep-Elect James White

James White

By James White 2010 This photo was taken on July 14, 2010 All rights reserved.
Christmas is a time to reflect on the things that really matter to us. Our faith in God, pleasure in spending time with family and friends, and the strength we enjoy from the bravery and sacrifice of those serving overseas – Christmas reminds us in a powerful way.

It’s also appropriate that we remember the needs that exist in our community. Although we all have struggles in life, the Christmas Season teaches us the value of spending time and energy to help a friend or a neighbor in need. East Texans have always led with a giving spirit and certainly it is that spirit of giving that makes our area one of the finest in the country.

So as you are out finishing up your shopping, attending holiday parties and candle light Christmas Eve services, take a moment to place a little extra in the red kettle, or pass on an extra twenty to the single mom in your neighborhood or make an extra offering when the plate is passed.
The very essence of Christmas is captured in the spirit of giving. As God sent his Son to be born in a stable as an offering to us, a sacrifice of God’s hope and love, it reminds us that the spirit of Christmas can be found in the humblest places.

May your holidays be blessed with joy and your new year filled with peace, hope and prosperity. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and God bless East Texas!

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Stefani Carter will award three $1,500 scholarships from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus

Stefani CarterRepresentative-elect Stefani Carter will award three $1,500 scholarships from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus to District 102 high school seniors graduating in the spring of 2011. Applications must be received no later than January 12, 2011. Scholarship recipient selection(s) will be made without regard to race, age, gender, religion, political beliefs, employment status, or any other factor, which could constitute unfair or illegal discrimination.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Joe Pitts Weekly Republican Address TEXT PODCAST VIDEO 12/24/10

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“To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home.”

Washington (Dec 23)

Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) marks the Christmas season by paying tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, celebrating the gift of human life, and talking about the importance of humbly serving one another year-round. Now in his seventh term representing the people of Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district, Pitts is the incoming chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) marks the Christmas season by paying tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, celebrating the gift of human life, and talking about the importance of humbly serving one another year-round.
Joe Pitts“Hello, I’m Joe Pitts, and I have the great honor of serving the people of Pennsylvania’s Sixteenth Congressional District.

“As another year comes to a close, the American people rise to meet the challenges of our time with resolve and determination. Before tackling the challenges that lie ahead, we join together to reflect on our blessings.

“Behind the splendor of the Christmas season lies a simple and inspiring story of how a single birth spread a message of love and salvation throughout the world – one that continues to resonate across this and other lands.
“In this time of year when we gather to celebrate family and fellowship, we are reminded of the fulfillment that comes from humbly serving one another.

“We see the spirit of the season in the simple acts of kindness to aid families less fortunate.

“We see it in our servicemembers who raise their hands and volunteer for extraordinary tasks in the defense of freedom. Many of these brave men and women are spending this holiday season far from our shores.

“As a Vietnam veteran myself, I know the stress of being separated at this time of year. To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home.

“To those standing watch closer to home – all the doctors, nurses, and emergency responders working around the clock, we thank you as well. We don’t always realize how much these tireless individuals give of themselves to patients and their families.

“The story of Christmas also reminds us of the radiant glory of human life.

“Scriptures tell us, ‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’

“As we look ahead to the new year, let us resolve to do all that is within our power to share the light of life here and throughout the world.

“Because when we affirm the joy and dignity of life, we affirm our commitment to freedom, and to those in dark corners who seek its protection.

“Let us resolve to keep our pledge to honor families, marriage, and the faith and values upon which this great nation was founded.

“And let us strive to listen to one another, to treat one another with dignity and respect, and to do our part to see that the promise of the American Dream is fully realized for our children and their children.

“May the peace and goodwill of this holiday season be with you and yours. Thank you for listening. Merry Christmas.”

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Leonard LanceWASHINGTON -- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7) today issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed new “net neutrality” regulations:

"I strongly oppose today's decision by the FCC to regulate the Internet. The Internet is a medium that is experiencing tremendous technological growth and today's action on net neutrality will harm consumers, reduce competition and discourage new investment and innovation in broadband.
I fully expect the new House majority to address this issue next year and look forward to being part of that effort."

Congressman Lance opposes the Federal Communications Commission proposals to enact net neutrality rules. Lance is a cosponsor of H.R. 5257, the “Internet Investment, Innovation, and Competition Preservation Act” that would require the FCC to conduct a thorough analysis of the broadband market and report specific instances of market failure in the ISP market to Congress before it could enact any form of regulation on the industry. -30-

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Randy Forbes Named Chairman of Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee

Randy ForbesCongressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) was appointed Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Readiness Subcommittee for the 112th Congress by full Committee Chairman-elect Howard P. “Buck” McKeon. As is the normal practice for the committee, the subcommittee structure and jurisdictions will be ratified as part of the committee rules during a full House Armed Services Committee organizational meeting in January.
“Congressman Forbes has been an integral member of our team at the Armed Services Committee. Randy has always placed the well being of our nation's men and women in uniform above all other priorities, and I'm confident his commitment to those brave troops will continue once he takes over the reins of the Readiness Subcommittee,” said Chairman-elect McKeon.

Congressman Forbes has been a member of the House Armed Services Committee since taking office in 2001 and served as Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee from 2008-2010 during the 110th and 111th Congresses. On the full committee, Congressman Forbes has worked to provide the military with the tools necessary to best defend the United States while ensuring that service members and their families receive the training and support necessary to best complete their mission.

As Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, Congressman Forbes has been instrumental in calling attention to a trend of secrecy sweeping the Pentagon, including “gag orders” that were issued to senior defense officials in 2009 preventing them from expressing their opinions to Congress about the defense budget process. He has made it a priority to ensure that defense dollars are being spent based on defense strategy rather than budget pressures.

“It is an honor to be chosen again to serve our Armed Forces and the Fourth District as Chairman of this important subcommittee. This is a critical time for our national defense, particularly as we face strong budgetary pressures. Now more than ever, it is more important that we ensure every defense dollar spent is strategy-driven rather than budget-driven,” said Congressman Forbes. “Virginia has a tradition of strong military leadership in Washington, and I look forward to maintaining this leadership in Congress on key military and security issues.”

In addition, the Readiness Subcommittee oversees about 30% of the defense budget authority, military construction and housing, shipyard issues, and military readiness, including training, logistics, and maintenance.

To learn more about the House Armed Services Committee and the Readiness Subcommittee, visit: To learn more about the Congressman’s work on defense, visit:

Contact: Jessica Mancari (202) 225-6365 Washington, D.C. , Dec 22 -

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NET NEUTRALITY:Marsha Blackburn On 'Hannity' VIDEO

Published: 12/21/2010 Marsha Blackburn discusses the FCC's takeover of the Internet.

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Dan Burton Tapped to Lead Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia for the 112th Congress

Dan BurtonWashington, D.C. – Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN-05) issued the following statement after being named to head the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia during the forthcoming 112th Congress:

“I wish to thank Chair-elect Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for entrusting me to spearhead the House of Representatives’ oversight of our relationship with our European and Eurasian allies.
Whether the subject is missile defense, religious freedom and human rights in the emerging democracies of the former Soviet Union or United States support for European financial bailouts, I can assure Hoosier taxpayers that I will vigorously question the Obama Administration’s approaches and priorities to ensure that they not only support American values and interests, but that they are fiscally responsible as well.


Rep. Burton is the third highest ranking Republican Member of the House Foreign Relations Committee. Earlier this morning Chairwoman-elect Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced Rep. Burton’s Chairmanship with the following: “Congressman Burton is a hard-charger and never afraid to tell it like it is. I have no doubt that he will stand up for American values and stand against those who threaten our interest and who threaten freedom and security worldwide, and he won’t make apologies for who we are as a country and what we stand for. As Chairman of this subcommittee, he will be on the front line of the debate on such issues as missile defense, burden-sharing by our NATO allies, and countering growing Russian aggression against new democracies. I can think of no one better for this effort.” ###

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Michael Burgess: Government Spending Is Simply Not The Answer VIDEO

Congressman Burgess outlines his opposition to the Democrats big-government, job-killing policies of the last two years and explains his solutions for getting our economy back on track.


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Connie Mack Named Chairman of Western Hemisphere Subcommittee in 112th Congress

Connie Mack

copyright All rights reserved By Representative Connie Mack. This photo was taken on August 16, 2010 using a Nikon D3.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) today was named Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere for the 112th Congress. Mack currently serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee.

The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee oversees matters affecting U.S. foreign policy and political relations in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Mack said:

“I’m truly honored to be named Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee and to continue my work on addressing the pressing issues facing the region.

“With freedom and free markets under continuous assault by thugocrats like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and the Castro Brothers in Cuba, the United States must remain committed to countering the influence of these socialist leaders in the region. We must also work with our allies in the hemisphere to eradicate terrorist organizations like the FARC, keep a watchful eye on the dangerous ties between Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, and build relationships based on our shared goals of freedom, security, and prosperity.

“I look forward to working with Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, the other Subcommittee Chairmen, and the entire Committee on improving U.S. foreign policy and preserving freedom around the world.”

Incoming Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said, “Congressman Mack does not hesitate to call a dictator a dictator, or, as is his preferred term, a “thugocrat.” Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, and Rafael Correa are all placing democracy under siege in Latin America, and I am happy to have Connie standing up to their tyrannical advances as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.” -- 30 --

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Denny Rehberg Statement on Census Results for Montana

Denny RehbergWASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement after 2010 Decennial Census results were released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite a 9.6% increase in population, Montana will remain the second largest Congressional District by area and by far the most populated district in the country with only a single Representative in the U.S. House.
Rehberg has long pointed out that the influx of illegal immigrants impact the apportionment of Representatives, disproportionately benefiting Southern border states at the expense of states like Montana.

“It’s a tremendous honor to serve as Montana’s only Representative in the U.S. House, and it’s a responsibility that I do not take lightly. Montanans deserve to be represented accurately, which is why I have always paid careful attention to the input I receive at public listening sessions when I visit each of Montana’s 56 unique counties. Montanans can’t afford for me to simply take marching orders from Party Bosses and hide from them whenever we face a tough issue. It’s my job to represent the Last Best Place and I’ll keep doing that to the very best of my ability.”

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Patrick McHenry Named Chairman of Oversight Subcommittee on Bailouts, Financial Services

Patrick McHenryWashington, D.C., Dec 20 - Last Friday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee incoming Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) named Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) the Chairman of the Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs.

“Over the past three years, our government has committed trillions of taxpayer dollars to bail out private institutions without proper oversight.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are at the core of this economic crisis, yet continue to have access to the taxpayers’ pocketbook,” said McHenry. “This Administration has taken unprecedented action in the financial and capital markets – now it’s time we hold them accountable. I look forward to leading this Committee’s charge to bring transparency, openness, and solutions for the challenges facing our financial system.”

“Patrick will be at the heart of our Committee’s effort to make the federal bureaucracy more accountable for how it spends the American people’s money,” Issa said. “On this Subcommittee, Patrick will be able to champion the American people’s right to know – fighting for more transparency and more answers on what led to this financial meltdown and how we can avoid a similar collapse in the future. He will help lead this Committee’s interface with the financial services industry and ensure that both government and private enterprises are held accountable for how they spend taxpayer dollars.” ###

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Lynn Westmoreland Named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Lynn WestmorelandWASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker-Elect John Boehner last week announced Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) will be one of the new members selected to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 112th Congress. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
“There is nothing I take more seriously that ensuring our nation’s security at home and around the world,” stated Westmoreland. “One of our greatest assets in the war against terrorism is our intelligence community, and as a member of the Select Intelligence Committee, I will be committed to ensuring they have the resources they need to carry out their important mission. I am honored to be named to this important committee and look forward to serving on it in the 112th Congress.”

Members of the Select Intelligence Committee are selected by the Speaker of the House. Upon naming Congressman Westmoreland as one of the six new members to the influential committee, Speaker-Designate John Boehner (OH-08) congratulated him on his new assignment.

“The members of the House Intelligence Committee are charged with one of the most significant responsibilities of Congress – keeping the American people safe by ensuring our nation’s intelligence community has the resources and authorities it needs to succeed and conducting effective oversight of the Administration,” stated Speaker-Designate Boehner. “Republicans have made a Pledge to America to keep our nation secure at home and abroad, and I am confident that the experience and expertise that Congressman Westmoreland will bring to this post will enhance the effectiveness of the Committee. I look forward to working with him.”

The 112th Congress will be sworn-in on January 5th. Westmoreland is currently the only Georgian serving on the committee.

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Congressman Jeff Flake H.R.5536 -- Debt Buy-Down Act FULL TEXT

Jeff FlakeCongressman Flake: So Just How Broke Are We?

Mesa, Arizona, Dec 20 - Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today illustrated the size and scope of the growing national debt.

Last week, an Abu Dhabi hotel debuted its opulent 43-foot tree worth $11 million. Approximately 130 ornaments made of various precious stones adorn the tree.
The U.S. is so broke that our massive almost-$14 trillion debt is equal to approximately 1.27 million jewel-decked trees like the one in Abu Dhabi.

“We ought to deck the halls of Congress with some fiscal restraint,” said Flake.

Along with Senator McCain, Congressman Flake introduced the Debt Buy-Down Act, which allows taxpayers to designate up to 10 percent of their federal income tax liability to reduce the national debt. The bill then requires Congress to reduce federal spending by that amount.

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals to designate that up to 10 percent of their income tax liability be used to reduce the national debt, and to require spending reductions equal to the amounts so designated.


John Boehner Congratulates 2010-2011 Service Academy Nominees

2010-2011 Service Academy Nominees

Rep. Boehner congratulates his 2010-2011 8th District service academy nominees at a reception yesterday in West Chester. (courtesy of

Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) yesterday congratulated his United States Service Academy nominees for the class of 2015 and their families yesterday at a reception in West Chester, Ohio. A list of the 24 nominees is included below.

“These are the best and brightest kids in our district,” Boehner said. “They are going off to be educated and gain skills to help keep America free.”

Each year Boehner nominates select students for appointments to the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military (West Point), and Naval Academies. An independent review board made up of local community leaders and veterans interviews each applicant and makes its recommendations to Boehner based on the academic achievement, athletic accomplishments, community involvement, commitment to service, and strength of character of each applicant.

A congressional nomination does not guarantee an appointment. Appointments are made solely by the respective academy.

Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.

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U.S. Naval Academy

Brittany Wheat, Piqua High School

James Wilker, Versailles High School

Isaac Snapp, Piqua High School

Grace Jett, Troy Christian High School

Connor Vitek, Maritime Academy (Lakota West High School graduate)

Alex Monson, Lakota East High School

Jordan Ammon, Fairfield High School

Carter Adams, Fairfield High School

Paris Bess, Troy Christian High School

Adam Fabry, Lakota East High School

U.S. Military Academy

Reed Pyers, Miami East High School

Chris Daniel, Madison High School

Michael Kitching, Lakota East High School

Tucker Filbrun, Lakota East High School

David Fields, Lakota West High School

Adam Peltier, Marion Military Institute (Lehman Catholic High School graduate)

Carolyn Pitman, Lakota East High School

U.S. Air Force Academy

Jordan Boivin, Lakota West High School

Benjamin Lenos, Madison High School

Hannah Weeger, Fairfield High School

Logan Schneider, Lakota East High School

Kyle Hall, Milton-Union High School

Rikki Feightner, Piqua High School

Brandon Mullen, Lehman Catholic High School

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

John Boehner weekly legislative briefing.12/17/10 VIDEO

Washington (Dec 17) House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the House passed a measure to stop all the job-killing tax hikes scheduled for January 1st:
“With nearly one in 10 Americans out of work, acting to ensure no American’s taxes go up on January 1st was critically important. Failing to stop all the tax hikes would have destroyed more jobs and deepened the uncertainty in our economy. Stopping all the tax hikes is a good first step in our efforts to reduce the uncertainty family-owned small businesses are facing, but much more needs to be done, including cutting spending, permanently eliminating the threat of job-killing tax hikes, and repealing the job-killing health care law. These are critical priorities the new majority has pledged to act on in the next Congress, and I hope President Obama will listen to the American people and work with us to stop Washington’s job-killing policies.”

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Senator. John Cornyn Weekly Republican Address VIDEO 12/18/10

In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) discusses how the changes Americans voted for in November are already affecting Washington.

Sen. Cornyn says, "Republicans prevented a massive, job-killing 'New Year's Day tax increase.'... This bipartisan agreement was made possible because voters gave Republicans much more leverage at the negotiating table. Our leverage forced the White House to abandon its 'class-warfare' rhetoric; stop pandering to the President's left-wing base; and do the right thing for American taxpayers and job creators."

He also points out that Republicans "[held] the line on reckless federal spending."

Sen. Cornyn explains, "Despite their willingness to work with Republicans on taxes, Senate Democrats went their own way on spending by proposing a nearly $1.3 trillion omnibus bill on the American people and by insisting we'd have to vote on it before anyone had the time to figure out what was in it.... "Senate Republicans stood together but we did not stand alone. Millions of Americans made their voices heard on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. You lit up the phone lines across the Capitol and across the Nation. Thank you for doing that. You helped strengthened the resolve of the Republican Caucus and rattled the nerves of the big spenders on the other side of the aisle."

Senator John CornynHello, I’m Texas Senator John Cornyn.

On November 2, voters elected 13 new Republican senators and sent 63 more Republicans to serve in the House of Representatives. This week, even before these new reinforcements have taken their seats, Republicans showed the American people that we got the message. And everyone can see how your choices have already changed the terms of the debate here in Washington.

First, Republicans prevented a massive, job-killing ‘New Year’s Day tax increase.’
Before Congress acted, every American taxpayer was looking at a much higher tax bill in just a few weeks. Those higher taxes would have been devastating to millions of American families and small businesses and could have increased the risk of a ‘double-dip’ recession.

But our bipartisan agreement with the White House changed all that. Our agreement....
...keeps marginal income tax rates low, preserves the one-thousand-dollar per child tax credit, extends relief from the marriage penalty, blocks higher taxes on capital gains and dividends, protects at least 21 million additional families from the alternative minimum tax and reduces the sting of the ‘death tax’ on families and small businesses.

This bipartisan agreement was made possible because voters gave Republicans much more leverage at the negotiating table. Our leverage forced the White House to abandon its ‘class-warfare’ rhetoric, stop pandering to the President’s left-wing base; and do the right thing for American taxpayers and job creators.

Republicans delivered even more ‘tidings of comfort and joy’ this week by holding the line on reckless federal spending. Despite their willingness to work with Republicans on taxes, Senate Democrats went their own way on spending by proposing a nearly $1.3-trillion omnibus bill on the American people and by insisting we’d have to vote on it before anyone had the time to figure out what was in it.

This ‘spending snowstorm’ was nearly 2,000 pages long. It combined 12 separate appropriations bills that were never debated or amended on the Senate floor. And it included more than one billion dollars to feed the beast of ObamaCare, part of which was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge just a few short days ago.

Senate Republicans stood together but we did not stand alone. Millions of Americans made their voices heard on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. You lit up the phone lines across the Capitol and across the nation. Thank you for doing that. You helped strengthened the resolve of the Republican Caucus and rattled the nerves of the big spenders on the other side of the aisle.

As we approach the Christmas season and the new year, it’s easy to see how much you have changed our nation’s capital. Last year, on Christmas Eve, Senate Democrats passed a divisive 2.6-trillion-dollar healthcare bill strictly along party lines. This year, God willing, Washington will give the American people a far better gift: a silent night.

Have a joyous holiday season, keep our troops in your prayers, and remember that the best days for our country lie ahead. Thank you. ####

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Thursday, December 16, 2010


“Mr. President, at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon, my office received a copy of the omnibus appropriations bill. It is 1,924 pages long and contains the funding for all 12 of the annual appropriations bills for a grand total of over $1.1 Trillion. It is important to note that the 1,924 pages is only the legislative language and does not include the thousands of pages of report language which contain the details of the billions of dollars in earmarks and, I’m sure, countless policy riders.

“While we continue to uncover which earmarks the appropriators decided to fund – thanks to a new online database – we at least know what earmarks were requested by Members and how much those projects would cost the American people if they were all funded. Taxpayers against

Earmarks, and Taxpayers for Common Sense joined forces to create this database. According to the data they compiled – for fiscal year 2011 Members requested over 39,000 earmarks totaling over $130 billion. Absolutely disgraceful. I encourage every American to go to the website study it, and make yourselves aware of how your elected officials seek to spend your money.

“In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion. Here is a small sample:

$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin

$246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota

$522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey

$500,000 for oyster safety in Florida

$349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina

$413,000 for peanut research in Alabama

$247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington

$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina

$94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana

$165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont

$235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada

$100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York

$300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii

$400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas

“Additionally, the bill earmarks $727,000 to compensate ranchers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan whenever endangered wolves eat their cattle. As my colleagues know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Gray Wolf program is under intense scrutiny for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars every year to ‘recover’ endangered wolves that are now overpopulating the West and Midwest. My State of Arizona has a similar wolf program but ranchers in my state aren’t getting $727,000 in this bill.

“Mr. President, I will have much more to say about this bill later this week. I assure my colleagues – we will spend a great deal of time talking about this bill and the outrageous number of earmarks it contains. But for now let me just say this: it is December 14th – we are 22 days away from the beginning of a new Congress and nearly three full months into fiscal year 2011 – and yet we have not debated a single spending bill or considered any amendments to cut costs or get our debt under control. Furthermore, the majority decided that they just didn’t feel like doing a budget this year. How is that responsible leadership?

“This is the ninth omnibus appropriations bill we have considered in this body since 2000. That is shameful and we should be embarrassed by the fact that we care so little about doing the people’s business that we continuously put off fulfilling our constitutional responsibilities until the very last minute.

“One thing is abundantly clear to me – that the majority has not learned the lessons of last month’s election. The American people could not have been more clear. They are tired of wasteful spending. They are tired of big government. They are tired of sweetheart deals for special interests. They are tired of business as usual in Washington. And they are tired of massive bills – just like this one – put together behind closed doors, and rammed through the Congress at the last moment so that no one has the opportunity to read them and no one really knows what kind of waste is in them.

“Let me be clear about one thing – if the Majority Leader insists on proceeding to this monstrosity - the American people will know what’s in it. I will be joined by many of my colleagues on this side of the aisle to ensure that every single word of this bill is read aloud here on the Senate floor.

“I encourage my friends on the other side of the aisle to rethink their strategy and move forward with a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government into next year when a new Congress takes over – a Congress that was elected by the American people on November 2nd. “The majority may be able to strong arm enough members into voting for this omnibus – but they will not win in the end. The American people will remember – and I predict that we will see a repeat of November 2nd in the very near future.”

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Darrell Issa Welcomes Addition of 16 New Republicans to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Darrell Issa Receives Good Government Award

Darrell Issa Receives Good Government Award by Congressman Darrell Issa Copyright All rights reserved.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the incoming Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today announced that the House Republican Steering Committee has approved the addition of sixteen new Republican Members to the Committee to join Reps. Dan Burton (R-IN), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), John Mica (R-FL) and Michael Turner (R-OH) who will remain on the Committee.

“There couldn’t be a better team to stand on the frontline of the effort to reign in a federal bureaucracy that has institutionalized waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement,” Issa said. “I am particularly excited to have so many incoming members join this Committee with a new mandate to make government more accountable and transparent.
Their enthusiasm and commitment to reforming government so that it works better for the American people will be the driving force behind this Committee’s success.”

The sixteen new Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in alphabetical order, are:

* Mr. Justin Amash (R-MI)
* Ms. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY)
* Dr. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
* Mr. Blake Farenholt (R-TX)
* Dr. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
* Mr. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
* Mr. Frank Guinta (R-NH)
* Mr. Mike Kelly (R-PA)
* Mr. Raul Labrador (ID)
* Mr. James Lankford (R-OK)
* Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL)
* Mr. Pat Meehan (R-PA)
* Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA)
* Mr. Dennis Ross (R-FL)
* Mr. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
* Mr. Joe Walsh (R-IL)


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GOP Watchdog Jason Chaffetz to Glenn Beck:Tax Deal Isn't Good for Long-Term Debt Problem VIDEO

Utah's GOP Watchdog Jason Chaffetz breaks down why he will oppose President Obama's tax deal with Glenn Beck. 12-13-10: Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck Program.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

John Barrasso Senators Secure Key Ruling to Amend START Preamble

Senator John BarrassoWASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) secured a key ruling that would allow the Senate to amend the preamble to the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). Last week, Barrasso joined a group of Senate Republicans in requesting a clarification from the Senate Parliamentarian on whether or not the Senate has the authority to amend treaty preambles.

Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin officially confirmed that the Senate does in fact have the authority to amend treaty preambles.
Barrasso released the following statement about the clarification and how it will affect the debate on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START):

“START’s preamble specifically places limits on missile defense and weakens the ability of the United States to defend itself. I look forward to offering my amendment on the Senate floor to strike the limitations on our missile defense from the treaty’s preamble. Since the Administration claims the preamble language is non-binding, they should have no problem eliminating this restrictive language from the treaty.

“Most Americans would agree that preambles affect policy. After all, we value and respect the preamble to our own constitution – ‘We the people…’

“Today, the Senate Parliamentarian delivered a consequential ruling when he confirmed that the Senate can amend treaty preambles. We now have the clear authority to improve START’s preamble.”


The Administration has come out claiming START’s preamble is non-binding. On May 18, 2010 Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said:

“The treaty’s preamble does include language acknowledging the relationship between strategic offensive and defensive forces, but this is simply a statement of fact. It does not constrain our missile defense programs in any way.”

On September 16, 2010, Senator Barrasso offered an amendment in a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations business meeting to strike restrictive language from START’s preamble.

During that same business meeting, an objection was made to Senator Barrasso’s amendment on procedural grounds. The claim was that under Senate precedent, preambles to treaties are not allowed to be amended.

On December 14, 2010 Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin clarified that the Senate is in fact allowed to amend preambles to treaties:

“We have been asked to re-examine the precedent from May 18, 1998, noted at footnote 31 in the Treaties chapter of Riddick’s, which states that preambles to treaties are not amendable. In that instance, a Senator asserted that 10 years earlier the Vice President had stated that preambles to treaties were not amendable, and that Senator asked if that were still the case. The Chair said that it was still the case. However, in 1978 the Vice President simply indicated that there were no preambles, not that they were not amendable. The statement from 1988 could not affirm what was not stated in 1978, so the probative value of each for the stated point of procedure is eroded.

“We have found no other authority to support the conclusion that preambles to treaties are not amendable, nor have we heard an argument to support that position. Unless it can be demonstrated to us that there is in fact valid precedent or convincing logic preventing the Senate from amending preambles to treaties, we will advise from this point forward that preambles to treaties may be amended.” ###

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Roger Wicker Votes to Prevent Americans from Receiving Largest Tax Hike in History

Roger WickerWASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) issued the following statement today after voting to prevent tax hikes from hitting Americans on Jan. 1, 2011:

“Raising taxes on any American family or small business would further strain our weak economic recovery. Extending the existing tax rates helps create stability so businesses can invest and hire. Preventing the largest tax hike from hitting Americans is one of the many steps we need to get our economy back on track.
“I am glad that the Senate’s year-end tax package also includes a continuation of my GO Zone bond and bonus depreciation provisions to help the Gulf Coast attract private investment and create jobs. These GO Zone provisions provide important tools to spur economic development in the hard hit areas along the Gulf.”

The Senate passed the tax package by a vote of 81 to 19. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for final passage. # # #

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Senator John EnsignWashington, D.C. –Senator John Ensign, Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet today sent a letter signed by 28 of his colleagues to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expressing their strong opposition to the FCC’s intent to regulate the Internet. Senator Ensign has long-opposed this burdensome regulation which is a direct blow to innovation.
In the letter, the senators wrote, “The Internet, as an open platform for innovation, is not an aspiration, it is a reality—the United States does not need new burdensome regulations to make it so. This is an unjustified and unnecessary expansion of government control over private enterprise. We strongly urge you to abandon your decision to impose new restrictions on this important and dynamic segment of our economy.

“While the rules that you are proposing will have little, if any, positive impact for consumers, they will likely reduce the potential for innovation and investment in broadband networks. Your proposal would establish the Commission as the central arbiter of which new network practices are and are not reasonable, making the Commission the gatekeeper for any future broadband innovations. This will dramatically slow the pace of that innovation and jeopardize billions of dollars of future investment into broadband networks.”

Senators who signed the letter:

Ensign, Isakson, Brownback, Crapo, DeMint, Risch, McCain, Wicker, Hutchison, McConnell, Roberts, Kyl, Cornyn, Enzi, Bunning, Hatch, Johanns, Coburn, Chambliss, Barrasso, Alexander, Vitter, Thune, Bond, Graham, Bennett, Burr, Grassley, Inhofe ###

letter signed by 28 Senators. in PDF FORMAT

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

John Thune Blasts Democrats' Massive Government Spending Bill

Senator John ThuneSays attempt to pass Omnibus ignores will of voters

December 14th, 2010 - WASHINGTON, DC - Senator John Thune today criticized Senate Democrat leadership's attempt to pass a massive Omnibus spending bill.
"The attempt by Democrat leadership to rush through a nearly 2,000 page spending bill in the final days of the lame-duck session ignores the clear will expressed by the voters this past election," said Thune. "This bill is loaded up with pork projects and should not get a vote. Congress should listen to the American people and stop this reckless spending."

Thune has called for a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) free of earmarks and special funding projects. Currently, the federal government is funded under a CR that expires on Saturday, December 18, 2010. ###

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Mike Pence Virginia Ruling Confirms Need For Obamacare Repeal

Mike Pence Detroit Economic ClubU.S. Congressman Mike Pence released the following statement today after a federal district judge in Virginia ruled that a major provision of ObamaCare is unconstitutional.

“Now that a federal judge has shown the individual mandate in ObamaCare to be unconstitutional, it's time to repeal it lock, stock and barrel.
A majority of Americans rejected ObamaCare long before it became law, and their frustration with this government takeover of health care has only grown. They know it’s time to repeal ObamaCare, with its budget-busting price tag and job-killing mandates, and replace it with common sense solutions that actually lower costs without growing the size of government.”

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Paul Ryan Statement on Tax Agreement VIDEO

Ryan Statement on Tax Agreement Bipartisan agreement avoids crippling, across-the-board tax hikes

WASHINGTON – In response to a recently announced bipartisan agreement to prevent looming tax increases, House Budget Committee Ranking Member Paul Ryan (WI-01) issued the following statement:

Paul Ryan

"President Obama has acted responsibly in reaching an agreement with Republicans to prevent across-the-board tax increases from hitting American families and job creators. Sound economics appear to have trumped the politics of class warfare. While I prefer a permanent prevention of tax increases to promote growth and ensure certainty, there is a growing bipartisan consensus that raising taxes would be a big mistake. This agreement affirms an essential proposition: raising tax rates hinders economic growth and job creation.

“Policymakers cannot continue to chase ever-higher levels of government spending with ever-higher tax rates. To address the Federal government’s fiscal imbalance, we need both economic growth and serious spending discipline. It is critical that we match opposition to tax increases with a fervent commitment to restrain the explosive growth of government spending.

“While I have concerns with some specific aspects of the plan, I support the proposed framework to avert further economic hardship and provide a first step to restore the foundations for sustained growth and job creation. I look forward to working with my colleagues to keep taxes low, and will continue to make the case for an equal commitment to spending restraint and real reform.”

Contact: Kevin Seifert (202) 225-3031

House Budget Committee Republican analysis on the tax debate: “The Impact of Looming Tax Increase” in PDF FORMAT

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Tell Congress to Stand Up to Pelosi on Taxes Crossroads GPS VIDEO

Crossroads GPS is running z $400,000 campaign of radio ads in 12 districts across the country to urge Congress to stand up for America’s struggling families and small businesses by passing tax relief for all taxpayers – not bow to Nancy Pelosi’s tax hike agenda. We need jobs, not job-killing taxes.

Listen to this sample of one of the radio ads targeting Gerry Connolly of Virginia’s 11th district.

The group also includes Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, Jim Costa of California, Sanford D. Bishop Jr. of Georgia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Gary Peters of Michigan, Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Timothy H. Bishop of New York, Maurice D. Hinchey of New York, Bill Owens of New York and Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania.

Time is running out for Congress to extend tax relief to all Americans, but Nancy Pelosi is standing in the way. Tell your Congressman to stand up to Pelosi's tax hike agenda.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Virginia wins federal court challenge Health insurance mandate is unconstitutional FULL TEXT VIDEO

RICHMOND (December 13, 2010) – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia won its lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care act. The attorney general asked the court to find that the health care mandate that every individual buy government-approved health insurance unconstitutional.

Federal District Court Judge Henry Hudson agreed with the attorney general and ruled today that the health insurance mandate is unconstitutional.

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Mandate Unconstitutional Case 3:10-cv-00188-HEH Document 84 FULL TEXT IN PDF FORMAT

“Today we prevailed. This is a great day for the Constitution! This won’t be the final round, as this will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court, but today is a critical milestone in the protection of the Constitution,” said Cuccinelli.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

Virginia argued that the mandate that every person must buy government-approved health insurance violates the Constitution and that using the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to force people to buy a product goes beyond Congress’s power.

“The insurance mandate penalizes people for not engaging in commerce. In other words, you can get fined for doing nothing,” said Cuccinelli.

The judge agreed:

“The unchecked expansion of congressional power to the limits suggested by the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers. At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance – or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage – it’s about an individual’s right to choose to participate.”

Virginia also argued that the penalty the government wants to charge if one does not buy health insurance is not a tax. Virginia said that the government cannot call the penalty a tax to try to make it legal under Congress’s taxing authority. Congress and the president called it a penalty and said it was not a tax; they passed it as a penalty, not a tax; it works as a penalty, not as a tax. The judge again agreed with Virginia.

“When we brought suit back in March, media outlets and legal experts said we didn’t have a chance. They accused us of everything from playing politics instead of practicing law, to filing a frivolous lawsuit. They said our argument about constitutionality was in vain, that we relied on a controversial reading of the Constitution, and that we couldn’t prevail against the federal government,” said Cuccinelli.

“This ruling is extremely positive for anyone who believes in the system of federalism created by our Founding Fathers. It underscores that the Constitution’s limitations on federal power mean something. The rule of law means something. As attorney general of Virginia, I took an oath to protect the Constitution, and I’m keeping that oath.”

Cuccinelli also recognized the need for reform in health care, but said that further government intrusion was the problem, not the answer: “For the past nine months, we have been arguing the constitutionality of this law. I have said all along that this lawsuit is not about health care. It is about liberty. At the same time, I understand that people want more affordable health care, and I sympathize with people who honestly can’t afford it.

“But as someone who has sworn to uphold the law, I cannot endorse taking away the rights of all so that government can provide health care to some.

“If we cross this constitutional line with health care now – where the government can force us to buy a private product and say it is for our own good – then we will have given the government the power to force us to buy other private products, such as cars, gym memberships, or even asparagus. The government’s power to intrude on our lives for our own good will be virtually unlimited.

“You may be willing to put up with that now, when the government is doing something you like. But what happens when it starts to impose things on you that you do not like? Then, it will be too late.

“Yes, parts of our health care system need to be fixed. Yes, expenses are out of control. Yes, not everyone’s needs are being met. But there are better solutions than giving up our freedom. The problem with health care costs is not that there is not enough government involvement. It is that there is too much government. It is time we took the power out of the hands of the politicians and put it in the hands of the consumers,” he said.

Before the ruling came down, Cuccinelli initiated conversations with the Justice Department about fast-tracking the suit to the U.S. Supreme Court. “With this ongoing court battle, there is a great deal of uncertainty for states, individuals, and businesses as to whether this law will be around two years from now or not. We need this resolved as quickly as possible – for the good of our people and our economy,” said Cuccinelli.

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA Office of the Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II Attorney General 900 East Main Street Richmond, VA 23219 804-786-2071 For Release: December 13, 2010 Contact: Brian J. Gottstein Email: (best contact method) Phone: 804-786-5874