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Tomorrow, House Republicans will live stream the opening session of the 112th Congress – including the swearing-in ceremony and remarks by Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) – on the Pledge to America Facebook Page. The House will convene and the stream will go live at 12:00 p.m. ET.
This is the first time an opening session of Congress has been broadcast live on Facebook where visitors can interact and discuss the event with others, and offer feedback directly to elected representatives.
The new Republican majority has pledged to change the way Congress works – to lead by listening to and reflecting the will of the American people. Together with new rules demanding new levels of online disclosure and transparency (including requirements that all bills online at least three days before a vote and committees broadcast their hearings online), this event is another example of the new majority’s commitment to making Congress more open and accountable, and to finding new ways to connect with citizens online and off.
Democrats and hypocrisy have long been synonymous but I find their latest reversals on rules change to be particularly unbecoming as it smells more of sour grapes, after suffering a tremendous loss at the ballet box, than sincere opposition to rules they themselves had no willingness to changing while in power!
The following is courtesy of the Senate Republicans Communication Center:
DEMOCRATS’ RULES REVERSAL
President Obama Said What Americans “Do Not Expect Is For One Party, Be It Republican Or Democrat, To Change The Rules In The Middle Of The Game So They Can Make All The Decisions While The Other Party Is Told To Sit Down And Keep Quiet”
In 1995, Current Democrats Voted Against Changing The Cloture Rules Saying They Are Some “Of The Most Sacred Rules Of The Senate”
In 1995, Senators Akaka, Baucus, Biden, Conrad, Feinstein, Inouye, Kohl, Levin, Mikulski, Murray, And Reid Voted To Preserve Cloture Rules. “To amend the Standing Rules of the Senate to permit cloture to be invoked by a decreasing majority vote of Senators down to a majority of all Senators duly chosen and sworn.” (S. Amdt. 1, Roll Call Vote #1; Motion to Table Agreed to 76-19: R 53-0, D 23-19, 1/5/95)
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “The Full-Scale Elimination Of One Of The Most Sacred Rules Of The Senate–The Filibuster–Will Not Result In A More Efficient Senate. In Fact, It Has The Potential To Result In The Tyranny Of The Majority.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, p. S 434, 1/5/95)
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “It Is A Unique Privilege That Serves To Aid Small States From Being Trampled By The Desires Of Larger States. Indeed, I View The Use Of The Filibuster As A Shield, Rather Than A Sword. Invoked To Protect Rights, Not To Suppress Them.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, p. S 434, 1/5/95)
Democrats Defend Cloture Rules As “The Most Treasured And Cherished Traditions Of The United States Senate”
THEN-SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “What [The American People] Do Not Expect Is For One Party, Be It Republican Or Democrat, To Change The Rules In The Middle Of The Game So They Can Make All The Decisions While The Other Party Is Told To Sit Down And Keep Quiet.” “What they do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet. The American people want less partisanship in this town, but everyone in this Chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster, if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate, then the fighting, the bitterness, and the gridlock will only get worse.” (Sen. Obama, Congressional Record, S.3512, 4/13/05)
THEN-SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE): “I Pray God When The Democrats Take Back Control, We Don’t Make The Kind Of Naked Power Grab You Are Doing.” (Sen. Biden, Congressional Record, S.5737, 5/23/05)
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “The Need To Muster 60 Votes In Order To Terminate Senate Debate Naturally Frustrates The Majority And Oftentimes The Minority. I Am Sure It Will Frustrate Me When I Assume The Office Of Majority Leader In A Few Weeks. But I Recognize This Requirement Is A Tool That Serves The Long-Term Interest Of The Senate And The American People And Our Country.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.11591, 12/8/06)
- REID: “Mr. President, The Filibuster Is Not A ‘Procedural Gimmick.’ The Filibuster Is An Important Check On Executive Power And Part Of Every Senator’s Right To Free Speech In The United States Senate.” (Sen. Harry Reid, “Reid Floor Statement On Nuclear Option,” Press Release, 5/17/05)
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY) On Any Threat To The Cloture Rules: “The Basic Makeup Of Our Senate Is At Stake. The Checks And Balances That Americans Prize Are At Stake. The Idea Of Bipartisanship, Where You Have To Come Together And Can’t Just Ram Everything Through Because You Have A Narrow Majority, Is At Stake. The Very Things We Treasure And Love About This Grand Republic Are At Stake.” (Sen. Schumer, Congressional Record, S.4801, 5/10/05)
- SCHUMER: “We Are On The Precipice Of A Crisis, A Constitutional Crisis. The Checks And Balances Which Have Been At The Core Of This Republic Are About To Be Evaporated By The Nuclear Option. The checks and balances which say that if you get 51% of the vote you don’t get your way 100% of the time. It is amazing it’s almost a temper tantrum by those on the hard right. They want their way every single time, and they will change the rules, break the rules, misread the Constitution so they will get their way.” (Sen. Schumer, Congressional Record, S.5208, 5/16/05)
SEN. CHRIS DODD (D-CT): “‘I Totally Oppose The Idea Of Changing Filibuster Rules,’ Dodd Said During An Appearance On MSNBC. ‘That’s Foolish, In My View.’” (“Dodd: Changing Filibuster Rules Would Be ‘Foolish,’” The Hill, 2/17/10)
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): “Blinded By Political Passion, Some Are Willing To Unravel Our Government’s Fundamental Principle Of Checks And Balances To Break The Rules And Discard Senate Precedent. The nuclear option, if successful, will turn the Senate into a body that could have its rules broken at any time by a majority of Senators unhappy with any position taken by the minority. It begins with judicial nominations. Next will be executive appointments, and then legislation.” (Sen. Feinstein, Congressional Record, S.5398, 5/18/05)
SEN. RICHARD DURBIN (D-IL): “Those Who Would Attack And Destroy The Institution Of The Filibuster Are Attacking The Very Force Within The Senate That Creates Compromise And Bipartisanship.” (Sen. Richard Durbin, Congressional Record, 4/15/05, p.S3763)
- DURBIN: The Filibuster Is “[One] Of The Most Treasured And Cherished Traditions Of The United States Senate.” “Many of us in the Senate feel that this agreement tonight means that some of the most treasured and cherished traditions of the United States Senate will be preserved, will not be attacked and will not be destroyed.” (Sen. Durbin, “Statement of Sen. Dick Durbin Regarding the Agreement on Judicial Nominations in the Senate,” Press Release, 5/23/05)
SEN. BEN NELSON (D-NE): “Filibusters … Give Small States Such As Nebraska An Important Tool To Protect Itself From The Will Of The Larger States.” “Filibusters also give small States such as Nebraska an important tool to protect itself from the will of the larger States.” (Sen. Nelson, Congressional Record, S.5917, 5/25/05)
SEN. MARK PRYOR (D-AR): “I Was Very Concerned That When You Looked At The Nuclear Option, If That Trigger Was Pulled, You Had A Nuclear Winter That Would Follow.” “But in a broader sense, I did this agreement for them because I was very concerned that when you looked at the nuclear option, if that trigger was pulled, you had a nuclear winter that would follow.” (Sen. Pryor, Congressional Record, S.6000, 5/26/05)
Additional Taxpayer Savings Expected Throughout 112th Congress
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, House Republicans introduced – and posted online – the text of a resolution to reduce the operating budgets of House committees, leadership offices, and individual member offices. A key recommendation of the House transition team, these five percent budget cuts will save taxpayers an estimated $35 million in the first year alone. Made in order by the House rules package, the resolution is expected to be voted on by the full House on Thursday, January 6th. The majority transition team has encouraged all officers of the House to find ways to save taxpayer money and increase efficiency, and further cost savings are expected to be announced throughout the 112th Congress. Upon introduction of the resolution, Chairman of the Majority Transition Team, and sponsor of the cost cutting measure, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) released the following statement.
“In our Pledge to America, Republicans promised to cut spending, and with this measure we are leading by example. While only a first step, these cuts provide real savings for the American people and demonstrate our commitment to ending the culture of spending here in Washington. This $35 million serves as just the first installment of savings produced by the new majority, and our work to provide oversight and ferret out waste here in the House will continue throughout the 112th Congress.”
NOTE: The text of the resolution to be considered Thursday on the House floor can be found here. Below is a breakdown of the projected savings, in FY2011 alone, produced by this measure.
Projected savings in FY 2011:
Leadership offices $1 million
Committees $8.1 million
Members’ office budgets $26.1 million
Total $35.2 million
Source: House Appropriations Committee and Chief Administrative Officer of the House
Leader Boehner’s response:
“In the Pledge to America, Republicans made a clear commitment to cut Congress’s budget, and in our first full day on the job, we will do just that. To reverse Washington’s job-killing spending binge, sacrifices will be required throughout the federal government, and we are starting with ourselves. After taking this step, we will turn our attention to the rest of the federal budget, and the policies that are making it harder for small businesses to get people working again, including the job-killing health care law.
“More fundamentally, cutting the cost of Congress is part of bringing to the people’s House the humility and modesty our constituents are expecting from us. Delivering additional savings for taxpayers will, of course, require sustained vigilance on the part of all lawmakers and House officers. By recommending cuts that will immediately save taxpayers $35 million, Greg Walden and the members of the transition team have gotten us off on the right foot.”
Following the 13th census, in 1910, Congress enlarged the House to 435 members from 386 members and there it has remained, even as the number of Americans has more than tripled, from 92 million to 308 million. Ever since, the apportionment process has been able to allot new House seats to the fastest-growing states only by taking them away from states growing more slowly. Voters in some states have considerably more electoral clout than voters in others.
According to the Census Bureau, there are now 710,767 Americans in the average congressional district. But with every state constitutionally entitled to at least one House seat, and with the membership of the House frozen at 435, districts can deviate widely from the average.
An egregious violation of the “one man, one vote” principle is the inequality between Rhode Island’s two congressional districts, with 528,000 voters each, and Montana’s lone district, with 994,000. So great is that disparity, observes Scott Scharpen, the founder of an organization called Apportionment.US, that it takes 188 voters in Montana to equal 100 voters in Rhode Island.
The lawsuit, Clemons v. Department of Commerce, challenges the constitutionality of the law that permanently freezes the number of representatives in the U.S. House at 435 members. The case was filed in the US Supreme Court in September 2009.
John Tyler Clemons, Jessica Wagner, Krystal Brunner, Lisa Schea and Frank Mylar
Mr. Clemons is a registered voter in the state of Mississippi; Ms. Wagner is a registered voter in the state of Montana; Ms. Brunner is a registered voter in the state of South Dakota; Ms. Schea is a registered voter in the state of Delaware; Mr. Mylar is a registered voter in the state of Utah.
The Supreme Court on December 13, 2010 refused to take up a lawsuit, initiated by Scharpen and others, that sought an order forcing Congress to dramatically enlarge the House of Representatives in order to equalize congressional districts. Unsurprisingly, the court ruled that the size of Congress is for members of Congress, not judges, to decide.
Scott Scharpen concludes the matter,
From the filing of the lawsuit in September 2009 up to last week’s ruling, the picture is now complete. Congress has ignored this issue for a half century. Both the Justice Department and the Solicitor General repeatedly stated that equality and proportionality of representation are not required. And the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the topic altogether. The result? American voters’ right to equality will continue to be deferred.
Now some of you might be thinking it is good news for conservatives who want small government that the Supreme Court refused to take up this case. Here is the problem I have with that kind of thinking. I want a government where the laws of the land are made by a legislative branch of the government that is most representative of We the People instead of a government where the laws of the land are made by commissars serving only to do what a President gives executive orders for them to do. If I wanted a small government like that I should live in Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, or North Korea.
“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.”
Yesterday, House Republicans released a proposed package of rules changes for the 112th Congress.
The following are highlights of the package
Honoring the Pledge to America
As promised in the Pledge, members will not be able to introduce a bill or joint resolution without a “statement citing as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact” it. This will serve to refocus members of Congress, with every bill they introduce, on the Constitution that they take an oath to support and defend.
Keeping another promise made in the Pledge, under the new House rules, no bill will be voted upon without being available online for at least three calendar days. The rules package reads, “it shall not be in order to consider a bill or joint resolution which has not been reported by a committee until the third calendar day…on which such measure has been publicly available in electronic form.” This will ensure members, the media, and the American people have an opportunity to read the bill before any vote.
A new standard for transparency and openness
For the first time under the House rules, “in electronic format” will be the standard by which are made bills available. Placing bills and other texts online for the American people to see will increase public scrutiny and accountability and yield a better legislative process.
Transparency and openness in the committees
In the new Congress, Speaker-designate Boehner has vowed to restore bill-writing power to the committees. As committees are where much of the legislating will be done in the 112th Congress, under the new House rules they will be required to meet enhanced transparency standards. Committees must:
- Post online their committee rules
- Provide 3 days notice for all markups
- Circulate the text of legislation to be marked-up no less than 24 hours before the markup
- Post online all votes in the committee 48 hours after a markup (A proposal from Rep. Reichert)
- Make available online the text of any amendments adopted in a markup (A proposal from Rep. Jenkins)
- Post online “truth in testimony” information, “with appropriate redactions to protect the privacy of the witness” so that any conflicts of interest with hearing witnesses are made public
- Make available online the member attendance record for each hearing and markup within 24 hours
- Webcast and make available online their hearings and markups
Committees will be required to file activity reports twice annually, up from the current one report per Congress. According to the rules, “such report shall include —separate sections summarizing the legislative and oversight activities of that committee…, a summary of the actions taken and recommendations made with respect to the oversight plans…, a summary of any additional oversight activities undertaken by that committee and any recommendations made or actions taken thereon.” This will give the public an easy mechanism to judge the performance of each committee.
Ethics in the House
The House rules package preserves the Office of Congressional Ethics with no changes made to its structure. The language included in the rules package is identical to that included in the rules for the 111th Congress.
The package also carries forth a rule that prohibits former members of Congress who are now registered lobbyists from using the member exercise facilities (the gym).
Reforms to the budget process
The “Gephardt Rule” will be repealed, which has been used to avoid accountability by providing for an automatic increase in the debt limit upon the adoption of a new budget resolution.
As the Pledge to America promised to “Reform the Budget Process to Focus on Long-Term Challenges,” the new House rules places a limitation on long-term spending.
- While under current statutory pay-go rules, a bill must be offset within 1, 5, and 10-year budget windows, in the 112th Congress budget projections must be made for 4 additional 10-year budget windows.
- If mandatory spending increases the deficit by $5 billion or more in any of those 10-year windows, the bill would be subject to a point or order.
- This will prevent budgetary sleight of hand that allows bills to show balance in the short term while exploding deficits down the line.
Cut-as-you-go will be included in the House rules.
- While just a couple of weeks ago Republicans adopted a conference rules to place suspension bills under “cut-go” rules, the new House rules expand “cut-go” to all bills dealing with mandatory spending.
- The new rule states that if mandatory spending is increased, spending must be cut by an equal or great amount elsewhere.
- Tax increases cannot be used to pay for new mandatory spending.
- This rule will, in practice, replace the Democrats’ “pay-go” rule.
Under new House rules, each appropriations bill will be required to have a “spending reduction account.”
- An amendment to strike money from a portion of a spending bill may now be transferred to this account to reduce the actual amount of money appropriated.
- Upon passage and engrossment of the appropriations bill, the “spending reduction” account will reflect the cumulative value of the amendments that were adopted to reduce spending elsewhere in the bill
- Currently, Members may only rhetorically refer to saving money. This also prevents another Member from spending savings from a previously adopted amendment on the floor.
Highway funding, with some exceptions, will now be treated as other general spending and therefore be subject to any member’s attempt to reduce the spending.
- Currently, House rules prohibit amendments to strike spending for most highway or mass transit programs.
- This rule change will allow those amendments, but provides an exemption to protect the Highway Trust Fund, ensuring that dedicated revenues continue to go toward highway and mass transit projects.
Additional reforms to House rules
Delegates and resident commissioners (those not representing states) will not be able to vote in the committee of the whole.
Three Committees will have name changes in the 112th Congress:
- The Committee on Education and Labor will again be referred to as the Committee on Education and the Workforce
- The Committee on Standards and Official Conduct will simply be referred to as the Committee on Ethics
- The Committee on Science and Technology will referred to as the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
The rules package reinstates a six-year term limit on committee chairmen, one of the central congressional reforms of the 1994 Contract with America that was eliminated under Democratic control of the House.
The package eliminates the select intelligence oversight panel on the Appropriations committee, which has proven only to expand bureaucracy instead of consolidating oversight, as was the stated purpose.
While the first ten bill numbers have traditionally been reserved for the majority party, the new rules provide that bill numbers 11 through 20 are reserved as a courtesy for the minority party.
When in the “committee of the whole,” the Chair will be given the option to reduce the time for voting from 5 to 2 minutes if he or she finds it appropriate.
In a change to the staff deposition authority for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a member will have to be present when staff is deposing a witness.
Scheduling items for the opening week of the 112th Congress
The rules package makes in order for the Speaker to have the entire constitution read aloud in the House on January 6th: “READING OF THE CONSTITUTION — Upon adoption of this resolution, the Speaker may recognize for the reading of the Constitution on the legislative day of January 6, 2011.”, as well as for a bill to be considered under suspension of the rules intended to reduce operating costs in the House, again on January 6, 2011 – the second day of the Congress.
Chairman of the House Majority Transition Team, Rep. Greg Walden said:
“If there’s one thing all Americans can agree upon it’s that Congress isn’t working the way it should. The backroom deals, curtailed debate, and disconnect from the concerns of the people have left Congress a damaged institution in the minds of too many. To begin to restore trust with the American people, Republicans have pledged to operate Congress differently: with real transparency, greater accountability, and a renewed focus on the Constitution. The sweeping reforms offered in this package make clear we intend to keep that promise.
“These new rules put in place the congressional reforms proposed in the Pledge to America. They ensure the public will have greater information on what Congress is doing. And the package makes it easier to address one of the top priorities of the American people: cutting spending. While we will ultimately be judged on our actions, this new structure will help Congress to keep its focus on the priorities of the people. I applaud the work of the transition team, especially Representative Bishop, and look forward to rebuilding confidence in this House.”
Speaker-designate John Boehner’s said:
“The rules package we have offered represents a first step towards delivering on the pledge Republicans made to address Americans’ top priorities: cutting spending, creating jobs, and reforming the way Washington works. These reforms will truly change the way Congress operates – increasing openness, deliberation and efficiency. Republicans built our Pledge to America by listening to the American people, and these proposed reforms will help restore the institution, restore it to being the People’s House. It’s not about us; it’s about them. The American people want a smaller, less costly, more accountable government, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to institute these changes, fix this broken institution, and deliver on our pledge to them.”
“I would also like to thank GOP Majority Transition Team Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) for leading the effort to develop these reforms, and for all of the invaluable contributions made by the transition team.”
Americans are clearly ready for a new Congress that hopes to be representative of the people will… let’s make sure they get just that!
Scott Brown does it again, once again Brown crossed the aisle and bucks Republicans, Conservatives, and Tea Party Activists that got him elected to vote with Liberals for a hugely disproportionate deal that only leaves the United States in a much weaker position, militarily.
Scott, already this week crossed the aisle to vote for repeal of DADT a discretion that could arguably have been forgiven by many on the right but to add insult to injury by putting America in a weaker position for what apparently is not a vote from an educated prospective but one of legacy building for Senator John Kerry is an abomination!
Senator John F. Kerry, laboring to achieve a foreign policy victory that would be a highlight of his career, gained crucial support yesterday for a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia from his Massachusetts colleague, Republican Senator Scott Brown.
Brown’s backing gave Kerry additional momentum heading into a possible vote today. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry is President Obama’s man in charge of trying to lock down the two-thirds support of the Senate — 67 votes if every members shows up — required to ratify the New START pact. …
Brown said he would buck GOP Senate leadership and vote in favor of the treaty, which would reduce nuclear warheads by approximately one third, late yesterday after a secret intelligence briefing for senators. It was the second dramatic move across the aisle by Brown in the last week. On Saturday, he supported repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning gays and lesbians in the military.
“I’ve done my due diligence, and I’m going to be … ultimately supporting the START treaty,” Brown told reporters in the Capitol. “I believe it’s something that’s important for our country, and I believe that it’s a good move forward to deal with our national security issues.”
Last night I posted an Action Alert asking that you all flood the phones and fax machines of 10 swing-vote Republican telling them not to vote for this treaty — It’s not to late! Please go down the list and respectfully tell these Senators that they need to stop this treaty by voting NO!
Ed Morrissey has more at Hot Air.
Tomorrow, Harry Reid’s the lame duck Senate will vote on ratifying the START treaty with Russia. It needs 67 votes to pass and according to Dick Morris there are 10 Republican swing votes out there and we need to do everything in our power to make sure they stay on the straight and narrow.
There are a handful of what I would call fairly staunch conservatives on this list… don’t let them go wobbly now!
Below you’ll find the list of 10 with their phone and fax numbers (courtesy of Dick Morris)
We must not let it pass!!!
While maintaining parity in strategic nuclear weapons, it locks in a 10,000 to 200 Russian advantage in tactical nuclear weapons and bars the US from developing interceptor missiles as part of a shield against incoming warheads — whether Russian or Iranian or North Korean.
Putin snookered Hillary and Obama and they are desperate to pass the treaty to appease the left.
There are ten key Republican swing votes. Please let them hear from you by phone and/or fax. Their information is below.
Scott Brown, Massachusetts
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
2400 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA, 02203
Olympia Snowe, Maine
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Auburn State Office:
Two Great Falls Plaza
Auburn, ME 04210
Main: (207) 786-2451
Fax: (207) 782-1438
John McCain, Arizona
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: (202) 224-2235
Fax: (202) 228-2862
4703 South Lakeshore Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282
Main: (480) 897-6289
Fax: (480) 897-8389
Bob Corker, Tennessee
United States Senate
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
100 Peabody Place, Suite 1125
Memphis, TN 38103
Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
455 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4944
Fax: (202) 228-3398
TTY: (202) 224-1546
Clifford Davis-Odell Horton Federal Building
167 North Main Street, #1068
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 544-4224
Fax: (901) 544-4227
Johnny Isakson, Georgia
United States Senate
120 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-3643
Fax: (202) 228-0724
One Overton Park, Suite 970
3625 Cumberland Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30339
Tel: (770) 661-0999
Fax: (770) 661-0768
Thad Cocheran, Mississippi
United States Senate
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2402
190 East Capitol St.
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
709 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
510 L Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Toll Free Fax: 1-877-857-0322
Toll Free: 1-877-829-6030
Bob Bennett, Utah
431 Dirksen Building
Washington, DC 20510-4403
Phone: (202) 224-5444
Fax: (202) 228-1168
Judd Gregg, New Hampshire
201 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
It is an easy call on this last 111th Congress being the worst Congress ever. What this liberal writer calls the major accomplishments are more like a list of the major damages this Congress did to us. I can understand anyone not wanting to read a liberal writer’s list of major accomplishments of the 111th Congress, but let me translate some of them.
Oh how the mighty have fallen…
Last night Senator Harry Reid whined to reporters about his apparent loss of power bemoaning how president Obama has somehow blurred the separation of powers.
This is truly amazing… Reid said “one of the issues I have fought, is to make sure the White House doesn’t continually take from us, our power. Everyone should understand – this earmark issue is simply that, a way for the executive branch of government to steal power we’ve been granted in our constitution.
- We have a constitutional duty to do Congressionally directed spending… and I don’t want to give-up that responsibility”.
More frighting words from a Senate Majority Leader I’ve seldom heard. Notice Reid didn’t say anything about the American public’s rebuke of federal spending abuses in Nov. nor did he mention the the fact that Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch had requested to have his earmarks removed from the Omnibus Spending bill (which were requested earlier in the year when Republican thought Democrats would have a normal budget process) while calling conservatives hypocrites.
It’s clear from this presser that Harry Reid is far more worried about his power, or losing it, than the good of the American economy or the American people themselves. Stealing a line from Sharron Angle… Man up Harry Reid!