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Republican Roy Blunt Takes U.S. Hostage
The President’s Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General. The Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office. None of this matters to Missouri Senator, Roy Blunt, as he uses an Obama Cabinet appointee, Gina McCarthy, as a hostage.
This marks the Senate Republican’s second attempt to block Gina McCarthy’s appointment. The first attempt was a boycott. All eight Republican members of the Committee on Environment and Public Works did not appear for a vote that would likely have moved nominee Gina McCarthy’s selection to the full Senate. The senators said she had refused to answer their questions about transparency in the agency. When that vote finally occurred, The Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 10 to 8 along party lines in favor of Gina McCarthy. The vote sent McCarthy’s nomination to the Senate floor. However, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) still has a hold on her nomination that will have to be withdrawn before a floor vote can occur.
Blunt and others in the minority insist on blocking the majority from even considering that consent, in hopes of using their intransigence as leverage for unrelated personal agendas. McConnell and Blunt have been among the minority of members blocking confirmation votes for numerous nominees including McCarthy, Circuit Judge Nominee Caitlin Halligan, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray, and several other exceptionally qualified nominees.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has built thousands of miles of flood control levees on the Mississippi River. It has also built a few floodways—areas where the USACE diverts floodwaters to take pressure off of its levees. While Missouri landowners who farm in the New Madrid Floodway want to see this project move forward, pubic officials in Illinois and Kentucky (who fear the New Madrid Levee will complicate federal flood response) and environmentalists (who fear the New Madrid Levee will collapse the fishery of the Middle Mississippi River) are urging the Obama Administration to put an end to the project once and for all. The public release of the analysis has been delayed due to major differences between the USACE and the resource agencies (like EPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) over the number of wetlands impacted and the adequacy of the mitigation plan to offset those impacts.
So once again, America has Republicans holding us hostage while insisting on investing millions to build a levee to protect an area designed to be intentionally flooded. The basic safety needs of Alexander County, the City of Cairo, and surrounding communities should be prioritized over a levee closure to benefit a few wealthy landowners.
The current do-nothing Congress is on track to pass fewer bills than the 112th do-nothing Congress, which passed the fewest number of bills signed into law since record keeping began back in the 1940’s.
The stunning inaction and backlog in the 113th Congress can be traced back to January 20, 2009 when a group of Republican lawmakers was plotting the end of the Obama Presidency, before it had really begun. On the guest list for the four hour, “invitation only” meeting were Republican Congressmen Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Pete Sessions, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra and Dan Lungren. Republican Senators Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn, John Ensign and Bob Corker were also in attendance. The whole thing was orchestrated by Republican propaganda mastermind Frank Luntz.
Congressman Pete Sessions told the National Journal in March of 2009 that the Republican sabotage plan was all about following the tactics of the Taliban, a terrorist organization. Every one of the lawmakers that attended the Caucus Room dinner has since threatened a government shutdown.
During the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations, Caucus Room attendees Congressman Eric Cantor and Senator Jon Kyl walked out of negotiations, and refused to re-start discussions with their Democratic counterparts. As a result of this intentional negotiation collapse, America’s credit rating was lowered. Senators Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn, John Ensign and Bob Corker have helped to filibuster more bills than during any other Congress combined in history. And, the group of Senators has voted “No” to widely bipartisan legislation, including Senator Al Franken’s anti-rape amendment, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and even an anti-outsourcing bill in 2010 that would have protected millions of American jobs.
Republicans are so intent on sabotaging the Obama presidency that they’re unwilling to say no to rape.
The media has failed to report on the real reason why the 113th Congress could be the worst in history. And it’s time for that to change.
Pro-choice - is a woman’s right. Groups like Plan Parenthood and NARAL have done an excellent job of speaking out and showing support for the “War On Women. Wendy’s filibuster set the stage and made the nation take notice to this atrocity.
But, what are we doing and how are we trying to blend this movement with all of the other issues such as immigration, equal pay, voting, gun violence, medicare, and social security that adversely impacts a different group of people? We Are Stronger Together!
To not give attention to all of the issues, while you have the floor, diminish their significance. Women like Wendy Davis herself needs to be concerned about voting because Texas is redrawing her district and is attempting to make her re-election impossible. Wendy, of course, is weighing her options and will likely choose the path of least resistance or the more winnable path. That’s how politics go.
Can we let all of the issues be addressed while we have the floor? Call out those State Representative leading the gerrymander or voting against gun violence. Step back and think about the “Power” you have and use it to include more than one issue. As you proceed to the next rally, let different signs display the other messages. Group leaders reach across the aisle and collaborate. Don’t ask someone to fight for a woman’s rights when you don’t think they deserve to be a citizen.
It’s about time!
March on Washington Saturday August 24th……marching for jobs, healthcare, voting rights and against gun violence - http://www.naacp.org/page/s/march-on-washington
The criteria to access the vote is established by the states. The states claim they are not taking away anybody’s right to vote — and that’s true — they are just making it more difficult to vote. SCOTUS said voting is not a right. We must move past that era and begin a new era of holding our elected officials accountable.
Voting laws that deliberately disenfranchise people are cynical and wrong. They undermine our Democracy! That begins with knowing your State’s elected official for the House and Senate. I’m not talking about your U.S. Congressmen. I’m talking about those that go to your State’s capital and design laws that disenfranchise voters.
Let’s look at this example:
“Dorothy Cooper is a 96-year-old resident of Chattanooga. She was born before the 19th Amendment was ratified and grew up during the height of Jim Crow. She had never experienced any problems voting—until Tennessee Republicans enacted a photo ID mandate in 2011. In October, she went to her local driver service center, bringing numerous residency and identity documents. But Tennessee refused to issue her a photo ID because she did not have a marriage certificate.”
Felon disenfranchisement - It is a “state by state” law of who can vote in a state. To see what your state’s laws are on felon disfranchisement, go to www.sentencingproject.org.
There is nothing more frustrating than to go to your polling place, the place you’ve voted for the last 20 years, and discover that it has moved to a new place that doesn’t have your name listed on the voter rolls. Know your state’s laws. http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx
“Evil is something you need to fight until it ceases trying to control you.” The criteria to access the vote is established by the states. The states claim they are not taking away anybody’s right to vote — and that’s true — they are just making it more difficult to exercise your right. State Rep’s writing anti-voting laws - we’re coming for you in 2014!