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August 5, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 8-4-14: Recent Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
McDonald Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Robert Alan McDonald of Ohio to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Veterans Benefits – Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (91-3, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to adopt the conference report on a bill that would provide for $10 billion in emergency spending for care at non-Veterans Affairs facilities and allow veterans to obtain health care at such facilities if they live more than 40 miles from a VA clinic or can’t get an appointment at a VA clinic within 30 days. It would provide for $5 billion in spending for expedited authority to hire more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and would authorize leases for the opening of 27 new VA health facilities. The bill is cleared for the president’s signature.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization – Motion to Recede – Vote Agreed to (81-13, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to agree to a motion to recede from the Senate amendment and thus clear for the president’s signature a bill that would reauthorize the federal-aid highway and transit programs for eight months, through May 31, 2015, and transfer $10.8 billion in other federal funds to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Veterans Benefits – Conference Report – Vote Passed (420-5, 7 Not Voting)

The House voted to suspend the rules and adopt the conference report on a bill that would authorize $10 billion in emergency spending for care at non-Veterans Affairs facilities and allow veterans to obtain health care at such facilities if they live more than 40 miles from a VA clinic or can’t get an appointment at a VA clinic within 30 days. It would provide $5 billion for expedited authority to hire more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and would authorize leases for the opening of 27 new VA health facilities.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Litigation Against President – Adoption – Vote Passed (225-201, 6 Not Voting)

The House voted to adopt a resolution that would authorize the speaker of the House to file a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the House against the president and other administration officials for failing “to act in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States” to implement provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul or related laws.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Supplemental Border Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (223-189, 20 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would provide $694 million for federal agencies involved in border control and the housing and care of unaccompanied migrant children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border for the rest of fiscal 2014, including $405 million for Homeland Security Department border security and law enforcement activities.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO

July 29, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 7-28-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Insourcing Incentives – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (93-7)

The Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would give businesses a tax credit for up to 20 percent of the expenses incurred to bring work done in foreign countries back into the United States, if the business also increases its number of full-time employees. It also would prohibit tax deductions for expenses incurred when moving jobs outside the U.S.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Higher Education Tax Credits – Passage – Vote Passed (227-187, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify and make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit for tuition and higher-education expenses. It would eliminate the “above the line” higher-education tax deduction for qualified tuition and repeal the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act – HR4315

The House will consider a bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species.

July 15, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 7-14-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Castro Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (71-26, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Julian Castro of Texas to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Donovan Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (75-22, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Shaun Donovan of New York to be director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Workforce Investment Reauthorization – Motion to Concur – Vote Passed (415-6, 11 Not Voting)

The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted Not Voting


Fiscal 2015 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (253-170, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $34.0 billion in fiscal 2015 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Terrorism Risk Insurance Act – S2244

The Senate will vote on a bill that would extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.


Fiscal 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act – HR5016

The House will vote on a bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.

July 3, 2014

Bullies by Ben Shapiro

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 9:29 am
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Every conservative, libertarian, Tea Partier, and even just plain Republicans should read Ben Shapiro‘s Bullies:  How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America (New York:  Threshold Editions, 2013).  In Bullies, Shapiro recounts how institutional (media, nonprofit, university, Hollywood), anti-patriotic, race, class (including unions and Occupy Wall Street thugs), sex (including LGBT activists), green (i.e., environmental), and secular (i.e., anti-religion) bullies are trying to intimidate Americans.

Shapiro’s writing reminds me of Ann Coulter‘s, though his tone is more conversational than I remember hers being.

Reading this book should make you angry enough to try to stop the bullies.  As Shapiro concludes, “There is only one way to stop a bully: to punch back.  We’ve seen who the bullies are and what they’ve done.  Now it’s time to fight them” (263).

July 1, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 6-30-14: Recent Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Workforce Training Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
CFTC Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (265-144, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2018 and would largely exempt end users or nonfinancial companies that use derivatives to hedge risks from tough rules on derivatives under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Trans-National Pipelines – Passage – Vote Passed (238-173, 20 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require future oil and gas pipeline projects and power lines that cross international borders to be reviewed by the State or Energy secretary within 120 days of the environmental review, unless the agency finds the project is not in the public interest of the United States. It would eliminate the current system created by executive orders under which a presidential permit must be issued.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Liquefied Natural Gas Exports – Passage – Vote Passed (266-150, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. It would require that all applications publicly disclose the specific nation or nations that would receive the proposed export of liquefied natural gas.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Oil and Gas Exploration – Passage – Vote Passed (229-185, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would establish a five-year program for oil and gas leasing. The bill would double the cap for offshore oil and gas revenue sharing to $1 billion and require at least 25 percent of eligible federal land be made available each year to lease for oil and gas exploration.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO

June 30, 2014

Video: “‘America’ Theatrical Trailer (Lionsgate)”

Filed under: Government,Politics — Sofie @ 12:31 pm
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Video:  “‘America’ Theatrical Trailer (Lionsgate)

June 29, 2014

Faithless Execution by Andrew C. McCarthy

Filed under: Government,Politics — Sofie @ 9:38 am
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In Faithless Execution:  Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment (New York:  Encounter Books, 2014), Andrew McCarthy does precisely what he says in the subtitle. At the end of “Chapter One,” McCarthy states that  “The legal case for impeachment is very strong.  The political case lags far behind–and it is the only case that matters.  Political cases have to be built” (26).

Unfortunately, McCarthy is a lawyer, and based on the vocabulary, he seems to have written his book for other lawyers, which would include a lot of politicians–too many.  Faithless Execution is not written for the general reader.   However, the interested reader could comprehend the Articles of Impeachment in Part II (96-155), and I would strongly recommend reading at least those pages as a reminder of Obama’s lawlessness (i.e., “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which McCarthy does define in “Chapter Two.”

Despite his claim that “Political cases have to be built” (26), McCarthy fails to explain how the House could garner the necessary public support for impeaching Obama.

June 24, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 6-23-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Minibus ‘Shell’ – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would that would provide for $51.2 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other science agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. The bill is intended to serve as the legislative vehicle for the Senate’s Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-HUD and Agriculture spending bills for fiscal 2015.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2015 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (340-73, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $570.4 billion in non-war discretionary funding for the Defense Department in fiscal 2015. It also would provide $79.4 billion in fiscal 2015 for contingency funds to support operations in Afghanistan and the general war on terrorism.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization – HR803

The Senate is expected to vote on this bill that would overhaul and reauthorize the 1998 Workforce Investment Act.


CFTC Reauthorization – HR4413

The House is expected to vote on this bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and shield nonfinancial companies from some of the rules on derivatives in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul.

June 17, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 6-16-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Veterans Benefits – Passage – Vote Passed (93-3, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill to allow veterans experiencing long wait times or who live more than 40 miles from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility to see doctors outside the VA health system, as long as the doctors participate in the Medicare program or are at a federally qualified health center, Defense Department facility or a facility funded by the Indian Health Service. It would also authorize the VA secretary to demote or fire poor-performing Senior Executive Service employees.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Fischer Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (63-24, 13 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Stanley Fischer of New York to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2014 NASA Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (401-2, 28 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $17.6 billion for NASA for fiscal 2014.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Fiscal 2015 Transportation-HUD Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (229-192, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $105.5 billion in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act – HR4870

The bill would make appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.

June 12, 2014

Bookmarks 06/12/2014

Filed under: Bookmarks — Sofie @ 1:31 am
  • Big Green Radicals is a project of the Environmental Policy Alliance (EPA), which exists to educate the public about the real agenda of well-funded environmental activist groups. The EPA receives support from individuals, businesses, and foundations.

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