Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Minority Leader and the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee received this email from Senator Barbara Boxer in the middle of the night:
Dear Senators McConnell and Inhofe,
I’m writing to sincerely apologize for what happened tonight. I abused my power, and showed a lack of respect for the work we all did together until late in the night. It was irresponsible and a violation of trust for me to adjourn without considering more legislation, and to unfairly use the parliamentary power I was granted for legislative ends.I want to extend an additional apology for my ill-judged action as committee chair. It is my sole responsibility to maintain order, decorum, and a fair environment for our committee. Tonight, I failed in that capacity. I sincerely apologize.
I truly hope that we can put this incident in perspective. I’m confident that we can all benefit by coming back together and working through the legislation that we all worked hard on. My view is that the best approach would be for a few people from each caucus to get together before the simulation, and figure out a road map to get your legislation on the floor. Of course, please let me know if you have any other ideas.
Again, I extend my sincerest apologies, and please convey my sentiments to the rest of your caucus.
All the best,
Senator Barbara Boxer
The Minority Leader says he is consulting with his leadership and his caucus, and is considering several options. While Senator McConnell appreciates the apology, he views it as less than adequate. "The procedures that adjourned the EPW committee were clearly premeditated," Mr. McConnell said. "It's one thing to apologize for doing something you didn't mean to. It's an entirely different thing to apologize for something you meant to do and don't like the blowback of. The American people and the people of Kentucky understand that. Why can't EPW Democrats?
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I am pleased to announce that I have introduced an amendment to the Democrats' Big Funding Deal Act for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind that would deal directly with the severe problem of homeless students that the great State of Alaska faces. Unfortunately, our great state has one of the highest homeless populations in the nation, and many of those individuals are children already at high risk. These students need extra attention. They need an education, and they need a home.
That's why I proposed a bipartisan amendment with my distinguished Democratic colleague Patty Murray from the State of Washington. The opportunity to home-school children is a priority of mine and of the Republican caucus in general. But homeless children do not have homes. So instead of home-schooling, I proposed school-homing.
A school-home would allow homeless children to attend school in an environment in which they can be safe. A mix between a boarding school and a homeless shelter, a school-home is critical to alleviate the most severe problems facing the great State of Alaska's homeless population: a lack of a home, and a lack of education.
I urge my colleagues in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee to support this amendment in the mark-up hearings tomorrow night, and I urge my colleagues in the full Senate to keep this amendment to the Big Funding Deal as we move to floor debate. It is what is best for our children and what is best for our communities.
All my best,
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
We must have a strong education for our children that is not perverted by "gay love games." We must tell the Senate to pass this legislation to protect our children.
He admitted that he does not endorse the Democratic Party, and he did not object to the statement that the "Democratic Party Hates America and wants to hurt our children."
It also gives much of the funding to the Secretary of Education to spend at his discretion. Does this remind anybody else of TARP? The last time we allowed a Cabinet Secretary to have billions of tax dollars to spend look what happened. We do not want the same thing that happened to the economy to happen to our schools!
The bill does not provide for school choice, vouchers, or any competition. America is built upon a strong foundation of capitalism. Our schools should be allowed to compete, and families and children should be allowed to choose.
This bill is against the constitution. It is for Socialism. It is for large government and high taxes. The American people should stand up for American ideals and oppose this giant funding bill. Or else: i will cry
Monday, March 29, 2010
First the "Democrats" attempted to subvert Senate rules by pulling a last minute maneuver to replace a representative of the states with a federal bureaucrat. Senator Enzi's bold leadership was the only thing that kept the "Democrat" caucus from completely subverting order.
This injustice was soon overshadowed by atrocity "Democrats" tried to present as a bill. By indexing education spending to inflation and GDP growth, without providing measures for either, these "Democrats" took control of education funding from you and gave it to their Washington lackeys.
Worse yet, appropriations were the only semi-coherent part of this legislation. There were no definitions given for the legalese terms used. The bill didn't conform to basic rules of the English language, never mind the language of Congress. As Republican whip Richard Burr noted, "without clear language we can't even tell what this bill is going to do to. We're confused, local education authorities are confused, parents and teachers are confused, and our children lose out."
I agree, and urge every American who cares about our children to contact their Senator. Maybe a couple "Democrats" will listen to the people and return to principles of free government. Luckily, we have Enzi and his Republicans to preserve our liberty in the meantime.
Only Senator Crapo challenged Comrade, I mean Secretary, Chu on this enormous government waste. He said, "Some believe that Obama cut [Yucca mountain] out of the bill to save money, yet this decision will cost billions more to scrap the program. This decision was politically motivated to appease Senator Reid (D-NV) in eliminating nuclear waste in his backyard". Senator Crapo suggests that the United States finish what we started: a nuclear waste program in Nevada. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NEEDS MORE POLITICIANS LIKE SENATOR CRAPO. These democrats would spend us into oblivion and throw away billions of dollars on political whims. AMERICA, THESE PINHEADS WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS!
The Republican committee members, led by ranking member, Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), brought up several definitional issues - accusing Democrats of deliberately inserting vagueness into legislation. Democrats, led by HELP Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), countered that Republicans were ignoring substantive issues to the detriment of their caucus and the American people.
The session adjourned with both sides jousting as well as jesting at each other. The political food fight seems to have no end in sight.
Republicans, however, have been making headway and hope to pass a bill soon.
"The American people deserve to have this legislation fully considered," said Senator Enzi, "the Democrats have failed to understand the consequences of their sloppy language, but we hope to propose a series of amendments to remedy the situation."
Tomorrow, the committee will continue marking up the "Big Funding Deal Act" in hopes of reaching a compromise. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) expressed optimism about the bill's chances. But when asked if Obama is a nazi, he laughed maniacally.