Posts Tagged ‘congress’

Salena Zito on GOP’s 2010 chances

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Column at RCP:

Five minutes after George Bush won re-election in 2004 and began talking about Social Security reform, the pundits lined up those Senate Republicans they expected to be in trouble in the 2006 midterm election.

Some things never change.

Five minutes after Barack Obama took the oath in January and began signing executive orders and expanding government, those same pundits began lining up the Senate Democrats they expect to be in trouble in 2010, Obama’s first midterm.

Historically, a president’s party loses seats in Congress in midterm elections, so in theory, 2010 should favor the GOP. Yet it is hard to imagine the GOP making significant gains because most seats held by Democrats facing re-election are in states that “went Obama” in 2008.

Colorado is one state showing signs of a possible GOP pickup. Democrat Michael Bennet, appointed to replace former Sen. Ken Salazar when he became Interior secretary, has little name recognition.

Reason Online: The Power to Destroy

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Congress is outraged. Really, really outraged. Unbelievably, incredibly outraged. And there are certainly grounds for anger. Not at the insurance company AIG, which paid bonuses that are seen as intolerable, but at Congress, which blithely declined to prohibit them but is now shocked to find AIG doing what it was allowed to do. The Democrats who control Capitol Hill want revenge, as do many Republicans. So the House voted by a 328-93 margin to impose a 90 percent tax on the payments. In doing so, members resolutely avoided a couple of inconvenient realities. The first is that the fault, if any, lies with the same people who are now angry. The second is that the tax conflicts with the clear intent of the Constitution.

Update from Todd Tiahrt

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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U.S. Capitol Update
March 27, 2009

Dear Friend,

Welcome to this week’s U.S. Capitol Update.

ABL Program Critical to the Future of our National Security Capabilities
On Monday, I was joined by six of my congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates requesting his support for continued funding of the Airborne Laser (ABL) program. The ABL program is critical in maintaining America’s technological edge and national security capabilities to destroy ballistic missiles from the moment of launch. I am also pleased this program will bring increased job opportunities to Kansas workers with modification of the Airborne Laser expected to be done by Boeing in Wichita.

Click here to read the text of the letter.

I also enjoyed appearing on Fox News to discuss the importance of the ABL Program. Click here to watch the video.

2nd Amendment Self Defense Bill
This week I co-sponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill (H.R. 197). This legislation recognizes that those who have a valid state-issued concealed firearms permit should not have to forfeit their safety when traveling to other states. Not only does this bill protect the rights of concealed firearm permit holders, it also maintains the right of states to issue concealed weapons permits as they desire.

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Ethical Stem Cell Research Initiative
I was proud to become a co-sponsor of the Patients First Act (H.R. 877), a bill that supports productive and ethical stem cell research by prioritizing scientific breakthroughs with the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefits.

For years stem cell research has been a divisive issue, but the Patients First Act will help bridge the divide between protecting life and advancing scientific endeavors. With more intensified research, I have confidence we will see treatments available for many more ailments and diseases while honoring the sanctity of life.

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Spring 2009 Satellite Office Hours
The Spring 2009 satellite office hours are happening now. This is your opportunity to meet with a member of my staff who will be available to offer assistance with federal agencies, answer questions about the federal government, and discuss your concerns and opinions. No appointment is necessary, just come during the scheduled hours. Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.

You can find the complete satellite office schedule on my website by clicking here. Or for more information, please call my office at: 316.262.8992 or toll free at 1.866.668.8478.

2009 Congressional Art Competition
I would like to invite all high school art students to participate in the 2009 Annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery.

This unique competition provides members of the U.S. House of Representatives an opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of high school students within their districts. We have many talented young artists in Kansas, and I encourage as many to participate as possible. The winning entry from each district-wide contest will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Click here for more information.

Job Resource Center
Located on my website you will find a Job Resource Center to help aid constituents impacted by layoffs. Through the Job Resource Center, you will find links to job banks, job training resources, and unemployment benefits information.

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Dems Want D.C. Vouchers Dead

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Congressional Democrats continue to show more concern to teachers unions than the cycle of poverty resulting from DC’s government-run schools.


…it puts the program on life support, and it suggests that Congress is hoping the DC Council will pull the plug for them, so that they can’t be directly blamed for kicking 1,900 children out of private schools that they have chosen and become attached to.

Critics of the program complain that, after its first two years, it had still not raised overall student academic achievement by a significant margin (though parents are happier with their voucher schools). What is less well known is that the program has proven to be dramatically more cost effective than the DC public schools. While voucher and non-voucher students are performing at about the same level, DC public schools spend more than four times as much per student. Total per pupil spending in DC was $24,600 in 2007-08, while voucher schools receive an average of less than $6,000.

If you could save 75 percent on a purchase, get the same quality of service, and know you’d be happier with the result, wouldn’t you do it? It seems Congressional Democrats would not.

Video: Senate unconstitutionally approves a congressional seat to DC

Monday, March 2nd, 2009