FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2011 CONTACT: Rachel Semmel Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) introduced H.J.Res.23, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the...
ACTION ITEM Dear Arizona Taxpayer, This coming Tuesday, February 8, and Wednesday, February 9, several important pro-taxpayer bills will be considered in Senate committees at the Arizona Legislature. At the bottom of this email we have listed four ways you can take action to make sure these bills get passed in their committee hearings. TUESDAY--Spending Limit Bills in Senate Appropriations Cmte On Tuesday afternoon, February 8, four spending limit bills will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee, in Senate Hearing Room 109, beginning at 2:00 pm.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul was the sole "no" vote Thursday night on a measure that would make it a federal crime to aim a handheld laser pointer at an aircraft. The measure, offered by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) as an amendment to a measure on funding the Federal Aviation Administration, passed on a 96-to-1 vote, with three senators not present. It would call for anyone who knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft to face fines or a prison term of up to five years.
Congress is debating whether to reinstate the "USA PATRIOT" Act, which was passed after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As Congress deliberates, consider other pieces of wartime legislation enacted throughout American history and their damaging effects on individual liberty: The Alien and Sedition Acts In the first decade of America’s existence, America nearly went to war with France when the French disregarded American rights on the high seas. In an effort to silence French sympathizers, President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts into law.
From: AZ Representative Judy Burges LD 4 Friends, World Net Daily recently published an article in which they inserted a memo written by Congressional Research Staff member Jack Maskell. Attorney Maskell contends that there is no federal agency or federal organization that vets candidates seeking federal office. This would include the highest office in America - President of the United States. Immediately, our thoughts were that this position should require all candidates provide the proof that they meet the highest standard for security clearances as our top CIA, FBI and Military personnel. HB2544 requires presidential candidates to meet all Constitutional requirements.
On Capitol Hill, the battle over the health-care overhaul law has become a kind of scripted political theater. On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate tried to repeal the law, as expected. Democrats had the votes to beat them, as expected. But now, the legal fight over the law threatens to overshadow the drama that Washington has been rehearsing. Two federal judges have struck at a key provision of the legislation, ruling that Congress cannot force individuals to buy health insurance. These cases are almost certainly headed for the Supreme Court, which many predict will decide the law's fate by the spring of 2012. And now, legal experts say, it seems possible that the high court might strike down all or part of the law. "Certainly, it's becoming more and more clear that there's a real legal issue here, as compared to a year ago," said Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, "when people said this was just frivolous and had no chance of succeeding." On Wednesday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly, 81 to 17, to strip an unpopular tax-reporting provision of the law that opponents say overburdens small business. But, in a long day of emotional speechifying, that was about the only thing Democrats and Republicans agreed on.
The bill, called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act, would make permanent several provisions that have been law for years but require annual renewal by Congress. It is a top priority of Republican leaders who took control of the House after the November elections. The most well-known provision that would become permanent under the bill is the Hyde Amendment, which prevents some federally funded health-care programs from covering abortions. For years, it has allowed exemptions in cases of rape and incest, and when the life of the woman is threatened.
PATRIOT Act is set to expire in just FOUR WEEKS, but Congress is trying to rush through a last minute extension! Since it was passed almost a decade ago, some of the most noxious portions of the PATRIOT Act have burrowed their way deep into our legal system. A year ago, President Obama signed a bill extending three provisions of the original PATRIOT Act; last week Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) introduced legislation to extend them agai
(Paulding County, Georgia)– In late breaking news for those in Paulding County, Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss has introduced FairTax legislation Bill S.13 in the US Senate.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert made the following statement as an original cosponsor of H.R. 421, the Full Faith and Credit Act. This bill has also been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Pat Toomey:
The biggest threat posed to American Progressives by the Tea Party is not only at the ballot box. It’s that the grassroots movement holds to the old fashion notion that the Constitution, as written, means what it says. So, the Progressives at the New York Times, like the Soviet KGB of old, are beginning a disinformation campaign regarding the Constitutional mechanisms by which the people can control dangerous government.
Chief Justice Cady dishonors and disrespects the People, the People’s House, and our Constitution. If arrogance was an impeachable offense the remaining four members of the Iowa Supreme Court would already be impeached. It probably would have happened yesterday.
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King is ready to return to official House business after marking the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, from the Hawkeye State. "I expect we will vote to repeal Obamacare next week," the conservative Iowan said of the House GOP, which had planned to bring a vote to the House floor this week to repeal last year's comprehensive health care reform bill. Agenda items were swiftly scrubbed from this week's calendar in the wake of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' wounding over the weekend from the shooting spree.
With just a signature from President Obama, a ban on openly gay service members will no longer be the law of the land.