Rep. Walter Jones (R-North Carolina) became the first Republican to cosponsor the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would create a 12-member committee to conduct an independent, bipartisan, 10-month investigation into the role Russia played in swaying the presidential election. WHERE IS FASO ON THIS????
Today John Faso sent out an e-mail complaining that he is already being targeted for the next election and asking for donations for his re-election. He says Democrats are going to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into defeating him. But what about the millions he received from billionaires whose interests are in securing his votes to continue the destruction of the middle class – such as weakening regulations on Wall Street and lowering taxes on the rich.
In the less than a month he has been in office, he is already showing us who he is; voting against veterans, voting against the Affordable Care Act, and voting against a woman’s right to choose.
Informed people are the best voters and activists. A new website will be following our elected officials and will be posting significant votes and actions, beginning with our US Senators and John Faso. There will also be a page devoted to George Amedore and Pete Lopez. The site is HTTP://SEEDSOFDEMOCRACY.ORG.
Check it out, access it very often, and tell others about it.
Do you know the record or positions of your Senators or Congressman? Here are several links that will give you immediate access to the voting records, positions on critical issues, legislation introduced, contributors, as well as many other important informational data points.
For Kirsten Gillibrand go to: http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/65147/kirsten-gillibrand.
For Chuck Schumer go to: http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/26976/chuck-schumer.
For Chris Gibson go to: http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/127042/chris-gibson.
For legislation introduced and the entire Congressional Record go to the Library of Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php.
At a House Oversight Committee hearing, House Republicans convened a panel on denying access to birth control coverage with five men and no women. As Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney asked, where are the women?
The Republicans have now introduced a bill, apparently supported by Chris Gibson, that would give any and all insurance companies and employers the right to deny birth control coverage for all women for any reason—all they have to do is say they have some moral or ideological objection to providing such coverage—there doesn’t even have to be a religious basis for this.
Right now, members of Congress can make personal investment decisions based on confidential information they get in the course of regulating industries and doing their work.
It’s kind of unbelievable that this isn’t already illegal. President Obama wants to make it illegal once and for all — no one should profit from inside information about the very businesses they’re supposed to be regulating.
Today, the Democratic leadership in the Senate voted to move forward on a bill to extend to Congress the same strict rules that apply to anyone else whose job gives them access to sensitive information about businesses. This legislation is expected to pass the Senate with bipartisan support later this week.
But Republicans in the House have yet to move on it.
There aren’t a lot of good reasons to disagree with this bill. So the question here isn’t how many people we have to persuade, but simply how loudly we can speak up to prevent the House Republicans from dodging this issue. Write to your Senators and Representatives. Congressman Chris Gibson does what the Republican leadership tells him — not what is good for Greene County and the rest of his district. He will do nothing unless he receives a lot of mail and phone calls — now is the time to push him.