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Senate Coverage -- (February '06)
Thomas ^ | 2-1-06 | US Congress

Posted on 02/01/2006 6:09:12 AM PST by OXENinFLA

Since "Free Republic is an online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web. We're working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America.", I and others think it's a good idea to centralize what the goes on in the Senate (or House).

So if you see something happening on the Senate/House floor and you don't want to start a new thread to ask if anyone else just heard what you heard, you can leave a short note on who said what and about what and I'll try and find it the next day in THE RECORD. Or if you see a thread that pertains to the Senate, House, or pretty much any GOV'T agency please link your thread here.

If you have any suggestions for this thread please feel free to let me know.

Here's a few helpful links.

C-SPAN what a great thing. Where you can watch or listen live to most Government happenings.

C-SPAN 1 carries the HOUSE.

C-SPAN 2 carries the SENATE.

C-SPAN 3 (most places web only) carries a variety of committee meetings live or other past programming.

OR FEDNET has online feed also.

A great thing about our Government is they make it really easy for the public to research what the Politicians are doing and saying (on the floor anyway).

THOMAS where you can see a RECORD of what Congress is doing each day. You can also search/read a verbatim text of what each Congressmen/women or Senator has said on the floor or submitted 'for the record.' [This is where the real juicy stuff can be found.]

Also found at Thomas are Monthly Calendars for the Senate Majority and Senate Minority

And Monthly Calendars for the House Majority and Roll Call Votes can be found here.


The Founders' Constitution


THE WAR DEPARTMENT (aka The Dept. of Defense)

LIVE DoD Briefings





TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 109th; cspan; senate; senatecoverage; senatefebruary; ushouse; ussenate
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To: Mo1

We need to convert them to an hourly system for getting paid. Time spent politicking and fund raising will not be included.

521 posted on 02/20/2006 11:12:33 AM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: ken5050
they can't do any damage when they aren't in session..they should take MORE time off, IMHO.

I do not disagree with that at all.

522 posted on 02/20/2006 11:14:11 AM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: ken5050
Don't complain..they can't do any damage when they aren't in session..

They don't do anything when they are in session either

Except give hypocritical grand standing speeches

523 posted on 02/20/2006 11:19:38 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Bahbah

Oh, I didn't even notice the date.

I just saw Mon. and 2pm and figured it was today. Oops.

524 posted on 02/20/2006 11:28:31 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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I didn't notice the date either, but when I clicked over to C-Span to see what those devils were going to be up to and nothing was happening, I took another look.

525 posted on 02/20/2006 11:30:52 AM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: Bahbah; Mo1; OXENinFLA; defconw; Peach; tiredoflaundry; Cboldt; Howlin; Soul Seeker; CyberAnt; ...

FYI....There is a hearing about this port deal....scheduled for 11:00 AM...EST..on C-span 1...with Sen. Warner as the Chairman..

526 posted on 02/22/2006 8:33:34 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

I'll be at work - but I hope they'll replay it later in the evening so I can watch it.

I want to hear them all explain why they wrote the legislation to keep these kinds of deals "secret" - and now they're whining publically like they didn't know anything about it - and they weren't supposed to. LOL!!

527 posted on 02/22/2006 9:45:46 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: CyberAnt

Law of Unintended Consequences ...

528 posted on 02/23/2006 3:51:52 AM PST by sono ( I did something dumb this weekend—I walked into a Muslim bakery and asked for a Danish!)
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To: Txsleuth; OXENinFLA

Does the hearing warrant a live thread?...I won't be around to watch, but I can start it.. ..and it will be mostly bloviating and posturing by the senators..the Dems piling on..since the GOP is giving them cover...has the witness list been announced, those poor slobs?

529 posted on 02/23/2006 4:18:48 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: ken5050

since the GOP is giving them cover

Giving the dems cover is an understatement. The GOP handed them a bat and said "Please beat me."

530 posted on 02/23/2006 5:52:33 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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THis is listed on C-Span as an "open briefing" I have no idea what that is..cboldt is doing some research...what will make this VERY interesting is the list of Dems on the SAFC..including you-know-who..I'll ping you to the thread, as usual..regards

531 posted on 02/23/2006 5:55:00 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Txsleuth

Thanks for that information; I'll be watching.

532 posted on 02/23/2006 6:10:22 AM PST by Peach
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To: Txsleuth

Thanks Sleuth. I'll be at work then but will try to catch a replay this evening. IIRC Warner has come out for it.
Maybe some of these congresscritters will have done a little homework prior to the hearing.

BTW - I'm listening to the Tony Snow show right now online and he has Tommy Franks and Mansoor Iges (sorry - I've forgotten how to spell his name).

533 posted on 02/23/2006 6:26:05 AM PST by Seattle Conservative (God bless and protect our troops and their CIC.)
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This is a terrific idea! I am going to love reading this.

I expect to be working full-time in another week and I will probably be looking for this site to see if anything exciting went on.

534 posted on 02/23/2006 7:20:07 AM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 22, 2006

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

I am writing to inform you of my intent to add Liberia to the list of beneficiary developing countries and to the list of least developed beneficiary developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). I have carefully considered the criteria identified in sections 501 and 502 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. In light of these criteria, I have determined that it is appropriate to end the suspension of Liberia as a GSP beneficiary developing country and to extend least-developed beneficiary developing country benefits to Liberia.

This notice is submitted in accordance with section 502(f) of the Trade Act of 1974.



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535 posted on 02/23/2006 1:40:20 PM PST by Cboldt
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For want of a better place to put these, in response to a mailer from Cato Institute and a bit of associated web research, a few links on the subject of limited government, and in particular, on FINANCIALLY limited government!

The piece published by Cato, by Roger Pilon, is in the context of disaster relief, and particularly, relief form the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Guns and Butter: Setting Priorities in Federal Spending in the Context of Natural Disasters, Deficits, and War

But before I defend that contention by addressing those questions, let me note that the nominal subject of these hearings"setting priorities in federal spending"concerns mainly a matter of policy, not law. Unless some law otherwise addresses it, that is, how Congress prioritizes its spending is its and the people's businessa political matter. By contrast, the subtext of these hearings, which I gather is the subcommittee's principal concern, is "the limits and role of our federal government as outlined in the Constitution," and that is mainly a legal question. I distinguish those questions, let me be clear, for a very important reason. It is because we live under a Constitution that establishes the rules for legitimacy. Thus, in the case at hand, Congress may have pressing policy reasons for prioritizing spending in a given way, but such reasons are irrelevant to the question of whether that spending is constitutional.

Constitutional Legitimacy

Because that distinction and the underlying issue of legitimacy are so central to these hearings, they warrant further elaboration at the outset. In brief, our Constitution serves four main functions: to authorize, institute, empower, and limit the federal government. Ratification accomplished those ends, lending political and legal legitimacy to institutions and powers that purported by and large to be morally legitimate because grounded in reason. Taken together, the Preamble, the first sentence of Article I, the inherent structure of the document, and especially the Tenth Amendment indicate that ours is a government of delegated, enumerated, and thus limited powers. The Constitution's theory of legitimacy is thus simple and straightforward: To be legitimate, a power must first have been delegated by the people, as evidenced by its enumeration in the Constitution. That is the doctrine of enumerated powers, the centerpiece of the Constitution. For the Framers, it was the main restraint against overweening government. In fact, the Bill of Rights, which we think of today as the main restraint, was an afterthought, added two years later for extra precaution.

Once that fundamental principle is grasped, a second follows: Federal powers can be expanded only by constitutional amendment, not by transient electoral or congressional majorities. Over the years, however, few such amendments have been added. In the main, therefore, Article I, section 8 enumerates the 18 basic powers of Congressthe power to tax, the power to borrow, the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the states, and so forth, concluding with the power to enact such laws as may be necessary and proper for executing the government's other enumerated powers. It is a short list, the idea being, as the Tenth Amendment makes explicit and the Federalist explains, that most power is to remain with the statesor with the people, never having been delegated to either level of government. ... [TONS of snippage]

From Limited to Unlimited Government

The great constitutional change took place in 1937 and 1938, during the New Deal, all without benefit of constitutional amendment; but the seeds for that change had been sown well before that, during the Progressive Era. 3 Before examining that transition, however, I want to lay a proper foundation by sketching briefly how earlier generations had largely resisted the inevitable pressures to expand government. It is an inspiring story, told best, I have found, in a thin volume written in 1932 by Professor Charles Warren of the Harvard Law School. Aptly titled, Congress as Santa Claus: or National Donations and the General Welfare Clause of the Constitution, this little book documents our slow slide from liberty and limited government to the welfare state and that was 1932! In truth, however, Warren's despair over that slide notwithstanding, the book is a wonderful account of just how long we lived under the original design, for the most part, before things started to fall apart during the Progressive Era. And so I will share with the subcommittee just a few snippets and themes from the book, along with material from other sources, to convey something of a sense of how things have changednot only in the law but, more important, in the culture, in our attitude toward the law. ... [EXCELLENT summary of history snipped]

Well, that got me looking for this "Congress as Santa Claus" book, in the holps that its contents might appear on the web. I think they don't.

But oh my, what a range of articles that refer to it! And therefore, many writings with contents that ARE available on the web.

The Unconstitutional Congress - The GOP Misses the Best Argument for Limiting Government

Stephen Moore

"The framers of the Constitution were great clockmakers in the science of statecraft, and they did, with admirable ingenuity, put together an intricate machine, which promised to run indefinitely, and tell the time of the centuries." --James M. Beck, Solicitor General of the United States, 1925-28

In 1800, when the nation's capital was moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., all of the paperwork and records of the United States government were tightly packed into 12 boxes, and then transported the 150 miles to Washington on a horse and buggy. That was truly an era of lean and efficient government. ...

No matter how long one searches through the Constitution, it is impossible to find any language that authorizes at least 90 percent of the civilian programs that Congress crams into the federal budget today.

There is no granting of authority for the federal government to pay money to farmers, run the health-care industry, impose wage and price controls, give welfare to the poor and unemployed, provide job training, subsidize electricity and telephone service, lend money to businesses or foreign governments, or build parking garages, tennis courts, and swimming pools. The Founders did not create a Department of Commerce, a Department of Education, or a Department of Housing and Urban Development. This was no oversight: they simply never imagined that government would take an active role in such activities. ...

It is a strange and sad curiosity that in the entire debate now raging in Washington over downsizing government, not a single member of Congress of either party has objected to spending on the grounds that "I cannot lay my finger on the article of the Constitution which grants a right to Congress to expend money or regulate the economy for this purpose." It shows how far we have strayed from constitutional government that such a protest is not even bothered with.

What the Congress needs now is a few Madisons, Jeffersons, Pierces, and Crocketts.

And a couple more, just links ...

Business and the New Deal by James J. Martin (Reason Dec. 1975)
Our Unconstitutional Congress By Stephen Moore (Cato 1997)

536 posted on 02/24/2006 2:28:47 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt; Bahbah; Mo1; OXENinFLA; tiredoflaundry; defconw

Did you guys know that the Senate is in session???

537 posted on 02/27/2006 11:20:51 AM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Peach; Mo1; Fudd Fan

The Senate is in session and they are discussing the ports deal..

538 posted on 02/27/2006 11:25:20 AM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

I'm watching. Did you hear Lamar Alexander on the issue of permitting passengers to talk on their cell phones during flights. It was hysterical. He had me in stitches.

539 posted on 02/27/2006 11:27:19 AM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: Txsleuth; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...

Monday, Feb 27, 2006
2:00 p.m.: Convene and begin a period of morning business.

3:00 p.m.: Resume consideration of S. 2271, the PATRIOT Act Amendments bill.

Previous Meeting

Friday, Feb 17, 2006

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 1:25 p.m. No record votes were taken.

Oops, I'm a littel late.

540 posted on 02/27/2006 11:27:34 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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