Skip to comments.Senate & House Coverage -- (February 2007)
Posted on 02/01/2007 6:35:35 PM PST by Mo1
Thank you, OXENinFLA for putting together the below comments and links!
All are welcome to join in
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 we will 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 ,Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats
And Monthly Calendars for the House and Roll Call Votes can be found here.
Welcome to GovTrack.us
The Founders' Constitution
THE WHITE HOUSE
THE WAR DEPARTMENT (aka The Dept. of Defense)
LIVE DoD Briefings
NEWSEUM:TODAY'S FRONT PAGES
New senate/house thread ping
BUMP and placemark.
Thank you, Mo!
posting this from last thread on what Russ Feindgold is up to
Thanks for the link, Rheo
Ping to see what Fiengold is up to now for the next election
2,472 posted on 02/01/2007 10:38:03 AM EST by Mo1
check out all other stuff Feingold introduced yesterday 1/31/07
2,595 posted on 02/01/2007 9:15:50 PM EST by Mo1
Bringing this over from other thread.
Senator Obama's clean and articulate remarks:
That is why I am reintroducing the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act. It's a bill that makes voter intimidation and deception punishable by law, and it contains strong penalties so that people who commit these crimes suffer more than just a slap on the wrist. The bill also seeks to address the real harm of these crimes--people who are prevented from voting by misinformation--by establishing a process for reaching out to these misinformed voters with accurate information so they can cast their votes in time.
Senator Schumer has joined me in introducing this legislation, and we are joined by our colleagues, Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Senators Cardin, Feingold, Kerry, Feinstein and Clinton as original co-sponsors to this bill.
There are some issues in this country that are inherently difficult and political. Making sure that every American can cast a ballot shouldn't be one of them. There is no place for politics in this debate--no room for those who feel that they can gain a partisan advantage by keeping people away from the polls. It's time to get this done in a bipartisan fashion, and I believe this bill can make it happen.
I ask unanimous consent that a New York Times editorial from January 31, 2007, be printed in the Record.
Yes, let's bring election deception to the floor for a debate.
More quoting of the NYT's editorial on the floor of the Senate.
I forgot to put the new one up this morning due to a head cold and tomorrow I have to take my youngest to the docs to have her cold checked out ... so I decided to do this thread now before something else goes wrong *L*
Mr. President, I am pleased to be working once again with my partner in reform, the senior Senator from Arizona, Senator McCain, to introduce the 527 Reform Act.
Our purpose is simple--to pass legislation that will do what the FEC could and should do under current law, but, once again, has failed to do. Current Federal election law requires these groups to register as political committees and to stop raising and spending soft money. But the FEC has failed to enforce the law, so we must act in the Congress. This bill will make it absolutely clear that the federal election laws apply to 527 organizations.
This bill will require all 527s to register as political committees unless they fall into a number of narrow categories. The exceptions are basically for groups that Congress exempted from disclosure requirements because they are so small or for groups that are involved exclusively in State election activity. Once a group registers as a political committee, certain activities, such as ads that mention only Federal candidates, will have to be paid for solely with hard money.
Mr. President, I rise today to join with Senator Obama in introducing landmark legislation to protect the most sacred right of our democracy: the right to vote. The Obama-Schumer Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 will end the deceptive practices that have become far too common in recent elections.
At the outset, I want to commend my colleague from Illinois, Senator Obama, for his leadership on this important issue. It has been a great pleasure to work with him to draft this bill. I am also proud that we are joined by Senators Leahy, Cardin, Feingold, Kerry, Feinstein, and Clinton as original cosponsors of this legislation.
We all know that there is an urgent need for this legislation. The right to vote is the wellspring of our democracy. Yet Americans have been profoundly shocked and disgusted in recent elections to see so many cynical attempts to lie to voters in order to keep them from casting their ballots.
Yes, sir Mr Schumer, we truly are shocked and disgusted that your party continues to steal elections...and more disgusted at your attempt to play the innocent.
Lord have mercy. I got sick again too. Just a "slight" cold, thus far. I need warm weather and sunshine!
Hold the gags, here comes Leahy:
Mr. President, today, I join Senators OBAMA, SCHUMER, CARDIN, FEINSTEIN, FEINGOLD, CLINTON, and KERRY to introduce the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007, a measure that would create new protections and expand existing protections against the use of deceptive practices in elections.
There are few things as critical to the fabric of our Nation, and to American citizenship, as voting. The right to vote and to have your vote count is a foundational right, like our first amendment rights, because it secures the effectiveness of other protections. The legitimacy of our government is dependent on the access all Americans have to the political process.
We saw last year in nearly 20 hearings in the House and Senate on the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act that there is a continuing need for the vital voting rights protections that landmark civil rights law provides for all Americans. But our need to protect the effective access of voters to the political process does not stop with those vital protections against discrimination. I am concerned about increasing efforts on behalf of some candidates and political parties to interfere with recent elections and undermine the participation of many voters. So today we take another step toward protecting the exercise of the effective exercise of voting rights by ensuring that the access to vote is not undermined by those who would take away that access through deceit and false information.
LOL...you are getting really good at moving people from one thread to another!!!
BTW..there was a freeper that asked to be pinged to the new thread...did you see that??
Mr. President, it's a privilege to join Senator Obama and our other colleagues in sponsoring the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, because it addresses an essential aspect of voting rights. For too long, we've ignored the festering problem of deceptive practices intended to intimidate and deceive voters in our national elections and suppress the vote of certain minority groups for partisan gain. The problem is a continuing threat to our democracy, and it's up to our new Congress to outlaw such practices, and I commend the Senator from Illinois for his leadership on this basic challenge.
In doing so, we must be vigilant to ensure that the bill does not erode the important division of responsibility in the Department of Justice between civil rights enforcement by the Civil Rights Division and the efforts by the Criminal Division to combat voter fraud. That division of responsibility is essential to convincing voters, particularly those in poor or minority communities to have the trust necessary to work with the Civil Rights Division and to inform it of possible civil rights violations. The bill should clearly provide that, as traditionally has been the case, the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division may not investigate matters of voter fraud, although it may provide technical advice and assistance to other parts of the Department in carrying out the requirements of this legislation.
These are all just portions of their statements. The rest can be found:
just added to the list
Thank you, Mo...I hope you get a good night's sleep, and feel better tomorrow.
But, since you are taking your young one to the doctor, maybe YOU should get some doctoring!!
Bump! Thanks Mo1!
Thanks for posting those here
Hope you feel better tomorrow!
Very good Post, thank you for the time you put in to keeping America Free!!!!...
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