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REPLY FROM WASHINGTON STATE SECRETARY OF STATE REGARDING THE MONITORING OF VOTING IN WASHINGTON STATE BY THE U.N.
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Subject: UN MONITORING VOTING
It is being reported that representatives from the UN (United Nations) are going to be monitoring voting/polling locations through-out the country and I would like to know if any are going to be monitoring our vote by mail process here in Washington State? If so, the citizens of this state have a right to know if this in fact is going to happen. Please reply as soon as possible as we are only 15 days out from the election date.
I checked with our co-directors of elections and they have not heard of any international representatives coming to Washington State to monitor our elections processes. That being said, however, it is not uncommon for international representatives to visit American states to observe elections, with the purpose of learning techniques that may be beneficial to emerging new democracies.
Best wishes to you,
Office of the Secretary of State
I am reading increasing reports that the Dems are going to force the GOP to blink first, knuckle under and allow higher tax rates. This would be a bad move for the GOP. The GOP is not winning the PR campaign at all and that in itself is shameful. The GOP is allowing the Dems to lie and bad mouth the GOP to the public and the GOP’ers just sit on their hands and allow it. It’s no wonder the Dems are winning in the court of public opinion. The GOP needs to get out front and tell the American Public what exactly they are doing to remedy the budget problems. All we hear is that the GOP is the party of NO and are obstructionists. We Conservatives sent you and the other GOP Freshmen to DC to make sure the Dems do not get a free reign on this issue. The GOP must hold the line against higher taxes and gutting the military. I have a prediction; If the GOP does not hold the line, those that “blink” will be sent packing come their next election cycle. I’m pretty sure about this one. I urge you to do everything you can to prop-up your fellow GOPers and make sure they hold the line. Do not allow the GOP to be brow-beaten into submission when the voters want them to save this nation, not be part of the problem. The Speaker must not cave and he must hold the rest of the GOP in the House accountable. I do not write my Senators anymore because they do not listen and are not respondent to the conservative constituents. I hope the GOP does not go down the same path.
Thank you for contacting me regarding raising taxes. It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washingtonand I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
Getting our economy moving again is the best way to balance our budget and the way the federal government helps is to create an environment where jobs can grow. Fair taxation, modest regulation and less government spending create that environment. Raising taxes in the middle of a recession will harm job growth and ensure more family providers, recent graduates and near-retirees remain jobless. Over 50 percent of “$250,000 and above” who are looked at for increased tax rates are small business owners and investors. Attempts to tax the rich are often misaligned, because what it ends up doing is hitting our small business owners – the mom and pop shops.
For example, the common misconception is that higher tax brackets only affect wealthy individuals. But the higher tax brackets also include “pass through entities”. Small businesses must be part of the debate on tax reform – the majority of them do not pay corporate taxes, but they pay taxes on their firm’s “pass through” income on their individual return. “Pass-through” entities are businesses whose taxes are passed through to the owners, who report the income or loss on their own personal income tax returns.
When more people are working, they are paying more in taxes, which will reduce the federal deficit. Creating private sector – not government sector – jobs is one of my top priorities, and keeping taxes low to help employers create them is a great start. Government should let entrepreneurs and investors do what they do best and grow businesses. This is a terrible time to raise taxes on job-creators.
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at www.HerreraBeutler.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on these issues. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress
November 2, 2011
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Postal Reform Act. It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washingtonand I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) continues to provide Americans with an invaluable service obligation to homes and businesses across the country, ensuring that mail is delivered in an affordable and timely manner. The Postal Service faces significant, long-term financial pressures and budget shortfalls caused by reduced mail volume, revenues, and the burden of prefunding retiree health benefits. It is important to note that the USPS is subject to federal government oversight, but the USPS supports itself through the sales of postal services and does not receive taxpayer dollars.
The Postal Reform Act would create the Postal Service Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority to restructure the USPS and reduce its costs. It would also create the Commission on Postal Reorganization to review the USPS network and infrastructure and recommend closures and consolidations, which would go into effect unless rejected by Congress. The goal of this legislation is to provide structural and financial reforms to the USPS to cut costs.
The Act would be the most fundamental reform of the USPS since it was created from the former Post Office Department in 1971. As introduced, I do have several concerns . For example, one of the provisions authorizes an additional $10 billion in borrowing authority from the U.S. Treasury. Another concern is the Act does not address some core issues necessary to return the Postal Service to financial stability, including the need to decrease or suspend the current mandates requiring retiree health benefit pre-payments, which costs the Postal Service $5.5 billion annually until 2016.
While I recognize the need to preserve services that many Americans consider essential, such as six-day delivery and universal postal coverage, we must make sure the USPS makes the changes necessary to survive. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that the Postal Service fulfills its obligation as well as to help improve the Postal Service’s efficiency.
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at www.HerreraBeutler.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on these issues. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance.
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress
(NOTE: The correspondence I sent her on this issue was through a website where you fill in the blocks and input the letter. I did not save the information and that is why the original letter is not shown here. Anyone who knows my positions on these issues can easily fill in the blanks and figure out what I would have said….)
LETTER TO MY REPRESENTATIVES SENATORS PATTY MURRAY/MARIA CANTWELL REGARDING REDUCING THE BENEFITS OF MILITARY RETIREES
” I am appalled by the fact that Congress is looking to balance the federal budget on the backs of the very people who make and keep this country strong. I initially VOLUNTEERED for military service back in 1975. At that time the Federal Government had a contract with me stating that if I hung in for at least 20 years, I would have free medical and a retirement check to count on. Since then the Federal Government has “re-written” this contract many times, always at the expense of the GI’s. This habit of always sticking it to the military people who are career oriented and working for at least 20 years to be eligible for benefits when Congress has to only serve 5 years in order to become vested is outrageous. You sit in your office every day while me and tens of thousands like me, strapped a weapon on every day, willingly putting themselves in harm’s way every working day of our career and stood the line between the USA and the people who wish to do it harm. I did this as a Police Officer in the Air Force for 20+ years and now Congress is looking to cut my benefits and/or increase my premiums. Couple this and the unbelievably high taxes I pay and this will just about put me at the poverty level. I vehemently oppose any change in military retiree or future retiree’s benefits. It is my prediction that if Congress guts the military retirement benefits, you will be placing the United States Military and the DOD as a whole on the path to ruin. If cuts to retirement benefits are going to happen, then by reason, all monetary enlistment enticements must be cut also. These acts alone will cause the retention rates and enlistment rates to plummet. After all, who would volunteer to do a job that you could easily get killed doing, for little or no benefits or security for your family? I sure wouldn’t, and neither will anyone else. There are plenty of areas within the DOD that can be trimmed that are incredibly wasteful. I suggest starting there and other bloated federal offices that are in need of going on a diet, such as the IRS, the Post office, TSA and other incredibly wasteful departments before you bring the axe down on the very people who make your job possible. In conclusion, you need to be aware of the fact that there will be electoral repercussions if you pursue this course. I for one will work tirelessly for your opponent during your next election cycle. I will tirelessly inform your constituents of your actions against the veterans and retired military community. Your actions will not go un-noticed. I will post each and every vote you cast on this subject and I will endeavor to teach your constituents how to follow your votes via the several watch dog web sites at our disposal. It doesn’t matter if you are a Liberal Democrat of a Conservative Republican, if you turn your back on the vets, we will reciprocate in-kind. You will not have our support or votes. ”
SENATOR MURRAY RESPONSE:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the recently created Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, of which I am a co-chair. I appreciate hearing from you about your priorities for this process. As you may know, on August 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 into law after its bipartisan passage through Congress. Following an initial down payment of almost $1 trillion in deficit reduction through cuts to discretionary spending, this legislation created a Joint Select Committee tasked with identifying further deficit reduction of approximately $1.5 trillion. In the event the Committee is unable to produce a plan to meet that amount, immediate across-the-board cuts will be enacted that will come from both defense and non-defense spending. In accordance with the legislation, Committee members were to be appointed by Majority and Minority Leaders in each chamber of Congress. On August 10, 2011, I was asked by Senate Majority Leader Reid to co-chair the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. I agreed to accept this role because I take the goals of this Committee seriously and because I believe that it is time for members of both parties to work together to improve our nation’s financial future. Currently, I am working with my House and Senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle to address our national debt and deficit in a balanced and bipartisan manner. I know we need to make the tough choices that put our country on a more sustainable fiscal track but I also know that we must protect the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable who are struggling mightily in today’s economy. I do not want to pass an unsustainable debt along to my own grandchildren and will be working tirelessly toward a bipartisan plan that reduces our deficit without neglecting the need for investment in areas that help to spur economic growth, create jobs, and promote our country’s long-term competitiveness. I appreciate hearing from you about your priorities for the Joint Select Committee and I will certainly keep the suggestions of Washingtonians in mind as I work with my colleagues to address our fiscal situation. Please continue to pass on your thoughts, as they will help me and my fellow Committee members as we take on this challenge. You can also visit http://deficitreduction.gov for further information about the work of the Joint Select Committee, and if you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates.
United States Senator
MY COMMENT ON THIS RESPONSE: I am sick and tired of this drivel from this poor excuse of a Senator. It is evident in this letter she cares not about the GI’s and will do whatever she wants irregardless of what her Conservative Constituents/Retired GI’s think. She is every bit as bad as ex-Congressman Brian Baird was. She had got to go. She must be fired…….
REPLY ON LETTER ABOUT S. 724:
Dear Mr. Usaf Retired:
Thank you for contacting me regarding S.724, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 , which is currently pending in the United States Senate. I appreciate knowing your views on this matter. In the Senate, this legislation falls under the jurisdiction of the Appropriations Committee. As a member of this Committee, I want to assure you that I will be following the progress of this bill and will keep your views in mind if this or related legislation comes before the full Senate for consideration. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=GetEmailUpdates. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
United States Senator
MY COMMENT ON THIS REPLY: Who is Mr. Usaf Retired? That is what I put after my last name…. This is direct evidence that she does not even really reply to letters from her Constituents. I realize that these people most likely get hundreds if not thousands of letters, but it is truly evident that our message is not getting through as demonstrated by this pitiful reply………
Before you and the rest of the Washington State Legislature think about raising taxes and cutting services, you need to pass HR2044. I know how much money this HR would bring into the state coffers and your action or inaction on this Bill will prove to your constituency whether you are serious about reducing the deficit, or just punishing your constituents with your shortsightedness on this issue by raising taxes and cutting essential services. If you do not act to get this Bill passed, you will not have my support during your next election cycle.
REPLY FROM REPRESENTATIVE TIM PROBST:
Thank you for taking the time to send me this note.
HB 2044 was introduced in the 2011 session, and would allow electronic scratch ticket machines in nontribal gambling establishments. It was introduced very late in the legislative session, and did not move out of the State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee.
I do not have a problem with this bill — I think that it would be perfectly fine to allow these machines in nontribal gambling establishments. However, I do not sit on any of the committees that this bill will go through, and so I will not have a hand in the process unless and until the bill reaches the House floor. In the event that the bill does reach the floor in 2012, I will keep your thoughts in mind as I vote.
You can track the bill’s progress here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2044&year=2011.
Thanks again for your note; please keep in touch. As you know, our nation is in its worst economic emergency since the Great Depression. We all need to look out for one another during these tough economic times. Please do whatever you can to look out for your neighbors, and please feel free to contact me anytime.
State Government & Tribal Affairs contact info;
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My letter to Senator Cantwell:
I am writing as your constituent in the 3rd Congressional district of Washington. I oppose S.968 – PROTECT IP Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability. This is nothing more than a maneuver to silence the dissenting voices of your constituency.
This letter was a reply from the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell [D, WA] on September 14, 2011.
From the Office of Senator Cantwell
Thank you for contacting me about the internet streaming of copyrighted material. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue, and sincerely regret the delayed response.
On May 12, 2011, Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act. Under current federal law, U.S. law enforcement officials and holders of copyrights, trademarks, and patents, have limited legal remedies available to combat internet websites that are registered in foreign countries but operate in the United States by selling products, services, and/or content that violates U.S. intellectual property law. If enacted, the proposed legislation would create an expedited process for the Department of Justice and intellectual property rights holders to shut down through a court order these websites by targeting, the owners and operators of the Internet site, if known, or the domain name registrant associated with the Internet site. The proposed legislation would require the Department of Justice to demonstrate to the Court that the Internet site accessed by the domain name is “dedicated to infringing activities.” Such a website would have no other significant use other than engaging in, enabling, or facilitating infringing activities. Once a court order is issued,domestic operators of domain name servers would be required to effectively prevent online users from accessing the infringing Internet site. Providers of online information location tools would be required to take technically feasible and reasonable measures to remove or disable access to such an Internet site, including not providing a hypertext link. Finally, financial institutions involved in online transactions and Internet advertising companies would be prohibited from doing business with any Internet site subject to a Court order under the
legislation. Intellectual property rights holders can take Internet payment and advertising companies to court if they believe these
companies are not complying with the law. This legislation was reported out of the Judiciary Committee on July 22, 2011, and is awaiting action by the full Senate. While I am supportive of the goals of the bill, I am deeply concerned that the definitions and the means by which the legislation seeks to accomplish these goals will hurt innovation and threaten online speech. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should I have the opportunity to vote on this or similar legislation regarding intellectual property rights. Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator
For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
MY COMMENT: I was trying to remember when was the last time I heard a DemocRAT speak the truth……..Well, its been a very long time and I don’t think that this is the truth either……..
REPLY FROM REP. HERRERA BEUTLER;
Thank you for writing me regarding restrictions on the internet. It is
an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washington, and I
appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
I want to be clear that I support a hands-off approach to the internet.
I am concerned that burdensome regulations will slow down economic
growth. The internet has led to vast improvements for American
businesses and day-to-day life, and I want to see the internet continue
to flourish and create opportunities for all Americans.
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite
you to visit my website at http://www.herrerabeutler.house.gov
for additional information or to
sign up to be kept up to date on these issues. Please do not hesitate
to contact me if I can ever be of assistance.
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress
(UPDATED WITH REPLY 082311) LETTER TO WA. SEC. OF STATE SAM REED ASKING ABOUT ILLEGAL ALIEN VOTING 2012 GENERAL ELECTION
I am writing you as a concerned citizen regarding the recent announcement from The Department of Homeland Security stating that illegal aliens will no longer be deported simply due to their undocumented status. While DHS was careful to state that illegal’s who have committed some sort of crime (other than entering this country illegally) will be processed as usual, illegal aliens who are guilty of nothing more than just being here in the United States, will not be deported. With all this being said, I am very concerned over the possibility that illegal aliens may be able to cast ballots in the next general election cycle in 2012. I would like to ask you, as Washington State is a vote by mail state, how is the Office of Secretary of State going to ensure that only ballots from bonified US Citizens are counted and what safeguards are going to be in place at the locations where the Washington State ballots are going to be counted that would prevent the possibility of fraudulent ballots being counted?
Thank you for whatever information you could provide that would help ease the minds of the citizens of this state.
“Thank you for taking the time to contact Secretary Reed regarding your concerns about illegal aliens casting ballots. Secretary Reed asked me to respond to you on his behalf. In a vote by mail system like outs, a person only receives a ballot if he or she is registered to vote. As such, I think the root of your question is really about protecting the integrity of voter registration. Secretary Reed strongly believes that only eligible citizens should register to vote and participate in our elections. This idea is fundamental to protecting the integrity of our elections system and ensuring fair elections for all. Here are few points to keep in mind with regard to voter registration and citizenship:
- There is no list of citizens. The federal government nor any other agency does not maintain a list of citizens, so we cannot screen the list of voters against a list of citizens. If there was a list of citizens, then Washington likely would be confirming citizenship already.
- Only one state in the country, Arizona, requires proof of citizenship in order to register. Arizona has been requiring proof of citizenship in order to obtain a driver’s license since 1996. And even Arizona is required to accept federal voter registration forms, which do not require proof of citizenship.
- Regardless of whether a person registers using a paper application, using the online application, or at DOL, the application is the same, the questions are the same, the criteria for registering are the same.
- The first question on a voter registration application specifically asks, “I am a citizen of the United States of America,” and the person must affirmatively answer Yes or No. If the application is online or at DOL and the applicant answers “No” to that question, the application cannot go forward. If the answer on a paper application is no, the application is not processed.
- The voter registration application includes an oath, “I am a citizen of the United States,” which the person must sign.
- Providing false information on a voter registration application is a felony.
- The ballot declaration that a voter must sign when voting includes the oath, “I do solemnly swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that I am a citizen of the United States.” Signing a false declaration is a felony.
- If a person believes that a voter is not eligible to vote, he or she can file a voter registration challenge against that person to challenge their voter registration. Since voting is a civil right, the person filing the challenge has to prove that the registered voter is not eligible.
- Over the past few years, the Legislature has reviewed bills that require proof of citizenship in order to register. So far, the Legislature has not enacted such legislation because many people do not have a passport or a copy of their birth certificate and therefore would be unable to register to vote and exercise a fundamental civil right.
Although there is no list of citizens to compare against the voter rolls, Secretary Reed has sought access to federal databases that have information about legal aliens. Two requests were made to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2006 and both were denied. Additionally, Secretary Reed asked the Consulate General of Mexico for a list of all individuals living in Washington state that have been issued a Matricula Consular card. Citing privacy protections in the Geneva Convention, the Consul General informed the Secretary that he cannot fulfill the request.
I hope this information helps you understand the protections in place to prevent noncitizens from registering, and thus receiving a ballot. I also hope you have a better understanding of the challenges in screening the voter rolls for noncitizens who register to vote despite the oath and warning statements included in the registration process.
Co-Director of Elections
Office of the Secretary of State