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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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http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/un-treaties/264121-texas-sparks-international-row-with-election-observers

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.

 Thank You

Good evening,

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,

 

Carolyn

 

Carolyn Berger

Elections Division

Office of the Secretary of State

Phone:  360.902.4180

 

 

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SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL RESPONSE TO MY CONCERNS ABOUT TRI-CARE FEES

MARIA CANTWELL MUST BE DEFEATED IN 2012!!

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding TRICARE.  I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

I share your concerns about keeping TRICARE affordable.  The health and welfare of those men and women who have bravely served our country both in times of peace and war deserve our full support.  To that end, I have consistently worked to ensure that any TRICARE fee increases proposed by the Department of Defense do not put an undue burden on our soldiers, military families, and veterans.

On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 into law.  This legislation included a provision which gave the Department of Defense the authority to increase TRICARE enrollment fees in order to help reduce the growing cost of healthcare within the Department of Defense budget.  These healthcare costs have grown from $1.5 trillion in 2001 to an estimated $2.7 trillion in fiscal year 2013, an increase of 84 percent.  The National Defense Authorization Act would tie TRICARE yearly enrollment fee increases to the annual cost-of-living increase provided to military retirees, which averages around 3.1 percent.

I am profoundly grateful for the service ofAmerica’s veterans and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation.  As such, I believe we have an important responsibility to ensure that our veterans are provided the benefits and assistance that they so greatly deserve.  Please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of the many veterans in the state of Washington.

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 WashingtonStateresidents.  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

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html

 MY NOTE:

Notice how she dodges the questions and does not address my concerns.  She just explains how its going to be…….

 

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(UPDATED 022112 WITH REPLY FROM CONGRESSWOMAN JAMIE HERERRA-BUETLER – UPDATED 121911 WITH REPLY FROM SENATOR PATTY MURRAY) (UPDATED WITH VIDEO) WASHINGTON REPRESENTATIVE JAIME HERRERA-BEUTLER AND SENATORS CANTWELL AND MURRAY VOTES AWAY OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS / CONGRESSIONAL VOTING RECORD ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012

OUR FUTURE HOMES? MAYBE............

As this article outlines, this bill is so draconian you might as well tear up the Bill of Rights.  I am appalled that Congress would do such a thing.  It is now legal to use the might of the United States military against its own citizens in the USA.  All the government needs to do is use the laws and guidelines, the very same ones I have been highlighting on this web site, determine that whatever you are doing falls within the “you might be a terrorist if” guidelines published by the DHA, and the next thing you know, you have the DOD breaking down your door at 3am and hauling you off to jail because simply, they can….  That IS where we are now thanks to the very people who we sent to DC to protect our rights and I am so very disappointed in my Rep.  She is a Freshman and was specifically sent to NOT do what she just did.  Check the list below to see how your Rep voted.  It is truly a bleak and black day in and for America………………

Votes by Representative

Name Voted
Rep. Gary Ackerman [D, NY-5] Aye
Rep. Sandy Adams [R, FL-24] Aye
Rep. Robert Aderholt [R, AL-4] Aye
Rep. Todd Akin [R, MO-2] Aye
Rep. Rodney Alexander [R, LA-5] Aye
Rep. Jason Altmire [D, PA-4] Aye
Rep. Justin Amash [R, MI-3] Nay
Rep. Mark Amodei [R, NV-2] Aye
Rep. Robert Andrews [D, NJ-1] Aye
Rep. Steve Austria [R, OH-7] Aye
Rep. Joe Baca [D, CA-43] Aye
Rep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6] Abstain
Rep. Spencer Bachus [R, AL-6] Aye
Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI-2] Nay
Rep. Lou Barletta [R, PA-11] Aye
Rep. John Barrow [D, GA-12] Aye
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6] Aye
Rep. Joe Barton [R, TX-6] Aye
Rep. Karen Bass [D, CA-33] Nay
Rep. Charles Bass [R, NH-2] Aye
Rep. Xavier Becerra [D, CA-31] Nay
Rep. Dan Benishek [R, MI-1] Aye
Rep. Rick Berg [R, ND-0] Aye
Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1] Aye
Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28] Aye
Rep. Judy Biggert [R, IL-13] Aye
Rep. Brian Bilbray [R, CA-50] Aye
Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R, FL-9] Aye
Rep. Sanford Bishop [D, GA-2] Aye
Rep. Timothy Bishop [D, NY-1] Aye
Rep. Rob Bishop [R, UT-1] Aye
Rep. Diane Black [R, TN-6] Aye
Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R, TN-7] Aye
Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3] Nay
Rep. Jo Bonner [R, AL-1] Aye
Rep. Mary Bono Mack [R, CA-45] Aye
Rep. Dan Boren [D, OK-2] Aye
Rep. Leonard Boswell [D, IA-3] Aye
Rep. Charles Boustany [R, LA-7] Aye
Rep. Kevin Brady [R, TX-8] Aye
Rep. Robert Brady [D, PA-1] Aye
Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1] Nay
Rep. Mo Brooks [R, AL-5] Aye
Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10] Aye
Rep. Corrine Brown [D, FL-3] Aye
Rep. Vern Buchanan [R, FL-13] Aye
Rep. Larry Bucshon [R, IN-8] Nay
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle [R, NY-25] Aye
Rep. Michael Burgess [R, TX-26] Nay
Rep. Dan Burton [R, IN-5] Nay
Rep. George Butterfield [D, NC-1] Aye
Rep. Ken Calvert [R, CA-44] Aye
Rep. David Camp [R, MI-4] Aye
Rep. John Campbell [R, CA-48] Nay
Rep. Francisco Canseco [R, TX-23] Aye
Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7] Aye
Rep. Shelley Capito [R, WV-2] Aye
Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23] Aye
Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8] Nay
Rep. Dennis Cardoza [D, CA-18] Aye
Rep. Russ Carnahan [D, MO-3] Aye
Rep. John Carney [D, DE-0] Aye
Rep. André Carson [D, IN-7] Nay
Rep. John Carter [R, TX-31] Aye
Rep. Bill Cassidy [R, LA-6] Aye
Rep. Kathy Castor [D, FL-11] Aye
Rep. Steven Chabot [R, OH-1] Aye
Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R, UT-3] Nay
Rep. Ben Chandler [D, KY-6] Aye
Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32] Nay
Rep. David Cicilline [D, RI-1] Aye
Rep. Hansen Clarke [D, MI-13] Nay
Rep. Yvette Clarke [D, NY-11] Nay
Rep. William Clay [D, MO-1] Nay
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D, MO-5] Nay
Rep. James Clyburn [D, SC-6] Nay
Rep. Howard Coble [R, NC-6] Abstain
Rep. Mike Coffman [R, CO-6] Nay
Rep. Steve Cohen [D, TN-9] Nay
Rep. Tom Cole [R, OK-4] Aye
Rep. Michael Conaway [R, TX-11] Aye
Rep. Gerald Connolly [D, VA-11] Aye
Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14] Nay
Rep. Jim Cooper [D, TN-5] Aye
Rep. Jim Costa [D, CA-20] Aye
Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12] Nay
Rep. Joe Courtney [D, CT-2] Aye
Rep. Chip Cravaack [R, MN-8] Aye
Rep. Rick Crawford [R, AR-1] Aye
Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R, FL-4] Aye
Rep. Mark Critz [D, PA-12] Aye
Rep. Joseph Crowley [D, NY-7] Aye
Rep. Henry Cuellar [D, TX-28] Aye
Rep. John Culberson [R, TX-7] Aye
Rep. Elijah Cummings [D, MD-7] Nay
Rep. Geoff Davis [R, KY-4] Aye
Rep. Susan Davis [D, CA-53] Aye
Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7] Nay
Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4] Nay
Rep. Diana DeGette [D, CO-1] Nay
Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D, CT-3] Nay
Rep. Jeff Denham [R, CA-19] Aye
Rep. Charles Dent [R, PA-15] Aye
Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R, TN-4] Nay
Rep. Ted Deutch [D, FL-19] Aye
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R, FL-21] Abstain
Rep. Norman Dicks [D, WA-6] Aye
Rep. John Dingell [D, MI-15] Aye
Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D, TX-25] Aye
Rep. Bob Dold [R, IL-10] Aye
Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2] Aye
Rep. Michael Doyle [D, PA-14] Nay
Rep. David Dreier [R, CA-26] Aye
Rep. Sean Duffy [R, WI-7] Aye
Rep. Jeff Duncan [R, SC-3] Nay
Rep. John Duncan [R, TN-2] Nay
Rep. Donna Edwards [D, MD-4] Nay
Rep. Keith Ellison [D, MN-5] Nay
Rep. Renee Ellmers [R, NC-2] Aye
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson [R, MO-8] Aye
Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17] Aye
Rep. Anna Eshoo [D, CA-14] Nay
Rep. Blake Farenthold [R, TX-27] Aye
Rep. Sam Farr [D, CA-17] Nay
Rep. Chaka Fattah [D, PA-2] Nay
Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51] Abstain
Rep. Stephen Fincher [R, TN-8] Aye
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick [R, PA-8] Aye
Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6] Nay
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann [R, TN-3] Aye
Rep. John Fleming [R, LA-4] Aye
Rep. Bill Flores [R, TX-17] Aye
Rep. Randy Forbes [R, VA-4] Nay
Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry [R, NE-1] Aye
Rep. Virginia Foxx [R, NC-5] Aye
Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4] Nay
Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2] Aye
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R, NJ-11] Aye
Rep. Marcia Fudge [D, OH-11] Nay
Rep. Elton Gallegly [R, CA-24] Aye
Rep. John Garamendi [D, CA-10] Aye
Rep. Cory Gardner [R, CO-4] Aye
Rep. Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5] Nay
Rep. Jim Gerlach [R, PA-6] Aye
Rep. Bob Gibbs [R, OH-18] Aye
Rep. Chris Gibson [R, NY-20] Aye
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8] Abstain
Rep. John Gingrey [R, GA-11] Aye
Rep. Louis Gohmert [R, TX-1] Aye
Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D, TX-20] Aye
Rep. Robert Goodlatte [R, VA-6] Nay
Rep. Paul Gosar [R, AZ-1] Nay
Rep. Trey Gowdy [R, SC-4] Nay
Rep. Kay Granger [R, TX-12] Aye
Rep. Tom Graves [R, GA-9] Nay
Rep. Samuel Graves [R, MO-6] Aye
Rep. Al Green [D, TX-9] Aye
Rep. Raymond Green [D, TX-29] Aye
Rep. Tim Griffin [R, AR-2] Aye
Rep. Morgan Griffith [R, VA-9] Nay
Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7] Nay
Rep. Michael Grimm [R, NY-13] Aye
Rep. Frank Guinta [R, NH-1] Aye
Rep. Brett Guthrie [R, KY-2] Aye
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D, IL-4] Abstain
Rep. Janice Hahn [D, CA-36] Nay
Rep. Ralph Hall [R, TX-4] Aye
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D, HI-1] Aye
Rep. Richard Hanna [R, NY-24] Aye
Rep. Gregg Harper [R, MS-3] Aye
Rep. Andy Harris [R, MD-1] Nay
Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R, MO-4] Aye
Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23] Nay
Rep. Doc Hastings [R, WA-4] Aye
Rep. Nan Hayworth [R, NY-19] Aye
Rep. Joe Heck [R, NV-3] Aye
Rep. Martin Heinrich [D, NM-1] Nay
Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R, TX-5] Aye
Rep. Walter Herger [R, CA-2] Aye
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler [R, WA-3] Aye
Rep. Brian Higgins [D, NY-27] Aye
Rep. James Himes [D, CT-4] Aye
Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22] Nay
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D, TX-15] Nay
Rep. Mazie Hirono [D, HI-2] Aye
Rep. Kathleen Hochul [D, NY-26] Aye
Rep. Tim Holden [D, PA-17] Aye
Rep. Rush Holt [D, NJ-12] Nay
Rep. Michael Honda [D, CA-15] Nay
Rep. Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5] Aye
Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R, KS-1] Nay
Rep. Bill Huizenga [R, MI-2] Nay
Rep. Randy Hultgren [R, IL-14] Aye
Rep. Duncan Hunter [R, CA-52] Aye
Rep. Robert Hurt [R, VA-5] Nay
Rep. Jay Inslee [D, WA-1] Aye
Rep. Steve Israel [D, NY-2] Aye
Rep. Darrell Issa [R, CA-49] Aye
Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2] Nay
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18] Aye
Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R, KS-2] Aye
Rep. Eddie Johnson [D, TX-30] Abstain
Rep. Samuel Johnson [R, TX-3] Aye
Rep. Bill Johnson [R, OH-6] Aye
Rep. Henry Johnson [D, GA-4] Nay
Rep. Timothy Johnson [R, IL-15] Nay
Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3] Nay
Rep. Jim Jordan [R, OH-4] Aye
Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9] Nay
Rep. William Keating [D, MA-10] Aye
Rep. Mike Kelly [R, PA-3] Aye
Rep. Dale Kildee [D, MI-5] Aye
Rep. Ronald Kind [D, WI-3] Aye
Rep. Steve King [R, IA-5] Aye
Rep. Peter King [R, NY-3] Aye
Rep. Jack Kingston [R, GA-1] Aye
Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R, IL-11] Aye
Rep. Larry Kissell [D, NC-8] Aye
Rep. John Kline [R, MN-2] Aye
Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10] Nay
Rep. Raúl Labrador [R, ID-1] Nay
Rep. Doug Lamborn [R, CO-5] Aye
Rep. Leonard Lance [R, NJ-7] Aye
Rep. Jeff Landry [R, LA-3] Aye
Rep. James Langevin [D, RI-2] Aye
Rep. James Lankford [R, OK-5] Aye
Rep. Rick Larsen [D, WA-2] Aye
Rep. John Larson [D, CT-1] Aye
Rep. Thomas Latham [R, IA-4] Aye
Rep. Steven LaTourette [R, OH-14] Abstain
Rep. Robert Latta [R, OH-5] Aye
Rep. Barbara Lee [D, CA-9] Nay
Rep. Sander Levin [D, MI-12] Aye
Rep. John Lewis [D, GA-5] Nay
Rep. Jerry Lewis [R, CA-41] Aye
Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3] Aye
Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R, NJ-2] Aye
Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2] Aye
Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D, CA-16] Nay
Rep. Billy Long [R, MO-7] Aye
Rep. Nita Lowey [D, NY-18] Aye
Rep. Frank Lucas [R, OK-3] Aye
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R, MO-9] Aye
Rep. Ben Luján [D, NM-3] Nay
Rep. Cynthia Lummis [R, WY-0] Nay
Rep. Daniel Lungren [R, CA-3] Aye
Rep. Stephen Lynch [D, MA-9] Abstain
Rep. Connie Mack [R, FL-14] Nay
Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D, NY-14] Nay
Rep. Donald Manzullo [R, IL-16] Aye
Rep. Kenny Marchant [R, TX-24] Aye
Rep. Thomas Marino [R, PA-10] Aye
Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7] Nay
Rep. Jim Matheson [D, UT-2] Aye
Rep. Doris Matsui [D, CA-5] Nay
Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R, CA-22] Aye
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D, NY-4] Aye
Rep. Michael McCaul [R, TX-10] Aye
Rep. Tom McClintock [R, CA-4] Nay
Rep. Betty McCollum [D, MN-4] Nay
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter [R, MI-11] Aye
Rep. James McDermott [D, WA-7] Nay
Rep. James McGovern [D, MA-3] Nay
Rep. Patrick McHenry [R, NC-10] Aye
Rep. Mike McIntyre [D, NC-7] Aye
Rep. Howard McKeon [R, CA-25] Aye
Rep. David McKinley [R, WV-1] Aye
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R, WA-5] Aye
Rep. Jerry McNerney [D, CA-11] Aye
Rep. Patrick Meehan [R, PA-7] Aye
Rep. Gregory Meeks [D, NY-6] Nay
Rep. John Mica [R, FL-7] Aye
Rep. Michael Michaud [D, ME-2] Nay
Rep. Candice Miller [R, MI-10] Aye
Rep. George Miller [D, CA-7] Nay
Rep. Bradley Miller [D, NC-13] Nay
Rep. Gary Miller [R, CA-42] Aye
Rep. Jeff Miller [R, FL-1] Aye
Rep. Gwen Moore [D, WI-4] Nay
Rep. James Moran [D, VA-8] Nay
Rep. Mick Mulvaney [R, SC-5] Nay
Rep. Christopher Murphy [D, CT-5] Nay
Rep. Tim Murphy [R, PA-18] Aye
Rep. Sue Myrick [R, NC-9] Abstain
Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D, NY-8] Nay
Rep. Grace Napolitano [D, CA-38] Nay
Rep. Richard Neal [D, MA-2] Nay
Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R, TX-19] Aye
Rep. Kristi Noem [R, SD-0] Aye
Rep. Richard Nugent [R, FL-5] Aye
Rep. Devin Nunes [R, CA-21] Aye
Rep. Alan Nunnelee [R, MS-1] Aye
Rep. Pete Olson [R, TX-22] Aye
Rep. John Olver [D, MA-1] Nay
Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23] Aye
Rep. Steven Palazzo [R, MS-4] Aye
Rep. Frank Pallone [D, NJ-6] Nay
Rep. William Pascrell [D, NJ-8] Aye
Rep. Edward Pastor [D, AZ-4] Aye
Rep. Ronald Paul [R, TX-14] Abstain
Rep. Erik Paulsen [R, MN-3] Aye
Rep. Donald Payne [D, NJ-10] Nay
Rep. Steven Pearce [R, NM-2] Aye
Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8] Aye
Rep. Mike Pence [R, IN-6] Nay
Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D, CO-7] Aye
Rep. Gary Peters [D, MI-9] Nay
Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7] Aye
Rep. Thomas Petri [R, WI-6] Aye
Rep. Chellie Pingree [D, ME-1] Nay
Rep. Joseph Pitts [R, PA-16] Abstain
Rep. Todd Platts [R, PA-19] Aye
Rep. Ted Poe [R, TX-2] Aye
Rep. Jared Polis [D, CO-2] Nay
Rep. Mike Pompeo [R, KS-4] Aye
Rep. Bill Posey [R, FL-15] Nay
Rep. David Price [D, NC-4] Nay
Rep. Tom Price [R, GA-6] Aye
Rep. Ben Quayle [R, AZ-3] Aye
Rep. Mike Quigley [D, IL-5] Nay
Rep. Nick Rahall [D, WV-3] Aye
Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15] Nay
Rep. Tom Reed [R, NY-29] Aye
Rep. Dennis Rehberg [R, MT-0] Aye
Rep. Dave Reichert [R, WA-8] Aye
Rep. Jim Renacci [R, OH-16] Aye
Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D, TX-16] Aye
Rep. Reid Ribble [R, WI-8] Nay
Rep. Laura Richardson [D, CA-37] Aye
Rep. Cedric Richmond [D, LA-2] Nay
Rep. Scott Rigell [R, VA-2] Aye
Rep. David Rivera [R, FL-25] Aye
Rep. Martha Roby [R, AL-2] Aye
Rep. Phil Roe [R, TN-1] Nay
Rep. Michael Rogers [R, MI-8] Aye
Rep. Harold Rogers [R, KY-5] Aye
Rep. Michael Rogers [R, AL-3] Aye
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R, CA-46] Nay
Rep. Todd Rokita [R, IN-4] Nay
Rep. Thomas Rooney [R, FL-16] Aye
Rep. Peter Roskam [R, IL-6] Aye
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R, FL-18] Aye
Rep. Dennis Ross [R, FL-12] Aye
Rep. Mike Ross [D, AR-4] Aye
Rep. Steven Rothman [D, NJ-9] Aye
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D, CA-34] Nay
Rep. Edward Royce [R, CA-40] Nay
Rep. Jon Runyan [R, NJ-3] Aye
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger [D, MD-2] Aye
Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1] Nay
Rep. Timothy Ryan [D, OH-17] Nay
Rep. Paul Ryan [R, WI-1] Aye
Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D, CA-47] Abstain
Rep. Linda Sánchez [D, CA-39] Aye
Rep. John Sarbanes [D, MD-3] Nay
Rep. Steve Scalise [R, LA-1] Aye
Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D, IL-9] Nay
Rep. Adam Schiff [D, CA-29] Aye
Rep. Robert Schilling [R, IL-17] Aye
Rep. Jean Schmidt [R, OH-2] Aye
Rep. Aaron Schock [R, IL-18] Aye
Rep. Kurt Schrader [D, OR-5] Aye
Rep. Allyson Schwartz [D, PA-13] Aye
Rep. David Schweikert [R, AZ-5] Nay
Rep. Tim Scott [R, SC-1] Aye
Rep. David Scott [D, GA-13] Aye
Rep. Robert Scott [D, VA-3] Nay
Rep. Austin Scott [R, GA-8] Aye
Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R, WI-5] Aye
Rep. José Serrano [D, NY-16] Nay
Rep. Peter Sessions [R, TX-32] Aye
Rep. Terri Sewell [D, AL-7] Aye
Rep. Brad Sherman [D, CA-27] Aye
Rep. John Shimkus [R, IL-19] Aye
Rep. Heath Shuler [D, NC-11] Aye
Rep. William Shuster [R, PA-9] Aye
Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2] Nay
Rep. Albio Sires [D, NJ-13] Aye
Rep. Louise Slaughter [D, NY-28] Nay
Rep. Christopher Smith [R, NJ-4] Aye
Rep. Adrian Smith [R, NE-3] Aye
Rep. Adam Smith [D, WA-9] Aye
Rep. Lamar Smith [R, TX-21] Aye
Rep. Steve Southerland [R, FL-2] Aye
Rep. Jackie Speier [D, CA-12] Nay
Rep. Fortney Stark [D, CA-13] Nay
Rep. Clifford Stearns [R, FL-6] Aye
Rep. Steve Stivers [R, OH-15] Aye
Rep. Marlin Stutzman [R, IN-3] Nay
Rep. John Sullivan [R, OK-1] Aye
Rep. Betty Sutton [D, OH-13] Aye
Rep. Lee Terry [R, NE-2] Aye
Rep. Bennie Thompson [D, MS-2] Nay
Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5] Aye
Rep. Michael Thompson [D, CA-1] Nay
Rep. William Thornberry [R, TX-13] Aye
Rep. Patrick Tiberi [R, OH-12] Aye
Rep. John Tierney [D, MA-6] Nay
Rep. Scott Tipton [R, CO-3] Nay
Rep. Paul Tonko [D, NY-21] Nay
Rep. Edolphus Towns [D, NY-10] Nay
Rep. Niki Tsongas [D, MA-5] Aye
Rep. Robert Turner [R, NY-9] Aye
Rep. Michael Turner [R, OH-3] Aye
Rep. Frederick Upton [R, MI-6] Aye
Rep. Christopher Van Hollen [D, MD-8] Nay
Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D, NY-12] Nay
Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1] Aye
Rep. Timothy Walberg [R, MI-7] Nay
Rep. Greg Walden [R, OR-2] Aye
Rep. Joe Walsh [R, IL-8] Nay
Rep. Timothy Walz [D, MN-1] Aye
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D, FL-20] Aye
Rep. Maxine Waters [D, CA-35] Nay
Rep. Melvin Watt [D, NC-12] Nay
Rep. Henry Waxman [D, CA-30] Aye
Rep. Daniel Webster [R, FL-8] Aye
Rep. Peter Welch [D, VT-0] Nay
Rep. Allen West [R, FL-22] Aye
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA-3] Aye
Rep. Edward Whitfield [R, KY-1] Aye
Rep. Frederica Wilson [D, FL-17] Aye
Rep. Addison Wilson [R, SC-2] Aye
Rep. Rob Wittman [R, VA-1] Aye
Rep. Frank Wolf [R, VA-10] Aye
Rep. Steve Womack [R, AR-3] Aye
Rep. Rob Woodall [R, GA-7] Nay
Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6] Nay
Rep. John Yarmuth [D, KY-3] Nay
Rep. Kevin Yoder [R, KS-3] Aye
Rep. Bill Young [R, FL-10] Abstain
Rep. Donald Young [R, AK-0] Aye
Rep. Todd Young [R, IN-9]
MY LETTER TO MY REPS;

I am writing you to express my dismay at your vote concerning The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2012.  Your main purpose in Congress, as stated by your Oath of Office was to protect the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of this nation.  Your AYE vote on this Bill is blatantly just the exact opposite.  While the poorly crafted language is seemingly aimed at persons inside the United States who are aiding identified terrorist organizations, the language is purposely vague so that it could be interpreted in very broad terms and conditions which can be “cherry picked” and used against the citizenry in most draconian ways.  This Bill effectively tears up the intent of The Bill of Rights as written by our Founding Fathers.  You know this and you still voted in favor of passage of this Constitution crushing legislation.  In my opinion, you are unfit to serve because you willingly violated your oath of office and violated the rights of the citizens of Washington State.  I will not in any way shape or form, support you in your upcoming election.  In fact I think you should be recalled immediately.  I anticipate that your response to this letter will include your rational for this betrayal to your oath and to the citizens you were supposed to represent.  In that light, it will be shallow and not acceptable as usual.

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REPLY FROM SENATOR PATTY MURRAY:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding military detention.  It is good to hear from you.  As you know, in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration devised a new detention system outside of established legal structures of the U.S. criminal justice system and military courts-martial. Through legislation and a series of high-profile Supreme Court rulings, both Congress and the federal judiciary took action to clarify and limit parts of the Bush administration’s detention programs.  Although President Obama has taken some important steps toward the fair and humane treatment of detainees, I believe much more work has yet to be done. I continue to support closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and the ability of the Administration to try terror suspects in the U.S. federal court system.  The federal courts are well-equipped to handle these complex and difficult cases—since 2006, federal courts have successfully tried over 300 terrorism suspects while military commissions have tried only three.  I strongly support giving our military and intelligence agencies the tools they need to protect our nation and our service members. I understand some evidence against detainees may be too sensitive to national security to be presented in civilian court or may be tainted due to harsh interrogation techniques.  Right now, the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General can decide whether to use a military tribunal or a federal court.  I believe the Obama administration should continue to have the flexibility to decide on a case-by-case basis, and I opposed Republican amendments during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act that would strip the President of this authority.

Please be assured that I will keep your views on this important topic in mind during the 112th Congress. If you would like to know more about my work in the United States Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates/. Thank you again for contacting me and please keep in touch.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

(my comment; You see, she does not care about the Bill of Rights)

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Lawmaker obtains commitment to revisit detainee language

UPDATED 022112 REPLY FROM CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERRARA BEUTLER

February 14, 2012

Thank you for contacting me about Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washington, and it is important for me to hear from folks in our region.

I certainly understand your concerns about Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA and how these sections impact our civil liberties and Constitutional rights.  I am a firm believer that your federal representative should take a proactive role in preserving your Constitutional rights.

I have not and will not support any legislation that would limit your Constitutional rights or allow American citizens to be detained under military authority and held without due process.  Please let me share with you why I believe the NDAA takes the proper steps to preserve your Constitutional rights and provide the President and our military with the tools they need to combat terrorism.

The NDAA reaffirms that the President may use “all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)” against al Qaeda and the Taliban.  The AUMF was authorized following the September 11th terrorist attacks and had not been updated since it was originally sanctioned in 2001.  It is important to provide the President and our military with the resources they need to combat al Qaeda and the Taliban, and this bill accomplishes this goal by reaffirming current laws and without expanding presidential authority.

People had very valid and legitimate concerns about Section 1021 of the NDAA as it relates to the use of force.  Before voting for the NDAA I checked to make sure this legislation will not take away from or infringe upon your Constitutional rights.  The use of force does not apply to U.S. Citizens, in fact Section 1021, Subsection E which explicitly exempts U.S. citizens reads: (e) AUTHORITIES.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.

Section 1022 of the NDAA clarifies procedures for how non-U.S. citizens linked to al Qaeda or the Taliban are to be detained.  Evidence must be presented that demonstrates a foreign national’s link to al Qaeda or the Taliban in order for the detainment to be legal. This section clarifies that terrorists apprehended by law enforcement agencies must be held under military custody.  However, Section 1022, Subsection B explicitly exempts U.S. citizens and legal residents.  It reads:(b) APPLICABILITY TO UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND LAWFUL RESIDENT       ALIENS.—

(1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS.—The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States. 

(2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS.—The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to a lawful resident alien of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States.

Our country continues to be under the very real threat of terrorism, and it is important to make sure our military is proper equipped to protect our citizens.  It is equally important for us to take steps to preserve and uphold our Constitutional rights.  The NDAA accomplish both of these goals.

Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at www.HerrreraBeutler.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

 
Sincerely,

Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

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(UPDATED 120111/120811) S.1867 WILL KILL DEMOCRACY AND AMERICA AS WE KNEW IT……..

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Franklin's Contributions to the Conference on February 17 (III) Fri, Feb 17, 1775

I am asking all voting Americans to contact your Senators and demand that they not vote in favor of this legislation, “S.1867 – Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012”.  As much as I despise  the ACLU, they are right on this issue and we must not stand for this latest assault on the American Public.  You take the DHS publication on Extremism, and couple it with this legislation and  you will see that the forces inside the Federal Government that want to put us all in jail are still at work and is alive and well.  This could be the final shot across our bow that seals our fate.  If this language is left in this legislation and passes both the House and Senate and is signed into law, (which I have no doubt the current occupier of the WH will do) the great experiment called Democracy, that our Founding Fathers established, will be dead.  This is not an exaggeration or doom and gloom stuff.  If you don’t think so, you’re simply ignorant or not paying attention.  In either case, we’re all in trouble.    Click here and here for the details.

There is another issue with this legislation because it also covers the Tri-Care medical program that military retirees use.  It states;

SEC. 701. ANNUAL COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT IN ENROLLMENT FEES IN TRICARE PRIME.

(a) In General- Section 1097a of title 10, United States Code, is amended–

(1) by redesignating subsections (c), (d), (e), and (f) as subsections (d), (e), (f), and (g), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection (c):

`(c) Cost-of-living Adjustment in Enrollment Fee- (1) Whenever after September 30, 2012, the Secretary of Defense increases the retired pay of members and former members of the armed forces pursuant to section 1401a of this title, the Secretary shall increase the amount of the fee payable for enrollment in TRICARE Prime by an amount equal to the percentage of such fee payable on the day before the date of the increase of such fee that is equal to the percentage increase in such retired pay. In determining the amount of the increase in such retired pay for purposes of this subsection, the Secretary shall use the amount computed pursuant to section 1401a(b)(2) of this title. The increase in such fee shall be effective as of January 1 following the date of the increase in such retired pay.

`(2) The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register the amount of the fee payable for enrollment in TRICARE Prime whenever increased pursuant to this subsection.’.

So what it saying is, if retirees get a COLA increase in their retirement checks,they will use Tri-Care to get it back…… This is the kind of back door, back stabbing legislation we Vets and Americans are sick of.  Those in congress who push this type of legislation must be voted out of office as we reform our REPRESENTATIVE form of government.

MY LETTER TO MY REPS ON THIS:

I am writing as your constituent in the 3rd Congressional district of Washington. I oppose S.1867 – Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability. This legislation is a direct assault on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and if you vote in favor of this Bill in its present form, you will be in violation of your oath of office and that will not go unnoticed. As Benjamin Franklin said on Feb 17th, 1775, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This struggle we find ourselves in now is not to be used as justification to tear our democracy asunder. We citizens are relying on you to protect our inviolate foundational tenets and GOD GIVEN RIGHTS. We demand you do so or you will most definitely find yourself voted out of office come your next election cycle. As this letter is being sent to all three of my Representatives in Congress, this legislation will not go before the House unless the Senate gives it an up vote. If it is passed in the Senate and goes to the House, my Representative in the House will be held to the same standard as my Senators. Our Democracy is in danger, do the right thing and vote no on this democracy killing legislation.

REPLY FROM CANTWELL:  (sort of..)

Thank you for contacting me regarding the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. I appreciate hearing from you on this matter.

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 on May 5, 2011.  This legislation was passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee by a vote of 26-0 on November 15, 2011.  The National Defense Authorization Act is enacted each fiscal year to specify the budget and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense.  The National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 includes numerous provisions that relate to the treatment of terrorism detainees.  One such provision requires that any detainee caught on U.S. soil must be remanded to the U.S. military for custody.  This provision is strongly opposed by the White House and the Department of Defense; both entities have stated that it will limit current options available to our counter-terrorism officials. However, the legislation also allows the Administration to waive the mandatory custody requirement.  The bill also provides for an exemption for any mandatory custody transfer that would interfere with ongoing civilian law enforcement surveillance or interrogation efforts.  Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts should I have the opportunity to vote on these or similar provisions. I am profoundly grateful for the service of our brave men and women in the armed services and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation.  As such, we have an important responsibility to ensure that they have the tools and resources they need to successfully complete their mission and return home safe.  Please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of the many soldiers in the state of Washington.

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.

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

My Comment;

NOTICE HOW SHE DOES NOT TOUCH ON MY CONCERNS?  IS SHE RESPONSIVE TO OUR CONCERNS?  I SAY NO!

SENATE SAYS NO TO UDALL AMENDMENT that would have taken the worst out of this Bill.

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Vote on 1 Dec 11

 


 

UPDATED 120811

SENATOR CANTWELL RESPONSE

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(UPDATED 111711 WITH REPLY) MY LETTER TO JAIME HERRERA-BEUTLER ON THE GOP BLINKING FIRST ON TAXES:

HERRERA-BEUTLER

JAIME HERRERA-BEUTLER

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.

REPLY 111711

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.

Sincerely,

Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

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LEON PANETTA SAYS BENEFITS FOR MILITARY RETIREES MAY BE CUT AND IS “ON THE TABLE”

IS LEON PANETTA A TRAITOR TO THE VERY MILITARY MEMBERS HE COMMANDS INCLUDING THE RETIREES?

My letter to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler on this subject:

In a recent article I read on “The New York Times” website, it recounted recent statements being made by Leon Panetta that a reduction of retired military benefits will be on the table and out of pocket increases will be incurred by us retired military people.   I have written you on several occasions expressing my concerns regarding Tri-Care and the possibility that the budget will be balanced on the backs of the Vets and Military Retirees.  You have replied to my concerns stating that you will resist all efforts to further erode the retirement benefits that I worked over 20 years to get, that, by the way, was promised to me all those years ago.  In the years since my initial enlistment, which was in 1975, I have bared witness to the steady reneging on the Governments part, of the retirement benefits of those serving this nation.  You as a Representative of Congress, and as a body, must never lose sight of the fact that each and every man and woman who served and are currently serving in the military are volunteers.  They/we have volunteered to defend this great land, with our lives if need be, in order to preserve the American way of life.  That act alone, is worthy of honor AND backing and support of the very government we defend.  It is my sincere prediction that if Congress once again, turns its back on the military members and further erodes the promised benefits of those who serve, you will see a steady, unrelenting decline in the numbers of people who will be willing to “volunteer” and stand up for this once great nation.  I dare say, Congress is not contemplating a reduction in their retirement benefits, are they?  Are you?  You have to serve a much shorter time to get your benefits that I had to, yet you are fully vested after 5 years and will retirement with full benefits.  I am unable to find any information regarding the medical benefits that are afforded you and others in Congress. I am troubled by that fact.  The lack of information on this subject is troubling at best.  Could you enlighten me and explain/outline the medical benefits afforded both serving and retired members of Congress?  My readers have the right to know what we tax payers are paying for, especially when it involves the pay and benefits of those we choose to send to Washington DC.  Bluntly stated, I will accept a reduction in benefits when Congress does the same.

In closing, I continue to urge both you and the rest of the Conservatives in Congress to strongly resist any further changes in the military benefits that would either lessen services or cause an increase in “out-of-pocket” expenses of the retirees or any other class of military vets.  It is immoral for a nation to punish the very people whom you rely on to protect this great country.  When I signed my contract with The United States of America, way back in 1975, the government promised me certain things if I kept up my end of the bargain.  Well, I did, will the USA do the same and keep its end of the bargain?  So far, it hasn’t.  It is up to you to restore what is rightfully ours.  The next election cycle is just around the corner for you and your re-election is not guaranteed.  I sent you to DC for a reason and that was to stand up for me and be my voice along with the other thousands of Vets who rely on your support.  I am expecting you and your like-minded Conservatives to do just that.  Do not “cave” into those who wish to further erode the militaries pay and benefits just to make a “deal” and make political points by trying to look like you’re being ‘bi-partisan”.  You are our shoulder to the dike, holding back the tide.  Stay the fight, make those who wish to do us vets harm, blink first.

Letter to Senator Patty Murray:

In a recent article I read on “The New York Times” website, it recounted recent statements being made by Leon Panetta that a reduction of retired military benefits will be on the table and out of pocket increases will be incurred by us retired military people.   I have written you on several occasions expressing my concerns regarding Tri-Care and the possibility that the budget will be balanced on the backs of the Vets and Military Retirees.  You have replied to my concerns using very broad terms and not committing to resisting all efforts to further erode the retirement benefits that I worked over 20 years to get, that, by the way, was promised to me all those years ago.  In the years since my initial enlistment, which was in 1975, I have bared witness to the steady reneging on the Governments part, of the retirement benefits of those serving this nation.  You as a member of Congress, and as a body, must never lose sight of the fact that each and every man and woman who served and are currently serving in the military are volunteers.  They/we have volunteered to defend this great land, with our lives if need be, in order to preserve the American way of life.  That act alone, is worthy of honor AND backing and support of the very government we defend.  It is my sincere prediction that if Congress once again, turns its back on the military members and further erodes the promised benefits of those who serve, you will see a steady, unrelenting decline in the numbers of people who will be willing to “volunteer” and stand up for this once great nation.  I dare say, Congress is not contemplating a reduction in their retirement benefits, are they?  Are you?  You have to serve a much shorter time to get your benefits that I had to, yet you are fully vested after 5 years and will retirement with full benefits.  Bluntly stated, I will accept a reduction in benefits when Congress does the same.  You being on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, the Defense Subcommittee and the “Super Committee, you are in a prime position to preserve the benefits we veterans sacrificed so long for.

In closing, I continue to urge you to strongly resist any further changes in the military benefits that would either lessen services or cause an increase in “out-of-pocket” expenses of the retirees or any other class of military vets.  It is immoral for a nation to punish the very people whom you rely on to protect this great country.  When I signed my contract with The United States of America, way back in 1975, the government promised me certain things if I kept up my end of the bargain.  Well, I did, will the USA do the same and keep its end of the bargain?  So far, it hasn’t.  It is up to you to restore what is rightfully ours.  The next election cycle is coming up in ’16  and your re-election is not guaranteed, especially if you fail the vets.  You were sent to DC for a reason and that was to stand up for me and be my voice along with the other thousands of Vets who rely on your support.  I am expecting you to do just that.  Do not “cave” into those who wish to further erode the militaries pay and benefits just to make a “deal” and make political points by trying to look like you’re being ‘bi-partisan”.  You are our shoulder to the dike, holding back the tide.  Stay the fight, make those who wish to do us vets harm, blink first.  We are watching and we vote.

note: With a few changes, this letter was also sent to Senator Maria Cantwell

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LETTER TO MY REPRESENTATIVES SENATORS PATTY MURRAY/MARIA CANTWELL REGARDING REDUCING THE BENEFITS OF MILITARY RETIREES

SHE DOES NOT DESERVE RE-ELECTION...

MY LETTER:

” 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.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
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.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
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………

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(UPDATED 102711) LETTER TO MY WA. STATE REPS BENTON, HARRIS AND PROBST REGARDING HR 2044

WHY SHOULD THE WASHINGTON STATE TRIBES HAVE A MONOPOLY ON SLOTS AND WHY IS GOVERNOR GREGOIRE PROTECTING THEM?

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.

UPDATE 102711

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.

Tim


State Government & Tribal Affairs contact info;

113 Joel M. Pritchard Bldg., P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Committee Hearings & Bill Information: (360) 786-7126
Legislative Hotline Operators: 1-800-562-6000
Committee Members

Representative Room Phone
Hunt, Sam (D) Chair LEG 438B (360) 786-7992
Appleton, Sherry (D) Vice Chair LEG 132F (360) 786-7934
Taylor, David (R) * MOD A 205 (360) 786-7874
Overstreet, Jason (R) ** MOD A 102 (360) 786-7980
Alexander, Gary (R) LEG 426B (360) 786-7990
Condotta, Cary (R) LEG 122B (360) 786-7954
Darneille, Jeannie (D) LEG 436B (360) 786-7974
Dunshee, Hans (D) (360) 786-7804
Hurst, Christopher (D) LEG 132D (360) 786-7866
McCoy, John (D) LEG 132A (360) 786-7864
Miloscia, Mark (D) LEG 437A (360) 786-7898

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SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL (D-WA) AND HER VIEWS ON THE POSTAL SERVICE DEFAULT

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL (D-WA) SHE IS PART OF THE PROBLEM......

Thank you for contacting me about the Postal Reform Act of 2011.  I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

As you know, the U.S. Postal Service is an independent, federally chartered organization.  The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 eliminated the U.S. Post Office Department and replaced it with the Postal Service, which is chartered to perform as a business enterprise with the primary mission of delivering the mail to all parts of the country at uniform rates.  The Postal Service is also mandated to operate on a self-supporting, break-even basis, with particular emphasis on restraining postal rate increases. The Postal Service has been subject to many of the recent financial and economic pressures experienced by businesses, including significant competition in the non-letter mail services it provides, as well recent decreases in letter mail due to the upsurge in electronic communications. As a quasi-government entity, the Postal Service has several important advantages over its competitors including a letter-mail monopoly and a tax-free status.  However, the Postal Service also faces significant challenges that its competitors do not because it is required to provide service to all areas of the country. On June 23, 2011, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the Postal Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 2309).  This legislation would implement structural reforms of the Postal Service with the goals of reducing costs and inefficiencies.  This includes moving the Postal Service to five-day delivery, allowing postal rate increases for underperforming products, and amending current law that governs the closure process for postal facilities.  These reforms would be initiated by two new oversight bodies, one of which would have the ability to modify existing collective bargaining contracts if the Postal Service were to default on financial obligations to the federal government.  H.R. 2309 was referred to the U.S.  House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where is it currently awaiting further review. I believe it is important that the USPS provides service to all Americans in a timely fashion.  The USPS does have an obligation to conduct business in a fiscally responsible fashion that will optimize all services, including drop-off and delivery, for consumers.  Please be assured I will take your comments into account should I have the opportunity to consider H.R. 2309 or similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter.  You may be interested in signing up for my periodic update 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.

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html

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(UPDATED 091911-092311-092611) IS SENATOR PATTY MURRAY and SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL LOOKING TO BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS HER AND CUT BENEFITS FOR MILITARY RETIREES?

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I think this is a very appropriate question for her, after all she is on the Committee for Veteran Affairs….  I do not trust her one inch.  She needs to understand in no uncertain terms that meddling with veteran benefits will lead to their ousting in the Senate.  If the retirement benefits are gutted, like the Libs want, the military will sink to a level of mediocrity not seen since before WWII.   No one will stay in because of the meager retirement benefits and there will be little or no brain trust.  This would be catastrophic for the USA and no one in their right mind should even think about balancing the budget on the backs of the very people who VOLUNTARILY put themselves in harm’s way to protect this great land.  When America turns in back on the Veterans, Then Vets will turn their backs on America.  Click here for the story….

MY LETTER TO MY REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATORS and yes I sent it to Speaker John Boehner also;

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.

UPDATED 091911

NOT ONLY THE RICH WILL PAY MORE UNDER OBAMA’S PLAN….

REPLY FROM CONGRESSWOMAN Jaime Herrera Beutler: 092011

September 20, 2011

Thank you for contacting me regarding civilianizing veteran’s pensions and the military benefits package.   It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washington and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me. America’s soldiers and veterans have made great sacrifices to protect our country’s freedoms and safety.  I am grateful for their sacrifices, and I am committed to finding solutions to the problems facing our veterans and their families today. Given the current economic conditions, I fully recognize that many veterans are having a difficult time making ends meet.  Many veterans relying on these programs live on fixed incomes and very tight budgets.  For them, every dollar of hard-earned benefits counts in meeting basic expenses, attaining quality of life, and building a better future for themselves and those who depend on them. While no government program is immune from cuts in this fiscally trying time, I am not willing to ask veterans to take a disproportionate share of the burden.  As Congress, the administration, and the Pentagon work to make good on the debt ceiling deal, they should focus on responsibly reducing wasteful military spending in a way that bolsters our economy without endangering our national security or cutting benefits to to active duty military and veterans.  I place a high priority upon protecting the interests of our service members and it is essential that we keep our promises to those men and women in uniform, as well as the loved ones they leave behind.  I appreciate your comments and will work hard to make sure a fair and equitable solution that protects our nation’s veterans is found as we tackle our national debt and move the United States forward.

Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at www.HerrreraBeutler.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.
Sincerely,

Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL RESPONSE:  No doubt a form letter…

UPDATED 092611

SENATOR PATTY MURRAY  RESPONSE:  No doubt a form letter and she dodges the question and issue;

Thank you for contacting me about funding for military benefits.   I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter and sincerely regret the delayed response.Government has a responsibility to spend taxpayers’ dollars wisely, but it also has a responsibility to provide certain services and guarantees to the American people. I take both of these very seriously. To ensure that we have the ability to defend our borders, maintain our infrastructure, educate our children, and more, it is imperative that we keep our financial house in order. A principal responsibility of the U.S. Congress under the Constitution is to provide for the national defense.  I take this responsibility very seriously, and I am committed to and continue to support legislative efforts to maintain the effectiveness and readiness of the U.S.’s armed forces by raising our soldiers’ quality of life, improving housing conditions for military personnel and their families, and modernizing our force capabilities to effectively meet future threats.I am  profoundly grateful for the service of America’s veterans and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation. Please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of the many veterans in the State of Washington.

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.

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

My comments;  As you can read here, as usual she does not address my concerns and only offers a weak response and weak support.  She must be defeated in 2012.  I will vote for a soup can, over her……..

 

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.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

 

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SHERIFF ARPAIO’S POSSE TO REVIEW OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE

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I applaud Sheriff Joe Arpaio for having the wherewithal and pluck to investigate the  bogus birth certificate that The ‘Bama published for our consumption like he thinks we are a bunch of idiots.  The phony BC has been examined by experts and it without a doubt a fake, in the opinion of the experts and me, for all that’s worth…  I am going to write Sheriff Joe and express my support to him.  I urge all Patriots to do the same.

My letter to Sheriff Joe:

I am writing you to express my support for your investigation into the legitimacy of President Obama’s published birth certificate.  I whole heartedly applaud you for your steadfast patriotism and sense of duty.  This Constitutional issue must be examined and resolved and I am so happy that you have taken up the cause, in spite of the failure of Congress to have the bravery and sense of duty to do what you have been compelled to do.  If I could I would shake your hand.  This country needs more Patriots like you who are not afraid or too timid to stand up and say “The King Has No Cloths On”.  I tip my hat to you sir.

 

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GOP CONTROLLED HOUSE BOWS TO HIGH POWERED LOBBYISTS AND BAILS OUT HIGH POWERED LAW FIRM

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Wait a minute,…..I thought the GOP was against this type of Crony Capitalism? How in the hell did they think that this would look good to their constituency?  It sure doesn’t look good to me that’s for sure.  We sent them to DC to stop this crap, not join in the party!  I urge all to contact you’re Reps in DC and give them a piece of your mind, I am…..  It is this type of “dealing” that got us into this mess to begin with and we voters cannot let this get swept under the rug.

Look, I know this is a re-post of a story, as most of my posts are.  I do it to emphasize the story and to expound on its importance.   This is a classic example of what is wrong with the current state of politics in DC…..

 

MY LETTER TO JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER;

I have just seen information regarding a bailout of a high powered law firm representing a major drug company.  This law firm is being sued by the drug company for malpractice.  It is my understanding that the House passed a Bill in favor of this.  I need, as does the rest of your Constituency, how you voted on this issue and why you voted in that manner. We here in SW Washington sent you to DC to stop this Cronyism, not join in.  I sincerely hope you opposed this Bill.  If not, your reelection may be in jeopardy.

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(UPDATED 101112 WITH REPLIES) S.968 PROTECT IP Act of 2011

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.

Sincerely,

This letter was a reply from the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell [D, WA] on September 14, 2011.

From the Office of Senator Cantwell

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL. CLICK THE PIC TO GO TO INFORMATION ABOUT HER VOTING.

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.

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator
For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html

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;

HERRERA-BEUTLER

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.

Sincerely,
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

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(UPDATED 102011) RETIRED MILITARY MEDICATIONS CO-PAYS TO INCREASE 1 OCT –

I just found out that my co-pays will be going up with Tri-Care for all my meds, that is, unless I sign up for Tri-Care Home Delivery.  Here are my letters to my elected officials;

300018 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D, WA]

“I am retired Air Force and I have Tri-Care as my and my wife’s health insurance. We have just received news that my co-pays for my medications are going up across the board, unless I sign up for Tri-Care home delivery system.  I am not at all happy about this on many levels.  1.  You were supposed to NOT allow the government to balance the books on the back of the retired GI’s.  2. It has been demonstrated time and time again that the government cannot and does not perform at the same level as the private sector.  There is no doubt in my mind that my medications will get “toyed with” by some bureaucrat with a mandate to save as much money as possible.  And that they will do so at the expense of us retired military.  The drugs will come from the lowest bidder and I have zero confidence in proper handling and storage of these sensitive compounds.  I can guarantee that you will not have my vote if this course of action by Tri-care is not stopped and reversed.  Your own website states “Maria has been a tireless advocate of ensuring our nation’s veterans have access to quality affordable health care. In 2005, when news broke that veterans were going to be charged higher annual fees and copays, Maria took to the floor of the U.S. Senate and fought for $2.7 billion in veterans’ health care funding. Maria believes military retirees should be allowed to take a tax deduction for their TRICARE supplemental premiums. In 2003, Maria worked hard to block premature closures of VA health facilities across the nation with Senator Patty Murray. She pushed for a measure requiring a full study on the impact of closing any facility before any action was taken, and also supported a measure requiring a Congressional review before a facility could be scaled-back or closed. Maria has sought to make veterans health care a mandatory program, with funds set aside based on inflation and the size of the veterans population, as part of the Veterans Health Care Funding Guarantee Act.”  What happened to your support here?  We GI’s made it possible for you to have your job, you need to stand up for us now that we have served our country honorably. I want a reply to this message as I post all my correspondence to my ELECTED Officials.  I am sure my readers will want to read your reply verbatim.”

MARIA CANTWELL’S REPLY: 092011

Thank you for contacting me about funding for military benefits.   I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter and sincerely regret the delayed response. Government has a responsibility to spend taxpayers’ dollars wisely, but it also has a responsibility to provide certain services and guarantees to the American people. I take both of these very seriously. To ensure that we have the ability to defend our borders, maintain our infrastructure, educate our children, and more, it is imperative that we keep our financial house in order.  A principal responsibility of the U.S. Congress under the Constitution is to provide for the national defense.  I take this responsibility very seriously, and I am committed to and continue to support legislative efforts to maintain the effectiveness and readiness of the U.S.’s armed forces by raising our soldiers’ quality of life, improving housing conditions for military personnel and their families, and modernizing our force capabilities to effectively meet future threats. I am profoundly grateful for the service of America’s veterans and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation. Please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of the many veterans in the State of Washington.

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.

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html

MY NOTE: OBVIOUSLY A FORM LETTER.  NICE PERSONAL REPLY…..SHE IS GETTING MORE LIKE EX-CONGRESSMAN BRAIN BAIRD ALL THE TIME..

300076 Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA]

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.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

412486 Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler [R, WA-3]

Thank you for contacting me about military benefits. 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 am committed to ensuring our military will continue to have the tools they need to do their job both now and in the future.  I am also committed to making sure our servicemen and servicewomen and veterans will continue to have access to the services they need and benefits they have been promised. America’s military and military veterans are integral to our country’s independence, and I recognize the many sacrifices our military makes to uphold our country’s freedoms and safety.  I am grateful for our military’s sacrifices, and it concerns me when people do not show military members and veterans the respect and thanks they deserve.  America’s military has been strong in battle, unwavering in loyalty, and unmatched in honor and I commend them for their unparalleled bravery and service to this country. Since coming to Washington D.C. I have focused on getting our country’s fiscal house in order.  Our nation is facing a $14 trillion deficit, and we have many difficult decisions in front of us.  I believe there are places to cut wasteful spending throughout our federal budget, including the Department of Defense, but I will not support cuts to services and benefits for our active military and veterans. Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 to raise our nation’s debt limit, in order to meet our nation’s obligations.  The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is a bipartisan, 12 member committee that was created as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011.  The committee is tasked with making recommendations to cut wasteful spending by $1.2 trillion and finding solutions to our nation’s debt problems.  The committee’s recommendation to Congress is due on November 23, 2011. I appreciate your thoughts on this challenging issue, and I will keep them in mind as I learn more about the committee’s recommendations.  I am optimistic that Congress will continue to find bipartisan solutions to our debt crisis. Rest assured, I will not support a plan that balances our budget on the backs of our military and veterans. Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at www.HerrreraBeutler.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.
Sincerely,

Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

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Letter to Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-R 3rd Dist) Regarding the DHS Extremism Report and Social Site Monitoring

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I am writing you in the hopes that you will look into what I believe is a huge insurgency against the civil liberties being perpetrated by The Department of Homeland Security, against the law abiding citizens of this country.  I am referring to two items in particular, that put together, creates a situation that is very chilling.  What I am referring to is “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” Report dated 7 April 2009 that was published by the DHS.  This report very effectively categorizes anyone who has traditional conservative values as a “Rightwing Extremist”.  Reading through the report, I dare say, every conservative, or for that matter, anyone who has traditional American values, is being effectively categorized as a “Rightwing Extremist”.  If this was not bad enough, the DHS just came out and stated that they will be monitoring all the “social sites” for signs of “Extremism”.  What I am sure of, is that the DHS is going to use this report as a roadmap and the justification in order to intrude into the normal, law abiding citizens lives and business.  This monitoring, I feel is meant to quell the dissenting voices of those who oppose the current administration, using “Security” as the ruse and justification for doing so.  And because of this “Extremism” Report, the DHS can use it as justification for investigations even if nothing illegal or threatening was ever uttered or written on any particular web site.   Simple opinions would be enough justification for the DHS to initiate investigations on law abiding citizens.

I am asking you to look into this important matter.  I will be publishing this correspondence on my web site https://conservativeamericanvet.wordpress.com/  for my readers.  I will be waiting for your reply, which in-turn, I will also post.

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LATEST LETTER TO CONGRESSWOMAN JAIMIE HERRERA-BEUTLER ON VETERAN/MILITARY RETIREE HEALTH CARE

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In a recent article I read on “The Hill” website, it outlined the current state of the closed door “negotiations” being conducted by Vice President Biden with respect to raising the dept ceiling and deficit reduction.  I must tell you that I am exceptionally leery and skeptical of any non-security related meetings that are “closed-door”, especially since this is how “ObamaCare” came to fruition.   I have written you on several occasions expressing my concerns regarding Tri-Care and the possibility that the budget will be balanced on the backs of the Vets and Military Retirees.  You have replied to my concerns stating that you will resist all efforts to further erode the retirement benefits that I worked over 20 years to get, that, by the way, was promised to me all those years ago.  In the years since my initial enlistment, which was in 1975, I have bared witness to the steady reneging on the Governments part, of the retirement benefits of those serving this nation.  You as a Representative of Congress, and as a body, must never lose sight of the fact that each and every man and woman who served and are currently serving in the military are volunteers.  They/we have volunteered to defend this great land, with our lives if need be, in order to preserve the American way of life.  That act alone, is worthy of honor AND backing and support of the very government we defend.  It is my sincere prediction that if Congress once again, turns its back on the military members and further erodes the promised benefits of those who serve, you will see a steady, unrelenting decline in the numbers of people who will be willing to “volunteer” and stand up for this once great nation.  I dare say, Congress is not contemplating a reduction in their retirement benefits, are they?  Are you?  You have to serve a much shorter time to get your benefits that I had to, yet you are fully vested after 5 years and will retirement with full benefits.  I am unable to find any information regarding the medical benefits that are afforded you and others in Congress. I am troubled by that fact.  The lack of information on this subject is troubling at best.  Could you enlighten me and explain/outline the medical benefits afforded both serving and retired members of Congress?  My readers have the right to know what we tax payers are paying for, especially when it involves the pay and benefits of those we choose to send to Washington DC.  Bluntly stated, I will accept a reduction in benefits when Congress does the same.

In closing, I continue to urge both you and the rest of the Conservatives in Congress to strongly resist any further changes in the military benefits that would either lessen services or cause an increase in “out-of-pocket” expenses of the retirees or any other class of military vets.  It is immoral for a nation to punish the very people whom you rely on to protect this great country.  When I signed my contract with The United States of America, way back in 1975, the government promised me certain things if I kept up my end of the bargain.  Well, I did, will the USA do the same and keep its end of the bargain?  So far, it hasn’t.  It is up to you to restore what is rightfully ours.  The next election cycle is just around the corner for you and your re-election is not guaranteed.  I sent you to DC for a reason and that was to stand up for me and be my voice along with the other thousands of Vets who rely on your support.  I am expecting you and your like-minded Conservatives to do just that.  Do not “cave” into those who wish to further erode the militaries pay and benefits just to make a “deal” and make political points by trying to look like you’re being ‘bi-partisan”.  You are our shoulder to the dike, holding back the tide.  Stay the fight, make those who wish to do us vets harm, blink first.

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(UPDATED 051811 – 102111 WITH REPLIES) MY LETTER TO CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERERRA BEUTLER (WA-7TH GOP) ON THE PROPOSED INCREASE TO TRI-CARE RATES WITH RESPONSE FROM SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL INCLUDED

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It is being reported that the House Committee ok’s a rate hike for us Tri-Care working retirees.

House Committee Okay’s TRICARE Increase

Week of May 16, 2011
Last week the House Armed Services Committee gave the go ahead for the Obama administration’s plan to begin to raise out-of-pocket costs modestly for working-age retirees TRICARE beneficiaries. This would be the first increase in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees in more than 15 years. If approved the committee’s budget bill would allow DoD to increase premiums by $30 a year for individual coverage and $60 a year for family coverage. The HAS defense budget would also allow DoD to raise the TRICARE Prime premium on an annual basis, but not at the rate they requested.

I have written you on this subject in the past and you have stated that you will not support any increase in these rates that us Vets would have to absorb.  This is just another nail in the coffin for us, especially with the economy being in a shambles, and the price of gas being through the roof. I find this situation to be unacceptable and I hope you do not support this increase, even as “modest” as it may seem.  It is not appropriate and if it comes to fruition, it is not going to go unnoticed by us military retirees.

051811: HER REPLY

May 18, 2011

Thank you for contacting me regarding proposed increases in health insurance fees paid by retired veterans under 65. I sincerely appreciate the dedication and sacrifice made by our service members and their families.  It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washington and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

The White House has ordered the Pentagon to decrease spending, not counting the costs of its combat operations, by $78 billion over the next five years.  Amongst an array of cost cutting measures, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced he will seek to offset billions of dollars by increasing fees paid by retired veterans under 65 for Defense Department health insurance.  Increases in fees for Tricare require Congressional approval, and similar proposals have been rejected in the past.

U.S. debt is becoming a long-term national security threat.  I support strong spending reforms, but increasing fees for retired veterans is not the first place we should look for quick reductions in federal spending. Please know I will keep your concerns in mind should further action be taken on this issue.

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.
Sincerely,
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL’S RESPONSE 102111:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding TRICARE.  I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

I share your concerns about keeping TRICARE affordable.  The health and welfare of those men and women who have bravely served our country both in times of peace and war deserve our full support.  To that end, I have consistently worked to ensure that any TRICARE fee increases proposed by the Department of Defense do not put an undue burden on our soldiers, military families, and veterans. The Department of Defense (DOD) has requested authority to tie TRICARE enrollment fee increases to the National Healthcare Expenditure Index, which has an average annual increase of 6.4 percent.  DOD has said that this change is necessary in order to reduce the rapidly increasing costs of military healthcare.  The Senate Armed Services Committee reported its version of the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act on June 16, 2011; this proposed legislation would require the Department of Defense to tie annual TRICARE fee increases to the annual cost-of-living increase provided for military retirees that averages around 3.1 percent. I am profoundly grateful for the service of America’s veterans and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation.  As such, I believe we have an important responsibility to ensure that our veterans are provided the benefits and assistance that they so greatly deserve.  Please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of the many veterans in the state of Washington.

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.
Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

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(UPDATED 051511-053111) MY LETTER/s TO GOVERNOR GREGOIRE (WA) REGARDING THE HB 2044 AND ACCOMPANYING SENATE BILL 5918, GAMING EQUITY AND FAIRNESS ACT OF 2011

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT GOV. GREGIORE (WA)

In reviewing HB 2044 and accompanying Senate Bill 5918, Gaming Equity And Fairness Act Of 2011, this seems to be a “no-brainer”.  The Fiscal notes outlines the huge economic benefits the State of Washington would reap upon the passage of these 2 Joint Bills at a most opportune time when Washington State is experiencing a severe fiscal shortfall.  The passage of these Bills would enable the state to collect fees from what I call, “a voluntary tax”.  Those who do not wish to pay the tax, do not play.  Those that do, play.  There is no impact to the citizenry as the state is doing nothing but providing the citizens of Washington what they want,  an end to the “Slot Machine” monopoly by the various tribes within the State of Washington.  After these Bill are passed by both Houses of the Washington Legislature, It will come to your desk for signature.  I urge you to approve these new laws and allow the 60+ Card Rooms within the state who meet the criteria outlined in the legislation, to provide Slot Machine gaming to the citizenry and the at-large gaming community of the state.  simply because the revenues gained by this legislation is earmarked as indicated in the Fiscal Notes as follows;  $3.0 million (2%) will be split equally (for fiscal note purposes) between Lottery Commission and Gambling Commission for expenses. Each Commission would be responsible to cover any additional expenses.

$755 thousand (0.5%) for problem gambling, $7.55 million (5.0%) to local governments (to be distributed proportionally to those local governments in which a house-banked card room is located, based on the total net win attributable to any card room within the

local government’s boundaries). Lottery assumes that if the card room is within a city, the local government proceeds will go to the city. If the card room is in an un-incorporated area, the local government proceeds will go to the county. The remaining amounts will be distributed as follows: $69.8 million (50%) to K-12 Education, $41.9 million (30%) for health and human services programs, and

$27.9 million (20%) for public safety programs.  So, as you can see, the financial benefits gained by the passage of these Bills are enormous, and obversely,  the risks are minuscule or very small at the worst.  Your failure to sign this legislation will send a loud and clear, definitive signal and message to the voters of this state that you really do not have the States best interest at heart, and are simply working towards some sort of personal, more important (to you) agenda.  I am watching these Bills very closely and I am tracking your actions. Your failure to sign these Bills will result in you loosing my support and vote during your next election cycle.

CONTACT YOUR REPS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL, NOW!

Sent 051511

I am writing to you in order to express my thoughts on HB 2044 and the accompanying Senate Bill 5918.  As you very well know, the Washington State Indian Tribes have held a monopoly on “Slot Machine” gaming in this state since they were allowed to build casinos in this state.  In that time, the state has enjoyed the huge amounts of revenue generated by these casinos in the form of fees and taxes that are collected from each establishments.  As you also are well aware, Washington State is now suffering from a revenue shortfall, amounting in the billions, that if left unaddressed, has the potential of forcing the State to severely curtail, if not completely eliminate some very important social service programs.  To make matters worst, the citizens of this state have made it known, in no uncertain terms, that any and all new taxes will be resoundingly rejected.  If this shortfall is not addressed in a manner that is palatable to the citizenry, the shortfall will have a huge, harmful effect on the very people who depend on them the most.  At best, effects would range from serious to catastrophic at the worst.  Your apparent unwillingness to support these two Bills, that by design are meant to help fill these shortfalls and provide additional funding, is appalling and untenable.  In my opinion, the only rational reason why you do not support these Bills, must have something to do with protecting the tribes for some unknown reason.  This in my opinion is unconscionable.  If this is true, your act of protecting the tribes’ monopoly on these machines, directly puts the citizens of Washington welfare on the line and in jeopardy.  I am sure that this simple and immutable fact will not go un-noticed by the voters of this state, who by the way, have recently helped usher in a predominance of Republican State Legislature Representatives throughout Washington State.  The only hold the Democrat party still enjoys, is in the remaining districts in the state that are along the northern portion of the I-5 corridor.  You must remember and never lose sight of the fact that those citizens also are in need of the very social programs you are putting in direct jeopardy by your actions, and I am sure, come the next election cycle, more Democrat Representatives will lose their seats, and the Democrat strangle hold on this state will cease, or at the very least, severely diminished simply because of the apparent unwillingness of the Democrats to put the needs of the people, before special, unethical interests and the groups that fund them.  So you can see, it really doesn’t matter whether you are going to run for re-election or not.  We voters are aware of your intent and it will be “The Voters”  who turn this state around and once again make the state government accountable and equitable to ALL its citizens, not just a select few special interest groups.   My self and my readers look forward to your response as I publish a popular Conservative blog, dedicated to citizen participation in our government, both at the State and Federal levels.  As with all the letters I write to my representatives, I post all, verbatim, along with the replies I get back.  This in-turn allows the Representatives to speak directly to a larger, more diverse audience, than if I withheld these same responses.  We look forward to your explanation you offer, outlining  your position on these two very important and not least of which, much needed and timely, forms of new state revenues.

 The House representatives from Washington state:

Jay Inslee (D) of District 1

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Rick Larsen (D) of District 2

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Jaime Herrera (R) of District 3

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Richard “Doc” Hastings (R) of District 4

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) of District 5

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Norm Dicks (D) of District 6

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Jim McDermott (D) of District 7

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Dave Reichert (R) of District 8

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Adam Smith (D) of District 9

 

UPDATED 053111

House OKs Chicago casino, slots at O’Hare, Midway (Looks like they “get it” in Ill. unlike Wa State politicians….)

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(UPDATED 022811-021611) BREAKING: Committee rejects plan to fully defund ObamaCare‏

ARE WE GOING TO ALLOW THESE COWARDLY, DOUBLE-DEALING, MEALLY-MOUTHED PEOPLE TO DOUBLE CROSS US? I THINK NOT!!

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To say I am utterly appalled is an utter understatement!  Sorry about being redundant here but this is outrageous!  We Conservatives sent these people to DC to do just that!  DE-FUND OBAMACARE ! In fact, that was their platform.  “Send me to Washington so we can de-fund the health-care bill and stop it cold in its tracks”.  We did not send these people there just to go back to “business as Usual”.   I am going to write my Congressman/woman ASAP and tell her in no uncertain terms that this is unacceptable.  These yahoos need to understand that if they do not do this, we will throw them out on their ear their next election cycle and the GOP will be marginalized just like the Dems.  A third party will rise and the GOP WILL be left out in the cold.  We cannot allow these cowards to double cross us voters.  SPEAK UP AND BE HEARD NOW!!!!!

TUESDAY MIDDAY—
BREAKING NEWS ON OBAMACARE REPEAL:

The House Rules Committee has rejected Rep. Steve King’s
proposal to FULLY DEFUND ObamaCare, failing to agree to
“protect” King’s amendment when it comes to the House floor.

Bottom line — Republicans on the Rules Committee refused
to play hardball to fully defund ObamaCare. By doing so,
they are allowing Pelosi’s “mandatory” self-funding
provisions — which many say are unconscionable if not
unconstitutional — to stand! This will force this
Congress to approve most of the funding for ObamaCare.

FoxNews says King’s provision would “cripple all government
operations devoted to executing the health law.”

DEBATE BEGINS THIS AFTERNOON.

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OF WHETHER OBAMACARE SHOULD BE FULLY DEFUNDED RIGHT NOW.
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MY LETTER TO HERERRA:

I just received this in my in-box:

TUESDAY MIDDAY—
BREAKING NEWS ON OBAMACARE REPEAL:

The House Rules Committee has rejected Rep. Steve King’s
proposal to FULLY DEFUND ObamaCare, failing to agree to
“protect” King’s amendment when it comes to the House floor.
Bottom line — Republicans on the Rules Committee refused
to play hardball to fully defund ObamaCare. By doing so,
they are allowing Pelosi’s “mandatory” self-funding
provisions — which many say are unconscionable if not
unconstitutional — to stand! This will force this
Congress to approve most of the funding for ObamaCare.
FoxNews says King’s provision would “cripple all government
operations devoted to executing the health law.”
DEBATE BEGINS THIS AFTERNOON.”

If this is true, this is totally unacceptable.  We Conservatives did not send you and your fellow Freshmen to DC so “business as usual” could continue.  The key people who may be shrinking away from de-funding, need to understand that failure to de-fund OBAMACARE will result in their seat going to someone more worthy come their next election cycle.  We are not going to tolerate anymore Representatives who say one thing, then do another.  I am sure, that if in fact this reporting is accurate, the GOP will suffer the same fate as the Democrat Party come the next election cycles.  If the GOP does not do what we sent you there to do, it will be marginalized, with a viable 3rd Party coming to the forefront.  I urge you to press for de-funding ObamaCare in toto and not support any effort to not do so.
Unlike your predecessor, I expect you to listen to us Conservatives here in Dist#3 in SW Washington.  I hardly never got any type of replies back from him.  On the other hand, I require, and would hope, that you would feel compelled to correspond with your Constituents.

IRS NEEDS MONEY!!

UPDATE 021611

Urgent Action Required!

WEDNESDAY P.M.—
BREAKING NEWS ON OBAMACARE DEFUND VOTE:

Our contacts on Capitol Hill have confirmed to us that
Rep. Steve King will bring his amendment to the House
floor to FULLY DEFUND ObamaCare ON THURSDAY or at the
latest Friday.

THE KING AMENDMENT IS THE ONLY OPTION THAT FULLY
DEFUNDS OBAMACARE.

+ + ObamaCare will grow “like a malignant tumor”

Without the King Amendment, Nancy Pelosi’s “mandatory” self-
funding provisions — a total of more than $105 BILLION IN
OBAMACARE SPENDING — “will flow to grow ObamaCare like a
malignant tumor,” according to Rep. King.

IT IS URGENT THAT CITIZENS EXPRESS THEIR VOICE ON THE
ISSUE OF WHETHER OBAMACARE SHOULD BE FULLY DEFUNDED RIGHT
NOW.

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Contact Your Rep Here:

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hiding behind parliamentary rules…this is just complete and
utter nonsense.”

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Is Obama backtracking, triangulating, or “Seeing the Light”?  Either way, it’s a calculated move….


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(UPDATED 012611) SENATE RESOLUTION 10 — A THREAT TO CIVIL LIBERTIES

There’s a big fight brewing in the U.S. Senate…

…. no, wait.  Not brewing.  It’s boiled over.
Senator Harry Reid is pushing for rules to enable gun control in the U.S. Senate.  And unless you act NOW, he just may pass those rules — and enable gun control for decades to come.  Harry Reid is pushing Senate Resolution 10, which does away with the tool that has stopped more gun control in America than anything else: the filibuster in the U.S. Senate.  Tell them both to oppose changing the rules in the Senate, and that you’ll be watching their vote.  You see, our founding fathers put the filibuster in place as a last line of defense against a government run amok.  And it’s the last real hurdle Harry Reid needs to overcome to enact gun control.  The truth is that virtually every gun control scheme ever offered in Congress has had to face the filibuster. And anti-gunners like Sarah Brady have to devise schemes to get around it.
And this time, the gun-haters believe they have a way around the filibuster: just do away with it.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to get rid of the filibuster rule precisely because it has stopped so much liberal, anti-gun legislation.

MY LETTER to Senators Cantwell and Murray:

I am writing you regarding Senate Res.10 that is being brought to the
floor by Senator Reid. I urge you to not vote in favor of this Resolution
as it will have far reaching, detrimental effects on the quality of
legislation emanating from the Senate. If this Res passes, it is my
opinion that this Resolution will be used to the advantage of the GOP when
they regain the majority of the Senate. Plus, this Res. would enable the
Senate to pass legislation that is not in the best interest of the
citizenry and would enable further onslaughts on the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights. We here in your district in Washington State will be
watching your vote on this draconian Resolution. We will use that
knowledge at the polls during your next election cycle when we vote.

Sincerely,

UPDATED 012611

Last night the U.S. Senate leaders agreed to adjourn the first legislative day of the 112th Congress, without a vote to change the rules to silence outspoken pro-gun advocates.

This effectively ended the chances for anti-gun Obamacrats to prevent conservative heroes like Senator Tom Coburn and Rand Paul from using all the procedural tools at their disposal to fight for your right to keep and bear arms.

Your actions — calls and e-mails — made the difference. Thank you!

Because of your activism, gun rights advocates in the Senate can still use the filibuster to block anti-gun legislation.

Sources on Capitol Hill tell me that negotiations are still on going regarding “tinkering” with the rules, but the filibuster should remain intact. Rest assured, I will keep you informed of any future attempts to move the goal posts in the U.S. Senate.

While this is a small victory, it is a victory nonetheless.

Thank you for stepping up and making your voice heard.

For liberty,

Dudley Brown
Executive Director
National Association for Gun Rights

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