the Senate ~~ Tell CONGRESS 9/16 The Equal Pay Act is Long Overdue ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:30pm. The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and proceed to 2 roll call votes on confirmation of the Baron and Burns nominations.

2:15pm—Up to 2 roll call votes; 7 voice votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1003, Jeffery Martin Baran, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2015 (roll call)
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1004, Stephen G. Burns, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 2019 (roll call)
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #594 Linda A. Schwartz, of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Policy and Planning) (voice vote)
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #546 Matthew T. Harrington, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Lesotho (voice vote)
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #958 Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guatemala (voice vote)
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #960 Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic (voice vote)
  7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #963 Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Principality of Monaco (voice vote)
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #784 Nina Hachigian, of California, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (voice vote)
  9. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #870 Gordon O. Tanner, of Alabama,  to be General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force (voice vote)

2:16pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #1003, Jeffery Martin Baran, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2015;

Confirmed: 56-44

 

Next:

 

  1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1004, Stephen G. Burns, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 2019 (roll call)
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #594 Linda A. Schwartz, of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Policy and Planning) (voice vote)
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #546 Matthew T. Harrington, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Lesotho (voice vote)
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #958 Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guatemala (voice vote)
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #960 Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic (voice vote)
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #963 Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Principality of Monaco (voice vote)

2:41pm, The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #1004, Stephen G. Burns, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 2019.

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #594 Linda A. Schwartz, of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Policy and Planning) (voice vote)
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #546 Matthew T. Harrington, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Lesotho (voice vote)
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #958 Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guatemala (voice vote)
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #960 Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic (voice vote)
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #963 Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Principality of Monaco (voice vote)

 

Senate Warren asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and vote on passage of Calendar #409, S.2432, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.

 

Senator Cornyn asked that the request be modified to allow an unlimited number of amendments offered in an alternating fashion starting with an amendment offered by Senator McConnell. Senator Warren objected to the modification. Senator Cornyn objected to the original request.

The Senate has reached an agreement to vote at 12:00 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, on confirmation of the Bass, Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations. We expect a roll call vote on the Bass nomination and voice votes on the remaining nominations in this agreement.

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

#956 John R. Bass – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Turkey

 

#536 Eric T. Schultz – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia

 

#548 Thomas Frederick Daughton – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Namibia

 

#964 David Pressman – to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador

#965 David Pressman – to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

#871 Debra S. Wada – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

 

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY

#924 Laura S. Wertheimer – to be Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency

 

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

#912 Bradford Raymond Huther – to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1003, Jeffery Martin Baran, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2015; Confirmed: 56-44.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1004, Stephen G. Burns, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 2019; Confirmed: 60-40

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #483, S.2539: Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2014

Passed Calendar #504, S.1214: All-American Flag Act

Passed Calendar #505, H.R.4194: Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014, with a Carper substitute amendment

Passed Calendar #522, S.2117: Smart Savings Act, with a Warren substitute amendment

Passed Calendar #552, S.2511: Pensions

Passed S.2440: BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act

Adopted S.Res.506: Recognizing Auxiliaries of Veterans Service Organizations

Adopted S.Res.547: National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week

Adopted S.Res.548: Small Business Saturday

Adopted S.Res.549: Day of the Deployed

Adopted S.Res.550: 200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner

Executive Business

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice votes:

  1. Executive Calendar #594, Linda A. Schwartz, of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Policy and Planning)
  2. Executive Calendar #546, Matthew T. Harrington, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Lesotho
  3. Executive Calendar #958, Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guatemala
  4. Executive Calendar #960, Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic
  5. Executive Calendar #963, Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Principality of Monaco
  6. Executive Calendar #784, Nina Hachigian, of California, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  7. Executive Calendar #870, Gordon O. Tanner, of Alabama,  to be General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force

 

 

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Last Floor Action:
2:22:41 P.M. -H.J. Res. 124
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 124.

Last Floor Action: 9/15
10:00:52 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on September 16, 2014.

10:00:29 A.M.
The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:39 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan Jr. to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:58 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
10:58:07 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:39 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 16.
12:00:43 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:42 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:44 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Wolf to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:00 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
12:28:18 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on September 16, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 5134, without amendment.
12:28:59 P.M. H. Res. 722 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 722 — “Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 124) making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.”
12:30:09 P.M. H. Res. 722 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 722.
2:03:30 P.M. H. Res. 722 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (Roll no. 498).
2:13:07 P.M. H. Res. 722 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (Roll no. 499).
2:13:08 P.M. H. Res. 722 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:13:13 P.M. S. 2154 Considered as unfinished business. S. 2154 — “To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program.”
2:20:09 P.M. S. 2154 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll no. 500).
2:20:10 P.M. S. 2154 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:22:04 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 722. H.J. Res. 124 — “Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.”
2:22:09 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 124 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. A specified amendment is in order. The amendment printed in part B of the report of the Committe on Rules if offered by Rep. McKeon is debatable for 6 hours, equally divided and controlled.
2:22:41 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 124.

Last Floor Action:
7:44:48 P.M. -S. 2258
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2258.

10:00:29 A.M.
The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:39 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan Jr. to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:58 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
10:58:07 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:39 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 16.
12:00:43 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:42 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:44 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Wolf to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:00 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
12:28:18 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on September 16, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 5134, without amendment.
12:28:59 P.M. H. Res. 722 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 722 — “Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 124) making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.”
12:30:09 P.M. H. Res. 722 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 722.
2:03:30 P.M. H. Res. 722 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 224 – 188 (Roll no. 498).
2:13:07 P.M. H. Res. 722 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 221 – 192 (Roll no. 499).
2:13:08 P.M. H. Res. 722 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:13:13 P.M. S. 2154 Considered as unfinished business. S. 2154 — “To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program.”
2:20:09 P.M. S. 2154 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 410 – 4 (Roll no. 500).
2:20:10 P.M. S. 2154 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:22:04 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 722. H.J. Res. 124 — “Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.”
2:22:09 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 124 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. A specified amendment is in order. The amendment printed in part B of the report of the Committe on Rules if offered by Rep. McKeon is debatable for 6 hours, equally divided and controlled.
2:22:41 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 124.
3:06:40 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 An amendment, offered by Mr. McKeon, printed in Part B of H. Res. 722 to authorize the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups or individuals. Additionally, the amendment strengthens congressional oversight by requiring detailed reports, including progress reports, on the plan, vetting process, and procedures for monitoring unauthorized end-use of provided training and equipment. It also requires the President to report on how this authority fits within a larger regional strategy. The amendment allows the Department of Defense (DOD) to submit a reprogramming request to Congress should the President request DOD funds to execute this authority and permit the Secretary of Defense to accept foreign contributions.
3:06:46 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 DEBATE – Pursuant to H. Res. 722, the House proceeded with 6 hours of debate on the Part B McKeon amendment.
6:04:29 P.M. H.J. Res. 124 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – Pursuant to clause 1(c) of Rule 19, further consideration of H.J. Res. 124 is postponed.
6:04:55 P.M. Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 727.
6:04:56 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:05:43 P.M. H.R. 5405 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5405 — “To make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, to reduce regulatory burdens, and for other purposes.”
6:42:18 P.M. H.R. 5405 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 320 – 102 (Roll no. 501).
6:42:18 P.M. H.R. 5405 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:42:28 P.M. H.R. 5461 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5461 — “To clarify the application of certain leverage and risk-based requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to improve upon the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction, and for other purposes.”
6:50:43 P.M. H.R. 5461 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 327 – 97 (Roll no. 502).
6:50:43 P.M. H.R. 5461 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:50:59 P.M. S. 1603 Considered as unfinished business. S. 1603 — “To reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatami Indians, and for other purposes.”
6:58:42 P.M. S. 1603 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 359 – 64 (Roll no. 503).
6:58:42 P.M. S. 1603 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:00:19 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
7:01:24 P.M. H.R. 5404 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5404 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
7:01:45 P.M. H.R. 5404 Considered under suspension of the rules.
7:01:47 P.M. H.R. 5404 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5404.
7:12:58 P.M. H.R. 5404 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:13:00 P.M. H.R. 5404 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:13:30 P.M. H.R. 3593 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3593 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the construction of major medical facilities, and for other purposes.”
7:13:44 P.M. H.R. 3593 Considered under suspension of the rules.
7:13:46 P.M. H.R. 3593 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3593.
7:33:32 P.M. H.R. 3593 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:33:34 P.M. H.R. 3593 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:34:03 P.M. H.R. 4276 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4276 — “To extend and modify a pilot program on assisted living services for veterans with traumatic brain injury.”
7:34:16 P.M. H.R. 4276 Considered under suspension of the rules.
7:34:19 P.M. H.R. 4276 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4276.
7:43:56 P.M. H.R. 4276 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:43:58 P.M. H.R. 4276 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:44:32 P.M. S. 2258 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2258 — “To provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2014, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.”
7:44:45 P.M. S. 2258 Considered under suspension of the rules.
7:44:48 P.M. S. 2258 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2258.

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“people are waiting for aid not for more weapons


 

VoteVets.org

Over the weekend, I received a message from one of my interpreters, a Yazidi from Northern Iraq, that I had to share. The English is obviously quite broken, but I hope you’ll read it and sign our petition to Congress urging them to OPPOSE sending arms to the Syrian rebels.

“cant belive that american are sending weapon to guys are using it to kill my familly who are still trying to defence tgeresef on sinjare mount after i serve the american troops as terp for more than seven years starting 2003 [...] if you really care about me and my familly and my peole stop it dont let it happened i serve truley with your guys dont send weapon to kill my daughter wich carry your name”

“my familly were so happy last few days cause i told them that my friends are coming to save us from isis [...] then cant tell them they are giving weaon to them do my familly deserve to be killed by your weapon after all my services to american troops for more than seven years please dont do that my familly are still stuck in sinjar mount hungry and thirst old people are waiting for aid not for more weapon to the terrores no different syrian rebels are same isis”

For his safety, I removed information about where he served and who he served with. But his message is clear: after years of service to our country, he is terrified that the weapons we’re considering sending into Syria will be used against him, and his family, in Iraq.

VoteVets cannot support sending arms to Syrian rebels that many reports continue to suggest are still fighting alongside some of the same groups we fought against in Iraq, and are even reportedly entering into truces with ISIS.

It’s time to stand up to John McCain’s plan for Syria: sign our petition calling on Congress to oppose arming the Syrian rebels.

The House is set to vote as early as tomorrow. That’s why your letter is important.

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran & Chairman
VoteVets.org

Who’s Up and Who’s Down


By

Corporations Are Doing Great. Workers, Not So Much.

Burger King is the latest American-born company that is ditching corporate patriotism in favor of exploiting a tax loophole by moving its headquarters abroad. Companies like this and others insist that they make these decisions because America’s corporate tax rate is too much of a burden for them to be competitive. But the reality is that America’s corporations have never done better. It is America’s workers, with wages stagnating and prices increasing, that are having a harder and harder time to make ends meet.

Let’s look at corporations first. Corporations are capturing a greater share of the national income overall. In 1946, corporate profits accounted for 4.5 percent of all the money earned over the course of the year. Now they have more than doubled that share to 11.2 percent.

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Meanwhile, corporate tax obligations make up a smaller share of federal revenue. In 1946, 30.2 percent of all taxes collected by the federal government came from corporations; now corporate income taxes only cover 9.9 percent of federal revenue.

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Center for American Progress fiscal policy expert Harry Stein explains the backward logic of corporations complaining that taxes are too high: “The claim that taxes are somehow ‘crushing’ corporations gets it backward—corporations could not survive without taxes. To list just a few examples, federal taxes fund education and training for the American workforce, a national transportation network to deliver products to market, a navy to keep shipping lanes safe from piracy around the world, and a legal system to protect copyrights and patents.”

While corporations have been doing better than ever, workers have not been capturing their fair share of these profits. Simply put, trickle-down isn’t trickling. In 2013, the share of corporate income that went to workers hit its lowest point since 1950, according to an analysis from the Economic Policy Institute.

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Workers aren’t earning less because they’re working less. Oppositely, their productivity increased 8 percent between 2007 and 2012 while their wages actually fell.

BOTTOM LINE: These new economic numbers are more proof that our economy is not working for most Americans. Companies may point to the tax code as a reason for their corporate desertion, but the fact is they are doing better than ever. It’s middle and working class families, the real engines of the economy, that are left with less. We need an economy that works for them.

meet fred Duval … for Gov. Democratic Party, AZ


  • AZ Illustrated Politics: Fred DuVal Says Legislature Flunked the Session

    Posted By on Sun, May 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    On Friday’s AZ Illustrated Politics: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal said lawmakers earned between a D (for “disappointing”) and F (for “failure”) for recently completed legislative session. DuVal called for more dollars for education and child-welfare programs; said he was opposed to expanding programs that provide public dollars for private schools; criticized lawmakers for passing anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation; and promised to reverse Gov. Jan Brewer’s push to deny driver’s licenses and in-state tuition for DREAM Act kids.

    Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash and Pima County Democratic Party chairman Don Jorgensen tackled immigration issues, the latest skirmish over equal pay in the race between Congressman Ron Barber and Republican challenger Martha McSally, and the legislative session.

  • http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2014/                <—; video for article above       …fred-duval
  • Jobs

    “If you work hard and play by the rules, you should be paid enough to live on.”

    Business and education leader Fred DuVal has experience in the renewable energy industry, helping get U.S. trucks off of foreign oil and onto American natural gas. Read Fred’s detailed blueprint to grow good-paying jobs in Arizona.

    Read More

  • Opportunity

    “It’s time to stop fighting and start fixing.”

    The culture of corruption and polarization at the Capitol is hurting Arizona’s national reputation and holding back our economy. Read Fred’s plan to clean up the Capitol and introduce a new Ethics Commission, so we can put aside the political polarization.

    Read More

  • Education

    “Read my lips — no new cuts to our kids’ schools.”

    Restoring funding to our children’s schools is the most important thing we can do to move Arizona forward. Learn about Fred’s experience helping run our public universities and keeping the doors of higher education open to everyone.

    Read More

  • George Takei Endorses Fred DuVal for Arizona Governor

    Phoenix, AZ — Business and education leader Fred DuVal, who is running for Arizona governor, today announced the endorsement of actor, author, activist, and social media mega-power George Takei.

    “I’m incredibly grateful to have the support of an influential and prominent American and part-time Show Low resident like George Takei,” said DuVal. “George has dedicated his life to advancing equality, and together we’ll work to move Arizona Forward.”

    Fred DuVal: When Will Brewer Stop Fighting DREAMers?

    Phoenix, AZ — Business and education leader Fred DuVal, who is running for Arizona governor, released the following statement today criticizing Jan Brewer’s decision to re-litigate the Ninth Circuit’s decision blocking her callous prohibition on driver’s licenses for DREAMers.

    “When will Jan Brewer stop fighting DREAMers? Her callous ban on driver’s licenses for DREAMers has already been thrown out, but she continues to do everything in her power to make it difficult for them to succeed.”

     

    Resource: Fred Duval website … http://www.fred2014.com

Ads the GOP wants to hide from Voters!


This could be a game changer.

When news broke Wednesday that Senator Mitch McConnell and fellow right-wing Senate candidates Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, and Tom Cotton were caught on tape pandering to a roomful of right-wing billionaires like Charles and David Koch, MoveOn members swung into action.

Within 48 hours—thanks to thousands of small-dollar contributions from MoveOn members—we were able to release two new 30-second TV ads introducing the real Ernst—a Tea Party candidate hoping to take progressive Tom Harkin’s Senate seat in Iowa —and McConnell to their constituents.1 2 The Des Moines Register called Ernst’s comments “evidence that Ernst is beholden to billionaires.”3 The Washington Post said the ad “signals how the revelation will be used against other GOP candidates.”4

 
This may be Ernst and McConnell’s “47% moment.” Their comments, caught on tape, could risk their election—just as Mitt Romney sparked voter backlash and outrage after he called 47% of Americans freeloading victims in 2012—but only if we make this moment one that voters will remember when they go to the polls.

Can you take a moment to watch MoveOn’s ad targeting Senator Mitch McConnell and share it with everyone you know?

If further proof was needed that Ernst and McConnell have been hand-picked by the Koch brothers to advance their extreme policy agenda, this is it.

With your help, we’ll be able to turn these leaked recordings into a political liability for Ernst, McConnell, and others beholden to the ultra right-wing, ultra-wealthy Koch network.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Kristin, Aiyi’nah, Justin, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. “At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise,” Huffington Post, August 27, 2014
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Meet Vivian Figures


running against Rep.Jeff Sessions — GOP

 

Vivian began her political career in 1984 when she ran as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in which capacity she has served for six consecutive times, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. In 1993, Ms. Figures was elected to a four-year term on the Mobile City Council, attaining the status of the “only council member in Mobile’s history to hold a perfect attendance record.” Due to the untimely death of her husband, Michael A. Figures, she was later elected in the 1997 general election by an 87% victory to the Alabama State Senate to serve the remainder of his term. The victory made her the first African-American woman to be elected to the Senate from Mobile County and the second one in the state of Alabama. Her husband was the first African-American from Mobile County to be elected to the post in 1978 and he was elected overwhelmingly by his Senate cohorts as President Pro Tempore in 1995.  She was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.

In 2008, she became Alabama’s first African American woman to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Although this was her first statewide run for public office, she garnered 37 percent of the vote while President Barack Obama had 39 percent.

As Senator, she played a major role in helping to author legislation for school personnel background checks for both public and private schools to make children safer. Because of her sponsorship and passage of the Alabama Clean Indoor Act, she was awarded the National Tobacco Award from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Outstanding Advocate Award from the American Heart Association. Senator Figures continues to work for a Smoke-Free Alabama.

Resources : From her website

I did a regular search and found that the NRA rates her 67% and while she is in a red state she backs education and most issues that any left of center does but not much information on reproductive rights with the exception of minors. I am not a one issue voter but admit to wanting to read a lot more about where she stood on reproductive rights. So, unless you have a better democratic candidate choice, she looks good on paper but as always … do your research and vote Jeff Sessions out of office !!!!