Shell responded to our opposition around its plans to drill in the Arctic by filing for one of the broadest and most restrictive injunctions in US history against Greenpeace USA. It’s exactly the kind of anti-democratic reaction you would expect from a major oil company.
Regardless of what happens in court, Greenpeace is going to continue to oppose Shell’s plans. But we’ll only win if we have your support. Join 300,000 people from around the world and demand that Shell stop its plans to put the fragile Arctic at risk.
From: Dan Howells, Greenpeace firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Save the Arctic
Right this minute a global fleet of Arctic destroyers is speeding towards one of the last unspoiled places on earth.
Take action and demand Shell stop its plans to drill in the Arctic.
The ships are part of oil giant Shell’s mission to drill the very first wells in the pristine waters off the coast of Alaska. It’s insane, but melting sea ice from global warming has made it a reality. If Shell finds oil, the Arctic oil rush will be on.
It’s not over yet though. People are pushing back. In New Zealand, Greenpeace activists (including Xena Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless) occupied a drill ship and prevented it from leaving for the Arctic for several days. And just last week activists occupied two icebreakers in Finland.
But to stop Shell for good, we eventually need the public support of millions around the world. Carmen, that means you.
Join the 250,000 people from around the world who have already taken action and demand Shell stop its plans to put the fragile Arctic at risk.
Widespread public opposition here in the US is going to be the key to stopping Shell. The US government is responsible for giving Shell the green light to drill. Greenpeace will be delivering these messages to the company soon. Our goal is to add the names of at least 40,000 Americans to that list before we do. Your message matters.
Shell isn’t prepared for a disaster in the Arctic Ocean. No one is. The Arctic Ocean makes the Gulf of Mexico look like a flat, calm lake. With constant high seas, icebergs and massive waves, there’s no way to effectively cleanup an oil spill in the Arctic Ocean. Even the head of the US Coast Guard has publicly admitted that his agency would have little chance of dealing with a spill in the frozen Arctic on their own.
The plan Shell has submitted actually includes using things like shovels, brooms and a sniffer dog called “Tara” to cleanup a potential spill. It would be funny if there wasn’t so much at stake.
All Shell cares about is its corporate bottom line. Polar bears and unspoiled natural beauty are just obstacles to making ever greater profits. Together we can create a public obstacle Shell can’t overcome — but it’s going to take millions of us.
Add your voice to the growing list of people who will not stay quiet as one of the last wildernesses on earth is destroyed and help save the Arctic.
Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaign Director
P.S. Last year, Shell reported it had over 200 spills. It will only be a matter of time before a spill happens in the pristine polar bear habitat of the Arctic. Take action today and help save the Arctic before Shell ruins it forever.
In a TV interview on Sunday, Rick Santorum said that if he is elected President, he will file criminal charges against the distribution of pornography. Santorum specifically referred to “exposure on the Internet,” so presumably he would censor the Internet.
The Internet Police. What a concept.
Santorum complained that President Bush enforced “the law” (probably alluding to the “Child Online Protection Act,” passed in 1998), but President Obama has not. Well, there’s a reason for that. The US Supreme Court held that the law is unconstitutional, and the Court issued its final ruling in that case on the day after President Obama was sworn into office.
But let us give credit where credit is due. A Republican candidate for President finally has come up with a jobs program: policing the Internet for porn. All 50 billion pages of it.
I have a dramatically simpler idea.
Rick, if you’re against pornography, then don’t watch it.
You see how that works? Let me give you some more examples.
If you’re against contraception, don’t use it.
If you’re against abortion, don’t have one.
If you’re against Moslems, don’t become one.
If you’re against gay marriage, don’t have one.
If you’re against unions, don’t join one.
If you’re against universal health care, just keep your distance from doctors and hospitals.
If you’re against homosexuality, then feel free to limit your sexual interest to the 3 billion human beings of the opposite gender.
What I’m basically trying to say to Rick Santorum, and everyone like Rick Santorum, is this: mind your own business.
Fox News figures have hailed GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s “courage” for “heroically and gutsily tak[ing] on these enormous entitlement programs” in his most recent budget proposal. But economic experts have said that Ryan’s plan is “grossly irresponsible” and “all smoke and mirrors.” Fox’s praise for Ryan’s budget echoes the network’s long history of touting him and his policy proposals.
By Scott Keyes on Mar 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm
Last year, Republicans opened up an attack on voting rights unseen since the Jim Crow era. In states as varied as Kansas, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, conservative legislators passed a range of new laws directly intended to make it more difficult to vote. Voter ID laws, which require certain forms of government-issued photo ID in order to vote, were passed in Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Mississippi via citizen referendum. They have certainly been the most prominent and powerful disenfranchising tool, but are by no means the only one. Seven states — Florida, Georgia, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin — shortened their early voting periods, three states — Alabama, Kansas, and Tennessee — implemented new requirements that individuals present proof of citizenship in order to register, two states — Florida and Texas — placed major new restrictions on voter registration groups, and one state — Maine — tried to strip residents of their right to register on Election Day before being rebuked by a citizens veto. This year, the battle over whether all Americans will have equal and unobstructed access to the ballot box rages on.
NEW PROPOSALS: Voter ID laws already have the potential to disenfranchise more than three million people in the eight states that had laws in place in 2011. Unfortunately, it could soon take hold in other states as well. Already this year, Pennsylvania became the second-largest state to pass a strict voter ID law when Gov. Tom Corbett (R) signed the legislation last week. As many as 700,000 Pennsylvanians currently lack photo ID, particularly people of color and senior citizens. Voter ID legislation is advancing in other states as well. In Missouri, GOP legislators are trying to push through a voter ID measure, even though Gov. Jay Nixon (D) already vetoed a similar bill last year. Now, Republicans hold a near veto-proof majority, so the bill may become law after all. Similarly, despite Gov. Mark Dayton’s (D) veto last year, Republican lawmakers in Minnesota are on the cusp of putting voter ID on the November ballot. And even though Dayton and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (D) have put forth a third way on voter ID that would allay concerns about fraud without disenfranchising voters, Republicans appear uninterested in the compromise. Progressives have not been defeated everywhere, however. Despite Republicans controlling the Maine legislature and governor’s office, a citizen backlash successfully spooked the legislature into dropping a proposed voter ID bill earlier this year. Beyond voter ID, both Michigan and South Carolina are currently considering anti-registration bills similar to the Florida law that drove the League of Women Voters out of the Sunshine State. In addition, Kansas is considering legislation to expedite implementation of their onerous proof-of-citizenship law in time for the 2012 election. Taken together, these changes could particularly harm young voters, people of color, poorer folks and those in live in rural areas.
THE DOJ TAKES ACTION: With Republicans firmly in control of the majority of governorships and state legislatures, progressives in many states have few options to fight back. One all-important arrow left in the quiver, however, is the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Under this law, nine states with a history of discrimination — Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas — as well as a number of counties and jurisdictions in other states, must get approval from the Department of Justice before changes to state election laws can go into effect. Section 5 of the VRA puts the burden of proof on the states to show that new laws (like voter ID) won’t have a discriminatory effect against minorities, whether intended or not. In August 2011, the DOJ determined that South Carolina had not met this burden with its new voter ID law because it would disproportionately disenfranchise African Americans. Similarly, the DOJ blocked Texas’ voter ID law this month after the state failed to show that it would not have a discriminatory effect on Latinos. New voter ID laws already passed in Alabama and Mississippi will also need to be approved by the DOJ before they can take effect. Though some states like Pennsylvania fall outside the purview of the Voting Rights Act, “the Justice Department has said it is reviewing voter ID laws in other states not covered by Section 5,” though it has not specified which, according to the Huffington Post. State judges are taking action to protect voters as well. Already, two Wisconsin judges have struck down that state’s voter ID law for violating the state constitution.
FACES OF DISENFRANCHISEMENT: More than five million Americans could be disenfranchised because of restrictive election laws from 2011 alone. Here are a few of them:
- Dorothy Cooper, a 96 year-old African-American woman from Tennessee, was denied a voter ID last year because she didn’t have a copy of her marriage license. She said the episode was worse than anything she’d ever experienced during the Jim Crow era.
- Ricky Tyrone Lewis, a 58 year-old Marine Corps veteran, was denied a voter ID card in Wisconsin when officials decided that documents of his honorable discharge from the Marines were insufficient to prove his identity.
- Thelma Mitchell, a 93 year-old Tennessee woman, spent decades cleaning the Tennessee state capitol building. After her state passed a voter ID law last year and she tried to obtain one, Mitchell, who was delivered by a midwife in 1918, was turned away because she didn’t have a birth certificate.
- Paul Carroll, an 86 year-old World War II veteran , was not allowed to cast a vote in Ohio’s recent GOP presidential primary because his photo ID from the Department of Veterans Affairs did not include his address. He has lived in Aurora, Ohio for four decades.
- Virginia Lasater, a 91 year-old Tennessee woman, attempted to get a voter ID recently. However, because of her old age and physical constraints, she was unable to stand in the hours-long line she found at the DMV. With no place to sit while she waited in line, she was forced to give up her hopes of getting a voter ID.
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- Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.
- Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3606, the Capital Formation/IPO bill.
- The filing deadline for all 2nd degree amendments to the Reid motion to concur in the House amendment to S.2038, the STOCK Act is 10:30am Thursday.
- At approximately 12:30pm, there will be a series of up to 7 roll call votes in relation to the following:
- Reed amendment #1931 (regarding the definition of “held of record”) to the Merkley amendment #1884 to H.R.3606
- Merkley amendment #1884 (CROWDFUND Act), as amended, if amended
- Passage of H.R.3606, as amended, if amended
- Motion to invoke cloture on the Reid motion to concur in the House amendment to S.2038, the STOCK Act (if cloture is invoked, the motion to concur will be agreed to by unanimous consent)
- Confirmation of Executive Calendar #441, the nomination of David Nuffer, of UT, to be US District Judge for the District of Utah
- Confirmation of Executive Calendar #462, the nomination of Ronnie Abrams, of NY, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of New York
- Confirmation of Executive Calendar #463, the nomination of Rudolph Contreras, of VA, to be US District Judge for the District of Columbia.
- There will be 2 minutes of debate prior to the votes on the Reed amendment, the Merkley amendment, passage of H.R.3606 and confirmation of the Nuffer nomination; there will be 4 minutes of debate prior to the cloture vote on the motion to concur with respect to the STOCK Act.
The Reed (RI) amendment #1931 was not agreed to by a voice vote.
12:58pm The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of H.R.3606, the IPO bill; Passed: 73-26
:23pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to concur on the Reid motion to concur in the House amendment to S.2038, the STOCK Act; Invoked: 96-3
1:45pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of David Nuffer, of UT, to be US District Judge for the District of Utah; Confirmed: 95-2
2:03pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Ronnie Abrams, of NY, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of New York; Confirmed: 96-2
2:25pm The nomination of Rudolph Contreras, of VA, to be US District Judge for the District of Columbia was confirmed by voice vote
There will be no further roll call votes this week.
Senators should expect the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act at approximately 5:30pm Monday, March 26. If cloture is not invoked, the Senate would immediately proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Postal Reform.
The Senate is now in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
ROLL CALL VOTES
2) Passage of H.R.3606, the IPO bill, as amended; Passed: 73-26
3) Motion to invoke cloture on the Reid motion to concur in the House amendment to S.2038, the STOCK Act; Agreed To: 96-3
4) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #441, the nomination of David Nuffer, of UT, to be US District Judge for the District of Utah; Confirmed: 96-2
5) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #462, the nomination of Ronnie Abrams, of NY, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of New York; Confirmed: 96-2
Adopted H.Con.Res.108, a concurrent resolution permitting the use of the Rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust
Adopted S.Res.404, recognizing the life and work of war correspondent Marie Colvin and other courageous journalists in war zones.
Adopted S.Res.405, authorizing the official photograph of the 112th Congress in the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
Began the Rule 14 process of H.R.5, Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011. (Republican request)
Began the Rule 14 process of S.2230, Paying a Fair Share Act. (Whitehouse)
Began the Rule 14 process of S.2231, Small Business Lending Enhancement Act. (Udall CO)
Confirmed Executive Calendar #463, the nomination of Rudolph Contreras, of VA, to be US District Judge for the District of Columbia by voice vote
Confirmed PN1376, a list of 201 nominees in the Public Health Service.
Confirmed Executive Calendar #226, Cynthia A. Covell to be Rear Admiral, Navy.
CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 22, 2012
112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION
-The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 26, 2012.3:55:58 P.M. -On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.3:55:47 P.M. -Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.2:14:41 P.M. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order speeches.2:13:29 P.M. -COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM – Pursuant to section 201(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6431 NOTE) as amended, and the order of the House of January 5, 2011, the Speaker appointed Mr. Robert P. George of Princeton, New Jersey to the Commission on International Religious Freedom .1:22:50 P.M. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.1:04:30 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.1:04:20 P.M. -Mr. Cantor asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Thursday, March 22, 2012, it adjourn to meet at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2012 for Morning-Hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.12:42:08 P.M. -COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. Cantor on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House during the upcoming week.12:35:49 P.M. -On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.12:35:37 P.M. -UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the vote on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal which had been postponed from earlier in the day.12:35:06 P.M. -H.R. 5Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.12:35:05 P.M. -H.R. 5On passage Passed by recorded vote: 223 – 181, 4 Present (Roll no. 126).12:27:37 P.M. -H.R. 5On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 180 – 229, 2 Present (Roll no. 125).12:08:50 P.M. -H.R. 5The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.11:57:13 A.M. -H.R. 5DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Loebsack motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill be reported back to the House with an amendment to prohibit ending the Medicare guarantee, turning Medicare into a voucher program, and increasing costs and reducing benefits for seniors and people with disabilities.11:56:55 A.M. -H.R. 5Mr. Loebsack moved to recommit with instructions to Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce.11:56:00 A.M. -H.R. 5The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.11:55:52 A.M. -H.R. 5The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.11:55:19 A.M. -H.R. 5The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 5.11:55:05 A.M. -H.R. 5On agreeing to the Stearns amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 251 – 157, 1 Present (Roll no. 124).11:49:28 A.M. -H.R. 5On agreeing to the Bonamici amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 179 – 228, 1 Present (Roll no. 123).11:43:30 A.M. -H.R. 5On agreeing to the Woodall amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 234 – 173, 2 Present (Roll no. 122).11:16:02 A.M. -H.R. 5POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Stearns amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Stearns demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.11:04:56 A.M. -H.R. 5DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 591, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stearns amendment.11:04:35 A.M. -H.R. 5An amendment, offered by Mr. Stearns, numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-416 to grant limited civil liability protection to health professionals that volunteer at federally declared disaster sites.11:04:14 A.M. -H.R. 5On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.10:54:25 A.M. -H.R. 5DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 591, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.10:54:05 A.M. -H.R. 5An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-416 to restore the application of antitrust laws to the business of health insurance by amending the McCarran-Ferguson Act.10:53:45 A.M. -H.R. 5On agreeing to the Dent amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.10:43:12 A.M. -H.R. 5DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 591, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Dent amendment.10:42:53 A.M. -H.R. 5An amendment, offered by Mr. Dent, numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-416 to address the crisis in access to emergency care by extending liability coverage to on-call and emergency room physicians under the Public Health Service Act.10:42:26 A.M. -H.R. 5POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Bonamici amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Bonamici demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.10:29:25 A.M. -H.R. 5DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 591, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bonamici amendment.10:29:01 A.M. -H.R. 5An amendment, offered by Ms. Bonamici, numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-416 to delay the date of enactment until the Secretary of Health and Human Services submits to Congress a report on the potential effect of this title on health care premiums.10:28:45 A.M. -H.R. 5POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Woodall amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Conyers demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.10:19:56 A.M. -H.R. 5DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 591, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Woodall amendment.10:19:40 A.M. -H.R. 5An amendment, offered by Mr. Woodall, numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-416 to strike the findings in Title I.10:17:56 A.M. -H.R. 5The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.10:17:10 A.M. -H.R. 5Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5 — “To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.”10:04:27 A.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.10:04:12 A.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Dold to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.10:03:41 A.M. -POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Poe demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Poe objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.10:01:24 A.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.10:00:58 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.