Do the Math


You Don’t Have to Be an Economist…

If Congress fails to act before the end of the year, every family in the country will see their income taxes automatically go up at the beginning of 2013.

A typical middle class family of four will see their income taxes rise by $2,200.

We can’t let that happen. Our families can’t afford it, and neither can our economy. The thing is, you don’t have to be an economist or economic expert to understand why that’s the case.

Watch this video to see what $2,000 means to a typical middle-class family.

You Don't Have to Be an Economist to Understand What $2,000 Means to Middle-Class Families

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Continuing the Progress in Tribal Communitie​s


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Continuing the Progress in Tribal Communities

Over the past four years, through tribal consultation and the White House Tribal Nations Conferences, President Obama and his Administration have worked to ensure that tribal leaders are directly involved in setting policy priorities. Today, President Obama is hosting the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior.

This conference continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government to government relationship with Indian Country, by providing invited leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration. In conjunction with today’s event, the White House released a report, Continuing the Progress in Tribal Communities,” that examines the President’s agenda and how this Administration, by working together with tribes, has made a difference for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The report highlights:

The Administration’s commitment to tribal consultation and collaboration is reflected in each of the above areas of progress. But we know there is still much more work to do, and we look forward to the continued partnership with tribal governments in the months and years ahead.

Download here: Continuing the Progress in Tribal Communities

HCAN


Dear Health Care Advocate,

Call 888-531-3993

Please call 888-531-3993 and tell your member of Congress to sign a petition that will bring the middle-class tax cut to an immediate vote.

The American people showed in the November election that they want middle-class tax cuts, but Republican members of the House of Representatives are holding that goal hostage while they work to deliver massive tax breaks to the richest Americans and cut away at Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Members who want to vote on middle-class tax cuts can sign a petition to force the House to act on them now with an up or down vote.

We urge you to call 888-531-3993 today to tell your representative to sign the petition to force an immediate vote on middle-class tax cuts.

Americans were crystal clear: Washington must extend the middle-class tax cuts now and then debate later whether to reduce taxes for the richest 2 percent.

If every Democrat and at least 26 Republicans sign the House petition, Speaker John Boehner will be required to give working families a fair shake and hold a vote on tax cuts for middle-class Americans. Join us in calling Congress now!

Will O’Neill
Health Care for America Now

CONGRESS: Republicans V Democrats


the Senate Convened 9:30amET December 6, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:45am. The time from 10:00am until 11:00am will be designated for speeches by retiring Senators.
  • At 11:45am, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #761, the nomination of Mark E. Walker, of FL, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida and Executive Calendar #828, the nomination of Terrence G. Berg, of MI, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan with up to 15 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.
  • At 12:00pm, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.6156, the Russia Trade bill with 10 minutes of debate prior to a vote.
  • At approximately 12:10pm, the Senate will conduct up to 3 roll call votes in relation to the following:
  • Passage of H.R.6156, the Russia Trade bill
  • Confirmation of the Walker nomination
  • *Confirmation of the Berg nomination is expected to be by voice vote.

During Leader remarks today, Senator McConnell asked consent that it be in order to vote on an amendment, which is the President’s debt limit extension proposal, to the Russian PNTR measure (H.R.6156).

Senator Reid objected to this request. The unofficial transcript of their remarks is below:

 MR. McCONNELL: YESTERDAY AFTERNOON CAME TO THE FLOOR AND

OFFERED PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PROPOSAL ON THE FISCAL CLIFF TO SHOW

THAT NEITHER HE NOR DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS ARE ACTING IN GOOD

FAITH IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS. WITH JUST A FEW WEEKS TO GO BEFORE

A POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING AND ENTIRELY AVOIDABLE BLOW TO THE

ECONOMY, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED A PLAN THAT MEMBERS OF HIS OWN

PARTY WON’T EVEN VOTE FOR. SO I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY AT THIS

POINT THAT THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY ISN’T INTERESTED IN A

BALANCED AGREEMENT, HE’S NOT PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN

AVOIDING THE FISCAL CLIFF, AND HE’S CLEARLY NOT INTERESTED AT

ALL IN CUTTING ANY SPENDING. WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS REALLY

INTERESTED IN, AS WE LEARNED JUST YESTERDAY, IS GETTING AS MUCH

TAXPAYER MONEY AS HE CAN, FIRST, BY RAISING TAXES ON SMALL

BUSINESS THAT HE BELIEVES ARE MAKING TOO MUCH MONEY AND THEN ON

EVERYBODY ELSE, NOT SO HE CAN LOWER THE DEBT OR THE DEFICIT BUT

SO HE CAN SPEND TO HIS HEART’S CONTEFNLTS FOR MONTHS THE

PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SAYING ALL HE WANTS IS TO

{ NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE SENATE PROCEEDINGS.}

{ 2012/12/06 TIME: 09-45 , Thu. 112th SENATE, SECOND SESSION}

{ NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE SENATE PROCEEDINGS.}

 ToDAY HE FINALLY REVEALED THAT’S NOT REALLY HIS TRUE INTENT.

BY DEMANDING THE POWER TO RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT WHENEVER HE

WANTS, BY AS MUCH AS HE WANTS, HE SHOWED WHAT HE’S REALLY AFTER

IS ASSUMING UNPRECEDENTED POWER TO SPEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS

WITHOUT ANY LIMIT AT ALL. THIS ISN’T ABOUT GETTING A HANDLE ON

DEFICITS OR DEBT FOR HIM. IT’S ABOUT SPENDING EVEN MORE THAN HE

ALREADY HAS. WHY ELSE WOULD HE DEMAND THE POWER TO RAISE THE

DEBT LIMIT ON HIS OWN?

BY THE WAY, WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE EVER CONSIDER GIVING A

PRESIDENT WHO’S BROUGHT US FOUR YEARS OF $1 TRILLION UNCHECKED

DEFICITS AUTHORITY TO BORROW?

HE’S THE LAST PERSON WHO SHOULD HAVE LIMITLESS BORROWING POWER.

THE ONLY WAY WE EVER CUT SPENDING AROUND HERE IS BY USING THE

DEBATE OVER THE DEBT LIMIT TO DO IT. NOW THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO

REMOVE THAT SPUR TO CUT ALTOGETHER. OF COURSE IT GETS IN THE

WAY OF HIS SPENDING PLANS. I ASSURE YOU IT’S NOT GOING TO

HAPPEN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT WASHINGTON TO GET SPENDING

UNDER CONTROL, AND THE DEBT LIMIT IS THE BEST TOOL WE HAVE TO

MAKE THE PRESIDENT TAKE THAT DEMAND SERIOUSLY. THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE WANT US TO FIGHT TO CUT SPENDING. IT’S A FIGHT THEY

DESERVE AND A FIGHT WE’RE HAPPY TO HAVE. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I

INDICATED TO THE MAJORITY LEADER I WAS GOING TO PROPOUND THE

FOLLOWING

CONSENT: I’M PREPARED TO ASK CONSENT TO ALLOW THE SENATE TO

VOTE ON THE PRESIDENT’S DEBT LIMIT PROPOSAL. I WOULD ASK THIS

EITHER AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE RUSSIAN PNTR MEASURE THAT WE WILL

VOTE ON THIS AFTERNOON OR A FREE-STANDING BILL IF THAT IS

PREFERRED. THEREFORE, I NOW ASK CONSENT THAT IT BE IN ORDER TO

VOTE ON AN AMENDMENT WHICH IS THE PRESIDENT’S DEBT LIMIT

EXTENSION PROPOSAL THAT I JUST DESCRIBED PRIOR TO THE PASSAGE

OF THE RUSSIA PNTR BILL TODAY. SPOEUP IS THERE –

{09:47:15 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IS THERE OBJECTION?

{09:47:15 NSP} (MR. REID) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. REID: MR. PRESIDENT?

{09:47:18 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE MAJORITY LEADER.

{09:47:23 NSP} (MR. REID) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. REID: RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT. I’M SORRY. RESERVING

THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, MR. PRESIDENT. I’VE BEEN THINKING HOW BEST

TO DESCRIBE WHAT’S GOING ON HERE ON CAPITOL HILL IN THE LAST

COUPLE OF WEEKS. EVERY MORNING I GET UP, THE FIRST THING I READ

IS THE SPORTS PAGE. I’M DISAPPOINTED IN THE SPORTS PAGE IN “THE

WASHINGTON POST” IS NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS IT USED TO BE AND

“THE NEW YORK TIMES” IS NOT GOOD EITHER. BUT I READ THEM.

THERE’S ALWAYS SOME GOOD NEWS ON THE SPORTS PAGE. THEN I GO TO

THE FRONT PAGE AND GET SOME OF THE BAD NEWS. BUT I FOLLOW

SPORTS, NO MATTER

WHAT IT IS: BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, BASEBALL. WHATEVER IT IS. AND

I’VE WATCHED VERY CLOSELY. IT’S NOT ONE OF MY FAVORITE TEAMS

BUT IT’S REALLY FUN TO WATCH, AND THAT’S THE NEW YORK JETS. NEW

YORK JETS, YES. NEW YORK JETS. COACH RYAN, HE’S GOT A PROBLEM.

HE HAS THREE QUARTERBACKS. SANCHEZ. HE’S GOT TIM TEBOW. HE’S

GOT A GUY NAMED McELROY. HE CAN’T DECIDE WHO THEIR QUARTERBACK

IS GOING TO BE. THAT’S THE SAME PROBLEM THE REPUBLICANS HAVE.

WHO IS THE QUARTERBACK, MR. PRESIDENT?

WHO IS THE QUARTERBACK?

MR. PRESIDENT, MY FRIEND TALKS ABOUT THE $1 TRILLION, TRILLIONS

OF DOLLARS OF DEBT. MR. PRESIDENT, WE JUST HAD AN ELECTION. THE

PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY KNOW WHY WE HAVE THIS DEBT. THE POLLING

RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION SHOWED THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE REALIZE THE DEBT WAS CAUSED BY GEORGE BUSH.

THAT’S A FACT. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, WE’VE CREATED, THERE WILL BE

ANOTHER JOBS REPORT OUT TOMORROW. WE HAD A LITTLE PROBLEM

BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH HURRICANE SANDY, BUT WE’LL STILL

HAVE ABOUT 100,000 NEW JOBS. WE’RE APPROACHING, IT MUST BE

ABOUT FOUR MILLION JOBS NOW THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED. IT DOESN’T

NEARLY MAKE UP WHAT WAS LOST DURING THE BUSH YEARS, BUT WE’RE

MAKING PROGRESS. MR. PRESIDENT, PEOPLE IN AMERICA REALIZE WE

CAN NO LONGER HAVE THE TOP-DOWN ECONOMY THAT THE REPUBLICANS SO

LOVED DURING THE BUSH YEARS AND WHAT THEY WANTED TO CREATE

AGAIN WITH GOVERNOR ROMNEY. SO, MR. PRESIDENT, I’D BE HAPPY TO

TAKE A LOOK AT THE PROPOSAL THAT THE PRESIDENT — THAT MY

FRIEND, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, HAS SHOWN US. IF WE CAN COME UP

WITH SOMETHING LIKE WE DID WHEN THEY CREATED THIS OTHER FUROR

BY REFUSING TO INCREASE THE DEBT WHERE WE HAD AN ABILITY TO

COME HERE AND HAVE A COUPLE OF VOTES TO DETERMINE IF WE WERE

GOING TO INCREASE IT, IF THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AGAIN, I’D

BE HAPPY TO SERIOUSLY TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND REPORT TO THE

WHITE HOUSE AND MY CAUCUS. BUT UNTIL THEN, I OBJECT. MR.

McCONNELL: MR. PRESIDENT?

{09:50:11} (MR. REID) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

{09:50:16 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: OBJECTION HAVING BEEN HEARD. MR.

McCONNELL: MR. PRESIDENT?

{09:50:19 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE MINORITY LEADER.

09:50:21 NSP} (MR. McCONNELL) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. McCONNELL: MY FRIEND THE MAJORITY LEADER INDICATES THERE IS

SOME CONFUSION ABOUT WHO IS THE QUARTERBACK ON THE REPUBLICAN

SIDE. THAT IS OF COURSE QUITE COMMON WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE

WHITE HOUSE. BUT THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT WHO THE QUARTERBACK IS

ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. THE QUARTERBACK ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE

IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND, UNFORTUNATELY, HE

KEEPS THROWING INTERCEPTIONS. AND WE’RE MOVING BACKWARD AND

BACKWARD AND BACKWARD TOWARD THE GOAL LINE. $4 TRILLION ANNUAL

DEFICITS, AND MY FRIEND FROM NEVADA STILL WANTS TO BLAME THAT

ON GEORGE BUSH?

LOOK, AND NOW HE’S ASKING FOR AN UNLIMITED, AN UNLIMITED

AUTHORITY TO BORROW WHENEVER HE WANTS TO FOR WHATEVER AMOUNT HE WANTS TO?

IF THE MAJORITY LEADER SUPPORTS THAT PROPOSAL, I WOULD HOPE

THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER HERE AND GET A VOTE ON IT AND GIVE

HIS MEMBERS A CHANCE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AS TO WHETHER OR NOT

THEY THINK THAT’S A GOOD WAY FORWARD FOR OUR COUNTRY, TO GIVE

THIS PRESIDENT OR ANY OTHER PRESIDENT UNLIMITED AUTHORITY TO

BORROW AS MUCH AS HE WANTS AT ANY TIME HE WANTS FROM THE

CHINESE OR ANYBODY ELSE. THAT’S THE QUESTION.

MR. REID: MR.

PRESIDENT?

{09:51:35 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE MAJORITY LEADER.

{09:51:37 NSP} (MR. REID) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. REID: OF COURSE, AS I SAID, WE’LL BE HAPPY TO LOOK AT THE

PROPOSAL BY MY FRIEND. BUT THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T WANT TO DO

ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT WE’VE DONE BEFORE, AND THAT’S WHERE WE

ARE NOW AND THAT’S WHY I’D BE HAPPY TO TAKE A LOOK AT HIS

PROPOSAL. IF IT’S WHAT WE DID LAST SUMMER, I’D BE HAPPY TO TAKE

A LOOK AT THAT AND MOVE FORWARD ON THIS. WE HAVE, MR.

PRESIDENT, IT’S NOT ONLY WE DEMOCRATS, BUT WE HAVE A LONG LINE

OF REPUBLICANS WHO I OUTLINED EARLY ON, WHERE PEOPLE RECOGNIZE

THAT IMMEDIATELY WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND

THE POOR ARE TAKEN CARE OF WITHOUT THEIR TAXES BEING INCREASED.

WE’VE GOT REPRESENTATIVES COLE, SCOTT, SENATORS SNOWE, COLLINS

AND COBURN AND A LONG LIST OF REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING LET’S MOVE On.

12:09pm The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of H.R.6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012; 92-4

12:43pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #761, the nomination of Mark E. Walker, of FL, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida; ::::::   12:43pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #761, the nomination of Mark E. Walker, of FL, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida; Confirmed: 94-0

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent that at 1:30pm today, the Senate proceed to the consideration of S.3664, which is regarding the debt limit increases, that there be no amendments in order to the bill, there be up to 10 minutes of debate equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees, and that upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill.

Senator McConnell asked Senator Reid to modify his request so that the bill would be subject to a 60 vote threshold. Senator Reid declined to modify his request and McConnell objected to the request to vote on the debt limit bill.

Senator Reid then moved to proceed to Calendar #554, S.3637, a bill to temporarily extend the transaction account guarantee program (TAG) and filed cloture on the motion to proceed.

The 1pm caucus has been cancelled. There will be no further roll call votes during today’s session of the Senate

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1) Passage of H.R.6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012; 92-4

2) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #761, the nomination of Mark E. Walker, of FL, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida; Confirmed: 94-0

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Passed H.R.6634, a bill to change the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial disclosure forms. (Extends from December 8, 2012 to April 15, 2013.)

Passed H.R.6582, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act.

Passed S.3666, to amend the Animal Welfare Act to modify the definition of “exhibitor”.

Adopted S.Res.611, Designating December 15, 2012, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.

Began the Rule 14 process of S.3664, a bill to provide for the debt limit extensions (Reid).

EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed Executive Calendar #828 Terrence Berg, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan by voice vote.

Senate will convene –  Monday, December 10, 2012

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 The next meeting in the House is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on December 7, 2012