Archive for the 'CD2 Trent Franks' Category

Franks, Mitchell react to AZ employer enforcement bill

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:
The onslaught of state laws could spur Congressional hearings about the need for uniform workplace sanctions.
As one senior Congressional aide put it: Arizonas law will get Congress attention, because it will get employers attention and this will drive them up the wall.
Pia Orrenius, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank in []

Bullhead City mayor blasts AZ delegation for not funding bridge

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

From the Mohave Daily News:
Bullhead City Council Member Sam Medrano blasted Arizona senators John McCain and Jon Kyl at Tuesdays City Council meeting.
He was referring to comments made by Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury at Woodburys recent annual Town Hall meeting in Laughlin.
A second bridge is years away from becoming a reality and Woodbury placed []

Today in the House

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Government financial services appropriations passed 240 - 179:
Yea: Renzi, Pastor, Grijalva, Giffords
Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Mitchell, Flake
Harry Mitchell was one of only four Democrats to vote against the bill he cited insufficient funding for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which fights human smuggling, ID theft and fraud.

Yesterday the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations passed the []

Franks gets $335K grant for health clinics

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

From Trent Franks website:
Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) announced today that a federal grant of $335,963.00 will be awarded to Clinica Adelante, Inc., a 501C (3) Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary and preventive health care services in rural and suburban Maricopa County, Arizona. Clinica Adelante operates in several health centers throughout the West Valley, []

Franks organizes missile defense caucus

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

From the IHT:
A mostly Republican group of lawmakers joined Thursday in an advocacy group organized to promote plans for a missile interceptor system to protect the United States.
The 34 Republicans and three Democrats are seeking to boost the U.S. missile defense program at a time when Democratic leaders in Congress have sought to trim its []

The Congressional pay raise vote

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

As you may have already heard, Congress allowed itself to accept its yearly cost-of-living raise of nearly $4,400 per member per year. Heres how the vote broke down in AZ:
Yea: Shadegg, Pastor, Grijalva
Nay: Renzi, Franks, Mitchell, Flake, Giffords
Harry Mitchell is introducing legislation to block the raise from going into effect: At a time of war []

Franks: Terrorists not common criminals

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

From the AP:
While the White House weighed closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, Congress pushed ahead Tuesday with a heated debate over whether detained terror suspects were entitled to petition U.S. courts to challenge their confinement.

Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, the panels senior GOP member, called the detainees at Guantanamo unlawful combatants. He said, What makes []

Recently in the House

Monday, June 25th, 2007

H R 2546, Charles George Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, passed the House unanimously.
H Res 189, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” should be established, passed the House unanimously.

Last week
H R 2771, Legislative Branch appropriations for 2008, passed the House 216 - 176.
Yea: []

Homeland Security, VA appropriations and a border fence

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

On Friday, the House passed appropriations bills for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security. The VA bill passed almost unanimously, with everyone in the Arizona delegation voting Yea; the Homeland Security bill passed 268 - 150, with the Arizona Democrats and Renzi voting for it and the rest of the []

Today in the House: Homeland Security amendments

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Eight motions that the committee rise for Department of Homeland Security Appropriations, finally ending at 2:07 AM. *low whistle* Go home.
No really earth-shattering amendments on the floor, just a bunch of reshuffling of funds:
Lamborn of Colorado: To reduce appropriation for the Office of the Secretary and Executive Management by $300,000. Passed 381 - 41. Everyone []

Franks: Follow Arizonas example with tuition tax credits

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Trent Franks column in Town Hall:
When the Pilgrims left Holland to sail for the shores of the New World, it was no longer under the impetus of seeking religious freedom. Rather, while they had fled to Holland to escape religious persecution in England, they realized shortly thereafter the negative influence Hollands corrupt youth were bringing []

Anti-war protestor has brief exchange with Franks

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

The Washington Post has a video of a Code Pink protestor confronting Trent Franks outside the Capitol (around 3:45 into the clip.)
Franks: Who wants war?
Protestor: Its an occupation.
Franks: Tell that to Mr. Bin Laden.
She follows him with her cart and yells, And please do not call theologans when youre on the floor.

Pastor frugal on office supplies

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Ed Pastor was the fourth-most frugal House member in 2005 in spending on his own office, according to a National Taxpayers Union study. From a press release on his website:
Pastor, who was the third lowest spender in the House in 2004, maintained his frugal disposition in order to return some of his office budget to []

Lowell observatory, Iranian missiles and the coveted Moving America Forward Award

Monday, June 11th, 2007

AZ press releases together, in the interest of bite-size PR digestability:

Rick Renzi announces $1.4 million for the Lowell Observatory, truly enormous grant for Navajo housing.
Trent Franks wants to work with Russia on building a system to defend against Iranian missiles, but at a location that optimizes security for the United States and our allies.

Jeff Flake: []

Thrasher to announce candidacy for CD2

Monday, June 11th, 2007

John Thrasher is running for the Democrat spot in CD2 again he will make his formal announcement on Wednesday. Thrasher was defeated by Trent Franks in 2006, but says hell run on accountability, responsibility, and service.

Today in the House: Stem cell research, Lumbees

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

S 5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, passed the House 247 - 176. 16 D crossovers, 37 R crossovers. Business Journal has coverage of the AZ delegations votes.
Yea: Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Nay: Renzi, Franks, Shadegg, Flake

H R 65, the Lumbee Recognition Act, passed the House 256 - 128. The bill seeks to recognize the []

Today in the House: Energy, hydrogen, Afghanistan and human cloning

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

H R 1716, the Green Energy Education Act, passed the House 416 - 0. Everyone in Arizonas delegation voted for it.

H R 632, To authorize the Secretary of Energy to establish monetary prizes for achievements in overcoming scientific and technical barriers associated with hydrogen energy, passed the House 408 - 8.
Voted Yea: Renzi, Franks, []

Franks Taliban weapons amendment passes House

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

From Reuters:
U.S. lawmakers voted on Wednesday to bar U.S. government aid to areas of Afghanistan where officials are engaged in the drug trade or helping insurgents, brushing aside Bush administration protests against such conditions.
The U.S. House of Representatives also required that the Bush administration report to Congress on the reported flow of Iranian arms into []

Today in the House

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

H Res 451, Directing the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to respond to the indictment of, or the filing of charges of criminal conduct in a court of the United States or any State against, any Member of the House of Representatives by empaneling an investigative subcommittee to review the allegations. Passed the House []

Franks cosponsors bill to prohibit terrorist bombings, kidnappings, sexual assault

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Trent Franks introduced H.R.2376, a bill to prohibit the rewarding of suicide bombings, to prohibit terrorist kidnappings and sexual assaults, and for other purposes.
Its about time someone decided to criminalize that stuff.