Archive for the 'House of Representatives' Category

Flake introduced priority resolution for ethics investigation

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

CQ Politics:
As lawmakers prepare to consider a $410 billion spending bill carrying pet projects for clients of a lobbying firm under FBI investigation, the House will vote as early as Tuesday on whether to start an ethics investigation into the relationship between earmarks and campaign contributions.
The vote could put majority Democrats and at least a [...]

Giffords seeks balanced export controls

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Our nations export controls were supposed to help strengthen our national security, by protecting Americas sensitive technologies from falling into the wrong hands, said Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN). However, in recent years there has been a growing chorus of concern that the current system of export controls is undermining our nations competitiveness in the global [...]

Mitchell opposes royalties from radio stations

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Radio Business Report:
The musicFirst Coalition trotted out a posse of nationally-known musicians to kick off the latest attempt to extract performance royalties out of radio stations. The two chairs of the Congressional Judiciary Committees Committees – Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Conyers (D-MI) are on board, along with supporters from both parties.
The musicians coming [...]

Giffords, Mitchell join Blue Dog energy task force

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Hotline blog reports that Gabrielle Giffords and Harry Mitchell, both part of the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, are joining an energy policy task force that aims to drive viable, comprehensive policy solutions and alternatives with national and economic security as the foremost goals.

Shadegg: Everyone is cutting back except Congress

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The Business Journal reports that John Shadegg was not happy with the Dems omnibus spending package:
“Everyone across the country is cutting back. They are saving every dime they can, doing with less, and prioritizing their budgets. Everyone, that is, except Congress. On the heels of the largest spending bill in our history, House Democrats are [...]

Kirkpatrick meets with N. Arizona leaders on infrastructure needs

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

White Mountain Independent:
Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick met with elected officials and staff from Navajo County, City of Holbrook and City of Winslow to discuss major concerns including the Winslow Levee, Holbrook railroad crossing, Obed Bridge, rural school bus routes and the Pinon and Dilkon road yards at a meeting on Feb. 19.

Mitchell votes with GOP on Dem spending bill

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

From a statement:
Citing concerns about unnecessary spending, U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell cast a vote on Wednesday against the Democratic-backed appropriations package for the current fiscal year.
Despite Mitchell’s nay vote, the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, H.R. 1105, passed 245-178. Mitchell was one of 20 Democrats who voted against the measure.
Mitchell said he could not [...]

Franks reacts to Obama speech

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Franks panned Obamas speech on the grounds that it did not address jihadist terrorism: For the commander in chief to leave out the first purpose of government, to protect its citizens against one of the most eminent threats facing us in the world, was a pretty serious hole in his speech. [CSM]
And: Essentially [Obama] had [...]

Flake disappointed by Obama budget

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

From Jeff Flakes website:
Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today expressed disappointment over the $3.55 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2010 offered by President Obama.
“For all of President Obama’s talk of fiscal responsibility, there’s not a lot to point to in this budget,” said Flake.

Today in the House: Angry Chimp Act

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

H R 80, the Captive Primate Safety Act, seeks to treat nonhuman primates as prohibited wildlife species. Passed the House 323 95.
Aye: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
No: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

Today in the House: Teens, Guam and Utah land

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

H R 911, Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act. Seeks to require certain standards and enforcement provisions to prevent child abuse and neglect in residential programs. Passed the House 295 102.
Yea: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

H R 44, Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act. Seeks to implement [...]

Giffords: Why I voted for stimulus

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Gabrielle Giffords writes an editorial for the Arizona Republic:
It is equally important to remember that the recession that now has our economy in its grip was not a lightning strike out of the blue. It is the result of years of flawed economic policies and reckless decisions. Dealing with the recession and a record national [...]

Grijalva joins environmental group board

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), a groundbreaking nonprofit activist group working to save endangered species, launched the Climate Law Institute. The institute is dedicated to extending the reach of current environmental and human health laws to encompass global warming, pass new climate legislation and help protect endangered species and public lands. CBD raised $17 [...]

Mitchell, Giffords still on vulnerable list

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The Hill:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named Monday 40 of its most vulnerable junior members who would be added to the partys Frontline program, designed to protect the most at-risk incumbents.

More senior members who still represent districts President Bush or Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won find themselves on the list as a precaution as well. [...]

Uh-oh, someone read the stimulus

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Jeff Flakes website:
Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today found at least eight earmarks in the omnibus spending bill for clients of the PMA Group, an earmark lobbying firm reportedly under federal investigation.
“If clients of a lobbying firm currently under federal investigation are receiving earmarks in it, this [...]

Giffords gives solar demo at U of A

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Arizona Daily Wildcat:
Just as a magnifying glass can harness the sun to burn a hole through a piece of paper, UA scientists have discovered a way to burn through something a little thicker: steel.
U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and members of the university, including UA President Robert Shelton, gathered Wednesday on the south side of Bear [...]

Congress Republicans missing Obama in Mesa; most not invited

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

East Valley Tribune:
The states two senators Republicans John McCain and Jon Kyl both plan to miss the event at Dobson High School. They say they were neither invited nor informed of the presidents visit to their home turf in time to alter their plans and show up for the speech.
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer [...]

Mitchell helped bring Obama to Mesa

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

East Valley Tribune:
Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh is thrilled the President chose his district to talk about the economic future of the country. While he wasn’t sure he was going to get one of the coveted tickets, Kavanaugh said he worked with Congressman Harry Mitchell’s office to pitch the district and Dobson High for the visit.
“As [...]

Giffords forum schedule

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Arizona Daily Sun:
The Giffords forum schedule is:
• 10-11:30 a.m. Monday in the Tucson/Catalina Rooms, Student Union, University of Arizona. Economic Recovery: Science, Technology and Renewable Energy.
• 12-1:30 p.m., Tuesday in the Pima Room, of the Memorial Union, Arizona State University, Tempe. Rep. Harry Mitchell from Arizonas 5th Congressional District will join Giffords at the forum [...]

Grijalva visits Yuma to talk about stimulus

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Yuma Sun:
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva will be here Tuesday to talk to the public about how the economic recovery plan will affect the Yuma area.
He will be speaking at a public news conference at 8:30 a.m. at the Yuma Private Industry Council Board Room, 3818 W. 16th St.
Grijalva also will meet [...]