Archive for the 'CD5 Harry Mitchell' Category

Mitchell wants VA to be mindful with technology initiatives

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Seattle PI:
Eric K. Shinseki, the new Veterans Affairs secretary, said Wednesday he is trying to reduce the six-month delays in paying veterans disability claims, and he wants to move quickly toward an all-electronic claims system that could speed up the process.

Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., who chairs the oversight subcommittee, said he wants to ensure the [...]

Today in the House: Stalking, dating violence and delayed flights

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

H Res 82, Raising awareness and encouraging prevention of stalking by establishing January 2009 as National Stalking Awareness Month. Passed the House 417 0. Flake did not vote; rest of delegation voted Yea.
H Res 103, Supporting the goals and ideals of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. Passed the House 419 [...]

What were sponsoring this session

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Ann Kirkpatrick Nothing yet
Trent Franks Nothing yet
John Shadegg

H.R.450 : To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.
H.R.731 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to exclude individuals who have been convicted of committing certain sex offenses from [...]

Yavapai-Apache leaders meet with AZ delegation

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Camp Verde Bugle:
Throughout the week, Tribal Leaders met with Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Congressman Harry Mitchell, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as the offices of Congressman Trent Franks, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jon Kyl, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Congressman Jeff Flake, Congressman John Shadegg and Congressman Raul [...]

Mitchell speech becomes forum for worried taxpayers

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

AzCentral:
With data showing that the nations economy is far from rebounding, U.S Rep. Harry Mitchells State of the District address Friday became a platform for concerns over the $819 billion stimulus package the House passed Wednesday.
From bank presidents and educators to business owners and developers, the audiences prevailing worries centered on financial fears. People at [...]

House wants you to get your damned DTV

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The Senate voted to postpone the digital TV transition deadline by unanimous consent, but the House said enough already. A measure to delay the deadline failed 258 168 (2/3 majority required)
Voted Yea (to postpone the deadline): Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Voted Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

Mitchell to hold State of the District address

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

AzCentral:
U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchells, D-Ariz., first State of the District Address under President Barack Obamas administration will offer Arizonans a glimpse into the nations Congressional priorities and how Mitchell will weigh his vote on a $825 billion economic stimulus package.
Mitchells constituents are stressed as they face an economy showing little sign of releasing its stranglehold [...]

House passes stimulus bill

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The House passed HR1, the gazillion-billion-dollar stimulus package 244-188. All our Democrats voted for it, all our Republicans voted against it, yadda yadda.
Some highlights:

Jeff Flakes amendment to cut $800 million for inter-city rail got a floor vote but failed 116 320.
Flake: You cant spend this amount of money without spending money on some willy-nilly [...]

Mitchell tries to insert pay raise block into stimulus bill

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Arizona Guardian:
U.S. Reps. Harry Mitchell and Jeff Flake are trying to amend the federal economic stimulus package so that it would freeze Congress pay and keep money from being spent on certain earmarks.
Mitchells amendment would attach his bill to block Congress automatic pay raise next year. Mitchell, a Democrat, co-sponsored the bill with Rep. Ron [...]

Today in Congress: Boring

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Senate
The Senate voted 60 34 to confirm Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. Kyl and McCain voted Nay.
House
H RES 31, Expressing support for designation of January 28, 2009, as National Data Privacy Day. Passed the House 402 0. Grijalva did not vote, rest of delegation voted Yea.
H RES 84, Honoring the [...]

Sherwood to handle press for Mitchell

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Robbie Sherwood will become press secretary for Harry Mitchell effective tomorrow, replacing Seth Scott. Good luck, Seth!

Today in Congress: Fair Pay goes to Senate; House votes on football

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Senate
S. 181, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Passed 61 36. Kyl and McCain both voted Nay.
House
H J Res 3, Relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Passed 270 155.
Yea: Kirkpatrick, Franks, Shadegg, Mitchell, Flake
Nay: Pastor, Grijalva, Giffords
H Res 56, Expressing support for designation of [...]

Today in Congress: Hillary and TARP

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Senate
The Senate voted 94 2 to confirm Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Kyl and McCain voted Yea.
House
The House voted 260 166 to pass H.R. 384, the TARP Reform and Accountability Act. The purpose of the bill is to reform the Troubled Assets Relief Program of the Secretary of the Treasury and ensure [...]

Recently in the House SCHIP, oversight hearings

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Childrens Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
Passed the House 289 139.
Voted Aye: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Voted No: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

H Res 40, Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require each standing committee to hold periodic hearings on the topic of waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement in Government programs [...]

Friday in the House: Fair Pay, Israel resolution

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

H R 11, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, passed the House 247 171. The bill would clarify that a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice that is unlawful under such Acts occurs each time compensation is paid pursuant to the discriminatory compensation decision or other practice, to amend the Fair Labor Standards [...]

Harry Mitchell: Why does Congress need a raise?

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

E.J. Montini:
Opponents of the proposal [to block Congress' automatic pay raises] would argue that Mitchells legislation is an ineffective and largely symbolic measure, since it would save taxpayers only $2.5 million at a time when the national deficit is set to rise well over $1 trillion.
The politicians and Washington pundits who make such an argument [...]

Today in the House

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

H R 35, Presidential Records Act Amendments
To establish procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records. Passed 359 58.
Voted Yea: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Voted Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

H R 36, Presidential Library Donation Reform Act
To require information on contributors to Presidential library fundraising organizations. Passed 388 [...]

Congress gets a raise

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

The Hill:
A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.
Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and [...]

Mitchell calls projects investment; Shadegg prefers tax suspension

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

AzCentral:
U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Tempe, said the Valleys soon-to-open light-rail system has helped spur more than $3 billion in development, growth that could be replicated with a federal stimulus package.
This is extremely important for our economy, and its an investment in our country, Mitchell said. He said he was unsure whether the next Congress would [...]

East Valley cities plead for earmarks

Monday, December 15th, 2008

East Valley Tribune:
East Valley cities have drawn up their Christmas wish lists, asking for a big slice of the federal bailout pie being carved up by Congress. What the cities are asking for are new toys like asphalt and sewer pipes, lots of concrete and bulldozers, according to lists released Friday.

One person who would like [...]