Archive for November, 2010

Voter Anger Fuels Repeal Amendment

Posted: November 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tea Partiers hope to amend the Constitution to allow 2/3s of the states to repeal an act of Congress.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller   1:35 AM 11/24/2010

Rapidly growing support for the “Repeal Amendment” –  a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a vote by two-thirds of the states to repeal an act of Congress —  symbolizes the intense level of anger Americans have with Washington, according to observers.

In September, Virginia stood alone as the only state where leaders in the state legislature had shown an interest in passing the amendment, but that number has now grown to nine states.

State legislators in South Carolina, Florida, Utah, Indiana, Texas, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Georgia have since expressed interest in the amendment.

Hits on the website have mushroomed over the past month, and the amendment has garnered support from Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and soon-to-be House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, according to “Repeal Amendment” executive director Marianne Moran.

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Florida Sen. George LeMieux plans to force his Senate colleagues to put their money where their mouths are on the national debt and deficit by forcing a vote.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 10:05 AM 11/19/2010
Outgoing Florida Republican Sen. George LeMieux plans to make his Senate colleagues put their money where their mouth is on deficit and debt reduction by forcing them to vote on it before the end of the year.

LeMieux’s plan would restore and cap federal spending at 2007 pre-stimulus levels, which goes further than a similar proposal by Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican that would reduce non-defense discretionary spending to 2008 levels. His proposal has been co-sponsored by Sens. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican; Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, and James Risch, Idaho Republican.

“We need to roll back to a pre-stimulus level and cap spending at that level,” LeMieux said. “If we can do that it will do a couple of things. One, it will cause us to have to use discipline as a country, and Congress will have to go back and make sure the money that is being spent at these agencies is efficient and effective because we’ll be cutting it.

“And two, we will be putting the country on a path that is sustainable where we won’t be having debt racking up more and more and more — getting to $26 trillion by the end of this decade, which is where we currently are headed.”

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Cap and trade might be dead on Capitol Hill, but Republicans warn the Obama administration plans to use regulation to bypass Congress.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 9:45 AM 11/18/2010
Cap and trade may be dead in the Senate, according to newly installed Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, but Republicans warn the news of its demise have been exaggerated.

Manchin told a teleconference of West Virginia reporters Monday that he had received assurances from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that cap and trade would not see the light of day in the Senate — either in the lame duck session or in the 112th Congress.

“I got his commitment that cap and trade will definitely not be on the agenda and won’t be on the agenda during the next Congress,” Manchin told reporters following his swearing in. “I have a deep commitment and a personal commitment from him that cap and trade is dead.”

Observers attribute Reid’s reluctance to pursue cap and trade to a lack of votes in the Senate and to opposition from the incoming Republican House majority. Outgoing senators who supported cap and trade, such as Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter, are being replaced in the 112th Congress by Republicans who oppose it.

“They don’t have the numbers, but the administration is working hard on imposing cap and trade through regulation,” Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller.

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Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus, a self-described pro-lifer, found himself a marked man after he decided to back the health care law. The Susan B. Anthony List and other groups poured in large sums of money to defeat him and other "pro-life" Democrats who voted for health care.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 8:45 AM 11/06/2010

Voting for President Barack Obama’s health care bill proved a fatal mistake in Tuesday’s election for nearly 20 self-professed pro-life Democrats who sided with outgoing Democratic Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak during the health care debate.

Pro-life groups such as National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, as well as the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), sought to remind voters that their votes equaled a vote for federal funding of abortion ̶ something rejected by roughly 60-80 percent of all voters according to various estimates.

Democratic Reps. Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania were among the 15 out of 20 pro-life Democrats in the Susan B. Anthony List’s sights who fell on Election Day.

Only Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly remained standing among the targeted pro-life Democrats at the end of the night despite resources thrown against him by the Republican National Committee, NRCC, Susan B. Anthony List and other groups.

“These Democrats ran on pro-life platforms, but they showed their true colors by supporting a bill that allowed federal funding of abortion. Authenticity matters, and it gave voters one more reason to reject Democrats and their out-of-touch agenda at the ballot box,” NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay wrote in an e-mailed statement to The Daily Caller

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