Congress: the Senate works for Americans -the Republican led House returns 2/8/2011

the Senate Convenes at 10:30amET February 1, 2011  —Tuesday

Morning Business until 12:30pm.

Recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15pm the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.223, FAA Authorization.

Senators will be notified when any roll call votes are scheduled.

The following amendments are pending to S.223, FAA Authorization:

– Stabenow #9 (1099 Reporting)

McConnell #13 (Health Care Repeal)

There will be no roll call votes this evening.

The managers of the bill and leadership on both sides of the aisle will work on an agreement to dispose of the pending amendments tomorrow. The Senate will consider the FAA Authorization bill for debate only for the remainder of the night.

Unanimous Consent:

Passed S.188, a bill to designate the United States courthouse under construction at 98 West First Street, Yuma, Arizona, as the “John M. Roll United States Courthouse”.

Lift our country

In this new Congress, it is not enough to talk about common ground. We must — together — seek it.

We must enact an agenda that will lift our country from this recession and confront the challenges of this new decade.

One key group of individuals will be champions of this effort: the Democrats in the Senate. They will keep the agenda focused on progress — on growing the economy, on adding jobs. They will keep us moving forward.

In the weeks and months ahead, we must do everything we can to support these lawmakers.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee stands ready to do just that — and lay the groundwork to protect our majority in the next round of elections.

The DSCC has set a goal of raising $50,000 by January 31 to ensure they have the resources to beat back mistruths and distortions, hire staff for the next set of races, and support the work of Democrats in the Senate.

This is a moment that calls for respect and a seriousness of purpose from lawmakers of every party and persuasion.

The challenges we face as a people demand nothing less.

We must spur innovation and renew our nation’s infrastructure so that the United States remains competitive and prosperous in a global economy.

We must reform our education system so that America’s young people have the knowledge and skills to create and fill the jobs of a new age.

We must discover and implement the solutions that will allow us to stop the warming of our planet, create green jobs, and deliver security for future generations.

As this new year unfolds, Senator Harry Reid and other Democrats will lead the effort to answer these challenges. And they will be supported in all their work by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

To lay the groundwork for that kind of progress, the DSCC must raise $50,000 before January 31. Chip in $5 or more to help them meet their goal.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Egypt …

“We stand with the people of Egypt in their demand for freedom and basic rights, an end to the crackdown and internet blackout, and immediate democratic reform. We call on our governments to join us in our solidarity with the Egyptian people.”

Massive pro-democracy protests are spreading quickly across Egypt. Protesters are bravely speaking out against a repressive regime that has ruled the country for more than 30 years. The protesters are demanding the right to free speech, an end to government corruption and brutality, and free and fair elections.1

Today we’re joining an international grassroots movement to send a message of solidarity via radio and television to the people of Egypt and the Arab world.

So far, the protests have been overwhelmingly non-violent but the Egyptian government is cracking down hard. They have already arrested nearly a thousand protesters, declared a nationwide curfew, and cut off the internet.2 The regional media is one of our last ways to reach out to the people of Egypt.

So we’re joining with our friends at—an international MoveOn-style organization—to build a massive wave of support from people around the world to stand in solidarity with non-violent protesters in Egypt.

Avaaz will be spreading the statement of solidarity via radio and television across North Africa and the Middle East, where the Egyptian people can hear it

You can join by signing the solidarity statement here:

We enjoy the rights to free speech and peaceful assembly in this country, and we ought to use them to support others who hope for the same freedoms.

We must support those in Egypt who are choosing to stand up for democracy. The response by the Egyptian government has been needlessly brutal so far. Security forces are firing at protesters with live ammunition, beating people on the streets, and cutting off nearly every means of communication in an effort to maintain control and suppress the calls for democracy.

The situation on the ground is volatile and our hope is to support those in Egypt who are choosing peaceful protest as the means by which to push for change.

Our show of support could help not only bring newfound freedom to Egypt but possibly catalyze a chain reaction of reform across the Middle East unlike anything we’ve seen since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Last week the people of Tunisia peacefully deposed a long-ruling dictator, inspiring the people of Egypt to stand up. Now, calls for reform are spreading to other countries including Yemen, Jordan, and Lebanon.

Right now our voices, in a show of unwavering solidarity with people non-violently calling for change, could potentially help bring fundamental human rights and democracy to millions of people. Add your name to the global statement of solidarity to be broadcast by radio here:

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Robin, Duncan, Peter, and the rest of the team


1.”Egyptians’ Fury Has Smoldered Beneath the Surface for Decades,” The New York Times, January 28, 2011

2. “Egyptian military deploys in Cairo under curfew,” MSNBC, January 28, 2010

Stand with President Obama

This is it.

This is your chance to stand with President Obama and House Democrats and say “no” to the extreme Republican agenda.

In just 24 hours, the first FEC fundraising deadline since the President’s inspiring State of the Union speech will hit. Washington pundits and the national media will be watching our totals closely as a sign of Democratic unity and determination to keep moving America forward and winning back our House Majority.

And, the most important thing you can do right now is to make sure House Democrats exceed our goal and have an over-the-top result in our first big fundraising deadline of the year.

Contribute $5 or more before Midnight Tomorrow and your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a group of generous Democrats.

President Obama’s stirring vision for the future stands in stark contrast to the Republicans’ reckless plans for privatizing Social Security and Medicare while giving away more tax breaks to the rich and the special interests.

Republicans’ hypocritical vote to repeal heath insurance reform and deny the American people the same protections from industry abuse they enjoy as Members of Congress is outrageous. And it’s just the first step in their radical plan to dismantle our Democratic accomplishments from the last two years.

Help us fight back.

Contribute $5 or more before Midnight Tomorrow and your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a group of generous Democrats.

It’s critical we not fall behind Republican fundraising and have to play catch up in the early months of the campaign. Republicans have their corporate connections and special interest contributors to count on. We have grassroots Democrats like you.

Your generous contribution is urgently needed. Please rush your contribution to the DCCC now.

Thank you.

Robby Mook

DCCC Executive Director

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Big Things Happening February & March



Family Freedom Song Sing-A-Long

2:00 pm, Saturday, February 5

2nd Floor, Flag Hall

National Museum of American History

14th St., and Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, DC

As part of the Smithsonian’s Black History Month Family programming, learn music that uplifted those who joined the Civil Rights Movement, many of them young people. Guided by a conductor and a small group of youth singers from the Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir, the young and young-at-heart will learn, We Shall Overcome, We Shall Not Be Moved, and other songs that lift the spirit and voice change.

Freedom Riders

6:00 pm, Wednesday, February 9

Carmichael Auditorium

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

In Anniston, Alabama, an angry mob stoned and

firebombed the Greyhound bus holding some of

the original Freedom Riders.

Freedom Riders hang posters from a bus.

Join us for a screening of Freedom Riders, a compelling documentary on this the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Immediately following the film, join Stanley Nelson, director, as he interviews former Freedom Riders; Ray Arsenault, James Lawson, Diane Nash, and Jim Zwerg. They will discuss their role in this epic journey.

Roger Guenveur Smith

Frederick Douglass

Children of the Enlightenment: The Ideological Origins of Black Agency and Activism

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, February 16

Carmichael Auditorium

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

Hear Lonnie G. Bunch, Rex Ellis, Ph.D. of the National Museum of African American History, Clement Price, Ph.D. of Rutgers University in a ranging discussion and interpretation of the evolution of black activism and agency between the Revolutionary and the Civil War periods. Renowned actor Roger Guenveur Smith will recite Frederick Douglass’ “What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro.” This and other expository works produced by 19th century African American luminaries including David N. Walker, Harriett Jacobs, and Sojourner Truth will serve as the catalyst for an in-depth exploration of the manner in which African American artistic and intellectual activities were influenced during the “Age of Enlightenment.”

The National Museum of African American joins two esteemed cultural, historic, and academic institutions, the Chautauqua Institution and Colonial Williamsburg to examine the deleterious effects of slavery on the development of the United States. Each organization will consider the role of abolitionism as a movement that mobilized various segments of 19th century American society to end slavery and to the extent possible, emancipate each other from the era’s oppressive social norms. The program series is entitled: Colloquia on Slavery and Abolitionism, the Presidency and the Civil War – Three Perspectives.

For more information regarding attending any of this three-part/three-city programs, visit

Slavery by Another Name with Author Douglas A. Blackmon and Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

7:00 pm, Thursday, February 24

Carmichael Auditorium

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey join author Douglas A. Blackmon in a conversation about Blackmon’s groundbreaking historical study, Slavery by Another Name: The Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. This book brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history — when a cynical new form of slavery was resurrected from the ashes of the Civil War and re-imposed on hundreds of thousands of African-Americans until the dawn of World War II. A book signing will follow.

Ira Aldrige: The African Roscius

7:00 pm, Monday, February 28

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

8th and F Streets, NW

Washington, DC

As part of its ongoing Cultures in Motion series, the National Portrait Gallery, in collaboration with the National Museum for African American History and Culture, presents a tribute to the life of Ira Aldridge, a celebrated 19th century Shakespearean actor. Aldridge is played by celebrated 21st century Shakespearean actor Avery Brooks, with NPG’s producer/actor Jewell Robinson as Aldridge’s daughter Amanda. Commissioned by the Marc Pachter Fund and written by Jacqueline Lawton, the play examines the life of an African American who was forced to emigrate to Europe in the early 1800s in order to practice his craft and who, despite the odds, transcends as an artist to the heights of his chosen profession.

This event is free; however, reservations are suggested since seating is limited. For reservations call (202) 633-8520 or e-mail

Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC – A Panel Discussion

10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday, March 19

Carmichael Auditorium

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

Hands on the Freedom Plow editors and contributors will participate in an historic day-long series of panel discussions and a book signing. Each session opens with freedom songs and will provide an inspiring narrative to one of the most powerful social movements in American History. For more information, please call (202) 633-0070.

Also, families may explore the Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect exhibition, using your own mobile device!

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established in 2003 by an Act of Congress, making it the 19th Smithsonian Institution museum. Scheduled for completion in 2015, it will be built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Currently, during the pre-building phase, the museum is producing publications, hosting public programs and assembling collections. It is presenting exhibitions at other museums across the country and at its own gallery at the National Museum of American History. For more information about the museum, visit or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000, (202) 633-5285 (TTY).