Tonight: Kick-off call with Barack Obama and Joe Biden

Yesterday, Barack Obama and Joe Biden began their 2012 campaign.

Tonight, they want to talk to you.

At 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the President and Vice President will be holding a campaign conference call for the supporters and volunteers who’ve powered this movement for the past two years. I hope you can join us.

As the 2012 campaign kicks off, we want to thank you for all that you’ve done, give a briefing on next steps as we build a new organization upon the foundation we’ve built together, and get everyone fired up for what lies ahead.

We’ve accomplished a lot over the last two years — but our work is far from done.

President Obama needs to continue his efforts to put Americans back to work and more fundamentally change the way business gets done in Washington. And while he keeps his focus on the job he was elected to do, he’s relying more than ever on supporters like you to start laying the groundwork — so we’re prepared for when the race hits full speed next year.

You can get in on the ground floor as we build this campaign.

Please join the President on tonight’s phone call. RSVP here to get a call at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or to listen in online:

If you can’t make tonight’s kick-off call, there will be another one this Thursday, April 7th, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. David Axelrod and I will talk about the strategy for the first few months of this campaign — RSVP here for that second call.

Talk to you soon,


Jim Messina

Campaign Manager

Palin steps into Wisconsin

Sarah Palin just endorsed David Prosser, the right-wing candidate in next week’s election for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Prosser voted with Gov. Scott Walker 95% when they were in the legislature — and if he wins this election, he’ll be the deciding vote on the legality of Gov. Walker’s anti-worker bill that passed in the dark of night after Republicans bent the rules.

Can you join PCCC members across the nation who are calling Wisconsin voters – asking them to defeat the Palin/Walker candidate in Tuesday’s election?

Yes! Show me the shifts to sign up and volunteer from my home!

No, thanks — but I’ll join thousands of others in donating $3 to support the PCCC’s Wisconsin program.

In just three days, volunteers made 27,000 calls to Wisconsin voters. We have momentum, and in a low-turnout election our calls can swing this race!

Prosser is running against progressive Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg. If we defeat Palin’s candidate, it will be a big victory for workers and a huge loss for Wisconsin Republicans just as they prepare to play defense in recall elections.

We hope you can spare an hour and volunteer from home for this important cause! Thanks for being a bold progressive.

— Stephanie Taylor, Adam Green, Matt Wall, Amanda Johnson, Michael Snook, Keauna Gregory, and the PCCC team.

2012 – Reelection News … Barack Obama

Today, we are filing papers to launch our 2012 campaign.

We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you — with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build.

So even though I’m focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today.

We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily. It never does. But as my administration and folks across the country fight to protect the progress we’ve made — and make more — we also need to begin mobilizing for 2012, long before the time comes for me to begin campaigning in earnest.

As we take this step, I’d like to share a video that features some folks like you who are helping to lead the way on this journey.

In the coming days, supporters like you will begin forging a new organization that we’ll build together in cities and towns across the country. And I’ll need you to help shape our plan as we create a campaign that’s farther reaching, more focused, and more innovative than anything we’ve built before.

We’ll start by doing something unprecedented: coordinating millions of one-on-one conversations between supporters across every single state, reconnecting old friends, inspiring new ones to join the cause, and readying ourselves for next year’s fight.

This will be my final campaign, at least as a candidate. But the cause of making a lasting difference for our families, our communities, and our country has never been about one person. And it will succeed only if we work together.

There will be much more to come as the race unfolds. Today, simply let us know you’re in to help us begin, and then spread the word:

Thank you,


Congress: debates/votes, will our govt be shutdown? -the Republican led House -the Senate

The Senate Convenes at 2pmET April, 4, 2011

 Following any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #42, Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge with one hour for debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley.

5:30pm roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #42, Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge.

Additionally, Senators should expect 2 roll call votes in relation to H.R.4, 1099 repeal on Tuesday prior to the caucus meetings.


47: Confirmation of Executive Calendar #42, Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge;

Confirmed: 86-0.


The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 4, 2011.




11:27 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 5, 2011.

11:26 P.M. –

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 4.

9:21 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

7:16 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

6:54 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

6:53 P.M. –

Ms. Foxx filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 200.

H.R. 1246:

to reduce the amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction

6:52 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

6:51 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 393 – 0 (Roll no. 225).

6:31 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

6:30 P.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 4.

2:21 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.

H.R. 1246:

to reduce the amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction

2:19 P.M. –

At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

2:11 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1246.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. West moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. today.

2:01 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Pompeo to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

2:00 P.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Coughlin.

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 4.

12:08 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

12:01 P.M. –

MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m for the start of legislative business.

12:00 P.M. –

The Speaker designated the Honorable Allen B. West to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

We Are One: Attend a Local Event

Are you worried, frustrated, and angry about the continuing attacks on workers’ rights, women’s rights, economic security and opportunity for all? Are you looking for another way to demonstrate your concern — in addition to making phone calls and sending emails? On April 4, you can join with people in your community in events to send a strong message: We Are One.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life for themselves and their children. Now those rights are under attack in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states, and women’s interests are at stake.

Can you join us on April 4 by participating in an event on your community? You can find events near you on this interactive map.

Attacks on public employees’ rights to collectively bargain directly threaten working women and the vital public services they provide. Most people who work for state and local governments are women: nurses, teachers and others serving our communities. And collective bargaining helps ensure that these women have decent wages, benefits, and working conditions. For more information on why the right to collectively bargain is a women’s rights issue, check out our fact sheet.

Please join us in solidarity on April 4: We Are One.


Emily J. Martin

Vice President and General Counsel

National Women’s Law Center