Republicans comment on Wall Street Protests


by on Oct  7, 2011

A pair of Republican presidential candidates had some harsh words for the protesters who’ve been hectoring Wall Street for the past three weeks: Cut out the “class warfare” and “blame yourself” for being poor and jobless.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said the demonstrators are coming across as “anti-capitalism.” The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza said the Occupy Wall Street protesters are trying to distract the country from President Obama’s “failed policies.”

“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” Cain said. “It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed. And so this is why I don’t understand these demonstrations and what is it that they’re looking for.”

At a campaign stop in Florida Tuesday, Mitt Romney said the demonstrations were “dangerous” and “class warfare.”

When ABC’s Emily Friedman asked Romney today about the protests, the GOP front-runner declined to elaborate on his previous comments, saying “I’m just trying to get myself to occupy the White House.”

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At the Value Voters Summit on Friday, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)said he is “increasingly concerned” by “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations which began in New York and spread to other major cities.

Oct 5, 2011 by Current

Sen. Bernie Sanders takes issue with Mitt Romney’s definition of class warfare, saying, “Class warfare is being waged in America today – the problem is, the wrong side is winning.” Sanders continues, “In America now you have the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of any major country on Earth, with the top 400 wealthiest people owning more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans

The War on Women Continues …a message from Nancy Pelosi


Yesterday, House Republicans mounted another extreme attack to undermine and restrict a woman’s access to reproductive health care.

Instead of creating jobs, improving our economy and strengthening small businesses, for the seventh time this year Republicans voted on a bill that assaults women’s health care.

We cannot sit silent in the face of House Republicans’ extremist agenda against women. We must act now to stop it.

Help us raise $100,000 for the DCCC Women’s Health Rapid Response Fund so we can hold the Republicans accountable.

Please make an urgent contribution of $3 or more to the DCCC’s Women’s Health Rapid Response Fund. Your generous support will send a powerful show of grassroots strength against the Republicans’ extreme agenda.

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House Republicans are pursuing the most comprehensive and radical assault on women’s health and reproductive freedom in our lifetime. They should be working to help put Americans back to work, not waging an outrageous war against women and their private health decisions.

Let us never allow the health of American women to come under attack.

Please contribute $3 or more right now to the DCCC’s Women’s Health Rapid Response Fund >>  WWW.DSCC.ORG

Thank you,

Nancy Pelosi

They got it wrong …Rufus Gifford, BarackObama.com


Just six days before the last fundraising deadline, one major newspaper ran a story under the headline “Small donors are slow to return to the Obama fold.”

You and a whole lot of other supporters turned that headline upside down. Today we filed a report with the FEC that shows this movement isn’t just as strong as ever — it’s growing.

Sometimes the media gets so caught up in its own echo chamber that the storyline separates from the facts.

The great thing about building a grassroots organization based outside of Washington is that the press won’t decide what happens here — you will.

In fact, right now, just shy of 1 million people like you have taken ownership of this campaign by pitching in whatever they can afford.

You’re already going to be a part of that million — but there’s still something you can do to help get the campaign there today.

Promise to match a first-time grassroots supporter by making a donation today — and the new supporter we’ll match you with will join you as part of that first million. You can even write them a note.

No matter what happens in the inside-the-beltway media circus, or what the pundits are predicting, we’ve got to stay focused on building this campaign from the ground up, one grassroots donation at a time.

When each of us takes responsibility as a supporter, the combined impact sends a stronger message than any single newspaper story.

You can do that right now.

Promise to match a first-time supporter’s donation today and help the campaign get to 1 million:

Thanks,

Rufus

Rufus Gifford
National Finance Director
Obama for America

Get your Occupy Wall Street yard sign …


Occupy Wall Street hasn’t made specific demands yet but they’ve already won their first big fight — big banks and their right-wing allies in Congress have taken notice… and they’re scared of what they see.

Occupy Wall Street has inspired occupations in hundreds of cities across the country — from Atlanta to Boston to Los Angeles. Now, it’s time to expand the fight beyond major cities and into the suburbs, the countryside — everywhere.

The problem is local occupations outside of major cities may never be able to reach the kind of critical mass that will turn heads and force elected leaders to respond. Yet small towns and rural areas standing up and getting involved is the most likely way to help build this movement to the next level.

So we’ve spent the week asking members of Occupy Wall Street and DFA what’s the best thing we could do right now to help build the movement for the long term. The answer was clear. Help us show support for Occupy Wall Street everywhere — including our own front yard. That’s why we put together “We are the 99 percent” lawn signs so Americans everywhere can join the movement.

Start your own occupation to support and grow the movement — Get an Occupy Wall Street yard sign right now.


Normally we give merchandise away for free, but yard signs are expensive.

It costs $1.29 to print each sign. It costs $2.50 to package them. It can cost up to $9.75 to ship them, depending on where you live. And when buying signs in large quantities, it costs up to $1,000 just to add a second color to the sign.

When it’s all said and done — each sign costs $13.76 to print, package and ship directly to your home. So, we’re asking for a contribution of at least $16 to help cover all the costs. If you contribute more, we’ll use the additional money raised to support our continued involvement, spreading the message, and supporting the people on the ground in New York and beyond who started this bold movement.

It’s October. In New York, Boston, and even Atlanta, Occupy Wall Street needs sleeping bags, blankets, medical supplies and so much more. Making a contribution today not only gets you a yard sign so you can show your support, it will help us deliver more of the resources that people on the ground need right now.

Get your “We are the 99 percent” yard sign right now.

Thank you for everything you do.

-Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

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Congress: the Republican led House focus H.Res.431 – the Senate back on 10/17


the Senate Convenes at 2:00pmET October 17, 2011

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until
    4:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will begin consideration of H.R.2112,
    the vehicle for the Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, and Science; and
    Transportation/HUD Appropriations bills.
  • At 5:15pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider
    Executive Calendar #271, Cathy Bissoon, of PA, to be United States District
    Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania with 15 minutes of debate equally
    divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.

At approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on
confirmation of the Bissoon nomination.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF OCTOBER 14, 2011

 112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION

The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on October 18, 2011.4:26:28 P.M. -On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.4:26:11 P.M. -Mr. Reyes moved that the House do now adjourn.3:27:40 P.M. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order speeches.3:27:15 P.M. -The House received a communication from the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader. Pursuant to Section 1002 of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-306) as amended by section 701(a)(3) of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, Ms. Pelosi notified the House that she had appointed the following individuals to the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community: The Honorable Rush D. Holt of New Jersey and Ms. Samantha Ravich of Clark, New Jersey. Ms. Ravich was appointed at the recommendation of Speaker John Boehner.3:26:47 P.M. -DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MEMORIAL COMMISSION – Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 431 note and the order of the House of January 5, 2011 the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MEMORIAL COMMISSION: Mr. Bishop of GA .3:25:20 P.M. -CONGRESSIONAL-EXECUTIVE COMMISSION ON THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 6913 an the order of the House of Jnauary 5, 2011, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the CONGRESSIONAL-EXECUTIVE COMMISSION ON THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Mr. Walz of MN .2:24:39 P.M. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.2:15:00 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.2:14:02 P.M. -Mr. Chabot asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, October 21, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2011. Agreed to without objection.2:14:01 P.M. -Mr. Chabot asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2011. Agreed to without objection.2:14:00 P.M. -Mr. Chabot asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, October 14, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Agreed to without objection.2:13:05 P.M. -H.R. 822Mr. Chabot asked unanimous consent that the Committee on the Judiciary have until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2011, to file a report to accompany H.R. 822.2:13:04 P.M. -H.R. 2273Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:13:04 P.M. -H.R. 2273On passage Passed by recorded vote: 267 – 144 (Roll no. 800).2:06:41 P.M. -H.R. 2273On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 172 – 238 (Roll no. 799).1:50:19 P.M. -H.R. 2273The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.1:39:39 P.M. -H.R. 2273DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cicilline motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House with an amendment to implement a warning system in the event of a catastrophic failure at a coal ash disposal site. Under this amendment, the EPA Administrator must require the owner or operator of a surface coal ash disposal site, such as a disposal pile or lagoon, to equip such site with a sufficient system to monitor for, and notify the public of a potentially hazardous condition that could lead to failure of the site’s ability to contain coal ash.1:39:07 P.M. -H.R. 2273Mr. Cicilline moved to recommit with instructions to Energy and Commerce.1:38:18 P.M. -H.R. 2273The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.1:37:56 P.M. -H.R. 2273The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.1:37:41 P.M. -H.R. 2273The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2273.1:37:00 P.M. -H.R. 2273On agreeing to the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 174 – 235 (Roll no. 798).1:32:52 P.M. -H.R. 2273On agreeing to the Rush amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 164 – 241 (Roll no. 797).1:29:42 P.M. -H.R. 2273On agreeing to the Markey amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 185 – 223 (Roll no. 796).1:26:03 P.M. -H.R. 2273On agreeing to the Markey amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 173 – 231 (Roll no. 795).1:21:37 P.M. -H.R. 2273On agreeing to the Waxman amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 171 – 236 (Roll no. 794).12:55:45 P.M. -H.R. 2273UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the adoption of amendments which had previously been debated and on which further proceedings were postponed.12:54:50 P.M. -H.R. 2273POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee (TX) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.12:46:23 P.M. -H.R. 2273DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 431, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment.12:46:21 P.M. -H.R. 2273An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX),  numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-244 to require the Administrator of the EPA to submit a report to Congress on the long-term impacts of State coal combustion residuals permit programs on human health and the environment within five years of enactment of the legislation.12:45:34 P.M. -H.R. 2273POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Rush amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Rush demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.12:35:43 P.M. -H.R. 2273DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 431, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rush amendment.12:35:27 P.M. -H.R. 2273An amendment, offered by Mr. Rush,  numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-244 to provide federal enforcement authority so that if the EPA Administrator determines that a structure is in violation of a State coal combustion residuals permit program, and the State has not taken appropriate action to enforce such permit program with respect to such structure, the Administrator may inspect such structure and enforce the requirements of such permit program with respect to such structure.12:34:44 P.M. -H.R. 2273POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Markey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Markey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.12:26:57 P.M. -H.R. 2273DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 431, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Markey amendment No 4.12:26:55 P.M. -H.R. 2273An amendment, offered by Mr. Markey,  numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-244 to require the States to notify the public and the EPA and offer the opportunity to comment before a State establishes a program to regulate coal combustion waste.12:26:20 P.M. -H.R. 2273POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Markey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Markey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.12:18:27 P.M. -H.R. 2273DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 431, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Markey amendment No. 3.12:18:25 P.M. -H.R. 2273An amendment, offered by Mr. Markey,  numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-244 to establish a time frame for bringing existing surface impoundments into compliance with revised criteria for design, groundwater monitoring, and corrective action. Will maintain state flexibility to opt-out (with certification) and provide up to 10-year compliance window.12:16:00 P.M. -H.R. 2273POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Waxman amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Waxman demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.12:08:54 P.M. -H.R. 2273DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 431, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Waxman amendment.12:08:51 P.M. -H.R. 2273An amendment, offered by Mr. Waxman,  numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-244 to require state programs to meet a legal standard of protection to ensure that human health and the environment are protected.12:08:27 P.M. -H.R. 2273On agreeing to the Shimkus amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.11:57:22 A.M. -H.R. 2273DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 431, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shimkus amendment.11:57:20 A.M. -H.R. 2273An amendment, offered by Mr. Shimkus,  numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-244 to provide additional detail to the certification requirements that States provide to EPA; add certain operating criteria from Part 258 of 40 CFR, clarify that states may request technical assistance from EPA; add a savings clause for citizen suits; add additional constituents for groundwater monitoring; reiterate in the definition of revised criteria that the criteria were promulgated to protect human health and the environment. The amendment makes other technical and clarifying changes to H.R. 2273.10:49:11 A.M. -H.R. 2273GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2273.10:49:01 A.M. -H.R. 2273The Speaker designated the Honorable Kevin Yoder to act as Chairman of the Committee.10:49:00 A.M. -H.R. 2273House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 431 and Rule XVIII.10:48:21 A.M. -H.R. 2273Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2273 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The resolution provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce shall be considered as an original bill.10:48:16 A.M. -H.R. 2273Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 431. H.R. 2273 — “To amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to facilitate recovery and beneficial use, and provide for the proper management and disposal, of materials generated by the combustion of coal and other fossil fuels.”10:47:43 A.M. -H. Res. 431Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.10:47:42 A.M. -H. Res. 431On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 244 – 163 (Roll no. 793).10:37:24 A.M. -H. Res. 431On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 237 – 166 (Roll no. 792).9:15:20 A.M. -H. Res. 431DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 431.9:15:10 A.M. -H. Res. 431Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 431 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2273) to amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to facilitate recovery and beneficial use, and provide for the proper management and disposal, of materials generated by the combustion of coal and other fossil fuels.”9:02:00 A.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.9:01:29 A.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Fleischmann to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.9:01:26 A.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.9:00:26 A.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.9:00:12 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.