Export – Import Bank Reauthorization … signed

President Obama signs the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012, which will reauthorize the Bank to continue financing U.S. exports and ensure a level playing field for U.S. businesses at no cost to American taxpayers. May 30, 2012.More
President Obama Speaks on Food Security at G8 Meeting

a message from Paul Begala … Stand Up For President Obama

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a message from Alan Grayson

Member of Congress?

Members of Congress can claim expertise in two things: getting elected, and getting re-elected. But they legislate on everything that the Constitution allows. So you have lawyers and businessmen conducting hearings on space exploration, lawyers and businessmen drafting legislation on mining, lawyers and businessmen voting on foreign policy resolutions.

Wouldn’t it be nice to support a candidate for Congress who is a true expert in something other than campaigning? Well, you can; his name is Dr. Lee Rogers, in California’s 25th Congressional district.

Dr. Rogers is a podiatrist and an award-winning medical researcher. He runs the Amputation Prevention Center in Los Angeles, and he teaches medicine. He pioneered a new protocol for diabetes patients that reduced amputations by 72%.

If you want to see a person like that in Congress, click here.

Back in the 1990s, I worked with someone who had a severe case of diabetes. I watched his health deteriorate over the years. The circulation in his legs weakened to the point where a foot was amputated.

It was terrible.

But if my friend were alive today, Dr. Rogers probably could save that foot.

Healthcare is now one-sixth of the US economy. Imagine how good it would be to have someone in Congress who knows it so well.

A doctor who would be in a position to improve healthcare in America? What a concept!

I’m happy that Dr. Rogers is a solid progressive. I’m happy that a Rogers victory means the defeat of Buck McKeon, who has been called the most corrupt Member of Congress. But I’m especially happy that Dr. Rogers knows something about something – a quality that Congress sorely needs. For the good of Congress, and our health, I’d like to see Dr. Lee Rogers in Congress.

California is holding its “jungle primary” next Tuesday, where Democrats and Republicans are lumped together. To have a chance against Dirty Buck in November, Dr. Rogers has to do well on June 5. Please show your support.


Alan Grayson

CONGRESS: the Republican led House – the Senate back 6/14

  • Convenes: 2:00pm June 4, 2012
  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized.  It is the Majority Leader’s intention to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3220, the Paycheck Fairness Act.
  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #613, the nomination of Timothy S. Hillman, of MA, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.  There will be up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.  Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Hillman nomination.
  • As a reminder to all Senators, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.3220, the Paycheck Fairness Act on Thursday, May 24th.  That cloture vote will occur at 2:15pm on Tuesday, June 5th.






-The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.10:00:44 A.M. -MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.10:00:36 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel Webster to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:22 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

9:30 am Hearing: Rhetoric vs. Reality: Does President Obama Really Support an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy?Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee 10:00 am Hearing: NRC Policy and Governance OversightCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy 10:00 am Hearing: “Barriers to Lower Health Care Costs for Workers and Employers”Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions 10:00 am Hearing: The Broken Budget Process: Legislative ProposalsCommittee On The Budget: Full Committee 10:00 am Markup: Markup of H.R. 1588, the “Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act” and H.R. 3128, a bill to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to adjust the date on which consolidated assets are determined for purposes of exempting certain instruments of smaller institutions from capital deductions.Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee 10:00 am Hearing: Assembling the Facts: Examining the Proposed National Network for Manufacturing InnovationCommittee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation 10:00 am Hearing: A Review of FAA’s efforts to reduce costs and ensure safety and efficiency through Realignment and Facility ConsolidationCommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation 10:00 am Hearing: The FISA Amendments Act of 2008Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security 10:00 am Markup: Markup of:  H.R. 436, “Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2011;” H.R. 5842, “Restoring Access to Medication Act;” H.R. 1004, “Medical FSA Improvement Act of 2011;” and H.R. 5858, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve health savings accounts, and for other purposes.”Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee 10:15 am Hearing: Reviewing the Implementation of Major Provisions of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: Full Committee 10:15 am Hearing: International Proposals to Regulate the InternetCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 11:00 am Markup: Full Committee Mark Up – FY 2013 Legislative Branch BillCommittee on Appropriations: Multiple Subcommittees 12:00 pm Hearing: The Department of Justice – Civil, Environment and Natural Resources, and Tax DivisionsCommittee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law 1:30 pm Hearing: Rhetoric vs. Reality, Part II: Assessing the Impact of New Federal Red Tape on Hydraulic Fracturing and American Energy IndependenceCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee 2:00 pm Hearing: TSA’s Surface Inspection Program: Strengthening Security or Squandering Scant Resources?Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation Security 2:30 pm Hearing: To amend Public Law 89-732 to modify the requirement for a Cuban national to qualify for and maintain status as a permanent residentCommittee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement