Welfare queens a Missouri pastor and President Obama


 

 
Just in time for the upcoming struggle with the GOP over ending tax cuts for the rich.

A Message For President Obama From The Late President Kennedy

It’s time they paid their fair share.

Who Are The Real American ‘Welfare Queens?’

Wait for it . . .

Missouri Pastor’s Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights For Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending

Consumer Reports


Pigs on drugs

Consumer Reports tested pork and found widespread bacteria contamination in most of the samples, much of it antibiotic-resistant. These drugs are widely used in large-scale pork production facilities to promote growth and prevent disease in crowded conditions.

Let’s save our antibiotics for when we need them. Chris Meyer, Vice PresidentJoin us in asking grocer Trader Joe’s to get pigs – and other food animals – off drugs! Send our fun holiday card to Trader Joes now!

Chris Meyer, Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports
Most pork samples we tested were contaminated with bacteria resistant to at least one antibiotic. To avoid illness, wash hands after handling pork, keep the raw meat away from other food you plan to serve, and use a meat thermometer to be sure your ground pork reaches 160 degrees (145 for whole pork.) Read our test results here!

Not this time, Big Oil!
After years of delay the courts ordered tougher air pollution standards by Dec. 14, but Big Oil is lobbying hard to overturn the order. Tell the White House to put Americans’ health first and set standards for refinery and powerplant soot!

More red tape? No thanks!
Congress created independent regulatory agencies to protect consumers from marketplace schemes and unsafe products. But now some lawmakers want to handcuff them by adding another layer of bureaucracy — something corporations would enjoy. Learn more.

CONGRESS: the Republican led House : the Dems in the Senate


capitol33the Senate Convenes: 9:15amET November 30, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.3254, the DoD Authorization Act.
  • At approximately 9:30am, the Senate will conduct up to 4 roll call votes:

9:44am The Senate began a roll call vote on the Cardin amendment #3025 (sufficient civilian and contract workforces); Not Agreed to: 41-53

10:14am The Senate began a roll call vote on the Menendez amendment #3232 (Iran Sanctions); Agreed to: 94-0

10:45 The Senate began a roll call vote on Nelson (FL) motion to waive Budget point of order with respect to Nelson (FL) amendment #3073 (repeal requirement for reduction of survivor benefits plan survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation)

10:45 The Senate began a roll call vote on Nelson (FL) motion to waive Budget point of order with respect to Nelson (FL) amendment #3073 (repeal requirement for reduction of survivor benefits plan survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation);

Not Waived: 58-34

The following amendments are pending to S.3254, the DoD Authorization bill:

  • Kyl amendment #3123, as modified (US-Russia nuclear arms, missile defense, and long-range conventional strike system matters)

The following amendments have been considered to S.3254, the DoD Authorization bill:

  • McCain amendment #3051 (additional Marine Corps personnel for US embassies, consulates and other diplomatic facilities abroad); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Udall amendment #2985 (biofuels); Agreed to: 62-37
  • Gillibrand amendment #3016 (sexual assault in the military); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Murray amendment #3099 (mental health); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Leahy amendment #2955 (Dale Long Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement); Agreed to: 85-11
  • Kohl amendment #2888 (Post-deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence Program payment); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Manchin amendment #2924 (Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System report); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Webb amendment #2949 (temporary increase in accumulated leave carryover extension); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Wyden amendment #2960 (reintrigration into civilian life for National Guard and Reserves report); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Sessions amendment #2963 (Posthumous honorary promotion of Sgt Paschal Conley); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Heller amendment #2969 (TRICARE Prime report); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Hoeven amendment #2991 (SoS on maintenance by US of triad of strategic nuclear delivery systems); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Barrasso amendment #3083 (readiness and flexibility of intercontinental ballistic missile force); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Cornyn amendment #3158 (vets backlog); Agreed to: 95-0
  • Hagan amendment #3095 (biofuel refinery); Agreed to: 54-41
  • Webb amendment #2948; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Sessions amendment #2962; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Inhofe amendment #2971; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Casey amendment #2986; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Murray amendment #2989; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Vitter amendment #3085; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Coburn amendment #3110; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Manchin amendment #3166; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Boxer amendment #2981; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Portman amendment #2995 (DoD Education); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Merkley amendment #3096, as modified (Afghanistan); Agreed to: 62-33
  • Blumenthal amendment #3124, as modified (human trafficking overseas); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Inhofe amendment #2972 (SoC – Taps as official military song of remembrance); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Gillibrand amendment #3058, as modified (Autism); Agreed to: 66-29
  • Portman amendment #2956 (Educational transcripts); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Whitehouse amendment #3180 (recalcitrant cancers); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Lieberman amendment #3090, as modified (Fire Grants); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • McCaskill amendment #2929 (wartime contracting); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • McCaskill amendment #2942 (whistleblower expansions); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Boxer amendment #3230 (public diplomacy); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Hatch amendment #2966 (reauthorize and expand pilot program promoting certified depot workers one grade level); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Inhofe amendment #2973 (mental health counselor training) ; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Boxer amendment #2980 (report on contractor compensation costs); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Casey amendment #2994 (analysis of feasibility of recycling rare earth elements from fluorescent bulbs); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Toomey amendment #3059 (report on the establishment of a joint Armed Forces historical storage and preservation facility); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Inhofe amendment #3072 (training cost-effectiveness); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Vitter amendment #3086 (Air Force assessments on Joint Readiness Training); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Shaheen amendment #3098 (report on delays in suspension & debarment process); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Coburn amendment #3186 (Study on small arms and ammunition acquisition); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Coons amendment #3201 (Joseph Kony); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Durbin amendment #3199, as modified (rebel group sanctions); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Ayotte amendment #3245 (Guantanamo); Agreed to: 54-41
  • Feinstein amendment #3018 (Detainees); Agreed to: 67-29
  • Blumenthal amendment #2940; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Brown (MA) amendment #3036; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Toomey amendment #3064; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Levin amendment #3114; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Casey amendment #3193; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Risch amendment #3213; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Wicker amendment #3220; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Johanns amendment #3222; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Coburn amendment #3237; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Levin amendment #3243; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Lieberman amendment #3256; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Cornyn amendment #3260; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • McCain amendment #3261; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Kyl amendment #3271; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Webb amendment #3275; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Nelson (NE) amendment #3279; Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Sessions amendment #3009 (Afghanistan); Agreed to by voice vote
  • Cardin amendment #3025 (civilian and contract workforce); Not Agreed to: 41-53
  • Menendez amendment #3232 (Iran Sanctions); Agreed to: Not Agreed to: 94-0
  • Nelson FL amendment #3073 (repeal requirement for reduction of survivor benefits plan survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation); fell: Budget Act not waived: 58-34
  • McCain amendment #3052 (report on strategic posture in Asia Pacific); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Whitehouse amendment #3075 (SoS on DOD progress on implementing its Unique Identification initiative for tracking assets); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Snowe amendment #3133 (terminate authorization of National Veterans Business Development Corporation); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Sanders amendment #3182 (annual report on federal contracting fraud); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Sanders amendment #3183 (public database on DOD officials seeking defense contractor employment); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Warner amendment #3233 (report on the US-India defense trade relationship and SoS to encourage US-India defense trade activities); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Coburn amendment #3236 (info from departments and agencies to conduct defense business system investment reviews); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Sanders amendment #3248 (include geothermal heat pumps in federal renewable energy purchase requirements); Agreed to by unanimous consent
  • Rubio amendment #3283 (report on Bahrain Independent Committee of Inquiry); Agreed to by unanimous consent

The Senate has reached an agreement that there be no amendments in order to the Treaty or the resolution of ratification; that following Leader remarks on Tuesday, December 4th, the time until 12 noon be divided in the usual form; that at 12 noon, the Senate proceed to vote on the Resolution of Advise and Consent to Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; that if the resolution is adopted, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table and the President be immediately notified of the Senate’s action; further, that if the resolution is not adopted, the treaty be returned to the calendar; and that there be no motions or points of order in order other than a motion to reconsider.

The Senate has reached an agreement to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #676 Michael P. Shea, of Connecticut, to be US District Judge for the District of Connecticut. At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation of the Republican Leader, there will be 30 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

There will be a series of 2 roll call beginning at 5:30pm Monday, December 3. Those votes will be in relation to the following items:

– Confirmation of the nomination of Executive Calendar #760, Paul William Grimm, of Maryland, to be United States Judge for the District of Maryland, and
– Cloture on S.3254, National Defense Authorization Act.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Monday’s session of the Senate

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1) Cardin amendment #3025 (sufficient civilian and contract workforces) to S.3254, the DoD Authorization bill; Not Agreed to: 41-53

2) Menendez amendment #3232 (Iran Sanctions); Agreed to: 94-0

3) Nelson (FL) motion to waive Budget point of order with respect to Nelson (FL) amendment #3073 (repeal requirement for reduction of survivor benefits plan survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation); Not Waived: 58-34

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Passed S.2170, the Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 with a committee-reported substitute amendment and a committee-reported title amendment.

Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.518, Congratulating the Southern Baptist Convention for electing Reverend Fred Luter, Jr., as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, acknowledging Reverend Luter’s unique role as the first African American leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, and honoring the commitment of the Southern Baptist Convention to an inclusive faith-based community and society.

Adopted S.Res.605, designating the week beginning November 26, 2012, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week.

Adopted S.Res.606, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, on December 1, 1812.

Adopted S.Res.607, a resolution relative to the death of the Honorable George McGovern, former United States Senator and Congressman from the State of South Dakota.

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Senate Floor Schedule for Monday, December 3, 2012

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9:30 am Hearing: Tapping America’s Energy Potential Through Research and DevelopmentCommittee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy and Environment

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The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on November 30, 2012

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First Lady Previews the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations.


 

First Lady Previews the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations
First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations.