Daily Archives: 03/12/2013
Nominate an AAPI Woman as a Champion of Change
The American people are the source of some of the best ideas and most innovative solutions. That’s why the White House Champions of Change series spotlights ordinary citizens who are demonstrating extraordinary commitment to their community, their country, and their fellow citizens.
Across the country, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women are doing extraordinary things to create a more equal, safe, and prosperous future. In business, the arts, civil rights, health, and so many other fields, AAPI women are helping to improve the lives of their fellow Americans.
This May, on the occasion of AAPI Heritage Month, the White House Office of Public Engagement, White House Council on Women and Girls, and White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will honor a small group of AAPI women as Champions of Change. And we want your help! Members of the public are invited to submit nominations online until Friday, March 29, 2013. A small group of AAPI women who represent diverse experiences and backgrounds will be honored as Champions of Change and invited to the White House for an event in early May.
Click here to nominate an AAPI woman as a Champion of Change before Friday, March 29, 2013 (Note: Under “Theme of Service” please choose “AAPI Women Leaders”)
What the American People Didn’t Choose
6 Things Americans Did Not Vote for in 2012
Tomorrow, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will release the latest version of his infamous Republican budget plan — you know, the one that ends Medicare as we know it. As we await this plan, it’s worth considering a few things that voters did not choose in the 2012 election.
- Paul Ryan: In selecting Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney put Ryan and his ideas front-and-center in the election. Voters said thanks but no thanks to Ryan and his radical ideas. Ryan even lost his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin.
- A Republican House of Representatives: President Obama was easily re-elected and Democrats expanded their majority in the Senate, so why are we stuck with a GOP-controlled House of Representatives? Gerrymandering. Democratic House candidates won more than a million more votes than Republican candidates, but districts drawn by Republicans for Republicans allowed the GOP to hold on to their majority. This isn’t even disputed by the Republicans. In fact, they brag about it.
- The Middle Class Footing the Bill: The centerpiece of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s economic proposal was a tax plan that raised taxes on the poor and middle class in order to slash taxes for the wealthy. By contrast, President Obama proposed raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The GOP budget’s tax proposals is nearly identical to the Romney-Ryan plan rejected by voters in November.
- Ending Medicare: Mitt Romney not only chose Paul Ryan, he wholeheartedly embraced Ryan’s controversial plan to end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a voucher system that stands to double seniors’ out-of-pocket health care costs. Romney and Ryan lost key states with senior-heavy populations, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and New Hampshire.
- Repealing Obamacare: Not only did voters not vote for the team that wanted to repeal Obamacare, Mitt Romney says that the president won because of Obamacare. Nevertheless, the GOP budget plan to be unveiled tomorrow will once again call for repealing Obamacare — except for its $716 BILLION in savings from Medicare. Despite demonizing the president for the cuts throughout the campaign, Ryan’s plan keeps those cuts in order to to pay for new tax breaks for the wealthy and special interests like Big Oil and Wall Street banks.
- European-Style Austerity: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan proposed unrealistic draconian spending cuts, while the president proposed investments that will create jobs now and grow the middle class and our economy over the long run. The American people rejected the former and gave an Electoral College landslide to the latter. Nevertheless, the GOP budget plan will feature the kind of unrealistic draconian spending cuts that will make it impossible to make investments in the middle class.The GOP plan will slow down the economy and kill hundreds of thousands of jobs. It’s the same kind of austerity that has led to shrinking economies and record-high unemployment in Europe. Austerity isn’t working there and it won’t work here.
BOTTOM LINE: Paul Ryan and his policies were soundly rejected by voters last November. Instead of doubling down on extreme and unpopular ideas like ending Medicare as we know it and raising taxes on the middle class in order to slash taxes on the wealthy, Republicans should come back to the table and agree to deal with our fiscal challenges in a responsible, balanced manner.
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You Might’ve Missed
Key senators reach agreement on path to earned citizenship.
After watering down Wall Street reform, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) becomes bank lobbyist.
GOP senator takes credit for anti-rape law he voted against.
Awash in profits, corporations shift even more money to tax havens.
The ridiculously biased and incorrect text books approved under Bobby Jindal’s education reform.
GOP hypocrisy on including Obama policies in their budget exposed.
Top GOP strategist: GOP “doesn’t give equal opportunity to women.”
What Paul Ryan really means when he says “pro-growth tax reform.”
The good news about human nature: most people aren’t jerks.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
CONGRESS: Republicans :::::: The Vatican vote rules :::::: Democrats
The Senate stands in adjournment until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
- Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:30pm with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with the Majority controlling the first 30 minutes and the Republicans controlling the second 30 minutes.
- The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:30pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
- Chairwoman Mikulski and Ranking Member Shelby are expected to make their opening statements around 11:00am on H.R.933, the continuing appropriations bill.
- We expect to begin consideration of the bill following the recess for the caucus meetings.
Prior to the caucus recess, Senator Reid moved to proceed to H.R.933, Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013.
We expect to adopt the motion to proceed this afternoon. Once we begin consideration of the bill, Senator Mikulski plans to offer a substitute amendment that includes separate divisions for the Fiscal Year 2013 Agriculture; Commerce, Justice and Science; Defense; Homeland Security; and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Acts.
The Senate stands in recess until 2:30pm.
We have been unable to reach an agreement to begin consideration of H.R.933, Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013. As a result of this impasse, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion. We will continue to work to adopt the motion to proceed tomorrow. If we are unable to adopt the motion, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.
The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. There will be no roll call votes tonight.
No ROLL CALL VOTES
No LEGISLATIVE ITEMS
No EXECUTIVE ITEMS
The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Watch Most Recent House Floor Activity
.Last Floor Action:
8:10:14 P.M. – The House adjourned. The
next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 13, 2013.
|12:00:19 P.M.||The House convened, starting a new legislative day.|
|12:00:28 P.M.||The Speaker designated the Honorable Jackie Walorski to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.|
|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.|