Meet Butch


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The new health care marketplaces established by Obamacare opened on October 1, and they’ve already had an incredible impact.

Last week, ThinkProgress brought you the story of a man named Butch Matthews. He’s an Arkansas Republican and former small business owner, never liked Obamacare, but he learned to love the law when he found out it would save him $13,000 a year.

Still, the tea party in Congress have used misinformation about Obamacare to justify shutting down the government. Now, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are going without a paycheck.

So, before I go on, I just want to say: If you’re affected by the shutdown, then ignore this email. We understand, you can’t give during this difficult time. Thank you for your service.

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I ask that we ALL Help STOP the drilling in Yasuni National Park


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Drill here? Really?
It’s true. The Ecuadorian government is planning to allow oil drilling in one of the most biodiverse rainforests on the planet – Yasuní National Park – home to Ecuador‘s last remaining indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. Together we can stop this. Please sign and share this global petition today!Thousands have mobilized in Ecuador to protest President Correa‘s decision to drill. In response the government has cracked down on dissent, launched a nationwide media campaign pitting poverty against leaving oil underground, and just last week it convinced the National Assembly to approve drilling in the most biodiverse part of Yasuní. If drilling were to move forward it would be a disaster for the rainforest and indigenous rights, and it would pave the way for drilling in 6.5 million acres of indigenous territory in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon.

Our partners are mobilizing for a national referendum on the government’s plans to drill in Yasuní and need our support in calling for global action. They have just launched a global petition to save Yasuní-ITT. Please sign and share to let President Correa know that the world won’t stand for drilling in the last remaining pristine rainforests.

Thank you for your support!

For Yasuní,

Adam Zuckerman
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Evan died in Nikki’s arms


Attorney General Beau Biden: Investigate Evan’s death

On November 3rd, 2012, my friend Nikki Dudley was days away from returning from her Air Force deployment when she found out her 21-month-old son Evan was in critical care. Nikki rushed home to find that Evan was in a coma and was not expected to live. The doctors told her Evan’s condition was so severe that he would have had to fall from an 8-story building, straight down to sustain such injuries. Evan died in Nikki’s arms two days later.

Evan died 10 months ago and Nikki still doesn’t know what happened the day her son was taken to the hospital. I started a petition asking Attorney General Beau Biden’s office to complete their investigation to bring justice to my friend.

Nikki left Evan with two military families she trusted while on deployment. She received regular updates from his daycare saying Evan was doing well and she spoke to him every day on Skype. Evan was in the care of one of the families when he sustained his injuries that ultimately killed him. The person who was looking after Evan told 911 that the boy fell down eight carpeted stairs, but his death certificate indicates that the immediate cause of death was “blunt force injury to the head” and that Evan “was assaulted to death.”

An investigation into Evan’s death has been ongoing for nearly a year, and Nikki still doesn’t know how her son died. 

She’s even called the attorney general’s office but is brushed off when she asks for more information in Evan’s case. Nikki’s been patient, but it’s been 10 months since Evan died and no one has been held accountable. Join me in asking Attorney General Biden’s office to complete their investigation and bring justice to my friend and her son.

 

By Keri Marshall
Wilmington, Delaware

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 10/9 ~~ the House


Halloween

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

12:12pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Reid motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent senators;

Agreed To: 78-19

Senator Murray asked unanimous consent that when the Senate receives a Message from the House that they have passed H.J.Res.59, as amended by the Senate, the Senate go to conference on the Budget resolution (H.Con.Res.25, as amended with the text of S.Con.Res.8).

Senator Cornyn reserved his right to object, questioned why the Democratic offer requires the House to pass the clean continuing resolution (to open the government), and asked that the request be modified to prohibit the Senate from considering the conference report if it includes reconciliation instructions to increase the debt limit. Senator Murray objected to the modification. Senator Cornyn objected to the original request.

Murray unanimous consent request

Murray:           I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate receives a Message from the House that they have passed H.J.Res.59, as amended by the Senate, the Senate then proceed to the consideration of     Calendar #33, H.Con.Res.25; that the amendment which is at the desk, the text of S.Con.Res.8, the budget resolution passed by the Senate, be inserted in lieu thereof; that H.Con.Res.25, as amended, be agreed to; the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; that the Senate proceed to vote on a motion to insist on its amendment, request a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses; and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate; with all of the above occurring with no intervening action or debate.

Cornyn:          I object

Cornyn counteroffer

Cornyn:            I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #33, H.Con.Res.25; that the amendment at the desk, which is the text of S.Con.Res.8, the budget resolution passed by the Senate, be inserted in lieu thereof; that H.Con.Res.25, as amended, be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; that the Senate proceed to a vote on a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses, and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate, with all of the above occurring with no intervening action or debate. I further ask that it not be in order for the Senate to consider a conference report that includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit.

Murray:           I object

The period of morning business for debate only has been extended until 5pm. The Republicans control the time between 2-2:45pm and the Majority controls the time from 2:45-3:30pm.

Several Republican senators asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass mini-continuing resolutions and a sense of Congress regarding religious services to members of the Armed Forces. In most cases, there was a Democratic counteroffer to amend the applicable legislative vehicle with a clean CR amendment. After counteroffers and counter-counteroffers, there was eventually an objection to each request.

Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent to take up and adopt H.Con.Res.58, expressing the sense of Congress regarding the need for the continued availability of religious services to members of the Armed Forces and their families during a lapse in appropriations. Senator Casey asked for a modification to the request include an amendment on the sense of Congress that the House should vote on clean the CR, Senator McConnell objected to the modification, and Senator Casey objected to original request)

Senator Cornyn asked unanimous consent that after receipt from House, the Senate take up and pass H.J.Res.91, Making continuing appropriations for death gratuities and related survivor benefits for survivors of deceased military service members of the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2014. Senator Reid stated that the President is going to fix this situation shortly and asked that Senator Cornyn renew his request after 4pm. Senator Cornyn agreed and withdrew his request.

 

Senator Enzi asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.J.Res.70, National Park Service Operations, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014. Senator Boxer asked to modify the request to include a clean CR amendment, Senator Enzi objected to the modification, and Senator Boxer objected to the original request.

Senator Coats asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.J.Res.85, Federal Emergency Management Agency Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014. Senator Durbin asked to modify the request to include a clean CR amendment. Senator Coats said would be willing to modify the request to include other emergency response agencies, but objected to Senator Durbin’s request. Senator Durbin objected to the original request.

Senator Hoeven asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.R.3230, Making continuing appropriations during a Government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during such period. Senator Murray asked to modify the request to include a clean CR amendment, Senator Hoeven objected to the modification, and Senator Murray objected to the original request.

Senator Rubio asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.J.Res.84, Making continuing appropriations for Head Start for fiscal year 2014. Senator Harkin objected.

Senator Paul asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.J.Res.70, National Park Service Operations, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014. Senator Durbin asked to modify the request to include a clean CR amendment. Senator Paul said he would modify his request to include a $940 top line number on a clean CR. Senator Durbin objected to Paul’s modification to the modification. Senator Paul objected to Senator Durbin’s modification. Senator Durbin objected to the original request.

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Last Floor Action:
4:11:20 P.M. – The House adjourned. 10/9

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 10, 2013.

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