Ted Strickland … Is Your State Rigged?


Center for American Progress Action Fund

Much has been written on the Koch brothers’ immense wealth and influential network of shadow groups, think tanks, and political action committees dedicated to drastically altering our economic and political system at the national level —or, as we call it, “Kochonomics.”

But it is at the state and local level that the Koch brothers’ impact has become the most effective—and harmful.

The less Americans know about the effects of these state and local efforts, the more the Koch brothers can accomplish. The Center for American Progress Action Fund needs your help today to investigate and inform the public about the Koch brothers’ extended efforts to rig the system for their benefit.

Recently, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released the report, “Kochonomics: Rigging the System at the Local Level,” which revealed the Koch brothers’ successful campaigns to take their anti-government, low-regulation lobbying efforts from city to city. These campaigns are a part of a $400 million scheme to transform policies in school boards and town halls to oppose funds that support teachers and students, pay for police officers, maintain roads and bridges, and protect the environment. Yesterday, we released another report, “Kochonomics in Wisconsin and North Carolina,” which gives an in-depth view into the Kochs brothers’ efforts in two of their self-declared model states.

Help us continue to inform Americans across the country by contributing $5, $10, or $25 dollars to the Center for American Progress Action Fund to fund our investigative efforts. Your contribution will help provide citizens with the knowledge they need to fight back against the spread of Kochonomics.

We cannot sit idly by as our states and cities are being re-structured to benefit a wealthy few.

The Koch brothers are spending $400 million – We are asking you for $25. Please go to our website today and contribute what you can to keep our work going.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Ted Strickland
President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund

P.S. Please be sure to share our reports and encourage your friends to contribute!

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Support the CFPB ~~~ Lisa Donner, Americans for Financial Reform


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is doing invaluable work to make the markets for credit cards, mortgages and other financial products and services fairer and more transparent. And once again, the financial industry is going all-out to block those efforts.

The industry’s latest threat involves a proposal to make the CFPB’s complaint system more useful and user-friendly by giving consumers the right to include the specifics of their complaints in a searchable public database.

Please join us in telling the CFPB: Don’t back down from your proposal to let consumers share their stories publicly.

Hundreds of thousands of people have used the CFPB’s complaint system, and more than 30,000 cases have already resulted in monetary relief. Complaint data also helps the CFPB detect and respond to broader patterns of industry error or misconduct. The complaint system could be far more valuable, though, if consumers had the option of publicly describing their bad experiences. That way, consumers would be able to learn about the experiences of others and make more informed choices, and financial companies would have an added incentive to compete by actually trying to satisfy their customers, not by trying to put something over on them.

But financial companies, just as they fought the creation of the CFPB in the first place, are fighting its complaint proposal tooth and nail – through the press, through lobbying, and through a highly deceptive advertising campaign in which the industry falsely claims that businesses would not have an equal right to post their responses.

That’s why we need to fight back.  Urge the CFPB to stand firm and help consumers share their experiences and hold big banks accountable.

Speak up today, because the big banks are working feverishly hard to take away our chance to speak up in the future.

Thank you for your continued support for real financial reform.

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Donner
Executive Director
Americans for Financial Reform

the Senate ~~ In 9/11 CONGRESS 9/11 Memory ~~ the House


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 The next meeting is in Congress … on September 15, 2014. 

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

Following the prayer and pledge, there will be a moment of silence to pay tribute to the thousands of Americans whose lives were taken on September 11, 2001.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2199, post-cloture.

The filing deadlines for 1st degree amendments to S.J.Res.19 will be 12:00noon tomorrow and second degree amendments will be 1:00pm tomorrow.

We hope to move forward on paycheck fairness and vote on cloture on the constitutional amendment early tomorrow afternoon.

The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to S.2199, Paycheck Fairness Act. Senator Reid then offered several date change amendments and filed cloture on the bill. We expect the cloture vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act to occur at 5:30pm on Monday, September 15.

Senator Reid then moved to proceed to Calendar #409, S.2432, Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.

By consent, at 1:45pm today, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.J.Res.19, Constitutional amendment on campaign finance. Under a previous order, the Senate would then proceed to vote on several nominations. We expect the nominations to be confirmed by voice votes.

1:45pm today—1 roll call vote:

  1.       Motion to invoke cloture on S.J.Res.19, Constitutional amendment on campaign finance (roll call vote)

(the remaining votes should be voice votes)

  1. Executive Calendar #544 John Hoover – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra Leone
  2. Executive Calendar #977 Anne E. Rung – to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy
  3. Executive Calendar #685 David Radzanowski – to be Chief Financial Officer, NASA
  4. Executive Calendar #867 Miranda A. A. Ballentine – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
  5. Executive Calendar #976 Joseph L. Nimmich – to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
  6. Executive Calendar #914 Judith M. Davenport – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2020
  7. Executive Calendar #917 Elizabeth Sembler – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2020
  8. Executive Calendar #758 David J. Arroyo – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2016

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that when the Senate resumes consideration S.J.Res.19, a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance that it be in order to call up Vitter amendment #3786 (to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to apply the provisions of the Act to certain Congressional staff and members of the executive branch) to S.J.Res.19, a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance.

Senator Murphy objected.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1. Motion to invoke cloture on S.J.Res.19, constitutional amendment on campaign finance; Not Invoked: 54-42.

Legislative Business

The motion to proceed to S.2199 (Paycheck Fairness Act) was agreed to by voice vote.

Passed H.R.4197: All Circuit Review Extension Act.

Passed S.2258: the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014.

Adopted S.Res.542: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Save for Retirement Week, including raising public awareness of the various tax-preferred retirement vehicles and increasing personal financial literacy.

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.5078, to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States.

Executive Business

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice votes:

  1. Executive Calendar #544 John Hoover, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra  Leone.
  2. Executive Calendar #977 Anne E. Rung, to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy.
  3. Executive Calendar #685 David Radzanowski, of the District of Columbia, to be Chief Financial Officer, NASA.
  4. Executive Calendar #867 Miranda A. A. Ballentine, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.
  5. Executive Calendar #976 Joseph L. Nimmich, of Maryland, to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
  6. Executive Calendar #914 Judith M. Davenport, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2020.
  7. Executive Calendar #917 Elizabeth Sembler, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2020.
  8. Executive Calendar #758 David J. Arroyo, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2016.

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Last Floor Action:
9:05:58 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

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