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Barack After Dark™: Ketchuping At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Nina Pillard

 

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I thank the Senate for confirming Nina Pillard to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which for the first time, will have five active female judges on the bench.  Throughout her career, Ms. Pillard has displayed an unwavering commitment to justice and integrity.  Her landmark accomplishments on behalf of women and families include Supreme Court cases defending the constitutionality of the Family and Medical Leave Act and opening the doors of the Virginia Military Institute to female students.  I’m confident she will be a diligent, thoughtful and judicious addition to the D.C. Circuit.

 

 

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Gene Sperling
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December 12, 2013
06:51 PM EST

 

Last March, after hearing from over 114,000 of you on our We the People platform, the Obama Administration called to restore the basic consumer freedom of cell phone unlocking – to allow you to use your mobile devices on any compatible network you choose — and provided a roadmap for the Federal Communications Commission, industry, and Congress to solve this for the American people. Today, with the support of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the nation’s largest wireless carriers announced they will abide by a new series of voluntary “unlocking principles” to help bring some relief to consumers in the next few months.

 

Today’s announcement is an important step forward for consumers. First and foremost, the voluntary agreement will help to ensure carriers unlock phones in a manner that is reliable, transparent, and timely. We also understand this commitment by the wireless carriers will allow our deployed military personnel to have their phones unlocked before heading abroad, an admirable service for our troops.

 

This issue is about the simple freedom to take your business where you please, and to find the wireless plan that suits your needs — provided you have paid for your mobile device.

 

The FCC and carriers are doing their part. Now it is time for Congress to step up and finish the job by passing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee this summer, and its companion in the Senate. We know this is an important issue to many of you. The Administration will continue to watch it closely in the coming months

 

 

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Dan Utech
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December 12, 2013
04:40 PM EST

 

Last week, I joined Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett, to lead a meeting with CEOs and top executives from global consumer companies, including Unilever, Nestle, Walmart, Coca-Cola and others.  We gathered to discuss strategies for how we can work together to improve the environmental sustainability of supply chains for top companies.  Nancy Sutley, Gayle Smith, USAID Administrator Raj Shah, Drew O’Brien, State Department Representative for Global Partnerships, and I joined the discussion on these companies’ notable efforts to reduce their impacts on global deforestation and reduce their contribution to climate change, while continuing to preserve their bottom line and their status as global market-makers.

 

These companies recognize that we can make our planet safer and cleaner while still growing the economy and creating good jobs. In the last 3 ½ years, as we have promoted energy efficiency, improved the fuel economy of our cars and trucks, and incentivized renewable energy, the U.S. private sector has created 7.8 million jobs. A climate-resilient, low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades to come.  As we continue to support growth and prosperity around the world, we must remain good global stewards and ensure that we’re leaving a cleaner and healthier planet for our children. We discussed with the CEOs how we are advancing that goal through an innovative public-private partnership included in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020.

 

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Secretary Tom Vilsack and Nancy Sutley
December 12, 2013
03:15 PM EST

 

The White House Rural Council recently released a report on the economic importance of passing a comprehensive Food, Farm, and Jobs Bill. The report outlined the importance of the Farm Bill to our nation and the many ways that the legislation affects and benefits Americans every day.

 

One of those ways is by supporting the ongoing conservation of America’s natural resources.

 

Conservation is the foundation of a productive agriculture sector and a strong rural economy. By protecting our soil, water and wildlife habitat, farmers and ranchers are helping to ensure that our working lands are wild areas are productive for years to come. They’re also supporting outdoor recreation for millions of American sportsmen. From hunting and fishing, to camping and hiking, these outdoor activities add more than $640 billion to our economy every year.

 

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Benefits of Medicaid Expansion for All States

 

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Lisa No Longer Has to Worry About Her Daughter’s Pre-Existing Condition

 

 

 

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The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) Enrollment Soars In November

 

Beating Malaria: We Must Win This Fight

 

A Recent White House Visit From Members of The Mandela Family

 

Remembering Nelson Mandela

 

If You Have Affluenza And Are Caucasian, YOU Can Get Away With Murdering FOUR Human Beings

 

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Candidate For U.S. Senate: Tell Congress Raise The Minimum Wage

 

10-Year-Old Cancer Awareness Advocate Gabriella Miller

 

 

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Mariano Rajoy Brey, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

 

Statement by the President on the Budget

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Mel Watt

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Patricia Millett

 

 

House Republicans’ 12 Days of Congress

 

 

 

 

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This Made Me Cry: 10-Year-Old Cancer Awareness Advocate Gabriella Miller


 

By Jueseppi B.

Her battle with brain cancer ended 7 weeks ago , but Gabriella Miller's legacy will live on. The 10-year-old died on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Leesburg, Va, her family announced on the Facebook page "Make A Wish with Gabriella."

Her battle with brain cancer ended 7 weeks ago , but Gabriella Miller’s legacy will live on.
The 10-year-old died on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Leesburg, Va, her family announced on the Facebook page “Make A Wish with Gabriella.”

 

This week, the House will vote on the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019), legislation sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) that eliminates taxpayer funding for presidential campaigns and conventions, and redirects that funding to pediatric medical research.

 

H.R. 2019 would help advance research and treatment efforts in several pediatric areas. “Recent scientific research breakthroughs linking Fragile X Syndrome and autism have given hope to individuals and their families,” Rep. Harper explains. “In order for clinical trials – and other advancements – to meet their full potential, adequate federal resources must be directed to pediatric research.” “We should stop wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on political campaigns and conventions, when these resources would be better spent discovering knowledge about diseases and disorders to develop cures,” says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).

 

The bill has bipartisan support in the House, and several children’s advocacy organizations have voiced their support for the measure as well. The Coalition for Pediatric Medical Research says “this infusion of funds would provide a much-needed boost to our pediatric research community, enabling it to expand research efforts to identify causes of and treatments for many of the most devastating diseases and disorders that affect children.” And the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation says the bill “could help us realize new therapies and research breakthroughs that could improve the quality of life for people with T1D [type 1 diabetes] and help reduce the associated costs of the disease, sooner rather than later.”

 

According to the Nicholas Conor Institute for Pediatric Cancer Research, “one in every 330 children in the United States develops cancer before the age of nineteen,” and “approximately 2,300 children will die from cancer in any given year.” The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act sends a clear signal that advancing research efforts in pediatric cancer and other diseases to help these children and their families is among our nation’s top priorities.

 

Show your support for H.R. 2019 by becoming a citizen co-sponsor, and tweeting about the bill using the hashtag #kidsfirst.

 

See more at:  The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act

 

 

Gabriella Miller’s Fears and Wishes: An Excerpt from Our Oct. 2013 Interview

 

Published on Oct 25, 2013

The following is an excerpt from our Oct. 2013 interview with Gabriella Miller who is fighting cancer. Two weeks later she was placed into hospice care.

 

 

 

Gabriella’s Words of Wisdom: “Why Do I Think I Got Cancer?”

 

Published on Nov 8, 2013

Gabriella Miller (2003 – 2013) talks openly about why she thinks she got cancer.

 

 

 

Outtake Reel: 10-year-old cancer fighter Gabriella Miller Tells It Like It Is!

 

Published on Oct 21, 2013

In this outtake, 10-year-old cancer fighter Gabriella Miller expresses her frustration with our elected leaders in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

THIS is when politics & politicians make me sick to my stomach. THIS is not a political football but the lives of real human beings.

 

From The Washington Post:

In the final months of her life, Gabriella Miller was a celebrated activist, a charismatic public speaker and an advocate who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and helped launch the Smashing Walnuts Foundation to fund pediatric cancer research.

 

She was also a kid who wanted to grow up and felt it was unfair that she wouldn’t have the chance. Even as she grieved the loss of her own life, she wanted to help her parents and little brother carry on with theirs. She left them a list of final instructions: When they go to Disney World, they have to ride the Haunted Mansion first, five times.

 

They should go on the cruise they’d originally planned to take as a family of four. They must always have an extra piece of cake for her on birthdays — vanilla with chocolate frosting was her favorite.

 

Gabriella died at home late Saturday night, October 26th, 2013, after an 11-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor.

 

 

From CBSDC:

 

Pediatric Medical Research Bill Named for Virginia Girl, is on the House Floor

 

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — An act that would redirect taxpayer funding for presidential campaigns and conventions to pediatric medical research is on the floor of the House of Representatives today.

 

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act is named for a 10-year-old Loudoun County girl who spent much of her 11-month battle with brain cancer helping to raise awareness about childhood brain tumors and money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. She died in October.

 

A post on Gabriella’s Facebook fan page , which is run by her parents, says they will be at the Capitol today to be on hand for the debate and vote.

 

The act is sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican from Mississippi. It’s cosponsored by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC).

 

In addition to bipartisan support in the House, several children’s advocacy organizations, including the Children’s Hospital Association and The Coalition for Pediatric Medical Research, have voiced their support for the measure.

 

“We should stop wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on political campaigns and conventions, when these resources would be better spent discovering knowledge about diseases and disorders to develop cures,” says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).

 

The legislation would designate $13 million of taxpayer-provided presidential election campaign funds to pediatric research. If passed in Congress, this would happen annually for the next 10 fiscal years.

 

Before her death, Gabriella was interviewed by The Truth 365, a documentary and social media campaign with the goal of raising awareness about kids fighting cancer. They produced a series of videos, and in one of them she voiced her opinion about the importance of increased funding for pediatric cancer in particular.

 

“Once you get cancer, you kind of got to be all grown up,” she said. “And you don’t really have a childhood,” she added, breaking into tears. “It’s not fair that us kids get… so little from the world. Just because we’re smaller, just because we don’t know as much, doesn’t mean we’re not important.”

 

Leesburg Today reports that Gabriella started a fundraising campaign for the Make-A-Wish Foundation late last year, soon after she found out that the organization would fund her wish, a trip to Paris.

 

She saw an advertisement for Macy’s A Million Reasons to Believe campaign, which donates $1 to Make-A-Wish for every Dear Santa letter it receives, and set out to deliver 10,000 letters. Ultimately, she delivered nearly a quarter million.

 

In May, Gabriella won Loudoun County’s Volunteer of the Year Award for her fundraising efforts. Also in May, Make-A-Wish sent her and her family to France for a two-week trip.

 

To become a citizen cosponsor of The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, click here.

 

It disgusts me and sickens me that grown ass men & women in our political arena would use Gabriella Miller as a ploy/pawn to further their political agenda.

 

Visit Her Facebook Fan Page:  Smashing Walnuts

 

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America Falters AS The 113th Congress Does NOTHING But Take BREAKS


By Jueseppi B

 

House Speaker Boehner Presides Over Opening Session Of Congress

 

 

The Disgrace Of The 113th United States Congress, Continues….

 

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Out of 365 days in the 2013 calender year, the 113th Congress works 126 days during the year of 2013.

126 days of work in a 365 day calender year.

 

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During the month of August our proud 113th Congressional body, which includes both The House Of Representatives and The U.S. Senate, works a grand total of TWO days.

 

That’s TWO days….for the entire month of August.

 

This while America teeters on the brink of becoming murdered by a lack of Congressional action on: Sequestration, cut SNAP funding, Immigration Reform, Gun Reform Legislation, failed Farm Bill Legislation, and many Presidential nominations sent to Congress.

 

 

From The Washington Post:

 

2013 House, Senate calendars released

 

 

House lawmakers are scheduled to meet for 126 days in 2013, a slight increase from this year, but in line with the Republican strategy of giving lawmakers extended periods  to spend back home.

 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) released the schedule for the first session of the 113th Congress on Friday. The Senate has not yet announced its 2013 schedule, but if history is any guide, senators will generally be in session for four-week stretches between recesses.

 

As with both sessions of the 112th Congress, the House will keep with a two-weeks-on, one-week-off plan that was a boon for the 89 GOP freshmen lawmakers who sought reelection this year. Democrats regularly bemoaned the schedule, arguing that lawmakers should have been spending more time in Washington working to address the nation’s struggling economy and that the time spent away from the Capitol contributed to the rancorous, partisan nature of most debates.

 

But Cantor said Friday that lawmakers need the time back home for what his office has dubbed “district work periods.”

 

“Time spent in the district between Monday and Friday is essential for meeting with small businesses, employees, seniors, veterans and other local communities during working hours,” Cantor said in a message announcing the schedule. “We will continue to accommodate Members with longer distances to travel home and provide at least one constituent work week each month, with the exception of June.”

 

Indeed, June 2013 will be the House’s busiest month, with a whopping 16 days scheduled for legislative work in Washington. Lawmakers will meet for 14 days in July and October, 12 days in the months of March, April and May and nine days next September.

 

The House officially convenes for the 113th Congress on Jan. 3, when new members will be sworn in. But there are only eight days of legislative business on the calendar in January and 11 days in February.

 

As the holidays approach next year, the House will convene for eight days each in November and December. Keeping with tradition, there will be two days of official business at the start of August, then lawmakers will leave for their summer recess.

 

The 126 days on the 2013 calendar is up from 107 scheduled for this year (a number that may increase as the edge of the “fiscal cliff” nears).

 

The Senate operates on a slightly different schedule, essentially holding about one week-long break each month, usually around religious or federal holidays. The presumption is that senators will meet for at least a part of any other weekday not listed on its official list of days off.

 

The Senate plans to reconvene Jan. 3 and break only Jan. 21 for Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

In February, senators will take a week-long break for Presidents’ Day and a week-long break in late March and early April to observe Passover and Easter. May is scheduled to be a lighter month for senators, who will enjoy part of a “State Work Period” at the beginning of the month and around Memorial Day.

 

The Senate is scheduled to be in session for all of June, then break for a week to observe Independence Day in early July. The month-long Senate summer recess begins Aug. 5, and they will return Sept. 6, after Rosh Hashanah. There will be no meetings Sept. 14 for Yom Kippur. Finally, senators will have a week-long break in mid-October for Columbus Day and a three-day Veterans Day weekend in November.

 

View the full 2013 House calendar here.

 

 

Thank you The Washington Post.

 

 

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Ok, My question is simple: Why are “We The People” paying the 113th Congress a FULL salary when they are doing less than part time work? 126 days worked out of a 365 day calender year is 126 days working and 239 days off work.

 

If 126 working and 239 not working is NOT part time, explain to me what part time means.

 

Cantor said that mornings will continue to be reserved for committee meetings, with floor votes primarily scheduled in the afternoons. And to ensure that lawmakers can quickly leave Washington as a session ends (usually on Fridays), final votes will be held no later than 3 p.m.

 

“Combined, these reforms have brought increased predictability to Members’ schedules and efficiency to the committees and floor,” Cantor added.

 

But is it too much or too little time spent in Washington?

 

Eric Cantor is a dumbass moron, and so are “We The People.”

 

 

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G.O.P. (Guns Over People) Party Posters


 

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2013 House And Senate Calendars: See Just How Much Work OUR Congress Does.


 

 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Hat Tip/Shout Out to The Washington Post…..

 

 

2013 House, Senate calendars released

 

House lawmakers are scheduled to meet for 126 days in 2013, a slight increase from this year, but in line with the Republican strategy of giving lawmakers extended periods  to spend back home.

 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) released the schedule for the first session of the 113th Congress on Friday. The Senate has not yet announced its 2013 schedule, but if history is any guide, senators will generally be in session for four-week stretches between recesses.

 

As with both sessions of the 112th Congress, the House will keep with a two-weeks-on, one-week-off plan that was a boon for the 89 GOP freshmen lawmakers who sought reelection this year. Democrats regularly bemoaned the schedule, arguing that lawmakers should have been spending more time in Washington working to address the nation’s struggling economy and that the time spent away from the Capitol contributed to the rancorous, partisan nature of most debates.

 

But Cantor said Friday that lawmakers need the time back home for what his office has dubbed “district work periods.”

 

“Time spent in the district between Monday and Friday is essential for meeting with small businesses, employees, seniors, veterans and other local communities during working hours,” Cantor said in a message announcing the schedule. “We will continue to accommodate Members with longer distances to travel home and provide at least one constituent work week each month, with the exception of June.”

 

Indeed, June 2013 will be the House’s busiest month, with a whopping 16 days scheduled for legislative work in Washington. Lawmakers will meet for 14 days in July and October, 12 days in the months of March, April and May and nine days next September.

 

The House officially convenes for the 113th Congress on Jan. 3, when new members will be sworn in. But there are only eight days of legislative business on the calendar in January and 11 days in February.

 

As the holidays approach next year, the House will convene for eight days each in November and December. Keeping with tradition, there will be two days of official business at the start of August, then lawmakers will leave for their summer recess.

 

The 126 days on the 2013 calendar is up from 107 scheduled for this year (a number that may increase as the edge of the “fiscal cliff” nears).

 

The Senate operates on a slightly different schedule, essentially holding about one week-long break each month, usually around religious or federal holidays. The presumption is that senators will meet for at least a part of any other weekday not listed on its official list of days off.

 

The Senate plans to reconvene Jan. 3 and break only Jan. 21 for Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

In February, senators will take a week-long break for Presidents’ Day and a week-long break in late March and early April to observe Passover and Easter. May is scheduled to be a lighter month for senators, who will enjoy part of a “State Work Period” at the beginning of the month and around Memorial Day.

 

The Senate is scheduled to be in session for all of June, then break for a week to observe Independence Day in early July. The month-long Senate summer recess begins Aug. 5, and they will return Sept. 6, after Rosh Hashanah. There will be no meetings Sept. 14 for Yom Kippur. Finally, senators will have a week-long break in mid-October for Columbus Day and a three-day Veterans Day weekend in November.

 

 

View the full 2013 House calendar here or below:

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Cantor said that mornings will continue to be reserved for committee meetings, with floor votes primarily scheduled in the afternoons. And to ensure that lawmakers can quickly leave Washington as a session ends (usually on Fridays), final votes will be held no later than 3 p.m.

 

“Combined, these reforms have brought increased predictability to Members’ schedules and efficiency to the committees and floor,” Cantor added.

 

But is it too much or too little time spent in Washington?

 

Thank you to The Washington Post.

 

 

 

 

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Out of a 365 day calendar year, if you worked 126 days, that leaves you NOT working and off work a grand total of 239 days. Yes you read that correctly…..126 days working and 239 days off.

 

With FULL benefits and ALL the unfinished government business waiting for this do nothing Congress to reconvene from all their “breaks.”

 

“We The People” voted these lazy ass politicians into office and “We The People” are allowing them to be unaccountable jack asses on OUR dime. They vote themselves pay raises at will, work 126 days out of 365 days, vote to receive their paychecks when the rest of America deals with sequestration caused by themselves…..

 

God Bless America.

 

 

 

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