Moms Demand Action: Daughter Speaks Out After Years of Gun Threats from Father


By Jueseppi B.



Daughter Speaks Out After Years of Gun Threats from Father


By Moms Demand Action & Ms. Kathleen (Last name withheld by request)


How do you get over gun violence? The answer is you never do. It is always there haunting you, disturbing your dreams, creeping into your life, slowly but surely it overtakes you, until you start fighting back.



On a bitter cold February evening, when I was 13 years old, I was watching Dynasty on the television. This was interrupted by a knock at the door. It was my father, who sounded drunk and angry. My parents had recently separated, and my father, a NYC cop and a supposed “good guy,” frequently had a gun at his side.


I was a little scared to open the door but when he ordered me to, I listened. He came into the house with much rage and a cold, blank look in his eyes. He did not hug me and tell me he missed me, he instead held a loaded .38 revolver to my head and asked me if I wanted to die first.


He then pulled the gun away from my head and asked me where my mother was. My sister was in the hallway, trying to protect her. My other sister climbed out of her bedroom window with her boyfriend, and ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911. I did not know that at the time, I was just in the moment, frozen and scared to death.


I then ran into another room, and soon after ran barefoot through the snow to another neighbor’s house. I left my family to die, and to this day I feel guilty for what I did. My neighbor was a police officer too and went to my house to try to calm my father down. I had no idea if everyone was okay or not. I just stood there frozen and feeling very alone, though I was being comforted by my neighbor’s wife.


Fortunately no one died that day, and despite the many tumultuous years and threats of gun violence, we survived. But part of me died that day, and has never been the same since. My life has been a constant struggle to fit in, to feel normal, and to find serenity.


Until you have had a gun pointed at you by your father, or someone you love, or even a stranger, you cannot understand the toll it takes on your life.


Think of those you love, think of your friends and neighbors, and children, would you want this to happen to them? Statistically, if we do nothing, it very well might happen to them, or to you.


My father is no longer with us. I felt a strange mixture of sadness and happiness when he passed. I no longer hate him; I understand he had a mental illness. That illness could have easily been under control if he had sought help. I no longer fear him, I only hope he has found some peace.


Now that I have a family of my own, and have finally found happiness, I fear that gun violence will enter my life once again, especially since I live in an open carry state. I constantly hear tragic news stories, and have to silently fear for my family’s safety nearly everywhere we go.


I am glad that groups like Moms Demand Action are fighting back to make this world a safer place. I’m glad that they are honoring and paying tribute to all of those taken by senseless acts of gun violence. I’m proud to share my story with them, and I’m proud that I’m starting to bare my soul and fight back.


To all my fellow survivors of gun violence, and to all those fighting to make our nation safer for all, I wish you nothing but love and happiness., and I hope you thrive.


This poem expresses the fear I felt for so many years.


When you held the gun to my head
part of me died
But, the part that remains
is very alive


I’ve fought many battles
to try to break free
From the prison you imposed
that day onto me


But I’m still standing
though I falter at times
I have climbed many mountains
and will be just fine


For I’m a steadfast survivor
and I’m still alive
you have not broken me


If you or anyone you know has been a victim of gun violence and would like to share your story with Moms Demand Action, please email






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Checkmate America…..Democrats……And President Barack Hussein Obama.


By Jueseppi B.

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times President Obama praised Congress, saying the vote cleared the way for substantive budget negotiations.

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
President Obama praised Congress, saying the vote cleared the way for substantive budget negotiations.


President Obama Delivers a Statement


Published on Oct 16, 2013

President Obama delivers a statement on the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. October 16, 2013.




How The Senate Voted 81 Yays to 18 Nays

Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
Boozman (R-AR), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Chiesa (R-NJ), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
Cruz (R-TX), Nay
Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Fischer (R-NE), Yea
Flake (R-AZ), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Nay
Hirono (D-HI), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Not Voting
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Johnson (R-WI), Nay
Kaine (D-VA), Yea
King (I-ME), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Lee (R-UT), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Yea
Markey (D-MA), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Moran (R-KS), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schatz (D-HI), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Scott (R-SC), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Warren (D-MA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Yea






From The New York Times:


Senate Passes Bill to End Fiscal Impasse

By  and 


WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans conceded defeat on Wednesday in their bitter budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law, agreeing to end a disruptive 16-day government shutdown and extend federal borrowing power to avert a financial default with potentially worldwide economic repercussions.


With the Treasury Department warning that it could run out of money to pay national obligations within a day, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday evening, 81 to 18, to approve a proposal hammered out by the chamber’s Republican and Democratic leaders after the House on Tuesday was unable to move forward with any resolution. The House was expected to follow suit within hours and approve the Senate plan, which would fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit through Feb. 7.

Shortly after the vote, Mr. Obama praised Congress for action and said the vote had cleared the way for substantive budget negotiations.

“We now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair, that helps hardworking people all across this country,” he said.

The result of the standoff that threatened the nation’s credit rating was a near total defeat for Republican conservatives, who had engineered the budget impasse as a way to strip the new health care law of funding even as registration for benefits opened Oct. 1 or, failing that, to win delays in putting the program into place.

The shutdown sent Republican poll ratings plunging, cost the government billions of dollars and damaged the nation’s international credibility. President Obama refused to compromise, leaving Republican leaders to beg him to talk, and to fulminate when he refused. For all that, Republicans got a slight tightening of income verification rules for Americans accessing new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

“We fought the good fight,” said Speaker John A. Boehner, who has struggled to control conservative faction in the House, in an interview with a Cincinnati radio station. “We just didn’t win.”

In a brief closed session with his Republican rank-and-file, Mr. Boehner told members to hold their heads high, go home, get some rest and think about how they could work better as a team.

Two weeks of relative cohesion broke down into near chaos on Tuesday when Republican leaders failed twice to unite their troops behind a last-gasp effort to prevent a default on their own terms. By Wednesday, House conservatives were accusing more moderate Republicans of undercutting their position. Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, a leading Republican voice for ending the fight, said Congress should have passed a bill to fund the government without policy strings attached weeks ago.

“That’s essentially what we’re doing now,” Mr. Dent said. “People can blame me all they want, but I was correct in my analysis and I’d say a lot of those folks were not correct in theirs.”

Under the agreement to reopen the government, the House and Senate are directed to hold talks and reach accord by Dec. 13 on a long-term blueprint for tax and spending policies over the next decade. Mr. Obama said consistently through the standoff that he was willing to have a wide-ranging budget negotiation once the government was reopened and the debt limit raised.

Mr. Boehner and his leadership team had long felt that they needed to allow their restive conference to pitch a battle over the president’s signature health care law, a fight that had been brewing almost since the law was passed in 2010. Now, they hope the fever has broken, and they can negotiate on issues where they think they have the upper hand, such as spending cuts and changes to entitlement programs.

But there were no guarantees that Congress would not be back at loggerheads by mid-January and deep skepticism exists in both parties that Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Patty Murray of Washington, who will lead the budget negotiations, can bridge the chasm between them.

“This moves us into the next phase of the same debate,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat. “Our hope is now that Speaker Boehner and his caucus have played out their scenario with a tragic outcome, perhaps they’ll be willing to be more constructive.”

As Republican lawmakers left the closed meeting Wednesday, some were already thinking of the next fight.

“I’ll vote against it,” said Representative John C. Fleming, Republican of Louisiana, referring to the Senate plan. “But that will get us into Round 2. See, we’re going to start this all over again.”

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader who was instrumental in ending the crisis, stressed that under the deal he had negotiated with the majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the across-the-board budget cuts extracted in the 2011 fiscal showdown remained in place over the objections of some Democrats, a slim reed that not even he claimed as a significant victory.

The deal, Mr. McConnell said, “is far less than many of us hoped for, quite frankly, but it’s far better than what some had sought.”

“Now it’s time for Republicans to unite behind other crucial goals,” he added.

Chastened Senate Republicans said they hoped the outcome would be a learning experience for the lawmakers in the House and the Senate who shut down the government in hopes of gutting the health law, Mr. Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Instead of using the twin issues of government funding and borrowing authority to address the drivers of the federal deficit, conservatives focused on a law they could never undo as long as Mr. Obama is president, several lawmakers said.

“Goose egg, nothing, we got nothing,” said Representative Thomas H. Massie, Republican of Kentucky.

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, took a swipe at his fellow Republican senators, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, as well as House members who linked government financing to defunding the health care law, which is financed by its own designated revenues and spending cuts.

“Let’s just say sometimes learning what can’t be accomplished is an important long-term thing,” Mr. Burr said, “and hopefully for some of the members they’ve learned it’s impossible to defund mandatory programs by shutting down the federal government.”

While Mr. Cruz conceded defeat, he did not express contrition.

“Unfortunately, the Washington establishment is failing to listen to the American people,” he said as he emerged from a meeting of Senate Republicans called to ratify the agreement.

For hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the country furloughed from their jobs, the legislative deal meant an abrupt end to their forced vacation as the government comes back to life beginning Thursday.

With strict orders not to check government e-mail while on furlough, workers were left to their own devices to figure out whether the shutdown had ended. The furlough notices that went out on Sept. 30 told workers to monitor television broadcasts and to keep an eye on the Web site of the Office of Personnel Management for instructions.

Furloughed workers at the Labor Department, for example, were told: “Please note that all employees are expected to report for work on their next regularly scheduled work day following the enactment of appropriating legislation which allows normal DOL operations to resume.”

For Mr. Boehner, who had tried but failed to unite his conference around a workable plan, Wednesday’s decision to take up the Senate bill proved surprisingly free of conflict. Hard-line Republican lawmakers largely rallied around the speaker, instead blaming their more moderate colleagues who they said had not had the backbone to stand strong in the fight against the health care law.

And Representative Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, said was “really proud” of how Mr. Boehner had handled the situation.

“I’m more upset with my Republican conference, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s been Republicans here who apparently always want to fight — but they want to fight the next fight — that have given Speaker Boehner the inability to be successful in this fight.”


Michael D. Shear contributed reporting.


Thank you The New York Times.


Know what I’m really proud of Representative Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, that This Black American President, Barack Hussein Obama, stood toe to toe with a small group of wealthy greedy racist politicians from the wealthy greedy racist Tea Party and didn’t blink, didn’t “cave”, didn’t flinch and didn’t give you dumbasses a damn thing.


I’m really proud Barack Hussein Obama and his Swag Party of Democrats AND Republicans won for AMERICA!


It’s not the United States Of AmeriKKKa, but still The United States Of AMERICA. The Land Of “WE THE PEOPLE.”




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…huh….what….I don’t feel so good…





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Happy Columbus Discovered An America That Was Already Discovered By Native Americans Day!!


By Jueseppi B.




White House Tweets  – October 14, 2013







White House Schedule – October 14, 2013

The President has no public events scheduled, but that does not mean he won’t be as busy as a bee behind the scenes.



Watch coverage of our glorious elected politicians at work: C-SPAN coverage from the House starts at 12:00 PM EDT and from the Senate at 2:00 PM EDT.


The White House Blog


President Obama Meets with Small Business Owners to Discuss the Impacts of the Government Shutdown



Weekly Address: Let’s Get Back to the Work of the American People



West Wing Week: 10/11/13 or “The Shutdown Edition: Week Two”



The Dangers of Default



President Obama Nominates Dr. Janet Yellen as Fed Chair



President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Government Shutdown





Rally At World War II Memorial Ends At The White House….In Violence.



10 things you need to know today: October 14, 2013



China calls for ‘new world order,’ blaming Congress for risking global economy



Million Vet March Organizers Condemn Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and the Tea Party



House Republicans Make Sure Shutdown Can’t Be Stopped By Majority Vote!


The GOP’s little rule change they hoped you wouldn’t notice


Late in the evening on September 30, 2013, the House Rules Committee Republicans changed the Rules of the House so that the ONLY Member allowed to call up the Senate’s clean CR for a vote was Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee — all but guaranteeing the government would shut down a few hours later and would stay shut down. Previously, any Member would have had the right to bring the CR up for a vote. Democracy has been suspended in the House of Representatives.




“Tragedy on Trial: The George Zimmerman Story”



Paul Ryan Reportedly Opposes Senate Plan To End Shutdown!



Organizing For Action



The Diary of Malcolm X From Third World Press


The Diary of Malcolm X




Not a Game


Published on Oct 11, 2013

The refusal of a group of Tea Party Republicans to compromise forced a government shutdown that put hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work, forced children out of Head Start classes, and is harming ordinary families every day.


Now, the same Tea Party faction is threatening a national default on America’s bills, which could cause widespread economic disaster.


Speaker Boehner and reasonable members of Congress need to step up and put an end to this reckless behavior. Sign below to call on Congress to stop playing games with students, families and the economy. Call on congress to end the federal government shutdown, prevent a national default on our bills, and end sequester cuts to education.







President Obama: Vote for Cory


Uploaded on Oct 13, 2013

Pledge to vote for Cory and make a plan:




The Choice: Cory Booker for Senate





Soapbox Time



That confederate flag YOU dumbass racist worship is the flag of the enemy of The United States Of America. YOU might as well fly/worship the flag of Japan. DUMBASSES…learn your own history first.


Let Me Tell Each & Every One Of You Racist Truckin Asshole Muthafuckers One Thing….If ANYthing Ever Happens To Barack Hussein Obama….”And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brother Barack. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you!”


Organizing For Action. Big news…
Hey – OFA released its latest stats on where this organization stands. It’s a grassroots movement, all the way through, and I’m proud to be a part of it. You Can Join us at:http://OFA.BO/CJnxVa


Malala Yousafzai, the Girl Who Survived a Taliban attack, Speaks w/ Jim Kim about Girls’ Education




Funniest Fail Ever: The ‘Impeach Obama! Truckers.




Crossfire: Van Jones and Sen. Ted Cruz Get Heated About Obamacare


Published on Oct 10, 2013

Crossfire (10/10/13) – Host Van Jones asks Sen. Ted Cruz if he is ever going to acknowledge that he was on the wrong side of the healthcare issue.




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The Daily Snapshot From Barack’s House: Friday August The 2nd, 2013


By Jueseppi B.




August 2nd, 2013: Tweets of the Day













August 2nd 2013: Photos of the Day


Instagram of Bo this morning.

Instagram of Bo this morning.


President Barack Obama reads a document prior to a meeting in the Oval Office, Aug. 1, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama reads a document prior to a meeting in the Oval Office, Aug. 1, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




White House Schedule – August 2, 2013

10:00 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.



Speeches and Remarks & Statements and Releases


August 01, 2013


Readout of the President’s call with Palestinian Authority President Abbas



President Obama Nominates Three to Serve on the United States Courts of Appeals



President Obama Nominates Four to Serve as U.S. Marshals



President Obama Nominates Six to Serve on the United States District Courts



Readout of the President’s Meeting with Members of Congress on FISA Issues



President Obama Announces his Intent to Nominate Deborah Lee James as Secretary of the Air Force



President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts



President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts



Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate



Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate



FACT SHEET: Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security



President Obama Signs Iowa Disaster Declaration



Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate



President Obama Announces his Intent to Nominate John Koskinen as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service



Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations



Joint Statement by the United States and Yemen



Readout of the President’s call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu



Remarks by President Obama and President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen after Bilateral Meeting







West Wing Week: 08/02/13 or “Let Us Be Awed By Their Shining Deeds”

August 01, 2013 | 06:21 |Public Domain


This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden wrapped up a trip to India and Singapore, the President announced a bargain for middle class jobs, welcomed the Huskies and the Giants, the American Legion, Girls & Boys Nation, the President of Yemen, and civil rights leaders to the White House, and marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.





President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen

August 01, 2013 | 10:53 |Public Domain


President Obama and President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen speak to the press after a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.





Press Briefing

August 01, 2013 | 45:46 |Public Domain


White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.





President Obama Welcomes the 2015 Special Olympics World Games to Los Angeles


Published on Jul 30, 2013

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sign on as Honorary Chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – Los Angeles 2015.





Champions of Change: Tech Inclusion


Published on Jul 31, 2013

The White House honors individuals dedicated to expanding technology and communicating its importance. July 31, 2013.





White House Briefing with Council of Korean Americans


Published on Aug 1, 2013

The White House Office of Public Engagement and the Council of Korean Americans host a briefing on issues of concern to the Korean American community, including immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act, innovation, and foreign policy.








Alan Krueger
Alan Krueger

August 02, 2013
09:30 AM EDT


While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further confirmation that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class, as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.


Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the unemployment rate declined from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent in July, reaching its lowest level since December 2008. The unemployment rate for African Americans fell from 13.7 percent to 12.6 percent, also its lowest level since December 2008. The unemployment rate for women fell from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent, its lowest level since January 2009, and from 7.8 percent to 7.7 percent for men.


The establishment survey showed that private sector employers added 161,000 jobs last month (see chart below). Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 162,000 jobs in July. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 41 consecutive months, and a total of 7.3 million jobs have been added over that period. So far this year, 1.4 million private sector jobs have been added.


With the recovery entering its fifth year, we need to build on the progress we have made so far and now is not the time for Washington to impose self-inflicted wounds.  The across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester continue to be a drag on the economy now and in the future.  The Administration continues to urge Congress to replace the sequester with balanced deficit reduction, and promote the investments our economy needs to put more Americans back to work, such as by rebuilding our roads and bridges.


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West Wing Week: 08/02/13 or “Let Us Be Awed By Their Shining Deeds”


Adam Garber
Adam Garber

August 02, 2013
12:00 AM EDT


This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden wrapped up a trip to India and Singapore, the President announced a bargain for middle class jobs, welcomed the Huskies and the Giants, the American Legion, Girls & Boys Nation, the President of Yemen, and civil rights leaders to the White House, and marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.


Friday, July 26th

  • The President welcomed members of the American Legion, Girls and Boys Nations to the White House



Saturday, July 27th



Monday, July 29th



Tuesday, July 30th



Wednesday, July 31st

  • The President traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with both the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses.
  • Then, the President hosted the 2013 NCAA Champion UConn Lady Huskies at the White House.



Thursday, August 1st

  • The President attended the swearing-in ceremony of new EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy.
  • Then, the President held a bilateral meeting with President Hadi of Yemen.


































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….






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.





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.





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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