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E mail from my Congressman a Democrat.

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Barrelbulge(Fl), Feb 17, 2012.

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  1. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Although a Democrat he is a Blue Dog. I like the guy.

    Dear Friends,

    This week, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2013 budget. While the release of the president's annual budget is a tradition, Members of Congress have developed a new tradition of failing to pass a budget or any appropriations bills in a timely manner. In fact, for 15 straight years, Congress has failed to pass its appropriations bills on time. Even more alarming, it has been more than 1,000 days since an annual budget has been adopted by Congress. This is not how the country should be operating.

    Across western Pennsylvania, families are living within their means. They plan for their expenses based on their income and they live by that. Washington should be no different. For this reason, earlier this week, I called on the House leadership to bring the No Budget, No Pay Act to the floor for a vote. This bipartisan legislation that I am co-sponsoring is very simple. If enacted, Members of Congress in the House and Senate would be required to pass an annual budget and all appropriations bills by October 1st. If we fail to meet that deadline, we would be prohibited from receiving our pay and retroactive pay would not be an option. I spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this week as well, and I invite you to watch.



    I take my role as your Representative in Washington very seriously. Since coming to Congress in 2007, I have not missed a single vote. It is my job, and just like voting, it is every Member's job to budget for the federal government. We can debate the numbers in the budget, but we should not jeopardize America's economic recovery just for the sake of argument. I hope you will join me in calling for a vote on the No Budget, No Pay Act.

    Please help me get support for this bill by forwarding this message on to family and friends using the box to your right. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and be a part of our discussion on this issue and many of the other issues I am working on in Washington.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,



    Jason Altmire
     
  2. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    He is pretty decent. I have met and spoke to him a couple of times. Mike.
     
  3. Jerbear

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    At least you don't have this A hole for a representative.....


    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/17/conyers-on-payroll-tax-bill-i-did-not-read-the-bill-before-it-was-voted-on-video/

    He NEVER reads bills he vote for.

    Jerbear
     
  4. chuckie68

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    Before I would support him or his co-sponsored bill I would like to read the whole thing. Just sayin' some of the D.C. reps are pretty slippery. Who knows what they might attach to the back end of a bill like that? More gun bans, forced contraception, etc.etc.

    Chuck

    Just sayin'
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Uh huh. More smoke and mirrors to make it appear the Republicans are to blame, when in fact they are the ones trying to hold the line on rampant spending and entitlements run amok.
     
  6. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Jason Altmire voted against the health care act, is pro gun.
     
  7. grunt

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    Wish someone would ask Conyers how his wife is doing in jail..
     
  8. lots of 24's

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    They passed the same thing in New York years ago for the state assembly. They actually passed it. But then it was ruled that they were in fact "working" even if they couldn't pass a budget on time or vote on it in time. And it is illegal to not pay someone that is "working" for you. So the law had no teeth. And it didnt matter because they went 19 or 20 years in a row without passing a budget on time anyways.
     
  9. sernv99

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    Barrelbulge, you really believe your local congressman huh? Why don't you look at Altmire's personal assets/finances....it looks like he will still be able to buy his kids toys from FAO Schwartz if he decides to skip his congressional paycheck for the good of the country LMAO I don't think he will become destitute should he lose his pay. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid.
     
  10. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Servn99, his net worth isn't all that much. His assets also are not very high. If you are telling me he made money being in office, so what he should be paid. Did he make it illegally??? 99, got bad news for you all the politicians run for office to make money. Some exercise a little integrity others don't give a dam how they get it. Mike.


    Politician Profile

    View full reports for all years Net Worth: From $149,009 to $410,000
    Rank: 314th in House

    Assets: 11 totaling $149,009 to $410,000
     
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    His personal finances/assets shows he doesn't need a federal paycheck/benefits to support him and his family so his sponsorship of this "no paycheck for Congress if we can't pass a budget" b.s. is blowing smoke up his constituent's a$$ to make his look like the "good guy". Total b.s.
     
  12. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Are you saying having wealth is a bad thing?? At least he put it out there. What other politician is suggesting anything like that. It most likely will not get voted on but if it did and it caught on that would be great. Look I happen to like my Congressman. I had a few F to F conversations with him. JMHO but I believe he is a little more honest than most Politicians. If you don't like him, so what, that is your choice. A little of his background"Early life, education, and early political careerAltmire was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, raised by his single mother, Arlene L. Altmire.[1] His ancestry includes German, Scottish-Irish, and Polish.[2] He was a record-breaking two-sport letterman at Burrell High School. He set a school record in track and field that stood for many years and was recognized as an all-star wide receiver in football.[3] A serious knee injury kept him off the athletic field as a high school senior, and in 1986 he matriculated"

    The towns where he grew up, and was raised in, are not filled with filthy rich people. What he has he worked for and deserves. He was not born with the perverbial 'silver spoon' in his mouth. Have you met him? Have you had face to face conversations with him? How can you judge him then? Mike.
     
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    I agree with Bulge on this one.I may be an Ol'dumb retired auto worker,( I know many of the opinions of those on here about us Union people)but,you can't blame someone for their financial position at the time they get into office,etc.I'd rather have someone like this trying to straighten Congress out,and similiar to what Buffet says should be done about the wealthy paying their fair share rather then someone NOT passing a budget just because of party differences.Trust me,if congress was serious and passed a law ,No Pay if you don't do your job(passing the budget is to me the same as if I stood by and let a car go by and didn't do my job on that particuliar one),,passing the budget is THEIR JOB,they refuse to do it.What would you do?Pay your employee for NOT doing their job.They cannot call it work if they don't do their job.

    Doug H.
     
  14. Fast Oil

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    Here is the letter I received from my Congressman and my comments are in (perentheses)

    On February 13, President Obama will submit his 2013 budget proposal to Congress. The budget is far more than just a set of spending policies( this is all we know how to do); it is a statement of our priorities and values as a nation. As the President said in his State of the Union address, now is a “make-or-break moment” for our middle class and those trying to reach it, and I’ll be looking for the President to prioritize three things in his budget request:


    1. Continuing the economic recovery
    2. Investing(code for taxes) in the American people and our future
    3. Returning to fiscal balance(this will never happen) with a plan that is fair and comprehensive(for the government but not the tax payer)


    As your representative in Congress, I have worked to strengthen and sustain(bring home the pork) our economic recovery in the Triangle and around the country. The 2009 Recovery Act (what have you done lately,wait I don't want to know!) provided a shot in the arm for our state. It kept thousands of teachers and first responders(my union contributors) on the job, moved us closer to high-speed rail service between Raleigh and Charlotte(waste of money and would you drive to Raleigh from Chatham to then turn around and take a train to Charlotte), expanded the statewide broadband internet network(government intervention in a private sector business), improved our energy grid(have you seen any new power lines or power plants?), and helped fund many other infrastructure projects.


    As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I helped secure $41 million in Recovery Act funds for the new National Guard headquarters in Raleigh, which will be dedicated later this week(a great photo op for me). I am proud that our state’s citizen soldiers and first responders will finally have a headquarters befitting their critical homeland security and national defense mission(while gutting the defence budget)—and equally pleased that the building created or sustained 3,400 jobs along the way!


    We’ve now seen 23 consecutive months of private sector job growth and 3.45 million new private sector jobs(13 million others still can't find work), but we cannot be content until every American worker who wants a job can find one. That is why I have been pushing for passage of the President’s American Jobs Act(or is that the "job Americans Act"). I am hopeful that he will include elements of the bill in his budget, and there are other creative approaches(like Solyndra) to job creation that deserve quick passage. One such example is the “21st Century High-Performing Public School Facilities Act,” which I have cosponsored, to put people to work repairing and rebuilding public schools across the country. And there are many more.



    As we act to accelerate the recovery in the near term, we cannot neglect the long-term investments(code for taxes) that are the major drivers(killer) of economic success: education, innovation, research, and transportation. The point isn’t to spend more,( but that is all Congress knows how to do) but to spend our limited resources(we'll keep coming back to the well) more wisely, so that we can secure the promise of America for all rather than just the wealthy few.


    The President’s budget should call for Congress to take the steps needed(tax the rich) to renew the American dream and revive(jive) the middle class.


    The President has also issued a bold call( telling us one thing while doing just the opposite) for a fairer, simpler tax code(the Senate can't even pass a budget), which will be essential to balancing our nation’s budget.


    Warren Buffet’s secretary -- Debbie Bosanek, who attended the speech -- should not pay a greater percentage of her income(tell us how much she makes!) in taxes than her billionaire boss(Berkshire Hathaway is disputing their taxes back to 2002). Nor should seniors, or students, or families working hard to get by. This isn’t “class warfare”(your drinking the kool aid) -- it’s common sense. We can protect tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires or we can invest in our people and plot(interesting choice of a word?) a course to fiscal balance, but we cannot do both( why can't we do both?).


    I believe the choice we should make is clear(TAX the RICH!).


    On these matters and many others demanding our attention, I will continue to work with the President(only if he's a Democrat) and with colleagues(does this include Republicans?) to chart a positive course. During the previous three years, we have reformed(screwed up) health care, reined in(paid off) Wall Street, expanded(allowed illegals) access to education, and pulled the nation out of the Great Recession. But we have more to do(God help us!). I am hopeful that Democrats and Republicans in Congress will come together(roll over) in good faith to work with the President to advance the programs outlined in his budget. Where there are disagreements(Republicans need to roll over), I am hopeful they too will further a robust discussion of the priorities and values that are best for our country at this critical time. As this debate continues, I hope you will keep in touch to let me know your views.


    Sincerely,
    David Price
    Member of Congress
     
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    And did you vote for him??? Mike.
     
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