Yes…they really DID pass HR 2454 in the House of Representatives yesterday.
And if you were watching the mess on C-Span as it was happening, it didn’t help that feeling that your head was, literally, going to explode.
Congress is really totally out of control. It’s not like I’ve never watched coverage of the House before, so it’s not a new phenomenon that I feel a migraine coming on whenever I feel the need for self-punishment. It’s just that many things that have always bothered me REALLY bothered me yesterday.
I have a couple of questions I’d like some answers to, I’ve had them for a while:
Why are all of those seats empty when members are speaking? Shouldn’t they have to listen to one another?
Why isn’t Nancy Pelosi running the gavel?
But more importantly, from yesterday’s vote, I want to know:
HOW can anyone vote on a bill that doesn’t exist anywhere on planet earth in final, printed form?
How can anyone debate a bill they haven’t read?
I watched people lie right into the camera, right over a microphone, and right into the Congressional record.
Here are some of the better zingers:
Nancy Pelosi, “The most important thing to remember about this bill is four words; jobs, jobs, jobs, and jobs.”
“This bill will make us energy independent.”
“This will only cost people cents a day.”
When Rep. Joe Barton asked “Madame Chairman” (who the hell is THAT?) where the bill actually was, she kept saying there was “an official copy” at the desk. The official copy was actually 800+ pages and 300 more that had been added at 3:30AM EST. The clerk was still sorting through the 800 pages and putting the 300 in their proper places at 4:00pm EST, just two hours before the vote took place.
Rep. Markey, one of the two sponsors of the bill sarcastically answered Joe Barton’s repeated questions about the bills whereabouts. He informed Mr. Barton that the bill was available online.
We really are in big trouble, folks.
Very telling was the order of business immediately following the final vote; a Congresswoman stood up and entered a tribute to Michael Jackson into the Congressional Record.
The bill passed by a vote of 219 to 212. There were eight Republicans who voted “AYE” and two who were not present. A roll call of all the votes is available HERE.
To be sure, those eight Republicans did make the difference. But every last one of the members who vote “Aye” should be targets for removal from office.
Of course it’s discouraging that the bill passed. But this fight isn’t over. It must go before the Senate for a vote, to conference committee, and then back to the House.
We must put tremendous pressure on our Senators, and still on members of the House. My representative, Jeff Fortenberry, for instance, did vote “no”, and that is a good thing. But I’ve read his position on the bill, and no is just not good enough.
All of our representatives need to be taking a loud, firm stand, not only on the way the bill was put together, but on its content. Mr. Fortenberry seems to be straddling the middle, trying to please everyone. He seems to be buying into the whole global warming / climate change nonsense.
I think in order to be a member of Congress, you have to have a spine. If you don’t exhibit one, it’s time to go home.
And that brings me to Minority Leader Boehner. I’m told, by Congressional Rules, he is the only Republican at present who is allowed unlimited speaking time in a circumstance such as yesterday’s debate. He COULD have read the entire bill. He COULD have read all 300 of those pages that were added at the last minute. It would have rather been like a filibuster. But he read selections, and that was it.
While he was reading, I had some hope he would continue, at least really send a message, make everyone sit for hours. Perhaps even that would have broken through the twisted “King of Pop, dead!” coverage on the news.
In any case, instead of giving up, we need to take our anger and turn it into action. We need to stay on these guys and we need to be surveying the landscape for replacement candiates in 2010.
The House needs to be swept clean.
We also need to turn this anger into action when it comes to the Senate. They need an avalanche of mail when they come back from their recess, never ending phone calls, and fax machine that needs the paper replaced.
We need to show up at Tea Parties on the 4th in larger numbers than before.
And most of all, we don’t need to get mad, we need to get even. That means showing all of these rats the door.
All of the calls, emails, faxes, etc., did make some difference. The vote was closer than expected.
You can find links to all of your reps in Congress in the post below. Let them all know what you think about what happened in the House yesterday.
Late last night (June 24) Tea Party organizers and grassroots leaders from various states participated in a conference call to discuss potential action steps on H.R. 2454, which it was learned yesterday, would be going up for a vote sometime today or tomorrow.
We agreed to issue a group press release calling on our elected officials to delay the vote or vote “no” outright. Those on the call having time to issue the release locally would also do so.
More important than a press release, though, the whole group agreed, we decided the most effective action that could be taken by all of us was to consolidate information and distribute action alerts throughout our own networks.
Timing is critical! Congress will recess for the July 4 holiday after their session on Friday.
Following the press release are a number of information resources, including up to the minute status on the House floor, representatives’ contact information, and much more.
If you would like a downloadable version of the press release, but dont’ have a Scribd account click HERE.
Note: The press release has been updated as of 3:00p.m. CST, Friday, June 26
H.R. 2454 Key Points:
Cap and Trade (H.R. 2454, 2998) is coming up for a vote at any time
We must “throw down the gauntlet” to our elected officials, if they vote “yes” on this bill, we vote “no” on them
Members of Congress should work to delay the vote
Contact your Congressman TODAY!
Most effective means of contact is fax or phone call.
When you call your district representative, be sure to provide your zip code so they know you are a constituent
Remember to be polite and tell them what you think, make as many calls as you can.
Try to get on talk radio today about the issue
It may be worthwhile to let AARP know that you are concerned about the bill in regards to seniors on fixed incomes. Phone number:
Conduct of Congress:
H.R. 2454 is yet another stealthy bill
On the fast-track in Congress, meaning it will not be read or debated
Unknown quantity of bills being embedded by amendment process
Will not be read based on its size, prior to a vote
Projected impact of bill, as known by information available:
Is projected to cost $3,100 per household in increased utilities
Will negatively impact public and private energy generation, transportation, building codes, appliances, and more
Is projected to lower gross domestic product
Will cause a loss of jobs
Impacts most aspects of our daily lives
Will hurt small business
Creates a “climate exchange” which is another
US House of Representatives Directory HERE
US Senate Directory HERE
If you’re willing to register and receive emails from them, you can click and email, or fax, or have a phone number pop up so you can call your representatives. It is personalized for you.
Blue Dog Democrats who need to be contacted are listed below, Senators are listed last name first.
Congressman Parker Griffith Alabama, 5th District Phone: (202) 225-4801
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Arizona, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-2542
Congressman Marion Berry Arkansas, 1st District Phone: (202) 225-4076
Congressman Mike Ross Arkansas, 4th District Phone: (202) 225-3772
Begich, Mark – (D – AR)(2 02) 224-3004 Arkansas
Lincoln, Blanche L. – (D – AR) (202) 224-4843 Arkansas
Pryor, Mark L. – (D – AR) (202) 224-2353 Arkansas
Congressman Joe Baca California, 43rd District Phone: (202) 225-6161
Congressman Dennis Cardoza California, 18th District Phone: (202) 225-6131
Congressman Jim Costa California, 20th District Phone: (202) 225-3341
Congresswoman Jane Harman California, 36th District Phone: (202) 225-8220
Congressman Adam Schiff California, 29th District Phone: (202) 225-4176
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez California, 47th District Phone: (202) 225-2965 Congressman Mike Thompson California, 1st District Phone: (202) 225-3311
Congressman John Salazar Colorado, 3rd District Phone: (202) 225-4761
Udall, Mark – (D – CO) (202) 224-5941 Colorado
Lieberman, Joseph I. – (ID – CT) (202) 224-4041 Connecticut
Carper, Thomas R. – (D – DE) (202) 224-2441 Delaware
Congressman Allen Boyd** Florida, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-5235
Nelson, Bill – (D – FL)(202) 224-5274 Florida
Congressman John Barrow Georgia, 12th District Phone: (202) 225-2823
Congressman Sanford Bishop Georgia, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-3631
Congressman David Scott Georgia, 13th District Phone: (202) 225-2939
Congressman Jim Marshall Georgia, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-6531
Congresswoman Melissa Bean Illinois, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-3711
Congressman Joe Donnelly Indiana, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-3915
Congressman Brad Ellsworth Indiana, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-4636
Congressman Baron Hill Indiana, 9th District Phone: (202) 225-5315
Bayh, Evan – (D – IN)(202) 224-5623 Indiana
Congressman Leonard Boswell Iowa, 3rd District Phone: (202) 225-3806
Congressman Ben Chandler Kentucky, 6th District Phone: (202) 225-4706
Congressman Dennis Moore Kansas, 3rd District Phone: (202) 225-2865
Congressman Charlie Melancon ** Louisiana, 3rd District Phone: (202) 225-4031
Landrieu, Mary L. – (D – LA) (202) 224-5824 Louisiana
Congressman Mike Michaud Maine, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-6306
Congressman Collin Peterson Minnesota, 7th District Phone: (202) 225-2165
Congressman Gene Taylor Mississippi, 4th District Phone: (202) 225-5772
McCaskill, Claire – (D – MO) (202) 224-6154 Missouri
Nelson, Ben – (D – NE) (202) 224-6551 ** Nebraska
Shaheen, Jeanne – (D – NH) (202) 224-2841 New Hampshire
Congressman Mike Arcuri New York, 24th District Phone: (202) 225-3665
Congressman Mike McIntyre North Carolina, 7th District Phone: Phone: (202) 225-2731
Congressman Heath Shuler North Carolina, 11th District Phone: (202) 225-6401
Hagan, Kay R. – (D – NC) (202) 224-6342 North Carolina
Congressman Earl Pomeroy North Dakota, At-Large Phone: (202) 225-2611
Congressman Dan Boren Oklahoma, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-2701
Congressman Zack Space Ohio, 18th District Phone: (202) 225-6265
Congressman Charlie Wilson Ohio, 6th District Phone: (202) 225-5705
Congressman Chris Carney Pennsylvania, 10th District Phone: (202) 225-3731
Congressman Patrick Murphy Pennsylvania, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-4276
Congressman Tim Holden Pennsylvania, 17th District Phone: (202) 225-5546
Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin South Dakota, (202) 225-2801) 225-2801
Congressman Jim Cooper Tennessee, 5th District Phone: (202) 225-4311
Congressman Lincoln Davis Tennessee, 4th District Phone: (202) 225-6831
Congressman Bart Gordon Tennessee, 6th District Phone: (202) 225-4231
Congressman John Tanner Tennessee, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-4714
Congressman Jim Matheson Utah, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-3011
Warner, Mark R. – (D – VA) (202) 224-2023 ** Virginia
Kohl, Herb – (D – WI) (202) 224-5653 Wisconsin Targeted Republicans who need calling:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman are reaching out to the following House Republicans for their support on Waxman-Markey, according to Carbon Control News:
Tim Johnson (IL)
Vernon Ehlers (MI)
Todd Platts (PA)
Jim Gerlach (PA)
Mary Bono Mack (CA)
Mike Castle (DE)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ)
Tom Petri (WI)
Peter King (NY)
Mark Kirk (IL)
Leonard Lance (NJ)
Cap & Trade Bill HR 2454 coming up for a vote! ANOTHER huge bill they’re not reading. Call your REPS Today! http://bit.ly/349fpO
Need your Congressman’s contact information to tell him to vote “NO” on HR 2454 aka Cap & Trade? Here: http://bit.ly/z6hld
Pres. Obama said “electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket” Now Congress will vote to do just that to your utility bills.
HR 2454 aka Cap & Trade is the largest tax increase in history http://bit.ly/RMn96 Tell YOUR Congressman to vote NO
“Global warming”: the debate is NOT over! Scientists say sunspots are the cause http://bit.ly/GG4GB
Another STEALTHY bill being sneaked past us! HR 2454 aka Cap & Trade is growing by the minute.
Pres. Obama said “electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket” Now Congress will vote to do just that to your utility bills with HR 2454
31,478 scientists said “global warming” not proven. WHY are we committing financial, political suicide with Cap & Trade?!
Even a two year old knows how to say, “NO”, but apparently our REPs do not. They vote “yes” on HR 2454, we vote “NO” on them! H.R. 2454 should be titled “Stealth and Spend” Tell your Rep. to vote “NO” on Cap & Trade TODAY!
A sampling of the bill text.
This section lists how state and local laws will be “pre-empted”. Apparently, that whole Tenth Amendment thing is just too darn pesky to be bothered about:
“Preemptions of State and Local Authority.
In addition to the mandates discussed above, H.R. 2454 contains several preemptions of state and local authority. Because preemptions limit the authority of state and local governments, they are considered intergovernmental mandates under UMRA, but CBO estimates that those preemptions would not impose significant additional costs on state, local, or tribal governments as regulators.
Section 161 would expand an existing preemption of state laws that set energy
standards for appliances to include walk-in coolers and freezers as well as
commercial refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers.
Section 211 would preempt state and local laws governing the energy efficiency of
certain outdoor luminaires.
Section 619 would preempt state laws relating to the production and import of
Section 861 would preempt state authority to enforce a cap-and-trade program.”
A synopsis of a piece by Charles Rivers and Associates
American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
. . It is, in effect, the first imposition of energy rationing in the United States since World War II by “capping” the amount of carbon dioxide produced by fuels Americans use. As the fuel available is reduced the price rises and Americans will be forced to use less. Independent estimates are that this scheme could cost every American family $3100 in utility bills when fully implemented.
Unemployment Will Increase
To be sure, by mandating the use of the newer, more expensive energy sources and systems ACESA would create some new jobs. The difficulty is that the number of these new “green jobs” will be lower than the number of the other jobs that the bill would destroy elsewhere in the economy.
By 2015, the study estimates 2.3 million jobs lost, a lowering of the average annual wage by $170, and a $730 decrease in the average household’s purchasing power. These figures increase dramatically in future years as the bill is fully implemented.
GPD will Decline
In 2015, the GDP is projected to decline by 1.0%
($170 billion) below the baseline level. In 2030, it is projected to decline further to 1.3%
($350 billion) below the baseline, reflecting the investment needed to build the infrastructure necessary to comply with future more stringent emission caps, and in 2050 the decline is 1.5% ($730 billion).
Charles River Associates http://www.scribd.com/doc/16754671/Impact-on-the-Economy-of-the-American-Clean-Energy-and-Security-Act-of-2009
An analysis of the economic impact of the Waxman/Markey cap-and-trade bill by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Republican staff has found that the legislation creates a regressive tax and that economic studies likely underestimate the full cost of the proposal to the economy.
Last year, then Presidential candidate Barack Obama said, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses will have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost on to the consumers.” While cap-and-trade defenders now try to downplay the costs, the report finds that the President’s earlier prediction is likely correct.