Subject: Congress 2011-IT'S ONLY A DREAMGuest Post by: Russ Hacker
IT'S ONLY A DREAM
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.
I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. Term Limits.
12 years only, one of the possible options below..
A. Two Six-year Senate termsB. Six Two-year House termsC. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms
2. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.
Scott's Contractingcross posted
September 30, 2010Dear St Louis Renewable Energy,Thank you for contacting me regarding clean energy and oil spill liability legislation. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.As you may know, in late July, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada introduced S.3663, the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010. This bill would take four important steps toward addressing our country's longstanding energy challenges. First, it would ensure that oil companies and not taxpayers will be held liable for any damage caused by future oil spills. Second, it would reduce our energy consumption and create jobs by investing in Home Star, an energy efficiency program with bipartisan support. Third, it would reduce our dependence on foreign oil by making significant investments in vehicles that run on electricity and natural gas. Lastly, it would protect our environment by investing in the Land and Water Conservation Fund. If enacted, all the investments made pursuant this legislation will be paid for by increasing the amount oil companies are required to pay into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. Leader Reid has announced plans for the Senate to consider this legislation in the coming months.Recently, I have heard from many Missourians, some with concerns and others in support of S.3663. Many Missourians are disappointed that the legislation does not attempt to put a price on carbon, include a renewable energy standard that will help diversify how we produce energy, or provide funding for the National Historic Preservation Fund. Others have raised concerns about the impact this legislation may have on U.S. oil companies. In addressing the latter point, I think it is important to note that oil companies receive billions in taxpayer funded tax credits every year to continue their operations in the United States. In fact, in the first quarter of 2010, profits for the top five oil companies exceeded $21 billion, a 38 percent increase over first quarter profits in 2009. There are, however, several Democratic and Republican senators currently working with the Senate Majority Leader to find compromise language that will address the concerns of those states where oil companies contribute significantly to the local economy. I am hopeful an agreement will be reached in the coming months that wins broad support and ensures this legislation remains paid for, meaning that it would not add to the national debt in these fiscally-constrained times.While I understand that many Missourians are frustrated that Leader Reid did not decide to bring legislation before the full Senate that directly address the issue of climate change by requiring a cap on carbon emissions or include a renewable energy standard, it should not be overlooked that this bill goes a long way towards reducing our dependence on foreign oil and increasing our energy efficiency, both of which will help to reduce our emissions and the amount of energy consumption. I have been a longstanding supporter of efforts to address climate change and increase our use of renewable energy. In fact, I supported the renewable energy standard that was passed by Missouri voters in 2008, which requires Missouri's utilities to produce 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2021. I have also recently cosponsored the Renewable Electricity Promotion Act (S. 3813) introduced by Senator Bingaman of New Mexico, which would establish a federal renewable energy standard similar to the one supported by Missourians. However, I remain concerned that the current proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions does not include enough protections for Missouri consumers, who have no choice but to rely on power generated from coal. I believe we must and can do better for Missourians who are already struggling to make ends meet. As this debate continues, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a solution that addresses the threat of climate change while protecting Missouri consumers.As Congress considers how to address these difficult challenges, please know that I will keep the interests of all Missourians in mind before I cast any votes.Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other issue.
United States SenatorP.S. If you would like more information about resources that can help Missourians, or what I am doing in the Senate on your behalf, please sign up for my email newsletter at www.mccaskill.senate.gov.
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Thank you again for contacting the Office of Senator McCaskill.
"It's time to take politics out of renewable fuels and let sound science and sound energy policy govern biofuels policy moving forward." quote from Original Article
Committee to take a technology neutral approach and not pick winners and losers in their efforts in next Farm Bill.
Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams briefed the House Agriculture Committee this afternoon, telling its members, "It's time to take politics out of renewable fuels and let sound science and sound energy policy govern biofuels policy moving forward.""It's time to take politics out of renewable fuels and let sound science and sound energy policy govern biofuels policy moving forward." At a minimum he urged the Committee to take a technology neutral approach and not pick winners and losers in their efforts in next Farm Bill.
McAdams added, "Your efforts to create a workable Loan Guarantee program at the USDA can go a long way to assist in the commercial deployment of the next generation of advanced biofuel technologies."
"American ingenuity and entrepreneurship will prove to be the real winners in a 'green' economy. Our member companies represent the innovative technologies that will help America achieve our energy and economic security, but that promise won't be realized without a level playing field from Congress."
"Congress has never had a better opportunity to deliver real change by helping the advanced biofuels industry get one step closer to the crucial phase of commercialization and deployment. Our industry wants to be an active partner with lawmakers as you seek to create a sustainable global future."
"We welcome the chance to prove the value and merits of a new generation of green fuels as Congress closely examines measures like tax incentives to boost our industry," McAdams concluded.
McAdams appeared before the House Agriculture Committee as part of its two-day Bioenergy Forum. ABFA member companies Amyris, Osage Bio Energy, Solazyme, and Sapphire Energy also testified at the forum.
The member companies of The Advanced BioFuels Association represent the new generation of advanced and renewable technologies that will help drive America's new economy and fuel a sustainable future for the world.
Source: Advanced Biofuels Association
CONTACT: Tom Alexander of Advanced Biofuels Association, +1-202-262-4284Link I've found for Contacting your States Legislators to let them know your views on any topic: http://tellmypolitician.com/
PAYGO rules require spending increases and revenue cuts to be paid for by offsetting cuts or revenue-raisers elsewhere in the budget. For example, a proposal to increase spending on highway construction would have to be balanced by increased fees on drivers or a cut to education spending. PAYGO rules were in effect and contributed to the balanced budget of the 1990s, but they were allowed to expire in 2002, leading to irresponsible budget deficits during the past decade.
PAYGO will require Congress to spend wisely on what works and only fund programs and tax cuts that deliver the most bang for the buck. To this end, the legislation also requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess initiatives across the government to find inefficient or duplicative programs.
PAYGO will help us bring down the deficit responsibly over the long-term. For now, however, the deficit will remain large because the recession has reduced tax revenues and has required the government to take extraordinary measures to save the economy. Extending unemployment and health insurance benefits to the unemployed, temporary and targeted tax cuts to boost demand, and investments in infrastructure, schools and alternative energy help save jobs now and will deliver benefits for years and decades to come. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently concluded that the Recovery Act of last year has already saved or created 1-2 million jobs, and economists agree that many more jobs will be saved or created this year.
Restoring fiscal responsibility will also require us to address several long-term challenges, such as spending on defense and Medicare. Last year, I was pleased to vote in favor of a new law to reform wasteful contracting procedures for military spending. Congress is also continuing to debate health insurance reform legislation that will reduce the deficit over the next decade by spending our health care dollars more effectively. PAYGO will help Congress maintain its discipline in these efforts to reduce spending.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with your views on the budget deficit or any other issue of concern. I also hope you will find my website, carnahan.house.gov, a useful resource for keeping up with my work in Washington and the 3rd District of Missouri, and I welcome you to sign up for my e-newsletter at carnahan.house.gov/update.
Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., is "somewhat optimistic" that Congress will pass energy legislation this year, but added that he is realistic about the challenges to attaining that goal.
He would like to see an energy bill passed very soon. U.S. policies and incentives are not happening at nearly the speed needed to compete in the renewable space with China, Inslee said. In order for any legislation to be effective, he said U.S. policy must include pricing on carbon pollution, saying that as long as it is free, carbon emissions will continue.
Inslee spoke with SNL Energy on Feb. 11 to discuss the release of the paperback version of the book he co-wrote with Bracken Hendricks, "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy." Hendricks is a senior fellow at think tank Center for American Progress. The title comes from their comparison of U.S. renewable development to the space race between the United States and Russia in the 1960s.
When asked about the recent snowstorms that have slammed the East Coast, Inslee said they are an example of the increase in number and intensity of storms as a result of climate change and agrees with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that it should be referred to as "global weirding."
To hear the full interview, visit SNL Energy's podcast library.
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