Jason Chaffetz on Government Reform
Pres. OBAMA: I can stand here unequivocally and say that there has not been an administration who was tougher on making sure that lobbyists weren't participating in the administration than any administration that's come before us. Now, what we did was, if there were lobbyists who were on boards an commissions that were carryovers and their term hadn't been completed, we didn't kick them off. We simply said that moving forward any time a new slot opens, they're being replaced. There have been a handful of waivers where somebody is highly skilled--for example, a doctor who ran Tobacco-Free Kids technically is a registered lobbyist; on the other end, has more experience than anybody in figuring out how kids don't get hooked on cigarettes.
Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D, FL-20): We, as Members of Congress, have responsibility not just for the institution, but for the staff that work for this institution, and to preserve the facilities that help support this institution. We have endeavored to do that responsibly, and I believe we have accomplished that goal.
Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. SCALISE (R, LA-1): It's a sad day when someone attempts to cut spending in a bill that grows government by the size of 7%, and it's not allowed to be debated on this House floor. Some of their Members actually used the term "nonsense" and "foolishness" when describing our amendments to cut spending; they call that a delaying tactic. Well, I think Americans all across this country want more of those types of delaying tactics to slow down this runaway train of massive Federal spending. Every dollar we spend from today all the way through the end of this year is borrowed money. We don't have that money. We need to control what we're spending.
The Contract from America, clause 1. Protect the Constitution:
Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.
The Contract from America, clause 5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington:
Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality,
The Contract from America, clause 9. Stop the Pork:
Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.
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|Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy Dennis A. Ross (R-FL) Stephen Lynch (D-MA)|
|Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management||Todd Platts (R-PA)||Ed Towns (D-NY)|
|Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives||Trey Gowdy (R-SC)||Danny K. Davis (D-IL)|
|National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations||Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)||John F. Tierney (D-MA)|
|Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending||Jim Jordan (R-OH)||Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)|
|TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs||Patrick McHenry (R-NC)||Michael Quigley (D-IL)|
|Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform||James Lankford (R-OK)||Gerry Connolly (D-VA)|
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CT:Bysiewicz(R) vs.Murphy(R) vs.Shays(R)
IN:Lugar(R) vs.Mourdock(R) vs.Donnelly(D)
MA:Brown(R) vs.E.Warren(D) vs.
MD:Cardin(D) vs.Wargotz(R) vs.Capps(R)
MI:Stabenow(D) vs.Hekman(R) vs.Konetchy(R) vs.Hoekstra(R)
MO:McCaskill(D) vs.Akin(R) vs.Steelman(R)
NE:Nelson(D) vs.Flynn(R) vs.Stenberg(R) vs.Bruning(R)
NM:Bingaman(D) vs.Balderas(D) vs.Sanchez(R) vs.Wilson(R)
OH:Brown(D) vs.Coughlin(R) vs.Pryce(R)
TX:Cruz(R) vs.Jones(R) vs.Leppert(R)
VA:Kaine(D) vs.Allen(R) vs.Donner(R) vs.Radtke(R)
WI:Schiess(R) vs.Neumann(R) vs.Thompson(R) vs.Kagen(D) vs.Kind(D) vs.Baldwin(D)
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