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Posted by Raw Editor on May 1, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

May 1, 2017In this MegaVote for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Perdue Nomination
  • Senate: Acosta Nomination
  • House: Register of Copyrights
  • House: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight
  • House: Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • Senate: Clayton Nomination
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • House: Workers Comp Time

Recent Senate Votes
Perdue Nomination – Vote Confirmed (87-11, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture.

Sen. Patrick Toomey voted YES
Sen. Bob Casey voted YES


Acosta Nomination – Vote Confirmed (60-38, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta to be secretary of Labor.

Sen. Patrick Toomey voted Not Voting
Sen. Bob Casey voted NO


Recent House Votes
Register of Copyrights – Vote Passed (378-48, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require the U.S. Copyright Office’s Register of Copyrights be recommended by a select panel, nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. It would limit a Register of Copyrights’ term to 10 years.

Rep. Lou Barletta voted YES


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight – Vote Passed (425-0, 5 Not Voting)

The bill that would require that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac comply with the agency requirements of the Freedom of Information Act while they are under the conservatorship of the federal government.

Rep. Lou Barletta voted YES


Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (382-30, 18 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would extend continuing appropriations for federal government operations through May 5, 2017. It also would provide for an extension, through May 5, of health care benefits for retired coal miners.

Rep. Lou Barletta voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations – HR244

The Senate will consider legislation to continue funding the government through September 30, 2017. The bill would appropriate more than $1 trillion for various federal departments and agencies.


Clayton Nomination – PN47

The Senate will debate the nomination of Jay Clayton to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations – HR244

The House will consider legislation to continue funding the government through September 30, 2017. The bill would appropriate more than $1 trillion for various federal departments and agencies.


Workers Comp Time – HR1180

The bill would allow private sector employees to opt to receive comp time instead of overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

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Al Gore and “Climate” Warriors Demand $15 Trillion to Save Earth

Posted by Raw Editor on May 1, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

Former Vice President and self-styled inventor of the Internet Al Gore, infamous primarily for his many debunked prophecies about global-warming doom, is demanding that humanity fork over another $15 trillion to supposedly save the planet from alleged man-made “climate change.” In a report produced by his new group of crony capitalists and tax-funded climate alarmists, dubbed the “Energy Transitions Commission” (ETC), Gore and his allies demand as much as $600 billion annually for decades to help meet the g

Source: Al Gore and “Climate” Warriors Demand $15 Trillion to Save Earth

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Breaking: Drug Bust Sends Army Base Into Lockdown

Posted by Raw Editor on April 19, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

Something big is going down at Fort Stewart, Georgia.On Tuesday, the base was placed on lockdown and several soldiers were arrested because authorities believe that they either have in the past or are currently selling, possessing, or using cocaine, Popular Military reported.While the investigation is continuing, Popular Military reports that it had been told by a source there could be as many as 64 soldiers from the “3-15 Infantry Battalion and the 1-30 Infantry Battalion” involved in the affair.

Source: Breaking: Drug Bust Sends Army Base Into Lockdown

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Delta OKs Offers of up to $9,950 to Flyers Who Give up Seats

Posted by Raw Editor on April 16, 2017 in misc with Comments closed |

Delta is letting employees offer customers nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.United is taking steps too. It will require employees seeking a seat on a plane to book it at least an hour before departure, a policy that might have prevented last Sunday’s confrontation.Those and other changes show airlines are scrambling to respond to a public-relations nightmare — the video showing airport officers violently yanking and dragging 69-year-old David Dao from his seat on a sold-out United Express flight.

Source: Delta OKs Offers of up to $9,950 to Flyers Who Give up Seats

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More Corruption? Democrat Caught Paying Hundreds of Thousands Dollars to Daughter ⋆ The Constitution

Posted by Raw Editor on April 16, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

Near the end of March we reported that longtime Democrat leader Alcee Hastings (D-FL) had become embroiled in a corruption scandal that saw him paying his girlfriend over $2.5 Million over the last 20 years.Hastings girlfriend was his highest paid employee, even though she was not among his closest, or most important staff members.Now, news is breaking that another popular Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), has been discovered in a similarly troubling ethical conundrum.The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that Karen Waters has been paid over $600K by her mother since 2006:

Source: More Corruption? Democrat Caught Paying Hundreds of Thousands Dollars to Daughter ⋆ The Constitution

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Trump Administration Lifts Hiring Freeze

Posted by Raw Editor on April 12, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

New guidance from the Trump administration out Wednesday will officially end the federal hiring freeze implemented days after the president took office.“This does not mean that the agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters ahead of the formal release.Instead, agencies are instructed to act wherever possible to bring their workforce size and activities in line with Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget plan, which called for deep cuts to nearly every corner of the government and elimination of numerous programs.Of course, the president’s budget request is merely a proposal, and it is congressional appropriators who will do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to how the government spends its money.By the end of June, agencies are directed to report to OMB with a draft of their long-term restructuring plans and the status of their “progress on near-term workforce reduction actions,” according to the guidance.

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NK Fleet Moves Back to Korea After Shocking Chinese Rejection

Posted by Raw Editor on April 11, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

North Korean ships are reportedly heading back home from China still full of one of the few products the country has that other countries want — coal.According to Reuters, sanctions China implemented in February have gone into effect, stopping North Korea from selling its most precious export to its biggest trading partner.This is a proverbial walk of shame for North Korea.

Source: NK Fleet Moves Back to Korea After Shocking Chinese Rejection

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Democrats Want to Give CDC Funds for Gun Research – Total Conservative

Posted by Raw Editor on April 9, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

A group of Democrats from the House and Senate have announced a new bill that would give researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds to conduct studies on gun safety and firearms violence.Proposed by Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the bill would give $10 million annually to the CDC for the next six years.“Gun violence is ending lives and shattering families in Massachusetts and across the country,” said Markey. “Now more than ever we must study the causes of gun violence and what can be done to prevent it. No one should be afraid of more non-partisan, scientific research into this vital issue – not Republicans, not the NRA, and not President Trump.”The bill has backing from some of the top gun control organizations in the country, including Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, and Moms Demand Action.A spokesperson for the Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown group said the bill was a long time coming.“Gun violence kills more than 90 Americans and injures hundreds more each day, and yet it remains one of the most underfunded areas of public health research,” said Everytown research director Sarah Tofe in a statement. “The legislation introduced today would appropriate necessary and long overdue funds to the CDC to reclaim their leadership when it comes to gun violence prevention research – a role that has been decimated for more than two decades thanks to a relentless campaign by gun lobby-backed legislators.”

Source: Democrats Want to Give CDC Funds for Gun Research – Total Conservative

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10 Dubious Government Expenditures That Are More Costly Than Trump’s Border Wall |

Posted by Raw Editor on April 2, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

Despite many Democrats not believing that President Donald Trump would go through with building his talked-about wall on the southern border of the United States, it now seems that the barrier is likely to be built, and sooner rather than later. But for all the heated debate about the expense of the wall, there are actually numerous budget items the government currently funds which are in many cases considerably more expensive than the wall’s projected cost. Here’s a list of ten such items that the government clearly has no trouble paying for:

Source: 10 Dubious Government Expenditures That Are More Costly Than Trump’s Border Wall |

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Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Ease Tax Burdens, Criminal Penalties on Pot

Posted by Raw Editor on April 2, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

Two of Congress’ biggest proponents of marijuana legalization redoubled their efforts Thursday with a package of bills to “pave the way” for federal regulation of the burgeoning pot industry. The announcement comes amid continued confusion about whether the Trump administration intends to follow through on threats to crack down on marijuana use — including in states where it is legal.The package of three bills, introduced by two Oregon Democrats, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, would provide an additional layer of security to the fledgling $7 billion marijuana industry by removing tax burdens and the threat of criminal prosecution from businesses and individuals.That threat has become more pronounced in the absence of clear statements from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has equated pot with heroin, on whether he will continue an Obama-era policy that discouraged the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where it is legal.

Source: Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Ease Tax Burdens, Criminal Penalties on Pot

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