Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Barack Obama's Policies - #2870 - GOP Senators to Obama: Drop the Speech-Chilling Executive Order on Contractors - Virginia Right (2) Virginia Delegation Sends letter to President Obama Supporting Gov. McDonnell's Request for Federal Disaster Assistance - Robert Hurt (3) Perry: White House Denies Disaster Status for Wildfires - NBC-DFW

The Washington Post reports today, “Republican senators are asking President Obama to drop plans to sign an executive order forcing government contractors to disclose donations to groups participating in political activities, saying the White House shouldn’t use a company’s political history to determine if they’re eligible for government work. A draft proposal on the issue is under review and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said last week that Obama believes taxpayers deserve to know how contractors are spending money they’ve earned from the government. . . . Many Republicans however believe that the move could allow the White House to muzzle political critics. And now they want to know exactly how Obama would go about reviewing a contractor’s political history.” “Doing so,” The Post reports, “‘could have a chilling effect on the First Amendment rights of individuals to contribute to the political causes or candidates of their choice,’ according to a letter written by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and signed by 24 other GOP senators. ‘Political activity would obviously be chilled if prospective contractors have to fear that their livelihood could be threatened if the causes they support are disfavored by the Administration.’ “‘No White House should be able to review your political party affiliation or the causes you support before deciding if you are worthy of a government contract,’ the senators write in a letter set for delivery today. ‘And no Americans should have to worry about whether their political activities or support will affect their ability to get or keep a federal contract or their job.’”  Read more.......

Virginia Delegation Sends Letter to President Obama Supporting Gov. McDonnell's Request for Federal Disaster Assistance - Robert Hurt - The entire Virginia U.S. Congressional delegation today announced that they have sent a letter to President Obama supporting Governor McDonnell’s request for federal disaster assistance for Gloucester, Halifax, Middlesex, Pulaski, and Washington Counties as a result of last week’s severe storms. The full text of the letter is below, and the PDF version is attached.
"Dear Mr. President:
On behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, we write to express our support for Governor Robert F. McDonnell’s request for declaration of a major disaster for the Counties of Gloucester, Halifax, Middlesex, Pulaski, and Washington stemming from the series of severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that occurred between April 8 and 28, 2011. In this period of repeated severe storms, Governor McDonnell has declared a state of emergency on three separate occasions. This pattern of severe weather events produced tornadoes, high winds, and heavy rains that severely damaged homes and businesses in many communities across Virginia. Damage assessments indicate that these storms destroyed or damaged over a thousand structures, injured dozens of citizens, and took the lives of ten persons."  Read More.......

Texas Gov. Perry: White House Denies Disaster Status for Wildfires - NBC-DFW - Gov. Rick Perry said late Tuesday night that the White House rejected his request for a federal major disaster declaration for areas of Texas affected by recent wildfires.  In a statement, Perry said he was "dismayed" by the rejection earlier in the day.  "It is not only the obligation of the federal government, but its responsibility under law to help its citizens in times of emergency," he said.  Perry said the state would consider its options, which include an appeal of the denial.  Last week, he criticized President Barack Obama's administration last week for its speedy disaster declarations for areas hit by the tornadoes in the South that killed more than 300 people while Texas' request went unanswered.  Read more.......

AW: I am sure Barack Obama and the White House staff are not playing political favorites in these decisions, not answering or declaring Federal Disaster relief for 2 Republican high pro-file states????

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