Thursday, May 17, 2012

Keystone Pipeline - Black Boxes in Autos by 2015 -SB1813 - #3893 - Republicans Already Showing Weakness on Keystone Pipeline in Highway Bill - Redstate (2) Obama Budget Defeated 99-0 in Senate - Washington Times (3) Military Detention Law Blocked by N.Y. Judge - Bloomberg (4) Protection of Chaplains Introduced as Amendment to Defense Authorization Bill - Human Events

IF REPUBLICANS ARE READY TO CAVE ON THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, WHAT ARE THE ODDS THEY WILL FIGHT AGAINST THE MANDATORY BLACK BOXES IN AUTOS BY 2015, AND THE IRS HAVING THE POWER TO REVOKE PASSPORTS OVER BACK TAXES?  TIME TO CALL, SEE BELOW!!!!!
Well, that didn’t take long. Just one week into the conference committee on the highway bill, Republicans are showing signs of caving on their insistence that the Keystone pipeline be approved as part of the deal. Throughout the past few months, we have been chronicling how Republicans have been apathetic to the underlying vices of the highway bill (S. 1813). They basically told the Democrats in committee that they have every intention of passing the Senate bill; they just want a provision approving the Keystone pipeline as part of the agreement. As any negotiator that lacks the credulousness of a toddler understands, once you take your bargaining chip off the table, the other side has no reason to give in. Since Republicans have guaranteed Democrats that the tax and spend highway bill is too big to fail, Democrats will wait them out until they agree to jettison the Keystone provision. And that is exactly what is happening. Also in the bill - Big Brother: The bill mandates that every new motor vehicle beginning in 2015 be equipped with a recording device designed to store data related to vehicle safety. IRS out of control: The bill grants authority to revoke passports of those who owe more than $50,000 in unpaid taxes. This is just the tip of the iceberg of this 1676-page bill. It also serves as a stark reminder why we should not lock up authority for all transportation responsibility in Washington. This is not a bill we should support in any shape or form – Keystone or no Keystone. Read more........  In Virginia 5th District, please contact Robert Hurt - 202-225-4711, House of Representatives Contact information.......

Obama Budget Defeated 99-0 in Senate - Washington Times - President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it. Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year. Republicans forced the vote by offering the president's plan on the Senate floor.  Read more......


Military Detention Law Blocked by New York Judge - Bloomberg - A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a part of the National Defense Authorization Act that opponents claim could subject them to indefinite military detention for activities including news reporting and political activism. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan today ruled in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Defense Department, claiming a provision of the act, signed into law Dec. 31, puts them in fear that they could be arrested and held by U.S. armed forces.  Read more.......

Protection of Chaplains Introduced as Amendment to Defense Authorization Act - Human Events - The House Armed Services Committee will have a chance later this week to consider a measure that would protect freedom of conscience for military chaplains in the wake of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), Chairman of the HASC Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, introduced an amendment to the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would protect military chaplains and all service members, he said, from “persecution based on their religious beliefs.”  Read more..........

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