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Rude Horner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 05:46 PM
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I have friends/family who don't vote because...
Edited on Thu Jul-12-07 05:47 PM by Rude Horner
they say nothing gets accomplished anyway. For the last election I talked many of those people into voting because they were so sick of the Bush administration crimes, and I told them that a Democratic Congress would be the only way that Bush would have to pay for his crimes. Most of them expressed doubt, but I got them to vote.

So....my question to Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats is....what am I supposed to tell those people now? And how do I convince them to vote in the future?

If the Dems want to guarantee that people just say "fuck it", they're going about it the right way.

:rant:

Don't get me wrong. I try to always remain hopeful, and I'm a Democrat through thick and thin...but dammit, they need to start thinking about impeachment. This thumbing their nose at the law by the Bush administration is the closest thing to a dictatorship this country has ever seen. If that doesn't warrant impeachment proceedings, what does?
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Madspirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 06:11 PM
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1. k&r...n/t
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Rude Horner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 07:50 PM
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8. Madspirit, you made my day
I don't think I've ever had a post kicked and recommended. This may seem stupid, but it was kinda neat seeing that three people thought enough of it to kick it. :) :hi:
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Madspirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 08:12 PM
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9. I liked what you wrote!
:hi:

Lee
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 06:13 PM
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2. remind them nitwit stole the 2000 election by 500 votes in Fla.
every vote counts.
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karash Donating Member (77 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 06:52 PM
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6. .
Edited on Thu Jul-12-07 06:53 PM by karash
"remind them nitwit stole the 2000 election by 500 votes in Fla...every vote counts."

False. Al Gore actually won the Florida vote count. It is staggering how many people, especially on this board--people you would think to be skeptical of the manufactured history offered by the Powers That Be--have nonetheless come to swallow the lie that Al Gore lost the tally of the votes counted.

The vote counting was never actually completed before the election results were announced by the aforementioned Powers. Even WITH all the shenanigans, and not allowing the votes of all the minorities thrown out by the Republicans, the later MSM (yes, conducted and reported by the same MSM that we all know) recounts found that Gore won Florida, and thus the election. Again: that is even without including the however-many votes were thrown out by other means.

The votes do not count. Our voting system is more powerfully rigged and monitored than any voting system in history. Even having armed gunmen in the voting booth with you cannot compete with the massive technocracy dictating how votes will be presented to the public today. Florida was not "stolen" in 2000; it hasn't been "ours" for decades, if it ever was.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 09:00 PM
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10. Thank you. Most of us do know it yet we are constantly having to remind people. Welcome to DU! nt
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 11:27 PM
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17. The OPs point is they are going to ask "in what way?" does their vote count
If you tell them that the Democrats will win if they vote, I could see them saying "in what way?" does having the Democrats in help. I believe it was Molly Ivins who mentioned that the Republicans went and showed us how Republicans and Democrates are not the same at all but damn, the Democrats are trying real hard right now to make us forget how the Democrats and the Republicans aren't the same.

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 06:18 PM
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3. if they don't vote, they are making sure nothing gets accomplished. If they do vote, there is always
a slim chance something might. Besides, it is a civic duty. Also, if they don't vote, they can't complain. I know, it is difficult to continue to vote when you feel you are not represented, but not voting makes sure you aren't.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 11:28 PM
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18. That's pretty much the only two reasons I have left to vote
It's pretty galling.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 06:23 PM
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4. "Why I'm Voting, While I Still Can"
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 06:40 PM
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5. Point out how the REPUGS are blocking any significant legislation and STILL covering for BUSH
Edited on Thu Jul-12-07 06:40 PM by emulatorloo
Remind them that the Dem Majority in the Senate is 1 vote and that includes LIE-BERMAN.

We need more democrats and we need fewer republicans who cover for bush. It is simple math.

PS :

House passes bill to begin troop withdrawal in 120 days

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Jed Dilligan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 06:58 PM
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7. I was one of those people up until 2000
I never voted for Clinton, though I did show up to vote against Pete Wilson in 1998. Before that, I was too young.

My rationale was that the horrible things America does couldn't be blamed on all Americans if the "democracy" is such an evident farce. The 60% or whatever who don't vote in elections seem to be saying, screw you, you don't represent me, I'm not underwriting your fucking bad self. At least, that's what I was expressing through my non-voting.

Not only did Bush in 2000 represent all my political nightmares come true; Al Gore actually inspired me. I proudly voted for him because I believed in his message. Lieberman was icky to me--I cherish my "freedom from religion," thank you--but back then I didn't know that VP is the most powerful office in the world.

2004 came around and I voted against Bush, not for Kerry. The guy didn't inspire me--he seemed kinda bored.

In the future, who knows? I will not give up my autonomy as a citizen and declare total loyalty to a party.
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wuushew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 09:04 PM
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11. Voting validates the ideas that one believes in
and feels good. That alone is reason to do it.


Apathy is not an admirable trait. Try shaming your relatives.
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NotGivingUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 09:13 PM
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12. Dictatorship...people are finally starting to see what's happened.
My eyes have been opened to both parties which are really one corporatist party. I know I'm not alone in the way I feel. I don't think you'll see the turnout that we had the last time around. The only person I'm going to show up to vote for is Kucinich.
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 09:15 PM
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13. I'll also vote for Kucinich
and say NO to DLC and their supporters.
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NotGivingUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 09:16 PM
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14. There are much better ways to spend one's time than to vote for one corporatist pig or another. nt
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 09:59 PM
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15. I really wish you'd send this post to Pelosi. K&R. nt
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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 10:21 PM
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16. "Democrat through thick and thin"
Isn't that like saying "my leaving the party is off the table" no matter what the Democrats do or don't do and no matter how ineffectual they are or how bad things get?
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KelleyKramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 12:01 AM
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19. Ok, here ya go...
Investigated and brought to light the Walter Reed scandal

Increased the minimum wage for working Americans

The attorney scandal, Gonzalez is one step away from impeachment, hearings on the surgeon general.

They cut the VP's operating budget off because he refuses to obey the law

Passed legislation that provides for the implementation of the 9/11 Commissions recommendations

passed the 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Math Scholarship Act

Small business loan act

Passed a gas price gouging bill

Lowered interest rates on government student loans

Increased the number of border patrols and provided first responders with the equipment and training they need

passed the Rail and Mass Transit Security Act

Passed the biggest increase since 1944 in college education for the GI bill

Passed 6 bills that improve veterans health care

They passed a bill requiring the military to follow their own rules on resting troops between tours

.


I could go on and on, but apparently you havent been paying attention...

The Dems have already brought up more legislation than the Repukes did the entire year last year

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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 12:48 AM
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20. FYI: Panel votes to restore Cheney funding
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Pay attention: a "moderate" Dem did it...

"The president has the power and authority to issue executive orders to do exactly what he wants," said Nelson, a former governor.

The dictator has the power and authority to issue executive orders to do exactly what he wants. (How I read it.)



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KelleyKramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 01:47 AM
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22. All right, you asked for it...

You picked one thing I listed (so I assume that means all the others are a lot of good work accomplished?), and the measure you mention will be decided in conference committee so its far from over, the Dems are still fighting for that and much much more.

Here is a short list....

http://www.speaker.gov/legislation /

Defending our Country

Homeland Security Appropriations - H.R. 2638
This legislation funds 3,000 additional Border Patrol agents, provides first responders with the equipment and training they need, and provides tougher aviation and port security.
Status: Passed June 15, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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State-Foreign Operations Appropriations - H.R. 2764
This legislation supports our allies in the campaign against terrorism, including providing more than $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan; and promotes global stability by strengthening development assistance and addressing humanitarian crises such as the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and Darfur.
Status: Passed June 22, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Implementing 9/11 Commission's Recommendations - H.R. 1
This legislation provides for the implementation of the 9/11 Commissions recommendations. The bills provisions include major improvements in aviation security, border security, and infrastructure security; providing first responders the equipment and training they need; beefing up efforts to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction; and significantly expanding diplomatic, economic, educational, and other strategies designed to counter Islamic terrorism.
Status: Passed January 9, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Concurrent Resolution on the President's Escalation Plan - H.RES.63
This resolution disapproves of the decision of the President announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq. It further resolves that Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq.
Status: Passed February 16, 2007
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National Security FIRST Act - H.R. 556
This bill strengthens national security by reforming the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process by which the Federal Government reviews foreign investments in the United States for their national security implications.
Status: Passed February 28, 2007
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U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans Health and Iraq Accountability Act
Had it not been vetoed by the President, this bill would have supported our troops and veterans, held the Bush Administration and Iraqi government accountable, and brought our soldiers home by August 2008 or sooner. It would have expanded funding for veterans health care and hospitals and refocused military efforts on Afghanistan and fighting terrorism.
Status: Passed March 23, 2007
Vetoed by the President May 1, 2007
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Rail and Mass Transit Security Act - H.R. 1401
This legislation is designed to close the security gaps facing rail and mass transit and includes provisions on issues such as training, grants, security planning, research and development, and shipments of sensitive materials.
Status: Passed March 26, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Wounded Warrior Assistance Act - H.R. 1538
This bill responds to the problems brought to light at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military health care facilities. It includes provisions to improve the access to quality medical care for wounded service members who are outpatients at military health care facilities, begin the process of restoring the integrity and efficiency of the disability evaluation system, and improve the transition of wounded service members from the Armed Forces to the VA system.
Status: Passed March 28, 2007
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FY 2008 Homeland Security Authorization - H.R. 1684
This legislation authorizes $39.8 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year 2008. Because the President has been submitting budgets that underfunded key homeland security priorities over the last few years, this bill is authorizing $2.1 billion more than the President requested.
Status: Passed May 9, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Revised Version of the FY 2007 Supplemental Funding Bill - H.R. 2206
This bill is a revised version of the FY 2007 Supplemental, which fails to include the tough provisions holding the Iraqi government accountable and providing a responsible timetable for the redeployment of U.S. troops contained in the earlier version. However, in this bill, the President was forced to abandon his threat to veto any bill containing accountability agreeing to 18 benchmarks and a potential cut-off of reconstruction aid if progress is not made toward meeting them. The measure also includes a minimum wage increase, childrens health care, and other important domestic priorities.
Status: Passed May 10, 2007
Signed into the law by the President on May 25, 2007
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FY 2008 Intelligence Authorization Bill - H.R. 2082
This legislation will make new investments in intelligence personnel and enhance oversight of how intelligence is carried out. It authorizes intelligence funding for all U.S. intelligence agencies, including our military intelligence organizations.
Status: Passed May 11, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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FY 2008 Defense Authorization Bill - H.R. 1585
This legislation will provide the necessary resources and authorities to quickly and efficiently reverse declining trends in training and equipment readiness, and will also provide our service members doing their duty overseas in multiple wars with the best gear and force protection possible. Under the bill, our troops will get better health care, better pay, and the benefits they have earned.
Status: Passed May 17, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Veterans Bills
These 6 bills support our veterans and honor their sacrifices, providing them with expanded health care and the benefits they deserve.

The Veterans Outreach and Improvement Act of 2007, H.R. 67, would improve outreach activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It allows the VA to partner with state and local governments to reach out to veterans and their families in ensuring they receive the benefits for which they are eligible and assist them in completing their benefits claims.

The Returning Servicemember VA Healthcare Insurance Act of 2007, H.R. 612, extends the period of eligibility for health care for combat service in the Persian Gulf or future hostilities from two years to five years after discharge or release.

The Traumatic Brain Injury Health Enhancement and Long-Term Support Act of 2007, H.R. 2199, ensures that our veterans are properly screened for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI, the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) and, if diagnosed, receive the appropriate treatment.

The Early Access to Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits Act, H.R. 2239, expands eligibility for vocational rehabilitation benefits for severely injured service members undergoing long-term care and recovery. It makes it easier for injured veterans with service-connected disabilities by allowing the Veterans Administrations vocational rehabilitation and employment (VR&E) benefits to be received before discharge.

The Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act, H.R. 1470, requires the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical center.

H.R. 1660 would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in the Southern Colorado region.

Status: Passed May 23, 2007
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The Afghanistan Freedom and Security Support Act - H.R. 2446
This legislation will fund development, economic and security assistance programs, and establishment of a coordinator to tackle the growing threat of narcotics in Afghanistan. The bill renews a 2002 Afghanistan authorization and provides additional support for programs as diverse as assistance to women and girls, energy development and counter-narcotics. This bill represents the United States commitment to achieving long-term stability and security in Afghanistan.
Status: Passed June 6, 2007
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Growing our Economy

Raising the Minimum Wage - H.R. 2
This bill increases the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years. Increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour brings a pay raise for up to 13 million Americans.
Status: Passed January 10, 2007
The President signed into law on May 25 as part of the revised 2007 supplemental funding bill, H.R. 2206
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Employee Free Choice Act - H.R. 800
The Employee Free Choice Act will restore workers rights by removing obstacles that prevent workers from choosing whether or not they want to form or join a union.
Status: Passed March 1, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Math Scholarship Act H.R. 362
This legislation ensures that our teachers are equipped to adequately prepare the workforce of tomorrow in science, math, and technology. It invests in new teachers through professional development, summer training institutes, graduate education assistance, and scholarships.
Status: Passed April 24, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Sowing the Seeds Through Science and Engineering Research Act H.R. 363
This act encourages scientists by providing grants in the early stages of their careers, supporting recruiting and training young scientists and engineers.
Status: Passed April 24, 2007
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Small Business Lending Improvement Act H.R. 1332
This legislation provides small businesses with the access to capital they need to start and expand their businesses.
Status: Passed April 25, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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National Science Foundation Authorization Act H.R. 1867
This legislation puts us on a path to doubling funding for the National Science Foundations research over the next 10 years, and encourages young scientists and researchers.
Status: Passed May 2, 2007
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Technology Innovation and Manufacturing Stimulation Act H.R. 1868
This legislation is the first full reauthorization of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology since 1991, authorizing $2.5 billion for fiscal year 2008-2010.
Status: Passed May 3, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Small Business Fairness in Contracting Act - H.R. 1873
This legislation will put small businesses on a level playing field with big corporations by increasing their access to federal contracts. It will require the Small Business Administration to reach out to small businesses regarding opportunities for earning government contracts, and mandate stricter oversight of government agencies to ensure they are making progress in awarding contracts to small businesses.
Status: Passed May 10, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Ominbus Innovation & Competitiveness bill H.R. 2272
This bill is made up of five Innovation Agenda bills that have been passed by the House over the last several weeks. They were combined into one bill to prepare to go to conference with the Senate, which passed an omnibus innovation and competitiveness bill (S. 761) on April 25.

H.R. 2272 combined the following five bills:

The 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Math Scholarship Act, H.R. 362

The Sowing the Seeds Through Science and Engineering Research Act, H.R. 363

The National Science Foundation Authorization Act, H.R. 1867

The Technology Innovation and Manufacturing Stimulation Act, H.R. 1868

The Amending High-Performance Computing Act, H.R. 1068

Status: Passed May 21, 2007
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The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels (NOPEC) Act - H.R. 2264
This legislation enables the Department of Justice to take legal action against foreign nations for participating in oil cartels that drive up oil prices globally and in the United States. It does so by exempting OPEC and other nations from the provisions of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act when acting in a commercial capacity; by making clear that the so-called Act of State doctrine does not prevent courts from ruling on antitrust charges brought against foreign governments; and by authorizing the Department of Justice to bring lawsuits in U.S. courts against cartel members.
Status: Passed May 23, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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The Energy Price Gouging Act H.R. 1252
This legislation will reduce the burden of rising gas prices on American families, providing immediate relief to consumers by giving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the authority to investigate and punish those who artificially inflate the price of energy. It ensures the federal government has the tools it needs to adequately respond to energy emergencies and prohibit price gouging with a priority on refineries and big oil companies.
Status: Passed May 24, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Caring for our Children and Families

The College Cost Reduction Act - H.R. 2669
This legislation provides the single largest increase in college aid since the GI bill in 1944. The Democratic-led Congress is committed to growing and strengthening Americas middle class, and will ensure that college is affordable for every qualified student who wants to attend. This legislation both expands educational opportunities for our nations young people, and is an investment in our workforce that will continue our economic leadership in the world.
Status: Passed July 11, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Promoting Life-Saving Stem Cell Research - H.R. 3/S.5
This research bill increases the number of lines of stem cells that are eligible to be used in federally-funded research. The bill authorizes Health and Human Services (HHS) to support research involving embryonic stem cells meeting certain criteria, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from an embryo. The bill only authorizes the use of stem cell lines generated from embryos that would otherwise be discarded by fertility clinics.
Status: Passed January 11, 2007
Final version passed by the House on June 7, 2007
The President vetoed this bill on June 20, 2007
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Requiring Medicare to Negotiate Lower Prescription Drug Prices - H.R. 4
This bill repeals the current provision that prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from negotiating with drug companies for lower prices for those enrolled in Medicare prescription drug plans and instead requires the Secretary to conduct such negotiations.
Status: Passed January 12, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Cutting Interest Rates on Student Loans - H.R. 5
This bill makes college more accessible and affordable by cutting the interest rates on subsidized student loans in half from the current 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent. This significantly cuts the student debt burden of about 5 million students.
Status: Passed January 17, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act, H.R. 365
This legislation will protect innocent families against the after-effects of methamphetamine production in their neighborhoods by funding meth lab recovery and remediation.
Status: Passed February 7, 2007
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Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act - H.R. 1227
This legislation addresses the housing needs of the survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and is the first of several bills that the House will consider to deal with the unmet needs of the people of the Gulf Coast.
Status: Passed March 21, 2007
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Genetic Nondiscrimination Act H.R. 493
This legislation will protect personal genetic information from discriminatory use by health insurers and employers.
Status: Passed April 25, 2007
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Improving Head Start Act H.R. 1429
This legislation will help more children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed by improving program quality and expanding access to more children.
Status: Passed May 2, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Hate Crimes Prevention Act H.R. 1592
This legislation will provide new resources to help state and local law enforcement agencies prevent and prosecute hate crimes, and closes gaps in current federal hate crimes law.
Status: Passed May 3, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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COPS Improvement Act of 2007 - H.R. 1700
This legislation will provide much needed support to local law enforcement agencies for their community oriented policing (COPS) efforts. This legislation is especially important as local law enforcement agencies struggle with funding gaps to keep officers on the streets.
Status: Passed May 15, 2007
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Child Labor Protection Act of 2007 - H.R. 2637
This legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act by increasing penalties for those who violate child labor provisions. The Fair Labor Standards Act, enacted in 1938, prohibits businesses from employing minors in oppressive child labor." If businesses violate these laws, they can be fined by the Department of Labor.
Status: Passed June 12, 2007
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Protecting our Planet

Interior-Environment Appropriations - H.R. 2643
This legislation fully funds the Clean Water Fund that the President proposed cutting by 37 percent, makes improving our national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests a key priority, and boosts basic research on climate change by 53 percent.
Status: Passed June 27, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Repealing Big Oil Subsidies/Investing in Renewable Fuels - H.R. 6
This bill invests in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency by repealing billions in subsidies given to big oil companies that are raking in record profits.
Status: Passed January 18, 2007
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Reauthorizing Sewer Overflow Control Grants - H.R. 569
This bill authorizes $1.5 billion in grants to local communities over the next five years to construct treatment works to deal with sewer overflows that often occur after heavy rainfalls. This bill is crucial because sewer overflows represent a major public health hazard.
Status: Passed March 7, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Reauthorizing Pilot Program for Increasing Useable Water Supply - H.R. 700
This bill authorizes $125 million to fund projects that increase usable water supply by encouraging innovation in water reclamation, reuse and conservation.
Status: Passed March 8, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Reauthorizing Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund - H.R. 720
The Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund is a vital program for state and local governments that addresses critical water infrastructure needs. This bill authorizes a total of $14 billion for the fund over the next four years, ensures clean water and fosters economic development in local communities by helping pay for building and improving wastewater treatment facilities.
Status: Passed March 9, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Advanced Fuels Infrastructure R&D Act - H.R. 547
This legislation will help make alternative biofuels more quickly and affordably, and assists retailers in the transition to clean diesel fuels.
Status: Passed February 17, 2007
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Water Resources Development Act of 2007 - H.R. 1495
This legislation authorizes several projects and studies for the United States Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its major missions of flood control to protect our lives and livelihoods, viable navigation corridors for the movement of goods and services, and ecosystem restoration projects to improve the health of our nations environment.
Status: Passed April 19, 2007
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Restoring Accountability

Honest Leadership - H.Res. 6
To clean up Washington and sever unethical ties between lawmakers and lobbyists, House Democrats started by banning travel and gifts from lobbyists, requiring full transparency to end the abuse of special interest earmarks, banning travel on corporate jets, shutting down the K Street project, reinstating the strict rules of pay-as-you-go budgeting, and ending the abusive processes that have destroyed democracy in the House of Representatives. These measures are the first steps to ensure that this Congress upholds the highest ethical standards.
Status: Passed January 5, 2007
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Pension Forfeiture Act - H.R. 476
This legislation requires that Members convicted of certain federal offenses forfeit their congressional pension rights.
Status: Passed January 23, 2007

The Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007 - H.R. 1309
This bill amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a dozen substantive provisions to provide for more timely disclosure of government documents, including restoring the presumption of disclosure to FOIA, helping FOIA requesters obtain timely responses, improving transparency in agency compliance with FOIA, providing an alternative to litigation, and providing accountability for FOIA decisions.
Status: Passed March 14, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007 - H.R. 1255
Under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records are supposed to be released to historians and the public 12 years after the end of a presidential administration. In 2001, President George W. Bush issued an executive order which gave current and former presidents and vice presidents broad authority to withhold presidential records or delay their release indefinitely. The Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007 nullifies the Bush executive order and establishes procedures to ensure the timely release of presidential records.
Status: Passed March 14, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2007 - H.R. 1254
This bill requires the disclosure of donors to Presidential libraries. Presidential libraries are built using private funds raised by an organization or foundation working on behalf of the president. Under current law, donations for the presidential library can be unlimited in size and are not required to be disclosed. The bill would require that all organizations established for the purpose of raising funds for presidential libraries or their related facilities report on a quarterly basis all contributions of $200 or more.
Status: Passed March 14, 2007
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Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007 - H.R. 985
This bill strengthens protections for federal whistleblowers to prevent retaliation against those who report wrongdoing, waste, fraud, or abuse to authorities.
Status: Passed March 14, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Accountability in Contracting Act - H.R. 1362
This bill changes federal acquisition law to require agencies to limit the use of abuse-prone contracts, to increase transparency and accountability in federal contracting, and to protect the integrity of the acquisition workforce.
Status: Passed March 15, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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Interim Appointment of U.S. Attorneys H.R. 580
This legislation will help better ensure the independence of U.S. Attorneys by repealing a provision in a 2006 statute that grants the Attorney General the authority to make indefinite interim appointments of U.S. Attorneys, who can then serve indefinitely without Senate confirmation.
Status: Passed March 26, 2007
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Taxpayer Protection Act - H.R. 1677
This legislation increases IRS outreach to provide taxpayers with stronger protections from identity theft and tax fraud. The bill simplifies tax filing requirements, strengthens outreach so people know they are entitled to tax refunds or payments under the Earned Income Tax Credit, and it increases taxpayer protections from predatory providers.
Status: Passed April 17, 2007
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RECOVER Act H.R. 1361
This legislation overhauls the Small Business Administrations (SBA) Disaster Assistance Program. In response to SBAs disastrous performance after the 2005 Gulf State hurricanes, this bill provides numerous provisions to improve and strengthen the SBA disaster assistance program.
Status: Passed April 18, 2007
The President opposes in its current form
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Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act H.R. 1257
This bill requires that public companies ensure that shareholders have an annual nonbinding vote on their companys executive compensation plans. It also requires a nonbinding advisory vote if the company awards a new golden parachute package while simultaneously negotiating the purchase or sale of the company.
Status: Passed April 20, 2007
The Administration opposes in its current form
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D.C. Voting Rights Act H.R. 1905
This legislation will secure voting rights in the House for the District of Columbia, permanently expanding the U.S. House of Representatives from 435 to 437 seats. This provides a vote to the District of Columbia and a new, at-large seat through the 112th Congress to the state next entitled to increase its congressional representation (which, according to the Census, is Utah).
Status: Passed April 19, 2007
The President has threatened to veto
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Student Loan Sunshine Act - H.R. 890
In light of mounting evidence of unethical practices in the student loan industry, this legislation cleans up the relationships between student lenders and colleges.
Status: Passed May 9, 2007
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Honest Leadership and Open Government Act H.R. 2316
This legislation ends the tight-knit relationship between lobbyists and lawmakers. This is a tough bill that ends the culture of corruption, and restores accountability in Washington, ending the tight-knit relationship between lobbyists and lawmakers and taking another major step toward making the 110th Congress the most open, honest Congress in history.
Status: Passed May 24, 2007
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The Lobbying Transparency Act H.R. 2317
This bill requiring lobbyists who bundle, or collect campaign checks for Members of Congress, to meet strict reporting and disclosure guidelines.
Status: Passed May 24, 2007
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The Preserving United States Attorney Independence Act S. 214
This bill reinstates the Senates role in the U.S. Attorney confirmation process. It is designed to help better ensure the independence of U.S. Attorneys by repealing a provision in a 2006 statute that grants the Attorney General the authority to make indefinite interim appointments of U.S. Attorneys, who can then serve indefinitely without Senate confirmation.
Status: Passed May 22, 2007
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The Federal Housing Finance Reform Act H.R. 1427
This legislation will overhaul the regulatory oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks, and create a new, independent regulator with broad powers analogous to current banking regulators. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are government-sponsored enterprises, meaning they are both created and chartered by Congress in addition to being private, profit-seeking businesses. It also creates a non-taxpayer financed affordable housing fund, which will dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars for the construction, maintenance and preservation of affordable housing, with the first year of the fund to be dedicated to the hurricane stricken areas of the Gulf Coast, and billions of dollars over the next five years for affordable housing nationwide.
Status: Passed May 22, 2007
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 02:28 AM
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23. Impressive list. I would like to know how many unconstitutional
signing statements were issued by the decider in order to for him to bypass "what he wants to" bypass (if it's possible to know...).

Thank you.
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KelleyKramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 03:15 AM
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24. Well, I think you just answered your own question on what to do

And I was surprised how much the Dems have done when looking it up.

The signing statements are a huge issue, and while the Dems are very busy repairing all the damage done the last 6 years

They should also pursue hearings on signing statements

Maybe the multiple Dem committees, while repairing the country they could also look into that, and while they are doing good job and taking care of the countries business, it very well could lead to impeachment.

Its been 6 years of disaster, the last repuke congress didnt even pass an annual budget.. Lets try to keep it to 20 things at a time.

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 01:34 AM
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21. Fil-I-Bus-Ter
Roadblock Republicans. They are filibustering everything. That's what you say.

You really had to ask???
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