The family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry said Thursday that Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell – the family’s lifelong congressman – abandoned them ahead of the contempt of Congress vote for Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious, which claimed Brian’s life in December 2010.
UPDATE:ISSA denied, WHY?!
U.S. trade officials on Thursday told a Republican lawmaker at the center of a legal fight with the Obama administration he cannot sit in on trade talks next week in San Diego between the United States and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mac Campbell, assistant U.S. trade representative for congressional affairs, told Representative Darrell Issa in a letter that his request to observe the negotiations was denied, but he and two members of his staff would receive credentials to attend the event as “stakeholders.”
“With these credentials you will be able to attend public portions of the event. However, only negotiators from each country are present for negotiation sessions,” Campbell said.
~ IS THIS why?:
Issa, who represents northern San Diego County, is chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He has been pushing the White House to release key documents from the botched “Fast and Furious” U.S.-Mexico gun-running investigation.
Although the U.S. Constitution gives Congress jurisdiction over trade, the executive branch conducts negotiations under a long-established division of labor through both Republican and Democratic administrations.
The White House consults with Congress on U.S. negotiating objectives, but lawmakers do not typically sit in on talks. Congress can vote to approve or reject most trade deals.
Issa said he wanted to learn more about intellectual property rights provisions in the pact that critics fear could impose tough new rules on Internet companies and users.
“It is my hope that observing the negotiating process firsthand will help to alleviate some of my concerns about the process through which the agreement is being negotiated,” Issa said in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
Members of President Barack Obama’s own party are also pushing for more information about the talks.
On Wednesday, a group of about 130 House Democrats sent Kirk a letter urging him to release draft texts under negotiation and “to engage in broader and deeper consultations” with lawmakers on U.S. laws and regulations that could be affected by the pact.
Find out why this is crucial…Issa Seeks Admission to Upcoming Round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations:
From PRESS RELEASE:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk formally requesting admission to observe the upcoming round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) scheduled for July 2-10, 2012 in San Diego, CA.
“Given the immense impact that this agreement will have on many areas of the American economy, including intellectual property, I respectfully request that you allow me and certain members of my staff to be present as observers for this round of negotiations,” Issa wrote in the letter. “It is my hope that observing the negotiating process firsthand will help to alleviate some of my concerns about the process through which the agreement is being negotiated.”
Learn more about this secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations from a ‘Citizen Journalist’ at Keep the Web OPEN
For background see June 14th Obama trade document leaked
The Supreme Court may have made their decision, but the American people haven’t. Day one. Job one. Repeal Obamacare.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered his reaction, addressing listeners from behind a podium decorated with a “Repeal & Replace ObamaCare” sign:
What Court Didn’t Do Its Last Day, ‘I Will Do My First Day’ As President – Mitt Romeny
“As you might imagine, I disagree with the Supreme Court decision,” he said, promising to act to repeal ObamaCare on the first day in office if elected president:
The law was “bad law yesterday” and it’s “bad law today,” said Romney, explaining that it cuts Medicare by about 500 billion dollars, increases taxes by approximately 500 billion dollars, and adds to the national debt. He also noted that, under the law, up to 20 million Americans will lose the insurance they already have and would like to keep.
Calling the law a “job killer,” Romney noted that three quarters of businesses those surveyed by the Chamber of Commerce reported that that mandate will make it more difficult for them to hire new workers. Plus, he said, ObamaCare “puts the federal government between you and your doctor.”
Romney then stressed the need to ensure that those with pre-existing conditions have their health care needs met with affordable insurance, as well as the need to decrease the cost of health care and health insurance overall.
“This is now a time for the American people to make a choice,” he said, asking voters to decide whether they want a bigger, more intrusive form of government, or to return to a time when people have the ability to choose the type of health insurance they want.
“If we want to replace ObamaCare, we have to replace President Obama,” he added, before leaving the podium without taking questions from reporters.
Watch Full speech:
HC law is a Booby Trap – Former Lt. Gov.N.Y. Betsy McCoy
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio:
“The president’s health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire. Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety. What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the people and will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country ObamaCare.” — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare is a crushing blow to patients throughout the country. ObamaCare has failed to keep the President’s basic promise of allowing those who like their health care to keep it, while increasing costs and reducing access to quality care for patients. In this tough economy, jobs and economic growth are on the minds of most Americans, but ObamaCare has increased uncertainty for small businessmen and women and forced them to put their hiring decisions on hold.
“During the week of July 9th, the House will once again repeal ObamaCare, clearing the way for patient-centered reforms that lower costs and increase choice. We support an approach that offers simpler, more affordable and more accessible health care that allows people to keep the health care that they like.
“The Court’s decision brings into focus the choice the American people have about the direction of our country. The President and his party believe in massive government intrusions that increase costs and take decisions away from patients. In contrast, Republicans believe in patient-centered, affordable care where health care decisions are made by patients, their families and their doctors, not by the federal government.”
If you even carry what Pelosi and Reid said Here ’tis
Read the liberal MSM spin Health care ruling: Dems applaud, Republicans vow repeal
featured image: Rush
June 28th the House Committee on Rules held a hearing to consider the resolution recommending that the House of Representatives hold the U.S. Attorney General in contempt of Congress.
Now from the Oversight Dems: