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    Press Conference: Government Reform

    Ron Jones, CBS Mr. Leader, do you believe that Rep. Williams has the authority to unilaterally make decisions on subpoenas being issued to individuals and organizations without debate, vote or any consultation from the committee as a whole?
  2. *GAVEL* Good morning, ladies and gentleman, fellow colleagues. Today I am announcing, first and foremost, that the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct immediately begin an investigation into my appointment as Chairman of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Judiciary committee due to allegations of my appointment violating the rules of the House and laws of the United States. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct -- this committee -- will handle the investigation going forward. I will recuse myself from all proceedings regarding this review and I will be handing over review and control to the Ranking Member of this committee whomever that individual might be for the duration of this investigation and until it has concluded in full. *GAVEL*
  3. House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committee Registration FULL NAME: STATE/DISTRICT: POSITION: (Chair/RM/Member) REPLACING: (IF REPLACING SOMEONE) Please note that officially registering with the committee must be done before participating in votes or debate. Majority Roster Chairman Reginald King (D-CA) Robert Lawson (D-NE) Minority Roster Ranking Member Jacqueline Williams (R-CA)
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    Local Media Quotes

    Name: Reginald King Party: Democrat Interviewing Agency: LA Times When asked about recent accusations of "nepotism" from Republicans about Congressman King's appointment to the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary committee, King gave a statement to the LA Times. “I’ve heard these accusations, these colleauges of mine questioning my qualifications and my motives. Well let me give you some facts. I graduated cum laude from Stanford Law. I practiced law for over twenty years and served on the LA County Bar Association for almost ten years. I've served in Congress now for over six years. I appreciate the concern of my colleauges in pondering my qualifications to serve as Chairman of the House Judiciary committee, but I would hope they would focus on matters most pressing to them — such as their designer suits and their tan leather oxfords. If any of my colleauges would like to personally meet to discuss their concerns, I won't be taking calls and there's no room on the schedule because I'll be busy representing the God fearing people of the 9th district of California as I was dutifully elected to."
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    Press Office of Reggie King (D-CA)

    King Celebrates 'Historic Moment' for Country (Washington D.C.) - Today Congressman Reginald King (D-CA) released a statement celebrating the elections of his young brothers whom were elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and House Majority Leader, respectively. Congressman King called the elections "a historic moment for our country, a proud moment not only for the King family, but for every black man, woman, and child in America." Congressman King was elated to cast his vote for his brothers in the election. "I am proud to have played such a pivotal role in their lives, guiding them to this path which they now find themselves leading," King told reporters, "I wouldn't trade my position for anything in the world and I am so happy to stand behind them as they lead our party to achieving goals which serve their constituents and the American people nationwide." Speaker of the House Teddy King is the first African American to serve in the position as is House Majority Leader Augustus King. In addition to that, Congressman King himself was named the next Chairman of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committee. Congressman King commented on this calling it the "proudest moment" of his career. "I am so honored to be able to serve as Chairman of the Judiciary committee, I have been practicing law my whole life," King said, "now being able to serve my constituents by overseeing the laws and administration of justice in this country in this ever so important role is a real honor." Congressman King has already scheduled the first meeting of the Judiciary Committee and intends to work on important legislation. The Congressman said that he would be immediately calling for new anti-apartheid measures from the government and Reagan administration.
  6. The official Press Office of Congressman Reginald Jackson King (D-CA-9); all official press statements and releases will be posted here. Direct all questions and inquiries to Press Spokesman Kyle Johnson.
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    Technical Requests

    Committee Chair mods, please.
  8. 1. You must sign up to bet or make predictions. 2. All bets must be placed by 11:59PM EST of deadline. 3. Everyone will begin with $1,000,000. 4. Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Annual bets will be organized. 5. Top winner by end of first 'season' (Nov. 3rd) will win an undisclosed prize.
  9. Hart's Second Term President of the United States, Gary Hart (D) Vice President of the United States, Lloyd Bentsen (D) Secretary of State Clark Clifford Secretary of Defense Zbigniew Brzezinski Domestic Front Following reelection, President Gary Hart went into Inauguration Day with a strong economy, a majority in the Senate, and a large majority in the House of Representatives. In his first act following reelection, Hart backed a major education bill. The American Education Act was a signature bill of President Hart which expanded school lunch programs, a major expansion of teacher training, and a major increase of funding for the student loan program. To pay for this, Hart proposed a decrease in deductions for businesses, particularly entertainment deductions. This was fought vigorously by lobbyists and Republicans in the Senate, but Hart used his influence with Democrats and used the large majority in the House to pressure the Senate to pass the bill. Following the passage of the American Education Act, President Hart worked with Democrats on legislation focused on protecting the environment. To achieve this, Democrats in the House introduced the Environmental Protection Act of 1985. The legislation proposed new funds to clean up hazardous waste dumps, provide new finding for wild refuge and national forrest upkeep, and imposing new taxes on hazardous waste products and chemicals. The legislation passed the House easily and passed the Senate after a small fight from Republicans. 1986 MIDTERM ELECTIONS United States President Gary Hart Vice President Lloyd Bentsen Senate Majority Leader Edmund Muskie (D) Senate Makeup: 45 Republicans (+1), 55 Democrats (-1) House Speaker Tip O'Neil (D) House Makeup: 175 (+5) Republicans, 260 (-5) Democrats The midterm elections were rather uneventful. Due to President Hart's popularity and the economy retaining steady growth -- as well as a series of legislative accomplishments for Democrats -- Republicans were only able to pick up a few seats in the House and only one seat in the United States Senate. Democrats campaigned on a major infrastructure program to rebuild American cities and lower the unemployment rate even further. Ted Kennedy personally pressure President Gary Hart to push for major healthcare reform but he was apprehensive to do so, fearing that Democrats would be unable to pay for a major program with further tax hikes. Despite pressure from Kennedy, even in the press, Hart refused to address major healthcare reform and instead chose to focus his attention in the last two years of his Presidency on passing the major infrastructure legislation promised by Democrats during the campaign. With the help of Speaker Tip O'Neil, President Hart pushed forward the 'American Infrastructure Investment Act of 1987' which included major investments to fixing American ports, building new bridges, and a major investment into water systems in urban areas. At the end of 1987, Chief Justice Warren Burger passed away in his sleep due to a heart attack. The news was a shock to many due to the fact that he had been in good health and working in the court earlier in the week. President Hart promised he would appoint a replacement but told the American people in a speech it would "take time to find someone with the intelligence and grace" of Burger. To replace Burger, President Hart reportedly initially considered elevating Associate Justice Byron White to the position. Instead, however, Gary Hart had a more ambitious choice -- he appointed D.C. Appeals Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Hart had appointed Ginsburg to her post on the Appeals Court seven years earlier. Republicans extensively questioned Ginsburg, whom refused to answer certain hypothetical questions about her views on certain issues such as abortion rights and the death penalty, but she received confirmation by a wide bipartisan margin. This made Ruth Bader Ginsburg both the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court as well as the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This tipped the court solidly in the favor of the liberals. Major Legislation/Events American Education Act - Expansion of the school lunch program, teacher training, and the college student loan program. Environmental Protection Act of 1985 - New funds to clean up hazardous waste dumps, provided new finding for wild refuge and national forrest upkeep, and imposed new taxes on hazardous waste products. American Infrastructure Act of 1987 - Major investments to fixing American ports, building new bridges, and a major investment into water systems in urban areas. Burger Death - Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated and confirmed as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Foreign/Defense Front On the foreign front, the Soviet Union advanced in Afghanistan. The mujahideen used guerrilla tactics against Soviet advances, which mostly saw Soviet units take over major cities and avoid influence in the west from Iran. Throughout the period of 1985 to 1987, the mujahideen grew in numbers and this caused even more trouble for Soviet units stationed in Afghanistan, with a major increase in fighting and casualties. The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the offensives by the Soviet's. The U.S. placed further embargoes upon the Soviet Union and dismissed diplomats and dismissed the idea of future talks. Despite this, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher met with the new leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, and this hurt the image of Hart's foreign policy after Thatcher told the press that she "liked Gorbachev" and "could do business with him anytime." In late 1987, even as President Hart was pushing domestic policies at home and dealing with a major vacancy on the Supreme Court, Gorbachev proposed a meeting with President Hart at Camp David. During the meeting with Gorbachev, the issue of Afghanistan was discussed extensively. Following the meeting, Gorbachev announced he would begin withdrawing Soviet troops from Afghanistan beginning in 1988. This was seen as a huge win for Hart in the media and was seen as a new era for the relationship between the Soviet Union and the U.S.. Despite the promise by Gorbachev, he was still criticized for his failure to move more quickly to withdraw more Soviet troops from Afghanistan throughout 1988, constantly moving deadlines. 1988 Election Coming into the election with a strong economy, a major foreign policy victory, and a new popular infrastructure program, Democrats were confident going into the 1988 election. In the Democratic primaries, Vice President Lloyd Bentsen announced he would be running for the nomination for President. Following the announcement of Bentsen, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts shocked many when he too announced he would be running in the 1988 election for President. After Kennedy's announcement, Mario Cuomo put a hold on plans to announce his own intention to run for President for three weeks. After this period, however, Cuomo also announced he would be running. Other candidates in the Democratic primary included Congressman Jesse Jackson, Senator Al Gore, and Governor Bruce Babbitt. The Democratic Primary of 1988 was a bitter one. Senator Edward Kennedy attacked Lloyd Bentsen for his centrist record and the Hart administration for refusing to tackle major issues such as healthcare reform and a more ambitious Democratic agenda. In turn, rumors surrounded Kennedy yet again about the automobile accident that many predicted would haunt him in a national election. Mario Cuomo, however, was viewed to have helped Kennedy on the issue, telling the press it was "more important to focus on the issues rather than personal tragedies which have no bearing in this election." Lloyd Bentsen remained the frontrunner by winning Iowa and New Hampshire until Kennedy won big Maine, Minnesota and Vermont. On Super Tuesday, Bentsen picked up many southern states including Texas, Missouri, and Mississippi. Mario Cuomo surprised many, however, when he stole several states from Kennedy such as Maryland, Hawaii and Washington. The tight race continued on into April. Mario Cuomo had many major successes throughout this period, winning major states such as New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. After losing the Ohio primary in early May, Kennedy dropped out of the race and endorsed Cuomo out of resentment for the Hart administration. This gave Cuomo a major boost as he would go on to win California and New Jersey in June. Vice President Bentsen still picked up delegates during this period, however. At the convention, Kennedy's delegates largely went to Cuomo. It was announced that Cuomo would pick Kennedy as his Vice President if he were the nominee which led to a majority of Democrats supporting Cuomo. He would deliver his acceptance speech of the nomination with the image of him and Kennedy raising their hands in victory. This would bother allies of Hart and Bentsen, who believed Cuomo and Kennedy would take the party in a direction which Hart refused to in order to shore up Democratic influence. On the Republican side, Senator Bob Dole announced his intention to make another run for the Presidency and was widely considered the front-runner upon his early announcement. Later, Representative Jack Kemp also announced his campaign along with Texas Governor Bill Clements. While there was a campaign to draft former CIA Director George H. W. Bush, he declined to run preferring work in the private sector. The Republican primary ended up with Jack Kemp dropping out and endorsing Dole and Clements dropping before the RNC National Convention and endorsing Dole. At the convention, Dole announced that Clements would be his choice for Vice President. During the general election, Cuomo was seen as an inspiring figure and promised to ensure economic growth continued under his Presidency. Bob Dole criticized the Democratic Party's failures on the foreign front and believed Cuomo was "inexperience and unable" to handle a crisis if it were to happen during his Presidency. This became a major attack line during the campaign, but seemingly fell flat. Cuomo led in the polls, campaigning on promises of a new approach to foreign policy and an ambitious domestic agenda which included major healthcare reform and a balanced budget. During the campaign, Ted Kennedy made what some viewed as a gaffe, saying that Jesse Jackson would be "Secretary of State so that those damn South African's get their sh*t straight." This was an off-the-cuff comment during a fundraiser but was covered extensively in the media. On Election Day, Cuomo would go on to prove pundits correctly by winning in a landslide against Dole, who had increasingly become known for Democrats' catchphrase saying "Dole is Dull." Dole would end up retiring from the Senate following his third straight national loss. Notably, Republicans picked up two Senate seats and six more House seats. Democrats, however, still retained their majorities in both chambers. President Mario Cuomo/Vice President Edward Kennedy Speaker of the House William H. Gray III (D) Senate Majority Leader Edmund Muskie (D) Secretary of State Sam Nunn (D) Secretary of Defense Donald McHenry (D)
  10. Name: Reginald Jackson King State: California Party: Democrat Date of Birth: 10/05/1930 Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California Place of Residence: Los Angeles/D.C. Religion: Baptist Faction: Progressive Educational History B.A., Morehouse College (1952) J.D., Stanford Law School (1955) Occupational History Marketing Manager, Xerox (1952 – 1955) Boyd & Sullivan, Associate Junior Attorney (1956 – 1960) Grievance Counsel, NAACP (1960 – 1962) Associate Attorney & Member, National Lawyers Guild (1962 – 1977) Advising Counsel, ACLU (1962 – 1974) Board Member, Los Angeles County Bar Assn. (1963 – 1972) Associate Senior Attorney, Boyd, Sullivan & King (1963 – 1966) Partner, King, James & Jordan (1966 – 1972) Los Angeles City Council, Member (1972 – 1976) Mayor of Compton (1977 – 1981) Representative of California’s 9th District (1981 – Present) Member of the Congressional Black Caucus (1981 -) Chairman of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committee (1987 -) Author Where the Slaves Went (1961) 1883 in Words (1965) Black Justice (1971) Electoral History Los Angeles City Council Seat 4 (1972) Reginald King (D) - 58% Billy G. Mills (D) - 35% Los Angeles City Council Seat 4 (1974) Reginald King (D) - 63% D.C. Lacey (R) - 33% Mayor of Compton (1977) Reginald King (D) - 51% Lionel Cade (D) - 48% California's 9th District (1980) Reginald King (D) - 55% Wilson O'Rourke (R) - 43% California's 9th District (1982) Reginald King (D) - 62% Janet Tills (R) - 37% California's 9th District (1984) Reginald King (D) - 60% Wilson O'Rourke (R) - 38% California's 9th District (1986) Reginald King (D) - 57% Elijah Long (R) - 41% Reginald Jackson King – known as Reggie J. King – was born in 1930 to Leroy and Patricia King who were living in Los Angeles at the time. Reginald is the oldest of three brothers and, for most of his childhood, believed he would be an only child. His father, Leroy, was a WW1 veteran who served in France with the 92nd Infantry Division for much of the war. Serving with distinction during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Leroy was wounded several times rescuing fellow soldiers who had been wounded while leading an assault on several German trenches and while his commanding officer recommended him for the medal of honour, the recommendation was “lost in official paperwork” resulting in his bitter resentment towards the US government. Once he returned home from the war he went into his father’s profession as a Baptist minister preaching “radical sermons” about race inequality and the KKK in California resulting in several cross burnings on the family’s front yard.  Patricia King was a teacher at a segregated school in Los Angeles and a coordinator for the Los Angeles NAACP fighting to remove several Jim Crow laws concerning African-Americans and Chinese-Americans in the city and state wide.  In 1948, after graduating college, Reggie was awarded a scholarship to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1952, Reggie graduated cum laude from Morehouse with a B.A. in Business Administration. Not long after, Reggie enrolled at Stanford Law school where he also graduated cum laude and received his law degree. While receiving his law degree, however, Reggie worked as a marketing manager for Xerox in order to help pay down his enrollment costs at Stanford. After graduating from law school, Reggie was hired as an Associate Attorney for Boyd & Sullivan, a law firm in California which was known for their record of representing major businesses in California and across the West Coast. While he was passionate about the civil rights movement during this time, Reggie was more focused on earning a good salary to provide for his mother and father whom relied on income from the Church which his father was a minister. In 1960, Reggie moved to Washington D.C. in order to help represent individuals with civil rights grievances alongside the NAACP. Only two years in working with the NAACP, Reggie joined the National Lawyers Guild as well as the American Civil Liberties Union to work on civil rights cases on a larger scale as his reputation and legal acumen began to grow positively. After another year in D.C., Reggie was offered a position as Associate Attorney at Boyd & Sullivan and was also promised that he would be given the leeway to continue working on civil rights cases while he worked at the firm in Los Angeles. He accepted and moved back to California. During this time with Boyd & Sullivan, Reginald represented many high-profile businesses and people in court including the Walt Disney Company and Hewlett Packard. In his own words, the cases weren’t his favorite to work, but he made good money with the firm. In 1966, King and three other Associate Attorney’s working at Boyd & Sullivan came together to create a new firm; King, James & Jordan. Building the firm on Reggie King’s working during his time with Boyd & Sullivan, King retained several high-profile clients he worked with previously. During this period, King was criticized by some of his family for thinking more about money and less about the major civil rights activism that was happening in the country. Despite the criticism, King was very vocal and very active in civil rights cases and was also vocal about his opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1965, his brother Thaddeus enlisted which infuriated King because their mother had begged all three men to not enlist in the army. King, during this time, was also working with African-American men to get deferments in order to avoid being drafted for the war and expected he was being watched by the FBI because of it. Reggie refused to speak over the phone for years, fearing they were “bugged” due to his work with the National Lawyers Guild and his anti-war activism. He told close friends he believed he would end up in a federal prison by the end of the war. King refused to speak to both of his brothers for several years because of their enlistments and wrote a letter to his brother Augustus after his enlistment in which he told him he would never speak to him again. He threw away several of his brother’s belongings while they served in the war including his brother Thaddeus’ prized baseball from a Dodgers game. In 1968, while both his brothers served in Vietnam, Reggie King bought his parents a new home in Los Angeles and also bought himself a new home. King became heavily involved in political activism, becoming an outspoken critic of President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War, warning that “black men do no matter” in the war in Vietnam and “will not matter afterward.” Reggie used his wealth to push these issues further in Los Angeles and California at large. In 1968, Reggie and his mother traveled to Atlanta to participate in the procession of Martin Luther King Jr. at Morehouse College. Reggie would later call the death of King the "catalyst" to him becoming more heavily involved in politics. In 1970, King ran for a city council seat in Los Angeles against an establishment Democratic incumbent but was defeated by a large margin. In the campaign, King was vocal about national politics – civil rights and the Vietnam war in particular – but fellow black Democrats urged King to try and run again but focus on local issues instead. In 1972, King ran again and was successful in his campaign, defeating the incumbent by a larger margin than his previous defeat. King resigned his position from his firm as a Partner. The firm at this point had grown substantially and King received a large pension from his time there. In 1971, King paid the rent for his younger brother Thaddeus as he lived in Chicago and continued his studies. This was despite King being bitter towards his brothers for “trying to be heroes” instead of helping take care of their mother and father who were growing in age. During his time on the city council in Los Angeles, King became much more vocal about social issues and major political issues, not fearing potential backlash of losing major clients for his law-firm. In 1972, King campaigned for George McGovern in California and actively volunteered to knock on doors. King cited McGovern’s clear opposition to the Vietnam War as his reason for supporting him. In 1974, during a city council meeting, King became frustrated with his fellow council members and called one of them “Richard Nixon’s bastard son” which received coverage on the local news. Unfortunately for King, he had no major allies on the city council and was unable to achieve anything while on the city council, with many in the press calling him ‘abrasive’, ‘aggressive’ and ‘temperamental.’ This frustrated him and in 1977, after serving four years on the council, King joined the Mayor’s race in Compton. He won by a very small margin. During his time as Mayor, King worked on providing job opportunities for young African-American’s in Compton and worked on programs which would provide low-income families with more access to government services such as food banks, clothing banks, and other community services. In 1979, it was reported by a secretary that King had directed hiring officials to “cross off” the name of all white candidates for a position in the Compton Mayor’s office. King denied the allegation and subsequently fired the secretary months later for “incompetence.” The allegation wasn’t extensively covered by the local media. During his time as Mayor, King became outspoken about the need for job opportunities for young African American’s in order to deter crime and provide them for an opportunity at education. He worked on several local programs which would look for black candidates to work in positions at the city level. In 1981, at the urging of his mother, King ran for Congress. While he was still jaded from his time in the Los Angeles City Council – wanting to run for an executive position or seek out a spot at the state-level instead – King took advantage of the open race in California’s 9th district and took his mother’s advice. King used his experience as Mayor of Compton and his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam War as key talking points during his campaign for Congress. King would go on to win the seat and would also urge both of his brothers, Thaddeus and Augustus, to run for Congress. King campaigned alongside both of his brothers during their runs for Congress and was actively involved in helping them transition into the political realm. During Augustus’ campaign, while still reeling from his father’s death, Reggie King punched his youngest brother in the face and gave him a black eye which he subsequently had to campaign with. This was after Augustus was given his father’s watch by his mother. Following his father’s death in 1986, Reggie King moved his mother to Washington D.C. where all three brothers would end up spending most of their time. King is not married and does not have any children. He is the author of three books, each one covering different periods and different points of view during slavery. In 1987, following the 1986 midterm elections, Reggie's brothers -- Thad and Auggie King -- were elected as Speaker of the House and House Majority Leader. Reggie was also appointed as Chairman of the House Judiciary committee.
  11. I'll go after Tilsley.
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    Compliment the Above

    Always does a good job of playing a solid conservative Republican.
  13. The New York Times is an institution in the U.S. and the World section of the Times is one of the most read in the U.S. and in the world, with its digital subscription base growing yearly.
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    Washington Roundup

    Washington Roundup Thin Blue Line Act Draws Attention in Washington Debate over the 'Thin Blue Line' Act in the Senate has drawn attention from political action groups across the country. Groups such as Black Lives Matter, a group protesting police brutality and police shootings, have called debate on the legislation "an obscene slap in the face" from Congress. The Thin Blue Line Act would include the murder of a police officer into an aggravating factor to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, there have been several high-profile cases of police shootings of African-American men which have caused ire in many American communities. On the Senate Floor, Senate Minority Leader John Saunders (R-TX) said the bill would help "restore security, dignity and reassure the families of our first response teams." Senator Christopher Donnelly (R-TN) made similar arguments, saying that America "cannot give potential criminals the ability to commit crimes against our law enforcement officers without the fear of harsh punishments," referring to the death penalty. Meanwhile, Senator Osiris Storm (D-NY) has offered amendments which would strip the legislation of its original concept and replace it with "de-escalation training" and provide grants to law enforcement agencies to institute this new training. Republicans have called the amendments absurd while Democrats have made it clear their opposition to further use of the death penalty as a deterrent of crime. Republicans have attempted to receive cloture on the legislation, ever following the passage of some Democratic amendments, yet Democrats have now maneuvered to recommit the bill to committee. Some analysts believe debate over the policy is more inclined to highlight the killings of suspects by the police and a larger debate altogether on law enforcement and criminal justice. Groups such as law enforcement unions have backed the legislation while grassroots movements, specifically of those organized by African American's, have called for its defeat. Will Baudin Overtake the 'Storm Agenda'? Seasoned political analyst and author Jacob Olliver has written a new editorial, questioning whether or not President Baudin will begin to exercise the authority of the President to drive the agenda and news cycle -- departing from the strategy of former President Harrison LeClavers, whom many analysts have agreed did not use the pulpit of the Presidency to advance a specific agenda. On the sidelines, however, Senator Osiris Storm (D-NY) has been pushing an agenda and using his clout in the Senate to do it. The RURAL Broadband Act of 2017, sponsored by Storm, allows the Rural Utilities Service to assist providers in setting up infrastructure to provide broad-band internet in rural areas. The legislation passed the Senate with unanimous consent and the House followed. The Mandatory Minimum Reform Act, again sponsored by Storm, was a more ambitious and controversial proposal. It received a lot of debate and back and forth, especially in the House, but it still managed to pass. Finally, Storm was reportedly instrumental in the most recent bipartisan budget proposal, playing a large part in its passage through Congress. Democrats achieved various permanent reauthorizations of programs which have, in the past, been viewed as potential sticking points for Republican voters. In his editorial, Olliver question whether or not the new President -- whom Storm opposed during the nomination process of him becoming Vice President -- will retake the mantel of leading the Democratic Party and their agenda. If that is the case, analysts are wondering what that agenda might be. Senator Storm has recently released his lofty goal of MediChoice, a public option which would expand Medicare and Medicaid exponentially. It remains to be seen if the President intends to push legislation of his own or whether or not he will stand behind Storm's proposal, which he formerly cosponsored, and make it a major priority.
  15. Mr. President, The nomination of Marc Baudin for Vice President has passed in both houses of Congress, and he will be immediately sworn into office. /s/ Pete Sessions, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives /s/ Osiris Storm, President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate Final Vote on Nomination of Marc Baudin for Vice President
  16. There is extensive debate on the House floor on the Baudin nomination. A handful of Tea Party Republicans express concern of Baudin's record, but many Republicans express their support and announce their intention to vote for Baudin's nomination. House Minority Leader Lisa Sanchez spends time going over Baudin's record as a fighter for Democratic values and as someone who has been able to cross the aisle and work with Republicans. Progressives present passionate arguments against Baudin's nomination, with his views on abortion discussed extensively. Rep. Maxine Waters said his beliefs on abortion are "lock-step with Republicans who want to overturn Roe v. Wade." In the final vote, the Baudin nomination passes the House with a vote of 293-142, with most opposition coming from the bloc of Progressive Democrats.
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    House Insider

    House Minority Whip Barbara Lee "In a Corner" Over Baudin Nomination Renowned Progressive Barbara Lee (D-CA) contends with progressive disapproval of Baudin Vice Presidential Nomination (Washington D.C.) - In a swirling new revelation coming out of the Democratic House caucus, sources have revealed House Minority Whip Barbara Lee (D-CA) feels she has been "pushed into a corner" to try and save face by courting fellow progressives and members of the Congressional Black Caucus to support Marc Baudin's nomination for Vice President. In the past week, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus have hinted at their intention to vote against the nomination of Baudin for Vice President, noting the high-profile opposition he has received in the Senate from progressives which has garnered national attention. "Frankly, Democrats in the House are split on this and it has truly caused a fracture within the caucus" the source told House Insider, "progressives are enraged at President LeClavers for not quelling concerns of high-ranking Senator's and for splitting Democrats on key issues which are favorable to the Democrats which are now causing an intra-party divide." House Progressive's have noted Baudin's support for the Mexico City Policy and his decidedly pro-gun language as key reasons that the CPC and CBC have largely united in opposition to his nomination behind-the-scenes. Democratic leadership, especially House Minority Leader Lisa Sanchez (D-CA), have been working to try and get more Democrats on board with the vote. According to sources, the concern has become a vote in which only a small minority of Democrats and a large majority of Republicans push Baudin over the edge to become Vice President. "As we get closer to the midterms, really, the last thing Democrats want is a Vice President who is a liability for them among their constituents and supporters," one Democratic House staffer said, "it is no wonder there is so much anger over this nomination and, frankly, the President's complete inability to provide any reassurance which has made this a flop." When reached for comment, the office of House Minority Whip Barbara Lee told House Insider she is "in the process" of reviewing Baudin's record and intends to wait "until the House Judiciary Committee has concluded their deliberations" to make a final decision on her own vote. Her office made it clear, however, that Lee was "fully supportive of the President and his ability to choose who serves alongside him." Currently, the nomination looks like it will pass the Senate with the help of Republicans at which time Speaker of the House Pete Sessions is likely to schedule a final vote.
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    @NYTimes: U.S. House of Representatives will begin deliberating Baudin nomination in House Judiciary committee. According to sources, a faction of progressives are looking to mount opposition to Baudin, following the lead of several Senate colleagues. -- @NYTimes: Sources say Reps Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) will vote against Baudin nomination and are "supremely disappointed" with President LeClavers' inability to quell concerns from top Democrats.
  19. The House approves the bill on a voice vote after a one-sided debate in which numerous members of both parties argue in support.
  20. The House approves the bill on a voice vote after a one-sided debate in which numerous members of both parties argue in support and thank the sponsors in the Senate.
  21. I know this was a fun thread in the past. Figured some players might like to dig deeper into their upcoming characters. So, fill out the following. (A good Google Image search will work for providing examples. Also, double clicking an image will allow you to edit the dimensions!) What house(s) does your character own? What kind of car(s) does your character drive? What does your characters office(s) look like? What kind of phone does your character own? (it's 1998 :p)
  22. Ambitious Democratic Budget Proposal Draws Ire on Capitol Hill (Washington D.C.) – The 115th Congress has begun and Democrats have rushed their budget proposal to the Senate floor while Republican opponents of the bill have made it clear they intend to stand firm against it. The FY 2018/2019 budget proposal, written and introduced by Senate Majority Leader Lawrence Clayborne (D-OR), is a lofty and ambitious one. The budget as written includes major healthcare reform; instituting a public option, allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices under Medicare, and extending CHIP – the children’s healthcare program – for five years. In addition to that, the budget proposal includes major tax reform, eliminating many loopholes in the tax code and forcing corporations to pay on deferrals of offshore profits and subjects foreign corporations who buy out more than 50% of U.S. corporations to pay federal taxes. The tax reform section has been estimated to potentially bring in nearly $900 billion in new federal tax income from corporations. Aside from tax reform and healthcare – perhaps the most discussed provisions in the proposed budget – a slew of other issues, from major reform to federal college loans which would dramatically lower interest rates and allow refinancing of loans to social security reform which would adjust the means of which cost-of-living is calculated for seniors while increasing monthly insurance benefits for widows and widowers is also addressed. This is without mentioning over two dozen reauthorizations and different enactments of legislation contained within the budget. Senate Majority Leader Lawrence Clayborne, the author of the budget proposal, has emphasized the Republicans’ lack of leadership on a budget – noting they failed to introduce a proposal of their own and instead opted to negotiate with the White House “behind closed doors” to achieve a compromise proposal. “When [Republican’s] controlled this body, they refused to hold any meaningful floor debates on the budget,” he reminded them on the Senate floor. Republicans, on the other hand, have pointed to the budget proposal going far beyond just numbers and containing dozens of riders which would enact and reauthorize new government programs. Senator Dylan Macmillan (R-UT) brought this issue up in a floor speech. “I believe the most egregious act of this [budget] is the fact that it seeks to authorize or re-authorize [twenty-nine] new or former government programs in the greatest political game of piggy back riding I have ever seen,” Macmillan said. The larger point, however, has been Republicans pointing to the healthcare reform portion of the budget proposal, calling the public option a socialist program. Senator Bob Smith (R-WY) said the budget proposal “put socialist values over economic freedom” with Macmillan telling his colleagues the budget has “overtly socialist overtones.” Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Hugh Merchant, have already attempted to table the proposal in favor for negotiating privately with Democrats and the White House on a budget compromise. In a press release supporting the budget, the LeClavers administration noted the successes of the 2014 budget compromise which included major investments into pre-k programs, major tax loophole eliminations which raised taxes on the wealthy, along with major reductions to spending within the Department of Defense. Political commentators have noted Republicans are likely looking to recover from the potential political losses they suffered as a result of the 2014 budget compromise, pointing to the press release by the administration as a clear sign of that loss. Special interests and corporations have come out heavil against the Democratic budget proposal as well, with the Chamber of Commerce leading the way, calling the proposal “reckless, dangerous, and a threat to the American economy as it stands.” The Heritage Foundation called the budget “an attack on American corporations and businesses” and called the healthcare reform proposals “the beginning of socialized medicine and the end of a free economy.” Other special interest groups, however, have defended the proposal and pledged to support it. NOW, the National Organization for Women, has highlighted healthcare social security reform as a major issue which would “provide women, widows and survivors, with more financial security.” The National Education Association called the reform to federal loans “an important step forward for students providing more higher-education opportunities across the country.” Despite this support, however, the sizeable opposition from corporate America has outweighed that of smaller special interest groups, leading many to believe that the tax reform included in the current will not end up in the final product, specifically the eliminating of deferrals of off-shore income. So far the debate has mostly stayed in the confines of Capitol Hill, with Republicans and Democrats focusing on other issues in the press. This isn’t expected to last, however, due to the massive implications the current budget proposal would have on nearly every single area of policy highlighted in the most recent election. Fox News commentator Lee Nelson told viewers the proposal was “a sneak peek into the outright socialist, grand-scheme” of the new LeClavers administration. MSNBC commentator Ethan Klein countered, however, saying Republican opposition to the legislation was “empty rhetoric” due to their failure to provide any alternative proposal for the last several years, even as they controlled the chamber “which they lost in epic, historic fashion” in the 2016 election. It remains to be seen if negotiations will be held at the White House and whether or not those meetings will be held in private or in public as many Democrats have openly condemned “backdoor” meetings which have brought forward compromises in the past; most specifically, the 2014 budget compromise which many have hailed as a victory for Democrats. As we begin 2017, a repeat of that success seems highly unlikely as partisan gridlock has already encompassed the debate surrounding the budget.

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