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    Did it happen?

    Is the 2nd NK summit expected to happen currently In-Game?
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    Game Mechanics

    Are we going to stick with only SIG Appeals for fundraising? I personally liked the mailers and galas that we could do from previous rounds, but just asking.
  3. PRESS OFFICE OF THOMAS BLACKSTONE
  4. Thomas W. Blackstone (Democrat - MA, Senate 1st Class) Age: 83 (b. March 4, 1935) Place of Birth: Boston, MA Place of Residence: Springfield, MA Religion: Christian Wealth Status: Upper Middle Class Family: John Blackstone (Father) born March 1, 1882 (m. 1915) Doris Blackstone (Mother) born April 19, 1894 (m. 1915) Jane Blackstone (Sister) born June 8, 1921 Bob Blackstone (Brother) born June 19, 1924 Charles Blackstone (Brother) born November 29, 1927 Delly Blackstone (Sister) born January 1929 Henry Blackstone (Brother) born December 3, 1933 Julia Blackstone (Wife) born September 11, 1946 (married: 1966) Dean Blackstone (Son) born June 1, 1970 Iris Blackstone (Daughter) born July 4, 1973 James Blackstone (Son) born July 8, 1991 Kent Blackstone (Son, Adopted) born August 10, 1995 Education: Boston College Law School 1958 Employment History: Political Aid/Strategist, MA(1954-1958) Private Practice Attorney (1958-1964) Office of Legal Counsel (1964-1968) Massachussetts House of Representatives (1968-1976) Elected History: Massachusetts House (1968-1976) U.S. House of Representatives (1977-1994) U.S. Senate (1994-Present)
  5. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES QUARTER 2 1990 Mr. BLACKSTONE Of Massachusetts AND Miss Collins of Michigan (for themselves, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Norton, Mrs. Maloney, Mr. Blackwell, Mr. Wheat, Mr. Conyers, Mrs. Collins of Illinois, Ms. Waters, and Mr. Clyburn) introduce the following bill; A BILL To encourage and assist producers, processors, and other handlers of agricultural commodities to donate edible, but unmarketable, agricultural commodities to food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST THE DONATION OF AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES UNMARKETABLE UNDER MARKETING ORDERS (a) Donation Program.--The Secretary of Agriculture shall establish a program to encourage and assist producers, processors, and other handlers of agricultural commodities described in subsection (b) to donate such commodities to selected food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in the United States to assist the homeless and needy. (b) Agricultural Commodities for Donation.--The agricultural commodities eligible for donation under the program established under subsection (a) are agricultural commodities that, while still fit for human consumption, are unmarketable because of grade, size, or quality restrictions imposed by a marketing order issued under section 8c of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (reenacted with amendments by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937) (7 U.S.C. 608c) or by a marketing order or plan issued under another law relating to the research and promotion of a specific agricultural commodity. (c) Selection of Participants.--The Secretary of Agriculture may enter into agreements with producers, processors, and other handlers of agricultural commodities described in subsection (b) who offer to make such commodities available for donation under the program established under subsection (a). As part of such an agreement, the Secretary may agree to pay all or part of the costs incurred to harvest, handle, package, or process the agricultural commodity to be donated if the Secretary determines that-- (1) the commodity would likely not be harvested, handled, packaged, or processed in the absence of the payment; and (2) volunteer harvesters or voluntary handling, packaging, or processing services are unavailable or unfeasible. (d) Eligible Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and Homeless Shelters.-- (1) Nomination by local governments.--Local governments in a State may nominate food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters for selection to receive agricultural commodities under the program established under subsection (a). The nominations shall be submitted to the State official appointed by the chief executive of the State to receive such nominations. (2) State plan.--The State official referred to in paragraph (1) shall prepare a donation plan for the State based upon the nominations submitted under such paragraph. The official shall submit the plan to the Secretary of Agriculture at such times as the Secretary may require. (3) Selection by secretary.--Based upon the agricultural commodities and funds available for the program for a year, the Secretary of Agriculture shall review the submitted plans and select food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in each State to receive agricultural commodities under the program. If the State official referred to in paragraph (1) is not appointed for a State, the Secretary may establish an alternative method for the selection of food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in that State to receive agricultural commodities under the program. (4) Consultation.--The nomination and selection of food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters under this subsection should be made after consultation with nonprofit organizations serving the homeless and needy and with other interested persons. (e) Distribution of Donated Agricultural Commodities.--The Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, shall enter into contracts with persons to collect, store, and distribute agricultural commodities made available for donation under the program established under subsection (a). Contracts under this subsection shall be awarded on a competitive basis and may be for such term as the Secretary of Agriculture considers to be appropriate. (f) Funds for Program.--The Secretary of Agriculture shall use funds available for the purposes of section 32 of the Act entitled ``An Act to amend the Agricultural Adjustment Act, and for other purposes.'', approved August 24, 1935 (7 U.S.C. 612c), to carry out the program established under subsection (a), including the cost of contracts entered into under subsection (e). Notwithstanding any other provision of such section, the amount devoted to this program for a fiscal year shall be equal to at least 25 percent of the unobligated balance remaining under such section at the end of the preceding fiscal year. (g) Definitions.--For purposes of this section: (1) The term ``food bank'' means a public or charitable institution that maintains an established operation involving the provision of food or edible commodities, or the products of food or edible commodities, to food pantries, soup kitchens, hunger relief centers, or other food or feeding centers that provide meals or food to homeless or needy individuals on a regular basis. (2) The term ``soup kitchen'' means a public or charitable institution that maintains an established feeding operation to provide meals for individuals and families who do not have access to food and who are nutritionally at risk, such as the homeless, the elderly, and the impoverished. (3) The term ``homeless shelter'' means a public or charitable institution that maintains an established feeding operation to provide meals to homeless or needy individuals as part of a regular program to provide shelter, bedding, health care services, drug and alcohol abuse counseling, or occupational training to such individuals. PES: Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a program to encourage and assist producers, processors, and other handlers of agricultural commodities to donate edible but unmarketable commodities to selected U.S. food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. SOURCE OF LEGISLATION: https://www.congress.gov/bill/103rd-congress/house-bill/1254?q={"search"%3A["agriculture"]}&r=8&s=4
  6. PRESS CONFERENCE – Democratic Leadership on the Budget- Dallas, Texas “Welcome, I am Senate Minority Leader Oliver Skyes of California, this is House Leader Congressman Axel Storm from New York, and DNC Chair Thomas Blackstone. We are very proud to be here today to discuss how the Democratic Party intends to provide the leadership for the American people that they so desperately need in this time in our country, when others have dropped the ball. One of the most important instances in which that leadership is needed is on the budget manners facing this country. The Democratic Party is here today for one reason: to be a constant in leadership in Washington regardless of what circumstances might come our way and no matter the challenges we face along the way. Today, being that constant means a budget process where all sides are given time to be heard and are able to put their ideas forward on behalf of their constituents. That is why the Democratic Party will first be presenting our own solutions, which extend into comprehensive tax reform, a litany of deficit reduction items, and a renewed promise to American families through the implementation of federal daycare programs, paid family leave, and an expansion of the earned income tax credit. As the deadline moves closer and time passes us by, we remain open to hearing out the other side on issues they believe to be a priority in this process. At this juncture, we’ve been informed that the meeting is indefinitely delayed with all administration members, even those whom are present in Washington. We eagerly wait to hear out our colleagues when they are prepared to show up and do their jobs. We are here, and we are ready to work together. With that in mind, here is House Leader Axel Storm to give some more details” "Thank you for the introduction Senator Skyes. We are here today because our nation is in dire straights. Over the last 8 years, our government has presided over an era of reckless spending which has both exacerbated our deficit and left our nation deeper into the pits of debt. It is time that we got serious about spending and begin to exert a level of responsibility which both saves our nation. We are headed upon a dangerous road where we are running a risk to pass down a weaker nation to future generations than what we inherited if we don't get our spending under control. As a party, we believe in the power of our middle and working class Americans, and we believe that the solution to fixing our spending and getting this country back on track depends on making government work for working class Americans again. This is why we will push a tax reform that will lower taxes on the working class Americans but also equalize the playing field by asking our more endowed Americans to pay more. We will push job creation projects like the state infrastructure bank to creat revenue and to create jobs, while also reigning in government spending to ensure that we aren't wasting our tax dollars on billionaire bail outs, but instead on programs that Americans need such as a healthcare and social security. While we remain committed to working with administration and Republicans to strike a comprehensive deal, the Democratic party will not stay dormant, as we are facing one of the biggest disasters of our life time, and that is getting our nations spending back on track. With all of this in mind, we would welcome your questions now”
  7. Time to debate has expired, we will now move to a period of 24 hours to vote. Chair votes NAY
  8. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES QUARTER 1, 1990 Mr. BLACKSTONE, Mr. ROTH, And Mr. BENNETT introduce the following bill; A BILL To establish an employment program to make grants available to the States to provide employment to the unemployed, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act shall be cited as the `Job Opportunities to Benefit Society (JOBS) Act of 1990'. TITLE I--PROGRAMS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED SEC. 101. JOB CREATION FOR THE UNEMPLOYED. (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF GRANT PROGRAM- The Secretary of Labor (hereinafter in this section referred to as the `Secretary') shall establish in the Department of Labor an employment program involving grants to the States for purposes of creating employment programs for unemployed individuals in those States where the unemployment rate equals or exceeds 5 per centum. (b) STATE PLAN REQUIRED- In order to receive an allotment of funds under this section, the Governor of a State shall submit to the Secretary, on an annual basis, a State plan detailing programs and activities that will be assisted with the funds provided under this section. (c) CONTENTS OF PLAN- Each State plan shall contain provisions demonstrating to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the State will comply with the requirements of this section and that-- (1) employment under this title shall be provided only to persons within the State who have been unemployed for at least six months and would otherwise qualify for unemployment compensation; (2) a specific number of jobs will be made available under the State program; (3) the State will complete a study (or demonstrate a commitment to conduct a study not later than one year after the allotment of funds to the State) concerning the number of unemployed individuals within the State and of those how many are potentially capable of performing some type of work; (4) the State will disseminate information throughout the State on the availability of services and activities under this title; and (5) the State will operate a monitoring, reporting, and management system which provides an adequate information base for effective program management, review, and evaluation. (d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated for grants under this section such funds as are provided by appropriations laws for each fiscal year and/or by the establishment of an account in the Treasury to be known as the `Job Opportunities To Benefit Society Account', consisting of donations to the account by private individuals and/or corporations. SEC. 102. ALLOTMENT. ALLOCATION BASED ON NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS EXPECTED TO BE EMPLOYED- Upon approval by the Secretary of a State plan, the State may receive annual grants based upon the number of individuals the State expects to employ. The amount of such grants will be determined by the Secretary. SEC. 103. SUNSET PROVISION. Authoriziation for this Act shall end Seventy-Two months from the date of enactment. TITLE II--DEFICIT REDUCTION SEC. 201. USE OF EXCESS FUNDS FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION (APPLICABLE TO ALL GRANT PROGRAMS PROPOSED IN THIS LEGISLATION). Any grant funds not expended by the Secretary at the end of each fiscal year shall be converted to the United States Treasury for purposes of deficit reduction, AND FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE. SEC. 301. TEACHER JOB BANK. (a) PROGRAM ESTABLISHED- The Assistant Secretary of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement is authorized to develop a program to be known as the Teacher Job Bank Program. (b) PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS- (1) IN GENERAL- The program described in subsection (a) shall include-- (A) the development of a model computer program to link available teaching positions with applicants for teaching positions; and (B) the awarding of grants to States in accordance with section 4 to enable such States to utilize the model program developed under subparagraph (A) to establish in the State a teacher job bank. (2) CONSULTATION- In carrying out paragraph (1), the Office of Educational Research and Improvement shall consult with the potential beneficiaries and users of the model program described in paragraph (1)(A), including teachers, school administrators, Governors, colleges and universities, and local educational agencies. (c) STATE ADOPTION- The Assistant Secretary of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement shall attempt to ensure that the model program described in subsection (b)(1)(A) is readily adopted by every State. (d) SYSTEM CONTENTS- The model program described in subsection (a)(1)(A) shall have the capability to provide to users with-- (1) the characteristics of the school system in a State; (2) the number of school districts in a State; (3) the teaching positions which are available in a State; (4) the subject area and grade level for which there is an available teaching position; and (5) any other information which is deemed by the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement to be appropriate to facilitate the matching of available teaching positions with applicants for teaching positions. (e) DATE- The Office of Educational Research and Improvement shall have the model program described in subsection (b)(1)(A) available for implementation 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act. SEC. 301. STATE IMPLEMENTATION; GRANTS (a) IN GENERAL- After the development of the model program described in section 3(b)(1)(A), the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement shall notify the Governors of each State of the availability of such model program for implementation in the State. (b) GRANTS- (1) GRANTS AUTHORIZED- The Assistant Secretary of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement shall award grants to States to enable such States to utilize the model program described in section 3(b)(1)(A) to establish in the State a teacher job bank. (2) MATCHING REQUIREMENTS- Grants awarded under this section shall be matched from non-Federal sources on a dollar-for-dollar basis. (c) APPLICATION- In order to receive a grant under this title, a State shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may require. (d) LEAD AGENCY- The Governor of each State desiring to participate in the program assisted under this Act shall specify in the application submitted under this section an appropriate State agency to act as the lead State agency for the purposes of administering the funds provided to the State under this Act and to establish and maintain a teacher job bank for such State. (e) USE OF FUNDS- (1) IN GENERAL- Grant funds under this section shall be used to establish in the State a teacher job bank and may be used for the purchase of the necessary equipment and hardware to make the teacher job bank operational. (2) LIMITATION- Grant funds under this section may not be used for ongoing maintenance and operation of a teacher job bank in a State. SEC. 302. DEFINITIONS. For the purpose of this section-- (1) the term `local educational agency' has the same meaning given to such term in section 1471(12) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; (2) the term `State' means each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia; and (3) the term `teacher job bank' means a system, developed pursuant to a model computer program described in section 3(b)(1)(A), of matching available teaching positions with applicants for teaching positions. SEC. 303. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary in each of the fiscal years 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 to carry out the provisions of this Act. PES: Title I: Programs for the Unemployed - Directs the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) to establish in the Department of Labor a program of grants to States to create employment programs for certain unemployed individuals in States where the unemployment rate is five percent or more. Requires State Governors, in order to receive fund allotments, to submit annual State plans detailing programs and activities to be assisted and indicating compliance with specified program requirements. Requires a State program to limit such employment to persons within the State who have been unemployed for at least six months and would otherwise qualify for unemployment compensation. Authorizes appropriations. Establishes in the Treasury a Jobs Opportunity to Benefit Society (JOBS) Account, consisting of donations by private individuals and/or corporations to help fund such grants. Allows a State, upon the Secretary's approval of its plan, to receive annual grants based on the number of individuals it expects to employ under the program. Provides that the Secretary will determine the amount of such grants. Terminates the authorization for this Act 72 months from its enactment date. Title II: Deficit Reduction - Requires any grant funds not expended by the Secretary at the end of each fiscal year to be converted to the Treasury for deficit reduction. Authorizes the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) to develop a Teacher Job Bank Program. Requires such program to include: (1) development of a model computer program to link available teaching positions with applicants; (2) grants to States to use the model program to establish a teacher job bank in each State; (3) consultation with potential beneficiaries and users; (4) attempts to ensure that every State readily adopts the model program; and (5) specified model program capabilities and system contents. Requires OERI to: (1) have the model program available for implementation one year after enactment of this Act; (2) notify the Governors of each State of the model program's availability; and (3) award such grants to States, to be matched from non-Federal sources on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Requires State Governors to specify in a grant application an appropriate State agency to act as lead agency. Requires grant funds to be used to establish a teacher job bank in the State. Allows such funds to be used to purchase necessary equipment and hardware to make such job bank operational, but prohibits use of such funds for the job bank's ongoing maintenance and operation. Authorizes appropriations.
  9. DEMOCRATS SHOW PASSION IN FIGHTING FOR ALL OF AMERICA The democratic party has shown that it is the party of the people, of middle class America, of the immigrants and minorities, of moderates, of southerners, northerners, and of all those who are seeking a better future for our great country. The Democrats have focused their agenda this congressional term on being inviting and in solving crisis that face all Americans, not just the wealthy elite in Washington and on Wall Street. “We have done a great deal to make sure this is a Big Tent Party, and that we get things done in this nation that need to be done for the people. We have passed the Rural Health Improvement Act of 1987, the Veteran Job Training Act Extension of 1987, the Amendment to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a mobile health care clinic program for furnishing health care to veterans located in rural areas of the U.S., and the Protecting American Textile Manufacturing Act of 1989 . All of these bills are important pieces of legislation that protect people from all walks of life here in this country, and shows them that the Democratic Party is about improving quality of life in America, for all Americans” said DNC Chairman Thomas Blackstone. Congresswoman Rachel Kagan from Texas, also spoke to the Democrats ability to provide a big tent party destination for people from all walks of life, touting their success at fighting for the American worker and moderates, "With everything we have done, the Democratic Party has fought for America. Increasing tariffs on human rights abusers to ensuring rural America has healthcare. We accomplished more than Republicans." Congressman Elijah J. Bailey declared, “The Democratic Party is in Congress every single day fighting for solutions for American’s who need them. Whether it be fighting for workers, standing up for our veterans, or bringing forward sensible fiscal policy — we are and we will continue to be front and center at the fight on these core issues.” Axel Storm, Congressman from New York, and House Leader, promised,"The Democratic Party is and will always be the party of the people. We believe in a big tent party that addresses the needs for all Americans. Whether you are from the coast, the Midwest, or the south, we will will stand strong and united to ensure that our country comes first"
  10. By a vote of 3-2, the motion to extend passes. This debate is now set to expire at 1:25 PM (Pacific time) on Tuesday, 2/5.
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    Federal Credit Reform Act of 1989

    This legislation passes this committee by a vote of 2 AYES, 0 NAYS *RAPS GAVEL*
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    Rural Monitoring and Assistance Act of 1989

    This legislation passes this committee by a vote of 2 AYES, 0 NAYS *RAPS GAVEL*
  13. FrankP

    Federal Credit Reform Act of 1989

    Time for debate on this legislation has expired, we will now move to a 24 hour period to vote on it. Chair votes AYE
  14. FrankP

    Rural Monitoring and Assistance Act of 1989

    Time for debate on this legislation has expired, we will now move to a 24 hour period to vote on it. Chair votes AYE
  15. Objection to UC recognized, debate will continue. Chair will second the motion to extend, we will now have 24 hours to vote on the motion. Chair votes AYE.
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