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Dr. Al Baudin

Representative for Maine's Second Congressional District

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

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Dr. Al Baudin

Congressman, Maine's Second District

Speaker of the House

 

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Press Entry 001: Baudin Elected Speaker of the House

 

Washington DC - Dr. Alphonse Baudin has been elected as the 48th Speaker of the House of Representatives. Speaker Baudin was born in Presque Isle, Maine, the youngest of ten children born to a working-class family. He is a Korean and Vietnam War Veteran. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College, Boston College, and Harvard University, where he earned his Doctorate in Classical Philology. A one time Chairman of the American Philological Association, he is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, having served as Supreme Knight from 1970 to 1980. 

 

Speaker Baudin has represented the Second District of Maine since 1983 and lives in his native Presque Isle and is the father of five children. Upon his election to Speaker of the House, Speaker Baudin released a statement, the text of which is below. 

 

"I would like to thank the honorable gentlemen and gentlewomen from across the country who have seen fit to come together and elect me to this position. I take the reins of a body which has accomplished a great deal in the last years, despite harrowing economic ultimatums from the White House. We, Independently represent the sole will of the American people. We are their closest voice and we have the great privilege of legislating to their will. In the coming days, I will work tirelessly to answer the call of the American people, who are calling for something new, something promising, and to support that promise as it becomes apparent. Make no mistake that this body will utilize our independence and our authority for the benefit of the people who we serve."

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Press Entry 002: First Docket Set By Speaker Baudin "Commonsense"

 

Washington DC - In the first docket of his tenure as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Speaker Baudin (Presque Isle) declared the docket to be commonsense middle of the road and sensible legislation that is for the benefit of the American people. The Speaker noted that there has been very little opposition to this legislation from either party, a result of what he considers a Democratic Majority in the House that has worked for the benefit of not an elite few, but of a greater whole. 

 

"Every American deserves to be properly represented," Speaker Baudin remarked. "That is why we do our best to tackle these issues with a one-track mind, passing legislation not for some sort of win, but for the people. It's important Americans realize we actually are doing our job, not just acting like it." 

 

The following legislation was docketed earlier this morning and promptly brought to the floor by Speaker Baudin.

1. The Child Abuse Court Reform Act allows greater investigative measures into cases of Child Abuse by removing some of the limits placed on statements from children as long as it is approved by a court. The legislation is currently in a period of unanimous consent. 

2. The Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act mandates that alcoholic beverages are properly labeled in order to warn the consumer about the health and safety risks that can stem from alcohol consumption. 

3. Forcing American Integrity by Regulating Elections Act would reform the current electoral season to better regulate candidates and the campaigning process to better provide Americans access to each candidate, and their platforms and views on key issues. 

 

The new docket has been met with little resistance and Speaker Baudin looks forward to continuing the House Democrats trend of accomplishments for the betterment of the American people. "We've done a lot of great work," he said. "But it's time to do even more."

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Press Entry 003: Speaker Baudin Urges Senate To Follow House in Passing Defense of Marriage

 

Washington DC - Speaker of the House Al Baudin was pleased to announce that the lower chamber had passed the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as between one man and one woman as is taught by the Church. 

 

"Today was a victory for our institutions," the Speaker said. The House took a stand in support of traditional marriage and the American way, the way of our father s and their fathers since the dawn of civilization. Today, the House reaffirmed the ideals of not only this country but of mankind."

 

The legislation was passed by the House in a stunning display of bipartisanship which has become the norm under Speaker Baudin. Both Republicans and Democrats voted in favor of the legislation, which the Speaker has called a result of the Democrat's open table style leadership in the chamber. 

 

"We need to realize we actually agree on a lot," Baudin said. "Which is why Democratic Leaders are making sure everyone gets behind our proposals and initiatives, and that includes playing ball with the other side."

 

Defense of Marriage Act was sent to the Senate a few hours ago, where it will await a vote from the upper chamber. Given the success in the House, Speaker Baudin has already called on numerous Senators to vote in favor of Defense of Marriage. 

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Press Entry 004: Speaker Baudin Calls On President Reagan To Condemn Human Rights Violations in Communist China

 

Washington DC - Echoing calls from South Carolina Congressman and Chair of the Health, Education, labor, and Pensions Committee Douglas Seymour, Speaker of the House Al Baudin condemned what he saw as human rights violations in China, in what he called, the typical characteristics of an undemocratic state. 

 

"What is happening in China is disastrous. When President Reagan campaigned for office, he promised to hold Communist Countries accountable for their abuse of human rights, for their crimes against the people. It is time for him to step up and prove to the American people that he keeps his promises, and condemn the current government in China."

 

Speaker Baudin maintains the belief that the only government which can work for the world is a democracy, and condemns the rise of authoritarian regimes in Asia that has resulted from the communist state. 

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Press Entry 005: Speaker Baudin Endorses White, Confident of Democratic House Victories After Apparent Connecticut Senate Flip

 

Washington DC - After a hotly contested Primary, Speaker of the House and Congressman from Maine's Second District, Dr. Al Baudin has announced he is proud to rally behind the Democratic Nominee, Florida Congressman, John White. 

 

"What a race!" the Speaker said to the Press outside his Office in Capitol Hill. "I just got off the phone with Congressman White to congratulate him on his victory. Both he and Congressman Seymour ran great campaigns, and we are lucky we got the chance to see them debate the issues that are important to Americans, such as the failing Reagan Economic policies that are uprooting stability across the country. Never before has it been so necessary to put a Democrat in the White House so we can reverse trickle down, and represent 100% of America, not merely one."

 

When asked about the upcoming Congressional Elections, Speaker Baudin expressed his confidence that Democrats would hold Congress, citing the excellent caliber of leadership in the House, and early Democratic surges in major Senate races. In the top five Senate races of the cycle, Democrats are ahead in four of them, California, Connecticut, Montana, and Mississippi. Democrats have already been projected to win Connecticut, a major pick-up that will surely influence House races in the area. Speaker Baudin also touted House Democrat's diligence in debating legislation that truly matters to the American people on a wide array of topics from a fair minimum wage to workers rights legislation. Recently, the House passed legislation that would make the upcoming Presidential Elections more transparent and accountable. 

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