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100 Hour Agenda HA-23-1-07

 

A. Conresswoman Louise Slaughter wrote on Sunday 21 January 2007, I told you about six promises Democrats were making to the American people - six goals we were determined to achieve in the first 100 hours of the new Congress.Well, I am as pleased as can be to report that we made good on those promises. Since January 4th, Democrats have reached out to Republicans and passed a series of bills reflecting some of the top priorities of voters. We passed legislation to restore honesty and openness to our government, to re-establish fiscal responsibility, to strengthen our national security, and to expand hope and opportunity for all Americans. We passed bills to cut federal student loan interest rates in half, to raise the minimum wage, to end subsidies for Big Oil, to promote stem cell research, to lower Medicare prescription drug prices, and to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. And we did it all with 58 hours to spare. In the first 42 hours of the 110th Congress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) reported that the House passed the following items that are ready for the Senate to pass within 58 hours:

1. H.R. 1, "Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007." passed 299-128, Jan. 9th, 2007

 

We will make our nation safer by implementing the recommendations of the independent, bipartisan 9/11 Commission.There are two flaws in this Act.First the Secretary of Homeland Security is guilty of financing bio-terrorist coup díetat in many state legislatures and leading a military coup against the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.Character evidence regarding this Secretary fails to alleviate fears that he was responsible for warming up the waters to cause the destruction of largely black New Orleans or even plotting the 9/11 suicide attacks, in the very best light, the security breeches occurred on his watch.A qualified new Secretary with clean hands should be appointed to this security sensitive position by the Senate whereas the current office holder cannot be trusted. ††Second, the nuclear proliferation security provisions are hypocritical without requiring our own nation to comply with the nuclear warhead reductions called for in the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.

 

2. H.R. 2, "Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007." passed 315-116, Jan. 10th, 2007

 

We will make our economy fairer, and start by raising the minimum wage. We will not pass a pay raise for Congress until there is an increase in the minimum wage. This short bill is much needed relief for working Americans who have not enjoyed an increase in the minimum wage for over a decade.This is the first action that Congress has taken to narrow the widening gap between the rich and poor in over a decade.Although there are fears of inflation it is expected that any increases in prices will be marginal and only in industries that pay their workers poorly. Inflation cannot be used to justify substandard incomes for the lowest paid workers who have been slipping ever farther into insolvency.In the 1960ís full time minimum wage workers lived above the poverty line. It remains to be seen if Congress can pay the $6,500 annual minimum wage for the preparation of the code and supplement, as is their charge. Congress is not only delinquent in regards to this author but they have given responsibility for the codification of the law to the Judiciary Committee, empowering the disempowering criminal tendency to prosecute accounts payable. The only message regarding the fulfillment of rights that comes through is donít come back or weíll kill you.Raising the minimum wage is an important first step towards redistributing the wealth to benefit the people.

 

3. H.R. 3, " Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act." passed 253-174, Jan. 11th, 2007

 

We will promote stem cell research to offer real hope to the millions of American families who suffer from devastating diseases. Stem cell research is strangely controversial.The legal committee of the UN General Assembly prohibited stem cell research out of amorphous fears of human cloning.The President vetoed a stem cell research out of ethical concern for the killing of human embryos.On the other hand many famous actors suffering from illnesses have lobbied Congress faithfully for stem cell research because they see it as the most likely source of the discovery of a cure for their disability.It is interesting to note that Americans live just as long as our founding fathers.The alleged increases in longevity over the past century is largely attributed to progress in the field of pharmaceutical and medical research and to continue progress in this direction stem cell research, as off shoot of genetics, is one of the most promising fields in a time when new medical patents are slowing.

 

4. H.R. 4, "Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act." passed 255-170, Jan. 12th, 2007

 

We will make health care more affordable for all Americans, and we will begin by fixing the Medicare prescription drug program, putting seniors first by negotiating lower drug prices. It is high time that the US negotiated with pharmaceutical companies to reduce drug prices.Lax FDA standard regarding the development of new drugs has led the US to be a haven for pharmaceutical research and development, that comprises an estimated 25% of pharmaceutical company budgets that they wish to defray by charging higher drug prices in the highly enforced American health market.Extortion is rampant largely because of the incompetence of justice in the health industry. Collusion between health insurers and the justice system to charge protection money while freely terrorizing the consumer with bio-terrorism, discrimination and ignorance has led to high prices.Any move giving control of the health industry to the public health is likely to be for the better and drug price negotiations have long been needed.A clause calling for better collaboration between insurers, pharmacists, doctors and patients regarding overmedication and adverse drug reactions (ADR) would save lives.

 

5. H.R. 5, "College Student Relief Act of 2007." passed 356-71, Jan. 17th, 2007

 

We will broaden college opportunity, and we will begin by cutting interest rates for student loans in half.The price of college has been skyrocketing and its value has come into question.It is true that rich people go to college but with the exception of medical and science degrees higher education does not seem to be the path to wealth but one of debt.The get rich strategy of universities of the past few years is of course accompanied with terrorism.The Secretary of Education reports increasingly lower levels of functional literacy from college graduates.Colleges have not been a source of information or disseminating point for scholars but one of discrimination and outright terrorism.Predatory lending of student loan corporations cost many lives and it high time that these companies had their profits curtailed.This plan should eliminate the interest of terrorist investigative organizations (intelligence) in student databases and communication networks aiming to eliminate knowledge that would damage the war and slavery efforts.Hopefully by 2012 when interest rates will have fallen from 6.8% in 2006 to 3.4% US universities will again be hospitable to scholars.

 

6. H.R. 6, "Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation (CLEAN) Act." passed 264-163, Jan. 18th, 2007

 

We will energize America by achieving energy independence, and we will begin by rolling back the multi-billion dollar subsidies for Big Oil.It is high time that the oil companies were charged for raising consumer prices.The attention of Congress has been successful in bringing gas prices to their original.The plan to reduce our Nation's dependency on foreign oil by investing in clean, renewable, and alternative energy resources, promoting new emerging energy technologies, developing greater efficiency, and creating a Strategic Energy Efficiency and Renewable Reserve to invest in alternative energy, and for other purposes should be effective.It is hoped that the energy companies will invest in the research and development of new energy sources them selves to involve affected industry in planning their future.We have been successful in curbing fleuro-carbons that were depleting the ozone layer however now we must curb petroleum emissions that are causing global warming and our society has an energy dependency to oil that we must overcome.To involve our energy research with the cutting edge of international research it is highly recommended that the Senate append an Optional Protocol to this bill for the President to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to regulate our emissions.

 

7. HR. 6, "Adopting the Rules of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Tenth Congress." Title II, passed 430-1, Jan. 4th, 2007, Title IV, passed 280-152, Jan. 5th, 2007

 

We will start by cleaning up Congress, ending the link between lobbyists and legislation in accordance with Title IIGifts from lobbyists are totally prohibited.Tickets to sports and entertainment events are accounted for at cost.Restrictions are set on privately funded travel to prohibit lobbyists from paying.Essentially registered lobbyists will no longer pay for Congressional activity.It is presumed that will continue to be permitted to finance Congressional election campaigns.We will commit to pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. ††As a point of order the rules are confused in that they not only prohibit increases in deficit but reductions in surpluses.To balance the budget Congress must eliminate surplus accounts, namely military and social security, by using a pay as you go strategy.The weakness for surpluses must be mastered whereas that explains all the social problems our nation suffers, consolidation of wealth in a few hands, prison slavery population above 250 prisoners per 100,000 citizens, nuclear warhead stockpiles in excess of the 2,000 permitted in the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty by 2010, troops in excess of one million and military spending in excess of $100 billion although no other nation even come close to this number, the laundering of surplus military spending above $300 billion by the President, the richest man in the world. ††Surplus funds must be reigned in.

C. If the 110th Congress can pay me, balance the budget and publish their laws and reports daily (lard) for free by email as directed in the Lobbying Activity Disclosure (LAD) the United States might have a winning year despite the lack of any trust vested in the White House noted as the nation braces itself for the State of the Union Address this evening Tuesday January 23, 2007.

 

Tony Sanders