Government Shutdown The Government Shutdown eclipsed the confirmations of the House and Senate on Thursday January 3, 2019. In the House of Representatives, Democrats are trying to do what is right for their party. They introduced a bill tonight to ban a wall on the southern border and several other bills. They showed great unison in support of Nancy Pelosi earlier in the day, where she gained the nomination over McCarthy, by obtaining a majority of votes. There were 15 Democrats who did not vote for her. Congratulations to Nancy Pelosi. Republicans are responding that the bills they are trying to pass are not in keeping with what the American People want. They want to build a wall and as Trump has made clear, they will not be ending in a weak fashion on this issue. This shutdown has already gone on for this long, and it will keep going if need be – because Donald Trump has made no secret how important this issue of a Trump Wall is to him. How Long Will the Shutdown Last? After 35 days of Government Shutdown, a 3-week temporary funding bill was passed. There will be on February 15th either a spending bill for Feb 15th through Oct 1st or, a declaration of National Emergency by President Trump. The Shutdown was ended to create a period of negotiation between Congress and the President. RIFS and Other Things At least this step gave the Government paychecks a reboot. But it could be short-lived. And
By Chris Hanrahan In the transcripts to his 12/7/2018 interview, it is clear that James Comey was not shy about giving “non answers” to interviewers. In a way, some of his inability and unwillingness (granted that some was due to the lawyers he had present) to articulate anything that went on with the Russia Investigation is to be expected. Since he was fired as FBI Director, the investigations have proceeded and some of the relevant facts may have changed. It appears that at no time did he or his FBI have the basis for solid findings. In fact, he seems to have a disdain for those who want to discuss, again, the crimes involving Hillary Clinton and her emails, and the Anthony Weiner / Huma Abedin “Crimes Against Children”. So in light of the publishing of James Comey’s April 2018 book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” let’s take a closer look at what has been said. His book was published in the month that a no-knock raid was conducted on Michael Cohen (Trump’s Lawyer). If there is anything else to be written about Comey, Cohen and the Clintons, I will write it! I find the facts that don’t go mentioned in the news, the most interesting. In fact, I believe that James Comey’s role as the Director of the FBI (2013-2017) after leaving Lockheed Martin needs to be looked at in much greater detail. There is a haunting element to the “Truth, Lies, and Leadership” subtitle to his
By: Chris Hanrahan 116th Congress – a New Step for the USA When the people speak, will Congress listen? Let us not forget, communication was a major factor in one of the biggest Democrat Blunders of 2018, where the flight-scared and unaware witness (some would say false witness, given the facts in the case) was thrust onto the public for what seems to be the simple reason that there needed to be a special investigation of Brett Kavanaugh. To this day, Justice Kavanaugh still isn’t being treated fairly by some women but is also creating a clear division in our society – those who want to prosecute DOJ/FBI/FISA overreach and those that want to impeach President Trump instead. Q: How do we get the House as a whole functioning better? A: A work-in-progress rules package, that goes beyond the first days of the 116thCongress. With Nancy Pelosi in charge, how will the House become more transparent? Every day could be something new. The show is just beginning. Also see www.mocondemand.com for Members of Congress On-Demand, where something new is in the works. Statement: The House of Representatives is losing the public trust at the present time (115thCongress). A proposed rule: – Give the stenographer the accompanying written statement Bills being submitted on the floor without a Committee markup require 2/3rdmajority for passage (same as the supermajority threshold). HR6691 – Introduced Aug 31, 2018 w/o Committee hearing, and w/o Committee markup Prohibit waiving of the 3-day rule or change to a true
ESP Tribe Founders Note:When initially creating Members of Congress On-Demand, I had several things in mind.Right now I sit in Woodinville, WA just a short 5 minute drive from the home of Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO).Amazon is just one of the hot topics being discussed amongst the House of Representatives, especially in the camps of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and it’s for good reason, I think.Earlier this year, Amazon hit $1 Trillion in market cap.Most recently, the company announced that HQ2 will be located in Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia. This has launched rhetoric from the Left and has started a new strategy for issues like these. Cover them in full, and put them into context whenever possible.I want to share a bit about the Seattle experience so far. As a Washington Native I have seen the rise of Amazon, and during this last Summer I drove around as during peak construction months, the entire crane operators union conducted a 17-day strike, and it was surrounding the business practices of Amazon and other companies. In short, there are growing pains even at this stage, and I forsee there being similar protests/strikes in New York and Virginia.I will let the opinions of Bernie and Alexandria speak for themselves. Before the HQ2 ground-breaking begins, I’m sure the tone will change once more. But one thing’s for sure – Amazon is trying to increase its presence and politics will play a role. Local Seattle politics have been a warm-up for the company, and what happens next will
Stories Coming Soon The Unauthorized Social Networks of Myanmar are taking over again. Do you know where your Facebook or OAuth SSO are? What about an upgrade to the United States Voting System in preparation for 2020? Colorado, New Mexico and Georgia all have projects in this arena. Polls and Surveys (based on news stories, vs. based on broader issues). We want to ensure the integrity of polls, and bring a layer of political predictability to elections in the United States. The Media Bias (Fake News) Report. Final Post-Midterm Report will be published here on 11/11/2018 along with other updates to follow.