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  2. TexAgRepublican

    Leave of absence

    Until Tuesday
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    Ward Reiterates Keystone Concerns

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    Nicholson on North Korea

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    President Talks about Security in the East

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  8. TexAgRepublican

    @jackswanner

    The Infrastructure, Jobs and National Security Act will make America stronger while creating millions of jobs. Watch my floor speech here:
  9. TexAgRepublican

    Infrastructure, Jobs, and National Security Act

    Mr. Speaker, This is not just an infrastructure bill. The title is very clear about that. This is a comprehensive economic stimulus plan that will create millions of jobs while making our country stronger, better and safer. The military rearmament section is a critical part of this. That section will also create many jobs. Not just any jobs we’re talking about here. These are well-paying factory jobs. Many of them will likely be union jobs. Think about all the steel production that will be needed to keep up with this increased defense manufacturing. Furthermore, all of this military equipment – and all the steel and ball bearings and other accessories that go along with it – must be produced in right here in America. It’s stated in the very section the Representative from California is trying to strike. Finally, while the Air Force is very important, it is just one component of our broader defense strategy. We must also maintain a strong Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. This bill provides new equipment for all branches of our military. I hope that once the dust settles and this reaches a final vote, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join us in support of legislation that will make our country stronger and create millions of jobs. I yield.
  10. Calvin Ward “While I appreciate the Speaker trying to defend the economic benefits of a pipeline, he failed to answer any of my issues. My environmental concern stems from the damage done by leakage, which a Nebraska professor has shown TransCanada has downplayed. The Keystone pipeline has already burst once. And damaged the environment locally. Will the Speaker now take responsibility if a bigger leak occurs? Yes or no? Second, is the Speaker comfortable with a private company seizing privately owned land from Modwestern farmers? They’ve already done it in Texas, and TransCanada will continue to do it. Since when did conservatives put private property rights ahead of Foriegn companies? Does it not violate the rights of private property owners to have their land seized without purchase? Why is he comfortable with that? Third, Native American tribes have yet to be consulted about this mater and are adamantly opposed to it. Why is the GOP leadership putting a Foriegn business ahead of our Native American citizens? These are the questions they must answer. If the Speaker or any other GOP Leader would like to dance around that question again, maybe they should dance right out of Congress View full PR
  11. “While I appreciate the Speaker trying to defend the economic benefits of a pipeline, he failed to answer any of my issues. My environmental concern stems from the damage done by leakage, which a Nebraska professor has shown TransCanada has downplayed. The Keystone pipeline has already burst once. And damaged the environment locally. Will the Speaker now take responsibility if a bigger leak occurs? Yes or no? Second, is the Speaker comfortable with a private company seizing privately owned land from Modwestern farmers? They’ve already done it in Texas, and TransCanada will continue to do it. Since when did conservatives put private property rights ahead of Foriegn companies? Does it not violate the rights of private property owners to have their land seized without purchase? Why is he comfortable with that? Third, Native American tribes have yet to be consulted about this mater and are adamantly opposed to it. Why is the GOP leadership putting a Foriegn business ahead of our Native American citizens? These are the questions they must answer. If the Speaker or any other GOP Leader would like to dance around that question again, maybe they should dance right out of Congress
  12. Kyle Fitzgerald The Naval Observatory For Immediate Release Washington, DC – Vice President Kyle Fitzgerald spoke to the press in support of the Infrastructure, Jobs and National Security Act, a critical component of the Macmillan Administration’s economic stimulus plan. “For far too long, our government has spent trillions of dollars building other nations while our own country has fallen further and further into neglect and decline. Our infrastructure is crumbling, our military has been stuck using outdated equipment, the maintenance of our national parks has been neglected, and millions of good jobs for working-class Americans have been shipped overseas to places like China and Mexico. “With the introduction of the Infrastructure, Jobs and National Security Act, those days are officially over. Now, we begin another round of nation building – but this time the nation we’re building happens to be our own. This bill, sponsored by Congressman Jack Swanner, is a $1.5 trillion investment over the next decade into America’s infrastructure, military, national parks, and economy. It will create millions of jobs, and it is entirely revenue neutral. “$1 trillion of the spending in this bill will go into the Rebuild America Fund, a 10-year block grant to state governments to rebuild our country’s infrastructure. Infrastructure development is a key economic driver. When a road gets built, businesses and homes get built around it. This fund will build, repair and maintain the roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, airports and other infrastructure of our country while creating good jobs for Americans in construction and other sectors. “$200 billion will be spent over the next 10 years to revive the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal era program that put young Americans into valuable national service work. In the new CCC, young people aged 18-35 will be put to work on important projects such as the forestation of public lands, the prevention of forest fires, floods, and soil erosion, and the construction and repair of National Park System paths and trails. There is currently a $17 billion maintenance backlog for national parks and forests. With the funding in this bill, we can clear that backlog in less than a year and put young Americans to work on many other important projects. This program will instill young Americans with valuable work experience and a sense of civic and national pride. “$300 billion will be spent rebuilding America’s military with next generation equipment and hardware. For example, this bill will fund the research, development, and production of the Future Combat System – a long overdue upgrade for the Army to replace aging tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and artillery. The upgrade, originally scheduled as far back as the Bush administration, was shelved by President Obama because his administration was unwilling to make the necessary commitment to keep our military on top. Those days are over. Our administration is committed to making sure our men and women in uniform have the absolute best equipment at their disposal, and we’re matching our rhetoric with action. Not only will our military finally have the equipment they need, but jobs will be created here at home to build all the new equipment. The bill mandates that all military equipment – and all of the parts and components to that equipment – must be produced right here in America. This is going to be a boon for America’s manufacturing sector. “And best of all, this entire bill is paid for. It’s so important to pay as we go because we can’t saddle future generations with so much debt. To pay for the infrastructure, we will end tax haven abuse that costs our country $100 billion a year in lost revenue. Wealthy elites and multi-national corporations use a variety of crooked tricks like corporate inversion to hide their money and send jobs overseas. No more. From now on, they’ll be required to pay their fair share just like the rest of us. To pay for the CCC, we will close the carried interest loophole that lets wealthy hedge fund managers pay a lower rate than the rest of us. And to pay for the military rearmament, we will modernize the FAA by turning it into a private corporation funded by airlines but still under the oversight of the Department of Transportation to ensure that safety standards are always met. “After years of investing in the rest of the world, it’s time to invest in ourselves for a change. It’s time for Congress to pass the Infrastructure, Jobs and National Security Act. Let’s put America back to work.” View full PR
  13. The Naval Observatory For Immediate Release Washington, DC – Vice President Kyle Fitzgerald spoke to the press in support of the Infrastructure, Jobs and National Security Act, a critical component of the Macmillan Administration’s economic stimulus plan. “For far too long, our government has spent trillions of dollars building other nations while our own country has fallen further and further into neglect and decline. Our infrastructure is crumbling, our military has been stuck using outdated equipment, the maintenance of our national parks has been neglected, and millions of good jobs for working-class Americans have been shipped overseas to places like China and Mexico. “With the introduction of the Infrastructure, Jobs and National Security Act, those days are officially over. Now, we begin another round of nation building – but this time the nation we’re building happens to be our own. This bill, sponsored by Congressman Jack Swanner, is a $1.5 trillion investment over the next decade into America’s infrastructure, military, national parks, and economy. It will create millions of jobs, and it is entirely revenue neutral. “$1 trillion of the spending in this bill will go into the Rebuild America Fund, a 10-year block grant to state governments to rebuild our country’s infrastructure. Infrastructure development is a key economic driver. When a road gets built, businesses and homes get built around it. This fund will build, repair and maintain the roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, airports and other infrastructure of our country while creating good jobs for Americans in construction and other sectors. “$200 billion will be spent over the next 10 years to revive the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal era program that put young Americans into valuable national service work. In the new CCC, young people aged 18-35 will be put to work on important projects such as the forestation of public lands, the prevention of forest fires, floods, and soil erosion, and the construction and repair of National Park System paths and trails. There is currently a $17 billion maintenance backlog for national parks and forests. With the funding in this bill, we can clear that backlog in less than a year and put young Americans to work on many other important projects. This program will instill young Americans with valuable work experience and a sense of civic and national pride. “$300 billion will be spent rebuilding America’s military with next generation equipment and hardware. For example, this bill will fund the research, development, and production of the Future Combat System – a long overdue upgrade for the Army to replace aging tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and artillery. The upgrade, originally scheduled as far back as the Bush administration, was shelved by President Obama because his administration was unwilling to make the necessary commitment to keep our military on top. Those days are over. Our administration is committed to making sure our men and women in uniform have the absolute best equipment at their disposal, and we’re matching our rhetoric with action. Not only will our military finally have the equipment they need, but jobs will be created here at home to build all the new equipment. The bill mandates that all military equipment – and all of the parts and components to that equipment – must be produced right here in America. This is going to be a boon for America’s manufacturing sector. “And best of all, this entire bill is paid for. It’s so important to pay as we go because we can’t saddle future generations with so much debt. To pay for the infrastructure, we will end tax haven abuse that costs our country $100 billion a year in lost revenue. Wealthy elites and multi-national corporations use a variety of crooked tricks like corporate inversion to hide their money and send jobs overseas. No more. From now on, they’ll be required to pay their fair share just like the rest of us. To pay for the CCC, we will close the carried interest loophole that lets wealthy hedge fund managers pay a lower rate than the rest of us. And to pay for the military rearmament, we will modernize the FAA by turning it into a private corporation funded by airlines but still under the oversight of the Department of Transportation to ensure that safety standards are always met. “After years of investing in the rest of the world, it’s time to invest in ourselves for a change. It’s time for Congress to pass the Infrastructure, Jobs and National Security Act. Let’s put America back to work.”
  14. TexAgRepublican

    @VP

    @realdonaldtrump is absolutely right about Kim Jong Un. The Fat Freak is out of control.
  15. Kurt Faulhammer From the Office of Speaker Kurt Faulhammer Currently there is legislation on the floor in regards to the approval of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. There are many reasons as to why I am in support of such legislation. According to Petro Industry News with the pipeline being able to transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the United States every day oil dependence from the Middle East and Venezuela can be reduced by as much as 40% with the construction of the pipeline. According to the State Department the pipeline would contribute $3.4 billion to the United States economy. Blocking the construction of the pipeline would not help stop climate change. According to the Environmental Protection Agency the pipeline would contribute less than 1% to the United States's greenhouse gas emissions and an infinitesimal slice of the global total. According to Dr. Bernard L. Weinstein of Southern Methodist University the largest non-regulatory constraint on expansion of America's oil and gas production is a lack of pipeline infrastructure. This lack of pipeline infrastructure causes crude oil to have to be transported by rail tanker car which is more expensive and spill rates are considerably higher. Studies by the Fraser Institute found that the transportation of oil by rail car was 4.5 times more likely to spill than pipelines. They also found over 70% of pipeline spills were 1 cubic meter or less in volume, with only 17% of spills taking place on actual pipe lines meaning most spills occur in facilities. State Department environmental impact studies also reached similar conclusions. These rail tanker cars often travel past populated areas and can end up in disaster as was seen in the Lac-Megantic oil trainwreck which caused 47 deaths. In 2008, only 10 million barrels of oil were transported by rail tanker car while in 2014 that number reached 300 million so this is a trend that is greatly increasing. The "leave it in the ground" environmental alarmists want to talk about alternatives to natural gas and oil but according to the Department of Energy we'll still be dependent on natural gas and oil to meet more than 60% of our energy needs in 2040 so the Keystone XL pipeline is a long term plan to meet those projected needs that alternatives cannot. Not investing in pipeline infrastructure will stifle energy growth, leave us vulnerable to supply disruptions, and weaken energy security. Terminating the project would potentially damage relations between the United States and our ally Canada which is not the direction we want to be heading either. The pipeline will help America's balance of trade as American refineries import unfinished goods, (in the form of Canadian crude) finishing them, and exporting them. View full PR
  16. From the Office of Speaker Kurt Faulhammer Currently there is legislation on the floor in regards to the approval of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. There are many reasons as to why I am in support of such legislation. According to Petro Industry News with the pipeline being able to transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the United States every day oil dependence from the Middle East and Venezuela can be reduced by as much as 40% with the construction of the pipeline. According to the State Department the pipeline would contribute $3.4 billion to the United States economy. Blocking the construction of the pipeline would not help stop climate change. According to the Environmental Protection Agency the pipeline would contribute less than 1% to the United States's greenhouse gas emissions and an infinitesimal slice of the global total. According to Dr. Bernard L. Weinstein of Southern Methodist University the largest non-regulatory constraint on expansion of America's oil and gas production is a lack of pipeline infrastructure. This lack of pipeline infrastructure causes crude oil to have to be transported by rail tanker car which is more expensive and spill rates are considerably higher. Studies by the Fraser Institute found that the cost of transportation by rail car was 4.5 times more likely to spill than pipelines. They also found over 70% of pipeline spills were 1 cubic meter of less, with only 17% of spills taking place on actual pipe lines meaning most spills occur in facilities. State Department environmental impact studies also reached similar conclusions. These rail tanker cars often travel past populated areas and can end up in disaster as was seen in the Lac-Megantic oil trainwreck which caused 47 deaths. In 2008, only 10 million barrels of oil were transported by rail tanker car while in 2014 that number reached 300 million so this is a trend that is greatly increasing. The "leave it in the ground" environmental alarmists want to talk about alternatives to natural gas and oil but according to the Department of Energy we'll still be dependent on natural gas and oil to meet more than 60% of our energy needs in 2040 so the Keystone XL pipeline is a long term plan to meet those projected needs that alternatives cannot. Not investing in pipeline infrastructure will stifle energy growth, leave us vulnerable to supply disruptions, and weaken energy security. Terminating the project would potentially damage relations between the United States and our ally Canada which is not the direction we want to be heading either. The pipeline will help America's balance of trade as American refineries import unfinished goods, (in the form of Canadian crude) finishing them, and exporting them.
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  18. Arnold Vinick Since arriving in Washington Arnold Vinick has been very outspoken against the Keystone Pipeline and when the legislation hit the floor Congressman Vinick led the opposition to the bill with the help of House Minority Leader Ward. Here is a transcript of the floor speech and Arnold Vinicks comments afterwards. Floor Speech: “Mr. Speaker, I’m not sure the gentleman from Virgina has read the bill. If he learns anything from the sponsor it’s good to read the legislation first. He claims that the legislation makes the United States more energy independent, but that not what the legislation does. This bill creates a pipeline as an add on to flow oil from Canada and parts of the US to the Gulf of Mexico. Once the oil gets the gulf it is shipped overseas so I don’t follow the logic that it makes the US more energy independent when most of the oil goes other places. Now it will make oil companies revenues increase and that good for the GOP because that’s a major campaign contributor, but as we look at the legislation there aren’t many benefits. In fact there are a heck of a lot of risks. The glaring one is the environmental and health risks. We all saw what happened with the BP oil situation and it devostated the gulf region now imagine an oil spill across the plain states. It be extremely devastating to the local economies. Let alone there are studies that show that processes for the oil extractions have been linked to increased numbers of birth defects and cancer as chemicals get realeased into the water supply. So again I ask what are the benefits to legislation? If the majority truly wants to move us more towards energy independence then why not introduce legislation that promotes more environmental and healthy friendly alternatives? I yield“ Here is the statement after Arnold Vinick left chambers: “I believe in American energy independence and we can accomplish that task without this pipeline. The oil that runs through the pipeline will not end up in America despite what the Republicans might say and the environmental hazards are a cost too high to pay. If we truly want energy independence then we should pass legislation supporting solar, hydroelectric, wind and nuclear alternatives. Once this body debates those items we will know Congress is truly ready for energy independence. I also want to thank the Minority Leader for joining me in opposition and I encourage all my fellow representatives to join us as well.” View full PR
  19. Since arriving in Washington Arnold Vinick has been very outspoken against the Keystone Pipeline and when the legislation hit the floor Congressman Vinick led the opposition to the bill with the help of House Minority Leader Ward. Here is a transcript of the floor speech and Arnold Vinicks comments afterwards. Floor Speech: “Mr. Speaker, I’m not sure the gentleman from Virgina has read the bill. If he learns anything from the sponsor it’s good to read the legislation first. He claims that the legislation makes the United States more energy independent, but that not what the legislation does. This bill creates a pipeline as an add on to flow oil from Canada and parts of the US to the Gulf of Mexico. Once the oil gets the gulf it is shipped overseas so I don’t follow the logic that it makes the US more energy independent when most of the oil goes other places. Now it will make oil companies revenues increase and that good for the GOP because that’s a major campaign contributor, but as we look at the legislation there aren’t many benefits. In fact there are a heck of a lot of risks. The glaring one is the environmental and health risks. We all saw what happened with the BP oil situation and it devostated the gulf region now imagine an oil spill across the plain states. It be extremely devastating to the local economies. Let alone there are studies that show that processes for the oil extractions have been linked to increased numbers of birth defects and cancer as chemicals get realeased into the water supply. So again I ask what are the benefits to legislation? If the majority truly wants to move us more towards energy independence then why not introduce legislation that promotes more environmental and healthy friendly alternatives? I yield“ Here is the statement after Arnold Vinick left chambers: “I believe in American energy independence and we can accomplish that task without this pipeline. The oil that runs through the pipeline will not end up in America despite what the Republicans might say and the environmental hazards are a cost too high to pay. If we truly want energy independence then we should pass legislation supporting solar, hydroelectric, wind and nuclear alternatives. Once this body debates those items we will know Congress is truly ready for energy independence. I also want to thank the Minority Leader for joining me in opposition and I encourage all my fellow representatives to join us as well.”
  20. Bruce

    Character Affinity Ratings

    ATTN: @Richard @Kurt Faulhammer The tables in the first post have been fully updated.
  21. Bruce

    Ward Reiterates Keystone Concerns

    Momentum: 3 This is becoming a bigger issue with more press attention.
  22. Bruce

    Wanda Kelly (Democrat)

    Approved. Welcome back!
  23. Jonathan

    Alexander Holds Press Conference

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  24. Chris

    Wanda Kelly (Democrat)

    Welcome to the team
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    Wanda Kelly (Democrat)

    Character Name: Wanda Kelly Home State: Michigan Previous Job: Government (Lobbyist, Community Organizer, Former Cabinet Secretary, Agency head, or lower rank) Date of Birth: 12/08/1968 Race / Ethnicity: Black or African-American Religion: Protestant Christian Wealth: Middle Class Gender: Female Sexuality: Heterosexual Are you married?: Yes How many children do you have?: 3 Wanda Kelly was born to Richard an Ama Kelly in Detroit Michigan. She attended college at Spellman and is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. After returning to Detroit, she got involved in local organizing and fought for racial and economic justice for the many poor and minority families in Detroit. As an organizer Wanda worked to advance civil rights in Detroit which landed her a position in the Mayor's Office until she was later elected to the City Council and served from 2000 until 2015 when she was elected to serve the people of Detroit in Congress in the 13th Congressional District, replacing John Conyers. View full character
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    Wanda Kelly

    Wanda Kelly was born to Richard an Ama Kelly in Detroit Michigan. She attended college at Spellman and is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. After returning to Detroit, she got involved in local organizing and fought for racial and economic justice for the many poor and minority families in Detroit. As an organizer Wanda worked to advance civil rights in Detroit which landed her a position in the Mayor's Office until she was later elected to the City Council and served from 2000 until 2015 when she was elected to serve the people of Detroit in Congress in the 13th Congressional District, replacing John Conyers.
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