Dear fellow progressives! Thank you for your enthusiastic support to help House Democrats retake the majority in Congress! We know what’s at stake in this election. Because while there are many names on the ballot this year, so too is the character of our country.
What else? Medicare is on the ballot – and a victory for Democrats would be a victory for an agenda to strengthen Medicare, not end it. The middle class is on the ballot – and a victory for Democrats would be a victory for the economic security of the middle class. The hard-won rights of women are on the ballot – and a victory for Democrats would be a victory for women’s health and women’s rights all across this nation.
When Democrats held the majority in 2006, we proved we were able to competently govern and work in a bipartisan manner to address important priorities for our nation. With your support and the election of President Obama in 2008, we passed the Recovery Act, tougher regulations on Wall Street, expansion of student aid, the DREAM Act, and of course, historic health care reform that won’t leave you to the mercy of insurance companies. Independent experts hailed the Democratic-led 111th Congress as “the most productive” in decades.
Per my promise, I'm here to report back on what House Democrats are doing to hold Republicans and the President accountable. We returned from our April recess this week and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle wasted little time in getting down to business - namely, the business of serving wealthy corporate interests at the expense of the American people. So much of what we've done has already been covered on DailyKos, but thought it would be helpful to see everything in one place:
Thank you for all of your responses to my post
. The passion and insight from so many of you is the foundation of our strong Democratic Party.
Today, I offered my eleventh privileged resolution to hold the Republican Rubber Stamp Congress accountable for its abuse of power and ethical lapses
. And for the eleventh time, the Republicans voted to shut down debate on these issues. My friends, when an innocent man is accused of a crime, he works to clear his name. He does not do everything in his power to sweep that crime under the rug.
Thanks for your comments on my
post earlier in the week. Many of you asked to contextualize what $1.6 billion
dollars means and further how much $1.6 billion compares to the profits oil
companies are making and what we're spending in Iraq. There are many answers
to these questions and many ways to answer, however they're all answered by
this: that's the cost of the Republican culture of corruption. From the waste,
fraud and abuse in contracts both in Iraq and in our Gulf Coast to the Medicare
prescription drug bill, Republicans are stuffing the pockets of the special
interests at the expense of our present and our future.
I haven't seen many people online talking about a new GAO report
that Rep. Henry Waxman, Rep. George Miller, Rep. Elijah Cummings and I released yesterday
, so I wanted to draw your attention to it. I'll say it again, $1.6 billion. You can do a lot of good with that kind of money -- support the rebuilding of our Gulf Coast, invest in medical research, increase scholarship and student loan programs, even pay down the deficit.
(This is a joint post by Democratic Leader Pelosi and Rep. Henry Waxman on the Online Freedom of Speech Act under consideration by the House tonight.)
We want to assure the blogging community that we are fully committed to freedom of speech on the Internet and do not support any attempt to subject every day bloggers to FEC regulations or silence the rights of Americans to go online and voice their opinion. We are equally committed to eliminating the corrosive influence of soft money in our political campaigns. That is why we both voted for the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Unlimited and unregulated special interest dollars have no place in federal elections.
Republican Senator Robert Taft of Ohio had this to say about our duty in a time of war: 'Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government.' He was a Republican, it was during World War II, and what he said was right.
Each passing day confirms that the Iraq war has been a grotesque mistake. The defense appropriations bill provides another $45 billion for the war, in addition to the hundreds of billions of dollars already appropriated. And the end is not in sight. This money has been spent in Iraq without question by Congress, without accountability by the Administration, and without success. Congress did not discharge its responsibility to oversee those policies at the start of the war, and it has not done so since. The American people, particularly our troops who serve in harm's way, deserve better.
Sign on as a Citizen Co-Sponsor to the Pelosi Amendment and let the President know you want a clear plan, an accountable President, and our troops home: http://democraticleader.house.gov/bringourtroopshome.cfm
House Democratic Leader