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So the GOP had us vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today on yet another malevolent bill, whose primary purpose evidently is to reduce Planet Earth to a burnt cinder.  If the GOP were right that humans weren’t causing climate disruption, that might prove to be something of a relief, because then we wouldn’t feel so stupid about the extinction of humanity.  The title of the GOP’s bill was “Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act,” also known as the LGPTFAATW Act.  Paging Dr. Orwell, paging Dr. Orwell . . . .

Five House Democrats stepped forward with amendments, seeking to make this putrid saddlebag of puss slightly less detestable.  There are 233 Republicans in the House, and 199 Democrats.  Here is how the Democrats voted:

(1) 178 to 8.

(2) 179 to 5.

(3) 183 to 3.

(4) 174 to 12.

(5) 185 to 2.

So the Democratic amendments drew the support of between 94% and 99% of all the Democrats.  Sounds promising, right?  No, not right.  Here is how the Republicans voted on the same amendments:

(1) 1 to 224.

(2) 4 to 222.

(3) 5 to 220.

(4) 5 to 217.

(5) 4 to 221.

Not a single Democratic amendment drew more than 2% of the Republican votes.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the 113th Congress!

For a Democrat to win on any vote, that Democrat needs the support of all the Democrats, and at least 8% of the Republicans.  Or somewhat fewer Democrats (I’m looking at you, Jim Matheson!), and even more of the Republicans.

That didn’t happen today.  Not even close.

But hey, I’m a Democrat, and somehow or other, I won on 13 House amendment votes last year -- more than any other Member, Democratic or Republican.  Plus 15 times this year – so far.  And I won on good progressive stuff, too – protecting us from NSA sabotage of security standards, moving money from weapons to biomedical research, cutting off funding for contractors whose work is late or over budget, etc., etc.

Q. Who deserves your support?  A. A proud progressive Democrat who knows how to win!  Please contribute to our re-election campaign before the June 30 FEC deadline.

So why have my amendments succeeded, when so many other Democratic amendments have failed?  Here are a few reasons:

(1) I give some thought as to what might make a progressive amendment appealing to 18 or more House Republicans.  Sometimes I can make a regional pitch, as I did to coastal Republicans on an offshore drilling amendment.  Sometimes I can make a Constitutional pitch, as I did on a shield law for reporters and their sources.  Sometimes I can make a nationalist pitch, as I did for protecting the Buy American Act from being gutted in trade negotiations.  And sometimes I can make a political pitch, as I did for increased funding for Spanish-language housing counseling.  (“Do you really want Hispanics to hate the GOP forever and ever?”)  With some thought, I can see each proposal the way that the other side sees it, and I can come up with a way to win enough of their votes without compromising our principles.

(2) I come up with things that are worth voting on.  I’m not going to waste everyone’s time with an amendment to establish a commission, or order a report.   That’s not my style.  I swing for the fences.  And in an institution scared by pervasive, perpetual boredom, that counts for something.  I keep it real, and I keep it interesting.

(3) I’m not afraid to talk to GOP leadership directly.  I walk right up to them, I tell them what I want, and I explain why I want it.  I don’t mince words.  I don’t try to fool them.  I don’t kiss up to them.  Usually, they say no, but every once in a while, they say yes.  And they love being asked.

(4) I work it.  I work it like no one else in the House.  (Sorry, but it ain’t bragging if it’s true.)  For every amendment that I care about, I personally write a letter to every other Member of the House, explaining why I deserve their support.  I hand the letter to most of them myself.  I talk to dozens and dozens of GOP members about what my amendment is all about.  My staff talks to their staff.  And I enlist the help of other Members to spread the word.

Isn’t this EXACTLY what you want from a Member of Congress?  Someone who pays attention, works hard, cares about our principles, and figures out HOW TO WIN?  As MSNBC’s Ed Schultz once said about Rep. Alan Grayson, “This guy is what it’s all about!”  So show your support for our Congressman With Guts right now, before the looming June 30 deadline.

You may ask, why don’t other House Democrats do this, instead of sitting around and whining about how awful the GOP is?  It’s like the old joke:

Q.  Why is there so much ignorance and apathy?  A.  I don’t know and I don’t care.

I tell other Members that if they’re unhappy with their job, then they should let someone else have it.  No matter which side has the numbers, there are 50 different ways to win.

And it’s so important to win.  There are 700,000 people in Central Florida, and 320 million people nationwide, who are counting on me to do something good for them.   And that’s good enough for me.


Rep. Alan Grayson

P.S.  As we said yesterday, with the June 30 deadline approaching, you’ll be seeing a lot of messages this week from Members of Congress, asking for your support.  But ours notes are the only ones that you’ll see citing actual accomplishments.  Think about that, and then show your support for America’s Congressman.

Originally posted to Alan Grayson on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:07 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  You are earning your salary Mr.Grayson. (9+ / 0-)

    Too bad most of your fellow Congresspeople are not. You deserve our support.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:16:45 AM PDT

  •  Tipped & reced (7+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:27:21 AM PDT

  •  And thank you Congressman Grayson for (7+ / 0-)

    what you do and for posting here at DKos.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:34:20 AM PDT

  •  Why aren't Democrats pointing out to Americans (3+ / 0-)
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    Mopshell, elwior, Calamity Jean

    who want to see climate action to curb carbon emissions and protect water that it will never happen if they vote Republican? They are all in the pocket or afraid of billionaires whose businesses contribute massively to pollution and the destruction of our carbon sinks.  Why don't Americans know about their Climate Pledge which should be called the Climate Denial Pledge?

    Places like your state of Florida faces certain devastation and must prepare to lessen the impact.  Yet, even there Republicans are trying to kill renewable incentives.  Wind and solar PV unlike gas/coal/nuclear can generate electricity without vast amounts of water and without carbon emissions.  Offshore wind farms have been shown to lower the impact of hurricanes.  Yet, today I read that Floridians are rolling back incentives for renewables.

  •  We're behind you 100%! (3+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl, allie4fairness, elwior

    I've no doubt there will be many donations forthcoming from this vibrant site, more because you took the time to write to us personally and we appreciate being able to talk directly to you.

    We understand why Congress works in fits and starts; we know how vital it is to get out the Democratic vote (and there are people here who are doing extraordinary things to make that happen - watch Kansas for a start!). But this is the first time I've seen how a Representative can make a real difference in the House and I applaud you for your initiative and commitment.

    Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

    by Mopshell on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 09:43:35 AM PDT

  •  One night I saw a hearing in the House on TV and (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, tardis10

    was shocked to see a Representative making sane, honest comments in a non-confrontational way. The name at the bottom of the screen was Alan Grayson. Congratulations and thanks for trying to pass some reasonable legislation.

    So the GOP had us vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today on yet another malevolent bill, whose primary purpose evidently is to reduce Planet Earth to a burnt cinder.  If the GOP were right that humans weren’t causing climate disruption, that might prove to be something of a relief, because then we wouldn’t feel so stupid about the extinction of humanity.
    Climate change deniers have waged a vicious campaign against long-term welfare of humanity in favor of short-term profits of a few filthy rich people. The only weapons we have against them are Truth and Reality. I saw the report claiming that people will be extinct in 200 years but did not bother to read it. I have a STEM background and have done computer modeling. There are too many variables to model climate or human behavior for the next 200 years. It is extremely unlikely that all people will be extinct in 200 years, (although we could nuke ourselves out of existence in the northern hemisphere). Even with a prompt reversal of current energy policies in the US, climate problems will still decrease the amount of land available for human communities and farming. There will have to be drastic population redistributions, but climate change will not prevent this planet from supporting life. I realize that the comment about reducing earth to a burnt cinder was made for effect, but some people may take it seriously. Climate deniers have a nasty habit of taking comments like that out of context.

    Promotion of solar and wind power are an excellent way to address the problem. Geothermal energy development also needs to be strongly encouraged. There are potential geothermal sources in much of the western US, including northern areas where solar is problematic in the winter. Geothermal power is also available at night. Aquifers would need to be protected, but this is a very clean, renewable resource. (I do not have any personal or economic connection to geothermal development.)

    Population stabilization should be promoted by making education available to girls, and by allowing women economic opportunities that permit them to make choices about the way they wish to live. Birth control should be a personal choice that is available as part of every person's right to health care.

    Many programs that help women, such as reforestation and more efficient stoves, will also help stabilize carbon dioxide levels. Home gardening and better food supply practices in the US would improve quality of life and make another small contribution to solving the problem. Home economics programs in the schools could teach more efficient use of food and other resources. Global climate change needs to be addressed with many small solutions that add up to better lives for many people.

  •  So, the Honorable Representative Grayson, (0+ / 0-)

    how 'bout you try my legislative ideas, as follows:

    1. Using your inside knowledge, identify the bottom 20 rethuglicon crooks in the House.

    2. Figure out how much under-the-table cash each of them gets from the K Street lobbyists, bankstas, gangstas, fraudstas, and Koch-stas as payola for their votes on specific House bills.

    3. Go to the Democratic National Committee and request enough money to outbid the money laundering corporate bribers.

    4. Form a funny-bunny 501c4 PAC and buy the votes to pass progressive legislation.

    5. Enact all of Sen. Reid's senate generated bills.


    We're all just working for Pharaoh.

    by whl on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 11:29:33 AM PDT

  •  Proud to know you Allan, happy to support you (1+ / 0-)
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    Truth speakers who see the big, big picture are rare and you are among the rarest.

    "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

    by murphthesurf3 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 03:04:52 PM PDT

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