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Harry Mitchell roundup

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Editorial: If we are going to talk the talk of fiscal discipline, surely we can walk the walk of self-restraint. The American people are not getting a raise this year. Why should Congress? [AzCentral Opinions]
Holding Congress on Your Corner one-on-one listening session at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Mesa Community College.
Mitchell said he cannot [...]

Omnibus spending bill is made of FAIL

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The New York Times has a great picture of John McCain looking Very Concerned.

Senate Republicans blocked a $410 billion omnibus spending measure on Thursday night, forcing Congressional Democrats to prepare a stopgap budget resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down.
The ability of the diminished minority to delay the bill signaled growing unease [...]

Today in the House Mortgage bailout

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

H R 1106, Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, seeks to prevent mortgage foreclosures and enhance mortgage credit availability. Passed the House 234 191.
Yea: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

H Res 153, Commending the University of Southern California Trojan football team for its victory in the 2009 Rose Bowl. Yes, [...]

Recently in the House More truly important Congressional activities

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

H Res 45, establishing March as National Criminal Justice Month. Passed 415 0.

H Res 195, Recognizing and honoring the employees of the Department of Homeland Security on its sixth anniversary for their continuous efforts to keep the nation safe. Passed 418 0.

H Res 201, Recognizing Beverly Eckerts service to the Nation and particularly [...]

Harry Mitchell roundup

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

On report that thousands of VA files are missing: It is unacceptable to have them lost, to have their dates changed, to have them shredded. This is not acceptable. Outrageous story: [CBS News]
“It is impossible not to be shocked by the numbers from Detroit,” said Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., who chairs the House Veterans’ Affairs [...]

Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2009

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

H R 1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act for 2009, passed the House 245 178. $410 billion, read Republican and Blue Dog responses in posts below.
Yea: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Grijalva
Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Mitchell, Flake, Giffords

Mitchell opposes royalties from radio stations

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Radio Business Report:
The musicFirst Coalition trotted out a posse of nationally-known musicians to kick off the latest attempt to extract performance royalties out of radio stations. The two chairs of the Congressional Judiciary Committees Committees – Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Conyers (D-MI) are on board, along with supporters from both parties.
The musicians coming [...]

Giffords, Mitchell join Blue Dog energy task force

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Hotline blog reports that Gabrielle Giffords and Harry Mitchell, both part of the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, are joining an energy policy task force that aims to drive viable, comprehensive policy solutions and alternatives with national and economic security as the foremost goals.

Mitchell votes with GOP on Dem spending bill

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

From a statement:
Citing concerns about unnecessary spending, U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell cast a vote on Wednesday against the Democratic-backed appropriations package for the current fiscal year.
Despite Mitchell’s nay vote, the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, H.R. 1105, passed 245-178. Mitchell was one of 20 Democrats who voted against the measure.
Mitchell said he could not [...]

Today in the House: Angry Chimp Act

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

H R 80, the Captive Primate Safety Act, seeks to treat nonhuman primates as prohibited wildlife species. Passed the House 323 95.
Aye: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
No: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

Today in the House: Teens, Guam and Utah land

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

H R 911, Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act. Seeks to require certain standards and enforcement provisions to prevent child abuse and neglect in residential programs. Passed the House 295 102.
Yea: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

H R 44, Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act. Seeks to implement [...]

Mitchell, Giffords still on vulnerable list

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The Hill:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named Monday 40 of its most vulnerable junior members who would be added to the partys Frontline program, designed to protect the most at-risk incumbents.

More senior members who still represent districts President Bush or Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won find themselves on the list as a precaution as well. [...]

Mitchell helped bring Obama to Mesa

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

East Valley Tribune:
Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh is thrilled the President chose his district to talk about the economic future of the country. While he wasn’t sure he was going to get one of the coveted tickets, Kavanaugh said he worked with Congressman Harry Mitchell’s office to pitch the district and Dobson High for the visit.
“As [...]

Stimulus passes House

Friday, February 13th, 2009

H.R. 1, The Stimulus, passed the House again 246 183 1.
Yea: Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

Mitchell on stimulus vote: The risk of inaction is too great

Friday, February 13th, 2009

From a statement:

Today, U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell and the House of Representatives voted to stem massive job losses and provide critical tax relief to Arizona employers and working families.

“Arizona’s job losses last year were worse than every other state but one. People are facing foreclosure and struggling to make ends meet,” said Mitchell. “The [...]

Today in the House: Elder abuse

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

H. R. 448, the Elder Abuse Victims Act, passed the House 397 25.
The bill seeks to protect seniors in the United States from elder abuse by establishing specialized elder abuse prosecution and research programs and activities to aid victims of elder abuse, to provide training to prosecutors and other law enforcement related [...]

Mitchell: We must walk the walk of self-restraint

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Harry Mitchells floor speech today:
I rise today to thank Speaker Pelosi for agreeing to block the next scheduled Congressional pay raise. As government acts to cap executive compensation, and as millions of Americans watch their incomes shrink, a pay raise for Members of Congress would have seemed glaringly out of touch.
If we are going [...]

Really super-important things the House voted on today

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

H RES 114, Supporting the goals and ideals of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Passed 398 0. Everyone from AZ voted Yea.
H RES 60, Recognizing and commending University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford for winning the 2008 Heisman Trophy and for his academic and athletic accomplishments. Passed 394 0. Happy that [...]

Mitchell helps block Congressional pay raises

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

From a press release:
U.S. Rep Harry Mitchell today praised House Leaders for giving up the 2010 pay raise for Members of Congress. Earlier today, House leaders confirmed that, because of worsening economic conditions, House members would forego their regularly scheduled cost-of-living pay increase.
“As government acts to cap executive compensation, and as millions of Americans watch [...]

Today in Congress: DTV and Death in Custody

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Senate
John McCains amendment to prohibit the applicability of Buy American requirements in the stimulus bill to the utilization of funds provided by the Act failed 31 65. The Senate is still working on the stimulus.
House
S 352, the DTV Delay Act, passed the House 264 158. The bills purpose is to postpone the DTV [...]