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Akin Alert; DREAM and Contempt Vote

Posted in My E-mail with tags on June 16, 2012 by spikestl


Dear Friends,

Executive Action on the DREAM Act

In 2007, Congress blocked the DREAM Act which would have provided a path to citizenship for illegal immigrant children who go to college or join the military. At the time, I opposed this misguided legislation. Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will stop deporting and begin giving work permits to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

In America we are known for compassion but we are also known for the rule of law. This recent decision by the Obama Administration flies in the face of new citizens who have gone through the appropriate and legal process. This executive order will hurt unemployed Americans currently looking for jobs and circumvents the authority of Congress to make and pass laws.

Once again, the President has put election year politics ahead of the American people and the rule of law.

Oversight Committee Vote to Hold Attorney General in Contempt

As you may be aware, Operation Fast and Furious was part of Project Gunrunner, an operation administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF). In this project, BATF allowed suspicious individuals to buy hundreds of guns from gun shops in an attempt to trace the path of these firearms back to gangs and drug cartels in Mexico.

One of the guns linked to Fast and Furious was found to be used in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in the line of duty on December 14, 2010 in Arizona. Numerous deaths in Mexico and escalating violence ensued as a result of these gun sales, but BATF did not even inform Mexico’s Attorney General of the situation until June 2011, when investigation within the United States began to bring it to light.

In the wake of the murder of Agent Terry and the discovery of hundreds of these weapons “as a result of criminal activity” in both the US and Mexico, many questions have been raised about Fast and Furious and the DoJ’s involvement. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is conducting an ongoing investigation into this, but the DoJ has repeatedly refused to cooperate. Since issuing a subpoena for records related to this case in October 2011, the Oversight Committee has received only 7,600 pages of documents out of the nearly 80,000 requested.

Beyond this, the investigation has showed that the Attorney General has repeatedly lied about the DoJ’s knowledge of this incident. For instance, earlier in June, the Committee reviewed several wiretap applications from the DoJ, which provided further proof that senior DoJ officials knew about Fast and Furious. In several instances of sworn testimony, the Attorney General had told the Committee that these officials did not know, and that the wiretap applications were inconclusive.

The Department of Justice continues to stonewall Congress and I believe it is time for Attorney General Holder to resign. The original Operation Fast and Furious was enough of a threat to American citizens, lawful gun owners, and foreign relations with Mexico, but the continued foot-dragging over the past several months by DoJ has made it untrustworthy under current leadership. We need honesty from our judicial leaders, not scandal that endangers our lives and constitutional rights.

On June 20, the Oversight Committee will consider voting to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with their subpoenas, and I fully support them in this. I will continue to stand for Second Amendment Right protections for all Americans and for integrity and true justice from those officials who are in place to protect it.

I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me regarding any matter where I might be of assistance. Please visit my website at http://akin.house.gov, where you can find more information on current issues or share further thoughts with me via email.

Sincerely,

W. Todd Akin

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Akin Alert , 09/14/11

Posted in My E-mail on October 14, 2011 by spikestl

Dear Spike,

Almost every Missouri employer that I talk to quickly raises the same concern: new, oppressive regulations being issued by the Obama Administration. These regulations are hitting every aspect of our economy with crippling red-tape that reduces efficiency, drives up costs, and ultimately kills jobs. The Obama Administration currently is working on 219 new regulations that will cost our economy at least $100 million each. These regulations are hitting small businesses, farmers, cement producers, utility companies, and much more. One of these regulations, from the EPA, could cost our economy as much as $90 billion per year. That is $90 billion in job creation disappearing into thin air, due to one new over-burdensome regulation.

My Republican colleagues and I are working to roll back these job-killing regulations put forth by the Obama Administration. In the last few weeks, House Republicans have responded by passing a number of bills including:

H.R. 2250 to repeal new regulations on the 200,000 boilers used nation wide costing companies up to $20 billion,
H.R. 2681 to repeal new regulations on cement production that could close 20% of all American cement plants, and
H.R. 2273 to repeal new EPA regulations on coal ash which could result in over 184,000 job losses according the National Association of Manufacturers.
Unfortunately, these are just a few of the crippling regulations the Obama Administration is advancing. While the President promotes a second stimulus as a “jobs” plan, his administration is actively killing jobs across our country. I will continue to work with my colleagues to do all we can to fight these job-killing regulations, and we will pass a number of additional bills addressing these regulations in coming weeks. If you want more details, feel free to read the House Republican Job Plan.

On a different note, I recently introduced the Veteran’s ID Card Act. Currently only veterans who are entitled to receive retirement or medical benefits are issued an ID card from the Veterans Administration. This means that many veterans who have served honorably have no easy way to prove their status as a veteran. This bill corrects this deficiency, and does so at no cost to taxpayers. As of today, I have thirty-four of my colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, cosponsoring my bill, and I hope to get the Veterans Affairs Committee to consider the bill soon.

While there are serious struggles today, I continue to believe that we as a nation can work together to improve our future. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts on any of the issues we are facing, via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Sincerely,

W. Todd Akin

P.S. The House of Representatives passed the Protect Life Act on Thursday. I am an original cosponsor of this bill and was very proud to see it passed. It now awaits action in the Senate.

From my email, WEST’S WEEKLY WRAP-UP

Posted in My E-mail, politics on September 6, 2011 by spikestl

http://west.house.gov/

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is time for my recap of the final week of the summer constituent work period. If you all have been following our weekly updates, you can easily determine this was not a “recess” for us. This final week has proven to truly set the stage for our return to Capitol Hill and get us back focused on rectifying the horrific economic situation in which we find our America.

Friday, we received the news that there was not one new net job created in the United States of America. In other words, we have stagnated the investment, innovation, and ingenuity of the entrepreneurial spirit that has made our nation a leader in free market and private sector growth.

Somehow in three short years, we have taken a bad situation and exacerbated it to epic proportions. It is not just the debt and deficits which have grown to astronomical proportions in these years, but now we face something which is a complete anathema to our principles- an attitude towards business which is completely anti-growth.

Previously, we have discussed the over-regulatory environment emanating from Washington and this Obama Administration. It has been evidenced in the nearly 600 new regulations issued in the month of July, with an estimated compliance cost of $10 billion.

We have heard enough about “investing” in green energy jobs. This is evidenced in a green energy company, Solyndra, praised a year ago by President Obama as a model green energy company in California, just announcing bankruptcy. Solyndra was a recipient of stimulus finding, one of the top 5 “green energy” companies.

We even have the Obama administration now attempting to “manage expectations” by hinting that unemployment may not be down below 9% within the year. The difference here is that we have a President who is unwilling to admit his economic policies have failed, and it is time to pivot in a completely different direction…a lesson he could learn from former President Bill Clinton.

Therefore, what is the purpose of the speech next week on the grand jobs plan which we have been waiting for with baited breath since the Big Black Bus tour? We have sat and counted the days and hours until the speech while the President relaxed in Martha’s Vineyard, truly a place representative of America.

What will be the purpose of this address, since the President wants all of Congress to sit attentively? Will we finally receive a written plan, or must we again seek to “score” or evaluate another speech? One thing that has already been declared is that after the speech on Thursday, the President will be heading back to the White House to begin working to resolve this situation. Actually, no, he will go back out on the campaign trail Friday.

The question is, will he take the taxpayer-funded private jet or the Big Black Bus?

It seems my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus have been reading Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, and are seeking to apply his Rule #13 tactic. This baseless attack upon the constitutional conservative grassroots movement called the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party has reached a new low of unreasonable desperation.

What person would not agree with the principles of efficient and constitutional limited government, fiscal responsibility, national security, and free market/free enterprise? It appears Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson along with Congressman Andre Carson do not.

Perhaps my colleagues, who were out this past month across America conducting “job fairs,” should closely examine failed economic, monetary, tax, and regulatory policies emanating from this current Obama Administration, rather than point fingers.

And oh, by the way, while the CBC was out conducting these “job fairs” the unemployment rate for black Americans rose from 15.9% to 16.7%.

That is why, as the only Conservative member of the CBC, I will meet with Chairman Cleaver to compare lessons learned on what small business owners, corporate leaders, and chambers of commerce members told me about revitalizing our economic and job growth. The objective solutions I was given from my constituents after visiting dozens of small businesses and their employees this month are far superior and results-oriented.

In conclusion, I wish you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and my thoughts, prayers, and condolences to those who have had to contend with the flooding in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, as well as across the Gulf States of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen

You can contact the Congressman Here http://west.house.gov/

Akin Alert, 16/7/2011

Posted in My E-mail, politics with tags , on July 16, 2011 by spikestl

Dear Spike,

Another week in Washington has been dominated by the debate on raising the federal debt ceiling. I believe that continuing on our current fiscal path is unsustainable and irresponsible. We will not fix our debt crisis overnight, but we must change course now rather than simply kicking the can further down the road.

Let me put our current debt situation in perspective. It took our nation 216 years and 41 presidents to accumulate our first $3.7 trillion in debt. It took President Obama less than two and a half years to accumulate the same amount of debt. Our total federal debt is now at $14.3 trillion, which is equal to roughly $46,000 in debt for every man, woman and child in the United States. This year, the federal government is borrowing about 40 cents of every single dollar it spends. This is simply unsustainable.

Next week, the House of Representatives will take a step toward fixing the structural problems that have led to this run away debt by voting on the Cut, Cap and Balance Act. This bill cuts $111 billion in federal spending in fiscal year 2012. The bill caps federal spending at 19.9% of GDP, the historical average level of federal spending since World War II. Lastly, the bill requires that a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget be passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification before any increase in the debt ceiling goes into effect. This bill is not perfect, and does not accomplish everything that must be done to rein in federal spending, but I believe it is a reasonable first step that would be a significant change in course. I look forward to supporting the Cut, Cap and Balance Act next week in the House.

Also this week, I participated in a House Budget Committee hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which was created by President Obama’s health care bill. The IPAB is comprised of fifteen un-elected bureaucrats who will be able to cut Medicare without the support or approval of Congress. IPAB is just another example of what is wrong with Obama’s healthcare bill–instead of empowering individuals to make choices about their own healthcare, it gives that power to un-elected bureaucrats. For this and many more reasons, we should repeal President Obama’s healthcare bill and replace it with something that is patient-centric and encourages the free market to work.

Lastly, this week I led a letter from most of the Missouri delegation calling for hearings on how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has managed or potentially mis-managed the Missouri River. The Missouri River is an important resource for our state and our country, and it should be managed with a focus on flood-control and transportation. You can read my letter here. I also spoke on the House floor in support of an amendment that would prohibit funds from going to the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS). A 17 year, $35 million study on this same issue was just completed. It makes no sense to do the same study over again at the cost of another $25 million. This is simply unacceptable.

It is an honor to serve you in Washington. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email, Facebook or Twitter, and please consider sharing this email with others who may be interested.

Sincerely,

W. Todd Akin

You can contact the congressman HERE;www.akin.house.gov

From my E-mail

Posted in My E-mail with tags on May 9, 2011 by spikestl

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

I’m asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. Term Limits.
12 years only, one of the possible options below..
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

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AKIN ALERT: Dollars & Sense

Posted in My E-mail, politics with tags , on March 4, 2011 by spikestl

03/04/2011

http://akin.house.gov/

Dear Spike,

Suppose your employer paid you $2000 every month and every month, you spent $2800. Your excesses have gone on so long that you have accumulated over $140,000 in credit card debt.

Would you be in a fiscal crisis?

The United States is in a far worse fiscal situation than this and yet many in Washington appear willing to ignore this crisis. Supporting the status quo means continuing to borrow nearly 40 cents of every dollar we spend and refusing to make meaningful changes in our spending patterns.

Is that good sense?

Budget Update

Two weeks ago, the House passed a government funding resolution that reduced spending by $100 billion from what the President requested for this year. But the Senate has failed to even allow a vote on this measure. So this week began with the passage of short term resolution to fund the government. Approved by the Senate and signed by the President, this temporary measure – funding government until the 18th of March – cut $4 billion from last year’s funding levels.

Next week, we will press forward with an adult discussion on budget priorities in the House. It’s time to talk not only about reducing discretionary spending in 2011 but also about restructuring mandatory spending programs in the 2012 budget. That means it’s time to take constructive steps to reform entitlement spending programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. As we have this discussion, I want to know your thoughts: I’ve set up a poll on my website, so you can easily signal what principles would guide your vote if you were in Congress.

DOMA

As you may have heard, President Obama has instructed the Justice Department not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This bipartisan 1996 legislation, signed into law by President Clinton, defines marriage as between one man and one woman for purposes of federal law and provides that no state shall be forced to recognize same sex relationships that are recognized under the law of another state.

The executive branch is charged with enforcing the laws of the United States. It is unacceptable for the President to decide on his own that a law passed by majorities of the House and Senate and signed by a prior President is unconstitutional. That is the role of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Speaker of the House and members of the House Judiciary Committee have looked into the appropriate response to this announcement from the White House. Today, Speaker Boehner announced that he convened the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to consider instructing the House’s Office of the General Counsel to defend DOMA in court. I support this action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you about these or any other legislative matters.

Sincerely,

W. Todd Akin

You Can Contact the Congressman here; http://akin.house.gov/

AKIN ALERT: What is the State of the Union?

Posted in My E-mail, politics with tags , on January 26, 2011 by spikestl

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Dear Spike,

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama recognized the need to spur job creation, strengthen the economy and reduce the size of government.

We agreed about some of the problems our country confronts.

Yet our solutions remain vastly different.

While the Republicans have called for immediately rolling back discretionary spending to pre-stimulus levels, the President called for freezing it at current levels – which means 84% more spending.

While Republicans have called for safely and responsibly exploring all domestic energy solutions, the President has shut down domestic energy exploration and called for new spending on “clean energy.”

While Republicans have introduced the REINS Act to require Congressional approval of any new regulation that would have a major impact on jobs, the President has called for a bureaucratic process where federal agencies review their own regulations and decide which ones, if any, should be changed or eliminated.

While Republicans are taking seriously our responsibility to address the unsustainable burden of entitlement programs, the President made it clear last night that any serious entitlement reform efforts were off the table.

Missouri is the “Show Me” state. We know real solutions are needed for 9% unemployment, red tape that strangles job creation, a $14 trillion national debt, and entitlement spending that eats up every penny of federal revenue (see chart).

There were many areas of agreement between Republicans and Democrats in the House chamber last night. With Republicans controlling the House and Democrats controlling the Senate and the Executive branch, the only way we are going to make progress on the urgent issues facing us is by working together to find real solutions for the serious challenges our country faces.
Sincerely,

W. Todd Akin


Mandatory spending (Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid) comprises over 45 percent of federal spending. By 2052, without reform, these programs will consume all federal revenues. Even more alarming, as you read this, the national debt continues to grow at an exponential rate.

CONSTITUENT CORNER

January is Sanctity of Human Life month. Regardless of age, health, or condition of dependency, every human being is valuable – worth our care and protection. So, whether you are young or old, strong or weak, high performing or differently abled, I will not cease to work to see that every light in this country is able to shine. I pray that you will join me in cherishing the precious lives around you.

You Can Contact the Congressman Here;http://akin.house.gov/