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Saturday, April 14, 2012

The US House of Representatives

From Representative Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader:
On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business.  Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 3001 - Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Act (Sponsored by Rep. Gregory Meeks / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 1815 - Lena Horne Recognition Act (Sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 4040 - To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Baca / Financial Services Committee)

4) H.R. 2453 - Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Financial Services Committee)
T0 be honest, Raoul Wallenberg needs to be honored and in addition I am glad to see Rep Alcee Hastings moving to recognize the great Lena Horne.  But, the schedule is set so that the Congresscritters can fly back to DC on Monday morning, unless they live a long ways off.

On Monday, the 16th, there will be an Oversight and Government Reform Hearing on "Addressing the General Services Administration's (GSA) Culture of Wasteful Spending" (1:30 PM).  This GSA issue appears to be big.  With people stepping down and getting fired it has moved past pranks and into the arena of Fraud, Waste and Abuse.  To quote Wikipedia:
On April 2nd, 2012 [GSA Administrator] Martha Johnson resigned as the head of the GSA after a scathing report detailing outrageous government spending on a training seminar in Las Vegas.
Here is a bit more of a writeup.  Frankly, while the President appoints, with the advice and consent of the Senate, the Administrator, I think the GSA scandal is a "Washington" thing and not something inherent in the Obama Administration.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Ms Horne passed away two years ago in May, at the age of 92.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No...the Obama administration...especially the Obama family....are much more abusive. Take for example the spring break trip by Malia and 12 of her "closest friends" to Oaxaca, Mexico....along with 25 SS agents, an 89th Airlift Wing VC-32 PLUS back up jet. The cost of that unreimbursed junket puts anything the GSA has done to shame. Even the British royals have the decency to avoid such ostentatious displays....and they are REAL royals instead of this wannabe bunch.

Sadly.....and won't hear a peep in the House about this or any other First Family personal junkets at taxpayer expense. Too politically risky...too...uh...."sensitive."

But "Hey, we sure do feel your pain America's middle class."