Congressional Reform Act of 2013

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Congressional Reform Act of 2013

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. 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. It may not be used for any other purpose.

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

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

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

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

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 01/31/2013. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress

8. Term limits will be set the same as president. A two term limit for all congressman/women will take effect immediately and all pensions stop for everyone past and present. They made enough money by being in office for two terms, now they can go and get a job with that nice resume they have, just like the rest of us would have to do.

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

To sign the petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congressional-reform-152

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  2. CR says:

    Congressional Reform Act of 2013

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

    2. 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. It may not be used for any other purpose.

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

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

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

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

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 01/31/2013. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

    Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves.
    Serving in Congress

    8. Term limits will be set the same as president. A two term limit for all congressman/women will take effect immediately and all pensions stop for everyone past and present. They made enough money by being in office for two terms, now they can go and get a job with that nice resume they have, just like the rest of us would have to do.

    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

    To sign the petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congressional-reform-152

  3. CR says:

    AP source: Tentative $13B deal with JPMorgan

    JPMorgan would pay $13B to settle allegations over mortgage-backed securities

    10/19/13 By Pete Yost, Associated Press | Associated Press – 45 seconds ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A person familiar with negotiations between the federal government and JPMorgan Chase & Co. says the bank has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle allegations surrounding the quality of mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

    The person tells The Associated Press that the tentative settlement was negotiated Friday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been made final.
    The person says the tentative agreement does not extend to a criminal investigation of the bank’s conduct that is being handled by federal prosecutors in Sacramento, Calif.

    The person says those negotiating the deal are Attorney General Eric Holder, Associate Attorney General Tony West, J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and the bank’s general counsel, Stephen Cutler.

  4. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    10/19/13 6:08 PM EDT By TAL KOPAN – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
    • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), ranking member, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
    • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
    • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
    • Michael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Cruz
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director, White House Office of Management and Budget
    • Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman, Senate Finance Committee

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member, House Budget Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • President Barack Obama
    • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

  5. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    Oct. 20, 2013
    U.S. Women vs. Australia Women
    12:30 p.m. CT
    The Alamodome
    San Antonio, Texas
    NBC

    • CR says:

      Oct. 20, 2013
      U.S. Women vs. Australia Women
      12:30 p.m. CT
      The Alamodome
      San Antonio, Texas

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      FINAL SCORE: U.S. Women 4:0 Australia Women

      Holiday 6′. Lloyd 56′, Brian 90+2

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      US gives Sermanni win over old team Australia 4-0

      10/20/13 44 minutes ago By JIM VERTUNO (AP Sports)

      SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tom Sermanni could have been forgiven for any pangs of nostalgia when facing his old team. His new players, however, had no similar emotional attachment.

      Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd scored in the first half, and the U.S. women’s national team overpowered Australia 4-0, giving Sermanni a victory in his first match against his former side.

      ”The reality is as a coach, you have to be detached once the game starts,” Sermanni said. ”We knew it was going to be a difficult game. I’m pleased to have come out of it unscathed. Otherwise I might have been a pariah in Australia and the U.S.”

      Holiday and Lloyd scored on powerful volleys, and Abby Wambach extended her international record with her 162nd goal, connecting with delicate flick off the outside of her right foot that trickled into the corner. Christen Press scored in stoppage time.

      The win extended the Americans’ unbeaten streak to 36 games and pushed Sermanni’s record with the U.S. to 11-0-2 in his first year. Sermanni coached Australia for eight years, leading the Matildas to two World Cup appearances and an Asian Cup title before taking over the U.S. job in late 2012.

      For more: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/us-gives-sermanni-win-over-195212571–sow.html

  6. vitaminlover says:

    Wow!

  7. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Saturday night, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  8. Tally says:

    I’m good with all of it except the term limits. It’s obviously hard enough to find smart people who really understand how government/law works and who love serving their country – look at the Teaparty. There are so many idiots right now that we can’t afford to lose the good men and women like Berie Sanders and Barbara Boxer who actually know what the hell they’re doing, by imposing term limits.

    • CR says:

      Welcome Tally.

      Yes, I understand your point about the need to be able to keep the good Congress people for longer. There is a need for some serious tweaking in Congress. I was sent this proposal and thought that it had some really good points so I that is why I featured it.

      • Tally says:

        It’s brilliant. And will get a lot of attention, as it should. But I want someone who goes to school and gets a Poli Sci PhD, and knows what’s up. I’d rather have a career politician than one who only does their time so they can get a cushy, überlucrative lobbying job. It could, and likely get far worse if we imposed term limits.

  9. CR says:

    Lawmakers seek truce with farm bill

    10/20/13 06:00 AM ET By Erik Wasson – TheHill

    The $1 trillion farm bill will serve as the first test of how deeply the shutdown fight has damaged relations in Washington.

    Congress has made the legislation its first order of business as it pivots away from the battles over government funding and the debt ceiling.

    The leaders of the agriculture committees in Congress and K Street lobbyists are eager to put the finishing touches on the bill, which could get wrapped into a year-end budget deal that replaces automatic sequestration cuts.

    But some fear Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has vowed to complete the legislation, might be too wounded by the fiscal battle to finish the job.

    The same conservative groups that thwarted Boehner’s plans during the shutdown fight — including Heritage Action — could be opposed to the farm bill if there is any compromise on food stamp cuts.

    Supporters of the legislation also fear the raw relations between the White House and congressional Republicans will make bipartisan legislating difficult.

    The renewed push for the farm bill didn’t get off to an auspicious start

    President Obama on Thursday named the farm subsidy and food stamp bill one of his top three near-term priorities, along with a budget deal and immigration reform.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/agriculture/329413-lawmakers-seek-truce-with-farm-bill

    • CR says:

      Farm bill deal would cut food stamps by 1 percent

      1/27/14 – 26 minutes ago By MARY CLARE JALONICK – Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) — A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year.

      The measure announced by the House and Senate Agriculture committees preserves food stamp benefits for most Americans who receive them and continues generous subsidies for farmers. The House could vote on the bill as soon as Wednesday.

      The compromise was expected to cut food stamps by about $800 million a year, or around 1 percent. The House in September passed legislation cutting 5 percent from the $80 billion-a-year program.

      The Democratic-controlled Senate had passed a bill with $400 million in annual food stamp cuts.

      • CR says:

        Senate advances farm bill

        February 03, 2014, 06:18 pm By Erik Wasson and Ramsey Cox – TheHill

        The Senate voted to end debate Monday on a $956 billion farm bill, clearing its way to President Obama’s desk after three years of struggles.

        The Senate voted 72-22 to end debate and proceed on the five-year bill, which authorizes agriculture subsidies and food stamps. Final passage is expected to come after 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

        The House previously approved the bill in a 251-166 vote last week.

        Obama is expected to sign the bill into law, even though it reduces farm subsidy payments by more than what he had sought.

        The bill would save $16.6 billion in spending over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

        A majority of the spending in the bill is for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known widely as food stamps. The original House proposal would have cut $39 billion from the food stamps program, while the Senate-passed bill called for a $4 billion cut.

        Conferees settled on cutting SNAP by $8 billion by requiring households to receive at least $20 per year in home heating assistance before they automatically qualify for food stamps, instead of the $1 threshold now in place in some states.

        Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/197307-senate-advances-farm-bill

  10. CR says:

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    The FCC has work to do, and Ted Cruz isn’t helping

    BY BRIAN FUNG
    October 18 at 12:38 pm

    Fresh off his defeat over the government shutdown, Ted Cruz has blocked President Obama’s nominee for the chair of the Federal Communications Commission. At any other time, the delay might be written off as another cost of doing business in today’s gridlocked Congress. But having just emerged from a 16-day closure, Washington’s got a bunch of catching up to do — and the FCC is no exception, meaning that the hold on Tom Wheeler, Obama’s nominee, is likely to add even more to the backlog.

    What’s at stake is a major government auction to improve the nation’s mobile broadband and other wireless networks. It’s the first of its kind, making the FCC a battleground for telecom companies, the TV industry and consumer advocates who are all trying to influence the rules behind the auction. All these groups are stuck in a holding pattern until the FCC makes a final decision on how the process will work. But the agency won’t likely do that until Congress approves Obama’s pick, industry analysts told The Post’s Cecilia Kang.

    Cruz says he’ll continue to block a confirmation vote until Wheeler vows not to apply more stringent disclosure rules on political television ads.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/18/the-fcc-has-work-to-do-and-ted-cruz-isnt-helping/

  11. CR says:

    The Issue: Supporters want immigration reform back in the limelight

    Oct. 20, 2013 By NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

    The federal government shutdown, worry about the U.S. government reaching its borrowing limit, Syria and world events have pushed immigration reform to the back burner for awhile.

    Folks, including President Obama, want it brought back to the fore.

    Rallies for immigration reform were conducted across the nation as a way to urge Congress to pass reform measures.

    The day after Congress approved a bill that reopened government and avoided default, Obama said sweeping immigration reform should be acted on before the end of the year.

    “We should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system. There’s already a broad coalition across America that’s behind this effort of comprehensive immigration reform, from business leaders to faith leaders to law enforcement,” Obama said.

    “In fact, the Senate has already passed a bill with strong bipartisan support that would make the biggest commitment to border security in our history, would modernize our legal immigration system, make sure everyone plays by the same rules, make sure that folks [who] came here illegally have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, meet their responsibilities,” he said.

    If the Senate bill becomes law, economists estimate the U.S. economy would be 5 percent larger two decades from now — $1.4 trillion in new economic growth, Obama said.

    “The majority of Americans think this is the right thing to do. And it’s sitting there waiting for the House to pass it,” Obama said.

    If the Republican-led House “has ideas on how to improve the Senate bill, let’s hear them,” Obama said. “Let’s start the negotiations. But let’s not leave this problem to keep festering for another year or two years or three years. This can and should get done by the end of this year.”

    While the Senate bill offers comprehensive reform, House leaders have said they would move incrementally.

    For more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/10/20/The-Issue-Supporters-want-immigration-reform-back-in-the-limelight/UPI-91091382259840/

  12. CR says:

    Schumer to introduce debt-limit legislation

    10/20/13 11:35 AM ET By Julian Hattem – TheHill

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will propose legislation that would make permanent a plan to take the decision to raise the country’s debt limit out of Congress’s hands.

    By making the so-called “McConnell rule” permanent, the president would have ultimate authority to raise the debt limit and prevent the United States from defaulting.

    Congress would still have power to oppose raising the debt ceiling, but would not have to vote to increase the borrowing limit.

    “If we were to do that, the chances of going up to the brink again, the chances of this kind of debacle, will decrease,” Schumer said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/329493-schumer-to-introduce-debt-limit-bill

  13. CR says:

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    Come on over to my newest post titled: ” Affordable Care Act: Focus on Addictions”

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