Congress: ‘Get a Backbone’ and Pass Gun Control

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“Gun deaths over time in the US and Australia” by Volutin – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Gun violence is violence committed with the use of a gun (firearm or small arm). It may or may not be considered criminal. Criminal gun violence includes homicide (except when and where ruled justifiable), assault with a deadly weapon, and suicide, or attempted suicide, depending on jurisdiction. Non-criminal gun violence may include accidental or unintentional injury or death. Included in this subject are statistics regarding military or para-military activities, as well as the actions of civilians.According to GunPolicy.org, 75 percent of the world’s 875 million guns are civilian controlled. They are used to kill as many as 1,000 people daily. Globally, millions are wounded through the use of guns.Levels of gun violence vary greatly among geographical regions, countries, and even subnationally.The United States has the highest rate of gun related deaths per capita among developed countries, though it also has the highest rate of gun ownership and the highest rate of officers.For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence.

Mayors to Congress: ‘Get a Backbone’ and Pass Gun Control

City leaders want stronger regulations and curbs on firearms, Politico Magazine survey finds.

October 26, 2015 By Ben Wofford

The mayors of America’s cities are deeply concerned about rising crime and homicide rates—and deeply frustrated with the Congress’ continued inaction on gun control amid a spate of mass shootings. Stronger gun regulation is needed right now, mayors say, and Congress has hung them out to dry. Senators and representatives “will not be able to escape responsibility for the deaths of innocent Americans,” said Mayor Stephanie Miner of Syracuse, New York.

“Failure to address an issue that amounts to slow-motion mass murder of American citizens, many of whom are black and brown, is political cowardice. Stand up! Do the right thing,” said Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri.

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas said she had a simple message for Congress: “Get a backbone—do your job.”

Those answers were part of an exclusive Politico Magazine survey, which also found that more than 90 percent of mayors say that Congress is doing too little on issues of firearm regulation and gun violence. As Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, a city that has seen a surging homicide rate this year, implored: “Stand up against the fear-mongering NRA.” That emotion was seconded by Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor George Heartwell, who said, “Buck up and stand up to the NRA. Listen to the voice of the people of America.”

The mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, was even more blunt to Congress: “Just do it.”

The answers come from Politico Magazine’s third installment of an ongoing national Mayors’ Survey, part of the award-winning What Works series. The survey garnered responses from 45 mayors across the country, from Las Vegas to Tallahassee, Houston to San Francisco, Phoenix to Chattanooga, Grand Rapids to Portland, Maine. While not scientific (the large majority of respondents, 85 percent, were Democrats, joined by four independents and three Republicans), the survey represents an array of cities about as diverse as size, politics and geography can allow, including states of every hue—red, blue and purple.

Nearly across the board, the urban and suburban mayors—where the vast preponderance of the nation’s crime and gun violence occurs—were disturbed by rising homicide trends; 91 percent of the mayors said they were either “deeply concerned” or “concerned” about crime and homicide trends in their city. One in four of the mayors surveyed said their city had suffered a “mass shooting” incident since they came into office—and those mayors were substantially more likely to say they were “deeply concerned” about crime and shootings.

“We are losing an entire American generation to this endless cycle of violence,” said Mayor Mitch Landreiu of New Orleans. “It’s a direct threat to our national well-being and security.”

“The time to act is now,” Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Dwight Jones said. “We cannot wait to continue to allow illegals guns to subvert our neighborhoods and communities.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/10/mayors-survey-congress-pass-gun-control-reform-213296#ixzz3potK1z1w

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U.S. police chiefs call for background checks for all gun purchases

October 26, 2015 By Fiona Ortiz- Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Police chiefs from across the United States called on Monday for universal background checks for firearms purchases, saying opinion polls consistently show that most Americans support such restrictions.

The proliferation of firearms is one of the factors behind a rise in homicide rates in many U.S. cities this year, according to senior law enforcement officials at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago.

Acknowledging the power of the gun lobby and the reluctance of Congress to enact stricter gun laws, the police chiefs told a news conference they were not anti-gun but wanted to keep weapons out of the hands of people with criminal backgrounds.

Current rules on background checks apply to licensed dealers, but up to 40 percent of firearms sales involve private parties or gun shows and do not require checks, the chiefs said.

“This is a no-brainer, this is the simplest thing in the world,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. “It troubles me all the time.”

Backing the effort is an alliance of organizations representing police chiefs and executives, such as the Major Cities Chiefs Association and groups representing women, Hispanic and African-American law enforcement executives and police chiefs, as well as campus law enforcement administrators.

For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-police-chiefs-call-background-checks-gun-purchases-224932527.html

June 12, 2016

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June 21, 2016

  • 1:50 PM EDT
    Senate Bipartisan Gun Control Proposal Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she hopes the House will give her bipartisan proposal to prevent individuals on the no fly list from buying a gun a vote. She reminded her House colleagues that a majority of Americans support such legislation. The Senator was joined by seven other Senators from both parties for this proposal unveiling. A vote on the Senate floor has yet to be determined. http://www.c-span.org/video/?411567-1/bipartisan-group-senators-unveils-gun-control-proposal

June 22, 2016

“About 400,000 Americans have been shot and killed by guns since 9/11 — 400,000.  Just to give you a sense of perspective, since 9/11, fewer than 100 Americans have been murdered by terrorists on American soil — 400,000 have been killed by gun violence. That’s like losing the entire population of Cleveland or Minneapolis over the past 14 years.

And I refuse to accept the notion that we couldn’t have prevented some of those murders, some of those suicides, kept more families whole — (applause) — protected more officers if we had passed some common-sense laws.  (Applause.)

So, look, I understand we won’t all agree on this issue.  But it’s time to be honest — fewer gun safety laws don’t mean more freedom, they mean more danger.  Certainly more danger to police, more fallen officers, more grieving families, more Americans terrified that they or their loved ones could be next. So I’m going to keep calling on the folks in Congress to change the way that they think about gun safety.  And if they don’t, I’m going to keep on calling on Americans to change the folks in Congress until they get it right.  (Applause.)

And please do not — some of you watching certain television stations or listening to certain radio programs, please do not believe this notion that somehow I’m out to take everybody’s guns away.  Every time a mass shooting happens, one of the saddest ironies is that suddenly the purchase of firearms and ammunition jumps up because folks are scared into thinking that Obama is going to use this as an excuse to take away our Second Amendment rights.  Nobody is doing that.  We’re talking about common-sense measures to make sure criminals don’t get them; to make sure background checks work; to make sure that — (applause) — to make sure that we’re protecting ourselves.

So supporting law enforcement and having a budget that backs it up, not just — because talk is cheap, but actually following through to make sure you’ve got the resources you need.  Reforming our criminal justice system so it is smarter and we can reduce crime while still reducing the incarceration rate.  Restoring trust between communities.  Refusing to give up on gun safety.  We can take those steps.  That’s within our reach. ”

10/27/15 President Obama at the 122nd Annual IACP Conference

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21 thoughts on “Congress: ‘Get a Backbone’ and Pass Gun Control

  1. WH

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House
    South Lawn

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:35 AM
    President Obama departs Chicago
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden join Britain’s Prince Harry in meeting with wounded Servicemen and women in recovery and rehabilitation programs as part of their Joining Forces initiative and in celebration of the upcoming Invictus Games
    Fort Belvoir, VA

    12:00 PM
    12:15 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    12:30 AM
    President Obama returns to the White House
    South Lawn

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:05 PM
    President Obama meets with General John Allen, outgoing U.S. envoy for the fight against ISIS
    Oval Office

    3:50 PM
    President Obama meets with Britain’s Prince Harry
    Oval Office

    4:00 PM
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  2. Mayors to Congress: ‘Get a Backbone’ and Pass Gun Control

    City leaders want stronger regulations and curbs on firearms, Politico Magazine survey finds.

    October 26, 2015 By Ben Wofford

    The mayors of America’s cities are deeply concerned about rising crime and homicide rates—and deeply frustrated with the Congress’ continued inaction on gun control amid a spate of mass shootings. Stronger gun regulation is needed right now, mayors say, and Congress has hung them out to dry. Senators and representatives “will not be able to escape responsibility for the deaths of innocent Americans,” said Mayor Stephanie Miner of Syracuse, New York.

    “Failure to address an issue that amounts to slow-motion mass murder of American citizens, many of whom are black and brown, is political cowardice. Stand up! Do the right thing,” said Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri.

    Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas said she had a simple message for Congress: “Get a backbone—do your job.”

    Those answers were part of an exclusive Politico Magazine survey, which also found that more than 90 percent of mayors say that Congress is doing too little on issues of firearm regulation and gun violence. As Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, a city that has seen a surging homicide rate this year, implored: “Stand up against the fear-mongering NRA.” That emotion was seconded by Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor George Heartwell, who said, “Buck up and stand up to the NRA. Listen to the voice of the people of America.”

    The mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, was even more blunt to Congress: “Just do it.”

    The answers come from Politico Magazine’s third installment of an ongoing national Mayors’ Survey, part of the award-winning What Works series. The survey garnered responses from 45 mayors across the country, from Las Vegas to Tallahassee, Houston to San Francisco, Phoenix to Chattanooga, Grand Rapids to Portland, Maine. While not scientific (the large majority of respondents, 85 percent, were Democrats, joined by four independents and three Republicans), the survey represents an array of cities about as diverse as size, politics and geography can allow, including states of every hue—red, blue and purple.

    Nearly across the board, the urban and suburban mayors—where the vast preponderance of the nation’s crime and gun violence occurs—were disturbed by rising homicide trends; 91 percent of the mayors said they were either “deeply concerned” or “concerned” about crime and homicide trends in their city. One in four of the mayors surveyed said their city had suffered a “mass shooting” incident since they came into office—and those mayors were substantially more likely to say they were “deeply concerned” about crime and shootings.

    “We are losing an entire American generation to this endless cycle of violence,” said Mayor Mitch Landreiu of New Orleans. “It’s a direct threat to our national well-being and security.”

    “The time to act is now,” Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Dwight Jones said. “We cannot wait to continue to allow illegals guns to subvert our neighborhoods and communities.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/10/mayors-survey-congress-pass-gun-control-reform-213296#ixzz3potK1z1w

    • U.S. police chiefs call for background checks for all gun purchases

      October 26, 2015 By Fiona Ortiz- Reuters

      CHICAGO (Reuters) – Police chiefs from across the United States called on Monday for universal background checks for firearms purchases, saying opinion polls consistently show that most Americans support such restrictions.

      The proliferation of firearms is one of the factors behind a rise in homicide rates in many U.S. cities this year, according to senior law enforcement officials at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago.

      Acknowledging the power of the gun lobby and the reluctance of Congress to enact stricter gun laws, the police chiefs told a news conference they were not anti-gun but wanted to keep weapons out of the hands of people with criminal backgrounds.

      Current rules on background checks apply to licensed dealers, but up to 40 percent of firearms sales involve private parties or gun shows and do not require checks, the chiefs said.

      “This is a no-brainer, this is the simplest thing in the world,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. “It troubles me all the time.”

      Backing the effort is an alliance of organizations representing police chiefs and executives, such as the Major Cities Chiefs Association and groups representing women, Hispanic and African-American law enforcement executives and police chiefs, as well as campus law enforcement administrators.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-police-chiefs-call-background-checks-gun-purchases-224932527.html

    • ““About 400,000 Americans have been shot and killed by guns since 9/11 — 400,000. Just to give you a sense of perspective, since 9/11, fewer than 100 Americans have been murdered by terrorists on American soil — 400,000 have been killed by gun violence. That’s like losing the entire population of Cleveland or Minneapolis over the past 14 years.

      And I refuse to accept the notion that we couldn’t have prevented some of those murders, some of those suicides, kept more families whole — (applause) — protected more officers if we had passed some common-sense laws. (Applause.)

      So, look, I understand we won’t all agree on this issue. But it’s time to be honest — fewer gun safety laws don’t mean more freedom, they mean more danger. Certainly more danger to police, more fallen officers, more grieving families, more Americans terrified that they or their loved ones could be next. So I’m going to keep calling on the folks in Congress to change the way that they think about gun safety. And if they don’t, I’m going to keep on calling on Americans to change the folks in Congress until they get it right. (Applause.)

      And please do not — some of you watching certain television stations or listening to certain radio programs, please do not believe this notion that somehow I’m out to take everybody’s guns away. Every time a mass shooting happens, one of the saddest ironies is that suddenly the purchase of firearms and ammunition jumps up because folks are scared into thinking that Obama is going to use this as an excuse to take away our Second Amendment rights. Nobody is doing that. We’re talking about common-sense measures to make sure criminals don’t get them; to make sure background checks work; to make sure that — (applause) — to make sure that we’re protecting ourselves.

      So supporting law enforcement and having a budget that backs it up, not just — because talk is cheap, but actually following through to make sure you’ve got the resources you need. Reforming our criminal justice system so it is smarter and we can reduce crime while still reducing the incarceration rate. Restoring trust between communities. Refusing to give up on gun safety. We can take those steps. That’s within our reach. ”

      10/27/15 President Obama at the 122nd Annual IACP Conference

    • Two Sides Come Together On Gun Research Funding

      Rachel speaks with former congressman Jay Dickey and Dr. Mark Rosenberg, president of The Task Force for Global Health, about the lack of funding gun research.

      December 6, 20158:17 AM ET Rachel Martin – NPR

      RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

      The massacre in San Bernardino and the string of mass shootings that preceded it has prompted a debate again about what might work to curb gun violence. But when it comes to actually finding solutions to the problem, there’s a major roadblock. There hasn’t been any federally funded scientific research on the issue since 1996. That’s because in ’96, Congress froze all federal funding for gun violence research. A Republican congressman from Arkansas named Jay Dickey spearheaded the anti-research legislation, which had the backing of the NRA. On the other side of the issue was the Centers for Disease Control and a doctor named Mark Rosenberg. In 1996, Congressman Jay Dickey didn’t actually know Mark Rosenberg. He just knew he wasn’t on his team.

      JAY DICKEY: I was told not to have anything to do with Mark Rosenberg. He was the point-man for the other side.

      MARTIN: And Rosenberg heard the same thing about Dickey.

      MARK ROSENBERG: I was told by my handlers at CDC – they said, don’t you have anything to do with this guy.

      MARTIN: But this is not a story about a rancorous political debate. This is a story about common ground. One day, Rosenberg found himself at Dickey’s office. His legislative assistant needed some information from him. And the assistant said, hey, the congressman is here and wants to meet you. Dr. Rosenberg prepared to meet his arch rival.

      ROSENBERG: And I thought, oh, my God. So I decided I would go carefully and tread carefully, and I would say hello. Well, we started talking. And we started talking about a number of things that ended up – we were talking about our kids. And then Jay invited my son and his whole class to come visit Congress. And he would get them on a tour and visit with them. And he made this happen. And I was very touched – very touched.

      MARTIN: Why did you do that, Congressman Dickey?

      DICKEY: Well, you know, I saw Mark’s sincerity. And I thought this might be worthwhile. It might be worthwhile to talk to a person who I was, I thought, destined to dislike.

      MARTIN: Mr. Dickey, you ended up changing your mind. And you evolved, I guess we could say, on the issue of gun-related research. Can you tell me how that happened? What tipped the balance?

      DICKEY: I just started watching what was happening in the news. And then all of a sudden, in the middle of that – and I think Mark showed it to me – what the highway industry did was to solve a problem that would be an example for us. They had a goal of eliminating head-on collisions in our interstate system. And they never – they didn’t come out and say, we’re going to eliminate the cars. And they spent the time and the money for science and developed these 4-foot barricades that now you can see on the highways between the lanes of the interstate. And the results have been remarkable as far as eliminating head-on collisions. And I thought, well, we could do the same thing. Well, Mark – I think it’s Mark’s idea. We want science and science investigation and examination to take the place of politics.

      MARTIN: Do the two of you talk with the NRA about this? How critical is their support?

      DICKEY: Very critical. I can’t – I’ve made phone calls. But I haven’t gotten a return call.

      ROSENBERG: And Jay was one of their leaders, and they don’t return his calls. I think there’s a big difference, Rachel, between the leadership of the NRA and the membership. Both Jay and I are members. And I think there’s a huge membership there that is desperate to make our homes and our communities safer. They don’t have to give up their guns.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2015/12/06/458661944/two-sides-come-together-on-gun-research-funding

  3. October 22, 2015

    First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Biden, and Prince Harry to Support Joining Forces and 2016 Invictus Games

    Wednesday, October 28th

    Fort Belvoir, VA * 11:30AM ET – As part of their Joining Forces initiative and in celebration of the upcoming Invictus Games, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will join Prince Harry for a visit to Fort Belvoir.

    During the visit to Fort Belvoir, the First Lady, Dr. Biden, and Prince Harry will meet with wounded Servicemen and women in recovery and rehabilitation programs. They will tour the USO Warrior and Family Center, a state-of-the art facility which was specifically designed to support wounded, injured, or ill servicemembers, military families, and caregivers. Lastly, after delivering brief remarks, they will watch a short adaptive sports event, similar to one that will be featured in the Invictus Games. The visit will highlight the innovative programming designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of service members, veterans, and their families.

    The Invictus Games is the international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Dr. Biden led a Presidential Delegation to the inaugural Invictus Games, held in London in September of 2014, which saw over 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine sports.

    The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 will take place in May at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

    • October 28, 2015

      Remarks by the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and His Majesty Prince Harry of the United Kingdom at Invictus Games Event

      Fort Belvoir Field House
      Fort Belvoir, Virginia

      12:43 P.M. EDT

      DR. BIDEN: Good afternoon. It’s an honor to be here. Let me start by thanking Colonel Mitchell and Command Sergeant Major Guillory for hosting us here at Fort Belvoir. I would also like to thank everyone else for having us here today. And a big thanks to the athletes and those who have played a big part in preparing for the 2016 Invictus Games.

      For the past seven years, it’s been an honor to work with the First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a number of issues affecting our troops, our veterans and their families. And the competitions our warrior-athletes participate in are some of our favorite events.

      One of the things that never ceases to amaze me — even as I’ve seen it thousands of times — is the spirit of our wounded warriors. As they work toward their new normal after being injured, they never lose their competitive drive and dedication that made them some of the finest warriors this nation — and the world — has ever seen.

      The Invictus Games offer a chance to compete against some of the finest athletes and warriors in the world, to carry their country’s flag in competition against other athletes who know as much about duty, loyal and sacrifice.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/28/remarks-first-lady-dr-jill-biden-and-his-majesty-prince-harry-united

    • October 28, 2015

      Remarks by President Obama and His Royal Highness Prince Harry of the United Kingdom

      Oval Office

      4:14 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness Prince Harry here to the Oval Office. I’ve had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with so many of his family members, but this is the first time that we had a chance to talk directly.

      He has gotten to know Michelle very well, for a range of reasons, but in particular, he’s here to talk about the Invictus Games, an initiative that is bringing together wounded warriors around the world, under the leadership of Prince Harry and others, to make sure that we see not simply the sacrifices they’ve made, but also the incredible contributions, strength and courage they continue to display.

      And so we are very glad to support the Invictus Games. It’s going to be coming here to the United States, to Orlando, in March May [sic] of next year. Michelle and myself are interested in promoting it.

      We want to thank His Royal Highness for his own service in Afghanistan alongside our outstanding American troops. It is a testament to the special relationship, the incredible bond that we share between our two countries. And that bond continues into the next generation of leadership that His Royal Highness represents.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/28/remarks-president-obama-and-his-royal-highness-prince-harry-united

  4. October 28, 2015

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the U.S. Delegation for the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will promote U.S. climate and environmental goals by leading the U.S. delegation to the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, which will take place November 1-5 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Administrator McCarthy will also meet with key counterparts while in Dubai.

    The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is a global agreement to protect the stratospheric ozone layer through measures to control production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. The Montreal Protocol has achieved universal ratification and is considered by many to be the most successful multilateral environmental treaty to date. The upcoming meeting will include discussions on a Montreal Protocol amendment to address emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases that are replacing ozone-depleting substances and are rapidly becoming a major contributor to global climate change. The U.S. delegation also includes representatives from the White House, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Agriculture.

  5. WH

    Thursday, October 30, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
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    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secreary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
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    2:45 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Carter
    Oval Office

    3:00 PM
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    7:25 PM
    President Obama attends a Democratic Congressional Campaign Round Table event
    McLean Virginia

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  6. October 29, 2015

    Readout of Roundtable with Human Rights Advocates and Legal Experts on Counterterrorism Transparency

    Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco and Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor Avril D. Haines met yesterday with human rights and civil liberties advocates as well as legal experts to discuss issues related to transparency regarding counterterrorism operations and the use of force by the United States. They discussed advocates’ and legal experts’ ideas to provide more public awareness about the policies, legal justifications, and results of U.S. counterterrorism operations. Ms. Monaco and Ms. Haines expressed the Administration’s continued commitment to making available to the public as much information as possible about U.S. counterterrorism operations and the use of force overseas.

  7. October 29, 2015

    Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 3819

    On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the President signed into law:

    H.R. 3819, the “Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015,” which (1) extends through November 20, 2015, authority and funding for the Department of Transportation’s surface transportation programs; and (2) extends the deadline for compliance with positive train control system implementation by three years, to December 31, 2018.

  8. Obama made congratulatory call to RyanThe most conservative Speaker ever?

    10/29/15 01:00PM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    In August 2012, right around the time Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his national running mate, Nate Silver published a New York Times item highlighting the congressman’s ideology.

    “Various statistical measures of Mr. Ryan peg him as being quite conservative,” Silver wrote at the time. “Based on his Congressional voting record, for instance, the statistical system DW-Nominate evaluates him as being roughly as conservative as Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.”

    That wasn’t a typo. When it comes to independent analyses of lawmakers’ ideology, as recently as 2012, Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann were roughly at the same place on the liberal-conservative spectrum.

    Say hello to your new Speaker of the House.

    Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan was elected on Thursday to serve as the next speaker of the House — a vote that followed weeks of uncertainty and came on the heels of the House passage of a sweeping two-year bipartisan budget deal. […]

    Ryan received 236 votes. California Democrat and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received 184 votes with others netting in the single digits.

    Given some of the complaints from right-wing critics, one might be tempted to think House Republicans have elevated a moderate pragmatist. That would certainly represent the thinking of much of the Beltway media.

    On “Fox News Sunday” earlier this week, the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward said of Ryan, “You know, you see him there, he just kind of vibrates reasonableness.”

    No, seriously. That’s what he said.

    Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-most-conservative-speaker-ever

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    President Obama attends a Democratic Congressional Campaign Round Table event
    McLean Virginia

  10. Senate headed for late-night budget vote

    October 29, 2015, 04:15 pm By Jordain Carney – TheHill

    The Senate appears to be headed toward a late night dealing with the budget agreement, potentially paving the way for final passage in the early hours of Friday morning.

    “If nothing else happens, then we will vote about 1 o’clock — start voting about 1 o’clock,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters. “But that means all the speakers will be speaking post cloture, in the middle of the night, to nobody.”

    If cloture, which will require the support of 60 lawmakers, is invoked, the Senate could then debate the agreement for up to 30 more hours, with each individual senator limited to speaking for one hour.

    Asked how many senators he expected to want to speak after the procedural vote, Cornyn said, “I’m hearing two. I don’t think there are many more than that.”

    Under Senate rules, a cloture vote on the budget deal, which also increases the debt ceiling, could occur as early as 1 a.m., unless every senator agrees to speed up the vote.

    The budget agreement — which passed the House Wednesday with the support of 79 Republicans — has been fiercely denounced by conservatives, who say leadership caved on the debt ceiling while crafting a secret deal that raises spending.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/258586-senate-headed-toward-late-night-on-budget-deal

    • Senate OKs budget and debt deal, sends measure to Obama

      10/30/15 Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress early Friday sent President Barack Obama an ambitious budget and debt measure that averts a catastrophic national default and sets spending priorities for the next two years.

      The Senate voted 64-35 to approve the bill just after 3 a.m. EDT, with Democrats and Republican defense hawks uniting to overcome opposition from GOP presidential candidates Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, both members of the body.

      President Barack Obama had negotiated the accord with Republican and Democratic leaders who were intent on steering Congress away from the brinkmanship and shutdown threats that have haunted lawmakers for years. Former House Speaker John Boehner felt a particular urgency to get the legislation finished before leaving Congress, while many lawmakers wanted the issue resolved as they look ahead to presidential and congressional elections next year.

      The opposition was strong in the Senate, and Paul, a Kentucky Republican, left the presidential campaign trail and returned to the Capitol to criticize the deal as excessive Washington spending.

      In an hour-long speech that delayed the start of the final vote, Paul said Congress is “bad with money.” He railed against increases in defense dollars supported by Republicans and domestic programs supported by Democrats.

      “These are the two parties getting together in an unholy alliance and spending us into oblivion,” Paul said.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-oks-budget-debt-deal-sends-measure-obama-071601202–politics.html

    • October 30, 2015

      Statement by the President

      I applaud the Democrats and Republicans who came together this morning to pass a responsible, long-term budget agreement that reflects our values, grows our economy and creates jobs.

      This agreement will strengthen the middle class by investing in education, job training, and basic research. It will keep us safe by investing in our national security. It protects our seniors by avoiding harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security. It is paid for in a responsible, balanced way – in part with a measure to ensure that partnerships like hedge funds pay what they owe in taxes just like everybody else. It locks in two years of funding and should help break the cycle of shutdowns and manufactured crises that have harmed our economy.

      This agreement is a reminder that Washington can still choose to help, rather than hinder, America’s progress, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it reaches my desk. After that, Congress should build on this by getting to work on spending bills that invest in America’s priorities without getting sidetracked by ideological provisions that have no place in America’s budget process. If we can do that, we’ll help our workers and businesses keep growing the economy and building an America full of opportunity for all.

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