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Showing posts with label Schumer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Schumer. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Shut Down Shenanigans

Apparently communicating with the people you were elected to represent is a "non-essential" government function. The following are the messages I got when went to email my senators. So not impressed.

As of midnight on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the federal government is no longer funded to operate. Due to this government shutdown, we are sorry to inform you that Senator Schumer's office will no longer be able to perform non-essential functions. Below, is a list of information on how the government shutdown will affect the services that Senator Schumer's office normally provides. 

Will I be able to call or fax Senator Schumer's office?
During the government shutdown, Senator Schumer's offices, both in Washington D.C. and across New York State will be unable to receive phone calls or faxes. 

What will happen with the letter I sent to Senator Schumer?
Mail delivery in the United States Senate has stopped. If you have sent Senator Schumer a letter prior to the shutdown, this mail will be held at a sorting facility until such time as the government re-opens. Mail that was sent and delivered to Senator Schumer's office has been sorted and will be replied to in a timely manner once the government shutdown is over. 

Can I e-mail Senator Schumer?
If you have e-mailed Senator Schumer, this mail will still go through the normal process, however Senator Schumer's office will be unable to respond until such time as the government shutdown is over. 

Senator Schumer's office is helping me with a problem I'm having with a federal agency. How does the shutdown affect this?
Unfortunately, during the government shutdown, work on any outstanding help with a federal agency that Senator Schumer's office may be assisting you with is suspended. This includes, but is not limited to; problems with your Social Security, Passports, Visas, Medicare Assistance and Veterans Assistance. Work on these problems will continue immediately after the government re-opens. 

I have previously scheduled tours in Washington D.C. Are these tours still happening?
Federal buildings, including the Capitol Visitors Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the monuments, will be closed during the government shutdown. Along with these locations, other museums or attractions may also be closed. Please check with the individual museums or attractions on their operating status before your trip. Unfortunately Senator Schumer's office will be unable to provide you tours of the Capitol building or schedule any tours for you and your family during the shutdown. Please contact Senator Schumer's office after the government re-opens to schedule any upcoming tours and our tour coordinator will do their best to fulfill your request. 

Senator Schumer and his staff are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to serving the people of New York again as soon as possible.

Dear New York State Constituents,
Thank you for visiting my website. Unfortunately, due to the recent temporary lapse in government funding my Senate office has been shut down.

What this means:

·        Our offices are not staffed and phones will not be answered

·        Emails sent to individual staff members will be responded to at the conclusion of the shut down

·        Letters and emails addressed to my office will be responded to at the conclusion of the shutdown

·        With the closing of all federal offices, our constituent services team will not be able to work on any cases for you during this time, but will continue with your case after the shutdown.

I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to resolve the funding issues. The current situation cannot stand and New Yorkers should not be asked to endure this funding lapse for any period of time.
Thank you for your patience,

Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The New Magnificent Seven

The Senate dealt a blow to ACORN Monday evening, voting to deny the Department of Housing and Urban Development from granting funds to the community organization.

Sen. Mike Johanns’s (R-Neb.) amendment to the appropriations bill providing funding to the department passed in a bipartisan, 83-7 vote.

It’s the latest in a series of recent setbacks for ACORN, which has come under increasing fire from conservative activists and lawmakers. Over the last several weeks, the organization has seen employees in Florida arrested for allegedly taking part in voter registration fraud and has watched as the Census Bureau decide to sever its ties with the group.

And in an embarrassing turn of events, Acorn employees were caught on hidden camera divulging advice to actors portraying a prostitute and her pimp on how to file tax forms.

Note that ACORN employees have been caught on tape doing this FOUR times now. The makers of these apes claim to have even more.

But about those seven who voted against the amendment to deny ACORN more HUD funding. Democrats everyone and some notorious ones at that.
Illinois Sen. Roland Burris
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

One would think that out of a desire to preserve their political lives these senators wouldn't want to be seen as being supportive of a group caught on tape giving advice that would enable illegal activity. I was surprised that while New York Sen. Schumer had the political acumen to vote for this amendment Hillary Clinton's replacement Kirsten Gillibrand voted against it. So what would possess these seven to attach themselves to ACORN's sinking ship?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Morning Minutes

All swine all flu all the time. I think most of the media coverage so far has been of the "if it bleeds it leads" variety but I did find a few things worth noting.
  1. For a bit of perspective on the potential pandemic consider,
    Well up until WWII and the development of antibiotics and mass vaccinations, our forbearers suffered through plague after plague of such scale that they make even AIDS look trivial by comparison.

    After discussing the yellow fever outbreak that devastated Memphis, Tennessee in the 1870s the blogger notes,
    So yeah, Swine flu can be fairly nasty, and yeah it can spread fast thanks to modern transportation, but our forbearers wouldn’t even have noticed it as an annoyance. We should all be grateful we live in an age when such a minor communicable disease causes us concern.

  2. A bit more perspective,
    Swine flu: nothing new
    As of this writing, 80 people in Mexico have succumbed to swine flu. By comparison, the CDC estimates that 36,000 people in the United States die each year of influenza-related illnesses. And in spite of this, we in the medical community still have a hard time convincing people to get their flu shots. If you’re not afraid of influenza, then you shouldn’t be afraid of the swine flu. Even in the event that someone gets infected with swine flu, we have medications with demonstrated effectiveness against the strain that’s currently active

  3. Lessons from the last flu pandemic nearly a century ago,
    How (and How Not) to Battle Flu: A Tale of 23 Cities
    “What our study shows,” he continued, “is that interventions even without a vaccine can be effective in blocking transmission. What’s much less certain is whether society is prepared to bear the costs of implementing such intrusive and costly measures for the months that would be required to manufacture a vaccine.”

  4. Speaking of swine. Did you hear the one about the dude who asked a beauty queen a loaded question, got an honest answer, and then flipped out because he didn't like the answer and the fair weather friends who deserted her rather than stick up for a friend? Way to go people. You sure showed her.

  5. Buzzing the New York City skyline with a 747 jet and a couple of F-16s for a photo op (come on now), epic fail. Trying to blame the FAA for not giving information to the public that they were told was classified makes Charles Schumer (my senator y'all!) look like a flustered parent trying to cover for an errant child. I'm not sure which is more disturbing, that no one involved in making this decision realised the trauma inducing potential of this photo op or that no one cared how New Yorkers would react. Next time try photoshop okay. It's cheaper and won't give anybody flash backs.

  6. As the witch hunt begins, All I can do is shake my head. That and hope they don't decide to come for me too seeing as how conservative and right wing types are supposed hotbeds of potential homegrown terrorism and need watching.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chattering Classes



That's my senator y'all! In the words of Luke Skywalker, I care. Just one question though. Am I one of the "chattering classes" or am I one of the American people?




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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Posturing over oil prices

Gas prices are going up and politicians are casting blame like people throw rice at weddings. Some silly folk are looking to the government to do something about the rising gas prices. The ugly truth is that, short of rationing or giving gasoline away for free, there's nothing the government can do to lower high gas prices now.

Taxing the profits of oil companies (I presume that would be part of "get tough on big oil", note to self ask my good senator Charles Schumer how he intends to do that) will do nothing for us. As anyone who has spent about 5 minutes in a highschool economics class should be able to tell you, companies don't pay taxes. Their customers do. How do you suppose oil companies would recoup their losses if they were suddenly slapped with new taxes?

Drilling in ANWR won't help either. It will be years before one drop of oil is squeezed out of the tundra. The same problem holds for building more refineries. By the time they're done (and by the time companies are done passing the construction costs on to their customers through higher gas prices) we would have gotten used to shelling out $3 a gallon anyway. Does anyone remember back when we thought $1.50 a gallon was expensive? There'd be stampedes if a gas station had such low prices now.

Tax incentives are pretty much useless. If you haven't go the money to spend on the gas you aren't likely to have it to spend on expensive alternatives.

If the government poured money into alternative fuel research now viable technology (meaning someone could make themselves lots of money off of selling it to us) would still be years away. Anything that could have been done to keep down gas prices now needed to have been done 20 years ago. If the government and industry had taken a serious interest in developing alternative fuel 20 or even 10 years ago we'd have better options today than hybrid cars and ethanol.

For now the only viable options (meaning, what can actually be done to help you right now) open to the average American are walking, public transportation, carpooling, and staying home whenever possible. Any politician (or anyone else) who claims otherwise is just trying to make you feel better or themselves look good. Don't be fooled.



Bush and Schumer together -- oh my
Critics question Bush's plan to cut gas prices
Oil prices cool on Bush move

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