Recent Congressional Votes from MegaVote as of 4/14/2014

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April 14, 2014

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Unemployment Benefits Extension ? Passage
  • Senate: Equal Pay ? Cloture
  • House: Budget Resolution ? Passage

Editor’s Note: Both the House and Senate are in recess until the week of April 28.

Recent Senate Votes
Unemployment Benefits Extension ? Passage – Vote Passed (59-38, 3 Not Voting)
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Senators passed a bill on Monday that, as amended, would extend unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO

Equal Pay ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (53-44, 3 Not Voting)
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The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (PL 75-718), requiring employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications in similar jobs have a business justification. The bill would also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees seeking salary information to investigate gender discrimination in wages.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted Not Voting
Sen. John Cornyn voted Not Voting

Recent House Votes
Budget Resolution ? Passage – Vote Passed (2019-205, 8 Not Voting)
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On Thursday, the House adopted a concurrent resolution that would provide $2.842 trillion to fund the federal government in fiscal 2015. The resolution assumes $5.1 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years and reductions in personal and corporate tax rates.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

Iran: Nuclear, Human Rights and Terrorism Challenges

The Boston Tea Party (Part 1 of 3) – April 2014

Written By:  James Still

In a letter to Arthur Lee, Samuel Adams writes an account of the Boston Tea Party.  “… I am now to inform you of as remarkable an event as has yet happened since the commencement of our struggle for American liberty…  the ship Falmouth… [arrived] with 114 chests of the East India Company’s tea, on the 28th of November last.  The next day the people met in Faneuil hall, without observing the rules prescribed by law for calling them together…  they were soon obliged for the want of room to adjourn to the Old South meeting-house…  The business of the meeting was conducted with decency, unanimity, and spirit…

The next day [in these events], being the 14th [December], the people met again at the Old South church, and having ascertained the owner, they compelled him to apply at the custom house for a clearance for his ship to London with the tea on board…  after which they adjourned till Thursday the 16th.  The people then met, and Mr. Rotch informed them that he had according to their injunction applied to the collector of the customs for a clearance, and received in answer from the collector that he could not consistently with his duty grant him a clearance…

The people then required Mr. Rotch to protest the refusal of the collector to grant him a clearance under these circumstances, and thereupon to wait upon the governor for a permit to pass the castle in her voyage to London, and then adjourned till the afternoon.  They then met, and after waiting till sun-setting, Mr. Rotch returned, and acquainted them that the governor had refused to grant him a passport…

The people finding all their endeavors for this purpose thus totally frustrated, dissolved the meeting, which had consisted by common estimation of at least seven thousand men…  In less than four hours every chest of tea on board three ships which had by this time arrived, three hundred and forty-two chests, or rather the contents of them, was thrown into the sea, without the least injury to the vessels or any other property…”  Samuel Adams, Letter to Arthur Lee, December 31, 1773

James Still,

“You cannot imagine the height of joy that sparkles in the eyes and animates the countenances as well as the hearts of all we meet on this occasion…”  Samuel Adams, Letter to Arthur Lee, December 31, 1773

“He (the governor) is now, I am told, consulting his lawyers and books to make out that the resolves of the meeting are treasonable.”  Samuel Adams, Letter to Arthur Lee, December 31, 1773

New Massive Wave of Illegal Immigration Coming…

For USA Today, Alan Gomez wrote this week that “there is growing consensus that changes in the economies of Latin America and the U.S. are creating the perfect climate for another wave of undocumented immigrants racing north.”

Gomez cites a recent report from the Inter-American Development Bank that concludes Latin American nations would suffer dramatically due to a slowdown in China’s economy, raising commodities prices worldwide.

“The slow-but-steady economic recovery in the USA could also hurt Latin American economies because of rising interest rates and the U.S. Federal Reserve slowing its bond purchases in the region,” Gomez wrote. “Add an improved outlook in U.S. sectors that tend to lure low-skilled immigrants, like construction and retail, and the conditions are ideal for unemployed Latin Americans trying to find work in America.”

He quotes Migration Policy Institute president Demetrios Papademetriou to back up his theory. “There will be more pressure for immigrants – both legal and illegal – to come to the United States,” Papademetriou said.

Gomez argues that passing the Senate Gang of Eight bill or a package of House bills like it, however, could stop the coming expected wave of illegal immigration. “House Republican leaders like Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, keep saying that immigration changes are a priority that must get done this year,” Gomez wrote. “But as the midterm elections approach, time is running out. If Congress fails, the only certainty remaining will be that we’re on the verge of another wave of illegal immigration.”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the Gang of Eight bill would cut illegal immigration by only 50 percent.

Watch video report here.

May 5th Monthly Meeting

The below subject matter of our upcoming meeting is important. We The People-Longview does not necessarily endorse this action; we are simply having this meeting to EDUCATE its members on this topic. To be educated on the “Other” side of this issue, please watch THIS VIDEO to explain why a Constitutional Convention may not be a good idea. After watching  video, please bring your questions to the meeting so you can make an educated decision on this issue.

Monday, May 5, 2014
Monthly Meeting
7:00 p.m.



Get Driving Directions Here…

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Art Bedford
TOPIC:  Convention of States Project

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Purpose: The Convention of States (COS) Project was founded by Citizens for Self Governance for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government. We believe Washington, D.C., is broken and will not fix itself. The federal government is spending this country into the ground, seizing power from the states and taking liberty from the people.

We have a solution that is as big as the problem.

Goal: The COS Project seeks to urge and empower state legislators to call a convention of states. The delegates at such a convention would have the power to propose amendments to the Constitution that would curb the abuses of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution gives them this power; the COS Project will give them an avenue through which they can use it. 

Plan: COS’s plan is twofold

1.  We want to call a convention for a particular subject rather than a particular amendment. Instead of calling a convention for a balanced budget amendment (though we are entirely supportive of such an amendment), we want to call a convention for the following purpose: Limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

2.   We believe the grassroots is the key to calling a successful convention. We would like to build a political operation in a minimum of 40 states, getting 100 people to volunteer in at least 75% of the state legislative districts. Only through the support of the American people will this project have a chance to succeed.

Although Citizens for Self Governance began the Convention of States Projects independently, their plan is a near-perfect match with Mark Levin’s bestselling book, The Liberty Amendments.

Read more here on The Liberty Amendments…

Congressman Louie Gohmert Takes On AG Holder!

Watch video to watch heated exchange between Congressman Louie Gohmert and AG Holder. WAY TO GO LOUIE!!!

On Tuesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert had a heated discussion with Attorney General Eric “Stonewall” Holder about the latter’s astonishing refusal to hand over documents pertaining to a variety of scandals, notably including the Obama Administration’s deadly gunrunning program, Operation Fast and Furious.  There is no way to defend what Holder has done – he’s a political operative sitting on a mountain of documents that our representatives in Congress have every right to see – so Holder didn’t even try.  He just got very, very angry that Congress keeps badgering him about it.

When Gohmert brought up the historic contempt citation voted against him by the House in 2012, Holder went ballistic.

“I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our Attorney General,” Gohmert prodded, “but it is important that we have proper oversight.”

“You don’t want to go there, buddy!” Holder snarled in response.  ”You don’t want to go there, OK?  You should not assume that uh that is not a big deal to me.  I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust, but never think that it was not a big deal to me.  Don’t ever think that.”   CONTINUE READING HERE…







Due to a conflict with the Church’s calendar, it is best to cancel our April 7th meeting. 
Our April speaker was kind to re-schedule for the May 5th meeting.
See below post for May 5th Meeting Information

CSCOPE Update: Still More in Our Continuing Series

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – As is the case in most any scandal, it is a story clouded in secrecy and leading down a trail of money. CSCOPE is not a medical procedure, or a mouthwash … and World Net Daily Investigative Reporter John Griffing is one who helped bring its details to light.  

Texas parents, and even some teachers, are none to happy about the CSOPE Curriculum Plans being taught to Texas schoolchildren.


Exclusive: Ted Cruz’s 2014 Prediction

What a GOP Majority Should Do, and a Confession About His Boots

NEW ORLEANS — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to the Big Easy to thank and encourage conservatives attending The Heritage Foundation’s Resource Bank meeting. After his remarks and a lengthy Q&A about a range of issues, he sat down with The Foundry’s Genevieve Wood for an exclusive interview about the upcoming elections, his thoughts on a Republican-led Senate and a confession about his boots. Watch the interview below.


Obama Core Is Another Power Grab!

Note: Common Core is not used in Texas. HOWEVER, C-Scope is which is just another form of Commom Core…So Texas Parents Beware!

 Obama Core Is Another Power Grab!

Americans were shocked at the dictatorial grab for power when Barack Obama threatened to change any law with his pen or phone, and even used that power to personally alter Obamacare and the Welfare law, and to “legislate” the Dream Act that Congress refused to pass.  Now Americans are rising up by the thousands to stop Common Core, which is the current attempt to compel all U.S. children to be taught the same material and not taught other things parents might think important.

Ever since Congress began pouring federal tax dollars into public schools, parents have been solicitous to have Congress write into law a prohibition against the federal government writing curriculum or lesson plans, or imposing a uniform national curriculum. Parents want those decisions made at the local level by local school boards which are, or should be, subject to the watchful eyes of local citizens and parents. Parents are supported in this view by the U.S. Constitution which gives the federal government no power over education. Here is some of the repetitive language included in federal school appropriation laws.

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