Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Boehner, Cantor Offer Earmark Reform Resolution

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Boehner, Cantor Offer Earmark Reform Resolution
GOP Rules Change Would Set Up Spending Reform Panel, Place Moratorium on Earmark Requests Until Report is Filed

WASHINGTON, DC - House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today filed a proposed amendment to House Republican Conference rules. If adopted, the rules change would establish a House Republican earmark reform panel and place a moratorium on earmark requests by House Republican Members until the panel has filed a report with recommendations for changing Washington's broken spending practices.
"While earmarks are hardly the sole source of waste in the federal budget, the earmark process in Congress has become a symbol of a broken Washington," said Boehner. "Regrettably, our Democratic colleagues have concluded no further reform is needed in the earmark process. Republicans respectfully disagree. Our hope is that adoption of this resolution will be a first step in a much larger process of bringing meaningful change to the process by which Washington spends taxpayers' hard-earned money."
"The creation of this Earmark Commission reflects the desire of our Conference to begin the 111th Congress with a heavy emphasis on reform," said Cantor. "Reform is an ongoing process. The status quo is simply not acceptable. It's now or never to start to make Washington work again for the hard working American families, and this Commission is a step forward into the right direction."
In January, House Republicans unilaterally banned taxpayer-funded "monuments to me" (earmarks for projects named after the members sponsoring them) and the practice of "airdropping" earmarks into final bills at the last moment to minimize scrutiny. Republicans also proposed a bipartisan moratorium and panel on earmarks. The Democratic majority rejected the proposal and declined to follow the GOP in adopting the same bans.
The proposed amendment adds a new standing order to the Conference Rules to establish a 10 member Select Committee on Earmark Reform. Members will be appointed by the Republican Leader and the Committee is to report back its recommendations no later than February 16, 2009. The Conference will consider the Select Committee's recommendations not later than the second regularly scheduled Conference meeting after the report is filed. Finally, the order institutes a moratorium on requesting earmarks through February 16, 2009.

Eric Cantor Becomes No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House

Media General News Service Published: November 19, 2008

WASHINGTON—Rep. Eric I. Cantor became the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House today, winning an uncontested election as party whip.
Cantor is the first Virginian to hold the post in either party. As whip, he will work to coordinate the votes and messages of GOP House members.
Cantor has served as the chief deputy whip since 2002 when then-whip Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., appointed him to the post. Cantor’s safe Republican Virginia district, relative youth (he’s 45) and prolific fundraising have led to his being mentioned as a potential Speaker of the House down the road.
Blunt did not seek reelection to the Republican leadership team after the party lost seats in the Nov. 4 elections and fell deeper into minority status. The House runs strictly by majority rules.
In a letter campaigning for the job Tuesday, Cantor called for his party to be the “honest opposition” to the new Democratic administration but suggested avoiding social wedge issues.
The Republican whip post has been home to some of the most notable Republicans of past decades. Past whips have included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.
Aside from Gingrich, the whip position has not been a stepping stone to the speakership.
The job comes with extra staff and office funding and some choice space inside the Capitol Building, where Cantor currently has a smaller space as chief deputy whip.

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Bob McDonnell Capturing Sex Offenders - WTG!

Virginia AG Credits Local, State Officials with Capturing Sex Offenders in Illegal Immigration Crackdown
Tuesday, November 18, 2008By Kevin Mooney, Staff Writer

( - Violent sex offenders who are also illegal aliens in Virginia were identified, located, and deported thanks to a well-coordinated joint operation earlier this year involving both state and federal officials. The effort should serve as a model for immigration enforcement throughout the United States, Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s Republican attorney general, told in an exclusive interview. “Operation Cold Play” made it possible for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to place 171 convicted criminal alien sex offenders into deportation proceedings thanks in large part to local and state involvement in the investigation, McDonnell explained in an email.

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