the rest of the story - Sen. Coburn had presented an ammendment that all should read the bill before voting


the mainstream news covered his objection to Sen. Brown's ammendment, but not what happened just before that.

Ethics Office Closes Inquiry Into Murtha, Dicks and Moran

Office of Congressional Ethics clears the biggest offenders of breaking bribery and accepting gifts. The ethics committee is still investigating and no word on Marcy's status on OCE's investigation. Marcy and the other reps are still not out of the woods yet. The Hill, Washington Post, and Roll Call have the latest.

Why did Marcy not vote on the extension of tax breaks? Not even a yes or no

Marcy has an X next to her name on the extension of tax breaks vote, which means she did not vote. She either was out of the Capitol Hill (on a date with Micheal Moore?) or she chickened out and thought if I don't vote, people won't hold it against me.

The 241-181 roll call Wednesday by which the House voted to extend $31 billion in popular tax breaks, including an income tax deduction for sales and property taxes.

Democrats — Boccieri, Y; Driehaus, Y; Fudge, X; Kaptur, X; Kilroy, Y; Kucinich, Y; Ryan, Y; Space, Y; Sutton, Y; Wilson, Y.

Ethics panel’s slow pace on probes has lawmakers fuming

Marcy Kaptur is angry and for some reason only wants to talk about the leak, not the allegations, which is strange. The Hill has the full story.

She [Kaptur] has talked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and has requested a full briefing about how the secret document became public, but she is still waiting to hear back from Pelosi as well as the ethics committee.

“I have received no assurances and I am still waiting for them,” she said.

Democrats Commit Political Suicide – In Three Steps

This was the latest email from Human Events, Newt is right. Dems don't care about the country, they just care about their far left base. Many people are seeing this, which is why 2010 will be a bad year for them. The Dems know this and it is completely mind blowing they don't care about it.


Over at Pollster.Com, President Obama’s "streams crossed" this week. That’s part-"Ghostbusters," part-pollster speak for saying the President’s approval rating dipped below his disapproval rating, causing the lines of the graph charting his standing with the American people to cross.

Latta against estate tax

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement today after voting against H.R. 4154, the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009.

Latta against climate change legislation

WASHINGTON- Yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) gave testimony during the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research hearing regarding Climate Change Legislation and its Potential Economic Impacts on the Farming Sector.

Editorial: Paying to play

Columbus Dispatch does not like the PMA Scandal in their editorial yesterday. Kaptur is rightfully singled out.
Earmarks, the amendments that members of Congress attach to bills to fund special projects in their districts, are sometimes money well-spent -- for innovation, capital improvements and job creation.

But many earmarks are wasteful. Slipped quietly into unrelated bills without discussion or debate, they result in millions of taxpayers' dollars spent on projects that are frivolous. And sometimes they're dirty.

Latta on the passage of National Military Family Month resolution

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after House Resolution 861, which supports the objectives and values associated with National Military Family Month, passed the House of Representatives.

“The families of military personnel understand the sacrifices of commitment to America’s interests through service in our armed forces. It is in challenging moments as we face today that we truly rely on the dedication of America’s military families.”


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after President Obama’s speech at West Point this evening.

Guernica interviews Marcy Kaptur about her thoughts on the foreclosure crisis

Last April, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio attended a Washington dinner where Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, was a speaker. Kaptur, whose district includes Toledo and counties along the Michigan border, had recently been told by local realtors that JP Morgan Chase was a top forecloser in the area—and this in a district devastated by the economic downturn. Foreclosures had almost doubled, unemployment was close to 20 percent in some areas, and Toledo was now the eighth poorest city in the nation.

Joe the Plumber talks to Editor and Publisher

Joe the Plumber has a one-to-one with Editor and Publisher. He gives his thoughts on the media, Sarah Palin, and of course Obama.

LOGAN, UTAH Forever a part of American electoral history, Joe Wurzelbacher--better known as "Joe the Plumber"--is hitting back at the media for its coverage of him over the past year, telling Editor & Publisher the reporting has been "poorly done."

Latta Calls for Oversight Board to Review Stimulus Spending in Ohio

WASHINGTON- Yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and seven Republican members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and asked him to establish a bipartisan, independent oversight board to review how stimulus funds are being spent in Ohio. A copy of the letter can be found here. This is the second letter sent to Governor Strickland calling for such a board to be created.

Latta Upper Sandusky Citizen Forum

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host a Citizens Forum on Monday, November 23rd from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. at the Upper Sandusky High School Auditorium located at 800 North Sandusky Street, Upper Sandusky.

The Citizens Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss important issues facing Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District.

All media and the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

Our view on defense earmarks: Campaign cash for contracts casts Congress in a bad light

USA Today's stance on the PMA scandal:
When it came out last month that seven members of a key House committee were under scrutiny by ethics investigators, House leaders were outraged.

Not about the clear implication of the inquiry — that defense contracts are for sale. The leaders were upset about the accidental leak that allowed the information to come out publicly.

In House, Many Spoke With One Voice: Lobbyists’

Just sickening. When Congress speaks, they are literally using the works of Corporate America.

"In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. Often, that was no accident.

Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies." (continued)

Kaptur says she was never approached by ethics panel

The Hill is reporting on the latest saga on the Kaptur's involvement with the PMA scandal investigation. Kaptur wants to clarify that she never was approached by the full ethics panel, but has been interviewed by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) both spoke to the Hill about this.

But both said late last week that the full House panel has neither interviewed them nor asked either for any information about their interactions with or political contributions from the former lobbying group....

The article also says:

Bob Latta statement on the Fort Hood shootings

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement in the wake of yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends, and all of our armed forces in the wake of this tragic event at Ft. Hood. Our nation asks much of its armed forces and now more than ever they need our support as the details of this senseless act of violence come to light.”

Marcy is demanding answers on the ethics leak - according to the Hill

Marcy is demanding "a full accounting" of the leak showing she was brought before the ethics committee about her connections with the disgraced PMA Group. Why not?


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) announced that on Wednesday, October 28th, President Barack Obama signed the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law which included TRICARE legislation Congressman Latta authored.

Congressman Latta’s TRICARE language was amended into the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2010 during debate in the House and Senate.

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