WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement in response to the intense and public disagreement between the Obama administration and Israeli officials after the announcement of housing construction in East Jerusalem.
One of the largest companies of it's kind in America, Blockbuster Video may file for bankruptcy. AREN'T THEY "TOO BIG TO FAIL"?
Blockbuster Says May File for Bankruptcy
By Joseph Woelfel 03/17/10 - 12:44 AM EDT
DALLAS (TheStreet) -- Blockbuster(BBI), the video rental chain, said it could be forced to file for bankruptcy if cash flows don't improve and it's unable to restructure its debt.
Blockbuster's debt load has been reported to be as high as $1 billion.
Maybe it's time for the House ethics committee to find a new name.
Last week, the bipartisan committee, known formally as the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, cleared seven lawmakers who had been accused of trading millions in federal dollars for campaign contributions.
The exoneration came despite a report from a separate group, the Office of Congressional Ethics, that found defense contractors that received the federal money (which came in the form of earmarks) believed their contributions were directly tied to federal money coming their way.
Mark Critz — the Democratic nominee to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and a former Murtha staffer — on Wednesday asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to release the transcripts of the interviews conducted with him when the office was investigating Murtha’s earmarks.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) offered a privileged resolution Tuesday that would require the House ethics committee to tell Congress how many witnesses it interviewed, how many subpoenas it issued and how many documents it reviewed in its investigation of earmarks Members provided to clients of the PMA Group lobbying firm.
WASHINGTON- This is the second in a series of updates from Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the House Budget Committee.
Friday, March 12, 2010
There seems to be a disconnect between those who know the PMA scandal vs those who casually glance at the scandal. Most people in Northwest Ohio have glanced at the story, but if you go through and see when money is given and by who, then when those people get an earmark, there is a pattern and even with Marcy Kaptur. When this all started, someone who talks about news in the area dismissed it all as everyone is doing it. The facts can't be ignored regardless of the incorrect assumption that everyone is doing it; everyone is not doing it.
The wife and daughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) were involved in a serious accident today in Virginia. Apparently Mrs. Reid has both broken neck and back, while his daughter has lesser injuries. I wish both a speedy and full recovery.
However, I must point out the irony to those here on Swampbubbles who whine about autos from foreign makers, even if they are built here in the states.
The Reids were driving a Honda Odyssey minivan.
How's that "Hope and Change" working out for you Democrats?
Unemployment rises in 30 states in January
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber, Ap Economics Writer – 2 hrs 17 mins ago
WASHINGTON – Unemployment rose in 30 states in January, the Labor Department said Wednesday, evidence that jobs remain scarce in most regions of the country.
The data is somewhat better than December, when 43 states reported higher unemployment rates, but worse than November, when rates fell in most states.
Just read Matt Welch for the details:
We're in the very best of hands...
As you all know, you will only get the full story on the PMA scandal here. Roll Call has the latest chapter in the book which you can read below.
The Feb. 26 ethics committee report concluding that no House Members colluded with the PMA Group lobbying firm to exchange earmarks for campaign contributions indicated that the committee had been investigating the matter since the spring of 2009.
WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after President Obama’s announcement today on the current health care reform debate.
“President Obama has once again defied the will of the American public who continue to reject the House and Senate passed health care reform bills, in addition to the framework the President laid out in his health care reform proposal last week.
While the PMA group is still being investigated by the FBI and while Marcy still has apparently funneled money in her campaign coffers, here is a copy of the Office of Congressional Ethics report on Marcy. There is some interesting stuff in here, like why Marcy wants to give taxpayer money to a company so they can build TVs here as well as who was not forthcoming on the interviews and what Marcy actually calls "earmarks" (sort of a PC way to make her feel good I guess). More on it another day, but you can read everything for yourself right now.
You can also see a copy of the full report at:
The House of Representatives Ethics Committee has cleared 7 lawmakers, of wrongdoing in the PMA Scandal-including Kaptur. So, Congress clears their own saying there was no evidence of asking for votes. One has to wonder what questions they asked. It is too bad we citizens can't hold the same committee hearings that Congress puts others through and question them on this. This does not absolve Kaptur of all of the questionable donations she has received from what appears to be funneled to her campaign coffers from the PMA lobbyist Paul Magliochetti. This story is not done yet and you will get the complete story here, not speckled articles-as you all know and come to expect.
I must apologize publicly for something I said on air a few months ago, and am doing it here as well as on air Thursday.
When the Cash For Clunkers program began under the auspices of the Federal Govt. I jokingly said on air that "next we'll have Cash For Kitchens". Obviously I was joking because the idea of using tax dollars to help people buy appliances is so obviously ludicrous.
BOWLING GREEN- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is proud to announce the 2010 Congressional Art Competition for Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the Fifth Congressional District.
“The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent chance for high school students across our great nation to showcase their artistic ability, and I look forward to seeing the great artistic talent students in the Fifth District possess,” Latta said in today’s announcement.
Latest newsletter from Senator Voinovich:
Currently, the U.S. Debt is estimated at: $12,264,478,112,700
Your share of today's public debt is: $39,934
Spearheading Debt Reduction Task Force Legislation
Kaptur votes to raise debt limit - will soon commence complaining about foreigners owning too much American debt
Thankfully the Atlanta Journal Constitution has a habit of printing votes on major issues that come up before Congress. Well, we now know Kaptur voted yes to raise the debt limit. That would not be notable if Marcy was not going around complaining foreign entities own too much American debt. Truly a hypocrite.
Roll Call: House agrees to $1.9 trillion more debt
Democrats — Boccieri, N; Driehaus, N; Fudge, Y; Kaptur, Y; Kilroy, Y; Kucinich, Y; Ryan, Y; Space, N; Sutton, Y; Wilson, Y.
Even Marcy Kaptur wonders why bother with the train route Ohio just received. Kaptur comments to the Plain Dealer:
"Why are we bothering with something that's low-tech?" asked congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Democrat of Toledo, in an interview with The Plain Dealer.
Of course Marcy wants to spend more money to have a bullet train, but still, her lack of enthusiasm is noted.
WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after voting against H. J. Res. 45, a bill that would increase the United States’ national debt limit to $14.29 trillion dollars. Congressman Latta also voted against a national debt limit hike on December 16, 2009, less than two months ago.