Legislative News
for the Week of
October 30, 2012
 
President:
Rae Chornenky
 
Editor:
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In This Issue
Once Again, Obama Fails to Keep Promises to Voters
Tensions Brew Over Voter ID laws, U.N. Partner Involved to Oversee Election Next Week
October 29th Marked Three and a Half Years Since the Senate Passed a Budget
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Rae Lynne Chornenky

 

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Send Out a GOTV Postcard Today

 

         In the final days before the election, there are still Get Out the Vote activities that are easy to get involved in. The NFRW has made GOTV post cards available on our website that are easy to print out and send to your neighbors. Sending these out reminds people to vote Republican on November 6. You can put your club name in the box on the bottom left corner so the recipients can know to contact your club if they would like more information. The GOTV cards can be found on the NFRW website in the Digital Resource Library, under the Campaigns and Elections tab.

Once Again, Obama Fails to Keep Promises to Voters

        Vice President Joe Biden, appearing on the Enrique Santos Show October 30, referred to the president's promised immigration reform by stating that "right now you got the president and I and a lot of Democrats out there breaking our neck trying to get a real immigration law that takes millions of people out of the shadows." But it was only last month on September 20 when Obama told the Univision Town Hall in Miami, Florida that "my biggest failure so far is we haven't gotten comprehensive immigration reform done."

 

         In 2008, then-candidate Obama, again on Univision, countered Hillary Clinton's claim to get a comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress within the first 100 days of her presidency, by promising that "What I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I'm promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible."  

     

        Univision's Jorge Ramos, appearing on ABC's This Week as far back as July of 2010, called out Obama by clearly stating "President Barack Obama, he broke his promise ... it's that simple ... we've been waiting for 18 months for change. We haven't seen change."   

Tensions Brew Over Voter ID laws, U.N. Partner Involved to Oversee Election Next Week
        

     Tensions have been brewing between liberal and conservative groups over Voter ID laws and the role a U.N. partner is to play by overseeing election day in the United States next week.  The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will send 44 members, more than a fourth of whom are from non-democratic countries such as Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan, to observe the polls. In a letter to the OSCE, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights wrote that "during the last several years, there has been an unprecedented and sophisticated level of coordination to restrict voting rights in our nation. These efforts, including photo ID requirements, limits on community-based and same-day registration, shortened early voting periods, and proof of citizenship requirements, [which] undermine our democracy..."

     

     The NAACP has sent representatives to Geneva to brief the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) on the "disenfranchisement" of U.S. citizens twice this year--in March and in September. In March, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous told the HRC that "these voter-suppression laws include so-called strict Voter-ID laws, cutting of Sunday voting, early voting and same-day voter registration, and the reimposing of notoriously racist bans on formerly-incarcerated people voting."

     

        This month, the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, and the ACLU sent a letter to Daan Everts at the OSCE about "a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans--particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities." The OSCE has been observing elections in the United States since 2002, when they were invited by the Bush administration to do so. This year, their involvement has attracted more notice because of contentions over voter ID laws.

 

     To stop what Republican lawmakers think is unnecessary intrusion on elections in the United States, Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard said "we've been holding elections in the U.S. for the past 223 years without the United Nations playing a role or enforcing the rules, and we certainly don't want or need them now." As a result, Hubbard is supporting legislation to require all poll watchers in Alabama to be U.S. citizens. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a letter to Ambassador Everts at the OSCE saying, "it remains unclear exactly what your monitoring is intended to achieve, or precisely what tactics you will use to achieve the proposed monitoring..." He further states "according to a letter that Project Vote and other organizations sent to you, OSCE has identified Voter ID laws as a barrier to the right to vote. That letter urged OSCE to monitor states that have taken steps to protect voter integrity by enacting Voter ID laws. The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about Voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional." Attorney General Abbott ends the letter by issuing a warning: "The Texas Election Code governs anyone who participates in Texas elections--including representatives of the OSCE. The OSCE's representatives are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place. It may be a criminal offense for OSCE's representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place's entrance. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE's representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law."

 

       According to a Rasmussen poll taken last year, 70 percent of likely U.S. voters "believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver's license before being allowed to cast their ballot." 

October 29th Marked Three and a Half Years Since the Senate Passed a Budget
  • April 29th, 2009 was the last day the Senate passed a budget, although that chamber is constitutionally bound to do so. 
  • No budget resolution was even drafted in 2011 or 2012. 
  • The legally required budget markups to draft a budget were cancelled by the Senate Majority.
  • Democrats have held a majority in the Senate since 2007, and a budget only requires 51 votes to pass.
  • The federal debt was $11.2 trillion on April 29th, 2009. The federal debt stood at 16.2 trillion on October 29th, 2012--an increase of $5 trillion.
  • The House passed budget resolutions as required in the spring of 2011 and 2012. Senate inertia has left them untouched. 
          To hear Senate Republicans protest the cancellation of the Senate Budget Committee Markup, see below: 
Republicans Protest Cancellation Of Budget Markup As Dem Senate Goes Third Year Without A Budget
Republicans Protest Cancellation Of Budget Markup As Dem Senate Goes Third Year Without A Budget