All our reps but McDermott voted to fund the Syrian rebels

Reps DelBene, Kilmer, Larsen, Heck and Smith voted Yea on the McKeon Amendment that funds the arming of Syrian rebels. “The amendment would authorize the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups or individuals.” (source). Only Rep. McDermott voted Nay.    All Washington State’s Republican reps voted Yea as well.

Sounds like another dangerous waste of money.

Progressives are generally opposing the war-mongering. Dennis Kucinich gives 8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No on Training and Funding Syrian Rebels.  Also: PDA’s statement against the war.

Please phone our Senators and ask them to reject funding for the Syrian rebels: Murray [ 202-224-2621, (206) 553-5545] and Cantwell [ 202-224-3441 (206) 220-6400]

Rep. Jim McDermott on Pres. Obama’s strategy.

The food stamp cuts hit WA State especially hard

*Number of U.S. households with food stamps cut $90/MO under farm bill: 850,000

*Number of those households in WA: 200,000 (23% of national total)

*WA Congressional Democrats supporting cut: 6 of the 8 [all but Adam Smith and Jim McDermott]

*WA Post Editorial: “[T]his legislative grotesquerie gives to the rich and takes from the poor. . . . President Obama can stand up for his declared principles by vetoing it.”

DelBene, Heck, Kilmer, and Larsen vote with Repugs to cut food stamps

Reps. Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, and Rick Larsen joined all four Washington Republicans in voting to cut an addition $9 billion from the food stamps program, SNAP.

Kudos to Jim McDermott and Adam Smith for voting against the House farm bill that slashed food stamps while protecting most corporate pork. The Senate is expected to pass the bill, and President Obama is expected to sign it.

According to the Mother Jones article Republicans Just Won the Food Stamp War:

When the final bill came up for a vote in the House, the Congressional Progressive Caucus advised its 76 members to vote against the bill. But not enough Dems voted to block the cuts. One hundred three Democrats voted against the farm bill, but 89 voted in favor. If 43 more Democrats had voted no, the farm bill would have failed. “Dems are…complicit in changing [the] law, when they could just [block the bill] and let that status quo continue,” the Democratic aide says.

“I cannot, in good conscience, vote to give money to big farms while we leave crumbs for our poor, elderly and disabled in the name of austerity. It isn’t moral and it isn’t fiscally responsible. You can read my statement on why I voted against the FARM bill today at the link below.” Congressman Jim McDermott

Questions for Rep. Larsen about his votes on the Dodd Frank act

Rick Larsen asked those who could not make his call-in Town Hall to submit questions on his Facebook Page. So I did, and here it is. I’m sure he is drafting his response right now…. I will let everyone know when I hear from him. By the way I have not heard anyone say they thought Larsen gave any direct or satisfactory responses to the Call in Town Hall, only circular talking around the questions.

I missed your Town Hall, so I would appreciate it if you answered these questions. I have others but would rather you respond to them later when we meet in debate this coming election.
People need to hear elected official validate their economic suffering since 2008. They welcome the justified vilification of Wall Street bankers and financiers. And they are relieved to hear lawmakers promise to enact legislation meant to stop Wall Street from gambling with our money, losing and having American taxpayers bail them out. You did all these things in your kickoff speech for the last congressional campaign.

But it was a slap in the face to hear last month that you, Mr. Larsen, and 69 other Democrats joined with Republicans to strip the protections you had spoken of, from the Dodd Frank act. The Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act (H.R. 992) easily made its way through the House giving Wall Street the go ahead to roll the dice and placing the taxpayer back on the hook for future bailouts.
70 of the 85 lines of text in this resolution were written by lawyers from Citigroup, a bank we bailed out.

I have two questions Mr. Larsen:

  1. Why is a bailed out bank writing legislation guaranteeing they remain too big to fail?
  2. Why did you vote for it?

Mike Lapointe, District 2 Congressional Candidate