Saturday, January 08, 2011

Prayers For Rep. Giffords

We here at The Maritime Sentry thank God for bring Rep. Giffords safely through surgery and pray for a full recovery for her and all those wounded in this morning's shooting in Arizona. We trust in God to heal her and return her to her place in Congress to fulfill her term for which she was elected. We pray that God brings truth and impartiality to all in our Republic in the coming months so that we are not needlessly or blindly hurled further into servitude under crushing bureaucracy and security.

Arizona is a state already in turmoil over illegal immigration and it's negative effects, in a time when our Constitutional and states rights are already being decimated, this Republic did not need another created crisis for liberals to rally under and use to justify their attacks on our freedoms. We need to make sure regulations and legislation are not allowed to be instituted as a result of this needless act of violence. We call for those groundlessly slandering Tea Partiers and Conservatives as responsible to hold their careless words and keep their ears and eyes and minds open instead. The answer to violence like this is more freedom and access, not less.

Pray For Calm And Healing

Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to all those who have lost their lives or been hurt, or seen family members involved in this tragic shooting today. Let's remember to be in prayer. Especially for the full recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the others injured.

It is saddening to see many are jumping on this horrific event to slander the tea party and call for stricter gun control. People should not be using tragedies to promote their own political interests.

Boehner Condemns Attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Washington (Jan 8) Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement condemning the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and members of her staff today in Tucson, AZ:

“I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country."

Speaker Boehner's Remarks to the Opening Session of the 112th Congress

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Majority Leader Eric Cantor Introduces The Rules Package For The 112th Congress

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Wednesday, January 5, 2010

RSC Update: A New Congress & A New Chairman

From the Chairman
Earlier today, 87 new House Republicans were sworn into office – many of whom have already shown their clear commitment to conservative principles by joining the ranks of the Republican Study Committee. These new members not only give Republicans a majority in the House of Representatives, they also bring fresh perspectives to a body that fell woefully out-of-touch in recent years. This House majority must be different.

As Chairman of the RSC, my goals will be twofold. I will fight for the liberties and principles that made our country the longest-lasting constitutional republic in history and work every day to ensure that House Republicans keep the promises we made to you, the American public. With the help of our newly-elected Freshmen, we must move swiftly to cut spending, tear down barriers to job creation, get on course to a balanced budget, and repeal the unconstitutional and unprecedented law known as ObamaCare.

The country has placed House Republicans in a position of trust once more, and I will do everything I can to make sure we honor that trust.

Yours truly,

Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

**Rep. Tom Price of Georgia did a great job as RSC Chairman fighting for conservative principles last Congress. You can stay up to date with him
here. **

RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10): Respecting Constitutional Limits; The Washington Times, January 5.

· Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01): Republicans Will Act Immediately on ObamaCare; The Daily Caller, January 5.

RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. John Fleming introduced a bill today, H.R. 38, which would rescind $1 billion dollars from the Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund originally appropriated to pay for federal administrative expenses to carry out ObamaCare.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· House Republicans will open the 112th Congress by reading aloud the United States Constitution in its entirety on the House floor. It is believed to be the first time in history that this has occurred.

· The RSC is currently putting together a major spending reduction bill, which could be unveiled as soon as next week.

· This Friday, the House will vote on the rule for a bill to repeal ObamaCare. The final debate and vote on the bill itself will occur next week.

RSC Reports
· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.


House Republican Study Committee

Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman

Paul Teller, Executive Director

Brad Watson, Policy Director

Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff

Curtis Rhyne, Professional Staff

Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach

Brian Straessle, Communications Director

Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director

Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant

1524 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

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Will Bachmann Run? Draft Michele Bachmann For President

An exciting notion has appeared online; Michele Bachmann for president. No matter what disconnected journalists like HotAir (whose opinion I consider about as worthless as the paper it writes on, Oh I am sorry, isn't on paper; I guess by my standard that makes their opinion outright worthless to me) have to say about the subject, freedom lovers and those who believe in the Constitution as it was intended have reason to hope for change. Sign me up for that campaign! And, if she doesn't run it looks like we have a backup ready.

It Is Official, John Boehner Is Speaker Of The House

This was just the first step of many to return our Republic to our founding fathers' vision. We must hold Speaker Boehner and the 112th Congress accountable for every action they take. I will have more on this tonight.

I will end with this thought; isn't it telling how desperately Nancy Pelosi hung on to every second of power she could? Practically attempting to introduce the filibuster to the House. She made a passionate defense for the liberal Left's agenda showing she has no understanding of the will of the American people. God bless Speaker Boehner, the 112th Congress and the Republic.

Catholic League News Release


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a Huffington Post blog post by Michele Somerville about New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo:

Michele Somerville is not just another professed Catholic who has a pathological hatred of the Catholic Church: she is a liar. Regarding the first point, she says she likes Andrew Cuomo because he is just like his father—he's a "protest Catholic." By that she means someone who identifies himself as a Catholic, yet defies the teachings of the Church. In the case of Cuomo the elder, she cites his pro-abortion position. What she likes about Andrew Cuomo is more chic: "I love that my new governor stepped up to the altar of the Lord [last Sunday] with confidence and received the Sacrament of the Eucharist with his beloved [an unmarried woman with whom he lives] and three daughters in tow."

Speaking of the two Cuomos, Somerville says, "there is no other morally responsible way to be Roman Catholic." That's because she hates their religion, which she says is "propped up by corruption and tyranny," and was partly built by "hegemony and brutality."

Somerville also says the Catholic League "classifies men like Andrew Cuomo (who divorce and continue to receive the sacraments) 'self-excommunicated Catholics.'" Thus does she lie. On January 1, in a New York Daily News story, Frank Lombardi correctly said, "Even outspoken Catholic activist Bill Donohue of the Catholic League passed on a chance to decry what some religious conservatives would deem 'living in sin.' Donohue declined to be interviewed, saying through a spokesman, 'We're not one to pass judgment' on how people conduct their personal life 'or how people celebrate their religion.'" Somerville provided a link to this article in her piece, thus proving she is a liar.

Contact Huffington Post Managing Editor, Jai Singh:

Jeff Field

Director of Communications
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
450 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)

RNC Debate

RNC Debate: Marjorie Dannenfelser asks Candidates about Life

RNC Chair Candidates Support an End to Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood

RNC Debate: Marjorie Dannenfelser asks Candidates about Marriage

Stretched Thin

Republican Study Committee Press Release


Incoming RSC Chairman Jordan Urges Colleagues to Amend Proposed House Rules
Make Spending Cuts More Bullet-Proof

Washington, Jan 4 - Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), who will Chair the Republican Study Committee during the 112th Congress, issued the following statement urging his colleagues to adopt an amendment to the Spending Reduction Accounts created by the proposed rules package that will govern how the House of Representatives operates for the next two years. House Republicans will vote on the rules package later this afternoon, and it will be considered tomorrow by the full House as H.Res. 5.

“The new Spending Reduction Accounts are needed to change how Congress handles appropriations, but, as currently written, the rules package contains a major loophole allowing Appropriators to take money back out of these accounts to increase spending elsewhere,” said Congressman Jordan. “Our amendment would prevent any reductions approved by the House from being used to increase spending in another bill.”

The amendment, offered by Republican Study Committee Members Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Tom Graves (R-GA), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), and incoming RSC Chairman Jordan, modifies the proposed rules package to add a Budget Act enforcement mechanism that ensures savings from spending cuts are achieved and puts the full House in control of the Spending Reduction Accounts.

“House Republicans, in particular members of the newly-elected Freshman class, need Americans to know that when we vote to cut spending, spending really will be cut with no Washington-style gimmicks,” Jordan continued. “For us to get the country’s finances back in order, the ways of Washington must change. I urge House Republicans in the strongest terms to adopt this amendment to make the new Spending Reduction Accounts more bullet-proof.”

Below is a detailed description of the changes made by this spending reduction amendment.

Spending Reduction Accounts: The amendment modifies paragraphs (4) and (5), which create spending reduction accounts under the control of the Appropriations Committee. The revision provides that the amount in that account would be based on estimated savings provided by the Budget Committee. Under the Budget Act and House rules, the Budget Committee is responsible for providing estimates of legislation. This change retains that role. It also adds language to make clear that funds from the spending reduction account cannot be spent. Under H.Res.5, it is currently unclear whether there is authority to spend funds from these accounts.

Enforcement: The amendment provides for a reduction in the spending limit for the Appropriations Committee, known as a section 302(a) allocation. Under section 302(a) of the Budget Act, after completion of a budget resolution, the Appropriations Committee is given a total amount to spend. Under section 302(b) of the Budget Act, the Appropriations Committee sub-divides this allocation among its 12 appropriations subcommittees. Using Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, the Budget Committees monitor spending by the Appropriations Committee to ensure spending allocations are not exceeded. These allocations are enforced by Budget Act points of order.

Control of the Accounts: Instead of giving control of the spending reduction accounts to the Appropriations Committee, the amendment gives control of the accounts to the full House. If the House voted to adopt an amendment to dedicate savings to spending reduction, the limit on the amount the Appropriations Committee could spend (the section 302(a) and (b) allocations) would be automatically reduced. Since the House does not control the Senate, it provides a procedure to allow the amount in the spending reduction account to be modified as part of a conference agreement on an appropriations bill. If the conference report on an appropriations bill proposed to reduce the amount in the spending reduction account, the full House would vote to approve that reduction (as part of the rule providing for consideration of the conference report). If the House voted to reduce the amount of savings in the spending reduction account, the spending limit (the section 302(a) and (b) allocations) would automatically be increased by that amount.

Broadens the Definition of an “Appropriations Bill”: The spending reduction account in H.Res. 5 is limited to “general appropriations bills.” The amendment would expand the definition to include all appropriations measures, including continuing resolutions and supplementals.

Budget Committee Reporting: It requires the Budget Committee to maintain and publish the Congressional Record the amounts in the spending reduction account, along with any changes made to the section 302(a) allocation to the Appropriations Committee.


Congressman Jim Jordan is Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC).