Posted by Thunder Pig on June 21, 2008
Democratic Congressman Heath Shuler (NC-11) joined with Republicans Virginia Foxx (NC-05) and Patrick McHenry (NC-10) to pass HR 6304, better known as FISA, in a 293 to 129 vote.
This bill will provide much needed immunity from prosecution to Telecomms who have cooperated in good faith with the Federal Government in monitoring the communications of terrorists.
I salute Congressman Shuler and the Democratic Leadership who voted to support President George W. Bush and the Republicans in the effort to protect our nation from future attacks.
Congressman Shuler has proven himself as a Democrat much like Senator Joe Lieberman, only more conservative.
**update** 2.52pm June 22, 2008
Shuler’s Office has a Press Release on the FISA Vote, and it follows:
Rep. Shuler Statement on House Passed FISA Legislation
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Heath Shuler released the following statement today after the
House passed, H.R. 6034, The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008.
“The FISA legislation passed by the House today strikes the important balance between protecting our
nation from new and evolving terrorist threats, while also safeguarding our civil liberties. I am glad that
after working for nearly a year on this legislation, Democrats and Republicans came together to achieve a
positive, long term solution.
“This legislation improves the civil liberties protections in the original FISA by specifying that individual
warrants are required to conduct surveillance on Americans residing inside or outside of the United
States, and outlaws the practice of reverse-targeting. It also affirms that FISA is the only means available
to the U.S. government to conduct surveillance.
“The bill we passed today does not provide retroactive blanket immunity for warrantless wiretapping.
Instead, it requires any telecommunications company that provided information to the Department of
Justice following the attacks of September 11th
to prove in Federal court that this information was
demanded by Federal agencies and that the Department of Justice provided written assurance that its
actions were legal.
“Courts will not have the discretion to provide any immunity for government officials who have violated
the law. This requirement will ensure that the truth will finally come out in open court, and that any
government official who broke the law will be held fully accountable.”
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Posted by Thunder Pig on June 11, 2008
I posted video of the indomitable Congressman Patrick McHenry on WNC Citizens Blog.
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Posted by Thunder Pig on May 7, 2008
Here are the preliminary results:
|Hillary Clinton (DEM)
|Mike Gravel (DEM)
|Barack Obama (DEM)
|No Preference (DEM)
|Mike Huckabee (REP)
|Alan Keyes (REP)
|John McCain (REP)
|Ron Paul (REP)
|No Preference (REP)
I guess Mike Huckabee is gonna get 12% whether he runs or not!!! And the presumptive nominee suffers a considerable protest vote to boot.
Do you hear us, McQeeg?
US HOUSE NC-10 (GOP)
|Patrick McHenry (REP)
|Lance Sigmon (REP)
Ha Ha! Fake candidate, and tool of progressives everywhere, Lance Sigmon is soundly whipped by McHenry.
US HOUSE NC-11 (GOP)
|Spence Campbell (REP)
|Carl Mumpower (REP)
|John C. Armor (REP)
Wow! I thought for sure Campbell had bought this race. Now, let’s see if Shuler can be coaxed to have a dozen or so debates across the district…
NC GOV (DEM)
|Richard H. Moore (DEM)
|Dennis Nielsen (DEM)
|Bev Perdue (DEM)
NC GOV (GOP)
I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in this race. Smith and Orr split the conservative vote, and let a RINO waltz through. Moonbat McCrory…crap, crap, crap!!!
And in local races for Buncombe County Commissioner:
21.45% Holly Jones
14.94% K. Ray Bailey
13.81% Carol Peterson
12.29% Bill Stanley
24.07% Joe Dunn
19.79% John Carroll
17.36% Don Yelton
16.29% Ron McKee
Good Night…I’ve had all I can take.
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Posted by Thunder Pig on January 24, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. House of Representatives, for the second time in recent months, failed Wednesday to override a presidential veto of a children’s insurance program.
The 260-152 vote to override President George Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program fell 15 votes shy of the needed two-thirds majority. Nineteen members did not vote.
Twice in 2007 Bush, backed by House Republicans, vetoed legislation to expand the popular health insurance for needy children by $35 billion. Critics said the expansion would have made middle-class children, whose parents could afford healthcare insurance on their own, eligible. Backers said the additional coverage was needed to protect more low-income children.
Congress eventually passed legislation that would extend SCHIP until March 31, 2009.
Bush said he was pleased that his veto remained in tact.
Related: Rollcall 22
Regional Representative Voting Positions:
Voting to sustain President Bush’s veto were Virginia Foxx (R NC-05) and Patrick McHenry (R NC-10)
Voting to overturn the Presidential veto was Heath Shuler (D NC-11)
This is another of the myriad of reasons that we need to elect a Republican to the right of McCain and Schmuckerbie to the White House this November.
Video: The Conservative Approach to Helping Uninsured Children
The SCHIP Veto
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Posted by Thunder Pig on October 2, 2007
11th District Congressional Candidate on Democrats Proposed War Tax
Top House Democrats proposed a “war surtax” on Tuesday to pay for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a plan quickly condemned by Republicans and opposed by House leadership. The surtax would be “a percentage of your tax bill,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, D-Wisconsin. “And if you don’t like the cost, then shut down the war.” The measure (sponsored by Obey, Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, and Jim McGovern, D-Massachusetts) would require low- and middle-income taxpayers to add 2 percent to their tax bill, while higher-income taxpayers would add 12 to 15 percent, Obey said. Announced Republican challenger for Democrat Heath Shuler’s 11th District seat, Carl Mumpower, validated the proposal as “higher level thinking“ should the same standard be applied to Democrat entitlement initiatives. “I think we would all like the option of directly challenging Washington waste when we don’t like the cost”, shared Mumpower. Highlighting that annual congressional spending has increased to $24,106 per American household, Mumpower noted “Selective calls for tax dollar accountability ring a little hollow from two parties equally willing to borrow on tomorrow for the special interests of today.”
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Posted by Thunder Pig on September 29, 2007
This installment features NC-10 Congressman Patrick McHenry:
Highlighting the importance of keeping spending in-check through accountability and transparency
The third episode of the Rediscover series features Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) discussing the importance of keeping spending in-check through accountability and transparency. Congresswoman Blackburn also points out the Democrats’ dangerous “tax and spend” addiction they have carried out since taking over Congress. And Congressman McHenry underscores the importance of trusting the American people with more of their own hard-earned money.
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Posted by Thunder Pig on April 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC-The United States Chamber of Commerce today presented Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) with its annual “Spirit of Enterprise” award for his strong voting record on critical business issues in the second session of the 109th Congress.
“Rep. McHenry proved to be a valuable ally to the business community last year, supporting measures to stimulate job creation and spur economic growth,” said Tom Donohue, Chamber president and CEO. “The business community appreciates Patrick’s dedication to a pro-growth agenda and we are proud to present him with this award.”
The Chamber’s prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” award is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings it gives for key business votes outlined in its yearly publication, “How They Voted.” Rep. McHenry compiled a 93% score with the Chamber last year and holds a cumulative 91% ranking during his tenure in Congress.
Hat Tip: NC Rumors
US Chamber of Commerce
I also note that our former Congressman Charles Taylor also was recognized with the same award, and I would like to acknowledge that achievement.
It seems unlikely that our current Congressman will be so recognized due to denying the right to a secret ballot by workers faced with union thuggery. I have faced these thugs before, and met their violence with violence. [Reminder to self: tell story after statute of limitations is past.]
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