Jun 29, 2009

Q and A with Eric Cantor: The Future of the Republican Party



Last week I sat down and spoke with Eric Cantor, House Republican Whip, about the future of the Republican Party. Click here to listen to the interview:


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Photo Credit: Donna Jean Deshaises / Treasured Events of Charlotte

Jun 25, 2009

Cap and Trade: Dumb and Dumber

Tomorrow, the US House is likely to vote on the so called Climate Change bill, or what most people are calling the Cap and Trade bill.

Following are reasons to oppose Cap and Trade as compiled by the House Republican Conference and other Republican sources:

1. Reduces Emissions by Only Hundredths of a Single Degree: H.R. 2454, touted as necessary to stop global warming, would set aggressive emission reduction targets, mandating that by 2050, CO2 levels in the U.S. be reduced by 83 percent below 2005 levels—making U.S. emission levels similar to those in 1907—when the primary mode of transportation was horseback. Despite H.R. 2454’s aggressive targets these reductions are anticipated to slow temperature increases by merely hundredths of a single degree Fahrenheit by 2050, and no more than two tenths of a degree by the end of the century, according to a climate modeling study by Chip Knappenberger of the World Climate Report.

2. Without India and China? Without the cooperation of developing countries like China (the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases) and India (expected to increase emissions by 104 percent between 2006 and 2030) no real reduction in global temperature can be attained. According to an MIT study, whose authors generally support cap-and-tax proposals, "With rapid growth in developing countries, failure to control their emissions could lead to a substantial increase in global temperature even if the U.S. and other developed countries pursue stringent policies." China and India have repeatedly warned that they have no intention of restricting their emissions. According to a Chinese government spokesman, "[I]t is natural for China to have some increase in its emissions, so it is not possible for China in that context to accept a binding or compulsory target."

3. National Energy Tax: CBO confirms that H.R. 2454 imposes a national energy tax on every household in the U.S. CBO also assumes the benefit of a massive redistribution of wealth in the form of liberal spending programs and glosses over regional disparities. Other independent estimates conclude that the cost of such a tax on families is well into the thousands of dollars. Almost every provision in the bill increases the cost of energy directly. Even the President admits that for a cap-and-tax program to work electricity rates must "necessarily skyrocket."

4. Shifts Jobs to China and India: The bill would result in an enormous loss of jobs that would ensue when U.S. industries are unable to absorb the cost of the national energy tax and other provisions, likely sending jobs overseas. There is little debate that the tax would outsource millions of manufacturing jobs to countries such as China and India. According to the independent Charles River Associates International, H.R. 2454 would result in a "net reduction in U.S. employment of 2.3 million to 2.7 million jobs each year of the policy through 2030," even after the creation of new green jobs.

5. Higher Gas Prices: An American Petroleum Institute report shows that the "cost impacts [H.R. 2454] could be as much as 77 cents for gasoline, 83 cents per gallon of jet fuel and 88 cents for diesel fuel." The Heritage Foundation has estimated that as a result of these increased prices the average household will cut consumption of gasoline by 15 percent while forcing a family of four to pay $596 more in 2035, and $8,000 more between 2012 and 2035. This bill would also result in an increase in air travel and cargo costs—since fuel expenses have historically ranged from 10 percent to 15 percent of operating costs for U.S. passenger airlines. Finally, H.R. 2454 would significantly impact the U.S. trucking industry. A one-cent increase in the average price of diesel alone costs the trucking industry an additional $390 million in fuel expenses. If diesel prices are not kept in check this would likely have a significant effect on the movement of goods across the country and a detrimental impact on economy.

6. Global Bailout: Between 2012 and 2019, H.R. 2454 would send $302 billion in taxpayer wealth overseas for climate change adaption, clean technology, and forest protection in countries such as Brazil.

7. Unfairly Targets Rural America: H.R. 2454 targets farms and rural Americans. Rural residents spend 58 percent more on fuel and travel 25 percent farther to get to work than Americans living in urban areas. According to a Heritage Foundation economic analysis of H.R. 2454, farm income would drop $8 billion in 2012, $25 billion in 2024, and over $50 billion in 2035—decreases of 28 percent, 60 percent, and 94 percent, respectively. Importantly, 25 percent of U.S. farm cash receipts come from agriculture exports. U.S. farmers would be at a severe disadvantage compared to farmers in nations which do not have a cap-and-tax system and correspondingly high input costs. Over 100 State and national agricultural groups oppose the bill.

Does it really make sense to eliminate between 2.3 million to 2.7 million jobs each year and force families, farmers, and drivers to pay higher power bills, higher heating and cooling bills, higher food and goods prices and higher gasoline and diesel prices, all for the promise of slowing temperature increases by merely hundredths of a single degree Fahrenheit by 2050. The answer clearly is NO.

And You Thought the DMV Lines Were Long...

For those of you who think the United States should adopt a Canadian styled health program, please consider the following:

Let's say you are a woman living in Canada. You detect a lump in your breast and want to get it checked out.

You schedule the first available appointment with the doctor. The wait time to see the doctor is 21 weeks (ave. wait time in Canada).

When you finally see the doctor, he/she diagnoses the lump as Cancer, and schedules you for surgery ASAP. In Canada, ASAP translates into an 18 week waiting period.

So all told, from the moment you detected the lump to the day it was removed was 39 weeks (9 months). 9 months that the tumor inside you grew larger and larger and spread further and further.

Odds are you will die from this process.

Welcome to Canadian Health Care.

Jun 24, 2009

Samaritan House Tour


This week, Sue and I had the opportunity to tour and meet with the staff of the Samaritan House located at 3424 Park Road in Charlotte. What an amazing facility and dedicated group of people who are helping people when they need it the most.

Samaritan House is a place for homeless people to receive a clean bed, nutritious meals, compassion, shelter and time to heal and recuperate after they have endured a medical situation. Ruth Woodend and Freda Schlaman conceived of the idea for the house and with the help of a small group of people and the help of Tyler II Construction, Dilworth Rotary and a number of people from the faith community the doors opened on March 1, 2005.
In 2008/09 alone, Samaritan House has served 133 people.

If you would like to help Samaritan House financially check them out online at http://www.thesamaritanhouse.org/

Charlotte Christian School Voice Publication Profiles Hal Weatherman

The following profile is in the latest edition of Charlotte Christian Voice, a magazine of Charlotte Christian School:http://www.scribd.com/share/upload/13035949/cfs8lb3c33d980usdul

Jun 23, 2009

House Republican Whip Campaigns for Sue Myrick's Re-Election


House Republican Whip and rising GOP star Eric Cantor campaigned for Sue Myrick's re-election yesterday at a downtown luncheon at the Weston Hotel. Over 150 people attended the mid-day event including notables Ric Flair, mayoral candidate John Lassister, city council hopeful Georgia Belk, former Carolina Panther Colin Branch, County Commissioner Neil Cooksey, and many others. Click here to see video coverage from News 14

On the Radio

Sue Myrick was on WBT radio yesterday morning discussing the situation in Iran and health care reform. If you missed it feel free to listen here http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=104717017525&h=vTx6y&u=fe4N6&ref=mf

Exporting Seminar for Small Business Owners

For those of you who are small business owners looking for exporting opportunities, please take note of the following seminar on how to export to Singpore put on by our friends at the Charlotte US Export Assistance Center.

Learn How to Do Business in Singapore

Register now to meet one-on-one with Todd Avery, Commercial Attache, U.S. Commercial Service, American Embassy Singapore

Date: Monday, July 20, 2009. One-on-one appointments available all day in 40 minute increments. Space is limited, so please register early to secure your spot.

Location: Charlotte U.S. Export Assistance Center, 521 E. Morehead St., Ste 435, Charlotte, NC 28202

Registration Fee: Free!

For More Information Including Registration: http://www.buyusa.gov/northcarolina/singapore.html

My Son Makes Front Page


My four year old son, Hayes, made the front page of the Rock Hill Herald this weekend. He and I were playing a game of catch prior to the minor league baseball game at Knights Stadium when the photographer took this picture.

Washington, DC Job Openings

Here are employment opportunities in GOP offices on the Hill. The date is the day the job was initially posted. Good luck.


June 22, 2009
Staff Assistant - Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) has an opening for a Staff Assistant in the Washington, DC office beginning mid-July. This position assists in managing office functions, maintains office equipment, furniture, supplies, and filing systems. Assists communications efforts by facilitating website updates, speech assistance, generating EORs, and works with graphics department. Processes tour and flag requests; staffs the front reception area, greets visitors and answers telephones; oversees Intern and Page program. Previous Hill experience is necessary and Texas ties are a plus. Applicant must be extremely organized, a proficient writer, able to multi-task and be self-motivated. A degree in Communications is preferred. Experience with Twitter and Facebook is required. Email your resume to Janet.Diaz-Brown@mail.house.gov. No phone calls please.
June 18, 2009
Staff Assistant - Congressman John Campbell seeks a qualified Staff Assistant for his Washington, D.C. office. The ideal candidate will have Hill experience, be highly motivated, possess excellent organizational and communication skills, a strong work ethic, and will have the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their resume and cover letter to CA48jobs@mail.house.gov No phone calls please.
June 15, 2009
Chief Economist - Committee on Energy and Commerce Republican staff seeks economist to provide policy advice on climate change and health policy, particularly insurance, price transparency and entitlement reform. Economist will work to analyze and develop legislative policy and engage in oversight of the private sector and the Executive Branch. The economist will also work with CBO and will develop cost estimates for legislative proposals. PhD in economics preferred. Hill, agency or Executive Branch experience helpful. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send a resume and references to Ms. Lynn Walker, linda.walker@mail.house.gov.
Communications Director - Congressman John Shadegg seeks a proactive Communications Director with significant Capitol Hill experience. Candidates should have an established relationship with the press and working familiarity with issues such as health care, energy and national security. Responsibilities include developing and implementing an overall communications strategy, managing the DC press team, writing press releases, statements, op-eds, and developing new media opportunities. Ideal candidates will have impeccable writing skills and a strong ability to maintain and develop media contacts. This is not a junior position. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please send resumes to arizona03@gmail.com
June 11, 2009
Legislative Assistant - Congressman Doc Hastings seeks proactive legislative staffer to take lead responsibility for multiple issues. A minimum of 2 years experience as a Legislative Assistant on the Hill is required. Qualified applicants will have experience in more than one of the following areas: nuclear waste cleanup, DOE laboratories, science, health care, tax policy, and defense. Candidates must demonstrate solid communication skills and attention to detail. Please email resume and cover letter to: resumesWA04@mail.house.gov. No calls please.
June 8, 2009
Unpaid DC Internship - Senate Republican Conference seeks undergraduate students or recent graduates for late August to December to assist professional staff. Responsibilities include conducting research, assisting with press events, and strategically thinking with staff members regarding different governmental issues. Candidates should possess strong writing and research skills. Prior political experience is preferred; Spanish fluency a plus. Full-time and part-time internships are available. You can learn more about the SRC by going to src.senate.gov or republican.senate.gov. Visit alexander.senate.gov to learn more about Senator Alexander who chairs the conference. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample no more than 3 pages to resumes@src.senate.gov. Deadline for applications is July 3, 2009.
June 4, 2009
Scheduler - Congresswoman Bono Mack seeks an experienced executive assistant/scheduler for her Washington, D.C. office. The ideal candidate will have Hill experience and CA ties, be highly organized and have the ability to manage multiple tasks on deadline, exceptional written and interpersonal/communication skills, a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Please email resume and cover letter to frank.cullen@mail.house.gov or fax (202) 225-2961. No phone calls please.
May 18, 2009
Healthcare Policy Analyst - PA Republican seeking candidates with substantial policy background and legislative experience in health care for very active Member on E & C Health Subcommittee. Applicants should have at least 5 years experience in the field of health care policy with a demonstrated knowledge of public health programs and the legislative process. Skills include superior writing and editing; mature demeanor with the ability to build and maintain relations on and off the Hill; superior analytical skills with attention to detail and accuracy; understanding of how to shape message and build coalitions to support proposals; ability to work on complex policy issues. Specific duties: brief Member on relevant policy developments, work legislative hearings and mark-ups, formulate legislative proposals, interact with federal agencies and government affairs representatives, draft and move legislation. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Send resume, writing samples and salary requirements to: healthcareresume@mail.house.gov.
May 7, 2009
Senior Legislative Assistant - Exceptional opportunity to work for a Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) is seeking a Senior Legislative Assistant to handle appropriations committee work, as well as a number of legislative issues. Knowledge of the appropriations process and minimum of 2 years experience working for an Appropriations Committee office is a must. Premium pay for extensive experience and a firm commitment to stay through the current session of Congress. Candidate must be a hard worker, manage a large workload, have good communication skills and perform well under tight deadlines. Interested applicants should email résumé and cover letter mj.chapman@mail.house.gov. NO CALLS! Tennessee ties are a plus.

Updated Prayer Requests

Keep the following people in your prayers this week:

1. Denyse from our office, had her cancer surgery yesterday. It went well and was successful, but took three hours longer than expected. Pray for her recovery, and post surgery treatments.

2. Andy from our office is recovering well from his recent thyroid surgery. It was successfully removed. Pray for his continued recovery.

3. Pray for the mother of NC Rep. Pearl Burris Floyd from Gaston County, whose mother had a stoke last week. Pray for a successful and speedy rehab.

Feel free to send any prayer requests you have to hweatherman@hotmail.com

Jun 19, 2009

Don't Drink the Kool-Aid: Have Tea Instead

For those of you staying in town for the July 4th holiday weekend, make sure to head to Marshall Park in downtown Charlotte for another Tea Party.

What better way to capture the spirit of the 4th than standing up for what's right.

The event starts at 11:00 am and runs to 3:00 pm.

More details are at http://www.charlotteteaparty.org/

Jun 18, 2009

Brigitte Gabriel: Q and A



Following is the first in a series of interviews I'm conducting with prominent agenda-setters in our country.

Today's interview is with NY Times Bestselling author and founder and President of ACT for America, Brigitte Gabriel, whose lastest book, They Must Be Stopped, is currently available at all bookstores nationwide.

1. What is ACT for America and why did you start it?

ACT! for America is a national grassroots issues advocacy organization dedicated to protecting America’s security and freedoms from the multiple threats posed by radical Islam. I founded ACT! for America because I realized that, while education about the threat of radical Islam is necessary, it’s not sufficient. It will take informed and organized grassroots action to pressure elected officials to ignore political correctness and do what is necessary to protect America from the ever-growing threat of radical Islam.

2. What in your personal background drove you to start this organization?

Growing up in Lebanon I witnessed first-hand how radical Islamists take advantage of the tolerance and liberties afforded to them. I saw how, when they felt strong enough, they turned on the very Lebanese Christians who welcomed them in the name of multi-culturalism. I saw how attempts to accommodate the increasingly aggressive demands of the Islamists simply emboldened them and made them more aggressive, until they felt powerful enough to strike us militarily.
The same thing has been happening in Europe and Great Britain for the past 30 years.
I believe it was Albert Einstein who wrote “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” America is the last, best hope to stop the worldwide rising tide of radical Islam. We must not repeat the mistakes that were made in Lebanon, Europe and Britain. History shows that when radical Islam surges it takes organized resistance to stop it. That is what we are building with ACT! for America – organized resistance to the rising tide of radical Islam.

3. Is America in danger, and if so, from whom?

America is in danger from both violent jihad, which includes acts of terrorism, and “cultural” or “stealth jihad.” What most Americans do not yet understand is that radical Islamists generally see themselves, and rightly so, as following in the footsteps of the prophet Mohammed. Mohammed engaged in or ordered dozens of violent acts during his life, including the beheading of some 800 Jews. In recent years historical revisionists have attempted to cover up these facts, but in the devout Islamic world the prophet’s use of violence to advance Islam is understood and emulated. Mohammed also counseled stealth in dealing with enemies of Islam, which has given modern-day Islamists the model to follow for trying to subvert societies from within, or what is known as “stealth jihad.”

4. Name three things all Americans should know but don't with regards to the dangers we face as a nation.

First, the “extremism” of radical Islamists is actually more in harmony with the Islam practiced by Mohammed than the Islam practiced by so-called “moderates.” An objective study of the holy books of Islam, Islamic history, and the life of Mohammed leaves the student with an inescapable conclusion – that while there are many peaceful Muslims, Islam, historically and doctrinally, has never been a religion of peace. Second, the typical approach of the West to deal with problems, i.e., through “negotiation” and “dialogue” in the hopes of achieving a mutually agreeable solution, will not work when dealing with radical Islamists. They see such an approach as weakness and an acknowledgement that Islam is in fact superior to all other religions, and thus divinely destined to rule the earth. And third, that Islam is as much a supremacist political ideology as it is a religious belief. Thus, it is distinctively and disturbingly different from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.

5. How can I get involved with ACT for America?

Log on to our website, http://www.actforamerica.org/. There you can sign up for our free daily email alerts, find out where local chapters are, and join thousands of patriotic Americans who are doing something about protecting America. I also encourage our readers to get my latest book "They Must Be Stopped" Why we must defeat radical Islam and how we can do it. Learn and pass on the knowledge. Become an activist. It doesn't take many people to change the world, it only takes a dedicated few.

Government Run Healthcare

Many of you have asked where you can go to get reliable and helpful information about the pros and cons of the government run health care plan being discussed in Washington. My recommendation is http://www.healthtransformation.net/

Whether you like Newt Gingrich or not, he offers strong solutions to the health care debate... and the answer is not turning health care over to the Government.

Jun 15, 2009

Charlotte vs. Raleigh: Crime Funds

One of the duties of the Governor of North Carolina is to appoint the largest share of the members of the Governor's Crime Commission. This 44 member board decides on the distribution of most all federal crime monies sent to the state.

Of the 44 members currently on the board, Charlotte has three members. Raleigh has 18, and this doesn't count the member from Cary.

Why does the largest city in the state only have three members? Why does Raleigh have 18?
Did I mention the chairman is from New Bern?

Our office has brought this disparity to the attention of the Governor, and we thank her for her recent (unpublicized) appointment of Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe and County Commission Chairwoman Roberts. We are grateful for this step in the right direction.

However, since the board is responsible for the distribution of millions of dollars of federal money for crime fighting initiatives, I think the board should be more representative of the realities of the crime situation in the state.

Did you know Greensboro does not even have a member on the commission? The hot bed of crime, Swan Quarter, NC has a member, but Greensboro does not. Hillsborough has two members to handle their crime explosion (LOL), which up until a couple of weeks ago was more representation than Charlotte.

Perhaps the Governor didn't watch the recent nationally televised series on the History Channel about Charlotte's gang problems ("Gangland" episode about the Hidden Valley Kings killings).

But I'm not worried, I know those members from New Bern, Swan Quarter, Rocky Mount and places East are going to take good care of us here in Charlotte. They understand our needs and concerns much more than we do here in the Queen City.

Below is a listing of the Governor's Crime Commission Members:

Dr. June Atkinson
Raleigh

Ms. Robin Baker
Raleigh

Judge Joseph M. Buckner
Hillsborough

Sheriff Stephen "Steve" W. Bunn
Elizabethtown

Secretary Lanier M. Cansler
Raleigh

Mr. Seth W. Chapman
Taylorsville

Judge J. C. Cole
Hertford

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Raleigh

Chief Harry Dolan
Raleigh

Mayor James K. Festerman
Reidsville

Judge Carl R. Fox
Hillsborough

Ms. Carrah B. Franke
Cary

Dr. Catherine M. Fuentes
Charlotte

Representative R. Phillip Haire
Raleigh

Secretary Linda W. Hayes
Dunn

Sheriff Worth L. Hill
Durham

Ms. Jean R. Irvin
Winston-Salem

Dr. Robert "Robin" H. Jenkins
Fayetteville

Mr. David E. Jones
Raleigh

Senator Edward "Ed" Jones
Raleigh

Secretary Alvin Keller, Jr.
Raleigh

Sheriff James L. Knight
Tarboro

Mr. Robert Lewis
Raleigh

Ms. Rita Anita Linger
Durham

Chief Rodney Monroe
Charlotte

Mr. Tim Moose
Raleigh

Chief Thomas M. Moss
Garner

Chief Justice Sarah E. Parker
Raleigh

Ms. Robin P. Pendergraft
Raleigh

Governor Beverly Eaves Perdue
Raleigh

Mr. James W. Pierce, Jr.
Wilmington

Ms. Sandra Lynn Reid
Elon

Ms. Jennifer Roberts
Charlotte

Ms. Sharon Sadler
Swan Quarter

Captain J. Wayne Sears
Rocky Mount

Mr. Richard L. Shaffer
Shelby

Det. Crystal Lynn Sharpe
Graham

Judge John W. Smith
Raleigh

Senator John J. Snow
Raleigh

Mr. William H. Stanley
Asheville

Ms. Charlaine Sybrant
Boone

Chair, GCC
Mr. Scott Thomas
New Bern

Judge Albert S. Thomas, Jr.
Wilson

Representative Michael H. Wray
Raleigh

Secretary Reuben F. Young
Raleigh

Job Leads

Updated job leads (as of June 15, 2009) for those of you looking to work in a Republican office on Capitol Hill:

June 15, 2009
Chief Economist - Committee on Energy and Commerce Republican staff seeks economist to provide policy advice on climate change and health policy, particularly insurance, price transparency and entitlement reform. Economist will work to analyze and develop legislative policy and engage in oversight of the private sector and the Executive Branch. The economist will also work with CBO and will develop cost estimates for legislative proposals. PhD in economics preferred. Hill, agency or Executive Branch experience helpful. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send a resume and references to Ms. Lynn Walker, linda.walker@mail.house.gov.
Communications Director - Congressman John Shadegg seeks a proactive Communications Director with significant Capitol Hill experience. Candidates should have an established relationship with the press and working familiarity with issues such as health care, energy and national security. Responsibilities include developing and implementing an overall communications strategy, managing the DC press team, writing press releases, statements, op-eds, and developing new media opportunities. Ideal candidates will have impeccable writing skills and a strong ability to maintain and develop media contacts. This is not a junior position. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please send resumes to arizona03@gmail.com
June 11, 2009
Legislative Assistant - Congressman Doc Hastings seeks proactive legislative staffer to take lead responsibility for multiple issues. A minimum of 2 years experience as a Legislative Assistant on the Hill is required. Qualified applicants will have experience in more than one of the following areas: nuclear waste cleanup, DOE laboratories, science, health care, tax policy, and defense. Candidates must demonstrate solid communication skills and attention to detail. Please email resume and cover letter to: resumesWA04@mail.house.gov. No calls please.
June 8, 2009
Unpaid DC Internship - Senate Republican Conference seeks undergraduate students or recent graduates for late August to December to assist professional staff. Responsibilities include conducting research, assisting with press events, and strategically thinking with staff members regarding different governmental issues. Candidates should possess strong writing and research skills. Prior political experience is preferred; Spanish fluency a plus. Full-time and part-time internships are available. You can learn more about the SRC by going to src.senate.gov or republican.senate.gov. Visit alexander.senate.gov to learn more about Senator Alexander who chairs the conference. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample no more than 3 pages to resumes@src.senate.gov. Deadline for applications is July 3, 2009.
June 4, 2009
Scheduler - Congresswoman Bono Mack seeks an experienced executive assistant/scheduler for her Washington, D.C. office. The ideal candidate will have Hill experience and CA ties, be highly organized and have the ability to manage multiple tasks on deadline, exceptional written and interpersonal/coomunication skills, a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Please email resume and cover letter to frank.cullen@mail.house.gov or fax (202) 225-2961. No phone calls please.
May 18, 2009
Healthcare Policy Analyst - PA Republican seeking candidates with substantial policy background and legislative experience in healthcare for very active Member on E & C Health Subcommittee. Applicants should have at least 5 years experience in the field of healthcare policy with a demonstrated knowledge of public health programs and the legislative process. Skills include superior writing and editing; mature demeanor with the ability to build and maintain relations on and off the Hill; superior analytical skills with attention to detail and accuracy; understanding of how to shape message and build coalitions to support proposals; ability to work on complex policy issues. Specific duties: brief Member on relevant policy developments, work legislative hearings and mark-ups, formulate legislative proposals, interact with federal agencies and government affairs representatives, draft and move legislation. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Send resume, writing samples and salary requirements to: healthcareresume@mail.house.gov.
May 7, 2009
Senior Legislative Assistant - Exceptional opportunity to work for a Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) is seeking a Senior Legislative Assistant to handle appropriations committee work, as well as a number of legislative issues. Knowledge of the appropriations process and minimum of 2 years experience working for an Appropriations Committee office is a must. Premium pay for extensive experience and a firm commitment to stay through the current session of Congress. Candidate must be a hard worker, manage a large workload, have good communication skills and perform well under tight deadlines. Interested applicants should email résumé and cover letter mj.chapman@mail.house.gov. NO CALLS! Tennessee ties are a plus.
April 23, 2009
Legislative Assistant - Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is seeking a Legislative Assistant whose primary focus will be agriculture and financial services issues. The ideal candidate will have experience in policy research and analysis, a proven record of implementing legislative initiatives, strong writing skills, and at least two years of legislative experience in a congressional office. Please email resume and cover letter to LA06jobs@mail.house.gov.

Jun 7, 2009

Meeting with Robert Duvall


I had the awesome opportunity to spend about thirty minutes with the actor Robert Duvall in DC last week.
Here we are in the Library of Congress Members Room.
Duvall is a solid proponent of a secured Southern border and is concerned with the radical elements setting up within the United States.
He is a friend of ACT for America founder and NY Times bestselling author, Brigitte Gabriel and attended the legislative briefing described in the blog entry below, which is where I met him. He showed up thirty minutes early and we had an awesome conversation.
In case you are interested, he took and signed several photos and was very humble. He signed the iconic photo of him on the shoreline in Apocolypse Now for my collection.

ACT For America: DC Briefing Overview

This past week, I had the opportunity to provide some logistical support to a legislative briefing organized by the non-profit group, ACT for America. If you are not familiar with the group, check them out at www.actforamerica.org My friend, Brigitte Gabriel is the founder and President of the organization (she's the one in the picture above).

The group had its first annual DC Legislative Briefing where they had briefings provided by those members of Congress who are leading the fight against the rise of radical Islamist ideology in America.

Members like Sue Myrick, Bill Shuster, John Shadegg, Dana Rohrabacher, Frank Wolf and several others participated.

One of the attendees and a huge supporter of ACT for America was the actor Robert Duvall, which was kind of cool speaking and getting to know him.

Hal Meets with Entrepreneurs from Azerbaijan


Here I am meeting with a group of entrepreneurs from the country of Azerbaijan. They came by our Congressional Office on Friday to learn about our form of government. They were particularly interested in the upcoming health care debate and on tax polices that influence corporate philanthropy.
The group came to Charlotte through the Open World Program, a US Congress-authorized program managed by the Open World Leadership Center. They bring emerging community leaders to the United States for 10-day visits to observe US democracy and free enterprise in action.

Prayer Requests -- Updated

Please add the following people to your prayer lists:

1. Denyse "Evans" Chacaltana: Denyse works in our DC office and is beginning a challenging journey with cancer. She was just diagnosed.

2. Andy Polk: Also of our DC staff. Pray for continued recovery. He just had successful surgery to remove his Thyroid. Doing well, but will have some recovery time.

3. Gaston County Commissioner Tom Keigher's brother who is in hospice in Boston.

4. Continued prayers for Richard Stone in Union County (re: prostate cancer).

5. Continued prayers for Brett Hudson (cancer). See earlier blog entry for how to follow his journey.

If you have any prayer requests you want added to this list email me at hweatherman@hotmail.com

Economic Recovery Workshop Coming to Charlotte

In case you are interested, the NC Office of Economic Recovery and Investment (OERI) is planning a two hour workshop on June 18th in Charlotte. Representatives from state and federal agencies who are responsible for administering the so-called "Stimulus" funds will be on hand to give guidance to small businesses and individuals looking to access that money.

For more information go to www.NCRecovery.gov Good luck.

Jun 2, 2009

House Republican Whip to Stump for Sue Myrick


In case you are interested, I wanted to let you know that the Republican Whip of the US House of Representatives, Eric Cantor, will be in town on Monday, June 22, 2009 stumping for Sue Myrick. The event will be at the Westin, 601 College Street in Charlotte. The event runs from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. For more information go to http://www.suemyrick.com/.


If you are not familiar with Eric Cantor, you will be. He is a young rising star in the party. Hope to see you there!

Job Leads

For those of you who are looking to work in a Republican office on Capitol Hill here are some job leads for you. As a chief of staff for a Republican member, I get a weekly update of job listings in GOP offices. I do not receive the Democrat listings, so I can't be of much service to job seekers there. Good luck.


HOUSE GOP JOB LIST
June 1, 2009
NO NEW POSTINGS
May 18, 2009
Healthcare Policy Analyst - PA Republican seeking candidates with substantial policy background and legislative experience in healthcare for very active Member on E & C Health Subcommittee. Applicants should have at least 5 years experience in the field of healthcare policy with a demonstrated knowledge of public health programs and the legislative process. Skills include superior writing and editing; mature demeanor with the ability to build and maintain relations on and off the Hill; superior analytical skills with attention to detail and accuracy; understanding of how to shape message and build coalitions to support proposals; ability to work on complex policy issues. Specific duties: brief Member on relevant policy developments, work legislative hearings and mark-ups, formulate legislative proposals, interact with federal agencies and government affairs representatives, draft and move legislation. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Send resume, writing samples and salary requirements to: healthcareresume@mail.house.gov.
May 7, 2009

Scheduler - Southern Congressman seeks a Scheduler for fast-paced DC office. Responsibilities include managing Member schedule and assisting with office manager duties. Ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and communications skills, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. Prior Hill experience is a plus. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their resume and cover letter to jobswithcao@gmail.com.

Legislative Aide - Conservative Southern Armed Services Committee member seeks highly motivated individual with exceptional writing, customer service, organizational and computer skills. Responsibilities include assisting Legislative Director on defense-related issues and committee work, research projects, writing newsletters, speeches, and constituent mail. Applicants should be goal oriented and team focused. Hill experience preferred and prior military service is a plus. Please send your resume and cover letter to 202-225-3414.

Senior Legislative Assistant - Exceptional opportunity to work for a Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) is seeking a Senior Legislative Assistant to handle appropriations committee work, as well as a number of legislative issues. Knowledge of the appropriations process and minimum of 2 years experience working for an Appropriations Committee office is a must. Premium pay for extensive experience and a firm commitment to stay through the current session of Congress. Candidate must be a hard worker, manage a large workload, have good communication skills and perform well under tight deadlines. Interested applicants should email résumé and cover letter mj.chapman@mail.house.gov. NO CALLS! Tennessee ties are a plus.

April 30, 2009
May Intern - The office of Congressman Bob Inglis (SC-4) seeks a qualified intern to immediately begin for the month of May. Intern will have the opportunity to assist in daily operations of a Congressional office, including answering phones, sorting correspondence, arranging constituent tours and other duties as requested by staff. Internship is unpaid and the ideal candidate will be able to begin immediately. Candidate should have excellent communication skills, be detail oriented and have the ability to multi-task. Full- time intern preferred, but time is negotiable. To apply, please send resume and cover letter by email to Katie.Banks@mail.house.gov. Please include “May Intern” in subject line.
April 27, 2009
Legislative Assistant or Counsel – The office of Congressman Geoff Davis is seeking a dedicated individual with two to three years of legislative experience to join his hard-working, fast-paced team. Qualified candidates will have significant experience in either Tax or Health care policy. The position will also include additional domestic policy issue areas. Responsibilities will include crafting legislation, advising the Congressman on assigned issues, significant constituent mail and developing constituent outreach and communication initiatives. Strong writing and interpersonal skills are essential for any successful candidate. Kentucky ties are a plus, but not required. Application Requirements: Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume, references and two relevant writing samples (samples that demonstrate constituent mail and/or legislative development or analysis are preferred) to KY04Jobs@gmail.com with subject line: Attn: LA Position. No calls, drop-ins or faxes, please.

Internship - The office of Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) has an immediate opening for a 6-week internship position in our Washington, DC office. We are looking for a highly qualified candidate that is motivated, detail-oriented, and personable. The ideal candidate will have excellent research and writing abilities, be able to multi-task and interact well with constituents. Although these are unpaid positions, interns have the opportunity to experience working on Capitol Hill, learn about the legislative process, and attended briefings of interest. Responsibilities include answering the phone, giving tours of the Capitol, assisting with constituent correspondence, and supporting the legislative staff on various projects. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to michelle.brenan@mail.house.gov, as well as any letters of recommendation. Washington State residency a plus, but not required.

April 23, 2009

Legislative Assistant - Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is seeking a Legislative Assistant whose primary focus will be agriculture and financial services issues. The ideal candidate will have experience in policy research and analysis, a proven record of implementing legislative initiatives, strong writing skills, and at least two years of legislative experience in a congressional office. Please email resume and cover letter to LA06jobs@mail.house.gov.

April 9, 2009

Press Secretary – Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen seeks to interview candidates for the position of Press Secretary for a fast-paced office. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal skills as well as the proven ability to manage multiple communications projects. She/he will be responsible for developing, managing and coordinating all communications activities, including writing press releases, op-eds, direct mail pieces, talking points, organizing press events, maintaining the official website including design, implementing new media strategy including Facebook, Twitter, etc., maintaining press database, writing e-newsletters & coordinating Tele-town halls. Duties will also include organizing news conferences, briefing the Congressman for radio interviews, writing and implementing PSA's from the Congressman, interacting with the press as the Congressman’s principal spokesman and coordinating the Congressman's overall press relations. The ideal candidate will have Capitol Hill or relevant press experience, the availability to work extended hours and under time pressure. Please email a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to opportunity2442@gmail.com . Note “Press Secretary” in the subject line.

Military Legislative Assistant - The Office of Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) is seeking a Military Legislative Assistant (MLA). It is important that the MLA have familiarity with the DOD POM Process, overall budgeting, and the ability to track major acquisition and RDT&E programs, particularly with respect to shipbuilding. Additionally, prior legislative experience with the Defense Authorization and Appropriations Process is preferred. An ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines is necessary. Significant travel to the district and other military installations is required. Virginia ties and prior military service are helpful. Interested applicants should fax a cover letter and resume to the attention of Mary Springer at (202) 225-4382. No calls or emails please.

Legislative Assistant - The Office of Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) is seeking a Legislative Assistant whose primary focus will be health care, education, transportation, and related appropriations issues. Responsibilities of this position will include writing 20% of the legislative mail, briefing the Congressman on relevant policy developments, formulating legislative proposals, interacting with federal agencies, and developing health care-related outreach and constituent-based service. Strong writing and interpersonal skills are a must. The ideal candidate will have several years of Hill experience and a proven record of implementing legislative initiatives and building coalitions. Professional health care experience or ties to Virginia are strongly preferred. Please email resume, cover letter, and a sample constituent letter to VA04jobs@mail.house.gov with subject line: Attn: LA Position. No calls, drop-ins, or faxes, please.

Part-Time Speechwriter - Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) is seeking a part-time speechwriter, whose primary duties would include writing daily (1 min-5 min) floor speeches based on current events and office interests. Other communications material may also be periodically requested. Qualified candidates will be asked to submit sample writing. Start date: April 21, 2009. Undergraduate degree in History, English, Journalism or related field required. Must be an established writer with 4+ years of experience; experience in topics related to Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees as well as immigration, energy and border security preferred. Comparable salary for part-time staff - based on experience. Benefits and telecommuting offered. Contact Rep. Poe’s chief of staff: Janet.Diaz-Brown@mail.house.gov.

Interns - The office of Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11) is seeking unpaid interns to immediately fill positions for the spring and summer semesters. Interns will have the opportunity to attend Committee hearings, learn about legislative processes, and assist in the daily operations of a Congressional office. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who are interested in politics, as you will be working for a member of the Republican leadership office. Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented and outgoing. Applicants are also encouraged to seek academic credit with their institutions. The ideal candidate will be able to start immediately. Michigan ties are a plus! If you are interested in applying for this internship, please e-mail a resume, cover letter and references to Brian.Romano@mail.house.gov.

This Week in Congress

Floor Schedule

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009:
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (18 bills)
1) H.R. 325 - Avra/Black Wash Reclamation and Riparian Restoration Project - Amends the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with Pima County, Arizona, to participate in the planning, design, and construction of water recycling facilities and to enhance and restore riparian habitat in the Black Wash Sonoran Desert ecosystem in Avra Valley west of the metropolitan Pima County area. Limits the federal share of the project's cost to 25%. Authorizes appropriations. Permits federal funds provided by this Act to be used only for the design, planning, and construction of water-related infrastructure. (Rep. Grijalva – Natural Resources) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
2) H.R. 1120 - Central Texas Water Recycling Act of 2009 Amends the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with the city of Waco and other participating communities in the Central Texas Water Recycling and Reuse Project, to participate in the design, planning, and construction of permanent facilities to reclaim and reuse water in McLennan County, Texas. Limits the federal share of project costs to 25% of the total. Prohibits the Secretary from providing funds for project operation and maintenance. Terminates the Secretary's authority to carry out this Act 10 years after its enactment. (Rep. Edwards (TX) – Natural Resources) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
3) H.R. 1393 - Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2009 - Amends the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2000 to authorize specified additional projects, including projects for water conservation and improvement in Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, Hudspeth, and El Paso counties, Texas. (Rep. Hinojosa – Natural Resources) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
4) H.R. 1044 - Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial Enhancement Act of 2009 - Amends the Port Chicago National Memorial Act of 1992 to require the Secretary of the Interior to administer the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial as a unit of the National Park System. Directs the Secretary of Defense to transfer a specified parcel of land within the proposed boundary on the map entitled "Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Proposed Boundary," dated August 2005, to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior if: the land is excess to military needs; and all environmental remediation actions necessary to respond to environmental contamination have been completed. Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with the city of Concord, California, and the East Bay Regional Park District to establish and operate a facility for visitor orientation and parking, administrative offices, and curatorial storage for the Memorial. (Rep. George Miller – Natural Resources) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
5) H.R. 1280 - To modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior - Modifies a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, Chippewa County, Michigan. (Rep. Stupak – Natural Resources) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
6) H.R. 1287 - Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center Partnership Act - Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint partnership with the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission with regard to the use of the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center as a visitor center for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Allows the Secretary to: plan, design, construct, and install exhibits in the Center related to the use and management of the resources at the Lakeshore, at a cost under $1.5 million; and use park staff from the Lakeshore in the Center to provide visitor information and education. (Rep. Visclosky – Natural Resources) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
7) H.R. 689 - To interchange the administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal lands between the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management - Transfers the administrative jurisdiction of specified federally owned lands in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California from the Secretary of Agriculture to the Secretary of the Interior. Subjects such lands to the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Excepts lands within the Shasta Dam Reclamation Zone from such transfer and continues the administration of those lands by the Secretary of the Interior through the Bureau of Reclamation. Transfers the administrative jurisdiction of specified federally owned lands in California administered by the BLM from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Agriculture. Subjects such lands to the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the National Forest System. (Rep. Herger – Natural Resources) According to CBO, implementing this bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget and would not affect revenues or direct spending.
8) H.R. 2330 - Camp Hale Study Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing Camp Hale as a unit of the National Park System. (Rep. Lamborn – Natural Resources) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
9) H.R. 2430 - To direct the Secretary of the Interior to continue stocking fish in certain lakes in the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
10) H.J.Res. 40 - Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009 (Rep. Baca – Natural Resources)
11) H.Res. 421 - Recognizing and commending the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its 75th year anniversary (Rep. Roe – Natural Resources)
12) H.R. 1380 - Josh Miller HEARTS Act - Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to: purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in their schools; and/or provide training to meet the grant requirement that at least five adult employees or volunteers at each school where an AED is to be used successfully complete training in its use and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Gives grant priority to schools that: lack an AED; typically have a significant number of students, staff, and visitors present during the day; generally have a longer wait for emergency medical services than other public facilities in the community; and have not received funds under the Rural Access to Emergency Devices Act.(Rep. Sutton – Education and Labor) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
13) H.Res. 196 - Congratulating the University of Tennessee women's basketball team (the "Lady Vols") and Head Coach Pat Summitt on her 1000th victory (Rep. Duncan – Education and Labor)
14) H.Res. 232 - Recognizing and commending the Toys for Tots Literacy Program for its contributions in raising awareness of illiteracy, promoting children's literacy, and fighting poverty through the support of literacy (Rep. Graves – Education and Labor)
15) H.R. 1662 - Anthony DeJuan Boatwright Act - Amends the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to require a state to include as part of its regulatory process for issuance and renewal of licenses to providers of child care services, a recommendation to each provider that it carry current liability insurance. Requires state plans for the use of child care and development block grant funds to certify that there are in effect state or local health and safety requirements that each child care provider: post publicly and conspicuously in the service area of its premises a notice specifying whether it carries current liability insurance; and give written notice to parents about whether it carries such insurance, obtain the signature of at least one parent per child acknowledging receipt of such notice, and maintain records of such signed notice while a child receives services. (Rep. Barrow – Education and Labor) There is no CBO score available for this bill.
16) H.Res. 259 - Expressing the gratitude and appreciation of the House of Representatives for the acts of heroism and military achievement by the members of the United States Armed Forces who participated in the June 6, 1944, amphibious landing at Normandy, France, and commending them for leadership and valor in an operation that helped bring an end to World War II (Rep. Boozman – Armed Services).
17) H.Res. 471 - Expressing sympathy to the victims, families, and friends of the tragic act of violence at the combat stress clinic at Camp Liberty, Iraq, on May 11, 2009 (Rep. Kratovil – Armed Services)
18) H.Res. __ - Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the brutal suppression of protesters and citizens in and around Tiananmen Square (Rep. Levin – Foreign Affairs)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (5 Bills)
1) H.R. 1817 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 116 North West Street in Somerville, Tennessee, as the "John S. Wilder Post Office Building" (Rep. Blackburn – Oversight and Government Reform) 2) H.R. 2090 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 431 State Street in Ogdensburg, New York, as the "Frederic Remington Post Office Building" (Rep. McHugh – Oversight and Government Reform) NO COST
3) H.R. 2173 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1009 Crystal Road in Island Falls, Maine, as the "Carl B. Smith Post Office" (Rep. Michaud – Oversight and Government Reform) 4) H.Con.Res. 109 - Honoring the 20th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in the Nation's Capital and its transition to the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure on June 6, 2009 (Rep. Connolly – Energy and Commerce) . 5) H.Res. 437 - Supporting the goals and ideals of Mental Health Month (Rep. Napolitano – Energy and Commerce) NO COST

H.R. 31 - Lumbee Recognition Act - Extends federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Prohibits the tribe from conducting gaming activities as a matter of claimed inherent authority or under the authority of any federal law. Requires North Carolina to exercise jurisdiction over all criminal offenses committed, and all civil actions that arise, on North Carolina lands owned by, or held in trust by the United States for, the Lumbee Tribe or any dependent Indian community of the Tribe. (Rep. McIntyre – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 1385 - Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009 - Extends federal recognition to the following Indian tribes (the tribes) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and establishes their relationship with the federal government as described below: the Chickahominy Tribe; the Chickahominy Indian Tribe--Eastern Division; the Upper Mattaponi Tribe; the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc.; the Monacan Indian Nation; and the Nansemond Indian Tribe. Makes the tribes and their members eligible for all services and benefits provided by the federal government to federally recognized Indian tribes. Establishes the service area of each tribe and requirements for each tribe regarding its membership roll, governing documents, and governing body. Requires the Secretary of the Interior, on request of any of the tribes, to take specified lands into trust for the benefit of that tribe, to be considered part of that tribe's reservation. Prohibits the tribes from conducting gaming activities. Requires Virginia to exercise jurisdiction over all criminal offenses committed, and all civil actions arising, on lands in Virginia owned by, or held in trust by the United States for, the tribes. Authorizes the Secretary to accept all or any portion of Virginia's jurisdiction over such offenses and actions on verification by the Secretary of a tribe's certification that the tribe possesses the capacity to reassume such jurisdiction. (Rep. Moran (VA) – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule) .


THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009
On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.
H.R. 2200 - Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2009 - Among other provisions, this bill authorizes appropriations to the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for FY2010 and FY2011. Directs the Secretary, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (TSA), to: report to the appropriate congressional committees on TSA use of a risk-based system for allocating security resources effectively; and include in each TSA procurement contract a requirement that the contractor implement a plan for the award of subcontracts to small businesses. Requires the Secretary, acting through the Assistant Secretary, to: make sure that advance notice of a covert test of a transportation security system is not provided to any individual (including any security screener) before completion of the test, with specified exceptions; develop a plan for a system to verify the identity and status of law enforcement officers flying armed; establish in the Federal Air Marshal Service an Office of the Ombudsman; issue security standards for foreign repair stations that perform maintenance on U.S. aircraft; require certain security information sharing procedures for airport Federal Security Directors; and establish in the TSA an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, including air cargo and general aviation security working groups. Requires the Secretary, acting through the Assistant Secretary, to: develop a strategic risk-based plan to improve airport transportation security; carry out a biometrics identifier airport access enhancement demonstration program for individuals with access to secure airport areas; and establish training programs to update transportation security officers on screening procedures and technologies in response to weaknesses identified in covert tests at airports. (Rep. Jackson-Lee - Homeland Security) (Subject to a Rule) of the TSA. Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would increase net

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.
Last Vote: Friday afternoon

H.R. 626 – Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009 - Allows federal employees to substitute any available paid leave for any leave without pay available for either the: birth of a child; or placement of a child with the employee for either adoption or foster care. Makes available (subject to specified requirements) for any of the 12 weeks of leave an employee is entitled to for such purposes: four administrative weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth or placement involved; and any accumulated annual or sick leave. Authorizes the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to promulgate regulations to increase the amount of paid parental leave available to such an employee to a total of eight administrative workweeks, based on the consideration of: the benefits to the federal government, including enhanced recruitment and employee retention; the cost to the government; trends in the private sector and in state and local governments; and the federal government's role as a model employer. (Rep. Maloney – Oversight and Government Reform) (Subject to a Rule)

Possible Consideration of the Conference Report on H.R. 2346 - Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 (Rep. Obey – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.
* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.
* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.


HIGHLIGHTS ON THE HILL

Senate: The Senate will begin the week by resuming consideration of railroad antitrust legislation. They will then consider the FDA tobacco regulation bill.

House: The Whip’s office doesn’t expect any late nights this week. The two tribal recognition bills will likely be coupled together and considered under one rule. Finally, they said it’s doubtful the Supplemental Conference Report will be considered this week, but it’s still possible.

Next Week: The Whip’s office listed a host of bills we can expect between now and the Fourth of July recess. The bills they noted as likely to be considered before July 4th are: the Supplemental Conference Report (next week), State Department Authorization, DOD Authorization, Intel Authorization, CJS Appropriations (probably 3rd week in June), Homeland Security Appropriations (probably 3rd week in June), Leg Branch Appropriations (probably last week in June), Cash-for-Clunkers, DC voting rights, and statutory pay-go legislation.

They listed the following bills as possible but less likely: climate change, FDA tobacco regulation conference report, surface transportation authorization, health care overhaul, card check, and an overhaul of the financial services regulatory system.

Jun 1, 2009

Myrick Recognized by American Conservative Union

I am happy to point out that our own Congresswoman Sue Myrick has been recognized by the American Conservative Union as a 2008 Ratings of Congress Award winner with a 91% score.

The ACU is America's oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. For 38 years, its annual ratings have been widely regarded as the "gold standard" of conservative assessment of the federal legislative branch.

Sue Myrick has a lifetime 95% rating by the American Conservative Union covering her votes over the past 14 years.

Prayer Requests

Following are prayer requests that have come across my desk of late. Feel free to add them to your prayer lists:

Gaston County Commissioner, Tom Keigher's brother needs your prayers. He has been put on a list for a liver transplant at Mass General in Boston.

Kelly Hastings mother needs your prayers. She is coping with breast cancer.

Brett Hudson needs your prayers in his coping with cancer. Go to caringbridge.org/Brett Hudson for more information.

Richard Stone, Union County Commissioner is doing well I hear, but let's continue to keep him in our prayers as he deals with prostate cancer.

To have your prayer requests added to this list, simply email me at hweatherman@hotmail.com and I will be happy to add them.

Job Lead

For those of you looking for work, I recently learned that The Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (REBIC) in Charlotte is looking for a new Executive Director. Good luck to those who are interested.