Imagine you are 22 years old. You’ve lived in America as long as you can remember. You are in college, working hard towards your degree. You’ve thought about joining the Peace Corps. You volunteer in your community, spending some of your free time helping kids learn to read. You work and pay taxes. You’ve never broken the law.
First, a big THANK YOU to Rob Portman for coming out against the most recent healthcare idea: repeal now, replace later. This is a terrible plan: there is no reason to think that the GOP, a party that had 7 years to come up with a replacement, would do so given 2 more, so this plan means nothing but medical and financial disaster for millions of Americans. But, McConnell is determined to have a vote on some kind of healthcare bill next week, so this post will provide a snapshot comparison of the plans floating around capitol hill.
Things have been quieter in the House, but one big concern is the lack of action on the Russia sanctions bill that was passed by the Senate 98-2. What’s Bob Latta’s stance on this bill? Encourage him to tell his GOP leadership to bring it to the floor for a vote.
With all of the focus on the Senate Health Care bill, Rep. Bob Latta has been flying under the radar for a while. The looming recess may have inspired the surprise tele-town hall–perhaps Rep. Latta thinks that because he held this event, he will not be expected to hold any face to face public events where constituents can ask him questions.
Nope: we’d still like to interact with you face to face, Bob, because it’s a more direct and honest way to communicate, where you cannot screen questions and cut off those asking to prevent followup.
What did Bob Latta talk about with constituents on Wednesday, 6/28? Read on!
It’s good time to think about the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. One of the stories that has been brushed aside by the avalanche of White House scandals are the quietly changing policies about how troops are deployed and how military force is being used overseas. Congress can, and should, exert some oversight in these matters, and at the very least, should speak substantively on these issues.
Another day, another bombshell. The New York Times recently reported information from a memo written by dismissed FBI director James Comey. The memo records a conversation with the President where the President asked the FBI director to just “let it go” instead of investigating Michael Flynn, who had resigned as NSA director the day before. (The President also talked about leaks and suggested it would be a good idea to jail journalists–no one is focusing on that part of the memo, but in any other circumstances, that would be the big news!)
This is on top of the many events related to the Russia investigation–and the White House trying to impede that investigation or cozy up to the Russians that was mentioned in another post.
Ohio 5 is waiting for Bob Latta to be a leader. What have we gotten? Silence.
The wheels are coming off the administration: within the last week, the President fired the director of the FBI, used his deputy AG to cover up the reason for the firing, then admitted on a national TV interview that, yes, the Russia investigation was on his mind. Then, the President threatened Comey not to “leak,” and also invited two high ranking Russian officials into the Oval Office, but excluded the US (but not Russian) press and then divulged to these officials classified intelligence information, mainly because he’s a braggart who doesn’t know any better, it seems.
Congress is the a constitutionally mandated check on the President. But Republican leaders have been complicit or quiet as this dangerous chaos reign. How are Rob and Bob representing us?
Bob Latta is not a member of the extremist Freedom Caucus in the House — that is, the members formerly known as the Tea Party. But he may as well be. This graphic shows that Latta’s votes are almost identical to Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows. On the recent health care vote, Bob Latta’s “Yes” vote was never in doubt.
The House Republican’s bill is a NOT a health care plan. It’s a tax cut for the rich.
Let’s take a closer look at the bill and Latta’s extreme position.
Congress is back in session after two weeks. Over the recess, members of congress have time to connect with their constituents. This post will review Rob and Bob’s recess activities and look ahead to the key issues they will be facing as Congress resumes its work.
Rob and Bob have been spending a lot of time promoting and voting for various de-regulation efforts. And, de-regulation as a topic is a winner–not controversial like building a wall or getting rid of people’s healthcare. It’s also wonky enough that most people don’t look too much further than the glib assurances that it’s a good thing.
But, as boring as this topic might be, it’s really important, so let’s take a few minutes to look at a couple of initiatives these guys are really proud of that aren’t quite what they seem.