Saturday, January 20, 2007

McNerney & Democrats Pass '100 Hours Agenda' - America Supports - Bush, NRCC, & TP Don't...

The Results

Implement the 9/11 Commission Recommendations
PASSED - January 9, 2007 at 7:17 PM, 299 - 128 (Republicans in Favor: 68)

Increase the Minimum Wage
PASSED - January 10, 2007 at 5:10 PM, 315 - 116 (Republicans in Favor: 82)

Expand Stem Cell Research
PASSED - January 11, 2007 at 3:11 PM, 253 - 174 (Republicans in Favor: 37)

Allow Negotiation for Lower Prescription Drug Costs
PASSED - January 12, 2007 at 2:22 PM, 255 - 170 (Republicans in Favor: 24)

Cut Interest Rates on Student Loans
PASSED - January 17, 2007 at 5:35 PM, 356 - 71 (Republicans in Favor: 124)

End Subsidies for Big Oil and Invest in Renewable Energy
PASSED - January 18, 2007 at 6:09 PM, 264 - 163 (Republicans in Favor: 36)

McNerney Brings Clean Energy

Record: House passes renewable energy bill 264-163 - McNerney plays prominent role in the debate

"Freshman Rep. Jerry McNerney took his first turn in the congressional spotlight Thursday by playing a prominent role in a debate over legislation intended to wean America off oil and foster development of renewable energy sources.

The bill passed the House 264-163; McNerney and Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, voted for it, while Rep. Dan Lungren, a Republican whose district includes the Mother Lode, voted against it. Thirty-six Republicans did support the measure, however.

McNerney, who was a wind-energy consultant before he defeated Tracy Rep. Richard Pombo last fall, is emerging as a go-to guy on energy matters in a Democratic-controlled Congress eager to promote green energy sources such as wind, solar or biofuels.


The legislation would also scrap nearly $15 billion worth of oil industry tax breaks enacted by Congress in recent years. That tax money will now be used to promote renewable fuels such as solar and wind power, alternative fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel, and provide incentives for conservation." (source)

CCTimes: McNerney takes top billing on House energy bill
Freshman given co-honor, as part of Democrats' 100 hours agenda, in recognition of his downing Pombo

"A nearly 30-year veteran in the field of wind energy, McNerney vowed during the campaign to seek increased federal investment in alternative energy sources, including crops that could be grown in his congressional district for use in biodiesel.

And he and Pombo differed sharply on expanded domestic oil drilling in the Arctic National Wilderness Area and off the U.S. coastline, key components of the ousted lawmaker's energy bill." (source)


"Rep. McNerney delivered the following statement on the floor of the House today, January 18.

“Mr. Speaker, the energy policy in this country is neither healthy nor sustainable.

“Every day, we import $800 million dollars worth of foreign oil. Not only does this put our economy at great risk but some of that money is going to the very people who could harm Americans.

“With our vote today on H.R. 6, we begin moving towards a rational, sustainable energy policy.

“After spending more than 20 years climbing wind turbines and developing new energy technology, I can tell you that we haven’t begun to realize the potential for job creation and sustainability in this industry. We need to be doing much more to expand the use of renewable energy. This bill is a first step to diversify our energy sources.

“H.R. 6 will end the billions of dollars in corporate welfare we have doled out to big oil companies currently enjoying record profits.

“By investing in new energy technologies, we will also create an entire spectrum of good paying jobs right here in America. In fact, passage of this bill will produce nearly one million jobs in the next three years, generating close to $30 billion in new wages.

“I am pleased that we are doing more than just paying lip service to expanding innovation in clean energy by following through on our responsibility to make the environment livable for future generations.

“Mr. Speaker, I look forward to working in a bipartisan way with my colleagues on the Science and Technology Committee to increase innovation and investment in our energy future.”" (source)

America Supports the 100 Hours Agenda

LATimes: Poll: Initial House bills get broad support

"A bipartisan majority of Americans strongly supports the bills that whisked through the House in the first days of the Democrat-controlled Congress, but many remain uncertain about where the party wants to lead the nation, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.

Approval of Congress has increased since the midterm election ousted Republicans from their House and Senate majorities, and Democrats are viewed in a more positive light after two weeks in power, according to the survey.


The most popular item was the push to increase the federal minimum wage, which under the House bill would rise over two years to $7.25 an hour from $5.15. The increase was supported by 81 percent of those surveyed--including 66 percent of the self-described conservatives.

The student-loan rate cut that passed the House on Wednesday was supported by 79 percent of those polled. Legislation aimed at lowering prices in Medicare's prescription drug program, which passed the House last week, was backed by 80 percent.

Thursday's oil industry measure was supported by 61 percent. An expansion of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, passed by the House last week, was backed by 59 percent." (source)

AP: Poll Shows Support for Democrats' Goals - Strong support for Democrats' goals on minimum wage, prescription drugs

"Two of the Democrats' top goals _ a higher minimum wage and federal funding of embryonic stem cell research _ enjoy broad public support as the party takes control of Congress for the first time in a dozen years.

An overwhelming majority also supports making it easier for people to buy prescription drugs from other countries."

"Significant majorities also approve of the legislation repealing the tax breaks and subsidies for oil companies, enacting a new ethics package for Congress and increasing federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research." (source)

USAToday: Poll: Americans want Democrats, not Bush, at helm

"Democrats have taken control of Congress this month amid a wave of good feeling from the public.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday-Sunday shows that Americans by nearly 2-to-1 want congressional Democrats, not President Bush, to have more influence over the direction the nation takes during the next year.


Democratic congressional leaders get their highest rating since Bush took office in 2001; 59% of those surveyed say their policies would move the country in the right direction. Republican congressional leaders get their lowest rating: 35% endorse their approach.


Half or more of those polled identify four issues as "extremely important" for the White House and Congress to deal with in 2007: Iraq, terrorism, government corruption and health care." (source)

Bloomberg: Survey: Majority of Americans back stem cell research

"More than two-thirds of Americans said they want the new, Democratic-led Congress to expand embryonic stem cell research, restricted since 2001 by President George W. Bush. The shares of stem-cell companies surged.

About 68 percent of respondents to a survey supported passage of a bill that would reverse the Bush restrictions within the first 100 hours of the new Congress, according to a poll sponsored by the Civil Society Institute in Washington. " (source)

"Seven in 10, 69 percent, favor the federal government making it easier for people to buy prescription drugs from other countries." (source)

CBS: Poll: High Hopes For New Congress - 68% Are Optimistic About 110th Congress

The Critics (NRCC, White House, Tracy Press)

CCTimes: NRCC blasts McNerney's votes

"The National Republican Congressional Committee fired an e-mail shot today across the bow of newly elected Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, calling him a stooge of the Democratic Party and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

" ... despite promising to put his district’s interests first in Washington, cast the following votes in the first 100 hours of Democrat control of Congress, siding exclusively with his party’s leadership, rather than the voters of the 11th District of California," reads the e-mail press release." (source)

WaPo: Stem Cell Bill Gets Bush's First Veto

AP Medicare price negotiation bill faces Bush veto

Tracy Press Editorial: McNerney authors government extortion


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