Monday, April 4, 2011

March - April Update


Randy ForbesCONGRESSMAN RANDY FORBES - On March 17th the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the “In God We Trust Resolution, (H.Con.Res. 13) originated by Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA). The Forbes resolution, supported by 64 bipartisan congressmen, reaffirms “In God We Trust” as the national motto and encourages its public display. On the passage Congressman Forbes said, “Today, the House Judiciary Committee asked two simple questions: Does the United States still have the right to trust in God, and if so, should it? If the answer is “yes” to both questions, then the truths we declare to be “self evident” and the  rights we hold as “endowed by our Creator” are indeed transcendent and cannot be taken away by any government.

Since Randy Forbes came to the House in 2002 as a supported GING-PAC candidate, he has established himself as a leader. Randy formed the Congressional Prayer Caucus which has become a powerful force in the House of Representatives. Currently there are 55 members of the Prayer Caucus including Michele Bachmann, Jim Jordan, Mike Pence and other prominent Representatives.

Because of Randy Forbes, a church service was held in the rotunda of the Capitol Building in 2010. This was thc first time thc Capitol had bccn used as a church since 1868. For more than 100 years after the Capitol was built, church services were held there every Sunday. Did you know that? Thanks to Randy Forbes, “How Great Thou Art” was once again sung in the Rotunda.

CONGRESSMAN TRENT FRANKS - Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) founded and now chairs the Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus. With co-chair Heath Shuler (D-NC), he introduced a resolution calling for the U.S. to take action to protect religious freedom. The resolution condemns the intolerance that sanctioned recent high profile assassinations in Pakistan including that of the Minister of Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, who was the only Christian in the government. Congressman Franks has assisted organizations such as the Religious Freedom Coalition in calling attention to the repression of Christians and other religious minorities in Islamic areas of the world.

CONGRESSMAN TODD AKIN - Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), along with at least seven other GING-PAC supported candidates, co-sponsored H.R.973 to prevent the misuse of foreign law in United States federal courts. The bill states: “In any court created by or under Article III of the Constitution of the United States, no justice, judge, or other judicial official shall decide any issue in a case before that court in whole or in part on the authority of foreign law, except to the extent the Constitution or an Act of Congress requires the consideration of that foreign law.”

The use of foreign law including Islamic sharia law has become a matter of concern to me and other Christian leaders. Even Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor confirmed she had used foreign laws including UN resolutions to render her decisions. Recently judges in New Jersey and Florida have allowed the use of sharia law to determine the outcome of cases.  (See next  page)

CONGRESSMAN DOUG LAMBORN - The House of Representatives voted 228-192 on March l7th to prohibit direct federal funding to National Public Radio. The bill (HR 1076) sponsored by  GING-PAC-endorsed Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, will also restrict local stations from paying NPR dues or purchasing programming with federal dollars. After the vote, Rep. Lamborn issued the following statement:  “This vote sends a strong message that Congress is serious about cutting spending.
With trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can sce, under Barack Obama, we must begin to cut all unnecessary spending. When the federal government gets its spending under control, the small businesses and entrepreneurs of our country will begin investing again with confidence. That, ultimately, will lead to the creation of private sector jobs Americans are looking for.”

NPR was formed in 1970 by then President Lyndon Baines Johnson as a means of combating what he saw as a generally conservative media. Since that time NPR has received many tens of millions of dollars from the government to champion an increasingly leftist agenda that was exposed in the recent firing of commentator Juan Williams and undercover videos showing the left leaning bias and anti-Israel nature of the staff.

CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN - Just a few years ago GING-PAC endorsed and funded Jim Jordan (R-OH) for his first run at the House from Ohio. In just three terms he has become a part of the leadership and now chairs the powerful Republican Study Conmiittee which is an organization for the most conservative Republican congressmen. Virtually all of the truly conservative bills, both fiscal and social, come from congressmen who are associated with the Republican Study Committee. For example, other memebers include Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, whom GING-PAC has also supported. Jordan was also named Pro-Life legislator of the Year by the United Conservatives of Ohio and won the Defender of Life award from Ohio Right to Life for his unwavering commitment to protecting the sanctity of human life.

SENATOR ROY BLUNT - Newly elected Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) announced he would head the Senate Values Action Team (VAT). Last year, then-Congressman Blunt stepped down from his leadership postion in the House to run for Senate as a fiscal and social conservative. After the departure of social conservative champion Senator Sam Brownback, there was no one to lead the very valuable Senate VAT. The VAT is an interface for social conservative organizations such as the Religious Freedom Coalition to organize for or against legislation. The House VAT, headed by Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA), and the Senate VAT were key in passing the Partial Birth Abortion Ban and the Defense of Marriage Act, just to name two pieces of legislation.
ANOTHER SENATE SEAT IN MISSOURI? - Missouri Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill faces Senate ethics violation charges over the use of a private plane for political purposes and her relationship to a shell company that owns the plane. McCaskill is facing questions over Timesaver LLC, a Delaware-based corporation that was created in July 2006, during her Senate run against Republican incumbent Jim Talent.  She narrowly defeated Talent, with only 50% of the vote, to his 47%.  She and her husband are part owners of Timesaver, and had chartered 89 flights for her - and billed the flights to her Senate budget. 
As soon as her misuse of federal tax dollars was exposed, McCaskill agreed to pay more than $88,000 to the U.S. Treasury. She claims that only one of the 89 flights was political in nature, but she has declined to make any additional records public on her use of this plane.   

During the 2008 election, candidate Obama’s committee officially raised $745 million dollars. After the election, at the end of 2008, his committee still had $15 million on hand. The Democrat Party and independent organizations such as spent tens of millions more.  More than $500 million was raised on the lnternet to  elect Barack Obama,  and much of the revenue originated from addresses in foreign nations. 

In contrast, Senator John McCain spent a total of only $380 million, or about half as much as Obama and that included $88 million he took from the Federal Matching Funds. Obama refused federal funds because it would have limited by law the amount he could spend.

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