Thursday, September 18, 2014

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Passes Hurt Bill to Help Small Businesses Access Capital and Create Jobs


 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after the House passage of H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, which combines the text of 15 bipartisan bills passed by the House to improve conditions necessary for economic growth and job creation.  The legislation includes H.R. 1105, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Hurt in March 2013 that passed the House in December 2013, which will reduce unnecessary regulations that inhibit investments of private capital into small businesses:

 

“As our country has attempted to recover from the economic crisis for the last six years, we have seen time and time again that we need more dynamic growth to decrease unemployment and increase wages.  Virginia’s Fifth District has been among the hardest hit areas and is still experiencing unemployment well above the national average in many localities.  We in the House have taken consistent and repeated action on bipartisan jobs bills for the last four years only to be ignored by our colleagues in the Senate.  They have refused to take up bills that would make it easier for small businesses and family farms to expand and create the jobs we so desperately need.

 

“The legislation passed by the House includes a bill I authored, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, which will reduce unnecessary regulations implemented by Dodd-Frank that inhibit investments of private capital into small businesses, thereby allowing them to innovate, expand, and create jobs. The House passed this bill back in December 2013 with a bipartisan majority, but, like the dozens of other bipartisan jobs bills the House adopted in this Congress, the Senate would not even debate the measure.  Why do they refuse to work with us on commonsense solutions to spur job growth?

 

“The Senate’s failure to even consider the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act and the dozens of bipartisan jobs bills is holding us back from expanding economic opportunities. At a time when unemployment in Virginia’s Fifth District is as high as ten percent, the Senate must join in the House’s efforts to advance pro-growth solutions.  By combining these 15 jobs bills into one, we are making it easy as possible for the Senate to join us in kick-starting the economy and getting Americans across the country back to work. It is high time they joined us in this crucial effort to promote job creation.  

 

“I thank my colleagues in the House for their support of this commonsense jobs bill, and I urge our colleagues in the Senate to take up the Jobs for America Act and the dozens of other jobs bills that remain stuck there.”

 

Congressman Hurt spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 4. You may view the video of his remarks by clicking the image below or by clicking here.

 

 


FRC Action Announces Governor Sarah Palin to Speak at Values Voter Summit


September 18, 2014

Washington, D.C. - FRC Action is pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin is confirmed to speak at this year's Values Voter Summit. Along with the Governor, other confirmed Values Voter Summit speakers include Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), John Fleming (R-La.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, General James Conway (Ret.), Erick Erickson, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Star Parker, the Benham Brothers, and Duggar Family, among others.

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

"We are pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin has been confirmed to appear at this year's Values Voter Summit. Governor Palin has always been a steadfast supporter of natural marriage and every human's right to life. She not only 'talks the talk' but also walks by her convictions. We are proud to stand with the Governor and are honored to have her presence, for the first time, at the Values Voter Summit," concluded Perkins.

The ninth annual Values Voter Summit will be held from September 26-28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. FRC Action's Values Voter Summit is cosponsored by AFA Action, American Values, Liberty Institute, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Counsel Action, and Family Research Council. The Values Voter Summit annually draws thousands of social conservatives from across the country. An exhibit hall, book signings, radio row, new media row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference. On Saturday evening, a gala dinner will honor Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who was sentenced to death because of her Christian faith.

To register for media credentials or for more information, please visit www.valuesvotersummit.org or call FRC's press office at (866) FRC-NEWS

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rules for Radicals

Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his books.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Rodham_senior_thesis

Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today.......

Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Education: University of Chicago

Spouse: Irene Alinsky

Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals

Anyone out there think that this stuff isn't happening today in the U.S. ?

All eight rules are currently in play

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare -€“ Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty -€“ Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt   -€“ Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control - Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare  - Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education -Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion - Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools

8) Class Warfare -€“ Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States ?

Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin's original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule. Stalin described his converts as "Useful Idiots." 

The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control. It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S.

 

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fwd: FRC Commends Federal Judge for Upholding Natural Marriage, Freedom of Louisianans to Preserve Marria


September 03, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today Federal Judge Martin L.C. Feldman upheld the right of Louisiana voters to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The judge wrote that "the State of Louisiana has a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a former Louisiana legislator, made the following comments:

"This ruling is a victory for children, each of whom need and desire a mom and dad, something our public policy should encourage. This decision is a victory for the rule law, and for religious liberty and free speech which are undermined anywhere marriage is redefined.

"We commend Judge Feldman for refraining from judicial activism and recognizing that Louisiana voters are free to uphold natural marriage in their state's public policy. He rightly declared that the Courts have no authority to unilaterally change the definition of our most fundamental social institution.

"We thank Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and his special counsel, Kyle Duncan and Mike Johnson, for their work to defend natural marriage and the rule of law," concluded Perkins.


Jihadi High


Gary L. Bauer
VISIT AMERICAN VALUES

As we reported last week, two former students at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, located in a suburb of Minneapolis, converted to Islam, joined radical groups and died fighting with Islamists on foreign battlefields. They may not be the only jihadists from Robbinsdale Cooper. In 2013, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that a Syrian sniper had been filmed wearing a Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks sweatshirt. That raises the possibility that this single school has produced three jihadists.

No doubt the great majority of graduates from Robbinsdale Cooper are good Americans. But what are the influences in this particular community, which appears to be breeding jihadists? These two individuals have been glibly written off as merely "losers." But that is not a sufficient explanation for why these converts to Islam traveled halfway across the world to join the jihadists of ISIS.

If several boys had graduated from a Birmingham or Biloxi high school and went on to become KKK thugs, there would be an understandable interest in finding out what, if anything, might have been going on at that high school that would cause not one, not two, but perhaps three boys to go down that road of hatred and violence. I suspect there would be considerable media interest in going to the school and interviewing students and teachers. Perhaps it is worth taking a look.

Minnesota's Twin Cities are a stronghold of the secular, radical left. The area is also increasingly a hotbed of radical Islamism. Both worldviews are defined by their hostility to Western civilization and our Judeo-Christian values.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stark Warnings


Gary L. Bauer
American Values

While every anniversary of 9/11 should be a cause for greater vigilance, there are a number of reasons to be particularly concerned in the coming days. We have written repeatedly about Western jihadists fighting on the battlefield. We have no idea how many may have come home.

Yesterday in Ohio a school was locked down when it received a call from an individual with a heavy Middle Eastern accent warning of a mass shooting due to anger at Israel. Thankfully, nothing happened. (The odds are overwhelming that a terrorist wouldn't call in a threat. But the venom aimed at Israel is a marker of the radicalization going on around the world and here in the U.S.)

Referring to a possible attack this coming September 11th, retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney raised eyebrows Monday when he said:

"I believe that we should go to DEFCON 1 and be prepared for another strike. There are too many indications. …I believe American cities will be attacked and we should be prepared for it. …9/11 is a very attractive date for [ISIS]."

 

Underscoring the danger are warnings in the latest issue of an Al Qaeda magazine. This one provides instructions on how to build car bombs. It calls on Islamists to attack targets such as Times Square, Las Vegas casinos, oil tankers and military colleges. It includes a cryptic question regarding a timeline of possible attacks, suggesting one could be imminent.

Meanwhile, "mainstream" Muslim groups are doing everything possible to make the prevention of future attacks harder. These groups recently sent a letter to the White House demanding "a mandatory retraining program for all federal, state and local law enforcement officials" to make them more sensitive to Muslims.

Some jurisdictions are already caving in. New York City, under the left-wing direction of Mayor Bill de Blasio, shut down a surveillance unit within the New York Police Department aimed at exposing Islamic extremism.

U.S. intelligence estimates that as many as 300 Americans are waging jihad overseas with ISIS, and yet these groups refuse to admit there is a problem.

The Senate’s Inaction Prevents Strong Economic Recovery


Congressman Robert Hurt's Weekly Column

09/01/14

 

As I spoke with constituents throughout the district this month, the most common theme, as I have heard so many times before, is the need for Congress to pass jobs bills that will promote economic growth in our communities.  Many hardworking individuals are still looking for work, and I share the frustrations of the industrious Virginians with whom I spoke.  

 

The House has been dedicated during this session of Congress to enacting pro-growth policies that will encourage job creation and provide more opportunities for hardworking families.  We've passed dozens of jobs bills that would increase our energy independence, cut unnecessary red tape, improve educational opportunities, and reduce federal spending.  Unfortunately, the Senate continues to block over 43 of these jobs bills that would provide common sense solutions.  That's 43 opportunities to create jobs.  That's 43 opportunities to get Americans back to work.

 

I introduced one such bill, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, which passed the House with bipartisan support because of its common sense approach to reining in the red tape that hurts small business investment in our communities.  The bill would promote greater access to capital for small businesses, like Virginia Candle or Commonwealth Laminating and Coating, encouraging the creation of new jobs and economic stimulation across the country. It passed the House nearly nine months ago but remains stuck in the Senate with so many other bills.

 

The Senate isn't just letting the dust pile up on jobs bills, it is refusing to act on hundreds of other bills.  At the same time, the House has been working to help the American people.  The House has passed 511 bills, while the Senate has passed less than half that number, only 232.  Included in these numbers are appropriations bills to fund key agencies of the federal government, one of the most basic constitutional duties of the Congress.  While the House has passed 7 appropriations bills and 215 amendments in an open, deliberative process, the Senate has refused to consider a single appropriations bill this year.  

 

The Senate's failure to pass the 43 jobs bills only fuels the Washington-created uncertainty that is stalling economic opportunities.  We, in the House, have been working to build a stronger economy and create a better future, and the Senate has prevented these bills from helping the American people.  Its inaction is unacceptable.  When Congress returns in a week, I hope that our colleagues in the Senate will take up the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act and the numerous other jobs bills that will advance pro-growth solutions and provide a stronger economic recovery for hardworking Americans.

 

If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.



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Staff Members from Congressman Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Madison County

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt’s (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Madison County on Friday, September 5 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.

 

September 5, 2014

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Madison County Administration Building

Conference Room

414 North Main Street

Madison, VA



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Promoting Policies to Allow our Family Farms to Prosper


Congressman Robert Hurt

Weekly Column 08/25/14

 

This past week on our Route 15 Agriculture Tour, I traveled across the Fifth District making over 30 stops in Madison, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Cumberland, Buckingham, Prince Edward, Appomattox, Pittsylvania, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, and Danville.  I met with farmers and members of the agriculture community at dairy farms, tobacco farms, cattle farms, cattle auctions, orchards, vineyards, rural country stores, greenhouse operations, and farming equipment distributors.  

 

Agriculture is the backbone of our economy in Virginia, with an annual economic impact of $52 billion, and it is vital that we advance policies that support, not impede, our family farmers.  Last week’s Agriculture Tour was an important opportunity to listen to Fifth District Virginians about their concerns and hear exactly how the policies coming out of Washington are affecting their farming operations and businesses.

 

When I visited a cattle farm in Appomattox, I spoke with the farmer about the rising cost of fuel, which is among his largest expenses as it powers the tractors and vehicles that allow him to transport hay and cattle.  At a vineyard in Fauquier, I heard about their health insurance premiums rising 70 percent.  I talked with the owner of another vineyard in Pittsylvania County about how his family has transitioned from growing tobacco to grapes.  In each of these instances, the federal government's policies are making it more difficult for these family farms to succeed.

 

Preserving and fostering our great legacy of family farming in Virginia is one of my top priorities, and as I met with farmers across the district this past week, it remains clear that the federal government is often out of touch with the needs of our family farmers and agribusinesses.

 

Agricultural producers are substantially impacted by the tax, energy, and regulatory policies coming out of Washington.  Since I took office, I have worked to promote policies that make it easier for our family farms to succeed.  I introduced a bipartisan bill, the Preserving Rural Resources Act, to ease regulatory burdens on how farmers use their land for normal agricultural activities and co-sponsored legislation to reform our convoluted tax code with one that is fairer and simpler for all Americans.   I have also co-sponsored several bills to maximize our domestic energy supply to help bring down the cost of fuel, reduce our dependence on foreign supplies of oil, and create jobs in Virginia.

 

Increasing our energy independence, reforming our tax code, and reducing unnecessary government regulations that burden family farms in the Fifth District will enable agriculture to continue thriving in Central and Southside Virginia.  I appreciated the opportunity to meet with so many hardworking Fifth District Virginians during our district work weeks, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to put forth policies that support our robust agriculture industry.

 

If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.