Portman Co-Sponsors Bill to Prohibit Federal Education Mandates

imgresA few high profile Republican U.S. Senators introduced S. 182, Learning Opportunities Created at the Local (LOCAL) Level Act, on January 16th, which would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (EASA) to prohibit federal education mandates. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Sponsored by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), James Inhofe (R-OK) and Ohio’s Rob Portman, S. 182 […]

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Retaliation begins…

Retaliation BeginsThe revenge on the Congressmen who voted for new leadership in the House of Representatives has begun.  There are several reports of members being taken off committees and being removed as sponsors of legislation.

From the Politico, ” John Boehner is getting revenge. After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relatively unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee. That could be just the start of payback for the speaker’s betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months.”

It is clear that the leaders on Capitol Hill will continue to not listen to the voices of the people.   From Politico, “We don’t need these fringe guys as much as we did anymore,” said a GOP leadership aide, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We can let them walk on certain bills, and it just won’t matter. That gives us breathing room.”

Please send a kind word to those who stood up for principles in the Speaker Race. NOW is the time to call those 25 members who put themselves out there for us and tell them how much we appreciate their efforts. Some are NEW members.

Rep. Justin Amash, Mich.        202-225-3831
Rep. Rod Blum, Iowa             202-225-2911
Rep. Dave Brat, Va.             202-225-2815
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Okla.     202-225-2211
Rep. Curt Clawson, Fla.         202 225-2536
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Tenn.   202-225-6831
Rep. Jeff Duncan, S.C.          202-225-5301
Rep. Scott Garrett, N.J.        202-225-4465
Rep. Chris Gibson, N.Y.         202-225-5614
Rep. Louie Gohmert, TX         202-225-3035
Rep. Paul Gosar, Ariz.          202-225-2315
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kan.     202-225-2715
Rep. Walter Jones, N.C.         202-225-3415
Rep. Steve King, Iowa           202-225-4426
Rep. Thomas Massie, Ky.      202-225-3465
Rep. Mark Meadows, N.C.     202-225-6401
Rep. Rich Nugent, Fla.          202-225-1002
Rep. Gary Palmer, Ala.          202-225-4921
Rep. Bill Posey, Fla.               202-225-3671
Rep. Scott Rigell, Va.             202-225-4215
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, IN       202-225-4436
Rep. Randy Weber, TX          202-225-2831
Rep. Daniel Webster, Fla.      202-225-2176
Rep. Ted Yoho, Fla.               202-225-5744
Rep. Brian Babin, TX             202-225-1555

We need to have “their backs” in the year to come and give them our full support.

The Speaker Vote

Speaker VoteCongressman Boehner will be Speaker of the House for two more years.  It’s not really a surprise.  He gives money and works hard for his colleagues in the House.

Thank you to everyone who made phone calls to our local members of the House of Representatives.  It probably isn’t a shock that every Ohio Republican Congressman supported Speaker Boehner, including Congressman Chabot and Wenstrup.  That is very disappointing considering the outpouring of support they would have received if they had stood with the people who voted for them.

High praise goes to Northern Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie for leadership on the conservative side of this effort.  Congressman Massie is a leader.  We need more like him in our country.  Thank you Thomas!

A list of the Representatives who voted against Speaker Boehner is here.  If you make donations to politicians, remember these men.  They will need our support in the future.  The retaliation for not voting for Boehner has already begun.

In Rollcall today it has been reported that Randy Weber from Texas, “who backed the long-shot speakership bid of fellow Texan Rep. Louie Gohmert over Boehner, has been removed as the lead sponsor of a nuclear energy bill expected to brought to the floor in the 114th.”  This will not be the last report we hear of retaliation from the Congressman who didn’t support the Speaker.

As I reflect on the Speaker race the past few days, I am troubled.  Not because John Boehner is Speaker.  The chance of him losing was small.  I am troubled by the political class that supported him.  I don’t think they get what it was all about.  The past few days wasn’t about winning the Speakership.  It was about the power to be heard.  The chance for conservative views, views that are held by a majority of people in this country, to have a voice.

Many feel that Speaker Boehner and the members of Congress do not go far enough to protect the Constitution or stop the spending of money that our children have not earned yet.  Our views are not reflected, that will start being reflected in our votes and helping of candidates.

Many have puzzled over why Romney got fewer votes in Ohio that John McCain did in 2008.

The answer….people no longer believe the Republican Party reflects their views.

I fear this will get worse before it gets better.

For now, we will watch what the Congress does and hope they take a strong turn toward protecting our Freedom and our Republic.

Should John Boehner be Speaker of the House?

Should Boehner be speakerThe vote for the Speaker of the House is this Tuesday. Learn more about the process of the Speaker vote here, from our friends at Heritage Foundation.

The current Speaker of the House, John Boehner, is again asking his colleagues in the House of Representatives to elect him as Speaker. Congressman John Boehner wants to ‘Speak’ for the Republicans in the House.

There are some in the Republican Party who oppose Congressman Boehner’s leadership. Congressman Massie from Northern Kentucky has stood up to say that he will not be voting for Congressman Boehner in the Speaker vote.

There are many people in Congressman Boehner’s district and around the nation who have been disappointed in his leadership as Speaker. If you are one of those people who are disappointed, you can make your views known to your Congressman. Or if Boehner is your Congressman, you can call other Congressman and let them know of your disappointment.

Let your Congressman know that you want them to vote for a Speaker that works toward fiscal responsibility.

Representatives will be in DC on Monday, but feel free to call both offices on Monday.

Congressman Brad Wenstrup
DC Office: 202-225-3164
Local Office: (513) 474-7777

Congressman Steve Chabot
DC Office: 202-225-2216
Local Office: (513) 684-2723

Congressman Jim Jordan
DC Office: (202) 225-2676
Local Office: (419) 999-6455

If the staffer on the other end of the phone asks, ‘What do you have against Congressman Boehner?’ give them the reasons, so eloquently put, from Congressman Thomas Massie.

From Congressman Massie, “For years I watched Washington from afar and suspected that something was broken. Why is it that so many people approve of their congressman, yet they consistently disapprove of Congress? During my first two years as a congressman I discovered a significant source of the dysfunction. I watched the House Leadership:

* Schedule a fiscal crisis in a lame duck session on the last legislative day before Christmas to get maximum leverage over rank and file members,

* Mislead members into thinking that a vote on an unpopular bill was postponed, only to then conduct a rushed voice vote on the $10 billion unfunded spending measure with fewer than a dozen members present,

* Give members less than 72 hours to read bills over 1,000 pages long, and

* Remove members from committees simply because they voted for the principles upon which they campaigned.

More from Congressman Massie, “With a process this broken, is it any wonder that Washington no longer works for the people? My constituents expect better and America deserves better. On January 6th, 2015, I will vote for a new Speaker who will consistently articulate a constitutional vision for America and facilitate an inclusive and orderly legislative process that allows Congress to truly reflect the will of the people.”

Let’s start 2015 with a push toward a more fiscally conservative country.

Kasich Administration Reduces Medicaid Services for Developmentally Disabled

imagesWhile Governor Kasich talks of renewing Medicaid expansion for abled bodied adults, his Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is quietly reducing Medicaid services for Ohio’s developmentally disabled population. The DODD released its Final Report of the Strategic Planning Leadership Group in late December which calls for a 50 percent reduction in beds for Intermediate Care Facility homes that provide skilled nursing and personal care as well as community access to school, day services, and recreation […]

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