Note – If for a moment anyone things that I m becoming a Republican don’t – Democrats may not have any brains but Republicans have no souls.

Granted, there are a lot of things going on in the country that demand the attention of our leaders (like tax cuts for Millionairs and Billionairs and see list below), but for gawd’s sake Food Safety should be at least on the short list as more than a “possibility.”

You get on these email’s from politicians when you donate money – a lot of money. Here is one I just got from Senator Reid:

With only a few weeks left before the Senate adjourns for the year, my Democratic colleagues and I are working hard to get more done for the American people:

• We’re working to ratify the START treaty President Obama negotiated, so that we can keep our country safer and reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

• We’re fighting to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” so that gay and lesbian service members don’t have to lie about who they are to serve our country.

• We’re taking up the DREAM Act once again, so that the hard-working children of immigrants can go to college, contribute to their communities, and live the American Dream.

• And we’re negotiating an extension of unemployment benefits, to keep our middle class afloat during these tough economic times.

Here is a note from Congressmember Hoyer on the forecast for the remainder of the week for things in the House (see the “possibility” of food safety at the very bottom):


On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:00 p.m.

Suspensions (13 Bills)

1. H.Res. 1687 [4] – Recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of National Runaway Prevention Month (Rep. Biggert – Oversight and Government Reform)

2. H.R. 6400 [5] – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 111 North 6th Street in St. Louis, Missouri, as the “Earl Wilson, Jr. Post Office” (Rep. Clay – Oversight and Government Reform)

3. H.Res. 1642 [6] – Recognizing the centennial of the City of Lilburn, Georgia and supporting the goals and ideals of a City of Lilburn Day (Rep. Johnson (GA) – Oversight and Government Reform)

4. H.Res. 1264 [7] – Expressing support for the designation of March as National Essential Tremor Awareness Month (Rep. Moore (KS) – Oversight and Government Reform)

5. H.Res. 1531 [8] – Expressing support for designation of 2011 as “World Veterinary Year” to bring attention to and show appreciation for the veterinary profession on its 250th anniversary (Rep. Schrader – Oversight and Government Reform)

6. H.Res. 1727 [9] – Recognizing Rotary International for 105 years of service to the world and commending members on their dedication to the mission and principles of their organization (Rep. Smith (TX) – Oversight and Government Reform)

7. H.Res. 1704 [10] – Honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon (Rep. McGovern – Foreign Affairs)

8. H.Res. 1402 [11] – Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the National Council for International Visitors, and expressing support for designation of February 16, 2011, as “Citizen Diplomacy Day” (Rep. Moran (VA) – Foreign Affairs)

9. H.Res. 1717 [12] – Congratulating imprisoned Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo on the award of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize (Rep. Smith (NJ) – Foreign Affairs)

10. S. 3987 [13] – Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 (Sen. Thune – Financial Services)

11. H.Res. 1540 [14] – Supporting the goal of eradicating illicit marijuana cultivation on Federal lands and calling on the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to develop a coordinated strategy to permanently dismantle Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating on Federal lands (Rep. Herger – Judiciary)

12. H.R. 3353 [15] – To provide for American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas to be treated as States for certain criminal justice programs (Rep. Sablan – Judiciary)

13. H.R. 6412 [16] – Access to Criminal History Records for State Sentencing Commissions Act of 2010 (Rep. Scott (VA) – Judiciary)


On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

Suspensions (6 Bills)

1. H.R. 5012 [17] – Weekends Without Hunger Act (Rep. Titus – Education and Labor)

2. H.Res. 1746 [18] – Recognizing and supporting the efforts of Welcome Back Veterans to augment the services provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs in providing timely and world-class care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from PTSD and related psychiatric disorders (Rep. Israel – Veterans’ Affairs)

3. H.R. 5470 [19] – To exclude an external power supply for certain security or life safety alarms and surveillance system components from the application of certain energy efficiency standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (Rep. Pallone – Energy and Commerce)

4. H.R. 4501 [20] – Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act (Rep. Weiner – Energy and Commerce)

5. S. 3789 [21] – Social Security Number Protection Act of 2010 (Sen. Feinstein – Ways and Means)

6. H.R. 5987 [22] – Seniors Protection Act of 2010 (Rep. Pomeroy – Ways and Means)

Further Action on Making Further Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal

Year 2011 (Rep. Obey – Appropriations)

Possible Further Action on the Food Safety Enhancement Act

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.

* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.

* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.

  • Art Davis

    For those without brains (Democrats by your statement) a firm grip on reality is often mistaken as a lack of soul (Republicans by your statement).

  • Chuck Jolley

    With noteworthy activities such as “Honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon” and other similar, momentous items on the House calendar is it any wonder that something as trivial as food safety might be listed as ‘possible further action’? I feel gratified that my brave, elected officials are going out on a limb for me during this lame duck session. They are, after all, risking the certain loss of the Persian vote.

  • I guess it would depend on your definition of what a soul is. In recent political history, in my observation, both sides have been willing to sell theirs fairly cheaply.

  • I should edit it to read that Democrats have no balls.

  • Sam

    Hey Art,
    Do you mean “firm grip on reality” in the context of Glenn Beck? Sarah Palin? Christine O’Donnell, or any of the tea baggers?
    Let’s be real here, none of our “leaders” D or R, seem to be demonstrating much in the way of competence. I do agree, however, that the smaller testicles would be dangling between democrat legs!

  • Art Davis

    For Bill…Undoubtedly true of roughly half of them, certainly possible for many others.
    For Sam… The three you name are, in my opinion, nuts who have found a profitable gig on the fringes. A firm grip on reality might include grasping the fact that government is not a profit center and that everything spent by government comes, ultimately, from someone who actually earned it doing something constructive. Charitable and benevolent as the earners may be, obviously a variable, at some point, again a variable, enough is enough. Deciding who gets to make the “Enough” decision as well as allocate the proceeds is a big issue. I would agree that neither major party has demonstrated much in the way of leadership. However, among the folks I know and deal with day to day I do think in general those identified as Republicans have a firmer grip on fiscal reality than those who call themselves Democrats.

  • Art, love your comments, but you must live in an alternative universe. Where were you when the R’s ran the House, Senate and the White House and took us from surplus to deficit and tanked our entire economy? Remember Cheney – “deficits do not matter.” What just happened yesterday with the Bush tax cuts? How many trillion will that add to the deficit? Yes, I just had to keep my marginal tax rate at 36% or I would stop working and paying my 30 plus employees – goodness. Perhaps your version of R’s made sense in the time of Beaver Cleaver, but the R’s today are the Tea Party, Beck, Palin and Limbaugh.

  • Art Davis

    Bill…At no time nor place have I said that I think our government over the last several years has been handled in accordance with “A firm grip on reality”. Unfortunately I don’t think we have anytime recently been given an electoral choice that included a candidate with “A firm grip on reality”. Partly that may be because such a candidate would have a rather slim chance of winning. Both Democrats and Republicans have participated in perpetrating the “Social Security” ponzi scheme that is going to bite much harder than a 3% difference in marginal tax rates. Over the years both Democrats and Republicans have participated in building unrealistic expectations regarding both the level of health care that can be and the manner in which it will be delivered. We’re all in this together my friend and desperately need a leader who can rally the troops around some rather unpleasant economic realities that likely include the fact that your Federal Government should not be expected to, in the long term, (Because it cannot succeed at an acceptable cost ) provide EVERYBODY with much beyond secure borders and civil order (Broadly defined). When the Federal Government begins using taxation as a social engineering tool it automatically engenders a “We / They” situation and the program goes downhill from there. Some “Social Engineering” is probably necessary in a large and diverse society but it is better done at as local a level as possible because as it moves beyond the local level the tools of social engineering become less like scalpels and more like bludgeons.
    Alternative reality? There are several I would prefer to the current state of affairs and selection of reality. Do I see a potential leader within either major party that I think will provide significant progress out of the morass? Nope.

  • Sam

    Art, Bill,
    The truth is that the three of us have more in common than we sometimes like to admit. We all want the same things, but see different approaches to achieve them. Our mutual frustration with our “government” is justified by the (in)actions of our “leaders”. These issues goes way beyond D or R, and I think the majority of Americans would agree.
    Thank you both for the conversation!