What You Paid
This week, taxpayers spent roughly $46 million on Congress
Salaries of Members of Congress and their allowances/week:
Speaker of the House: $223,500/52 = $4,299
House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders: ($193,400/52) x 4 = $14,877
Other Representatives and Senators: ($174,000/52) x 530 = $1,773,462
Money allocated for House (sans member salaries): $1.369 billion/52 = $26,326,923
Money allocated for Senate (sans member salaries): $926 million/52 = $17,807,692
What You Got
House of Representatives:
The House passed six bills. The bills are described by the House Clerk’s Office as the following:
1)Expressing condolences to the families of the victims of the February 27, 2010, earthquake in Chile, as well as solidarity with and support for the people of Chile as they plan for recovery and reconstruction
2)Commemorating the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the role that it played in ensuring the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
3)Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act
4)Recognizing the plight of people with albinism in East Africa and condemning their murder and mutilation
5)Honoring John E. Warnock, Charles M. Geschke, Forrest M. Bird, Esther Sans Takeuchi, and IBM Corporation for receiving the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation
6)Congratulating Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith for being awarded the Nobel Prize in physics
The Senate passed legislation to extend certain expiring tax provisions, four months after the House passed the bill in December.
Eagle Forum of Alabama president Eunie Smith speaks at the 2010 State Sovereignty Rally in Montgomery, AL. Video courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser:
I recently interviewed Rep. Greg Canfield on legislation he’s sponsoring during the session:
Contact: Brooklyn Roberts For Immediate Release
Eagle Forum Honors Alabama’s First Lady With Fulltime Homemaker of the Year Award
On Tuesday night, October 13, 2009 Eagle Forum of Alabama honored Mrs. Patsy Riley, wife of Governor Bob Riley, with the Eagle Forum Fulltime Homemaker of the Year Award. This award is presented annually to a fulltime homemaker who raised her family on a single income earned by her husband in the traditional family pattern. Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly was in town to present the award. “Eagle Forum is proud to have the chance to honor Mrs. Patsy Riley. She is exactly the type of wife and mother who is the mainstay of the family and the hope of America’s future,” said Mrs. Schlafly.
The event took place the home of Judge Mark and Jean Anderson on Myrtlewood Drive in Montgomery, AL. Hosting the event were: The Honorable Spencer Bachus, Sen. and Mrs. Richard Shelby, Mr. and Mrs. Tim James, Mr. and Mrs. Bowen Hill, Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Holding, The Honorable Kay Ivey, Rep. and Mrs. Jay Love , Mr. and Mrs. Richard Madison, Judge and Mrs. James Allen Main, Mrs. Martha Roby, Mr. and Mrs. J. Streeter Wiatt, Jr., Judge and Mrs. Reese McKinney, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ficken, Judge and Mrs. Phillip W. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. John Bell (Stephanie), Mr. and Mrs. Dick Brewbaker, Mrs. Carol Brewbaker, Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Cavanaugh (Twinkle), Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peters, Sen. and Mrs. Jeff Sessions, Cong. and Mrs. Mike Rogers, and Judge Kelli Wise.
For more information contact Brooklyn Roberts at 205-879-7096 or by email at [email protected]
The Huntsville Times reports on an Eagle Forum of Alabama fundraiser with Phyllis Schlafly:
‘Obama Is Uniting GOP,’ Schlafly Says
“I hope it’s going to be like 1994, when we had the biggest Republican victory of our time,” said Schlafly.
Schlafly spoke at The Ledges before a fundraiser for Eagle Forum, a conservative, pro-family group Schlafly founded in 1972.
Without mentioning the Alabama races specifically, Schlafly said two congressional districts in the state could be captured by Republicans. The GOP has criticized freshmen U.S. Reps. Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, and Bobby Bright, D-Montgomery, since their close wins last year.
Schlafly said conservatives are emboldened by policies of President Barack Obama. She criticized federal spending and Obama’s push to include a public insurance option to health care reform.
For full article, click here.
In an op-ed for the Birmingham News, Executive Director Brooklyn Roberts discusses the negative implications of cap and trade for Alabama families:
Energy Legislation Will Hurt, Not Help Alabama Families
Alabama families should expect to fork out an extra $125 per month if lawmakers in Washington have their way and pass what’s called the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
This bill, which barely made it through the U.S. House of Representatives late last month, will likely be voted on by the Senate before the end of this one.
The legislation, known as ACES, gambles with the future of our country’s energy availability by imposing unrealistic, renewable energy mandates on energy producers and requiring those producers who cannot meet government mandates to pay for carbon credits. Referred to as “cap and trade,” the bill is definitely no ace-in-the-hole for Alabama. Read More…
Executive Director Brooklyn Roberts recently appeared on ‘Good Day Alabama’ to discuss the Tea Party movement: