Chip Evans and Northern Nevada Democrats Ready to Lead

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PRESS RELEASE: Remarks from today’s Press Conference in Reno with Democratic Candidates

RENO, NV — “As perhaps never before, our communities in northern Nevada face both enormous challenges and opportunities.

Too many among us are still hurting from the devastation of the Great Recession. Small businesses still struggle. Jobs that pay living wages that can support our families remain scarce. Overcrowded schools and our inability to attract qualified teachers dim our children’s futures. We are awash in hate speech from demagogues that seek to divide us.

The Democrats assembled here are ready to take on these challenges and turn the tide.

  • We remain committed to the needs of all our people, not just those of the wealthiest few and big business.
  • We reject the tactics of obstruction and the language of hate and division.
  • We embrace the diversity of our community and its many needs.
  • We will seek every vote, in every region, especially from those disgusted with government dysfunction.
  • Through words and actions, we will represent all the people of northern Nevada.

I am a pragmatic progressive, ready to work in Congress to support northern Nevada’s seniors, women, minorities, working families and small businesses. I go to Congress to bring good jobs with fair wages to northern Nevadans, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, get big money out of politics and preserve our public lands.

I seek to replace Mark Amodei, a lawyer, lobbyist and career politician already looking for his next job. Based on his own comments and lack of action, it seems he’s already got one foot out the door!

Hard to believe that in a historic Do-Nothing Congress, Mr. Amodei has failed to show up to vote on bills at three times the rate of his peers.

To make things worse, even when Mr. Amodei does show up, he votes against the welfare of Nevadans. But don’t take my word for it; non-partisan groups say the same thing. Based on recent scorecards assembled to keep the actions of Congress accountable, Mr. Amodei received:

  • a ZERO rating on votes important to seniors from the Alliance for Retired Americans
  • a ZERO rating on women’s legislation from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • a rating of 20 out of 100 on bills important to Latinos from the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
  • a ZERO rating on votes affecting the LGBT community from the Human Rights Campaign
  • a 3 out of 100 rating on environmental bills from the League of Conservation Voters

And let’s not forget that Mr. Amodei voted lockstep with his Republican colleagues for the disastrous government shut down that left 11,000 northern Nevada families without a paycheck.
His votes explain why a recent poll showed barely a third of northern Nevadan’s believe Mr. Amodei is worthy of re-election and nearly half believe it’s time for him to get his wish and come home.

As he recently told us, Mr. Amodei is not happy working in Washington and would rather come back to Nevada and run for governor or attorney general. The voters of northern Nevada should be offended that he’s chosen to run for Congress again.

Mr. Amodei has been the poster child of the dysfunction in Washington; a Republican-led Congress that has been terrible for seniors, women, minorities, and our environment. His stated support of Mr. Trump and his failure to denounce his divisive and disastrous agenda indicates his votes will only get worse.

I’m sure the voters of northern Nevada will want to hear Mr. Amodei explain his lack of interest, lack of action, and less than stellar voting record when we debate in October.

I have a decades-long history as a businessman who walks the talk — helping local small businesses prosper and bringing high tech opportunities to northern Nevada.

I’ve got a history of reaching out to my Republican colleagues to find common ground while strongly advocating my progressive ideals and working with community organizations for social justice.

I’m ready to get to work in Congress for the benefit of northern Nevadans and our nation.

I’m proud to stand with these other Democratic candidates seeking to represent us in city, county and state government. They represent the values of hard-working Nevadans and the common-sense approaches needed to move our communities forward.”

Evans is a businessman and entrepreneur advising early-stage companies. He previously worked as a senior executive in large and small high technology companies.

Evans is a former Chair of the Washoe County Democratic Party and served on Reno’s Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board. He was Board Treasurer of Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada (ACTIONN) and was the Founding Nevada Director for the Cleantech Open. He is currently a member of the NAACP, the Democratic Women of Washoe County and the Alliance for Retired Americans.

To learn more about Chip Evans and his campaign for Congress, visit chipevans4congress.com, follow Chip on Facebook or Twitter @chip4congress, stop by Campaign Headquarters at 4635 Longley Lane, #109, Reno, or call 775-240-1222
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Chip for Congress, NV-CD2

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This morning, Chip Evans, former chairman of the Washoe County Democratic Party, announced his candidacy in Nevada’s Congressional District #2.  No Democrat has yet held this seat, but it’s well passed time to fix that.

Chip Evans filed his candidacy papers on Saturday with the Federal Election Commission and formally announced his plans in Reno this morning.  He’ll be challenging 2nd District Republican Mark Amodei in representing CD2.

CD2 is the largest of Nevada’s four districts and is largely rural in nature.  Republicans have won this district since it was created in 1982, but in that time the Republican party has shifted so far to the right, it’s alarming and their ideology no longer truly represents the people throughout our district.  Thus, it’s time for us to step up to the plate, invite our Independent neighbors to step up as well, and unseat Rep. Amodei who is fond of voting against anything that might help women and who votes a hard-right party line set by billionaires like the Koch Brothers.

A good summary of what Rep. Amodei sponsors and co-sponsors can be found on POPVOX, but don’t just go by the misleading title when you think to yourself, “good” or “not-so-good.”  You can also find a good summary of his voting record on VoteSmart.

Republicans have been very good at crafting bill titles that say one thing, but that do something entirely the opposite.  It’s no surprise that he’s voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in whole or in part, at every given opportunity he’s been given.  He’s voted to let women’s bosses decide whether female employees can have birth control.  He’s played doctor to declare that fetuses feel pain and therefore, no pregnancy should be ended. He’s voted to approve the KXL pipeline (more than once) regardless of the risks to our nation’s aquifers for no benefits to ordinary Americans. He’s voted against multiple federal budget bills (essentially voting to shut down the government and/or put the US Government into default). And, he advocates for all federal lands to be turned over to the states,effectively terminating the BLM and all the services (firefighting, etc.) so the states could then sell them off (privatize them), depriving hunters and recreationists of the opportunities to use their favorite stomping grounds.

Chip, a former high-tech executive in Silicon Valley, saw his endeavors collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. He now hosts “The Chip Evans Show” airing Monday’s on KCKQ AM Radio in Reno. He says he knows his campaign will be an uphill battle but he wants to be a voice for Nevada’s working class families.

“Congress is no longer capable of providing solutions to the pressing issues that face Northern Nevada.  We are all tired of the dysfunction, obstruction and partisanship in Washington. Congress needs to get back to working for families like yours and mine, not the special interests who enjoy unfettered influence on our electoral system.  This will be a tough race, but with the current political environment, our hard work and a little luck, this is a winnable race, and I will do my part to run a first-class campaign you can be proud of.” — Chip Evans

Let the EPA Do Its Job!

Dear Representative Amodei —

There was a time when the Republican part stood for something.  It was  President Richard Nixon who established the Environmental Protection Agency by executive order, and which began operation on December 2, 1970. That order, establishing the EPA, was ratified by committee hearings in both the House and the Senate.  If you still stand for anything, we implore you to PLEASE VOTE NO on any bill that would block the EPA’s ability to do its job, including HR 3826, introduced by Rep. Whitfield.

Power plants are required to limit the amount of mercury, arsenic, lead, soot and other pollution they put in our air and water, and they can do the same for carbon. But we know that polluters will never clean up without a push from the EPA.  Representative Whitfield’s bill would handcuff the EPA from limiting carbon pollution from power plants. Without those limits, polluters will continue to dump an unlimited amount of carbon pollution into our air.

Cleaning up dirty power plants is the strongest step we can take to protect us, and all our grandchildren the Republican party is so fond of professing to protect, from the harmful effects of climate change. Don’t stand in the way of the EPA’s ability to clean up power plants, VOTE NO on HR 3826.

What Makes Our Economy Grow?

Well, it’s certainly NOT what deadbeats Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei have to offer. Both voted yesterday to let the U.S. default on it’s debts, wreak havoc on the world economy and put the world reserve currency status of the U.S. dollar at risk.  But, despite their NAY votes, the bill passed and the government is once again open to conduct the people’s business, albeit temporarily yet again.  And while yet another committee works on trying to get the GOP to compromise on a workable budget, it’s time that we focus on Immigration Reform and begin to grow our economy.

Rep. Amodei Hath Become Sharron Angle

Our federal government is being held hostage by a band of Republican extremists who want to radically reshape our country. But while Republicans have made high-profile attempts to defund President Obama’s signature healthcare law, that’s not their only target.

Fifty House Republicans, including Rep. Mark Amodei, just sent a letter to Speaker Boehner urging him to make cuts to Social Security benefits before the debt ceiling is raised and our government is reopened. That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Rep. Amodei and the other 49 House Republicans who signed the letter, says the following:

Stop irresponsibly and recklessly demanding cuts to Social Security benefits as a precondition for ending the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. End the hostage-taking and leave Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits alone!

We can’t let them get away with it. Click here to tell Rep. Amodei that our Social Security system is not a ransom.

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The letter Rep. Amodei sent to Speaker Boehner reads like a wish list straight out of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s playbook:

  • raising the retirement age
  • slashing annual cost-of-living adjustments through a new formula known as “chained CPI”
  • means testing for Social Security recipients
  • asking the wealthy to pay even less into the Social Security trust fund

Cutting benefits for those most in need just to give the very wealthiest Americans another tax break is outrageous enough. Demanding them as a precondition for funding the government and ensuring we don’t default on our national debt obligations is both reckless and irresponsible.

Our Social Security system needs to be expanded, not cut. Cost-of-living adjustments already struggle to keep up with the rising costs that seniors face every day. If these Republican extremists get their way, everyone who receives Social Security now — or who will receive it in the future — will see less and less in return for what they paid in over their lives.

I hope you’ll speak out today and tell these extremist Republicans to stop their hostage-taking.

Do we need more hungry kids? Amodei says YES.

— by Rich Dunn

During the Great Recession, enrollment in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, doubled to 47 million. Benefits average $133 per month. Most of the beneficiaries are children, elderly or disabled. $133 per month is $4.37 a day, and even with that, the Sodexo Foundation estimates that 17 million American children go to bed hungry every night. No telling how many more there will be after the Recovery Act’s 13% boost in SNAP benefits expires on November 1st.

But it gets worse. On September 19th, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3102 by a vote of 217 to 210. This bill cuts another $40 billion from SNAP over ten years through a number of rule changes, from delinking nutrition assistance from other anti-poverty programs to limiting childless recipients to 90 days worth of benefits, regardless of need. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that H.R. 3102 would remove four million beneficiaries from SNAP in 2014, another three million a year after that.

To their credit, not a single Democrat voted in favor of H.R. 3102. Fifteen Republicans voted no, but Rep. Mark Amodei, R-NV, was not one of those brave souls, all of whom will no doubt be primaried in 2014 by forces on the far right of their party. The lesson for voters who care about hunger in America is simple: party matters. Look closely at what each party in congress stands for, and vote for the candidate of the party that shares your values. Politics is about policies, not personalities.

 by Vickie Rock

Prior to the House casting their vote on HR3102, I took the time to call Rep. Amodei’s office and express my concern that far too many unemployed Reservists between deployments to Afghanistan, families of low paid service members currently deployed in Afghanistan and veterans of various actions authorized by Congress will be adversely impacted by cuts to SNAP.  I specifically asked that he vote AGAINST passage of HR3102 and asked for a written response detailing whether Mr. Amodei even understood the adverse impact this draconian bill would have on the troops he purports to support.  That letter arrived in today’s mail:

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I seriously disagree with Mr. Amodei that a “YES” vote is equivalent to “good stewardship” of taxpayer dollars and that in doing so, former SNAP recipients dumped from those roles would thus be able to make better and healthier diet choices that would reduce their health care and grocery costs.  The only thing that’s going to be reduced is their grocery bill, in that they won’t have sufficient money to put food on their tables.  And, if Mr. Amodei somehow thinks that starving people is going to help reduce their health care costs he must be a truly hard-core believer in the GOP’s “hurry up and friggin’ die” health care plan for the United States of Republica!

Nevadans may not have sent Sharron Angle to the Senate, but NV-CD2 certainly sent a Sharron Angle Wannabee to the House.  We need to fix that in 2014!

Amodei’s One And Only Public Meeting — an Immigration ‘Listening Session’ in just Reno

The month of August is a time when Congress is in recess and members are supposed to be back in their home districts meeting with constituents.  While other Representatives have been holding townhall meetings throughout their district, Amodei’s main priority has been meeting with his Corporate business partners to ferret out their needs, not with listening to the concerns of the District’s voting public.

I’ve called his offices, both in Reno and in Washington DC five different times, giving them my email address and phone number as well as my home address, and asking for a copy of his townhall schedule.   The absolute silence has been deafening.  Not a call, not an email, not a letter via the USPS — then today, in a check of his web site, I noticed a press release announcing ONE “listening session” he plans to hold in CD2, in RENO, just ONE and just in RENO and for just an hour and a half.  I don’t know about you, but I find that insulting and disingenuous representation.  CD2 is way larger than just RENO.  It’s clear that if we, as voting citizens, want some representation from RURAL CD2, we need to organize, support and elect someone willing to do just that.  Rep. Amodei clearly disdains representing “people” and thinks his voting constituency is the corporate business community.

During the 5-week recess, Rep. Amodei schedules just one 1-1/2 hour “listening session” with actual voters? You have to be kidding me!!!  We, the voters, are worth more than an hour and a half of Rep. Amodei’s time and there are more issues we, his constituents, are concerned about other than just Immigration Reform.   It’s time we show him that we’ve had enough of his voting record and lack of effective representation by actively working to replace him next November.


Friday August 16, 2013: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brian Baluta, 202-225-6155

RENO, Nev. – Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today announced that he will hold an immigration listening session in Reno on Friday, August 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Washoe County Commission Chamber, Building A, 1001 E. 9th Street, Reno, NV 89512.

“Immigration reform and border security are complex, emotional debates, with passionate beliefs on all sides,” said Amodei. “Some view the issue as one of humaneness. Many see it from a perspective of fairness. And still others approach immigration on the basis of practicality. We are a nation of immigrants. My Irish and Italian forebears made their way to Nevada in search of a better life. We are also a nation of laws with the right to control our borders. While I don’t think any of those perspectives are mutually exclusive, it seems the one thing all sides can consistently agree on is that our immigration system, as presently constituted, is not working.”

Amodei will take questions and comments from constituents during the listening session and his staff will be on hand to help ensure that those in attendance who are unable to ask a question during the listening session can get follow up responses from Amodei.

For more information, please contact Amodei’s Reno office at (775) 686-5760.

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PARA PUBLICACION INMEDIATA                                              Contacto:        Brian Baluta, 202-225-6155

16 de agosto 2013

Amodei atenderá ‘sesión de escucha’ sobre inmigración en Reno

RENO, Nev. – El Congresista Mark Amodei (NV-2) anunció hoy que llevará a cabo una “sesión de escucha” sobre inmigración en Reno el viernes 23 de agosto, desde las 10:30 am hasta el mediodía, en la Sala de la Comisión del Condado de Washoe, Edificio A, 1001 E. 9th Street, Reno, NV 89512.

“La reforma de inmigración y la seguridad fronteriza son debates complejos y emocionales, con las creencias apasionadas por todos lados,” dijo Amodei. “Algunos ven el problema como uno de humanidad. Muchos lo ven desde una perspectiva de igualdad. Y otros de la perspectiva de la practicidad. Somos una nación de inmigrantes. Mis antepasados irlandeses e italianos se dirigieron a Nevada en busca de una vida mejor. También somos una nación de leyes con el derecho de controlar nuestras fronteras. Aunque no creo que ninguna de esas perspectivas son mutuamente excluyentes, parece que la única cosa que todos los lados se ponen de acuerdo es en que constantemente nuestro sistema de inmigración, como está constituido actualmente, no está funcionando.”

Amodei tomará las preguntas y comentarios de los constituyentes durante la sesión de escucha y su personal estará a a su disposición para ayudar a asegurar que los asistentes que no pueden hacer una pregunta durante la “sesión de escucha” puedan obtener un seguimiento de Amodei.

Para obtener más información, por favor comuníquese con la oficina de Reno Amodei al (775) 686 5760

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Speaker Boehner & his GOP Brethren Approve KXL, Spread Propaganda

I certainly hope that Representative Mark Amodei and Representative Joe Heck made a call to their insurance agents and purchased personal liability insurance for Tar Sands oil spills, because today the voted FOR passage of HR3, the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) that approves construction of the Keystone pipeline. That means they are complicit in enabling the eventual pollution of our land, our aquifers and our nation’s breadbasket that puts food on our tables.  You think the Arkansas spill was bad?  Just wait, the eventual KXL pipeline spill will be absolutely catastrophic and we need to be prepared to hold each and every representative in Congress who voted for this catastrophe accountable.

Following the House vote on HR 3, Speaker immediately put out a press release that is tantamount to pure propaganda claiming the construction of the KXL pipeline will create 10s of thousands of jobs and will swamp our gas stations with abundant supplies of cheap gas.  The reality, however, is that if the KXL pipeline IS constructed, it will suck every gallon of gas they can pump out the the US down that pipeline for shipment to foreign countries, leaving us high and dry, with astronomical gas prices for the remainder of many of our lifetimes.  Here’s Speaker Boehner’s press release:

House Votes to Approve Keystone Pipeline, Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs & Increase Energy Security

Posted by Speaker Boehner Press Office
May 22, 2013
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WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today applauded House passage of the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3), legislation introduced by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) that approves the Keystone pipeline and eliminates legal and regulatory barriers to its construction and the tens of thousands of jobs it will create:

“When American families hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, they’ll once again be paying the price for the Obama administration’s failed energy policy.  Gas prices have nearly doubled on the president’s watch, draining family budgets and making it harder for small businesses to hire.  The Northern Route Approval Act, part of Republicans’ plan for economic growth and jobs, will help families and small businesses by approving the Keystone pipeline and removing barriers that could keep it tied up in legal limbo for years. 

“The Keystone pipeline will create tens of thousands of American jobs and pump nearly a million barrels of oil to U.S. refineries each day, helping to lower gas prices, boost economic growth, enhance our energy security, and revitalize manufacturing.  The project is backed by a majority of the American people, including members of the president’s own party.  Labor unions have rallied for its approval, saying it’s ‘not just a pipeline, it’s a lifeline.’  Unfortunately, after nearly five years of blocking the project, it’s a lifeline President Obama is refusing to toss American workers.

“House Republicans will continue fighting for the Keystone pipeline as part of our jobs plan that cuts red tape and unlocks more of America’s resources.  It is time for the president to put his political calculations aside, work with Republicans to approve the Keystone pipeline, and advance a growth and jobs agenda that will help our economy grow and put more Americans back to work.”

But just weeks ago, we learned from Ryan Koronowski, who posted an article on ThinkProgress, that the pipeline will not create 10s of thousands of jobs, but instead, will create a measly 35 permanent jobs, a far cry from even just 1000 permanent jobs.  And, to make matters worse, it will exacerbate the problems we’re experiencing with climate change.  The refining process for tar sands crude (if you can really define crude as tar sands mixed in toxic proprietary solvents) will emit more carbon into the atmosphere than 51 seriously dirty coal plants.  Not only that, but a series of amendments, some dealing with pipeline safety and the cost of cleaning up potential pipeline spills, were all defeated along party lines.  So once again, the GOP has shown us their true colors, showing preference to corporate profits and choosing to socialize cleanup costs for the corporations.

Keystone Pipeline Will Create Only 35 Permanent Jobs, Emit 51 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Carbon

By Ryan Koronowski on Apr 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he wasn’t touching the Keystone pipeline decision with a ten-foot pole:

“I am staying as far away from that as I can now so that when the appropriate time comes to me, I am not getting information from any place I shouldn’t be, and I am not getting engaged in the debate at a time that I shouldn’t be,” Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Right now, Kerry has the State Department’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, but if that is all he information he relies on, he won’t get the full picture. While he will see that the project will only bring 35 permanent jobs, which is true, he would also see almost no discussion of the pipeline’s impact on the climate. (Oddly, he will be able to read an extended discussion of climate change’s projected impacts on the construction and maintenance of the proposed pipeline.)

So where is a Secretary of State sincerely concerned about climate change to go to find the climate consequences of approving the Keystone XL pipeline? He could peruse a new report out yesterday from Oil Change International called: “Cooking the Books: How The State Department Analysis Ignores The True Climate Impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

The report’s recommendation:

In a world constrained by the realities of climate change, the proper measure of any project’s climate impact should not be based on the assumptions inherent in a business as usual scenario that guarantees climate disaster. Instead, the State Department should base these critical decisions on whether the project makes sense in a world that is actually seeking to minimize the real dangers of climate change. On this basis, we recommend that decision-makers consider the total amount of carbon that will be released by the project into the atmosphere.

How do they back that up?

  • Using industry analysis of carbon emissions from current tar sands production, the report says the pipeline will carry and emit 181 million metric tons of CO2 every year. That’smore than 37.7 million cars or 51 coal plants.
  • Both the IEA and the World Bank have said that if we want to avoid the catastrophic implications of warming the planet by more than 2 degrees C, we cannot burn any more than one-third of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves by 2050.
  • U.S. oil demand has fallen by 2.25 million barrels per day, but if we want to cut emissions to hold global temperature below 2 degrees C, there are very few scenarios that include a Keystone pipeline pumping 3.3 million barrels or tar sands oil per day.
  • Petcoke, which is a byproduct of the tar sands refining process, is exported for use as a coal substitute. Since petcoke is cheaper than coal, this encourages more coal burning, and therefore more carbon emissions. The State Department’s EIS does not acknowledge this.
  • The pipeline’s pump stations will emit 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 each year, after 240,000 metric tons during the construction phase. This is like adding an extra U.S. coal plant. This pipeline, remember, will pump 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil every day.
  • Tar sands pollute more than conventional oil — 27 million more metric tons of CO2 according to the EPA. This would be the same as 7 coal plants. Tar sands are so carbon intensive because of the way it burns, and how much energy is required to extract it. The State Department acknowledged that this will cause 17 percent more carbon emissions than regular oil.

Won’t the tar sands be extracted whether the pipeline is approved or rejected? Not so:

There are many compelling arguments against the fatalistic assertion that the tar sands will be fully exploited regardless of the Keystone XL pipeline. Other proposed pipelines also face substantial opposition in Canada and other regions of the United States. Further, increased costs associated with alternatives such as rail make it clear that the Keystone XL pipeline is far and away the industry’s first choice, and industry experts have been the first to admit this.

The State Department EIS dismisses out of hand the implications of burning the oil we’re projected to burn, saying it is business as usual. But this business is leading us to a very unusual climate future. The idea of approving the Keystone pipeline becomes more impossible as the facts become clearer. We can only hope that Secretary Kerry will stay engaged in the real debate and make the right choice for a livable climate.

[The article above, originally posted on ThinkProgress,  was created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. It was created for the Progress Report, the daily e-mail publication of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Click here to subscribe.]

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H.R. 1971 – Keep Faith with TRICARE Prime Act

Rep. John Kline (R-MN) has introduced H.R 1971 – Keep Faith with TRICARE Prime Act.  On October 1, 2013, over 171,000 military retirees will lose access to TRICARE Prime under a DOD policy.  The change will affect beneficiaries who live outside 100 miles of a Prime Service Area.  Beneficiaries who lose access to TRICARE Prime will be automatically switched to TRICARE Standard which is a fee-for-service option that typically costs more because it requires users to pay higher out-of-pocket.  Many retirees will not have the ability to cover the increased cost because they are on fixed incomes. This legislation would allow those retirees affected a one-time opt in to retain their TRICARE Prime.  This legislation would reduce the immediate impact imposed by the new policy, allowing military retirees to make informed decisions on how to utilize their military retirement healthcare benefits.

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2) has signed on as a co-sponsor to this bill.

Rights Extended by the Constitution are Rights of Natural Persons Only

As a form of Valentine to the U.S. public, Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8], introduced H.J.Res. 29, which proposes an amendment to the U.S. Constitution (overturning the Citizens United ruling by) providing that rights extended by the Constitution, are rights of  ”natural” persons only:

Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2. [Money is Not Free Speech]

Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State, and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.

H.J.Res. 29 has been referred to the Judiciary committee and is facing a serious uphill battle to make it out of committee as  well as to the floor for a vote. From 2011-2013, only 12% of House joint resolutions made it past committee and only 5% were enacted or passed.

twitter (2)Rep. Mark Amodei, our representative to Congress from Nevada’s CD2, sits on the Judiciary committee.  It’s time for us to twitter-mob Amodei with tweets to pass #HJRes29 out of committee and then demand that it receive a vote of the House.  We need to get that Citizens United ruling overturned, and to do that we have to amend the U.S. Constitution.  We can’t do that until we can get an amendment passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.  Here’s a sample tweet:

@MarkAmodeiNV2 #HJRes29 referred to Judiciary cmtee upon which YOU sit—expect you to work to pass it out of cmtee for vote by House!

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