Democrats and Republicans urge modernizing Senate website with easily searchable XML vote database
May 1, 2009 – WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, sent a bipartisan letter to the Senate Rules Committee asking it to modernize the way it publishes Senate roll call votes on the internet. Specifically, the letter requests that the Secretary of the Senate make votes available to the public using the XML format, which would allow citizens, government watchdog groups, and the press to immediately access and analyze Senate roll call votes. Senator DeMint was joined in signing the letter by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and David Vitter (R-Louisiana).
“As Americans increasingly turn to the internet for information, it’s important that the United States Senate continue to modernize the way it provides the public with information,” said Senator DeMint. “Voting is the most basic and the most important Senate action, yet we’re making it unnecessarily difficult for the public to access this information. What we’re asking for here is a simple change that will have a profound impact on the Senate’s transparency and accountability.”
On Monday, POLITICO reported on how the Senate has fallen behind the House of Representatives in terms of vote transparency:
The full text of the letter is below:
Well it’s finally happened. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has openly stated that racism is playing a part in the Senate’s unwillingness to seat the appointee of disgraced Democratic Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris after he was turned away today and not allowed to take the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Hussein Obama.
“There is a strong constitutional and legal case for his seating,” he said. “The longer this process takes the more racialized this seat becomes and the more difficult it becomes for Democrats to hold it in 2010.”–Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)
So, the seat is becoming racialized.
So the same nation that just elected an African-American to the highest office in the land is now refusing to let a poor little black man become a Senator because we’re a bunch of racists. The saddest part is that too many people will buy this line of crap.
And in spite of all the controversy surrounding his appointment, he’s proclaiming himself the junior Senator from Illinois!
Unbelievable, well maybe not for the Democrats.
Will Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Democratic President-elect Barack Hussein Obama stand by their previous position that NO appointment by Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich? Or is the concept that, given an opportunity, the good people of the land of “Honest Abe” will elect a Republican to BO’s vacated Senate seat enough to throw principles to the wind and accept the appointment of a governor charged with the worst political corruption since Watergate?
Things are beginning to look like the latter.. From the LA Times:
“I’m an old trial lawyer. There’s always room to negotiate,” said Reid, a Nevada Democrat, on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Translation: Reid’s former statement was only made to make him appear principled at a time when many Americans were captivated by the Democratic corruption. Now that many Americans have tuned out where this story’s concerned, the true Reid-without-principles is coming out and he may not oppose the scandal-plagued-Democratic-governor’s “choice” to fill BO’s seat.
Nothing coming from the Obama camp, he’s keeping apparently trying to avoid attention after yesterday’s announcement that his appoinment for Commerce Secretary, Democratic Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, withdrew his name from consideration to deal with his own Pay-to-Play scandal. (This crowd is starting to make Republicans’ look better and better all the time.) We’ll have to wait until the 20th it appears, to find out whether or not his long-touted change meant anything more than a change in occupants for the White House. Apparently, mum’s the word until then.
This Democratic power grab, coupled with the theft of the Senate election in Minnesota, should make it obvious to anyone that the party of the jackass will stop at nothing. The constitution won’t stand in their way, voters won’t stand in their way, and the law won’t stand in their way as they attempt to build a supermajority in the upper chamber of Congress. Should we look for attempts to expel or force the resignation of a sitting Republican Senator from a state with a Democratic Governor soon after 20 January?
I don’t put anything past these crooks.
Burris press conference: I am the junior senator from Illinois–Michelle Malkin
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan released the following statement today.
“It’s extremely disappointing that Democratic leaders in Illinois are ignoring bipartisan calls for a special election to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Considering the scandal surrounding Governor Rod Blagojevich’s administration, a special election is the only way to credibly fill the seat. I hope that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan puts good government before partisan politics, and will heed Senator Durbin’s call for a special election.”
To avoid the possibility that Illinois voters may choose to elect a Republican Senator to take
Obama’s vacated seat, Democrats in the Illinois Legislature are attempting to block a special election.
Even though both prominent Democrats (including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL)and Republicans have called for a special election in the wake of recently exposed criminal activity of the state’s Democratic Governor, Rod Blagojevich, Illinois state Democratic legislators are seeking to deny their constituents an opportunity to vote for change. Apparently, they approve of the status quo.
This article, from the Chicago-Sun Times’ blog, reports 2/3 of Illinois voters favor a special election. Evidently, Democrats in the Illinois legislature don’t really care what the voters think!
If you’re an Illinois voter who wants a choice in who represents you in the US Senate, let your legislators know. Contact them and tell them enough with partisan politics, the voters want a choice
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