Todd Fisher

signed Balanced Budget Amendment Petition 2013-08-21 15:39:32 -0400

14,380 signatures

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National Petition for a Balanced Budget Amendment

Sponsored by Patriot Voices

To: All members of the 114th United States Congress

I, the undersigned, a lover of liberty, an American patriot, and a concerned citizen, do hereby implore you, our elected representatives, to immediately introduce, vote on, and pass a 28th amendment to the United States Constitution mandating a balanced budget.

A Balanced Budget Amendment would require by law that the federal government not spend more than it takes in and would ultimately cap federal spending at 18% of gross domestic product (GDP).

Because our country can't afford to continue down this unsustainable fiscal course any longer, I urge you to pass this Balanced Budget Amendment before completing the federal budget for the coming fiscal year.

According to my First Amendment right to petition, I expect full compliance with this request, and will hold you accountable and responsible for fulfilling it.

Finally, I do hereby pledge to stand with Rick Santorum, Patriot Voices, and conservative patriots nationwide in support of fiscal sanity, accountability, and a balanced budget.

Hereby signed,


Sen. Feinstein response to UN Disabilities Treaty

I recently emailed Sen. Dianne Feinstein, urging her to oppose this treaty.  Here is her response:

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to Senate ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this topic, and I welcome the opportunity to address your concerns.

As you may know, the Convention is an international treaty that requires nations to promote, protect, and ensure full legal equality for persons with disabilities.  To date, 153 countries, including the United States, have signed the Convention, and 66 have formally ratified it.

There has been much misunderstanding about this treaty, and I would like to correct the misinformation as follows:

 · Ratification of this treaty would not require any changes to U.S. law, because the United States already meets or exceeds the obligations in the Convention;

 · The United Nations committee established by the Convention can only issue non-binding recommendations regarding implementation of the treaty and does not have any enforcement powers;

 · The Convention will not take away the rights of parents with respect to disabled children or require any changes to U.S. education laws; and

 · The treaty does not change U.S. laws regarding reproductive health, nor does it mandate or prohibit any particular health procedure. 

As Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, noted in a December 4, 2012 speech on the Senate floor:

This treaty isn't about American behavior, except to the degree that it influences other countries to be more like us. This treaty is about the behavior of other countries and their willingness to raise their treatment of people with disabilities to our level. It is that simple. This treaty isn't about changing America, it is a treaty to change the world to be more like America.

On December 4, 2012, the Senate voted 61 to 38 in favor of ratification of the treaty, six votes short of the two-thirds majority required.  I voted in favor of ratification, because I believe it is important to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities and to ensure that these rights are extended around the world.  This treaty would also protect U.S. citizens with disabilities, including disabled veterans, who live or travel abroad, as well as assist U.S. businesses in ensuring that their international competitors are required to abide by similar laws.

I hope that I have adequately addressed your concerns.  While we may not agree on the merits of this treaty, please continue to keep me informed on issues of importance to you.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, be sure to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841, or visit my website at www.feinstein.senate.gov.  Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

 

Would anyone be willing to comment on this?  Do her comments have any merit?  I don't know what to believe on this issue -- of course, I'm more inclined to side with Rick Santorum than Feinstein.  But I would like someone to offer a rebuttal.  Thanks.


signed No Budget No Pay 2012-09-20 17:51:18 -0400

No Budget No Pay

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6,377 signatures

The “No Budget, No Pay Act” would require members of Congress to forgo pay for every day after October 1 that they don’t adopt a budget and pass all of its spending bills.  Once members approved a spending plan and appropriated the money, they would start receiving paychecks again but couldn’t collect any retroactive pay.  The premise is simple: don’t do your job and you don’t get paid.

Sounds logical enough. When you are in the private sector, if you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid or worse you get fired.  We should expect the same from our elected officials.

Remarkably, Congress hasn’t passed a budget since 2009. The United States faces its most serious financial crisis and Senate Democrats could not be bothered to write a budget because budgets force people to make choices.  This has to change.  

In the longer term, we need a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution so the federal government has to balance its budget like our states do.  And in the short term, we need a new law to start the process of fiscal reform today. The “No Budget, No Pay Act” is a good start.

Sign the petition below to support the “No Budget, No Pay Act.”  You can also obtain contact information for your Senator and Member of Congress.  Please call or email them and tell them to vote for the “No Budget, No Pay Act” (S. 1981 and H.R. 3643).  You can access a sample letter here that you can cut, paste, add your own personalization and then email to your Member of Congress and Senator.

Americans develop a budget within their household.  We should be able to rely on our lawmakers to do the same for our nation.  This is a core constitutional and job responsibility.