Jan 26, 2013
Lobbyist Jo Ann Emerson quits Congress early, the House votes to
temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and probably-not postpone
their own paychecks, and the Brineys drunkenly ramble on a Friday
Jo Ann Emerson Resigns from the House
Said she was leaving Congress in February, left early (Tuesday,
January 22) Used to represent the 8th district of Missouri; left to
become President and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative
Association, a trade association/lobbying group.
- It has about 900 member utilities that serve 42 million people
in 47 states and own almost half of the US power grid.
- Replacing Glenn English (also a former Congressman) who made
$9,294,207 in his 6 years = $1.5 million a year.
Won her district in 2012 with over 65% of the votes. Missouri to
pay about $1 million for a special election H.R. 307- PANDEMIC AND ALL-HAZARDS
PREPAREDNESS REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2013 Passed the
House Tuesday, January 22. It now moves into the Senate.
- Gives 6 months for the Secretary to create a plan for
responding to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear
- Orders the disaster plan to specifically address the needs of
at-risk individuals and children
- Cuts funding for training emergency response volunteers in
half, from $22 million/year to $11million/year
- Government wants a "national biosurveillance system for human
health, with international connectivity" that allows for "two-way
information flow" between government and health care
- Loosens the definition of "emergency" to include "threat
justifying emergency authorized use".
- Allows the use of an unapproved medical devices or products if
declared necessary by the government.
- Allows the government to extend the expiration date of medical
products and "authorize the introduction or delivery for
introduction into interstate commerce" if doing so protects the
public health or military preparedness and effectiveness.
- Allows the government to waive "requirements regarding current
good manufacturing practice otherwise applicable to the
manufacture, processing, packing, or holding of products."
- Allows $1.4 billion of taxpayer money to be spent on private
research and development costs.
H.R. 325: NO BUDGET, NO PAY ACT OF
- The debt ceiling will be suspended from the day the President
signs this bill until May 18, 2013.
- By April 15, 2013, the House and Senate need to each pass their
own version of a budget for fiscal year 2014.*
- If one of the branches of Congress does not pass a budget,
their salaries will be set aside in an account and they will be
paid either when a budget is passed or on the last day of the 113th
This means that the House could pass the Paul Ryan ‘screw the
poor’ budget and the Senate could pass a budget giving private jets
to homeless people and both parts of Congress would be paid. There
is no need for a conference to merge the two budget bills to send a
real budget to the President.