The House and the Senate are both in recess today, and House Republicans are in Williamsburg, VA attending their annual retreat. Before leaving town, the House passed a $50.7 billion disaster aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Congressman Flores successfully stripped $150 million from the bill that had been earmarked for implementation of the Administration’s National Ocean Policy and coastal marine spatial planning. HBW Resources worked closely with Congressman Flores and the Natural Resources Committee to secure support for the amendment, which included contacting each House office, coordinating with House leadership, and engaging with Members on the Hill and through available social media platforms. The amendment passed 221-197.
The President is expected to announce his plans for new gun control measures today around noon, setting off one of the most controversial disputes available to the Administration it’s second term.
Other Items of Interest:
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar is expected to leave the Obama Administration in March, continuing the second term exodus.
Early speculation has Denis McDonough as the most likely replacement for Jacob Lew as WH COS.
Rep. Sander Levin, ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee made news yesterday publicly stating that the chances of tax reform are very low for this Congress. During afternoon meetings and receptions on the Hill, the term “idiot” was thrown around quite a bit referring to the comments.
Facing a number of challenging issues, Members are also beginning to question whether the House calendar provides enough work days in DC to resolve some of the trickier issues of the next few months, including the debt ceiling, sequestration, and the expiring CR. A copy of the House Calendar can be viewed here: http://majorityleader.gov/calendar/113thCongressFirstSession-Monthly.pdf
New Member of the Day: US Senator Ted Cruz
Bio: Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where his parents were working in the oil industry. His father, Rafael, is a former Cuban revolutionary who fled the country for Texas in 1957 after being imprisoned and tortured by Fulgencio Batista’s regime; his mother, Eleanor, was the first in her family to attend college. A champion debater in college, Cruz won the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship. That same year he was the American Parliamentary Debate Association’s Speaker of the Year and, with his debate partner, won its Team of the Year award. (A year earlier, Cruz and his partner lost the Team of the Year competition to a team that included Austan Goolsbee, the former chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.). After graduating from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, he clerked for then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He worked on George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, including on the recount team, and returned to Washington during the Bush administration for positions at the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. In his 2003-08 tenure as Texas’s solicitor general — the state’s chief appellate lawyer — he argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Importance: Cruz is a young, aggressive, highly articulate, Hispanic Member of the US Senate representing on e of the largest states in the country. He has an understanding an appreciation of the jobs and economic opportunities created by the energy sector, and with position on both Commerce and Judiciary he is well positioned to advocate for policies important to advancing N. American energy self-sufficiency. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee which has oversight of the DoD’s energy programs.
Chief of Staff: Chip Roy
Legislative Director: Brooke Bacak
Summary current as of 11/25/2012 from FEC Quarterly Filings
Contributions by Type Percentage Total
Individual Contributions 81% $11,972,700
PAC Contributions 8% $1,258,920
Candidate self-financing 0% $0
Other 11% $1,613,287