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Citizen Co-Sponsor Project, Your Chance To Show Your Interest

Got a note from my Congressman, Jeff Miller (R-FL1), informing me about a website designed to take public input on legislation of the 113th Congress. It is set up where you can browse bills in categories that interest you, and can become a “co-sponsor” of them, any of them, if you wish. And if you know of a bill that isn’t listed, simply use the search box by bill number to bring it up so you, and now others, can become a co-sponsor too!

It is a tool that allows the House to see what bills are important to you so please use it. It’s a pretty cool tool.

Link: Citizen Cosponsor Projectendofstory

Depends on what the meaning of ‘Service’ is

I became confused when I heard the word Service” used with these agencies:

Internal Revenue ‘Service’ 
U.S. Postal ‘Service’ 
Telephone ‘Service’ 
Cable TV ‘Service’
Civil ‘Service’ 
State, City, County & Public ‘Service’
Customer ‘Service’ 

This is not what I thought ‘Service’ meant.

But today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to Service’ a few cows. BAM!!! It all came into focus. Now I understand what all those agencies are doing.

I hope that you are now just as enlightened as I am.


Some lawmakers are not making laws, KUDOS to them!

It’s always been my contention that the people we elect to represent us should not be called “lawmakers,” just because they can and do make laws. The Constitution does not demand that they make laws. But if laws are to be made, only they can do it.

Consequently, The Lunch Counter wants to recognize sixteen members of Congress, 2 senators and 14 13 members of the House, for resisting to make new laws. I’m of the belief that after over 230 years of existence, there are enough laws out there already. It’s so bad, that laws are being made because other laws are not being enforced. Can you say . . .  immigration?

Not surprisingly, some on the Left are calling this Congress the least productive in modern history. This includes 6 freshmen House members.

Our elected representatives ought to be called “managers” instead of lawmakers. Then maybe they would feel compelled abide by the Constitution and look out for the folks instead of dreaming up new ways to put limits on our freedom ,which in most cases, is what laws do.

According to . . .

The members of Congress who haven’t filed a bill so far are an assorted bunch. The list includes House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), whose many administrative and procedural duties preclude him from being very active in proposing legislation.

Six of the members who haven’t yet filed a bill are in their first term: freshmen Rep. George Holding (R-NC), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Bradley Schneider (D-IL), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa (R-NJ), who was appointed to the seat vacated by the death of Frank Lautenberg in June. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who previously served in Congress in 2000 but began this term in May after winning a special election, also hasn’t yet filed a bill. (H.R.3051, 8/2/2013) These lawmakers are presumably taking the time to learn how Congress works and decide on their legislative agenda.

The remaining eight members of the House with no bill in their name have been in Congress for a while: Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Kay Granger(R-TX), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX),Rep. David Scott (D-GA) and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA).

Since published the article, 7/22/2013, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) sponsored H.R.3051, a bill to extend State jurisdiction over submerged lands and to allow States to grant oil and natural gas leases in the extended area. Hit the Citizen Cosponsor Project to become a co-sponsor.