Saturday, June 19, 2010


This is Lynn Jenkins, she does not represent us

H. R. 3961, the MEDICARE PHYSICIAN PAYMENT REFORM ACT OF 2009, became Public Law 111-141. This sounds like a way to upgrade the way we pay doctors who provide medical care to those served by Medicare. As pointed out in the Case Against Lynn Jenkins, Chapter 8, it was a national security bill. After the Senate got through with their tricky little amendment the bill became An Act to extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 200t and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 until February 28, 2011.

Never Again!  We must fund America's Intelligence Community

Lynn Jenkins continued to vote against making America safer on roll call 73 where she voted against the INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010, H.R. 2701. This is the bill that funds, among other things, intelligence and intelligence related activities of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the Department of Defense (DOD); the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); the National Security Agency (NSA); the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force; the Coast Guard; the Departments of State, the Treasury, Energy, and Justice; the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO); the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney, asleep at the switch

Seems to me we had a major intelligence problem back on 9/11/2001. You remember how the Bush administration ignored a memo titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," and Pat Roberts was apparently asleep at the switch when he was Chairman of the Senate's Intelligence Committee. Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice didn't have their eyes open either.

Now you'd think the Republicans wouldn't want America to be caught with our shorts around our ankles again. Apparently not, Lynn Jenkins voted against funding national intelligence on roll call vote 73.

Harmful Algae Blooms pose a serious threat to America

H.R. 3650, the HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOM AND HYPOXIA CONTROL AMENDMENTSACT of 2010. Hypoxia is a serious problem. Wikipedia describes it.

"Hypoxia or oxygen depletion is a phenomenon that occurs in aquatic environments as dissolved oxygen (DO; molecular oxygen dissolved in the water) becomes reduced in concentration to a point detrimental to aquatic organisms living in the system. Dissolved oxygen is typically expressed as a percentage of the oxygen that would dissolve in the water at the prevailing temperature and salinity (both of which affect the solubility of oxygen in water. An aquatic system lacking dissolved oxygen (0% saturation) is termed anaerobic, reducing, or anoxic; a system with low concentration—in the range between 1 and 30% saturation—is called hypoxic or dysoxic. Most fish cannot live below 30% saturation. A "healthy" aquatic environment should seldom experience less than 80%." See,

Hypoxia causes fish kills like this

Harmful Algae Bloom, is as the name implies harmful. Wikipedia describes the phenomena.

" A harmful algal bloom (HAB) is an algal bloom that causes negative impacts to other organisms via production of natural toxins, mechanical damage to other organisms, or by other means. HABs are often associated with large-scale marine mortality events and have been associated with various types of shellfish poisonings."

H. R. 3650 is an important bill providing solutions for Harmful Algae Blooms and Hypoxia. Lynn Jenkins and the Republicans must have another solution for these chronic effects of HABs and Hypoxia in our nation's waters, like spilling billions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. She voted against the Environment on roll call 109.

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