The secret ballot has had an important part in American democracy. Giffords, however, voted against requiring a secret ballot in federally conducted elections that recognize and certify a union (Roll Call 116, Mar.1, 2007)
Archive for July, 2008
Giffords Blocks “All of the Above” Energy Plan
Refuses to Listen to Voters Asking for a Real Energy Solution
Washington- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) joined arms this week with Democrat Party leaders to block a vote on the American Energy Act, which is an “all of the above” proposal to expand American exploration, promote energy efficiency and conservation and unleash the power of American innovation.
Giffords and the Democrat-led Congress have adjourned every single week this summer without passing a single bill to reduce energy costs. And after three failed attempts to pass sham energy bills in order to provide political cover for vulnerable Democrats like Giffords, the leader of the “most open Congress in history,” House Speaker Pelosi, is refusing to hold an open vote on energy bills. As today’s Washington Post editorializes:
“Instead of dealing with the issue on the merits, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a staunch opponent of offshore drilling, has simply decreed that she will not allow a drilling vote to take place on the House floor.” (Washington Post, 7/25/08)
Gabrielle Giffords has once again failed to get the job done by choosing to side with Washington’s Democrat establishment instead of the people of Arizona who feel the effects of the Democrats’ do-nothing approach. Giffords’ vote to block H.R. 6566 The American Energy Act (House Roll Call 524) has told the people of Arizona that she is dedicated to standing in the way of:
- Opening the Arctic coastal plain and our deep water resources to drill for oil and natural gas;
- Allowing development of our nation’s shale oil resources;
- Easing refinery restrictions to increase domestic production;
- Promoting coal-to-liquid fuel technology;
- Permanently extending the tax credit for alternative energy production;
- Eliminating barriers to the expansion of emission-free nuclear power production.
“Gabrielle Giffords has continuously rewarded herself with long weekends this summer instead of delivering relief to the people of Arizona calling for a real energy solution,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “Republicans have introduced a sensible and effective energy policy, but Giffords is more interested in standing with her do-nothing Democrat leadership than backing a real solution to one of the country’s most pressing issues.”
Republicans in Congress proposed a 21st Century energy package that would move America toward energy independence and energy self-sufficiency. Meanwhile, Giffords and the Democrat Majority in Congress have failed to pass one single bill to help solve the energy crisis that the American people are dealing with each and every day. This fall, Giffords can expect the people of Arizona to vote for someone who will actually represent their needs and interests.
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Will Giffords Return Rangel’s Wrangled Cash?
Rangel Reaps Benefits of Sweetheart Deal, Passes Savings to Colleagues
Washington– Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has lined her campaign coffers with donations either from Charlie Rangel’s re-election campaign or his political action committee. Giffords ran with her Democrat leaders who promised the American people a “New Direction,” but with this latest story about Rangel grossly underpaying rent for four apartments, one of which violates city code by using it as his campaign office, she finds herself mixed up in the same old culture of backroom deals.
Gabrielle Giffords has become ensnared in this heated story as Arizona voters are wondering whether or not she will stand with Charlie Rangel or give back the thousands in campaign cash she accepted from him. To date, Giffords has accepted $16,000 in campaign contributions from Charlie Rangel.
“Gabrielle Giffords should put personal party loyalty aside and do the right thing by giving back the campaign contributions she took from Charlie Rangel,” said NRCC Spokesman Ken Spain. “Gabrielle Giffords won’t be able to claim that she’s trying to move America in a ‘New Direction’ on the one hand, while defending the politics of corruption on the other.”
The question is simple: Will Gabrielle Giffords live up to her promise of holding elected officials to a higher standard or will she run and hide from her campaign promises once again?
Sources: CQMoneyline.com, FEC.gov
Washington- While families in Arizona continue to struggle with record high gas prices, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) voted again today to block the Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Act (HR 2208) so that the Democrat-led Congress could designate a 227-year-old historic trail from the Revolutionary War (House Roll Call 480). This was Giffords’ second vote in two days to block this energy proposal, which is a bipartisan bill that would help reduce the price of gasoline by encouraging the use of clean coal-to-liquid technology to produce alternative transportation fuels.
Continuing her “do-nothing” approach, Gabrielle Giffords has also failed to sign a discharge petition, which would force a vote on the Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Act:
“House Republicans are circulating the latest in a series of discharge petitions to force floor votes on energy legislation. But this time they are pushing a bill offered by a Democrat.”
“‘A handful of fossil-fuel Democrats, if given the chance, could vote for this,’ said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., who has worked with Boucher on the bill. ‘We’re just waiting for them to come out of hiding.’’’
“The petition is the GOP’s latest try at forcing House Democratic leaders to bring legislation aimed at boosting domestic energy production to the floor before the House leaves for its August recess.”
“Republicans, confident that the soaring price of gasoline has handed them an issue they can use in the fall campaign, say that majority Democrats have consistently blocked attempts to boost domestic oil and gas production and that the public is becoming increasingly aware of this.” (Congressional Quarterly, 7/9/08)
Gabrielle Giffords may have to remain in hiding as she heads back to her district to face her constituents who are waiting to ask she why she left Washington today without allowing a vote on one single piece of energy legislation.
“While Gabrielle Giffords is ‘busy’ in Washington designating trails, her constituents are still waiting for relief from record gas prices,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “At the rate Gabrielle Giffords and the Democrat-led Congress are operating, it looks like her constituents in Arizona will have to wait another 200 years before Democrats in Congress decide to take action on America’s energy crisis.”
Giffords VOTED NOT to send the bill back to committee to provide all the funds for building the Boarder Security Fence, along with the necessary roads, lights, cameras, barriers and sensors(Roll Call Vote 490, June 15, 2007).