Comments: 1229 • Responses: 32 • Date: 2013-07-25 15:48:31 UTC
rushholt514 karma2013-07-25 20:22:04 UTC
Although this abrupt cancellation of funding would have been a fairly drastic step the public is outraged about the revelations of the scale of government warrantless spying on Americans and Members of Congress are fed up with the cover up and deception from the intelligence community. Nevertheless, I was somewhat surprised by the closeness of the vote. I think this means we are going to be able to get the kind of debate that we could not get earlier when the PATRIOT Act was reauthorized and the FISA Amendments Act was passed. Perhaps you know that I have introduced legislation to repeal both of those. There's a brief statement on this at my website www.rushholt.com/video
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rushholt403 karma2013-07-25 16:07:04 UTC
rushholt322 karma2013-07-25 16:36:26 UTC
I have introduced legislation to repeal the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The wholesale vacuum cleaner collection of data on all Americans and sifting through it again and again until the intelligence analysts find incriminating or troubling associations not only promotes the idea of guilt by association but upsets one of the founding principles of this country: that all Americans are equal under the law and that they are presumed to be above suspicion unless there is probable cause to suspect them of wrongdoing. The NSA warrantless surveillance of Americans means that the government is treating Americans as suspects first and citizens second. You can sign the petiton to support my legislation here: http://action.rushholt.com/page/s/patriot-act?source=heropetition
rushholt273 karma2013-07-25 16:21:44 UTC
I am perhaps the greatest supporter for investment in research. A few years ago in the economic stimulus bill I inserted $22 billion of new funding for the nation's science research agencies including NASA. NASA research is important not just for understanding the solar system and the universe beyond but also for giving us a better understanding of our Earth, ourselves, and physical processes on the Earth.
rushholt252 karma2013-07-25 16:45:46 UTC
OK you convinced me. Here you go. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151538531310779&set=pb.8059450778.-2207520000.1374770733.&type=3&theater
rushholt204 karma2013-07-25 16:51:00 UTC
For decades my favorite dinosaur was the brontosaurus only to be told by paleontologists that there was no such thing. Now I know how all the Pluto fans felt.
rushholt159 karma2013-07-25 16:43:32 UTC
The Keystone pipeline would transport some of the worlds dirtiest oil containing some of the lowest net energy through the United States for export to the world. The United States would bear the risk of pipeline leaks (which invariably occur). Except for the few thousand temporary jobs which would disappear after a couple of years only a few dozen permanent jobs would remain. It's hard to see any benefit for us. I oppose its construction. You can read more of my thoughts here: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/292313-keystone-pipeline-all-risk-and-no-reward
rushholt136 karma2013-07-25 17:09:30 UTC
As I said earlier, my background and experience as a teacher, scientist and progressive sets me apart from all three other candidates. In Congress not only have I compiled one of the most progressive voting records -- on the environment, education, worker protections, civil rights, civil liberties, fiscal and economic matters -- I am the person in this campaign who is proposing, vocally and prominently, bold progressive ideas. See the following link for what I mean: http://www.rushholt.com/video/
And by the way, I have (according to the League of Conservation Voters) THE BEST lifetime environmental record of any Member of Congress. I'm also recognized with the highest rating by the American Association of University Women, Pro-Choice America, the NAACP, Humane Society, NEA, and many others.
rushholt125 karma2013-07-25 16:10:24 UTC
rushholt112 karma2013-07-25 16:03:50 UTC
I'm running for the U.S. Senate to be New Jersey's Senator to continue the progressive fight of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. I've been a Member of the House of Representatives for more than 14 years now. I intend to serve in the Senate and nothing more (this is not a stepping stone for me).
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