A national event is taking place wherein supporters for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign are coming together across the country and hosting house parties to “get the conversation started.” A local group is taking part as well.
The location is not a home per say, but Bensonhurst Park at Cropsey Avenue and Bay Parkway, near the Bay 29th Street entrance. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 10 p.m.
The plan is to talk to volunteers and friends, exchange ideas, eat, and discuss grassroots campaigning. According to the invite, this local event will also include dance, game playing and party favors.
Organizers for the event are Bernadene Weekes and Sonny Urbine. Contact Weekes at (347) 379-3544 for information.
Candidate Mark Murphy, who is vying for Congressman Michael Grimm’s seat, had this to say about the Supreme Court upholding President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act:
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is good news for millions of Americans who will now have access to healthcare and for small businesses choking on the cost of health insurance. It is especially good news for those with pre-existing conditions who were denied coverage in the past.
The Affordable Care Act is a prescription for healthier families and a healthier economy. I am pleased that the Supreme Court decided to renew the prescription.
State Senator Diane Savino, along with Senators Liz “no relation to Carl” Krueger and Tom Duane from Manhattan, is asking Catholic Bishops to reconsider their stance against offering employees reproductive health care through their insurance plans. Continue Reading »
The following is a press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night on the House floor, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, spoke out in strong support of the Obama Administration’s recent ruling on birth control – that contraceptives must be available at no cost to most American women, regardless of where they work. Continue Reading »
Veteran at WWII monument in Washington D.C. (by Grace O'Malley)
If you’re wondering why flags at government buildings are flying at half mast, it’s because today is the 70th Anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor. The early morning air raid by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 – a day that President Franklin Roosevelt described as one that would live in infamy – ensured America’s entry into World War II.
It’s still unclear whether Congress and President Obama will reach an agreement on raising the U.S. debt ceiling before the U.S. defaults on August 2, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler wants to try and get that ball rolling.
Yesterday, Nadler called on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to take “a simple vote on increasing the debt limit.” From the floor he declared that, rather than continuing in their battle over the budget, Congress should be tackling the country’s economic problems- namely employment, as well as conducting normal day-to-day business.
The Congressman also remarked that the House Republicans’ proposal to cut spending was a potential danger to the economy.
In the above video, Representative Jerrold Nadler (D- New York) rebukes the president for continuing U.S. military operations in Libya past the 60 days authorized by Congress. This is, according to most legal scholars, a violation of both the 1973 War Powers Resolution and the 1941 War Powers Act. It is very unusual for a liberal Democrat member of Congress to publicly criticize a sitting Democrat president with such vigor.
From the video:
“We have been sliding for 70 years to a situation where Congress has nothing to do with the decision about whether to go to war or not, and the president is becoming an absolute monarch,” he said. “And we must put a stop to that right now, if we don’t want to become an empire instead of a republic … I think that the nation’s credibility, that is to say its promise to go to war as backed by the president, not by the Congress, ought to be damaged … We have to put our foot down and say no. And if foreign countries learn that they cannot depend on American military intervention unless Congress is aboard for the ride, good. That’s a good thing.”
-Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Rep. Jerrold Nadler represents New York’s 8th Congressional District. It includes Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, SoHo, Greenwich Village, TriBeCa, the Financial District and Battery Park City. In Brooklyn, the 8th District includes parts of Borough Park, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gravesend, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Seagate.