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CD069 Giving Away Your Land

In February, the House passed a package of ten bills that give away or sell Federal land, most of them so that private interests can use our land for profit. Continue reading

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CD068: Ukraine Aid Bill

We have a new law! President Obama signed a bill loaning a billion dollars and giving another $150 million to Ukraine. In this episode, we find out exactly what’s in it and why we are giving money to Ukraine – and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Continue reading

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CD067: What Do We Want In Ukraine?

The United States appears prepared to restart the Cold War and loan at least $1 billion of our tax money to Ukraine through the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Why? In this episode, we look at what we’re asking for in Ukraine in return for our generosity. Continue reading

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CD066: A Hunter’s Point of View

In early February, the House passed a package of eight bills that are supposed to appeal to hunters and fisherman. For this episode, Jen is joined by Cody Herman, host of Day One Outdoors and owner of Day One Outdoors adventure tour company, who helps Jen understand the bills and discusses whether or not the changes are good. Continue reading

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CD065: Federal Intervention in California Water Rights

On February 5, the House of Representatives passed a bill that takes away California’s right to divide its dwindling water supply. The bill forces California to take water away from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta and give it to Agribusiness in the San Joaquin Valley, voiding a bunch of State and environmental laws in the process. Continue reading

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CD064 Chemicals Shall Spill

In this episode, we catch up on all the bills that passed the House of Representatives in January, including a bill to protect chemical storage companies from having to pay for their messes, a few bills to damage ObamaCare, and a bill to make sure private health insurance companies can’t pay for abortions. Continue reading

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CD063: 2013 The Year in Review

In this episode, Jen and Joe recap all the bills that passed the House of Representatives and were covered on Congressional Dish in 2013. Also, an update on the debt ceiling. Continue reading

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CD062: The Farm Bill

On February 7, President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law, which will govern our food policy for the next five years. In the new law are cuts to food stamps, an expansion of an extremely generous crop insurance program, bailouts for livestock producers, a big favor for chemical companies, and much more. Continue reading

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CD061: State of the Budget

This episode is a mash-up of the State of the Union and the 2014 budget. We compare the impression President Obama gave us about what to expect for this upcoming year with the reality of what was funded in the last-minute and little-examined budget which he signed into law just two weeks before the speech. Continue reading

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Email Script for Anti-Fast Track Message to Congress

Title: Vote No on Fast Track Authority

Dear (Insert Your Rep Here),

I would like you to oppose the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014, which would give the President fast-track authority for trade agreements. The Constitution gave this power to Congress; I hope that as my Representative, you will not give our power away freely to the Executive Branch.

Thank you.

(Insert Your Name)

 

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