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House passes resolution opposing surge

The House just passed a resolution supporting the troops but opposing the presidents plan for a troop escalation by a vote of 246-182 with 17 Republicans, none of whom are from NJ supporting the resolution.

Yeas:  Andrews, Pallone, Pascrell, Rothman, Payne, Holt & Sires

Nays: LoBiondo, Saxton, Smith, Ferguson, Frelinghuysen & Garrett

Correction:  Kwilkinson points out that LoBiondo did not vote and asks: Is he worried or does he have another reason for not voting?

Update:  I was informed that Congressman LoBiondo did not vote because he was attending his father-in-law’s funeral.

The Senate is supposed to take up a vote tomorrow, although many Republicans will not attend and Senator McCain will campaign in Iowa.  He is the only Senator campaigning for President who is not expected to make the vote.  The floor is yours…

Chairman Holt

It’s official: Representative Rush Holt is the chairman of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel – a new position. In the last session he was the ranking member of the HPSCI Intelligence Policy Subcommittee last Congress.

Speaker Pelosi had this to say:

Rush Holt’s breadth of experience and depth of knowledge as a member of the Intelligence Committee for four years and chairman of its Intelligence Policy Subcommittee will make him an excellent leader on this issue of vital significance to our national security. He understands the need for timely and reliable intelligence and the role aggressive oversight plays in ensuring that the resources devoted to producing that kind of intelligence are spent well. Congressman Holt also appreciates that the establishment of this new oversight panel is a critical element in the implementation of recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and that the panel’s performance will be one of the measures by which the success of that implementation is judged.

Among the members of the panel are Appropriations Chairman David Obey and Rep. John Murtha.

Whose House? Rep. Pascrell’s House!

If you were watching C-SPAN this evening, then you saw that one of New Jersey’s own — Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., of the 8th district — was Speaker Pro-Tempore, presiding over the House.

If you didn’t, then congratulations: you have a life.

Rothman on House Science and Technology Committee

Representative Steve Rothman has been appointed to the House Science and Technology Committee.

Agencies within the Science Committee’s jurisdiction include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Fire Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey.

Rothman released this statement:

New Jerseyans have a huge stake in the research priorities set by federal agencies, especially the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency. I look forward to playing an active role in ensuring that the federal government is doing enough to solve the unique problems that densely-populated, urban areas like North Jersey face.

How They Voted on HR 5

Cross-posted from City Belt:

The Bill: H.R. 5
Date Passed: Jan. 17, 2007; 5:35 pm
About: This bill would drop the interest rate on federally-subsidized student loans from 6.8 to 3.4 percent over five years. At a time when tuition costs continue to rise, and student reliance on loans grows, this is a welcome piece of legislation, and, like many of the bill’s supporters, we hope that it is one piece of a larger body of legislation to help Americans afford undergraduate education, at the very least.

2012: NJ Might Lose a Seat

A follow-up to this post, the Honolulu Chronicle (via Political Wire) reports:

“If population increase continues in similar fashion through the end of the decade, as expected, Texas will definitely add a third and possibly a fourth seat. Arizona and Florida will pick up two seats apiece, with one each for Georgia, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.”

New York and Ohio are both expected to lose two, while “Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania each will be stripped of a seat.”

Headline on NJ Delegation and Iraq

The headline from this morning: NJ Dems lash out against Bush move on Iraq; Republicans cautious

Cautious?

What about timid, worried, and afraid? What about their actual quotes — that they’re “concerned” and “troubled?”

What about congratulatory?

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-Harding, said he commended Bush for “working to change the dynamic in Iraq and for putting a new team of military leaders in place.”

So to take a stand is to “lash out,” and to take no position, sit by and do nothing is to be “cautious.”

Cautious is the wrong word for their position.

Rep. Holt Puts the House on Record for Democracy in FL-13

Immediately after Nancy Pelosi’s swearing-in as Speaker of the House, Representative Rush Holt put the House of Representatives on record that the swearing-in of a Member of Congress does not prejudice the pending inquiry of a contested election in Florida’s 13th district.

Holt: Madam Speaker: In light of the facts that partisan and non-partisan lawsuits are underway with regard to Florida’s 13th Congressional District and that the votes of 18,000 voters were not recorded on the paperless electronic voting machines in an election decided by 369 votes, may I ask for the record whether a notice of contest has been filed with the Clerk on behalf of Christine Jenningspursuant to law, and what effect, if any, today’s proceedings have on pending contests?

Speaker Pelosi: The Chair is advised by the Clerk that a notice of contest pursuant to the statute, section 382 of title 2, United States Code, has been filed with the Clerk. Under section 5 of article I of the Constitution and the statute, the House remains the judge of the elections of its Members. The seating of this Member-elect is entirely without prejudice to the contest over the final right to that seat that is pending under the statute and will be reviewed in the ordinary course in the Committee on House Administration.

NJ’s Slowing Population Growth Won’t Cost a Seat in Congress … Yet

As reported last Friday, New Jersey’s population growth slowed in 2006 and North Carolina has replaced us as the 10th most populous state (Kiss our electoral votes goodbye, Edwards). The Star Ledger speculated that the slowing would cause New Jersey to drop a seat in the House by 2010, but a projection from Electoral Data Services says we’re not on the chopping block … yet. As of now, seven states are slated to each lose a seat, and six are to gain (Texas will pick up two). The full prediction can be found here (.PDF).

A very merry hat-tip to kwilkinson.