Thursday, October 3, 2013

WATCH, DAY 3: What Is Your Arizona Congressperson Saying/Doing/Tweeting Today?

A quick "around-the-horn" as the federal government shutdown is winding down its third (freakin') day:

Sen. John McCain (R):
--Tweet: "New season, new owner, new hope - let's go #Coyotes! …"
--Also, McCain and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen released a statement after Congress sent President Obama their legislation extending the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi citizens who assisted U.S. troops during the Iraq War. The legislation was passed unanimously by the Senate on Tuesday and by the House last night.
--Also, engaged with Senators Bob Corker and Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Floor (about 14:30 in); click on picture to right.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R):
--Was on MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday, saying he agrees with the goal but not the strategy.

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Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1):
--Her speech yesterday on the House floor.  
--News release blasting "piecemeal" approach.

Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2):
--Barber has taken to the House floor each of the three days to ask for a "clean CR".  Here's the video from today: 
--Barber is giving his pay during the shutdown to three different local (Tucson) non-profits each day.  Today's three.
--Barber was one of (very few) Democrats voting with Republicans on the resolutions conditioning continued resolution funding on Obamacare modifications. Most recently, this afternoon he voted with all Republicans and 34 other Democrats to vote veterans' benefits through.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-CD3:
--Grijalva was on Ed Schulz' radio program today.  Quote that his office featured in their news release: "Some of the Tea Party people are very sanctimonious about how hard they work, how much they’re doing, how they’re standing up for the little guy and the American people – and yet, in some ideological madness, they’re going to jeopardize the economy of this country. Eight hundred thousand people are locked out of their jobs and the public is locked out of the assets that they own, whether it’s the parks or a Head Start program where kids can’t go to school now. Here's the video: 

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4):
--Gosar spoke on House floor this afternoon to urge the opening of Lee's Ferry (Grand Canyon): 
--Tweet from 20h ago: "Maybe Obama can spare some greens fees & instead keep the veterans memorials open? The open air ones. That require little if any personnel."

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-CD5):
--Salmon will be on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News at approximately 6:10pm tonight.
--Here is his House floor speech from yesterday: 
--Transcript of that speech.

Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD6):
--Fundraising e-mail sent out today, under subject line: "UPDATE: The left will never let facts get in the way of a good attack."

Rep. Ed Pastor (D-CD7):
--The Phantom of the Congress made a rare House floor appearance yesterday:

Rep. Trent Franks (R-CD8):
--Yesterday, Franks posted an opinion piece on CNN's Global Public Square regarding Iran: "A nuke wrapped in cashmere?"  (Iran is a leading producer of cashmere wool.)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9):
--Tweet from this morning: "1400+ AZ Nat Guard workers r now told 2 stay home. Vets' srvcs r jeopardized. AZ fams shldn't b punished 4 Congress' irresponsible shutdown."
--Voted with Republicans and 34 other Democrats to fund veterans' benefits during the shutdown.
--Put up an FAQ about the shutdown on her website.

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