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The people of the 11th Congressional District need JOBS to help to balance their own budgets, while Congressman Barletta proves he is part of the know-‐nothing, do-‐nothing
On Thursday, November 17, 2011, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-‐PA-‐11) issued a fundraising email to constituents of the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania which leads the great people of Northeast and Central Pennsylvania to believe that a The people of the 11th Congressional District need a congressman who is ready to lead and not to follow; someone who is truly an independent thinker, guided by principle and not party doctrine, but most of all, Northeast and Central Pennsylvania need a representative rooted in the law with a full-‐understanding of the mechanics of government and legislating, because that is how one achieves results for his constituents and not points with extremist pundits. Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution is a “necessary step” to control government spending. Mr. Barletta then says “President Obama has already made it known that he will veto the Balanced Budget Amendment if it passes in Congress.”
This statement is embarrassing to the people of the 11th Congressional District, and an example of a Congress which is not only doing nothing, but, apparently is equally unaware of the procedure for a Constitutional Amendment. I find such an inaccurate statement alarming from a member of Congress who swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. The President of the United States has no veto-‐power over any amendment to the Constitution let alone a balanced budget amendment. A proposed amendment must pass both houses of Congress with a
2/3 majority and it is immediately referred to the state legislatures where 3/4 of state houses must approve of the amendment to ratify.
Article 5 of the United States Constitution sets forth the exact procedure for a Constitutional Amendment. In 1798, the United States Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. State of Virginia, 3 U.S. 378 (U.S. 1798), stated that the President does not have a role in the formal amendment process.
This is why the American people are upset. We have to stop using politics and scare tactics and start to get things done. This is also another example of the current Congress catering to the extremists, and an example of Mr. Barletta using the politics of fear to mislead the people of his district in order to be re-‐elected. 74% of the public may support the intent of balanced budgets and reducing the federal deficit, and I am one of them, but 100% of the people are fed-‐up with the partisan politics that have raised the level of dysfunction in Washington to unprecedented heights.
Ironically, even if this version of the Amendment was to pass, it would not help create one small business in the district, it would not create one job for a resident of the district, and it would not reduce one dollar of the federal deficit. For us in the 11th Congressional District, this version of the Balanced Budget Amendment would likely force critical cuts to Medicare, Social Security and crucial Veteran’s programs.
The people of the 11th Congressional District need a congressman who is ready to lead and not to follow; someone who is truly an independent thinker, guided by principle and not party doctrine, but most of all, Northeast and Central Pennsylvania need a representative rooted in the law with a full-‐understanding of the mechanics of government and legislating, because that is how one achieves results for his constituents and not points with extremist pundits.
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Hey Louie, you are in over your head, best you get out of the way and let Vinsko take over.
He just keeps making blunders with his lack of knowledge on the the details of his job. Clearly he wasnt ready to serve, how many times have they had to respin one of Barletta handlers miscues.
I agree his staffers are morons...it makes Lou look worse than he really is.
Sorry but nothing can make Lou Barletta look worse than he is. He now has the balz to run a TV ad stating how he is fighting for Soc Sec and Medicare. Apparently Lou thinks we forgot that one of his first votes in Congress was to vote yes on a Bill that contained language to kill Medicare. I'm happy to see that Vinsko is on the attack. He needs to look like the Democratic nominee so he gets a free ride in the Primary and save his money for November. Lou will have plenty of special interest money so let's be smart this time and support one candidate right for the get go.
Barletta's statement- "President Obama has already made it known that he will veto the Balanced Budget Amendment if it passes in Congress.”
You people are funny. It was Vinsko's Obama who was saying he was going to veto the bill, not Barletta. Barletta simply told you what Obama said. Vinsko, maybe you need to help your Democratic President understand the Consitution.
The Republicans passed 15 jobs bills but the Democratic Senate is holding them hostage for political purposes. Vinsko, why don't you ask your friend Harry Reid why he is doing that? Explain these cuts you are talking about hurting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare. Those programs are on an autopilot crash course all on their own. It is predicted, unchecked they will become 100% of the budget. Of course what would Vinsko know about anything like that.
Actually the latest number of job bills stuck in the Senate are 23. Instead of whacking Barletta on this forum why don't you call Casey and ask him when he is going to get action?
We will call Casey just as soon as you get a commitment from Toomey and Mitch McConnell. The bill Barletta voted for contained lagnuage to kill medicare ...... sign whatever song you wish but keep Bye Bye Blue Bird in the back of our head ........ Lou has already sung his swan song. But you continue to stnad up for the 1%, just like a lock step monkey.
McGruff, Hat to break it to you but Obama never said he will veto a Constitutional Amendment Bill. That was idiot Barletta saying Obama made the statement.... It was Barletta making another sstupid remark not Obama.
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