Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pryor Being in the Senate Means An Anti-Energy, Liberal Agenda for Arkansas

 Democrats Beholden to Anti-Energy, Liberal Agenda Pushed By Billionaire Tom Steyer
Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) may claim to be an influential leader in Washington, yet Harry Reid is proving once again just how ineffective and powerless Pryor really is.
Harry Reid is a staunch opponent of the Keystone Pipeline, which means that as long as he runs the Senate, job creating pro-energy initiatives like the Keystone Pipeline will be blocked. Instead of actually doing something to help hardworking Americans, Reid will instead have phony show votes to give vulnerable Democrats like Mark Pryor political cover. Another non-binding show vote on the Keystone Pipeline demonstrates how beholden Mark Pryor is to Harry Reid's liberal, anti-energy agenda.
Though Mark Pryor supports the Obama Administration 90% of the time, just a few weeks ago he asked President Obama to approve Keystone, a request which fell on deaf ears. In other words, on the rare occasion (10% of the time) when Mark Pryor disagrees with President Obama's policies, he isn't able to do anything at all.
"A non-binding vote on Keystone might as well be held in Fantasyland, since it accomplishes nothing and does nothing other than try to provide ineffective politicians like Mark Pryor with political cover," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "As long as Mark Pryor is in Washington he will continue to serve as a rubber stamp for a liberal agenda that is beholden to radical activist billionaires like Tom Steyer to the detriment of hardworking Arkansas."
Articles addressing liberal Tom Steyer:
USA TODAY: Dirty Politics Clog Keystone XL Pipeline: Billionaire baits Democrats to block the project that America desperately needs.

Unions Object To Obama’s Delay Of Keystone XL Pipeline & Call It Gutless & Slap to Face Of Americans | Media: It’s Entirely Political

CBO Report on President Obama's Budget | President Obama Bows Leftwing Billionaire And Delays Keystone XL For Politics Again

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Arkansas Delegation Supports Disaster Assistance for State Following Devastating Tornadoes and Severe Storms in Faulkner County

 Update -- WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent letters to President Obama and FEMA Administrator Fugate supporting Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s request for a major disaster declaration for Faulkner County following devastating tornadoes and severe storms in the Mayflower and Vilonia areas:

Full text below:
We are writing in support of Governor Mike Beebe’s request for a major disaster declaration for Faulkner County.

On April 27, 2014, Faulkner County experienced destructive storms and tornadoes. Present estimates total 15 fatalities, power outages for 15,000 electrical customers, approximately 276 Arkansans forced from their homes into temporary shelters, and tremendous amounts of storm debris scattered throughout the affected communities. Early observations indicate that the most severe impact was to homes, businesses, roadways and public facilities. 

The last few years have been particularly difficult for Arkansans who have had to recover and rebuild from various natural disasters. In fact, some of the very places damaged a mere three years ago were impacted by the most recent tornadoes. As we see in many crises, Arkansans have come to the aid of their neighbors, family, and friends, but further assistance is needed.

Pursuant to the provision of Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207 (Stafford Act), and implemented by 44 CFR § 206.36, we ask that Arkansas receive a major disaster declaration for Faulkner County.  We would also like to specifically request Individual Assistance, Public Assistance (Categories A-B), and Direct Federal Assistance for Faulkner County. We would also request Hazard Mitigation statewide.

As you know, the State of Arkansas and its rural districts are working tirelessly to save lives and begin the process of cleaning up and ultimately rebuilding.  All available resources at the state and local level, including the Arkansas National Guard, are being used, but greater federal assistance is needed to help our communities recover.  Arkansas is a predominantly rural state and this series of disasters has exceeded the ability of our local government to respond.  The past several years have been particularly difficult for Arkansas residents due to numerous severe weather events.  We appreciate the financial assistance received as a result of several federal disaster and emergency declarations, many of which impacted the same communities still in the recovery process, and the quick, comprehensive response of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  We hope that a similar response will follow this disaster. 

We respectfully request your swift consideration and approval of this request.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Oh, What A Tangled Web Mike Ross Weaves When He First Practices To Deceive

Mike Ross - deception is part of his campaign.
“On the campaign trail, Congressman Mike Ross has made a lot of claims, and in a speech to the Arkansas Farm Bureau last week, Congressman Ross was downright deceitful. Ross deceived those in attendance when he claimed to be a life-long ‘conservative Democrat.’ Ross deceived when he said the ‘national’ Democrat Party had ‘left’ him. Ross deceived when he said he wanted to ‘rebuild’ Arkansas’ Democrat Party based on ‘common sense’ values, like ‘lower, fairer taxes.’ Ross deceived when he said he wasn’t a partisan and would work with ‘everyone.’ Ross deceived when he said he had no choice but to vote for liberal Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker until she had an opponent. Ross’ web of deceit is getting awfully tangled.” – RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho

Mike Ross Deceives: “I’ve Been A Conservative Democrat All My Life”

Mike Ross: “Look, I’ve been, uh, a conservative Democrat all my life. . . .  And, and I’ve always been a Democrat and I’m proud to be a conservative Democrat.”  (“Mike Ross At Arkansas Farm Bureau,” YouTube Video, 4/22/14)

The Truth: Ross Was A “Progressive” Until His District Became Too Conservative

As Ross Took His Seat In The State Senate In 1991, He Called Himself A “Progressive.” “Ross, 29, calls himself a ‘progressive’ who would prefer to plan ahead rather than react to problems after they have developed.”  (“Ross Takes Seat With Bills In Hand,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/13/91)

“Ross Positioned Himself With The Progressive Wing Of The Democratic Party.” “Ross is a political ‘survivor,’ said Jay Barth, a political science professor at Hendrix College in Conway. Barth was a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. He said that as a state senator and then during his first congressional campaign, Ross positioned himself with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.”  (“Ross Wrapping Up 12-Year D.C. Stint,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/30/12)

It Wasn’t Until Ross’ District Became More Conservative That “Ross Began To Take A More Conservative Stance.” “But his district, like many areas of the South, began to lean more heavily Republican over the past decade, and Ross began to take a more conservative stance, Barth said.”  (“Ross Wrapping Up 12-Year D.C. Stint,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/30/12)

“‘He Has Been A Very Ambidextrous Politician,’ Barth Said.”  (“Ross Wrapping Up 12-Year D.C. Stint,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/30/12)

Mike Ross Deceives: “The National Party Has Left Me”

Ross: “And the national Party has left me.” (“Mike Ross At Arkansas Farm Bureau,” YouTube Video, 4/22/14)

The Truth: Ross Quit Congress After State Democrats Made His District Even More Conservative, Said It Was Time To Spend More Time With His Family

“Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) Will Retire At The End Of His Term, He Announced In A Press Conference Monday Morning.”  (Cameron Joseph, “Rep. Mike Ross To Retire,” The Hill’s Ballot Box, 7/25/11)

Ross Unhappy With Democrats In Arkansas’ State Legislature Who Made His District More Conservative. “The six-term Democrat was less than enthusiastic about the new congressional district the Democrats who control Arkansas's legislature drew in redistricting this spring. His old district had  gone for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over President Obama by 58 percent to 39 percent in 2008, and Democrats removed some heavily African-American areas from his new district in order to give next-door freshman Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) a tougher reelection, making it more Republican-leaning.”  (Cameron Joseph, “Rep. Mike Ross To Retire,” The Hill’s Ballot Box, 7/25/11)

Ross: “I believe it is time for me to begin a new chapter in my life by spending more time with my family and exploring new opportunities here at home in Arkansas.”  (Cameron Joseph, “Rep. Mike Ross To Retire,” The Hill’s Ballot Box, 7/25/11)

“Republicans Had Expected To Target Ross This Cycle. They Were Buoyed By The Fact That Redistricting Made The Redrawn 4th District More Favorable To Republicans.”  (Joshua Miller, “Mike Ross Won’t Seek Re-Election In 2012,” Roll Call, 7/25/11)

The Truth: Ross Had His Eye On The Governor’s Mansion, Said It Wouldn’t Be Fair To Constituents To Seek Reelection And Then Run For Governor

In Official Statement That He Was Retiring From Congress, Ross Hinted At Run For Governor. “I have received a lot of encouragement to run for Governor of Arkansas when Governor Beebe's term ends in 2014. I've always been very upfront and honest in the fact that, as a fifth generation Arkansan, I love our state and would like very much to help lead it at some point in the future. Whether I run for Governor in 2014 is a decision I have not yet made and won't make until sometime after my term in this Congress ends.”  (Press Release, “Rep. Ross Issues Statement On Retiring From Congress After Completion Of Term,” Office of Rep. Mike Ross, 7/25/11)

Because It Would Be Difficult To Run For Governor As A Congressman, Ross Said “That Certainly Factored Into” His “Decision Not To Seek Re-Election.” “But I do know if I was re-elected to the U.S. Congress next year, my term in the Congress would overlap with the Governor's race. I believe it would be impossible to successfully run for Governor here at home, while effectively carrying out my congressional duties in Washington. That wouldn't be fair to the people who elected me to Congress and it wouldn't be fair to my supporters in a race for Governor. That certainly factored into my decision not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress.”  (Press Release, “Rep. Ross Issues Statement On Retiring From Congress After Completion Of Term,” Office of Rep. Mike Ross, 7/25/11)

The Truth: Later Ross Said He Was “Burnt Out,” Never Wanted To See His Name “On The Ballot” Again, But Never Mentioned Dissatisfaction With The Democrat Party

Ross Said He Had Become “Burnt Out” On Politics, Calling It A “Very Personal Decision.” “U.S. Rep. Mike Ross said Tuesday that he fully intended to run for Arkansas governor when he left Congress but that he had become ‘burnt out’ after 22 years in politics and wanted to spend more time with his family. … ‘Campaigns have become so dirty and everything’s become so partisan and everything’s become so expensive since I first started in this business in 1990,’ Ross told The Associated Press. ‘I’m just burnt out.’ … [Ross]: ‘At the end of the day it wasn’t a political decision. It was just a very personal decision, and I made a decision based on what I thought was best for me and my family.’”  (“Ross: Would Have Had ‘Decent’ Shot At Ark. Gov.,” The Associated Press, 5/15/12)

Ross: “Maybe 22 Years In Elected Office Is Enough. . . I Feel Like A Huge Burden Has Been Lifted. . . . I Just Don’t Want To Be On The Ballot Anymore.”  (“Politics No Fun Anymore, Ross Says Of Departure,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/16/12)

Mike Ross Deceives: “Goal Is To Rebuild The Democratic Party Of Arkansas Based On Our Values,” Including “Lower, Fairer Taxes”

Ross: “And I am trying as, my goal is to rebuild the Democratic Party of Arkansas based on our values. . . I believe that what I am talking about is as relates to education, job creation, lower, fairer taxes, those are what I call common sense Arkansas values.” (“Mike Ross At Arkansas Farm Bureau,” YouTube Video, 4/22/14)

The Truth: Mike Ross’ “Values” Don’t Include “Lower, Fairer Taxes”

While Serving In Congress, Mike Ross Voted With Liberal Nancy Pelosi Voted At Least 91 Times In Favor Of Higher Taxes.  (H. Res. 83, Vote #37: Motion agreed to 220-204: R 215-0; D 4-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 217-205: R 214-0; D 2-204; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #39: Adopted 220-204: R 216-0; D 3-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #40: Motion agreed to 221-197: R 215-0; D 5-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3, Vote #43: Motion agreed to 228-197: R 216-0; D 11-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3, Vote #44: Motion rejected 204-221: R 0-218; D 203-2; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3, Vote #45: Passed 230-198: R 219-0; D 10-197; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #70: Adopted 222-205: R 218-2; D 3-202; I 1-1, 3/28/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #104: Adopted 221-207: R 214-3; D 6-203; I 1-1, 5/9/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #116: Adopted 220-207: R 217-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #118: Passed 230-197: R 216-0; D 13-196; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #146: Motion rejected 198-210: R 1-205; D 196-4; I 1-1, 5/23/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 1836, Vote #148: Adopted 213-177: R 209-0; D 3-176; I 1-1, 5/26/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 270, Vote #400: Motion agreed to 219-207: R 216-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 270, Vote #401: Adopted 225-199: R 214-0; D 10-198; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3090, Vote #403: Motion rejected 199-230: R 0-218; D 198-11; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3090, Vote #404: Passed 216-214: R 212-7; D 3-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 319, Vote #506: Adopted 214-206: R 210-7; D 3-198; I 1-1, 12/19/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 320, Vote #507: Adopted 219-198: R 215-0; D 3-197; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3529, Vote #508: Motion rejected 177-238: R 0-215; D 176-22; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3529, Vote #509: Passed 224-193: R 214-2; D 9-190; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #36: Motion agreed to 216-207: R 215-0; D 0-206; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #37: Adopted 213-206: R 212-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 225-199: R 214-1; D 10-197; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 390, Vote #101: Motion agreed to 219-206: R 218-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 586, Vote #102: Adopted 218-205: R 217-0; D 0-204; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 586, Vote #103: Motion agreed to 229-198: R 219-1; D 9-196; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #215: Motion agreed to 223-201: R 216-0; D 6-200; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #216: Adopted 227-195: R 216-0; D 10-194; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #217: Rejected 197-231: R 6-212; D 190-18; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2143, Vote #218: Motion rejected 205-223: R 1-217; D 203-5; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Res. 527, Vote #398: Adopted 213-200: R 212-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/19/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 547, Vote #413: Motion agreed to 217-200: R 216-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/25/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Adopted 215-212: R 214-12; D 1-199; I 0-1, 3/21/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #141: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 216-211: R 216-7; D 0-203; I 0-1, 4/11/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #178: Motion agreed to 219-203: R 219-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #179: Adopted 220-203: R 220-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #180: Motion agreed to 222-202: R 222-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #181: Motion rejected 202-218: R 0-217; D 201-1; I 1-0, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #182: Passed 222-203: R 218-3; D 4-199; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #211: Motion agreed to 221-202: R 220-0; D 1-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #212: Adopted 218-202: R 218-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #224: Motion agreed to 221-205: R 221-0; D 0-204; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #225: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 231-200: R 224-1; D 7-198; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #284: Motion agreed to 227-200: R 227-0; D 0-199; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #285: Adopted 230-199: R 227-1; D 3-197; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2555, Vote #305: Motion agreed to 222-200: R 221-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 6/24/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2660, Vote #347: Motion rejected 199-222: R 0-221; D 198-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2660, Vote #348: Motion rejected 197-224: R 0-223; D 196-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 393, Vote #92: Adopted 215-212: R 215-10; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/25/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 637, Vote #156: Motion agreed to 221-203: R 221-2; D 0-200; I 0-1, 5/12/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4275, Vote #169: Rejected 190-227: R 1-216; D 188-11; I 1-0, 5/13/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Res. 685, Vote #301: Rejected 184-230: R 2-217; D 181-13; I 1-0, 6/24/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Rejected 180-242: R 3-218; D 176-24; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #83: Rejected 102-320: R 101-122; D 1-197; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #88: Adopted 218-214: R 218-12; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #100: Motion agreed to 237-195: R 230-0; D 7-194; I 0-1, 4/13/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #149: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 214-211: R 214-15; D 0-195; I 0-1, 4/28/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #619: Rejected 192-239: R 2-226; D 189-13; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #620: Motion rejected 193-235: R 0-226; D 192-9; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #621: Passed 234-197: R 225-3; D 9-193; I 0-1, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #7: Motion rejected 185-207: R 8-204; D 176-3; I 1-0, 2/8/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #74: Motion rejected 192-229: R 4-222; D 187-7; I 1-0, 3/29/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #94: Motion rejected 196-232: R 5-225; D 190-7; I 1-0, 4/6/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #109: Motion rejected 190-232: R 4-223; D 185-9; I 1-0, 4/27/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #121: Motion rejected 197-224: R 6-219; D 190-5; I 1-0, 5/3/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #132: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #134: Motion rejected 190-239: R 3-228; D 186-11; I 1-0, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #135: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 244-185: R 229-2; D 15-182; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #156: Rejected 94-331: R 94-134; D 0-196; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #158: Adopted 218-210: R 218-12; D 0-197; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 885, Vote #309: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #312: Agreed to consider 238-188: R 228-0; D 10-187; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #314: Motion rejected 182-236: R 0-225; D 182-10; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 5970, Vote #419: Adopted 217-194: R 217-1; D 0-192; I 0-1, 7/28/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5970, Vote #424: Motion rejected 190-220: R 2-214; D 187-6; I 1-0, 7/29/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 6, Vote #40: Passed 264-163: R 36-159; D 228-4, 1/18/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3162, Vote #787: Passed 225-204: R 5-194; D 220-10; I 0-0, 8/1/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #906: Motion agreed to 265-159: R 45-151; D 220-8; I 0-0, 9/25/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #982: Rejected 273-156: R 44-154; D 229-2; I 0-0, 10/18/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3693, Vote #1009: Passed 265-142: R 43-141; D 222-1; I 0-0, 10/25/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3996, Vote #1081: Passed 216-193: R 0-185; D 216-8; I 0-0; 11/9/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4351, Vote #1153: Passed 226-193: R 0-190; D 226-3; I 0-0; 12/12/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3363, Vote #22: Rejected 260-152: R 42-151; D 218-1; I 0-0, 1/23/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 5351, Vote #84: Passed 236-182: R 17-174; D 219-8; I 0-0, 2/27/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 70, Vote #382: Adopted 214-210: R 0-196; D 214-14, 6/5/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #16: Passed 289-139: R 40-137; D 249-2; I 0-0, 1/14/09, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #50: Motion agreed to 290-135: R 40-133; D 250-2; I 0-0, 2/4/09, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4853, Vote #604: Motion agreed to, thus sent to the Senate, 234-188: D 231-20; R 3-168; I 0-0; 12/2/10, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote #277: Adopted 235-193: R 235-4; D 0-189; I 0-0, 4/15/11, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; and H. Con. Res. 112, Vote #149: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 136-285: R 136-104; D 0-181; I 0-0, 3/29/12, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay)

Mike Ross Deceives: “We Need A Governor Who Is Not Going To Be Partisan. We Need A Governor That Is Going To Work For Everyone”

Ross: “But uh, I believe that we need a Governor, the last thing we need is for our state government to look like our national government. We need a Governor who is not going to be partisan. We need a Governor that is going to work with everyone. Everyone. And I’m committed to doing that and I’ve got a record of doing that in the past.” (“Mike Ross At Arkansas Farm Bureau,” YouTube Video, 4/22/14)

The Truth: Ross Is A Partisan Liberal Democrat Who Was A “Team Player” And Helped Bring Democrats Back Into The House Majority

Ross, On Democrats: “There’s A Lot More That Unites Us Than Divides Us.” ROSS: “Well, Glenn, I can tell you that, among Democrats, there’s a lot more that unites us than divides us.” (CNN’s “Glenn Beck,” 11/6/06)

Ross Said He Would Be An Active Campaigner For Democrats, Calling Himself A “Team Player.” “Ross, who has no GOP opponent this year, said he’ll help campaign for Kerry and other Democrats in Arkansas, and he’ll also campaign for Democratic congressional candidates in other states. ‘I’m trying to be a team player,’ Ross said.” (“Arkansans Look At Race For President,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/23/04)

A Congressional Aide Confirmed Ross Was Seen As “A Team Player,” Having Given Almost $300,000 To The DCCC And Individual Democrats.  “Rep. Mike Ross is on a short list of Democrats being considered for a coveted seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a congressional aide close to the selection process confirmed Wednesday. … Ross, who ran unopposed in November, dipped into his campaign war chest to donate about $200,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and he gave about $89,000 to dozens of individual Democratic candidates running in the general election. The reward for Arkansas’ 4th District congressman could well be one of three open seats on the committee reserved for Democrats. … ‘It certainly helps,’ the aide said of Ross’ fund raising, ‘because members in the caucus see you’re a team player willing to help out when you need to.’ The aide spoke on the condition of not being named.” (“Ross On Short List For Key Panel Seat,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/2/04)

When Ross Considered A Bid For House Leadership, He Boasted To His Democratic Colleagues Of How Much Money He Had Contributed Or Raised For Democrats - $1 Million. “[Ross] is considering making a bid either for a spot in the Democratic leadership or for leadership of the House’s Blue Dog coalition of fiscal conservatives. He said he’ll make a decision within about a week. … In late September, Ross sent a letter to his fellow House Democrats asking them not to commit their support to anyone in the race to become the caucus’s vice chairman, because he might make a bid. In the letter, he pointed out that this year he has directly contributed or raised $1 million toward the election of House Democrats.” (“Legislators In Majority Relish Win,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 11/9/06)

Ross Made Extensive Efforts On Behalf Of The DCCC And Was One Of Rahm Emanuel’s Political “Lieutenants.” “Arkansas’ Rep. Mike Ross has been an active foot soldier in Democrats’ bid to take control of Congress’ lower chamber in November’s midterm elections, playing a prominent role in his party’s ‘red-to-blue’ strategy. … Ross has contributed $150,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fundraising group headed by Emanuel. On top of that, he has raised an additional $517,625, either by making phone calls or drawing donors to fundraisers, according to a committee memo published by Washington Monthly, a liberal political journal, on its Web site. ‘He’s been an integral part of the DCCC’s activities,’ said Adrienne Elrod, a spokesman for the committee. She said Ross has been particularly effective in reaching out to moderate and conservative Democrats. … National Journal, another Washington policy magazine, has described Ross as one of ‘Rahm’s Lieutenants.’ Ross is one of eight members of Congress who huddle with Emanuel during semiregular Thursday meetings to plot strategy.” (“Ross A Kinetic Player In ‘Red-To-Blue’ Plan,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/7/06)

The Truth: Ross Played Key Role In Nancy Pelosi’s Rise To National Power

As A Newly-Elected Congressman, Ross Held A Key Vote In Who Would Be The Next House Democratic Whip – Steny Hoyer Or Nancy Pelosi. “When the Democrats failed to win back the House in 2000, the future of the whip race was uncertain … As the summer approached, Hoyer and Pelosi started wooing hard, focusing especially on the roughly two dozen undecideds. One of them was Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, a first-termer. With his conservative voting record, he seemed to be a natural ally for the more moderate Hoyer. But both Pelosi and Hoyer had campaigned for him in 2000, and both had sat in his office asking for his vote.” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Ross Privately Gave His Support To Hoyer But Did Not Make A Public Endorsement, So Pelosi Began To Lobby Him. “Hoyer was convinced he had Ross’s support. In March, according to Hoyer, the Arkansan had privately told him, ‘I want you to know I’m a loyal person. You’ve done more for me than anybody else, and you were there for me, and I’m for you.’ Ross, himself, says he does not recall such a conversation. But others agree that shortly afterward Ross attended a breakfast meeting of Hoyer backers, where assignments were made of undecided members to lobby. In any case, Ross was not going public about his intentions, and Pelosi sensed she had possibilities.” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Ross Then Changed Camps: “I’m Going To Be Voting For Nancy Pelosi. I’m Sorry.” “Ross was aware that if the three of them [Vic Snyder, Marion Berry, and himself] endorsed Pelosi as a group, their tiny state would have more influence in the caucus next year. And it felt like things were moving toward Pelosi. ‘Arkansas is a small state,’ he explained. ‘It’s difficult to be recognized and obtain the clout we want and deserve.’ One night shortly before Congress adjourned for the summer, Hoyer was walking down the Capitol steps when he saw Ross standing off to one side. ‘This is awful tough for me,’ Ross said, visibly troubled. ‘What’s tough, Mike?’ Hoyer asked, puzzled. ‘This is awful tough,’ Ross simply repeated. The next day, Ross had a handwritten note delivered to Hoyer’s office. It consisted of two sentences: ‘I’m going to be voting for Nancy Pelosi. I’m sorry.’” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Mike Ross Deceives: Attacks On His Record Are All Lies, Ross Had No Choice But To Vote For Nancy Pelosi Until She Had An Opponent

Ross: “You all seen those ads they’ve been running against us on TV? They spent $1.2 million last month on TV misrepresenting the facts, distorting the truth and lying about me and my record. They see how many times they can say Pelosi-Obama-Ross in thirty seconds. They think if they say it enough you’ll start believing it. Well, here’s the truth. The only time Nancy Pelosi had an opponent, I gave the nominating speech for her opponent with her sitting on the front row.” (“Mike Ross At Arkansas Farm Bureau,” YouTube Video, 4/22/14)

The Truth: Ross Voted Four Times To Elect Nancy Pelosi Speaker Of The House, But Could Have Voted For Her Republican Opponent Or Even Voted For Another Member Of Congress Like Fellow Southern Democrat Gene Taylor Did

Election Of The Speaker.Nomination of J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 108th Congress. Note: A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Hastert; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Pelosi, except for Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who voted for John P. Murtha, D-Pa. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (215 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2, Hastert elected by a vote of 228-202: R 228-0, D 0-201, I 0-1; 1/4/03; Ross voted Nay)

Election Of The Speaker.Nomination of J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 109th Congress. Note: A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Hastert; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Pelosi, except in the case of Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who voted for John P. Murtha, D-Pa. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (214 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2, Hastert elected by a vote of 226-199: R 226-0, D 0-198, I 0-1; 1/4/05; Ross voted Nay)

Election Of The Speaker.Nomination of Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 110th Congress. Note:  A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Pelosi; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Boehner. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (218 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2, Pelosi elected by a vote of 233-202: R 0-202, D 233-0, 1/4/07; Ross voted Yea)

Election Of The Speaker.  Nomination of Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 111th Congress. Note:  A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Pelosi; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Boehner. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (215 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2: Pelosi elected by a vote of 255-174: R 0-174, D 255-0, 1/6/09; Ross voted Yea)

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Arkansans Take Care of Our Own

 While we spend this tragic Monday praying for those affected by last night’s devastating storm, it is also a day when we must take action to help our own. Arkansans have always come together in the most difficult of times to help our neighbors in need. This, my friend, is one of those times.

The Republican Party of Arkansas will open their field offices to collect donations on behalf of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. There is currently a high demand for cases of water, boxed snacks, hand sanitizer, and other personal care items.

The RPA is asking all donations be made by 8 PM Tuesday so items can be delivered on Wednesday to those in need.

Donations can be made around the state at the following field offices:
RPA Headquarters
1201 W. 6 th St., Little Rock
csykes@arkansasgop.org
Little Rock – Contact: Sarah Jo Reynolds
3600 Cantrell, Little Rock
sreynolds@arkansasgop.org
Hot Springs – Contact: Kristen Finkbeiner
600 Ouachita Ave., Hot Springs
kfinkbeiner@arkansasgop.org
Fort Smith – Contact: Katie Martinez
624 Towson Avenue, Suite B, Fort Smith
kmartinez@arkansasgop.org
Springdale – Contact: Katie Martinez
2576 W. Sunset Ave., Springdale
kmartinez@arkansasgop.org
Jonesboro – Contact: Matt Hudgins
2929 S. Caraway Rd. Suite 11, Jonesboro
mhudgins@arkansasgop.org

Keeping Arkansas in my prayers,
Doyle Webb, Chairman

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Arkansas Congressmen: ‘We Will Keep Working’ To Help Our Communities Rebuild After Storm

 WASHINGTON – Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) issued the following statement following last night’s storm:

“Sorrow and grief for the devastation and tragic loss of life caused by last night’s storm is shared by Arkansans all over the state. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected and hurt by this horrific storm, and we thank the first responders who continue to help those in need. We will keep working to help our state and communities rebuild and ensure that federal resources are directed to the Arkansans who need them now.”

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Boozman Out of Hospital, Monitoring Tornado Recovery Process

 WASHINGTONU.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) left Mercy Hospital after undergoing successful heart surgery and is in close contact with his office monitoring tornado recovery efforts in central Arkansas. Boozman released the following statement:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in this devastation. While Arkansans are all too familiar with the destruction that Mother Nature can leave behind, it never gets easier. Arkansans have always come together in the most difficult times to help neighbors in need. It’s clear that commitment continues today. I’m receiving regular updates from my staff about the current search and rescue effort. I will work with the governor’s office, the congressional delegation and FEMA Administrator Fugate to make sure that Arkansans get the resources they need to respond, rebuild and recover. We will help in any way we can.”

If any Arkansan has questions and doesn’t know where to turn, Senator Boozman’s office is here to help. Arkansans can reach the Washington, D.C. office at 202-224-4843 and the Little Rock office at 501-372-7153.

Boozman was released from the hospital Sunday night and is under doctor’s orders to rest as he regains his strength.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

 Senator Boozman continues on a positive recovery track following successful heart surgery.

Dr. E.J. Chauvin, the Mercy Cardiac & Thoracic surgeon, who performed the surgery, said, “Senator Boozman is doing amazingly well after surgery to replace his ascending aorta. One reason he is doing so well is because of his great physical condition. At this time, we expect the Senator to have a full recovery. He should be able to return to his full duties without any restrictions in the future.”

The Senator was moved from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a private recovery room Thursday. As he continues to regain strength, Boozman has been conversational with family for long stretches of the day and walking frequently with the aid of medical staff.

Senator Boozman’s family, who continues to be with him at the hospital, are very grateful for the prayers, kind words and well-wishes that have come from Arkansans and people all across the country.

At the family’s request, Mercy Hospital cannot give out his room information or allow visitors. Correspondence can be sent to: Portfolio Real Estate c/o Kristen Boozman 5409 Pinnacle Point Drive Rogers, AR 72758.

To read the AP story about Senator Boozman's recovery please click here.

Thank you for your well wishes and many prayers for Senator Boozman. 
Team Boozman

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Medicare Needs To Be Protected From Politicians Like Senator Pryor

 New Pryor ad white-washes his history of voing to cut Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and raise the Social Security retirement age
 
 Little Rock, Arkansas —  Senator Pryor's latest TV ad says he's trying to protect Medicare from Washington politicians, even touting his recently introduced "Medicare Protection Act." It's true that Medicare needs to be protected from Washington politicians, but Senator Pryor is at the front of the list of politicians who have voted to harm Medicare and Medicare Advantage. 
Pryor voted to cut $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, including over $200 billion from Medicare Advantage. Pryor's ad conveniently leaves out those two facts, as well as his long history of statements indicating he supports changes to Medicare that he once described as painful. 
Cotton campaign manager Justin Brasell said: "Anyone who voted for Obamacare, as Senator Pryor did, can't credibly claim to be a friend of Medicare. Senator Pryor's vote to strip over $700 billion from Medicare shows he is more interested in rubber-stamping President Obama's agenda than he is in protecting seniors."
Background:
Pryor Has Been Open To Changing Medicare And Social Security, Saying “We Need To Put It All On The Table. No Sacred Cows.”
In 2011, Pryor Was Part Of A Bipartisan Group That Wanted To “Trim Social Security, Medicare, Tax Breaks, And A Host Of Other Programs.” “Sen. Mark Pryor said he expects the retreat will be a chance for Democrats to hash out a way forward on the deficit. The Arkansas Democrat is one of a sizable bipartisan group interested in pushing something akin to last year's presidential deficit commission, which would cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the coming decade and trim Social Security, Medicare, tax breaks and a host of other programs.” (Steven T. Dennis and Jackie Kucinich, “Democrats Retreat To Beef Up Agenda,” Roll Call, 2/9/11)

In 2011, Pryor Said The Country’s Deep Deficits Required Overhauling Social Security And Medicare. “Despite calling it ‘political dynamite,’ Arkansas’ senior senator Mark Pryor said Tuesday that the country’s deep deficits and sputtering economy require overhauling Social Security and Medicare. … The Little Rock Democrat avoided saying what concrete steps he favored to rein in entitlement spending.” (Charlie Frago, “Pryor: Programs Must Change,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/5/11)

Pryor Said Entitlement Spending Like Social Security Should Be Fair Game For Spending Cuts. “Every federal program should expect spending cuts, Pryor said. ‘No matter how worthy your program is or how wise you’ll be with your money … just get ready,’ he said. Entitlement spending like Medicare and Social Security and all discretionary spending should be fair game, he said.” (Charlie Frago, “U.S. Strong But Debt A Worry, Pryor Says He Sees All Programs Facing The Ax,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/21/11)

Pryor: “We Have To Take A Hard Look At Entitlement Programs, Including The Sacred Cows Of Medicare And Social Security, And Admit That We Cannot Bring Our Spending Into Balance Without Changes In These Programs.” (John Lyon, “Pryor: Medicare, Social Security Must Be On Table For Spending Cuts,” Arkansas News, 1/4/11)

Pryor: “We Need To Put It All On The Table. No Sacred Cows.” (Charlie Frago, “U.S. Strong But Debt A Worry, Pryor Says He Sees All Programs Facing The Ax,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/21/11)

Pryor Suggested Raising The Retirement Age For Social Security To 69

VIDEO: In 2011, Pryor Said That “We Could Fix Social Security Next Week” If We Tell Our Kids’ Generation That They Can’t Get Social Security Until They Turn 68 Or 69. KTSS’s JERRY WESTOMORELAND: “Alright, I want to ask you, and then also Social Security.” PRYOR: “Yeah, Social Security is another thing that’s not in any of the budgets right now, but it is very fixable. And again if people get serious about it in Washington, we could fix Social Security next week, if we wanted to. It’s not that hard to do. Especially if we start right now, because Social Security is solvent until, you know, for about 25 years, so if you make small changes now you have 25 years those little changes to accumulate over time and really help. But you could pretty easily make Social Security solvent in perpetuity. Probably the biggest change would be is that you would take my kids’ generation, teenagers today, and life expectancy is longer et cetera, and probably say that they couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69. If you just did that one change you would fix about 80% of it right there.” (KTSS, Interview With Sen. Mark Pryor, 6/6/11)

Pryor Voted To Cut $716 Billion From Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare

Pryor Voted To Cut $716 Billion From Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare. (Congressional Budget Office Website, www.cbo.gov, Accessed 9/17/12)

Some Of The Medicare Cuts In The Health Care Law Will Come From Payments To Hospitals, Nursing Home, And Other Health Agencies. “But others will come from cuts in payments to providers -- like hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies -- that will be expected to become more productive.” (David Nather, “Checking Clinton’s Facts On Health Care,” Politico, 9/6/12)

Bloomberg: “Some Seniors Will Have Fewer Options For Care As A Result.” “And reductions in reimbursement rates to doctors and hospitals don’t only affect doctors and hospitals -- when some drop out of the Medicare program in reaction to these cuts, some seniors will have fewer options for care as a result.” (Josh Barro, “Medicare Cuts Are A Well-Priced Lunch,” Bloomberg, 8/21/12)

Medicare’s Chief Actuary Said Some Providers Could Drop Out Of Medicare Because They Won’t Be Able To Stay Profitable. “Rick Foster, the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has said those cuts may be unrealistic and that some providers could drop out of Medicare because they won’t be able to stay profitable.” (David Nather, “Checking Clinton’s Facts On Health Care,” Politico, 9/6/12)

ObamaCare Cut Medicare Advantage By $206 Billion. “Consumers who choose Advantage plans are opting for managed care with benefits including lower out-of-pocket costs over the traditional government-run Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. Government payments have been under pressure since 2010, when the U.S. health expansion was financed in part by reducing spending on Advantage plans by an estimated $206 billion over a decade.” (Alex Wayne and Caroline Chen, “Humana, UnitedHealth Face About 3.6% Advantage Rate Cuts,” Bloomberg, 2/21/14)

Arkansas Seniors Will See Their Medicare Advantage Premiums Rise Or Their Benefits Fall By $35-$45 Per Month ($420-$540 Per Year) Due To Pryor’s Medicare Advantage Cuts. (Medicare Advantage By The Numbers: Arkansas, Coalition For Medicare Choices, Accessed 4/14/14)

The Associated Press: “Benefits Experts Say Patients Are Seeing Fewer Plan Choices This Year, And More Are Losing Doctors From Their Insurance Coverage Networks.” (Tom Murphy, “4 Keys To Scrutinizing Medicare Advantage Cuts,” The Associated Press, 11/13/13)

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Boozman Office, Mercy Hospital Share Update on Senator’s Progress Toward Recovery

 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) continues on a positive recovery track following successful heart surgery. The Senator’s family and medical team are sharing information about the procedure to remedy the acute aortic dissection he was diagnosed with early Tuesday morning and his prognosis.

“Senator Boozman is doing amazingly well after surgery to replace his ascending aorta. One reason he is doing so well is because of his great physical condition. At this time, we expect the Senator to have a full recovery. He should be able to return to his full duties without any restrictions in the future,” said Dr. E.J. Chauvin, the Mercy Cardiac & Thoracic surgeon, who performed the surgery.

Boozman was moved from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a private recovery room yesterday. As he continues to regain strength, Boozman has been conversational with family for long stretches of the day and walking frequently with the aid of medical staff.  

“The Senator is mobile and conversational to the extent that he can be given the discomfort this procedure creates. He’s spent a great deal of time talking with his family and even spoke briefly with his Chief of Staff. We are told these are all excellent signs that his recovery is on the right track,” spokesman Patrick Creamer said.

Boozman’s family, who continues to be with him at the hospital, released a statement on Wednesday expressing their gratitude for the prayers, kind words and well-wishes that have come from Arkansans and people all across the country. They also expressed their gratitude for the excellent care the doctors, nurses and medical staff at Mercy Hospital are providing.

Eric Pianalto, Mercy Hospital President, shared, “We are thankful for Senator Boozman’s family’s confidence and faith in us here at Mercy. Our team of providers and physicians are certainly trained and ready for these types of conditions. While it has been a difficult time for him and his family, we’re glad they are here to receive the compassionate care and exceptional service we strive to offer all of our Northwest Arkansas community.”

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, two rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Please direct any questions to Senator Boozman’s official office and respect the family’s privacy at this time. At the family’s request, Mercy Hospital cannot give out his room information or allow visitors.

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I Will Defend Voter-ID

by David Stealing A Pulaski County judge yesterday declared Arkansas’ voter ID law unconstitutional. I am bitterly disappointed by the judge’s ruling.

Voter fraud is an unfortunate fact in American elections. Like most Arkansans, I support our state law that requires voters to present photo identification when they vote.

Should the judge’s ruling not be overturned by a higher court, as your next Attorney General, I will ask the state legislature to approve a voter ID law that will pass constitutional muster. As Attorney General, I will vigorously defend all state laws including our voter ID requirement.

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How Democrats Subvert Campaign Finance Law to Help Mark Pryor

 For some time, journalists and political observers have wondered how Democrat Harry Reid's Patriot Majority runs ads that always seems to be strategically coordinated with the campaigns they are supporting, since said coordination is prohibited by law.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) tweeted "important message for Arkansans" on April 7th and April 8th. It linked to a page on the DSCC's website that linked directly to Mark Pryor's website providing what seems to be a script with research that would be the type that commonly appear in political ads run by outside groups like Harry Reid's Patriot Majority . Remember, coordination between the DSCC and these outside groups is prohibited by law.

Harry Reid's Patriot Majority released this ad a week later.

Remember, coordination would be illegal, so Democrats are trying their best to find ways to subvert (or work around) the law.

This wasn't the first time they have done it - and not the only state. The DSCC sends an alert about an "important message" to voters of a battleground state, a liberal outside group quickly adheres to the message by producing an ad to be run on television.  In other words, anytime the DSCC sends an "important message," it is a directive to outside groups to run an "uncoordinated" ad (since, you know coordination would be illegal).

Does anyone believe that these are all coincidences? Of course not.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Boozman Recovery Continues to Progress Positively

  Senator is moved out of ICU to private recovery room

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman’s (R-AR) recovery following successful heart surgery continues to progress positively.

He remains hospitalized but doctors have moved him from the intensive care unit to a private recovery room.

Boozman has been in stable condition since the successful operation to remedy an acute aortic dissection.

His family, who continues to be with him at the hospital, has indicated that doctors are amazed at how quickly Boozman is recovering from the surgery. As he continues to regain strength, Boozman has been conversational with family for long stretches of the day and walking frequently with the aid of medical staff.

Boozman, 63, was taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning, by his wife Cathy, after suffering pain in his chest and shoulder. He was, at the time of transport, alert, responsive and in good spirits despite the discomfort and pain. After running several tests, doctors diagnosed Boozman with an acute aortic dissection and he was admitted for immediate surgery. The surgeons who performed the operation, which lasted several hours, said that Boozman responded well to the procedure.

Yesterday, the Boozman family released the following statement:

“We appreciate the prayers, kind words and well-wishes that have come from Arkansans and people all across the country. Our number one priority is making sure John makes a full recovery. We are grateful for the excellent care the doctors, nurses and medical staff are providing. They are amazed at how well he has responded and we are anxious for him to begin the next phase of recovery. We know that if John had it his way he would be right back on the road in Arkansas, so the difficult part will be making sure he gets the rest he needs to get better.”

Please direct any questions to Senator Boozman’s official office and respect the family’s privacy at this time. At the family’s request, Mercy Hospital cannot give out his room information or allow visitors.

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Progressive” Mike Ross: “Gotta Run As Something

 “Throughout his entire political career, ‘progressive’ Mike Ross has cozied up to Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Democrats in Congress. He’s bragged about how much of a ‘team player’ he’s been by consistently voting with Democrats, plus contributing and raising a million dollars for them in one year alone. Now that he’s running for governor, Mike Ross is astonishingly only a Democrat because, ‘Look, you gotta run as something.’ After three decades as a self-described ‘progressive’ and proudly embracing liberal Democrats, who does Mike Ross think he’s kidding?” – RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho

When Asked Why He Was Running As A Democrat Instead Of As An Independent, Ross Said, “Look—You Gotta Run As Something”

Ross Was Asked If He Ever Considered Running As An Independent. (“Claudia Lauer and Michael Wickline, “2 Top-Job Hopefuls Backed By NRA,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/23/14)

“It Is A Fair Question Considering His Campaign Ads So Far Have Emphasized His Independence…” (Jason Tolbert, “On Being A Democrat, Ross Says ‘Gotta Run As Something,” Talk Business Arkansas, 4/22/14)

Ross Responded By Saying, “Look—You Gotta Run As Something.” (“Claudia Lauer and Michael Wickline, “2 Top-Job Hopefuls Backed By NRA,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/23/14)

Ross Went On To Complain That The “National Party Has Left [Him]”

Ross Said He Has Been A Democrat “All His Life,” But Complained, Saying, “The National Party Has Left Me.” (“Claudia Lauer and Michael Wickline, “2 Top-Job Hopefuls Backed By NRA,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/23/14)

But Just Last Year, Ross Justified His Vote For President Obama Because He’s A Democrat

Ross: “I voted for President Obama. I’m a Democrat.” “Question: Did Ross vote for Obama or Romney in the presidential election? Answer: I voted for President Obama. I'm a Democrat.” (Ryan Saylor, “Ross: Arkansas GOP ‘Taking Us Back To The Past,’” The City Wire, 4/17/13)

Ross Would Even Have Happily Driven Obama Around His Arkansas District. “Obama and this particular Southern Democrat are an odd couple. But Ross, who developed political antenna driving Bill Clinton 30 years ago, says he’d be comfortable squiring Obama around his district.”  (John Brummett, “Barack Calling,” Arkansas News, 10/19/08)

Ross Began His Political Career As A Self-Described “Progressive”

As Ross Took His Seat In The State Senate In 1991, He Called Himself A “Progressive.” “Ross, 29, calls himself a ‘progressive’ who would prefer to plan ahead rather than react to problems after they have developed.”  (“Ross Takes Seat With Bills In Hand,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/13/91)

“Ross Positioned Himself With The Progressive Wing Of The Democratic Party…” “He said that as a state senator and then during his first congressional campaign, Ross positioned himself with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. But his district, like many areas of the South, began to lean more heavily Republican over the past decade, and Ross began to take a more conservative stance, Barth said. ‘He has been a very ambidextrous politician,’ Barth said.”  (“Ross Wrapping Up 12-Year D.C. Stint,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/30/12)

He Called Himself A “Team Player” For The Democrat Party

Ross, On Democrats: “There’s A Lot More That Unites Us Than Divides Us.” ROSS: “Well, Glenn, I can tell you that, among Democrats, there’s a lot more that unites us than divides us.” (CNN’s “Glenn Beck,” 11/6/06)

Ross Said He Would Be An Active Campaigner For Democrats, Calling Himself A “Team Player.” “Ross, who has no GOP opponent this year, said he’ll help campaign for Kerry and other Democrats in Arkansas, and he’ll also campaign for Democratic congressional candidates in other states. ‘I’m trying to be a team player,’ Ross said.” (“Arkansans Look At Race For President,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/23/04)

A Congressional Aide Confirmed Ross Was Seen As “A Team Player,” Having Given Almost $300,000 To The DCCC And Individual Democrats.  “Rep. Mike Ross is on a short list of Democrats being considered for a coveted seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a congressional aide close to the selection process confirmed Wednesday. … Ross, who ran unopposed in November, dipped into his campaign war chest to donate about $200,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and he gave about $89,000 to dozens of individual Democratic candidates running in the general election. The reward for Arkansas’ 4th District congressman could well be one of three open seats on the committee reserved for Democrats. … ‘It certainly helps,’ the aide said of Ross’ fund raising, ‘because members in the caucus see you’re a team player willing to help out when you need to.’ The aide spoke on the condition of not being named.” (“Ross On Short List For Key Panel Seat,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/2/04)

When Ross Considered A Bid For House Leadership, He Boasted To His Democratic Colleagues Of How Much Money He Had Raised For Democrats. “[Ross] is considering making a bid either for a spot in the Democratic leadership or for leadership of the House’s Blue Dog coalition of fiscal conservatives. He said he’ll make a decision within about a week. … In late September, Ross sent a letter to his fellow House Democrats asking them not to commit their support to anyone in the race to become the caucus’s vice chairman, because he might make a bid. In the letter, he pointed out that this year he has directly contributed or raised $1 million toward the election of House Democrats.” (“Legislators In Majority Relish Win,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 11/9/06)

·         Ross Said He Donated Or Raised More Than $1 Million To Help Democrats Take Control Of Congress That Year. “Ross, in a recent letter to other Democrats, said his contributions to individual candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, combined, total more than $300,000. He added that he had helped the committee raise an additional $700,000.” (“In D.C., Sharing Wealth Routine,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/13/06)

Ross Made Extensive Efforts On Behalf Of The DCCC And Was One Of Rahm Emanuel’s Political “Lieutenants.” “Arkansas’ Rep. Mike Ross has been an active foot soldier in Democrats’ bid to take control of Congress’ lower chamber in November’s midterm elections, playing a prominent role in his party’s ‘red-to-blue’ strategy. … Ross has contributed $150,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fundraising group headed by Emanuel. On top of that, he has raised an additional $517,625, either by making phone calls or drawing donors to fundraisers, according to a committee memo published by Washington Monthly, a liberal political journal, on its Web site. ‘He’s been an integral part of the DCCC’s activities,’ said Adrienne Elrod, a spokesman for the committee. She said Ross has been particularly effective in reaching out to moderate and conservative Democrats. … National Journal, another Washington policy magazine, has described Ross as one of ‘Rahm’s Lieutenants.’ Ross is one of eight members of Congress who huddle with Emanuel during semiregular Thursday meetings to plot strategy.” (“Ross A Kinetic Player In ‘Red-To-Blue’ Plan,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/7/06)

As The 111th Congress Began, Speaker Pelosi “Briefly Cupped Ross’ Cheeks” Before Turning The Gavel Over To Him After Members Were Sworn In. “House members, having just been administered their oaths of office by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, began to file out of the chamber, jammed to capacity with the lawmakers and their children. Pelosi turned to leave the speaker’s perch and was greeted by Arkansas’ Rep. Mike Ross. They shook hands, and Pelosi briefly cupped Ross’ cheeks. Then the 111th Congress got down to business. Ross, who presided over the previous Congress for more than 100 hours, had been chosen by Pelosi to be the first speaker pro tempore of the new Congress because of ‘his firm grasp of procedure,’ according to a release from Pelosi’s office. Ross hammered the gavel. … It was up to Ross to mediate the debate on House Resolution 5, which would set the rules by which the Democratic majority will run the chamber.” (“Arkansans Gear Up For 111th Congress,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/7/09)

Ross Gave $478 To President 2009 Obama’s Inauguration Committee. (Center For Responsive Politics Website, Accessed 3/29/14)

Ross Voted In Lockstep With Pelosi And The Democrats Most Of The Time

For Most Of His Congressional Career, Ross Voted With Democrats 82% of the Time. Between 2001 and 2010, Ross voted with Democrats 82% of the time, according to Congressional Quarterly (taking the average of his yearly party support scores). (CQ.com, Accessed 4/23/14)

Ross Co-Sponsored Nearly 200 Legislative Items With Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) During His Time In Congress. In the six years (2001-2006) Ross served with Pelosi before she was elected speaker, when her legislative activity slowed, he co-sponsored 196 legislative items with her – an average of more than 30 per year. Legislative items include bills, resolutions, concurrent resolutions, etc. (Library of Congress Website, thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 4/23/14)

OpenCongress.org: Ross Voted With Pelosi Over 60% Of The Time Between 2007 And 2012. According to OpenCongress.org, which compares members’ voting records based on selected key votes, Ross voted with Pelosi 61% of the time between 2007 and 2012. The database includes 217 roll call votes where both Ross and Pelosi voted, and they agreed 133 times while disagreeing 84 times. (OpenCongress.org, Accessed 4/23/14)

National Journal Analysis: In Ten Of His Twelve Years, Ross’ Voting Record Was More Liberal Than At Least 54% Of His House Colleagues. Only in 2009 and 2010 did Ross vote more conservatively than half of the members of the House, according to National Journal. His highest liberal mark was in 2003, when his voting record was more liberal than 62% of his colleagues. His lowest liberal mark was in 2010, when he received a 46% rating. (National Journal Website, www.nationaljournal.com, Accessed 4/23/14)

Ross Voted With Pelosi Over 90 Times In Favor Of Higher Taxes

While Serving In Congress, Mike Ross Voted With Nancy Pelosi Voted At Least 91 Times In Favor Of Higher Taxes.  (H. Res. 83, Vote #37: Motion agreed to 220-204: R 215-0; D 4-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 217-205: R 214-0; D 2-204; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #39: Adopted 220-204: R 216-0; D 3-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #40: Motion agreed to 221-197: R 215-0; D 5-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3, Vote #43: Motion agreed to 228-197: R 216-0; D 11-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3, Vote #44: Motion rejected 204-221: R 0-218; D 203-2; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3, Vote #45: Passed 230-198: R 219-0; D 10-197; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #70: Adopted 222-205: R 218-2; D 3-202; I 1-1, 3/28/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #104: Adopted 221-207: R 214-3; D 6-203; I 1-1, 5/9/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #116: Adopted 220-207: R 217-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #118: Passed 230-197: R 216-0; D 13-196; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #146: Motion rejected 198-210: R 1-205; D 196-4; I 1-1, 5/23/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 1836, Vote #148: Adopted 213-177: R 209-0; D 3-176; I 1-1, 5/26/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 270, Vote #400: Motion agreed to 219-207: R 216-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 270, Vote #401: Adopted 225-199: R 214-0; D 10-198; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3090, Vote #403: Motion rejected 199-230: R 0-218; D 198-11; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3090, Vote #404: Passed 216-214: R 212-7; D 3-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 319, Vote #506: Adopted 214-206: R 210-7; D 3-198; I 1-1, 12/19/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 320, Vote #507: Adopted 219-198: R 215-0; D 3-197; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3529, Vote #508: Motion rejected 177-238: R 0-215; D 176-22; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3529, Vote #509: Passed 224-193: R 214-2; D 9-190; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #36: Motion agreed to 216-207: R 215-0; D 0-206; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #37: Adopted 213-206: R 212-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 225-199: R 214-1; D 10-197; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 390, Vote #101: Motion agreed to 219-206: R 218-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 586, Vote #102: Adopted 218-205: R 217-0; D 0-204; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 586, Vote #103: Motion agreed to 229-198: R 219-1; D 9-196; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #215: Motion agreed to 223-201: R 216-0; D 6-200; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #216: Adopted 227-195: R 216-0; D 10-194; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #217: Rejected 197-231: R 6-212; D 190-18; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2143, Vote #218: Motion rejected 205-223: R 1-217; D 203-5; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Res. 527, Vote #398: Adopted 213-200: R 212-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/19/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 547, Vote #413: Motion agreed to 217-200: R 216-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/25/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Adopted 215-212: R 214-12; D 1-199; I 0-1, 3/21/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #141: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 216-211: R 216-7; D 0-203; I 0-1, 4/11/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #178: Motion agreed to 219-203: R 219-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #179: Adopted 220-203: R 220-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #180: Motion agreed to 222-202: R 222-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #181: Motion rejected 202-218: R 0-217; D 201-1; I 1-0, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #182: Passed 222-203: R 218-3; D 4-199; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #211: Motion agreed to 221-202: R 220-0; D 1-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #212: Adopted 218-202: R 218-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #224: Motion agreed to 221-205: R 221-0; D 0-204; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #225: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 231-200: R 224-1; D 7-198; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #284: Motion agreed to 227-200: R 227-0; D 0-199; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #285: Adopted 230-199: R 227-1; D 3-197; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2555, Vote #305: Motion agreed to 222-200: R 221-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 6/24/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2660, Vote #347: Motion rejected 199-222: R 0-221; D 198-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2660, Vote #348: Motion rejected 197-224: R 0-223; D 196-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 393, Vote #92: Adopted 215-212: R 215-10; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/25/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 637, Vote #156: Motion agreed to 221-203: R 221-2; D 0-200; I 0-1, 5/12/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4275, Vote #169: Rejected 190-227: R 1-216; D 188-11; I 1-0, 5/13/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Res. 685, Vote #301: Rejected 184-230: R 2-217; D 181-13; I 1-0, 6/24/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Rejected 180-242: R 3-218; D 176-24; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #83: Rejected 102-320: R 101-122; D 1-197; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #88: Adopted 218-214: R 218-12; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #100: Motion agreed to 237-195: R 230-0; D 7-194; I 0-1, 4/13/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #149: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 214-211: R 214-15; D 0-195; I 0-1, 4/28/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #619: Rejected 192-239: R 2-226; D 189-13; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #620: Motion rejected 193-235: R 0-226; D 192-9; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #621: Passed 234-197: R 225-3; D 9-193; I 0-1, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #7: Motion rejected 185-207: R 8-204; D 176-3; I 1-0, 2/8/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #74: Motion rejected 192-229: R 4-222; D 187-7; I 1-0, 3/29/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #94: Motion rejected 196-232: R 5-225; D 190-7; I 1-0, 4/6/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #109: Motion rejected 190-232: R 4-223; D 185-9; I 1-0, 4/27/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #121: Motion rejected 197-224: R 6-219; D 190-5; I 1-0, 5/3/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #132: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #134: Motion rejected 190-239: R 3-228; D 186-11; I 1-0, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #135: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 244-185: R 229-2; D 15-182; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #156: Rejected 94-331: R 94-134; D 0-196; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #158: Adopted 218-210: R 218-12; D 0-197; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 885, Vote #309: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #312: Agreed to consider 238-188: R 228-0; D 10-187; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #314: Motion rejected 182-236: R 0-225; D 182-10; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 5970, Vote #419: Adopted 217-194: R 217-1; D 0-192; I 0-1, 7/28/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5970, Vote #424: Motion rejected 190-220: R 2-214; D 187-6; I 1-0, 7/29/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 6, Vote #40: Passed 264-163: R 36-159; D 228-4, 1/18/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3162, Vote #787: Passed 225-204: R 5-194; D 220-10; I 0-0, 8/1/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #906: Motion agreed to 265-159: R 45-151; D 220-8; I 0-0, 9/25/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #982: Rejected 273-156: R 44-154; D 229-2; I 0-0, 10/18/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3693, Vote #1009: Passed 265-142: R 43-141; D 222-1; I 0-0, 10/25/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3996, Vote #1081: Passed 216-193: R 0-185; D 216-8; I 0-0; 11/9/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4351, Vote #1153: Passed 226-193: R 0-190; D 226-3; I 0-0; 12/12/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3363, Vote #22: Rejected 260-152: R 42-151; D 218-1; I 0-0, 1/23/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 5351, Vote #84: Passed 236-182: R 17-174; D 219-8; I 0-0, 2/27/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 70, Vote #382: Adopted 214-210: R 0-196; D 214-14, 6/5/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #16: Passed 289-139: R 40-137; D 249-2; I 0-0, 1/14/09, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #50: Motion agreed to 290-135: R 40-133; D 250-2; I 0-0, 2/4/09, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4853, Vote #604: Motion agreed to, thus sent to the Senate, 234-188: D 231-20; R 3-168; I 0-0; 12/2/10, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote #277: Adopted 235-193: R 235-4; D 0-189; I 0-0, 4/15/11, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; and H. Con. Res. 112, Vote #149: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 136-285: R 136-104; D 0-181; I 0-0, 3/29/12, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay) 

In 2001, Ross Was A Key Defector For Nancy Pelosi In Her Campaign For Democratic Whip, Which Led To Her Tenure As Speaker

As A Newly-Elected Congressman, Ross Held A Key Vote In Who Would Be The Next House Democratic Whip – Steny Hoyer Or Nancy Pelosi. “When the Democrats failed to win back the House in 2000, the future of the whip race was uncertain … As the summer approached, Hoyer and Pelosi started wooing hard, focusing especially on the roughly two dozen undecideds. One of them was Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, a first-termer. With his conservative voting record, he seemed to be a natural ally for the more moderate Hoyer. But both Pelosi and Hoyer had campaigned for him in 2000, and both had sat in his office asking for his vote.” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Ross Privately Gave His Support To Hoyer But Did Not Make A Public Endorsement, So Pelosi Began To Lobby Him. “Hoyer was convinced he had Ross’s support. In March, according to Hoyer, the Arkansan had privately told him, ‘I want you to know I’m a loyal person. You’ve done more for me than anybody else, and you were there for me, and I’m for you.’ Ross, himself, says he does not recall such a conversation. But others agree that shortly afterward Ross attended a breakfast meeting of Hoyer backers, where assignments were made of undecided members to lobby. In any case, Ross was not going public about his intentions, and Pelosi sensed she had possibilities.” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Ross Then Changed Camps: “I’m Going To Be Voting For Nancy Pelosi. I’m Sorry.” “Ross was aware that if the three of them [Vic Snyder, Marion Berry, and himself] endorsed Pelosi as a group, their tiny state would have more influence in the caucus next year. And it felt like things were moving toward Pelosi. ‘Arkansas is a small state,’ he explained. ‘It’s difficult to be recognized and obtain the clout we want and deserve.’ One night shortly before Congress adjourned for the summer, Hoyer was walking down the Capitol steps when he saw Ross standing off to one side. ‘This is awful tough for me,’ Ross said, visibly troubled. ‘What’s tough, Mike?’ Hoyer asked, puzzled. ‘This is awful tough,’ Ross simply repeated. The next day, Ross had a handwritten note delivered to Hoyer’s office. It consisted of two sentences: ‘I’m going to be voting for Nancy Pelosi. I’m sorry.’” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

After Pelosi Was Elected Whip, Ross Attended Her Victory Party At A Lavish D.C. Hotel. “The morning of the vote Pelosi had 106 public commitments, and claimed she had as many as 123 backers. Hoyer had 81 supporters on record, and declared he had a total of 106 stalwarts. When the ballots were counted, Pelosi had won decisively, 118 to 95, becoming the highest-ranking woman in congressional history. … That night, Pelosi had a celebration at the Phoenix Park Hotel near Union Station. Bob Clement and Mike Ross made it to the reception, which featured multiple chocolate desserts, an open bar and a band playing loudly in the background.” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Ross Voted Four Times To Elect Nancy Pelosi Speaker Of The House

Election Of The Speaker. “Nomination of J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 108th Congress. Note: A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Hastert; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Pelosi,…” (Vote #2, Hastert elected by a vote of 228-202: R 228-0, D 0-201, I 0-1; 1/4/03; Ross voted Nay)

Election Of The Speaker. “Nomination of J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 109th Congress. Note: A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Hastert; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Pelosi,…” (Vote #2, Hastert elected by a vote of 226-199: R 226-0, D 0-198, I 0-1; 1/4/05; Ross voted Nay)

Election Of The Speaker. “Nomination of Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 110th Congress. Note:  A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Pelosi; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Boehner. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (218 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2, Pelosi elected by a vote of 233-202: R 0-202, D 233-0, 1/4/07; Ross voted Yea)

Election Of The Speaker.  “Nomination of Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 111th Congress. Note:  A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Pelosi; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Boehner.”  (Vote #2: Pelosi elected by a vote of 255-174: R 0-174, D 255-0, 1/6/09; Ross voted Yea)

And When She Ushered In A New Congress In January 2009, Nancy Pelosi “Cupped Ross’ Cheeks” And Then Handed Him The Gavel

January 2009: As The New Congress Began, Speaker Pelosi “Briefly Cupped Ross’ Cheeks” Before Turning The Gavel Over To Him After Members Were Sworn In. “House members, having just been administered their oaths of office by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, began to file out of the chamber, jammed to capacity with the lawmakers and their children. Pelosi turned to leave the speaker’s perch and was greeted by Arkansas’ Rep. Mike Ross. They shook hands, and Pelosi briefly cupped Ross’ cheeks.” (“Arkansans Gear Up For 111th Congress,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/7/09)

Pelosi Chose Ross To Be Speaker Pro Tempore Of The House. “Then the 111th Congress got down to business. Ross, who presided over the previous Congress for more than 100 hours, had been chosen by Pelosi to be the first speaker pro tempore of the new Congress because of ‘his firm grasp of procedure,’ according to a release from Pelosi’s office. Ross hammered the gavel. … It was up to Ross to mediate the debate on House Resolution 5, which would set the rules by which the Democratic majority will run the chamber.” (“Arkansans Gear Up For 111th Congress,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/7/09)

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