Rick Barton for Congress January News

Tierney shows his anti-military colors – again

Once again, Congressman John F. Tierney has shown his true anti-military colors. On Tuesday January 16, the House of Representatives passed a revised version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2008 by a vote of 369-46. John Tierney was among the 46 voting against this bill. This is not the first time that our Congressman has voted in opposition to overwhelming bipartisan support for our military.

A review of his voting record shows a clear pattern of hollow rhetoric followed by a habitual lack of support for our military. Time after time John Tierney is on the wrong side of heavily bipartisan supported legislation, which provides our brave men and women in uniform the necessary funding to carry out their mission.

As a member of Congress, you have the right to express your disagreement with any policy set forth by the Administration. However, you do not have the right to withhold funding which places the lives and safety of our troops in jeopardy, and you do not have the right to play politics with the lives of these troops…Read the entire article here

Democrat controlled Congress tackles the tough issues

While most Americans are concerned with the economy, illegal immigration, the War on Terror, educating their children and the rising cost of healthcare, Congressional Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi have concentrated on something quite different.  Here is a commentary from Bob Parks of Outside the Wire :

This is the same Democrat led Congress that allowed Veterans Affairs funding to languish in limbo, while attempting to extort billions of dollars for their ever expanding political agenda.  This is the same Nancy Pelosi led Congress that could only manage to pass one out of twelve appropriation bills.  In the end, they dumped all of these appropriations into a massive “pork laden” Omnibus spending bill, and gave Congress 24 hours to study the bill before voting.

The Pelosi led Congress has demonstrated that it is incapable of acting in the people’s best interest.  In fact, it not only fights virtually every Republican initiative, but also rebukes many within its own party for not being liberal enough.

Let’s not forget who is one of Speaker Pelosi’s closest allies and supporters.  That’s right, Congressman John F. Tierney.

19 groups send letter calling for crackdown on hidden earmark spending

“The omnibus appropriations bill is about as transparent as a cement-walled maze.  A quick stroll through reveals an earmark around every corner,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “President Bush and Congressional Republicans have led the fight to shed light on earmarks and end the rampant overspending.  An executive order thwarting non-legislative earmarks is the next step to break down the spending walls.”

Through executive order, the president could send a strong signal to Congress that the era of earmarks must end.  According to the coalition letter… “On December 20, you stated that you were ‘instructing the budget director to review options for dealing with the wasteful spending in the omnibus bill.’   We applaud you for this leadership, and ask that you follow through by issuing an executive order formally directing all Federal agencies to ignore non-legislative earmarks tucked into committee reports and statements of managers.  Such an action is within your Constitutional powers, and would strike a blow for fiscal responsibility now while setting a valuable precedent for the future.”

Tell President Bush to Cut the Pork here

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