Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jay Inslee Says His Vote Avoided A Downgrade

I called my Representative, Jay Inslee, about 6 weeks ago asking about his involvement in the debt ceiling talks. I received a reply yesterday.

Rep. Inslee says his vote avoided a downgrade and then goes on to let me know about the additional spending he was able to save or increase as part of the debt deal.

Here is the letter:

August 23, 2011


Thank you for contacting me with your concerns over the agreement reached to raise the statutory federal debt limit. I appreciate hearing from you.

On August 1st, I voted in favor of S.365, the Budget Control Act of 2011 to prevent an economic disaster. This bill was unfortunately an unbalanced proposal that doesn't meet the expectations that the American people have for solutions to the debt problem. But because passage was necessary to avoid serious harm to our economy and because this bill takes steps to reduce our deficit, while protecting Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and education, the right solution was to move forward.

This legislation will allow increases to the statutory federal debt limit estimated to last until 2013 while directing more than $2.1 trillion in cuts to federal spending over the next ten years. House leaders from both parties were able to come together with President Obama on an agreement that has averted a predicted downgrade of U.S. bond ratings and other harmful economic effects associated with the inability of the Treasury Department to provide funds for Congressionally-ordered expenses. I think from this point forward we must focus on growing the economy and creating jobs to put our fiscal house in order.

It is unfortunate that such decisions are being made during this difficult time for the American people. Our economic challenges can only be solved by a balanced and fair approach, which is why I voted against extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. We must also look to responsibly downsize our federal budget without putting our most vulnerable citizens at risk, which is why I support our social safety programs and education that will aid our economic recovery.

I am dedicated to preserving the solvency of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Social Security is one of the most successful poverty reduction programs in United States history. Fewer than 12 percent of older Americans today fall below the poverty line, without Social Security that number would be nearly 50 percent. I believe we have an obligation to provide both current and future retirees with public retirement benefits that they have paid into through hard work over their lifetimes.

You may be interested to know that during the debates on health reform legislation, I fought hard to include language in the final package that will help correct the geographic inequities in Medicare reimbursement rates that have long hurt both Medicare enrollees and caregivers in Washington state. The agreement, negotiated with Speaker Pelosi and the White House, will provide $800 million to providers and hospitals that are currently under-reimbursed in Medicare yet perform high-quality care. I also supported H.R. 2, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) which seeks to enroll 4.1 million new children in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid, bringing the total number of children covered by the program to over 11 million.I also strongly believe that we must adequately fund our education priorities because our children's education is too important of an investment to underfund. With regard to concerns about student aid, I want you to know that I am a strong supporter of the Pell Grant program and this agreement includes enough new funding to maintain the maximum Pell Grant at its current level, despite increases in student enrollment.

Education is one of my top priorities in Congress and I will continue to do everything I can to improve learning environments for students, teachers and administrators in our schools. Like you, I believe that we must address pressing issues in our education system. The federal government has a responsibility to act as a partner to the states and local school districts in order to provide the funds necessary to meet our children's educational needs. You can be sure that I will fight to make sure our students have the tools they need to succeed in school.

Our short term economic crisis and long-term debt problem should be about bringing people together in an honest and transparent debate about how best to marry our principles with economic reality. I will continue to work across the aisle to accomplish these goals.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about such an important issue. For news on current federal legislative issues, please visit my website at, where you can also sign up to receive my e-newsletter. My office is here to serve you, so please feel free to contact us in Shoreline at 206-361-0233 or in Washington, D.C. at 202-225-6311 for assistance.

Very truly yours,

Beyond the fact that my Representative seems unaware that we were downgraded, my biggest issue with the letter is calling social security a successful poverty reduction program. Anyone who is willing to spend a few minutes to understand how social security works would know that the only ones who really benefit from it are those who would not have been responsible enough to save for their own retirement at all if not forced into this ponzi scheme of a retirement plan. The average senior citizen would have been substantially better off if they would have invested the money in any reasonable secure investment instead of having the money taken to give to current retirees.

And those of us who are responsible are forced to pay into this system and suffer as a result.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jay Inslee, Still No Opinion on Congress Doing It's Job

How long has it been since that last Jay Inslee Libya post? Still waiting to hear about his position on the war powers act almost a week past the legal deadline.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Waiting almost 10 years for this one...

Ladies and Gentleman, Johnny Cash

Thank you United States Military.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Atlas Shrugged Part 1

Sitting in the Lincoln Square theater with Andrew watching the previews before Atlas Shrugged. Andrew appears to be the only one here under 30.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Jay Inslee Admits He Does Not Understand The Role Of Congress And That He Is Really Ineffective

I called Rep. Inslee's office recently and asked for a statement regarding the military action in Libya, specifically the fact that the Obama Administration did not get authorization for military action from Congress. Rep. Inslee replied letting me know that the administration muse be accountable to Congress and that nothing he is for ever seems to happen.

Here is the full reply:

April 7, 2011

XXXXXXX, Washington 98XXX


Thank you for contacting me regarding you concern about U.S. participation in the international no-fly zone over Libya in response to oppressive violence by the country's dictatorship. I appreciate hearing from you on this very important issue.

I have been gravely concerned by the violence carried out by the regime of Muammar Gaddafi upon citizens of Libya who have sought to improve their political and economic freedoms through public protests. As members of the opposition rose up to defend themselves, joined by defecting military forces, the United Nations Security Council acted with unprecedented speed and in concert with NATO and the Arab League to adopt a resolution condemning the Gaddafi regime's actions and calling for international humanitarian intervention including a no-fly zone. After initially leading in the military effort to enforce the no-fly zone starting on March 19th—in time to prevent major civilian bloodshed in the city of Benghazi—the U.S. has shifted to a supporting role in the ongoing humanitarian effort.

I believe that any Administration must be accountable to Congress for the use of military power. That is why I am participating in Congress's ongoing oversight of the Administration to seek definitive answers about plans to quickly transition from a leading role to a supporting role in the international no-fly zone. I will work in Congress to make sure that any costs of the Administration's actions are appropriately budgeted and shared heavily with other with other participating nations, and that the U.S. is not left with the sole responsibility to rebuild yet another middle-eastern country. I will keep your thoughts in mind as events move forward.

As an opponent of the President's costly and dangerous Afghanistan surge strategy, I have voted against war funding and voted for requiring an exit strategy. Most recently, I joined with 98 of my colleagues in voting for an amendment to the Continuing Resolution for 2011 that would have limited funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to no more than $10 billion from the requested amount of $157.8 billion over the next six months. Though that amendment failed to pass, on February 19th, I voted against the full war funding as part of a short-sighted spending bill proposed by the House Republican Majority, which unfortunately passed by a vote of 235-189. This Continuing Resolution, to fund government operations until October, has been rejected by the Senate in its current state.

As you may know, I voted against the authorization to invade Iraq and I organized opposition in Congress to fight that resolution, as well as voting against this year's Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill which funded the continuation of the conflicts. I will continue to pressure the Administration to bring an end to our foreign military operations and bring our troops home responsibly.

Please continue to contact me about the issues that concern you, as I both need and welcome your thoughts and ideas. Because security measures in the House cause delays in receiving postal mail, I encourage you to contact me by telephone, by fax, or through my website at For more information on my activities in Congress, and for information on services that my office can provide, please visit my website at or stay current with my new blog at If you would like to subscribe to my email updates, please visit

Very truly yours,

Member of Congress

Jay Inslee, not sure what Congress is suppose to do and not very good at doing it.