Category Archives: Congress

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court

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These are the Justices now sitting power: Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, , Samuel A. Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan.

All the information I have presented comes from the following websites and sources:
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleiii
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/charters.html

I urge you to examine some sites which detail the rights of the Supreme Court and it’s ability to make changes to Bills and ultimately the Constitution:

Overview of the Supreme Court:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/
http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/briefoverview.aspx

Biographies of the sitting justices:
http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx

Other sites of interest:
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/supreme_court.htm
http://constitutionality.us/SupremeCourt.htmlhttp://www.supremecourt.gov/default.aspx

This is an archival site for research and teaching resources of the Supreme Court and Veterans Service Records:
http://www.archives.gov/
http://www.archives.gov/research/

A very simple definition of the Supreme Court powers is found at:
http://constitutionality.us/SupremeCourt.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Breyer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Alito

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Roberts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Kennedy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Kagan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Sotomayor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Thomas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonin_Scalia

Register to Vote

Isn’t it time you finally got around to registering to vote? Have you seen the news lately? Are you happy with the changes being made everyday to your life and your livelihood? It makes no difference if you don’t vote and if you don’t express your opinions to your representatives. How else will they know what you feel?

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You can register to vote while you pay for your new driver’s license, update your vehicle tags, while you pay your property taxes, at the Social Security office,  Local County Board of Registrars, Country Offices, Public Libraries, Department of Human Resources, WIC Office, Medicaid Office, Department of Rehabilitation Services and most 4 year colleges and universities. You can also go the local Republican or Democrat offices.

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Don’t wait until October to register to vote. You must register at least 10 days in advance.

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Go the votesmart.org registration page, select your state and all of your local businesses and offices accepting registration will be listed. You will also find out how to Absentee Vote. Absentee Voting is a simple process that allows you to vote when you are unable to reach to polls. This means if you are too busy and can’t get off work you can still vote. It only takes a couple minutes and your voice can be heard.

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Don’t forget you can contact your Senators and House Representatives at senate.gov/general/contact and house.gov/representatives/.

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You can find a link to your state’s homepage which will assist you in contacting your State Senators and State House Representatives. You vote for them also, they make changes that directly influence your state and your community.theinformedvoterinfo.wordpress.com/links-to-states.

States Legislatures

Contact links to state legislatures

http://thomas.loc.gov/home/state-legislatures.html

How To Find Voting Records for your Representative

113th Congress 2013 1st Session

http://clerk.house.gov/legislative/legvotes.aspx

https://www.govtrack.us/

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List of Bills in question, Result Pass/Fail/Agreed to

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Link by official id# including roll call by electronic voting machine tally: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/index.asp

Link to short titles:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bssQuery/?Opt=t&Db=113

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Choose the bill you want to know more about

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Each Bill has a link to this information:

All Information about the basic Bill (except text)

Titles – the title of the Bill

Related Bills

CBO Cost Estimates

Text of Legislation

Cosponsors

Amendments

Subjects

CRS Summary

Committees

Constitutional Authority Statement

Major Congressional Actions

All Congressional Actions

All Congressional Actions with Amendments, which links to the Congressional Record pages, votes, and reports

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Here is an example of one that may become a law:

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Bill Summary & Status 113th Congress (2013-2014) H.R.3080

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.03080:

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Bills enter the House with a number such as H.R.3080, which is H.R. (because it begins in the House of Representatives) with the latest title: Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, the Sponsor is Rep. Bill Shuster, Cosponsors (47 – which means 47 others are promoting this Bill); the Related Bills are H.RES.385, H.R.. 399, S.513, S.601…Latest major actions 10/23/2013 passed/agreed to in House. Status is shown yeas and nays 417 – 3 (Roll no. 506). Latest Action: 10/23/2013 motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. Shows House Reports: 113-246 Part 1. The page also includes the links to the 15 areas mentioned above.

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follow the Bill H.R.2630:  1986 Amnesty Transparency Act

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bssQuery/?&Opt=T&Db=113&srch=/home/LegislativeData.php?n=BSS&TxtStr=1986+AMNESTY+TRANSPARENCY+ACT

Shows the Bill # H.R. 2630

Shows the sponsor = Rep. Lou Barletta [PA-11] the date introduced 7/9/2013

Shows cosponsors = none

Shows committees = House Judiciary

Shows latest major action = referred to House subcommittee.

Status = referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

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Click on the bill # H.R.2630 see options

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:1:./temp/~bssgBm8::

All information – except titles

Titles

CBO cost estimates

Text of legislation

Cosponsors

Amendments

Subjects

CRS summary

Committees

Constitutional Authority Statement

{[Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 97 (Tuesday, July 9, 2013)]
[House]
[Page H4309]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
By Mr.BARLETTA:
H.R. 2630.
From the Constitution: Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Article I, Section 8, Clause 18. This is the ‘necessary and proper clause’ that grants Congress the authority to make all laws necessary for enforcing the Constitution.}

Major congressional action

All congressional actions

Following all congressional actions =

7/9/2013 Sponsor introduces CR H4219

Page H4219 links to

…..Personalize Your Care Act – House of Representatives 7/9/2013

……….Which links to Representative Blumenauer’s subsequent 5-minute address:

…..Immigration Bills –House of Representatives 7/9/2013

……….Which links to Representative Barletta’s subsequent 5-minute address

…..Failures of Obamacare – House of Representatives 7/9/2013

……….Which links to the Representative Thompson’s subsequent 5-minute address

…..7/9/2013 referred o the House Committee on the Judiciary

…..7/15/2013 referred to the subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

…..No vote yet as of October 23, 2013.

All congressional actions with amendments, with links to Congressional Record pages, votes, reports

Congress.gov/THOMAS

http://beta.congress.gov/ http://www.thomas.gov/

This is the go to site for information the process from Bill to Law or failure to become a law. This site has links to legislation, Congressional Record, Committees, Members, The Legislative Process, Glossary also About the site and Help/Contact information.

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There is a Search box for current legislation, you can type in the laws id# or the name of the Bill or the subject

There is information on recent activity

There are links to current legislative activities from the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Congressional Record.

Also found on this page there is a link to The Legislative Process which includes 9 videos about the process.

There is also a link to the United States Founding Documents

There is a link to all the congressional representatives, house and senate

There is a quick link to find who represents your state

Information on visiting the U.S. Capitol

About Congress.gov and its incorporation of THOMAS (The Library of Congress)

At the bottom of the page are related links for further information.