"I was deeply disturbed to learn of the burdensome and politically motivated, big-government investigation of Planned Parenthood, a trusted non-profit health care provider that provides essential health care services — including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, and testing and treatment of STDs — to millions of Americans every year.
"I am a strong supporter of Congressional oversight, however, the scope and nature of this investigation is unprecedented, invasive, and the big-brother equivalent of a modern day denial-of-service attack.
"Republicans, having failed to strip funds for Planned Parenthood’s essential health care services through the legislative process, now appear to want to bury Planned Parenthood under a broad and unwarranted political witch hunt. The investigation ignores the fact that Planned Parenthood is already regularly audited by both the federal Department of Health and Human Services and state Medicaid programs – and that these audits have not identified any activity that would merit this type of investigation.
"This action is also further proof that rather than focusing on creating jobs and improving our economy, too many Republicans spend their time attempting to cater to the extreme among their base.
"As a fellow member of the Florida Congressional delegation, I urge Chairman Stearns to consider the many thousands of Floridians who receive primary and reproductive health care from Planned Parenthood and abandon this baseless investigation – which is nothing more than an effort to undercut Planned Parenthood and undermine its ability to provide essential health care to patients. Enough of these political stunts – it’s time to return to what’s important: fixing the economy and creating jobs for American families."
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Complicating their decision is the fact that Arizona has broken the primary calendar rules set by the political parties and set its date for Feb. 28, the same day as South Carolina, which is expected to move its date up earlier. Missouri has also broken the calendar rules and set Feb. 7 as its primary. Michigan is poised to move its date into early February as well. All states must report their primary dates to the parties by Oct. 1.
“Once again, President Obama stood on the world stage and shared a powerful vision of a more just and perfect world. With the international community assembled, President Obama stressed the difficult but vital efforts we must all make in our quest for peace. He spoke of the accomplishments of revolutions that have brought burgeoning democracy to the Middle East and North Africa over the past year, and the frustrated aspirations of many in the region where democracy is yet to come. In praising the new free Libya and urging the international community to join us in sanctioning Iran and Syria, the President affirmed his commitment to supporting those who wish to cast off tyranny. And in a world free from the terror of Osama bin Laden, President Obama emphasized our continued quest to end the religious, gender, and sexual persecution that prevent all people from achieving their true potential.
“In his historic speech to this global audience, President Obama once again demonstrated his stalwart support for our friend and ally, Israel. Importantly, President Obama used this opportunity at the United Nations to unambiguously state his support for direct, bilateral negotiations as the only way to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and create a Palestinian state. As the President said, “a genuine peace can only be realized between the Israelis and the Palestinians themselves… there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades. Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations…it is the Israelis and the Palestinians -- not us –- who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and on security, on refugees and Jerusalem.” President Obama made it resoundingly clear that unilateral action will never create a state, and that we must continue to support a process between two peoples that recognize both security concerns and national aspirations.
“As he has done so many times in the past, President Obama again put forth our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s safety and security as a central tenet to peace. The President re-affirmed our enduring friendship to our ally, Israel, noting the very real security concerns of being surrounded by hostile neighbors. He made clear to the world that he understands the very real threats Israelis face in constant rockets and suicide bombs and coming of age “knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them.” Only when Israel feels its security concerns are met will future generations of Israelis and Palestinians live side by side in pride and in peace.
“I am so proud of President Obama’s unwavering support for Israel and his overall vision for peace that he laid out at the United Nations this morning.”
According to recently released data by the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 70 percent of students play some role in bullying, whether as a bully, a victim or a witness, demonstrating the need for increased awareness. Other research suggests that bullying and harassment can lead to poorer educational outcomes, lower future aspirations, frequent school absenteeism, and lower grade-point averages. This year’s summit puts a spotlight on the anti-bullying efforts of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and helps plan steps needed to sustain and advance bullying prevention efforts in the coming year.
“Bullying affects not only the child or children it targets, but the entire community that surrounds them – their parents, their classmates, even the child engaging in the bullying,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “Keeping our children safe is everyone’s responsibility, and I’m proud to come together with so many national leaders, parents, teachers and students to reaffirm our collective commitment to prevent bullying in every way possible.”
Last year, the Department held the first-ever federal summit on bullying to help inform federal practice and encourage public engagement. Since then, leaders and advocates have made significant progress in promoting bullying prevention, including extensive outreach by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that schools, districts and states are fully aware of their responsibility to prevent bullying.
In December 2010, Duncan sent a technical assistance memo to all governors and chief state school officers outlining the key components of existing, comprehensive state anti-bullying laws and policies. The memo included a clear and comprehensive definition of bullying, detailed reporting, investigating and responding procedures, graduated consequences for those engaged in the behavior, and referrals to mental and physical health resources.
In celebrating the extensive anti-bullying work, outreach and public engagement, Summit participants also acknowledged the need to resume collective efforts toward bullying prevention. In his remarks, Duncan reiterated the U.S. Department of Education’s commitment to continue working with federal partners to provide guidance, technical assistance, and frameworks to address bullying. He also called on advocates, students, parents, teachers and administrators to help inform guidance and policy.
“None of us can confront this alone,” said Duncan.“When we stand together we can address bullying and fight the hatred, bigotry and fear that divide us. Our children deserve a chance. We must support them.”
To learn more about anti-bullying efforts across federal agencies, visit www.stopbullying.gov.
"Today, we are a more perfect union. We not only make America safer, but we do so in a way that fulfills our Constitution's sacred promise that all men and women are created equal. I commend President Obama for his steadfast commitment to ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell, as well as my House and Senate colleagues as we resolutely stood together to ensure that our service members no longer have to choose between serving their country and living an authentic life. To all of those in our armed forces who have had to hide their true identities, thank you for your service to our country. Today, we stand for you as you have stood for America - unwaveringly, and with the utmost pride and respect."
"Today marks the end of "Don't Ask Don't Tell." The law is repealed. From this day forward, gay and lesbian soldiers may serve in our Army with the dignity and respect they deserve." - Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno.
“Our nation was founded on the concept of equality for all, and yet equality for gay and lesbian Americans is still a work in progress. Today, with the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, those gay and lesbian Americans who wish to serve their country without hiding their true identities finely have equality.
“As Commander in Chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness,” Obama said in July. “As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country.“
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It’s a journey across the Republican political spectrum. LaMarca, a former chairman of the Broward Republican Party, supported former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the 2008 nomination.
His departure leaves Parkland Commissioner Jared Moskowitz as the only candidate for the northwest Broward open House District 96 seat.
Brook said he would support Moskowitz. Both are Democrats.
“I have some exciting news. Although it was not an easy decision, I have decided to conclude my run for the House in 2012 and focus on my family and law firm…Thank you to all for your support!…I need more time with my gang, my grandson and my 82 year old Dad ,” Brook wrote on his personal Facebook page.
Brook told Browardbeat.com that his father was recently ill with severe swelling in the legs and is now in a rehab center.
He said because his mother died suddenly, he didn’t get to spend enough time with her. “I’m not going to miss” spending “every minute I can” with dad, he said.
A specialist in family law and workers’ compensation, the former mayor is married to Brenda Brook and has five children. He was a Coral Springs commissioner 2002-2006 and then elected mayor from 2006-2010.
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As Congress evaluates President Obama’s jobs plan, I am interested in learning what you think. In summary, the American Jobs Act:
- Cuts taxes for every business that hires a new employee and for companies that hire the long-term unemployed
- Cuts taxes for companies that hire the long-term unemployed
- Prevents thousands of additional layoffs of teachers, cops, caregivers, and firefighters through emergency aid to states
- Creates jobs modernizing 35,000 public schools across America
- Puts the construction sector back to work by investing in road, railway, and airport projects
- Establishes an independent bank to attract private capital for infrastructure projects and to reduce the burden on taxpayers
Let Congressman Ted Deutch know by filling out this quick survey: http://bit.ly/jobsactsurvey