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NPT DC: Reyes comment on Obama speech

silverstrereyesNews release from U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes. For the transcript of Obama’s speech, click here.

“President Obama was very honest about the challenges our country is facing but reaffirmed that America will rise to the challenge and will emerge from this crisis a stronger nation. The road ahead will not be easy, as we are confronting one of the most serious financial crises in our nation’s history, but the President and the Congress are determined to lead our country in a new direction and will continue to advance an ambitious legislative agenda that will move America forward again.

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February 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

NPT Capitol: Pickett does a Clyburn

pickettState Rep Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, filed a concurrent resolution yesterday requesting federal stimulus money to flow into Texas.

HCR29 requests that the 81st Legislature, “express its intent that the state accept federal economic stimulus funds appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HR1) or any other such legislation.”

The resolution, similar to one filed by State Senator Eliot Shapleigh, D-Paso, (but broader in scope), takes advantage of the Clyburn amendment (Section 1115 of HR1) which provides for states whose governors have expressed hostility toward the stimulus package.(Link)

Texas governor Rick Perry, has derided the bailout in recent weeks and has turned down federal money on more than one occasion. (link) Usually governors have to request federal money, but Section 1115 allows the money to be requested by a concurrent resolution of a state legislature. (link)
perry2Pickett’s resolution, if adopted, would represent such a request. However HR1 is currently seeking passage in the US Senate. Section 1115 may be the targeted for deletion by some conservative lawmakers.

Pickett is currently on the floor of the Texas House and as such cannot be reached for comment. More to follow…

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February 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

NPT Capitol: Stimulating Shapleigh

shapleigh1State Senator Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso today filed a concurrent resolution that takes advantage of the so-called Clyburn Amendment in the federal stimulus package.

The Clyburn amendment, passed in the US House version of HR1, allows states to request stimulus aid through a concurrent resolution of the state Legislature – effectively bypassing state governors that oppose the stimulus legislation in Congress.

The bill is targeted at Governor Perry, who has expressed hostility to the stimulus package (and all things Washington, especially a certain someone) in recent weeks. If the Texas Legislature passed a series of concurrent resolutions like Shapleigh’s, (read it here) Perry could be effectively shut out of much the action when it comes to federal money in Texas.

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The resolution, if passed, would, “urge the Congress…to provide emergency funding and resources” aimed at “addressing increasing delays at U.S. ports of entry on the Texas-Mexico border.” Specifically it asks that, “the congress provide funding for 24-hour customs operations and for infrastructure improvements, including more customs inspection lanes and more customs inspectors.”

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February 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm