Saturday, January 26, 2008

Joe and his Republican Colleagues' Policies cause recession

Starting with Ronald Reagan and his busting of the air traffic controllers union, wages have been under tremendous pressure. This report puts Republican policies in perspective and how those policies are related to our current economic crisis.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Olbermann covers homelss veterans

Republicans say they are the party that takes care of veterans. The truth is, according to the Veterans Administration, there are 195,000 homeless veterans. Joe and his Republicans colleagues say they care about veterans, but the facts say something different. Bill O'Reilly and his kind can't face the consequences of their actions.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Joe Votes No on Improving Safety for Miners

This is unconscionable. The S-Miner Act would:

* Help prevent disasters. It would add new safeguards for a dangerous practice called “retreat mining.” It would strengthen standards to contain explosions and fires inside mines. It strengthens the enforcement hand of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, in part by giving the agency subpoena authority. It increases certain penalties against mine operators that violate the law. And it creates a miner ombudsman’s office to handle safety complaints from miners.

* Improve emergency response in the event that a disaster does occur. The legislation more clearly defines MSHA’s responsibilities and authority at the scene of a disaster. It requires MSHA to develop a plan to better coordinate with state and local authorities. It establishes rules for independent investigations of mining disasters. And it would improve safety technology in the mines, including better tracking and communications equipment, more reliable air supplies, and the installation of refuge chambers where trapped miners can safely await rescue.

* Reduce long-term health risks facing miners. The legislation updates standards to combat black lung disease and to reduce miners’ exposure to other deadly health risks, such as asbestos. It also strengthens rules to better inform miners of the health risks they face.

Our Congressman, Joe Knollenberg voted NO! How could you, Joe?