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The Secret Republican Apology Machine: Say Your Sorry To Rush

Ever wonder how Republicans are able to tuck their tail between their legs and apologize so quickly after they have offended their leader, Rush Limbaugh!

Well in honor of RNC Chairman Michael Steele, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put up a web site that makes it easy for you to issue your own apology to Rush Limbaugh.

It’s fast and fun, just fill in the blanks and away it goes, your apology straight to Rush’s desk. 

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RUSH HOLT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

The following is a statement released by Congressman Rush Holt after last night’s speech to a joint session of Congress, by President Barack Obama:

(Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama’s Address to Congress. Holt’s guest for the speech was Dr. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy exclusively devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

“The President has demonstrated again – as he did during the debate over the economic recovery bill – that we cannot have long-term economic growth without investing in science research.

“The President also showed that he recognizes that we can’t fix our economy if we don’t fix the health care system. As it is now, our health care system adds needless costs, inequality, and inefficiency that hobbles our economy. My guest tonight in the House gallery – Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – understands this as well as anyone, rightfully calling for comprehensive health reform to cover the uninsured, improve the quality of care, focus on prevention, and bring spending under control.”


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>RUSH HOLT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

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The following is a statement released by Congressman Rush Holt after last night’s speech to a joint session of Congress, by President Barack Obama:

(Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama’s Address to Congress. Holt’s guest for the speech was Dr. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy exclusively devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

“The President has demonstrated again – as he did during the debate over the economic recovery bill – that we cannot have long-term economic growth without investing in science research.

“The President also showed that he recognizes that we can’t fix our economy if we don’t fix the health care system. As it is now, our health care system adds needless costs, inequality, and inefficiency that hobbles our economy. My guest tonight in the House gallery – Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – understands this as well as anyone, rightfully calling for comprehensive health reform to cover the uninsured, improve the quality of care, focus on prevention, and bring spending under control.”


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HOLT: ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL WOULD CREATE NEW JOBS,HELP THOSE STRUGGLING IN ECONOMIC CRISIS

Here is what Congressman Rush Holt has to say about the passage of the Economic stimulas bill passed last night in the House.

Press Release:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) tonight voted for the House-passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009, arguing that it would provide the comprehensive investment needed to stop the nation’s economic decline and rebuild the economy by creating millions of new jobs. Holt highlighted nearly $16 billion of new funding for science research and facilities, including $3 billion for the National Science Foundation, $2 billion for physical science research at the Department of Energy, $3.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health, and $3 billion for research into energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Senate still needs to pass the bill.

“The ideal project is one that keeps on giving, and that is exactly what scientific research does,” Holt said. “In his Inaugural Address, President Obama said ‘we will restore science to its rightful place.’ This legislation places science at the center of short-term job creation and long-term economic growth.”

In December 2008, Holt hosted a roundtable discussion at Princeton University, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, senior Congressional leaders, and national leaders in the science and technology community to highlight the importance of innovation infrastructure to ensure long-term American competitiveness.

Holt also drew attention to other investments that would help create new jobs and help families struggling in the economy, including funding for:

–School modernization, including funding for Holt’s initiative to increase energy efficiency (an estimated $250 million for New Jersey).

–Helping states prevent the laying off of teachers and other school employees (an estimated $1.7 million for New Jersey)

–Road and bridge construction, as well as improving public transit and rail (an estimated $1.15 billion for New Jersey)

–Transforming the nation’s electricity systems through the Smart Grid Investment Program.

–Job training, including for green-collar jobs.

–Increasing Pell Grants to $5,350 by the next school year, helping to make college more affordable.

–Extending unemployment benefits through 2009 and extending health care coverage for unemployed workers (an estimated 148,000 New Jersey workers would be eligible).

“We’re past the point where we can hope the economy will right itself,” Holt said. “People are hurting now. New Jersey’s unemployment rate has risen to 7.1 percent from 4.2 percent just a year ago. This legislation would provide the bold, wise action needed to get our economy on the road to recovery. Every dollar spent would create new jobs and help build the economy for the 21st century.”

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>HOLT: ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL WOULD CREATE NEW JOBS,HELP THOSE STRUGGLING IN ECONOMIC CRISIS

>Here is what Congressman Rush Holt has to say about the passage of the Economic stimulas bill passed last night in the House.

Press Release:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) tonight voted for the House-passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009, arguing that it would provide the comprehensive investment needed to stop the nation’s economic decline and rebuild the economy by creating millions of new jobs. Holt highlighted nearly $16 billion of new funding for science research and facilities, including $3 billion for the National Science Foundation, $2 billion for physical science research at the Department of Energy, $3.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health, and $3 billion for research into energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Senate still needs to pass the bill.

“The ideal project is one that keeps on giving, and that is exactly what scientific research does,” Holt said. “In his Inaugural Address, President Obama said ‘we will restore science to its rightful place.’ This legislation places science at the center of short-term job creation and long-term economic growth.”

In December 2008, Holt hosted a roundtable discussion at Princeton University, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, senior Congressional leaders, and national leaders in the science and technology community to highlight the importance of innovation infrastructure to ensure long-term American competitiveness.

Holt also drew attention to other investments that would help create new jobs and help families struggling in the economy, including funding for:

–School modernization, including funding for Holt’s initiative to increase energy efficiency (an estimated $250 million for New Jersey).

–Helping states prevent the laying off of teachers and other school employees (an estimated $1.7 million for New Jersey)

–Road and bridge construction, as well as improving public transit and rail (an estimated $1.15 billion for New Jersey)

–Transforming the nation’s electricity systems through the Smart Grid Investment Program.

–Job training, including for green-collar jobs.

–Increasing Pell Grants to $5,350 by the next school year, helping to make college more affordable.

–Extending unemployment benefits through 2009 and extending health care coverage for unemployed workers (an estimated 148,000 New Jersey workers would be eligible).

“We’re past the point where we can hope the economy will right itself,” Holt said. “People are hurting now. New Jersey’s unemployment rate has risen to 7.1 percent from 4.2 percent just a year ago. This legislation would provide the bold, wise action needed to get our economy on the road to recovery. Every dollar spent would create new jobs and help build the economy for the 21st century.”

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HOLT STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ORDERS ON DETAINEE TREATMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Washington, D.C.) –U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12), who has served as Chair of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel for two years and as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for six years today issued the following statement on President Obama’s Executive Orders on detainee treatment, including the order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center within one year. Holt also urged the President to support his legislation to require the videorecording of all interactions between American government personnel or contractors, and detainees arrested in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. These records would be kept at the appropriate level of classification, and would be available to intelligence personnel who could examine them for any potential intelligence benefit.

“President Obama promised to take swift action to bring this sorry chapter in our nation’s history to an end, and today he took the first, significant step to do so. Today’s orders will begin the process of putting our detainee policies back on a sound legal footing while maintaining our ability to get actionable intelligence. I am confident that the Obama Administration will continue to restore our nation’s credibility and moral leadership.

When he was an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama supported legislation to require law enforcement to videotape those in custody to get the best results of interrogations and to document the procedures and treatment followed. I urge him to support my legislation, passed last year in the House of Representatives, to require the recording of all interrogations of those in American custody.”

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>HOLT STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ORDERS ON DETAINEE TREATMENT

>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Washington, D.C.) –U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12), who has served as Chair of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel for two years and as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for six years today issued the following statement on President Obama’s Executive Orders on detainee treatment, including the order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center within one year. Holt also urged the President to support his legislation to require the videorecording of all interactions between American government personnel or contractors, and detainees arrested in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. These records would be kept at the appropriate level of classification, and would be available to intelligence personnel who could examine them for any potential intelligence benefit.

“President Obama promised to take swift action to bring this sorry chapter in our nation’s history to an end, and today he took the first, significant step to do so. Today’s orders will begin the process of putting our detainee policies back on a sound legal footing while maintaining our ability to get actionable intelligence. I am confident that the Obama Administration will continue to restore our nation’s credibility and moral leadership.

When he was an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama supported legislation to require law enforcement to videotape those in custody to get the best results of interrogations and to document the procedures and treatment followed. I urge him to support my legislation, passed last year in the House of Representatives, to require the recording of all interrogations of those in American custody.”

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HOLT SUPPORTS EXTENDING CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM:Similar to Bill President Bush Twice Vetoed in 110th Congress

(Washington, DC) – Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today voted to extend and improve the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to protect existing coverage and provide states with funding to provide coverage for 4 million additional children. The bill is similar to legislation that Holt helped pass twice in the 110th Congress, but President Bush vetoed.

“Sending a child to the emergency room is not an alternative to having comprehensive health insurance,” Holt said. “Especially at a time when millions of families are facing economic hardships, we must ensure that children have the care they need.”

SCHIP currently provides health care coverage for more than 7 million low-income children who otherwise would go without care. President-elect Obama has signaled his support for expanding SCHIP.

New Jersey uses its SCHIP funds to run a program called FamilyCare. Currently, 150,000 children and approximately 100,000 low-income parents are enrolled in New Jersey’s program.

Holt also noted that the bill would provide parity for mental health for children.

“I long have fought for mental health parity, and was pleased that last year we could improve mental health coverage for private insurance plans and Medicare. I am encouraged that we have now extended this to the SCHIP program.”

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>HOLT SUPPORTS EXTENDING CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM:Similar to Bill President Bush Twice Vetoed in 110th Congress

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(Washington, DC) – Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today voted to extend and improve the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to protect existing coverage and provide states with funding to provide coverage for 4 million additional children. The bill is similar to legislation that Holt helped pass twice in the 110th Congress, but President Bush vetoed.

“Sending a child to the emergency room is not an alternative to having comprehensive health insurance,” Holt said. “Especially at a time when millions of families are facing economic hardships, we must ensure that children have the care they need.”

SCHIP currently provides health care coverage for more than 7 million low-income children who otherwise would go without care. President-elect Obama has signaled his support for expanding SCHIP.

New Jersey uses its SCHIP funds to run a program called FamilyCare. Currently, 150,000 children and approximately 100,000 low-income parents are enrolled in New Jersey’s program.

Holt also noted that the bill would provide parity for mental health for children.

“I long have fought for mental health parity, and was pleased that last year we could improve mental health coverage for private insurance plans and Medicare. I am encouraged that we have now extended this to the SCHIP program.”

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HOLT TO HOST TELEPHONE LISTENING SESSION THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 AT 7 PM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Rush Holt announced that he will host a telephone town hall meeting with Central New Jersey residents on Thursday, January 15 at 7 p.m. The one-hour meeting will take place five days before the inauguration of Barack Obama, and will provide participants an opportunity to share views on the challenges facing New Jersey and the country, including the economy, energy, retirement security, health care, and anything else that may be on their minds.

What: Rush Holt will hold a live telephone town hall meeting with constituents.

When: Thursday January 15, 7-8 p.m.

Call-in information: To participate, constituents should call 1-866-447-5149 and enter the pin number 13372.

Contact: Zach Goldberg
202-225-5801 (office)

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