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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 12:35
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Senator Chuck Grassley made the comment below about the release of documents today by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about its dealings with the firm, LightSquared.

Senator Grassley has been seeking information from the agency as part of his effort to understand why the agency has allowed the company to move forward with its plans for a terrestrial 4G network, despite serious concerns of interference with the GPS systems used widely in military, aviation and emergency response venues.  The agency has refused to provide the public with insight into its approval process.

Months ago and subsequently, Senator Grassley asked the FCC to provide documents regarding its interactions with LightSquared and LightSquared’s parent company, Harbinger Capital Partners.  The FCC has refused to comply with Senator Grassley’s request.

Earlier this month, Grassley announced that he would place a hold on Senate action on two FCC nominees when the nominations are placed on the calendar for floor consideration until the FCC provides information, saying the public’s business ought to be public.

In October, Senator Grassley wrote separate letters to the top investor in and the chief executive of the company, seeking related information.

Grassley comment:

“This holiday week document dump and the fact that these documents are already publicly available is a continuation of the FCC’s pattern of hiding any actual information regarding the LightSquared waiver.  Whether it’s posting a bunch of old-news documents the day before Thanksgiving, or telling 99.6 percent of elected members Congress that the agency doesn’t have to be responsive to oversight, this is an agency with a very serious transparency problem.  The FCC needs to stop playing games and make itself accountable to Congress, the media, and the American people.”

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Friday, 02 December 2011 09:28

**Wednesday, November 23, 2011**

 

CHICAGO – November 23, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: SB 664

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Extends the sunset date on the Medical Practice Act until Dec. 31, 2012.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1694

An Act Concerning: Civil law

Allows family members easier access to medical records of deceased relatives.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Oct. 1, 2011

 

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Collapse all Expand all Print all In new window Facts are STUBBORN Things..."One-Sided Outrage" PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:31

Senate Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder, Nov. 8, 2011

“One-Sided Outrage”

Senator Schumer: “What I am getting at here, and why I think it’s important to have answers to this question, is because there’s been a selective way in which this investigation has been pursued so far.  It’s sort of one-sided outrage about the whole issue, when we know now that it began, or its progenitor began, before you took office, before President Obama took office.”

FACT

As early as March 2011, Senator Grassley’s staff sought information on Operation Wide Receiver from a gun dealer involved in the operation.  On September 28, 2011—before the Justice Department had produced any documents related to Operation Wide Receiver—Senator Grassley’s staff requested briefings on other cross-border events, which it is now clear included Operation Wide Receiver and the Hernandez investigation.  The Justice Department indicated on September 30 that it would not be “planning additional briefings on other matters at this time.”

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No Super Committee Agreement PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:15

Senator Chuck Grassley made the following comment about the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction not reaching agreement on a ten-year proposal for at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by November 23.

Senator Grassley submitted specific recommendations to the committee for spending reductions totaling hundreds of millions to even billions of dollars from administrative restructuring, reduction of duplicative and overlapping programs, and unnecessary and wasteful programs under the authority and jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he serves as Ranking Member.  He also made recommendations to the committee for the Grassley-Kohl legislation which would save $4.8 billion in federal government spending on prescription drugs, including through Medicare and Medicaid, by stopping deals between name-brand and generic drug makers that keep less expensive drugs off the market.  Senator Grassley urged the committee to adopt caps on farm payments, for a savings of $1.5 billion, and he backed a goal of saving $23 billion in spending from programs that fall under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Agriculture.

Grassley comment:

“Even though I didn’t vote for the bill that created the super committee, I hoped it would succeed in reducing government spending and signal that Washington is serious about getting our fiscal house in order.  During the last two years alone, federal spending has increased 22 percent, not even counting the failed $800 billion stimulus program.  Out-of-control deficit spending and a $15 trillion national debt inhibit the ability of the economy to grow and create private-sector jobs.  It’s a moral issue, too, because it’s wrong to leave a legacy of debt for the next generation.

“Going forward, entitlement reforms are needed not only for the federal budget, but also to sustain the programs themselves, and Congress and the President need to stay focused on reducing spending.  Tax increases aren’t the solution because we know that money from tax increases isn’t used to reduce the deficit.  For the last 65 years, every new dollar in tax increases has resulted in Congress’ spending $1.17.

“The President should have been engaged and at least have offered a credible deficit reduction plan.  In addition, the majority leadership of the Senate continues to do nothing about the budget challenges, despite the urgency.”

 

 
Facts are STUBBORN Things...Hernandez and the Mukasey Memo PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:14

Senate Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder, Nov. 8, 2011

Hernandez and the Mukasey Memo

Senator Schumer: “I am going to go back to the Fast and Furious issue. There has been, of course, a lot of focus on the present administration’s dealings with Fast and Furious. But what has been sort of missing certainly in the House investigation is that it didn’t start with the Obama administration.  It started with Alberto Gonzales and then continued with General Mukasey.”

“As we learned last week, some briefing material on Operation Wide Receiver, the – the Bush era version of Fast and Furious, was prepared for the – Attorney General Mukasey shortly after he took office, in preparation for a November 16th meeting with Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora of Mexico.”

FACT

The memo Senator Schumer referenced is about the Hernandez investigation, not Operation Wide Receiver.  The Justice Department has not produced any document that indicates Attorney General Gonzales or Attorney General Mukasey received any memos on Operation Wide Receiver.  The Justice Department has produced one November 16, 2007, memo to Attorney General Mukasey which refers to the controlled delivery in the Hernandez case.  It does not refer to walking guns.  It does not refer to the Wide Receiver case.

As the November 16, 2007, memo states: “ATF has recently worked jointly with Mexico on the first ever attempt to have a controlled delivery of weapons being smuggled into Mexico by a major arms trafficker.  While the first attempts at this controlled have not been successful, the investigation is ongoing, and ATF would like to expand the possibility of such joint investigations and controlled deliveries – since only then will it be possible investigate an entire smuggling network, rather than arresting simply a single smuggler.  To that end, it is essential that a vetted Mexican unit be assigned to work with ATF in this regard.  ATF’s attache in Mexico City has briefed General Medina Mora on this attempted controlled delivery, and stressed the importance of such a vetted unit being assigned.”

In contrast, no attempt was made to work with the government of Mexico in Operation Fast and Furious.  It is unclear whether such an attempt was made in Operation Wide Receiver.

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