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Weekly Clips from October 27, 2011 through November 10, 2011

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-DE.., U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-DE.-A.L., and Gov. Jack Markell, D-DE.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-DE.

Delaware Congressional Delegation Announces Grant Award to Low Income Residents in Kent and Sussex Counties

November 1: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “This funding will help Delawareans in Kent and Sussex Counties get the much-needed help to improve substandard living conditions,” said Sen. Carper. “Programs like the USDA’s Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grants program help those who live in these rural areas of our state stay safe and continue to thrive.”

“This USDA grant will help Delaware families make needed repairs and investments in their homes,” said Congressman Carney. “Regardless of their income, every Delawarean should have a safe place to call home. This funding will help many achieve that goal while creating jobs for Delaware workers and preserving communities across the state.” More…

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Sen. Carper Commends Federal Agencies’ Efforts to Reduce Energy Use

November 1: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “Given the tremendous budget challenges we face, we need to look at every nook and cranny of the federal government for savings,” said Sen. Carper. “Reducing the enormous amount of money we spend on energy in the federal government is one clear way we can cut costs. While I am encouraged by the progress agencies have made to reduce their energy consumption and by their ambitious plans to make further improvements, we cannot stop here. Agencies must continue to implement these money-saving policies and Congress must continue to provide those agencies with the tools and resources they need to make implementation possible. That’s why I introduced the Reducing Federal Energy Dollars Act of 2011(R-FED), which would strengthen federal energy management efforts by encouraging and supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in federal facilities. As we learned from this report, federal agencies are already pursuing many ideas and technologies to reduce the amount of energy they consume. Many of these proven technologies have resulted in financial savings that have more than paid for the initial financial investment. My bill would not only help agencies save money but also allow the federal government to lead by example in becoming more environmentally sustainable and less reliant on foreign sources of energy. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to ensure that we continue to save taxpayer dollars by making our government more energy efficient.” More…

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Sen. Carper Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Reform the U.S. Postal Service

November 2: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “Over the past several months, Americans have realized the hard truth that the Postal Service is on the verge of financial collapse. Our troubled economy – coupled with the continued migration to electronic forms of communication – is putting the future of the Postal Service in jeopardy, and it’s happening faster than anyone ever expected even just a few years ago. If we do nothing, we face a future without the valuable services the Postal Service provides. And if the Postal Service were to shut down, the impact on our economy would be dramatic. More…

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Sen. Carper Congratulates Delaware Partners on Winning Text4baby State Enrollment Contest

November 2: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “The Text4baby program is a proven tool that helps accomplish one of my top health care priorities – helping patients get better health outcomes for less money,” said Sen. Carper. “Text4baby works by providing patients with the information they need to have a safe, healthy pregnancy in an inexpensive, easy to use format that is delivered regularly to their cell phone. This simple tool can help ensure healthier pregnancies and reduce health care costs that stem from a lack of access to important information about prenatal health. I congratulate the Delaware partners of Text4baby on this award and commend their work to encourage better health by helping to provide moms and dads with the information they need to have the healthiest pregnancy possible. I encourage expecting parents who have not done so already to look in to utilizing this helpful tool.” More…

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Sen. Carper Delivers Floor Speech Supporting Nomination of Rich Andrews

November 3: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “When I travel across Delaware, I often hear from people who say that the Senate is overwhelmed by partisan tensions. I am sure that my colleagues—both Republicans and Democrats here today—have heard similar criticisms. Confirming Rich Andrews will help to win back confidence that we can work together to do the right thing.

“Throughout his career, Rich Andrews has been supported by members of both parties. He was appointed to United States Attorney under Attorney General Janet Reno and Attorney General John Ashcroft. Most recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee supported his nomination without one single dissent.

“Our country is fortunate that someone with his outstanding credentials has stepped forward to do this critical work. Mr. Andrews’ education, background, and legal experience make him superbly qualified for this position.” Watch…

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Sen. Carper Statement on the Rebuild America Jobs Act

November 3: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “I am disappointed that, yet again, my colleagues could not come together to pass this important bill. This is a time when we need to put aside our partisan differences and do what the American people elected us to do – govern. We need it now more than ever. At a time when too many Delawareans and Americans are out of work and when our nation’s roads, railways and bridges continue to crumble, strong investments in our nation’s infrastructure are an engine for economic growth – creating good-paying manufacturing and construction jobs right here in the United States and facilitating commerce by replacing the many deteriorating roads and bridges that Delawareans and Americans travel on every day. The American people expect us to work together to help get this economy moving again and to help put Americans back to work. It’s time for Congress to come together and do just that.”

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Sen. Carper Reacts to DOD Inspector General Report on Overpriced Spare Parts

November 4: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “This latest Department of Defense Inspector of the Office General report details even more troubling and disappointing examples of wasteful spending,” said Sen. Carper. “We simply cannot afford this type of waste and ineffectiveness. The Department of Defense’s inability to properly manage its inventory and its financial records leaves it vulnerable to waste and fraud, as we’ve seen with this most recent example and far too many others. This type of sloppy record-keeping is unacceptable. I know the Department of Defense can do better than this, and I am eager to hear from the Department about the progress it has made in improving its accounting and inventory systems. Fixing these expensive and wasteful inventory and parts supply problems follows the overall approach that Secretary Leon Panetta had said earlier this year. If the Department of Defense is to become more efficient and eliminate waste, then implementing the inspector general recommendations makes sense.” More…

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Sen. Carper Statement on the Investigation of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover AFB

November 8: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “All of us who live in Delaware take great pride in the Dover Air Force Base and take seriously that the remains of our fallen heroes must be handled with the greatest care and dignity by the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center. My office was contacted at the end of 2009 regarding concerns raised about the actions of some employees within the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center. My office immediately contacted the Department of Defense Inspector General who, in turn, contacted the Air Force Inspector General and a multi-agency investigation was initiated. My office has maintained ongoing contact for the past 24 months with the Department of Air Force to make sure the investigation progressed appropriately. My office acted as a conduit, ensuring that these concerns were promptly conveyed to the leadership of the Air Force and the appropriate authorities, and that an investigation into these serious concerns was initiated. The resulting investigation was led by the Department of Defense and Air Force. As a veteran and a Delawarean, I appreciate that these concerns have been thoroughly and carefully investigated and corrective steps have already been taken to address the concerns raised over the course of this investigation. I welcome Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s call for an independent review of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center, which can provide further clarity and peace of mind regarding the solemn work done at the Center. Moving forward, I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress, the Administration, our military leadership, and the military community here in Dover and throughout the United States so we can continue to be absolutely confident in the integrity of the hallowed work done by the men and women who serve at the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center.”

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Senators Coons, Carper introduce bipartisan legislation to avert potential Delaware bankruptcy judgeship crisis

November 8: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “In order to survive and thrive in this challenging economic climate, businesses need more certainty, not less,” Senator Carper said. “To that end, businesses need a regulatory and legal environment that operates efficiently and effectively. To create that environment, it is imperative that we have an adequate number of judgeships to maintain a fair and efficient process to handle the workload of Chapter 11 cases. Letting bankruptcy judgeships in Delaware and in other states expire would not be in the interest of our legal or business communities and would negatively impact our broader economy. The last thing we need to do at this moment is to disrupt the legal systems and institutions that businesses — large and small — depend on to adapt to shifting economic conditions.” More…

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Senators Carper, Toomey Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Jobs

November 8: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “Small businesses and community banks are vital to bringing jobs and economic recovery back to our nation,” said Sen. Carper. “If we want our economy to continue to recover, we have to help local businesses grow. This bipartisan bill would modernize out-of-date legislation to help our small businesses and community banks hire new workers and thrive in today’s challenging economy. I will continue to work with Senator Toomey and the rest of our Senate colleagues to support initiatives that aid small businesses in Delaware and throughout the nation.” More…

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Postal Reform Clears Committee

November 9: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: Carper said: “I have been saying for some time now that Congress needs to come together on a plan that can save the Postal Service and protect the more than eight million jobs that rely on it. Today’s markup is another important step in our effort to reform the Postal Service and help it thrive in the 21st century. This bill – the only bipartisan proposal from Members in either Chamber – presents a comprehensive solution to the Postal Service’s financial challenges. I thank my colleagues on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for recognizing the urgency of this situation and approving this bipartisan solution to a challenging and complex set of problems. It is my hope that Congress and the Administration can come together on this plan in order to save the Postal Service before it’s too late.” More…

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Sen. Carper Statement on 21st Century Postal Service Act Markup

November 9: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “I have been saying for some time now that Congress needs to come together on a plan that can save the Postal Service and protect the more than eight million jobs that rely on it. Today’s markup is another important step in our effort to reform the Postal Service and help it thrive in the 21st century. This bill – the only bipartisan proposal from Members in either Chamber – presents a comprehensive solution to the Postal Service’s financial challenges. I thank my colleagues on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for recognizing the urgency of this situation and approving this bipartisan solution to a challenging and complex set of problems. It is my hope that Congress and the Administration can come together on this plan in order to save the Postal Service before it’s too late.” More…

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Sen. Carper Statement on EPW Approval of his Clean Construction Legislation

November 9: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “I am proud to say that my Clean Construction legislation, which I introduced earlier this year, was included in MAP-21 which unanimously passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today. The Clean Construction provisions in MAP-21 will help to ensure that highway construction equipment working in areas affected by poor air quality has modern pollution controls installed.” More…

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Sen. Carper Hails Executive Order to Cut Waste and Save Taxpayer Dollars

November 9: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “The Administration’s decision today is a no-brainer to millions of Americans who expect their federal government to spend their tax dollars wisely,” said Sen. Carper. “As I’ve said time and time again, we must look in every nook and cranny of our federal government to find ways to save scarce taxpayer dollars. Getting rid of this sort of unnecessary and ineffective spending isn’t just picking off the low hanging fruit – it’s picking up the fruit that’s already on the ground. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, I’ve held hearing after hearing on ways federal agencies can increase efficiency and cut wasteful spending and I am heartened that many of those ideas we’ve talked about are included in this Executive Order. The Administration’s ongoing efforts to cut the waste plaguing our federal budget shows that we are going to continue to be relentless in trying to achieve better results for less money in the federal government. I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues here in Congress to see what more needs to be done.” More…

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Sen. Carper Celebrates Key Committee Passage of Delaware National Park Bill

November 10: Tom Carper–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “For almost a decade, I have been working with federal officials, state officials, community leaders and activists to establish a national park in Delaware,” said Sen. Carper. “Today, I thank the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for approving this legislation. With today’s vote, we move our state another step closer toward the reality of a national park that preserves and teaches the lessons of our state’s heritage. I cannot wait for the day when families all across this country and the world will plan their vacations around the Delaware National Park, to learn how the First State helped launch the most enduring experiment in democracy that the world has ever known – the United States of America. I also thank Senator Coons and Congressman Carney for their continued support and efforts during this process, and I look forward to working them, the Administration and my other Congressional colleagues to make the First State Historical National Park a reality.” More…

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Ideology split muddles Delaware GOP’s future

News Journal: October 30: “I think we need candidates with a résumé and a record of creating jobs,” said Urquhart, a Rehoboth Beach businessman who is mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Tom Carper. More…

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Despite ethics rules, outside groups fund more trips for Congress

News Journal: November 2: Four years after Congress imposed new restrictions on travel funded by outside groups, federal lawmakers are frequent fliers again, taking 415 privately funded trips between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 — a nearly 75% jump in the number of trips they took during the same period in 2010, records show.

The value of the trips exceeds $3.1 million, making it the most expensive year of travel since Congress enacted ethics rules in 2007 aimed at clamping down on lobbyist-funded trips, according to a Gannett review of congressional travel records compiled by the non-partisan CQ MoneyLine.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and his wife Martha traveled to Banff, Canada, Aug. 15 through Aug. 20 for an $8,105-trip funded by the nonprofit Aspen Institute Congressional Program. Other lawmakers took more expensive trips. More…

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Democratic candidates hold cash advantage over Republicans

News Journal: October 30: U.S. Rep. John Carney reported receiving $224,098 in campaign contributions during the past three months as the freshman Democrat prepares to defend his seat next year.

Carney’s re-election committee reported ending the third quarter with $382,856 in cash on hand, according to his quarterly report. Carney reported receiving $97,923 in individual contributions and $126,175 in July, August and September.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat, reported raising $316,945 in the third quarter and has $1,784,785 in the bank for his re-election effort next year, according to his report.

With Election Day a year away, Carper does not yet have a declared Republican opponent. New Castle businessman Kevin Wade has formed an exploratory committee to consider challenging Carper, but hasn’t officially started raising money.

Approximately $192,400 of the contributions to Carper’s campaign in the third quarter came from political action committees. The remaining $124,545 came from individual donors, according to the report.

Congressional candidates file quarterly fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. State candidates don’t have to report their 2011 fundraising until early next year. At the end of 2010, Gov. Jack Markell reported having $323,813 in cash on hand. More…

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Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE)

Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Delaware’s Realities – On TV and in Our Communities

October 28: Jack Markell–Gov.: Pressroom: So many people around the country have had a chance to see some inspiring Delawareans, who used their time in the spotlight to bring attention to some of the talent, creativity and drive that helps define our state.

But more importantly, when the lights are off and the camera crews have moved on – these Delawareans stay committed to giving back to the place they call home.   Because, while life may look glamorous in prime time – (unless you’re on Survivor) – the truth is, these have been tough times for our nation.

Times we’ve had to pull together, to look past our differences and focus on what we can do, together, to get people working, to strengthen our schools, and our resolve – to donate our time and our talents to make stronger this great state of neighbors.

There’s the hundreds of thousands of hours people have given to help through efforts like VolunteerDelaware.org.   Parents volunteering time in schools.  Or kids committing themselves to mastering critical subjects like math, science and reading so they can compete – not to be the next American Idol — but to be the next great American entrepreneur or employer.

The hard work most people put in, day in and day out – the commitment they make each morning to making their families and their communities stronger – may not make for exciting television but makes for a much brighter future for all of us, and helps keep our great state – moving forward. More…

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Delaware Officials Pay Their Respects To The People Of Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture

October 31: Jack Markell–Gov.: Pressroom: “Our community came together quickly to help our neighbors on the other side of the world,” said Markell.  “I’m thankful for the generosity and compassion that Delawareans have shown, and I’m thankful for the strong bonds we’ve formed with our friends in Miyagi. I remain grieved by their losses, but I’m hopeful and inspired by the great strides they’ve made.” More…

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Women’s Work Release Center Renamed after State Representative Hazel Plant

November 1: Jack Markell–Gov.: Pressroom: In a bill signing ceremony today, the Department of Correction’s (DOC) Women’s Work Release Treatment Center in New Castle was renamed after Representative Hazel D. Plant.  Governor Jack Markell, DOC Commissioner Carl Danberg, numerous legislators, clergy, community representatives and members of the Plant family attended the signing ceremony,  which officially changed the center’s name to the Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility.

Plant, who died November 24, 2010, served as State Representative for the 2nd District for more than 10 years. Today’s event honored her service to the State of Delaware and her special interest in women’s issues and the corrections system.

“If Hazel were here, she would tell the women here that she believes in them,“ said the Governor.  “Many ended up at this facility because they didn’t believe in themselves.  I want them to know we believe in them.  Even though women who will pass through these doors will not get to know Hazel Plant personally, she will be right here with them in spirit, helping them get back on the right path.” More…

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Governor’s Weekly MessageTranscript: Habitat for Humanity – Building More Than Homes

November 4: Jack Markell–Gov.: Pressroom: The Mill Stone effort where we worked this week is one of the largest that Habitat for Humanity has ever attempted in Delaware.

It’s a great mix of projects. Some homes are constructed on empty lots- other existing homes are being rehabbed or rebuilt.

Whether it’s the Mill Stone project or others, the time, talent and resources dedicated by these volunteers help renew local communities, one block at a time. It also helps renew something in each volunteer – a sense of connection to our community. And when you’re volunteering with friends or co-workers, it renews your sense of teamwork and purpose. Because, no matter how many meetings you’ve been through with somebody, how many shifts you’ve worked with them – you learn a lot more about them when they’re hammering nails inches from your face, and, when you’re lifting up together the walls to a new home.

Along the way, Habitat volunteers get to work side-by-side Habitat homeowners, who aren’t simply given the keys to a better life – they earn it. They put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity, before having the chance to buy the home. I’ve been to Habitat sites across the state, and each time I come away with the same message: the coming together you see at a Habitat site is evident in so many parts of our great state.

Whether it’s for our schools, or small businesses…whether it’s competing to bring in a new employer or fighting for opportunity for our neighbors – you see that shared sense of effort and purpose. More…

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Governor’s Weekly Message: Habitat for Humanity – Building More Than Homes

November 4: Jack Markell–Gov.: Pressroom: “If you ever get a chance to lend a hand, or a hammer – do it,” said Governor Markell.  “Whether it’s the Mill Stone project or others, the time, talent and resources dedicated by these volunteers help renew local communities, one block at a time.   It also helps renew something in each volunteer – a sense of connection to our community.  And when you’re volunteering with friends or co-workers, it renews your sense of teamwork and purpose.” More…

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Delaware Unveils Two New Vessels to Protect Waterways and Critical Infrastructure

November 4: Jack Markell–Gov.: Pressroom: Protecting the State’s key assets and infrastructure along Delaware’s waterways just got easier with the unveiling of the new and first-ever Delaware State Police (DSP) Maritime Unit and two new vessels that will be used for homeland security patrols and surveillance. The vessels, DSP Marine One, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Marine Patrol Oscar (MP Oscar), will proactively patrol Delaware’s 100-miles of waterways.

Today, Gov. Jack A. Markell, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro and Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary (DNREC) Collin O’Mara joined with local homeland security partners to emphasize the importance of enhancing security along Delaware’s waterways.

“One of government’s most important roles is protecting its citizens,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Business conducted along our waterways is an integral part of our economy. Our port, bridges, refineries, and chemical facilities are vital links in regional commerce. We are protecting our State’s assets, its businesses and the people that call Delaware ‘home.’ It’s our responsibility to ensure, as best we can, that Delaware and its residents are safe and secure.” More…

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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Saluting our Veterans and Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Delaware’s PTA

November 10: Jack Markell–Gov.: Pressroom: For hundreds of years, so many Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice.

They put their lives on the line to join our armed forces – defending our nation and earning along the way the noble title of Veteran.   That service is remembered with particular reverence and honor this Veterans Day.

And while vets were leading the fight to protect our freedom for future generations, another great group of Delawareans have been working to prepare generations of future leaders.

This weekend  also marks the Delaware Parent Teacher Association’s 100th Annual Convention.  We know that great teachers do so much to help kids succeed.  But parental involvement plays an enormous part in whether a child graduates ready and able to take on the world.   That critical connection between parents and teachers ensures that’s what taught in the classroom is reinforced at home, and helps ensure that kids arrive at their classroom, ready to learn and ready to lead.   PTA members like to say “children are 25-percent of our present, but 100-percent of our future.” Few organizations have worked as hard or have dedicated as many hours to making Delaware schools even stronger.

Our state’s veterans and our state’s PTA aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence, but their shared sense of service above self and of helping to strengthen this great state of neighbors helps define their members. More…

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Occupy Delaware members vote to defy law, stay in Fletcher Brown Park

News Journal: November 5: “They are violating their permit,” Gov. Jack Markell spokesman Brian Selander said. “Park rangers will continue to monitor the site and evaluate enforcement options.”

“The state made the responsible offer of Brandywine Park to make sure the hundred kids in the day care that use Fletcher Brown twice a day weren’t walking into the middle of an encampment,” Selander said. “That goal was accomplished. With their vote, the occupy group appears to have given their word that they will be moved to their new location by sundown on Sunday. “ More…

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Markell calls for doctor training

News Journal: November 10: Delaware should require its doctors to take mandatory courses in prescribing narcotics and other controlled drugs, Gov. Jack Markell said while outlining a series of steps he contends would help stem the state’s epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Reacting to The News Journal’s three-day series this week about abuse of painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs in Delaware, Markell said doctors also need to prescribe the drugs electronically once proper systems are in place next year. He pledged to work with the governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland to share their data with Delaware’s prescription monitoring program, scheduled to begin next year.

“This is not a victimless problem,” Markell said. “It could be anybody.” More…

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U.S. Rep. John Carney (D-DE)

Bipartisan Letter To Super Committee Urging $4 Trillion In Deficit Reduction

October 31: John Carney-U.S. Rep.: Pressroom: We greatly appreciate the work you are doing to restore the United States to sound fiscal footing. For too long our country has spent trillions of dollars that we do not have, and now is the time to begin getting our house in order. Although your mandate is to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion, we write to ask you to go big and secure the largest deficit reduction package possible and enact reforms to improve our budget process moving forward.
Since the deficit reduction debate began in earnest earlier this year, one target has been consistently advanced as the minimum amount of deficit reduction to restore our fiscal health: $4 trillion. The Bowles-Simpson committee identified this as the proper target, as has the Senate “Gang of Six.” $4 trillion is also the common thread between Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan and the proposals advanced by President Obama. We urge you to use this opportunity to go big and reduce our deficit by $4 trillion and make a historic and lasting impact on our deficit and debt. Our constituents are demanding bold action and, given the gridlock experienced in Washington this year, it is likely that smaller deal will entrench stakeholders rather than bring them together.
We have been meeting regularly during the 112th Congress to discuss bipartisan reforms that can increase budget accountability. We believe the Supercommittee should seize this opening to implement long overdue changes in how the Congress considers the budget.

 

These reforms include:
• CBO and JCT analysis of the second decade budget impact for any bill that they score for Congress.
• OMB annual reports examining our unbudgeted fiscal exposures.
• Regular performance reviews by the Department of Treasury, in conjunction with OMB and the policy-relevant federal agency, of all tax expenditures.
• A bi-annual budget process.
• The use of accrual accounting in examining the federal budget.
• An annual “revenue stability projection report” to Congress by OMB or the Department of Treasury.
• Mechanisms to ensure that spending begins to accurately reflect revenues.
While addressing our fiscal crisis will still require bold action, these reforms will allow future Congresses to better appreciate our budget and keep our deficit moving downwards. More…

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U.S. Rep. Carney Reminds Delawareans Of First Nationwide Test Of Emergency Alert System

November 3: John Carney-U.S. Rep.: Pressroom: “It’s critical for public safety that we’re prepared in the event of a national emergency,” said Congressman Carney.  “Emergency preparation can save lives and protect homes, businesses, and communities.  I urge Delaware families to use this test as an opportunity to develop their own emergency plans and stay informed about what to do in the case of an actual emergency.” More…

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Rep. Carney And Bipartisan Coalition Introduce Bill To Encourage Saving For Home Down Payments

November 4: John Carney-U.S. Rep.: Pressroom: “Purchasing a home is the foundation of the American Dream, but many families are having trouble saving enough money for a down payment,” said Congressman Carney. “This legislation allows families to set aside a tax-free portion of their earnings to use towards their first home purchase. As the economy continues to struggle, we need to jumpstart the housing market and encourage American families to save money and take on less debt.” More…

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Rep. Carney Statement On Investigation Of The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center

November 9: John Carney-U.S. Rep.: Pressroom: “After being sworn-in as Delaware’s U.S. Representative in Congress, I was made aware of this investigation and very disturbed by the allegations. I immediately requested a full briefing from the Secretary of the Air Force. I was informed by Secretary Donley that although the investigation was not yet complete, the Air Force had already modified the standard operating procedures at Dover and installed a change of command at the Mortuary Affairs Operations Center. Since that initial briefing, my staff and I have maintained frequent contact with Air Force officials and the Delaware Delegation to ensure that the investigation be conducted as thoroughly and quickly as possible. More…

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Rep. Carney Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Fight Medicare Fraud

November 10: John Carney-U.S. Rep.: Pressroom: “It’s easy for politicians to talk about eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare system as a way to reduce the deficit. We need to replace that talk with action,” said Rep. Carney. “The FAST Act is a real solution that addresses the problem. This bipartisan legislation will make it much harder to commit Medicare fraud, and will in turn save billions in Medicare costs without cutting benefits to seniors.”More…

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Proposed act would threaten Delaware legal edge

News Journal: October 30: “There’s a tremendous amount of concern,” said Rep. John Carney, who is rallying congressional opposition to the bill sponsored by powerful House Judiciary Committee leaders Lamar Smith of Texas and John Conyers of Michigan.

“The law firms themselves have geared up and they’re getting together” to assess the threat, Carney said. “This is a big issue for the regional economy.” More…

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Carney deserves praise for cancer study

News Journal: November 3: Delawareans owe a huge debt of gratitude to Congressman John Carney for work he began over 10 years ago to deal with the high concentrations of cancer in our state. The fruit of his persistent efforts will be the upcoming test of a small group of volunteers who live near the Indian River coal plant in Millsboro. The tests will help determine the health burden posed by its emissions. For many decades, the plant was the biggest polluter in the state.

John promised to do this study when he ran for Congress. It was not a slick campaign theme but something that he believed in and is now seeing it come to completion. According to a 2000 Harvard Health study, anyone living within a 30-mile radius of an old coal plant has a five times greater risk of disease and premature death than those in the general population. Old coal plants are linked to cancer, heart attack, stroke and respiratory diseases.

John has been fighting to obtain pertinent information so that locals can make informed choices about their health through the Cancer Right to Know law and now the body burden study. As co-founder of Citizens for Clear Power, I think our thanks should go to this representative who delivers on his promises.

Kit Zak, Lewes More…

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Carney draws liberal fire for debt-reduction stance

News Journal: November 9: Liberals are angry with Rep. John Carney of Delaware and other Democrats for urging a congressional debt-reduction committee to consider “all options,” including cuts to entitlement and other programs Democrats hold dear, as the panel seeks a plan to achieve trillions in savings.

In a Nov. 2 letter to the co-chairmen of the “supercommittee,” the group of 60 Democrats and 40 Republicans told the 12-member panel that “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table.”

They say at least $4 trillion in savings over a decade is necessary to stabilize the debt. That’s more than three times the panel’s minimum goal of $1.2 trillion.

Liberals say the letter compromises Democratic priorities.

“(Carney) literally signed away the principles upon which the Democratic Party has been built,” Steve Tanzer wrote recently under the name “El Somnambulo,” on the Delaware Liberal blog. “Principles that have served working families, the poor, the elderly and the middle class for over 80 years.” More…

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A look ahead to the key races in the Northeast in 2012

USA Today: November 3: Delaware: Democratic Sen. Tom Carper is seeking re-election. Carper, a former governor, has been in office since 2001. In 2006, Carper defeated then-Republican challenger Jan Ting with 67% of the vote. No Republicans have declared their candidacy yet, but Christine O’Donnell is lurking. She won the GOP Senate nomination in 2010 and 2008 but lost both races.

Delaware’s at-large representative, Democrat John Carney Jr., is running for re-election to a second term. Carney took the place of Republican Michael Castle, who had been in office since 1993 and left to run unsuccessfully in the Senate special election last year. Carney defeated Republican Glen Urquhart with a comfortable margin in 2010. GOP candidates include political newcomer Rose Izzo and New Castle County Council President Tom Kovach.

Protesters march from the State House to the Federal Building during a rally in October in Augusta, Maine. The group marched to the offices of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. Snowe is up for re-election next year. Tea Party activists are targetting Snowe as a moderate and she could be in for a competitive race.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell is eligible to run for re-election to a second term but has not announced if he will do so.

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