Archive for January, 2007

January 2, 2007

Dodd well-positioned for White House bid (AP) »

  • A campaign spokeswoman for Dodd, whose state is home to big insurance companies, said he would be the same independent voice on the banking panel he’s always been. The senator will follow the letter of the law on fundraising, and conduct himself as “a thoughtful and independent chairman who listens to all sides of an issue and enacts public policy that is in the best interest of the American people,” spokeswoman Beneva Schulte said.

January 3, 2007

Hoyer Defends Democrats’ Plan to Block Republican Amendments (Bloomberg) »

  • “We view the first 100 hours as essentially a mandate fromthe American people,” Hoyer told reporters.
  • The American people were promised a new way of doingbusiness,” said Adam Putnam, a Floridian who is chairman of theRepublican Conference. “We are disappointed that, at this pointin the game, half of the Congress has been cut out of theprocess.”

Mourners bid final farewell to Ford (AP) »

  • “The pressures were enormous, the stakes were high … and the American people were holding their breath,” Rumsfeld said. “Few doubted that the gentleman from Michigan would keep his word. That was his special magic.”

January 4, 2007

Democrats Take Charge as 110th Congress Begins ( »

  • “Senator McConnell and I believe this is a new day in Washington, that our efforts are going to be to work in a bipartisan basis, in an open fashion, to solve the problems of the American people,” Reid declared afterwards.

Pelosi Becomes Speaker as Democrats Take Control of Congress (Bloomberg) »

  • The American people are expecting positive results fromthis the 110th Congress, not more partisan rancor,” Reid said.“The voters want change.”
  • “We have made history,” she said. “Now, let us makeprogress for the American people.”
  • She said today that in the 2006 midterm election “theAmerican people rejected an open-ended obligation to a warwithout end,” and she called on Bush to develop a new plan forIraq “that allows us to responsibly redeploy our troops.”

Nancy Pelosi basks in historic day (AP) »

  • “We have made history, now let us make progress for the American people,” she said.

Pelosi becomes first woman to lead House (Reuters) »

  • Pelosi said, “The election of 2006 was a call to change —not merely to change the control of Congress, but for a newdirection for our country. Nowhere were the American peoplemore clear about the need for a new direction than in Iraq.”

House Bans Lobbyist Gifts, Business-Sponsored Travel (Bloomberg) »

  • “The culture of the last Congress came to be defined by aphrase now common to Americans throughout the country: it was aculture of corruption,” said House Rules Committee ChairwomanLouise Slaughter, a New York Democrat. “The American peoplestated loud and clear that they were ready for a new culture totake hold in Washington: a culture of commitment.”

January 5, 2007

Miers resigns as White House counsel (AP) »

  • “Participating in the process to help identify the best nominees for the American people has been among the most rewarding of my experiences,” Miers wrote Bush in a resignation letter dated Thursday. “Your commitment to nominating judges who will interpret the law and who know the proper role of a judge has made this nation stronger and our justice system fairer.”

Senate keys on ethics, lobbying overhaul (AP) »

  • “I feel it is important to give the American people confidence to see that ethics complaints simply don’t get shunted aside for political reasons,” Obama said in support of an office of public integrity. “My feeling is we have momentum now and we should try to get it done.” Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

January 7, 2007

Dems look at tax cuts for middle class (AP) »

  • “As we review what we get from … collecting our taxes and reducing waste, fraud and abuse, investing in education and in initiatives which will bring money into the Treasury, it may be that (repealing) tax cuts for those making over a certain amount of money, $500,000 a year, might be more important to the American people than ignoring the educational and health needs of America’s children,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an interview aired Sunday.

January 8, 2007

Senate Democrats Begin Work on Ethics Law Changes (Bloomberg) »

  • “Ethics and lobbying reform are issues that deserve anddemand a bipartisan solution as Congress works to strengthen theAmerican people’s faith and trust in their government,” Cornynsaid.
  • “We may finally have a bill that is an appropriate responseto the clear message we got from the American people,” Feingoldsaid at a news conference with Reid, Obama and eight of the nineDemocratic Senate freshmen.

January 9, 2007

Congress Should Vote on Troop Surge in Iraq, Kennedy Says ( »

  • On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., said he would support the president’s “new effort to quiet Baghdad and to give us a chance to succeed. I think that’s what the American people would like to have.”

House passes Democratic security bill (Reuters) »

  • “If this bill … is enacted, funded and implemented, thenthe American people will be safer,” Hamilton said on Monday.

Ethanol, Taxes Among Major Issues Dividing Democratic Presidential Hopefuls ( »

  • Obama said that the bill “continues to lull the American people into thinking that we can drill our way out of our energy problems.”

January 10, 2007

9/11 bill may face scrutiny in Senate (AP) »

  • House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer , D-Md., said adopting these and other recommendations of the 9/11 Commission were a vital step toward the goal to “protect the American people, to defend our homeland and to strengthen our national security.”

Text of joint statement from Democrats (AP) »

  • Last November, the American people delivered a strong message of no confidence in the president’s Iraq policy and clearly expressed their desire for a new direction. The president had an opportunity tonight to demonstrate that he understood the depth of the concern in the country, make a long overdue course correction, and articulate a clear mission for our engagement in Iraq. Instead, he chose to escalate our involvement in Iraq’s civil war by proposing a substantial increase in the number of our forces there. This proposal endangers our national security by placing additional burdens on our already over-extended military thereby making it even more difficult to respond to other crises.
  • While we all want to see a stable and peaceful Iraq, many current and former senior military leaders have made clear that sending more American combat troops does not advance that goal. Our troops have performed the difficult missions given to them in Iraq with great courage. The Congress and the American people will continue to support them and provide them with every resource they need. But our military forces deserve a policy commensurate with the sacrifices they have been asked to make. Regrettably, the president has not provided that tonight.
  • In the days ahead, Congress will exercise its constitutional responsibilities by giving the president’s latest proposal the scrutiny our troops and the American people expect. We will demand answers to the tough questions that have not been asked or answered to date. The American people want a change of course in Iraq. We intend to keep pressing President Bush to provide it.

January 11, 2007

Bush rhetoric hard to square with facts (AP) »

  • “If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people — and it will lose the support of the Iraqi people” he said Wednesday.
  • Bush said on Wednesday, “The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people — and it is unacceptable to me.”

Most in Democratic field want troop cuts (AP) »

  • Clinton said: “The president simply has not gotten the message sent loudly and clearly by the American people, that we desperately need a new course. The president has not offered a new direction. Instead, he will continue to take us down the wrong road, only faster.”

January 12, 2007

Ford once called Carter a ‘disaster’ (AP) »

  • “When you put peace, prosperity and human rights against poverty, a massive unsuccessful military program and a lack of human rights, communism was bound to collapse,” he said. “No president, no Democrat or Republican, can claim credit for those programs. I’ll tell you who deserves the credit — the American people.”

January 13, 2007

Clinton doubts Iraqis can pacify Baghdad (AP) »

  • “I don’t know that the American people or the Congress at this point believe this mission can work,” she told ABC News in Baghdad. “And in the absence of a commitment that is backed up by actions from the Iraqi government, why should we believe it?”

Rice says U.S. won’t pull plug on Iraq (AP) »

  • “What will convince the American people that there’s going to be a good outcome here is changes on the ground,” Rice said. “No poll is going to change until there is something to show.”

Bush: War skeptics ‘proposing nothing’ (AP) »

  • In a pitch to lawmakers and the American people, Bush said the United States will keep the onus on the Iraqi government to take charge of security and reach a political reconciliation. He countered Democrats and his fellow Republicans who argue that Bush is sending 21,500 more U.S. troops into Iraq on the same mission.
  • “The Iraqi government knows that it must meet them, or lose the support of the Iraqi and the American people,” Bush said.

January 16, 2007

Jury selection to begin in CIA leak case (AP) »

  • • “Based on what you know at this time, do you believe that the administration misled the American people to justify going to war?”
  • • “Based on what you know at this time, do you believe that the administration misled the American people to justify going to war?”

Popular vote movement makes headway (AP) »

  • In presidential elections, the American people are not voting directly for a candidate. Instead, under a system created by the founding fathers out of a fear of mob rule, voters choose slates of “electors,” who in most cases are expected to cast their ballots for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their state.

Obama vaults into Democratic top tier (AP) »

  • “I think the resolution’s going to come forward, and I think it will send a message that, in fact, there is great skepticism in Congress and certainly among the American people for this plan,” Obama said.

Bush chides Iraq over recent executions (AP) »

  • “It makes it harder for me to make the case to the American people that this is a government that does want to unify the country and move forward,” Bush said. “And it just goes to show that this is a government that has still got some maturation to do.”

January 17, 2007

Secret court to govern wiretapping plan (AP) »

  • “While this may be a step in the right direction, it should not deflect the attention of the American people or the Congress from seeking answers about the current and past operation of this program,” said House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers , D-Mich.

January 18, 2007

Senate passes Democrats’ ethics bill (AP) »

  • Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21, part of a coalition of groups pressing for lobbying reform, said the groups were disappointed with the votes on grass-roots lobbying and the Office of Public Integrity. But he said the bill responded to the “deep concerns of the American people about corruption and ethics problems in Congress” and “will change the way business is done in the Senate.”

January 19, 2007

House wraps up legislative marathon (AP) »

  • “Today, Democrats stood united to say that we have kept our promise to the American people,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif.

January 20, 2007

Brownback joins GOP presidential field (AP) »

  • The Democratic National Committee issued a statement calling Brownback “a stubborn ideologue who places his own political agenda over the needs of the American people.”

January 21, 2007

Bush getting 2nd chance to defend plan (AP) »

  • “If the extremists prevail in Iraq, the American people will be less safe and our enemies will be emboldened and more lethal,” Perino said.

Democratic field grows after Hillary joins presidential race (AFP) »

  • "The next president must be able to make us energy independent, must be able to make schools better, create jobs, give the American people, every American, a fair shot," said Richardson.

January 22, 2007

New House speaker shows she’s boss (AP) »

  • “We did what we promised the American people we would,” Pelosi declared on Friday, pledging it was “just the beginning.”

January 23, 2007

Democrats stay focused on Iraq war (AP) »

  • Reid last week rejected the notion that Congress would withhold funds for the war in an effort to force Bush to end it. Pelosi’s message was more nuanced. The war should not be “an obligation of the American people in perpetuity,” she said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” program last Friday.

Democratic response to State of Union (AP) »

  • And under the leadership of the new Democratic Congress, we are on our way to doing so. The House just passed a minimum wage increase, the first in 10 years, and the Senate will soon follow. We’ve introduced a broad legislative package designed to regain the trust of the American people. We’ve established a tone of cooperation and consensus that extends beyond party lines. We’re working to get the right things done, for the right people and for the right reasons.
  • These presidents took the right kind of action, for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight we are calling on this president to take similar action, in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.

Bush stresses need to succeed in Iraq (AP) »

  • “Congress has changed but our responsibilities have not,” the president said. “We are not the first to come here with government divided and uncertainty in the air. Like many before us, we can work through our differences and achieve big things for the American people.”

January 24, 2007

Obama: Name not an advantage in campaign (AP) »

  • “Should I decide to go forward with this presidential race,” he told CNN, “we will get put through the paces … and then the American people are going to make a good judgment about it. I’m pretty confident that they’ll have a discerning eye.”

Text of Iraq Resolution (AP) »

  • Whereas the United States strategy and presence on the ground in Iraq can only be sustained with the support of the American people and bipartisan support from Congress;

Excerpts from Senate Iraq meeting (AP) »

  • “We are past the point where we can simply take it on good faith from the president that this will work. And we are past the point where we can simply take it on good faith that the Maliki government is prepared to take the steps it needs to take in order to succeed. … This is not a situation in which we have been impatient. The American people have shown enormous resolve.” — Sen. Barack Obama , D-Ill., who voted for the resolution. Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

Bush seeks action on Iraq confirmations (AP) »

  • “It is important to get these three fine individuals in their posts as soon as possible so that we have continuity as we do our duty to protect the American people,” the president said.

January 25, 2007

Obama Adopts Universal Health Care as Policy Theme ( »

  • Obama’s team fired back Wednesday. “These malicious, irresponsible charges are precisely the kind of politics the American people have grown tired of, and that Senator Obama is trying to change,” spokesman Robert Gibbs wrote in a memo distributed Copyright © 2007 Congressional Quarterly Inc.

January 26, 2007

Clinton reaches out to Americans online (AP) »

  • _Erin, a self-described “20-something blogger” from San Diego, writes to her: “I am so thrilled to see that you will be publishing your own campaign blog on Can you tell us how you plan to further your conversation with the American people through the blog?”

January 27, 2007

Giuliani stresses vision and performance (AP) »

  • “The government’s got to work in order for the American people to have confidence in it,” the former New York City mayor said. “And I believe there is something I can do about that.”

Clinton concedes role in authorizing war (AP) »

  • “We have to nominate someone who can have the trust and confidence of the American people to make the tough decisions as commander in chief,” she said. “That is the threshold issue.”

January 29, 2007

Red Sox pitcher vows to support McCain (AP) »

  • “The war in which you have fought has divided the American people, but it has divided no one in their admiration of you,” said the Arizona Republican. “We all honor you.”

January 30, 2007

Bush nominee: New actions needed in Iraq (AP) »

  • “Too often administration officials came before this committee and the American people and painted a rosy scenario when it was not there,” McCain said, referring to Iraq.