Show your support with yard signs.

Friday September 3, 2010

Our campaign is in full swing, and we are going around the 28th District to put up yard signs in your area. If you would like a sign to display in your front yard or come help on the campaign, we would love to hear from you.

Contact us at 585-697-0840 or email [email protected].

Help me to continue to make progress for a prosperous 28th district for New York.

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From a Friend

Wednesday September 1, 2010

A friend sent this to me the other day. They came across this old video which brought back some great memories. I truly enjoy representing the people of the 28th district and it is my pleasure to continue to meet each and every one of you.

I hope that you can make it to my ice cream social on September 27th, 2010.

Click here for the invitation

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Keeping Our Antibiotics Working

Friday July 10, 2009

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Watch Louise's Appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show:

Thursday October 23, 2008

I recently appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to address America’s energy crisis. This New Direction Congress has passed critical legislation to invest in a clean energy future and to curb global warming by making key changes, such as increasing the fuel efficiency of new cars. You can watch my interview with Rachel here.

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Putting the Past Behind Us: A New Energy Future for America

Wednesday September 17, 2008

I do not need to tell you that our nation is staring down the barrel of a huge energy crisis. Anyone who has filled up their gas tank, paid their home energy bill, ridden on an airplane, or bought groceries recently knows that the cost of gasoline and energy are sky-high which has caused the price of other commodities to soar as well. These exorbitant energy prices are taking their toll on American families across our nation. Hardworking Americans in all fifty states are struggling to make ends meet and are crying out for relief.

As we fight to lower energy prices and lay the groundwork for a clean, independent energy future, I can’t help but ask—how did we get here?

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DoD Shirks Congressional Oversight of Sexual Assault in the Military

Monday August 4, 2008

Last Thursday, I gave testimony on sexual assault in the military at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee oversight hearing. Kaye Whitley, director of the Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, had been subpoenaed to testify at Thursday’s hearing, but apparently Department of Defense officials instructed her to stay away from the hearing.

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Stand Up Against Sen. Coburn and Genetic Discrimination

Thursday September 13, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dear Friend,

For over a decade in the House of Representatives, I have worked to pass a bill called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, known as GINA.

GINA Protects Americans from Discrimination Based on their Genetic Profile.

GINA will make it illegal for health insurers to discriminate against an individual because of a genetic predisposition to develop a disease in the future. It also bars employers from using genetic information for hiring, firing, or other decisions.

This April my hopes were raised when the House of Representatives passed GINA by a vote of 420 to 3. With GINA successfully passed through the House, it was expected to pass the Senate as it had before and head to the President’s desk where it would be signed into law.

Unfortunately, Senator Coburn from Oklahoma has Decided Otherwise.

Through an unusual rule in the U.S. Senate, Senator Coburn has placed a hold on GINA, effectively preventing its consideration and passage. Just imagine—one man has the ability and audacity to prevent the passage of an important law even though nearly every single Member of the House and Senate, not to mention the President of the United States, supports it!

What’s more, Senator Coburn is blocking GINA even though he supported the bill last Congress! And this is not Senator Coburn’s only unfair hold on a piece of legislation – we’ve learned that he has secretly placed holds on 85 other bills – an unprecedented number.

I’m Asking You To Join Me in Standing Against Senator Coburn and Genetic Discrimination!

Friends, the importance of this legislation can not be taken lightly. We all must remember that there is not a single person on this planet that carries with them perfect genes – every one of us carries a predisposition to illnesses, and therefore we are all vulnerable to genetic discrimination.

Please Join Me in Telling Senator Coburn that You Won’t Stand for Genetic Discrimination!

In Solidarity,

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter

P.S. Please be certain to help spread the word about this important issue by forwarding this email on to your friends, family and co-workers.

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No Child Left Behind Op-Ed

Sunday July 29, 2007

A new op-ed by Congresswoman Slaughter appears today in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle with her thoughts on the current state of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Democratic Congress Off to A Great Start

Sunday January 21, 2007

The last time I wrote to you, I told you about six promises Democrats were making to the American people – six goals we were determined to achieve in the first 100 hours of the new Congress.

Well, I am as pleased as can be to report that we made good on those promises. Since January 4th, Democrats have reached out to Republicans and passed a series of bills reflecting some of the top priorities of voters. We passed legislation to restore honesty and openness to our government, to re-establish fiscal responsibility, to strengthen our national security, and to expand hope and opportunity for all Americans. We passed bills to cut federal student loan interest rates in half, to raise the minimum wage, to end subsidies for Big Oil, to promote stem cell research, to lower Medicare prescription drug prices, and to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. And we did it all with 58 hours to spare.

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Happy Holidays

Tuesday December 19, 2006

As we get ready to celebrate this holiday season, I wanted to thank you once again for helping us to take our country back. We Democrats have been busy since America voted for a New Direction on November 7th.

Since then, we have announced new budget proposals, outlined our plan to implement all of the key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, discussed outside enforcement of ethical standards in Congress, and highlighted a bipartisan plan to strengthen the Page Board to protect the young people in the Congressional Page Program.

The American people voted for a Congress that will make them safer, make our economy fairer, make our Congress more honest, and build a better future for all of America’s children. And in January, we will move forward to deliver on that mandate within our first 100 legislative hours.

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Thank You

Sunday November 12, 2006

You did it.

On Tuesday, people from every corner of the country went to the polls determined to get our country moving in a new direction. They sent Democrats to Washington – Democrats who have the fresh ideas America needs to get back on track. .

Your work made it happen – and it wasn’t always easy. This victory was years in the making, and this online community was a huge part of it: raising money, awareness, and turning out a record number of voters.

And what a victory it has been. Democrats now control the House and the Senate. The majority of our nation’s governors are Democrats, too – among them, Elliott Spitzer, the first Democratic governor of New York in 12 years. In fact, here in our state, Mike Arcuri, Kirsten Gillibrand, and John Hall all won Congressional seats in races against incumbent Republicans.

None of this would have been possible without your energy,
enthusiasm, and support. Thank you.

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Staying the Course (in Iraq) is not an Option

Friday October 13, 2006

A spat of recent news stories on Iraq have made it more clear than ever that we can no longer adhere to the current Republican Administration’s ‘stay the course’ policy in that war torn nation.

The New York Sun reported yesterday that a bipartisan 10-member commission has ruled out the prospect for victory in Iraq and will propose redeployment:

A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials.

Currently, the 10-member commission — headed by a secretary of state for President George H.W. Bush, James Baker — is considering two option papers, “Stability First” and “Redeploy and Contain,” both of which rule out any prospect of making Iraq a stable democracy in the near term.
Meanwhile, also on yesterday Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the British Army – America’s most important ally in Iraq – told the British press that the presence of British armed forces in Iraq “exacerbates the security problems” and that they should get out some time soon

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DC Republicans Have Gone Off The Rails

Wednesday October 4, 2006

I am mad as a wet hen about the disgusting stories coming out of Washington on yet another blockbuster Republican scandal. As a mother and a grandmother, I am disgusted at reports that top Republicans in this House might have put political expedience ahead of the safety of the children in our care.

Instead of dealing with the disgraceful actions of former Republican Representative Mark Foley, they seemingly chose to cover the story up for as long as three years. Every parent in America deserves to know why the Republican leadership allegedly hid Foley’s disgusting predatory behavior instead of acting to stop it.

This week, rather than accepting responsibility for the consequences of their inaction, Republicans in Washington are doing their best to pass the buck. There is simply no accountability among the Republican Leadership, no matter how severe the circumstances.

The safety of children on Capitol Hill should be more important than spin and political posturing. This is about trust. And, Washington Republicans are in disgrace. They have gone off the rails, and they’ve taken America with them. From Iraq, to Afghanistan, to the Foley matter, to Jack Abramoff, to the economy, America deserves a fresh start.

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Ask ABC to Come Clean On its 9-11 "Docudrama"

Thursday September 7, 2006

I wanted to let you all know that I have been following the story concerning ABC Television’s plan to air a so called “Docudrama” on 9/11 written by a right wing activist.

On September 10 and 11, ABC Television is planning to run an inaccurate film, The Path to 9/11, depicting the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks. The film was written by an avowed conservative activists and it largely places the blame for failing to prevent the attacks on the Clinton administration while whitewashing the failures of the Bush administration.

Reviews of the film have shown it to be full inaccuracies. According to researchers at Think Progress, the film’s distorted version of history is inconsistent with the 9/11 Commission Report, upon which it claims to be based.*

The events leading up to September 11, 2001 are too important and too tragic for us let anyone play politics with the facts. So, please join me in calling on ABC to make it clear to viewers that this is a docudrama, not a documentary account of the events and political decisions that preceded the attacks.

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Volunteer for Louise

Sunday August 27, 2006

With less than 100 days left until Election Day, the campaign to re-elect Louise is heating up. Louise could use your help in two upcoming activities in Rochester:

Join Louise’s Campaign at the Annual Rochester Labor Day Parade on September 4: The annual Rochester Labor Day Parade is on Monday September 4th. We need volunteers to march with Louise’s campaign and show our support for her re-election this year. Please call us at 585-697-0840 or email us a [email protected] if you are able to join us. We need to know who is coming so we can prepare enough signs, materials, etc. Marchers need to arrive no later than 10:00am at the parade assembling area on Sibley Place (Sibley Pl is the street off of East Ave.).

Help install Louise’s signs: It’s Lawn Sign time, and we need volunteers to help install Louise’s signs. Please stop by Monroe County Democrat Headquarters (1150 University Avenue Bldg. 5, Rochester, 14607) on one of the following evenings to pick up signs and a list of homes to deliver signs to:

Wednesday 9/6 from 5:00-6:30pm
Thursday 9/7 from 5:00-6:30pm
Tuesday 9/12 from 5:00-6:30pm
Wednesday 9/13 from 5:00-6:30pm

If you are coming on one of the evenings listed above, please call us at 585-697-0840 or email us at [email protected] so we’ll have materials prepared. You can also arrange an alternative pick up time by calling us at 585-697-0840 or emailing us back. We are aiming to have our signs up by September 18th.

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Republican Leadership: Crisis in the Middle East? Ban Gay Marriage

Sunday July 23, 2006

I know I don’t mince words when it comes to speaking out against the actions of the Congressional Republicans in Washington, but this past week was a new low for the failed Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives.

Their actions made it clear how Republicans have no answers at a time of grave international crisis when America and the world needs leadership.

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Arrogant Hypocrisy of Rubber Stamp Republican Congress

Sunday July 2, 2006

Hi folks. Last week the Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives passed a resolution, H Res 895, criticizing the New York Times for reporting on a covert government surveillance program that monitors bank transactions of All Americans. The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal also reported about the program.

This resolution is the very embodiment of arrogant hypocrisy. It is a bill that theoretically stands against leaks, but comes six years into an Administration that has always been willing to leak even the most sensitive information if it thought it would benefit it politically.

It is the height of irony to think that when the Administration sought to silence critics of its pre-Iraq war intelligence claims, it chose to leak the classified identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA agent, as well as previously classified components of a national security estimate, to the New York Times.

But it did. And it did so willingly.

Where were the resolutions of protest from this Majority during that scandal?

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Republicans Leaving All Working Americans Behind

Saturday July 1, 2006

Hi folks. Last week the Republican Majority in the House of Representatives shamelessly passed a ‘Paris Hilton’ tax-cut bill, arguing that they were doing it for the benefit of small businesses and independent farmers. But the Majority could not provide even one concrete example that supported their claim.

What Republicans were really interested in was looking out for 0.3 percent of Americans – the Paris Hiltons of the world – super-rich families, 18 of which have spent a combined 490 million dollars over the last 10 years in their quest to make the estate tax disappear.

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Talking About Iraq (C-SPAN Appearance Tomorrow)

Wednesday June 14, 2006

I wanted to let you know I will be on C-SPAN tomorrow morning to talk about Iraq. I will be appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal tomorrow at 8:40 am EST to talk about the Republican Leadership’s effort to score cheap and shameless political points by staging a sham Iraq debate this week in the House of Representatives.

I also wanted to let you know that today I joined Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Tierney in a press conference and renewed our call to bring about a Truman style commission to Iraq. We need a Truman style commission in Iraq that will audit every penny that has been or is being spent there. You can join our calls for a Truman Commission by signing our petition today.

I hope you tune in tomorrow morning and watch the show. If you have any comment or feedback from watching the show, please post your thoughts in comment section. Thank you.

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Out of touch Republican House Leader ...

Tuesday May 30, 2006

About couple of weeks ago Speaker Dennis Hastert during debate on the Republican budget made a following baffling statement during which he assured Members that:
if you earn $40,000 a year and have a family of two, you don’t pay any taxes. So you probably, if you don’t pay any taxes, you are not going to get a big tax cut.

To see Speaker Hastert’s speech, click here or here

At a time while middle and working-class Americans are suffering greatly under the economic policies of the Bush Administration, the Speaker’s statement revealed how out of touch his party is with the challenges facing the vast majority of American families. More after the fold.

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Standing up against the Republicans ...

Friday May 12, 2006

I wanted to share with you a piece that was recently published in the Washington Monthly. Amy Sullivan wrote a great article which highlighted how the Democrats are fighting hard in Congress, effectively standing up against a Republican party controlling all branches of our Government. Sullivan’s article specifically mentioned my efforts on your behalf during these last couple of years exposing the Republican culture of corruption:

If the unsung Democratic guerillas were ever to adopt a mascot, it would have to be Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.). The 10-term congresswoman from upstate New York is someone you don’t hear about very often because: a) she’s a House Democrat, and the media only has room for one of those, if that; and b) she’s far too feisty and interesting. In a different news world that actually covered opposition parties, she’d be a media darling. Slaughter rarely bites her tongue, and she doesn’t mind turning the tables on reporters. At age 76, she looks at least 15 years younger and has the energy of someone 50 years her junior. When I met Slaughter at her top-floor office in the Rayburn House Office Building to talk about why no one knows what she’s been doing, she was ready to vent.

“There’s this assumption that we’re the Three Stooges over here, bungling around,” she said, rolling her eyes. “I hear it all day and all night.” What’s wrong with Democrats? she mimics. “There’s nothing wrong with us!” Slaughter herself has waged an ongoin-and largely unnoticed-campaign to highlight the ways in which Republicans have abused the legislative process, locking Democrats out completely and awarding themselves unbridled power. She almost single-handedly forced Republicans to back off on plans to tamper with the Ethics Committee in order to give Tom DeLay a break. The problem she and her colleagues run into over and over, Slaughter tells me, is that “nobody knows what we’re doing up here because nobody ever covers it.” A perfect example occurred at the beginning of March. Slaughter, who is a ranking member on the House Rules Committee, released the report “America for Sale: The Cost of Republican Corruption,” outlining all of the ways that congressional Republicans have not only gamed the system, but created their own legislative system. She followed it up a week later with a legislative package to reform the House rules process, one of the major sources of GOP power.

To read the whole story please click here.

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Stopping Price Gouging at Our Gas Pumps ...

Sunday April 30, 2006

I want to share with you a letter I recently sent to Chairman Joe Barton and Ranking Member John Dingell of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce calling for immediate hearings on legislation she introduced to reduce gas prices nation wide.

The price of gas is out of control. Last week the price of crude oil soared well past $70 a barrel. The average price for regular unleaded gasoline increased to $2.79 in my district in Western New York. In Rochester motorists were paying at least 40 cents more per gallon than they were just last month.

At a time when major oil companies are bringing in the largest profits in American history, working Americans are struggling to afford the morning drive to work. We can’t tolerate price gouging and arbitrary increases in gas prices. I have already introduced two bills (information on these two bills below the fold) in this Congress that will lower the out of control gas prices at our local pumps: the Eliminate Gas Price Discrimination Act and the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act. I am very interested to hear your thoughts on this effort.

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Follow-up on our bill to stop insider trading in Congress ...

Sunday April 23, 2006

Hi folks. DeLay and most of his top staffers may be gone, but this is still his House of Reps. And we have a lot of work to do to clean up the mess they left behind here in the People’s House. I want to share with you a post I put up on DailyKos few weeks ago.

It has some followup information on a legislation Representative Brian Baird (WA) and yours truly introduced in the House few weeks ago, which is designed to stop insider trading by Members and their aides in Capital Hill. We introduced the bill after hearing about Tony Rudy, a former top DeLay staffer, day trading from his desk at the Capitol Hill. Rudy recently plead guilty to charges of conspiring with convicted felon Jack Abramoff to block legislation in exchange for money

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Celebrate 30 Years of Louise on April 23!

Monday April 10, 2006

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will be saluted on Sunday April 23 in celebration of her thirty years of public service. The event will take place at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center at 123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604 beginning with a Cocktail and VIP Reception at 5:00pm, followed by dinner and a tribute program at 6:00pm. The program will feature remarks from the event’s special guests, including Senator Hillary Clinton and Actress Jane Alexander, to mark this milestone occasion. Come celebrate with Louise and set the course for future victories!

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Elaine Leshnower with Louise Slaughter’s Re-Election Committee by email at [email protected]

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Stopping Insider Trading in Congress ...

Sunday April 2, 2006

Few weeks ago I mentioned that I was hearing stories about possible insider trading by Tom DeLay’s top leadership aide in Congress? Well last week I introduced a legislation (HR 5015) with my colleague Rep. Brian Baird of Washington that will block Members of Congress and their aides from engaging in insider trading. The Wall Street Journal wrote a major article on our bill.

We can’t let Members and their staffers making profits through day-trading using non public, sensitive information they become privy to because of their special access. In addition to introducing the legislation, we urged the Department of Justice to investigate the reports of possible insider trading at the Capitol Hill.

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Hold Congress accountable for selling out America to food poisoners

Sunday March 12, 2006

Well the selling out of America continues in Congress. Last week, lobbyists representing giant food producers had their friends in Congress ram through the House a bill that will undermine the efforts of states like California’s to improve the safety and quality of the food consumed in their communities. The legislation, just like other recent GOP legislation (Clear Skies Initiative anyone?), is cynically titled, the “National Uniformity for Food Act.” (H.R. 4167). This legislation will eliminate almost every state and local law that provides greater consumer protection than our limited federal food safety laws.

I wanted to share with you my remarks on the House floor regarding the bill, which passed the House by a vote of 283-189. The act was an assault on the health of American consumers and a blatant give-away to the food industry.

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President's Budget Is Leaving New York Behind ...

Sunday March 5, 2006

Wanted to share with you some highlights from a recent Democratic analysis- of President Bush’s proposed 2007 federal budget which reveals how damaging it will be for New York families and citizens.

There isn’t anything sacred enough to avoid being slashed by this budget. Healthcare, jobs, education, national security, the quality of our environment – the President thinks it’s all less important than ensuring that those already on top stay there.

The President’s misguided priorities aren’t shared by the citizens of Western New York, or the American people. We (Democrats) have always fought, and will continue to fight, for an honest and open government that will put our physical and economic security first, that will defend our schools, extend healthcare, and demand a responsible federal budget.

The people want a government that shares their values – not the same backward agenda that the President insists on offering us.

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Report from the House - America for Sale: The Cost of Republican Corruption

Thursday February 23, 2006

Hi folks. So here is the report, “America for Sale: The Cost of Republican Corruption”, my House Rules Committee staff released yesterday to explain how the corruption in Republican-controlled Washington has harmed our country. It shows how the harmful policies Republicans have passed into law over the past few years are the result of a corrupt process that gives “K Street Project” lobbyists more power to shape legislation than the legislators the people have elected to represent them in Washington.

Our report clearly demonstrates that when the GOP Congressional leaders allow Republican lobbyists to set the agenda and write the bills, the American people suffer the consequences. While the special interests walk away with billions of dollars in tax breaks, subsidies, and federal contracts, Americans must live with the bad laws this system produces. The political corruption we associate with now-notorious figures such as Duke Cunningham and Jack Abramoff comes at a very real cost to each and every one of us.

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The Fox Guarding the Hen House: DeLay's Plush New Assignment

Sunday February 12, 2006

So, I hear my colleagues from the other side of the isle were going to get a refresher course on ethics as part of a three-day retreat out in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. If Majority Leader John Boehner and House Republicans were really serious about ethics reform they would not dare to reward indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay with a plush assignment on the powerful House Appropriations Committee in the Science, State, Justice and Homeland Security Subcommittees. So let me get this straight …

Tom DeLay is on trial for money laundering so House Republicans place him on the committee in charge of handing out money.

DeLay was admonished for using federal Homeland Security resources to track political enemies so House Republicans place him on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

Clearly, nothing has changed with the new Republican regime. They have no real intention on cleaning up the corrupt Republican Congress. If they did, Tom DeLay would be as far away from the Appropriations Committee as they could get him.

There is no end to the culture of corruption in this Republican Congress.

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My Video Interview with PolticsTV

Tuesday February 7, 2006

Last week I sat down with the folks from PoliticsTV for a video interview. I talked to PoliticsTV about how this Republican Congress has become a place where the insurance and drug companies write our health care legislation, and the oil and mining industries write our energy policy. They’ve posted the interview on their site and I’d love to know what you think. Hop on over there, watch the interview and post a comment with your review.

Also want to remind you that we are going to come out with a report very soon that will show how the Republican culture of corruption is hurting American taxpayers like you. Stay tuned!

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Losing Credibility & Trust

Friday February 3, 2006

President Bush talked about oil dependence in his SOTU this week, but his own energy policy is the worst this nation has ever seen, written by Enron officials and oil company executives and designed for their benefit while the American people pay the highest gas and heating prices ever.

He talked about fighting disease but his Medicare plan is leaving our own seniors without their medication.

The President spoke about the economy, but he is allowing our jobs to be exported overseas and he is cutting education funding. He talked about leadership, and facing challenges, but he has not shown any leadership in cleaning up the Republican culture of corruption and cronyism that is strangling America and impacting the lives of every man woman and child in this country.

This Republican government has lost its credibility and this President has lost the trust of the American people. It is time for change.

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Lets set the record straight on Congressional Republicans

Friday January 27, 2006

Lately, House Republican leaders have been busy complaining that Democrats aren’t working with them on their meager attempt to enact lobby reform in Congress. These are the same Republicans who have drowned Washington into a sea of scandal, resulting in zero accountability in Congress. The bottom line is Republicans are the root source of today’s culture of corruption in Washington. They themselves are the problem, not the solution. If you are reading this blog, help me set the record straight. Invite your friends to join my campaign so that we can keep spreading the facts on Republican culture of corruption.

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A note on scheduling change (C-SPAN appearance tomorrow)

Wednesday January 18, 2006

I wanted to let you know of a change in my schedule. My appearance on tonight’s Lehrer’s News Hour has been rescheduled. I will let you know when I have more details on any future appearance in this show.

However you can still see me on tomorrow morning on C-SPAN. I will be appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal tomorrow from 9:15 am to 10 am EST to talk about the Republican ethics crisis and the urgent need for meaningful reform. So please tune in.

I hope you had a chance to watch my speech earlier this afternoon in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. It was a great event. If you did not see the speech you can read a transcript of it by going here.

Again I really appreciate all of your support, and wonderful feedback on my blog. Please keep them coming by posting your thoughts here.

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Watch C-SPAN and PBS Tomorrow

Tuesday January 17, 2006

I wanted to let you know about two important events in Washington tomorrow which will highlight the growing Republican Culture of Corruption and how Democrats are fighting for honest leadership and open government.

Tomorrow afternoon Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barak Obama, and I will be speaking at a major event in Washington to unveil the Democrats’ Honest Leadership and Open Government Act. The entire Congressional Democratic Delegation will be joining us in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress, where we will spotlight the Republican “pay for play” politics that put special interests ahead of the priorities of the American people. The event is scheduled to start around 2:00 pm EST, and will be broadcast live on C-SPAN.

After participating in the Library of Congress event tomorrow afternoon, I will be appearing on PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer tomorrow night to further discuss the Democrats’ comprehensive ethics reform package. I will also talk about the House Republicans’ assault on the existing ethics process in the People’s House.

So, please watch C-SPAN tomorrow afternoon around 2:00 pm EST, and then watch News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS tomorrow night. And, then come back to my website, and let me know what you think by posting your comments here.

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Republican Commitment to Ethics Reform

Thursday January 12, 2006

I want to make it clear that the attempts to reform the ethics process in Congress and to insist on accountability in government have been entirely Democratic. For over a year, starting when Rep. Chris Bell filed his initial ethics complaint in 2004, Republicans have fought and resisted any and all attempts to infuse ethics into the business of Washington and have engaged in an active campaign of cover-up and retribution.

What we are seeing now from prominent Republicans is nothing more than damage control masquerading as real reform. But the American people won’t be fooled. Here is a legislative background on how the ethics process in the People’s House imploded under the Republican leadership

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Friday January 6, 2006

I wanted to let you know that the Democratic leadership requested me to give our party’s response to this weekend’s (tomorrow, Saturday January 7, 2006) radio address of President Bush. While local radio stations do not carry this speech, the cable network channel C-Span will carry both starting at 2:50 pm. You will also be able to listen and read my speech at the national Democratic Committee’s web site.

The topic of my address is going to be the growing Republican ethical crisis and the need for honest leadership in Washington. Speaking of which, I distributed a backgrounder- to the national media on Jack and his Republican pals in Washington, making it clear � this is a Republican scandal. Keep repeating this over, and over, and over again.

So, please tune in this Saturday, and let me know what you think by posting your comments here.

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Torture is not American ...

Tuesday December 27, 2005

I wanted to share with you a speech I gave on the House Floor last week that focused on the Defense Appropriations Bill the Congress was debating. It was a bill that included Senator John McCain’s ban on the use of cruel and inhuman practices in US-led interrogations. I am including the full text of my speech below:

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Time for Bush to turn over his papers re. Spying on Americans

Friday December 23, 2005

Yesterday … I submitted a resolution (H. Res. 644) of inquiry in the House requesting the President and directing the Attorney General to turn over to the House of Representatives documents relating to the authorization of the secret spying program on American citizens. One of the main talking points for the supporters of this Administration justifying this domestic spying is that my Democratic colleagues in Congress knew about this double super secret program and didn’t object to it.

Well … I think it is time for them to prove that claim. Like I said before at this point we are all sort of numb to an administration who really has no credibility left. They need to come clean and provide us the information backing up their claims.

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Republicans to America: Let Them Eat Cake

Sunday December 11, 2005

I gave a speech on the House floor this past week on a Republican tax bill. The bill would make permanent a $56 billion in capital gains tax cut, largely designed to benefit the wealthiest one percent of Americans. The bill came just two weeks after the Majority forced a budget reconciliation bill through Congress cutting 50 billion dollars from education, healthcare, foster care, child support and a host of other vital social programs. I am including the full text of my speech below:

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Slaughter Responds to Second DeLay Indictment

Monday October 3, 2005

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Rules, issued the following statement tonight in response to news that former Majority Leader Tom DeLay, has been indicted by a second Texas Grand Jury, this time for money laundering.

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Photos from today's press conference...

Tuesday September 27, 2005

Today at a press conference, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter announced the creation of a discharge petition to allow for an up or down vote on the formation of an Independent Katrina Commission. Check out these photos from the event on the campaign flickr account.

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Help Force a REAL Katrina Investigation...

Tuesday September 27, 2005

This morning at a press conference on Capitol Hill I announced the creation of a Congressional Discharge Petition, which if successful, will force the House of Representatives to debate and vote, up or down, the formation of an Independent Katrina Commission.

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End of the Bush Era?

Thursday September 15, 2005

I wanted to make sure everyone out there had a chance to see this excellent op-ed by E.J. Dionne from the Washington Post. Do you think the Bush Era has ended? Is it in its final throws? I’d like to know what you thinik, post your thoughts in the comments sections.

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How You Can Help the Relief Effort

Thursday September 8, 2005

There are hundreds of relief organizations working in the Gulf States today to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Below are just a few who are helping in their own way.

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Underwhelming Response in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Saturday September 3, 2005

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Rules, issues the following statement in response to the lack of accountability and poor response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Louise to Speak at EschaCon 2005, Satuday in Philly

Tuesday August 30, 2005

Louise will be addressing EschaCon 2005 this Saturday, September 3, 2005 at 2:00pm in Philadelphia. EschaCon 2005 is a gathering of concerned citizens meeting in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend, 2005. Attendees have been brought together through the progressive political blog Eschaton, hosted by Duncan Black (aka Atrios).

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WIR: Medical Malpractice, CAFTA & China Trade

Wednesday July 27, 2005

I think it is important for the netroots to know what’s happening in Washington. Each week Republicans abuse their power shutting out democracy, debate and dissension.

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CAFTA = The Next GOP Abuse of Power?

Tuesday July 26, 2005

So its crunch time in Congress… do Republicans have the votes to pass CAFTA? What we know right now is that with just 1 hour of notice Republicans notified Democrats that the Rules Committee would begin hearings on CAFTA.

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Another Tom DeLay in Congress?

Tuesday July 19, 2005

On August 2nd, voters in Ohio will be electing my next colleague in Congress and the choice couldn’t be more clear.

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Giving Karl Rove His Pink Slip

Thursday July 14, 2005

First I want to thank you. As I write this email more than 18,000 of you have signed up to send your own personal pink slip to Karl Rove demanding his firing. Excellent progress in just 48 hours.

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Send Karl Rove His Pink Slip!

Tuesday July 12, 2005

I have started a campaign to send along our own pink slips to Karl Rove because the President refuses to do it himself. If the White House ends up knee deep in pink paper, perhaps the President will finally give Mr. Rove the legitimate pink slip he so greatly deserves.

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Mr. President, Fire Karl Rove.

Tuesday July 12, 2005

I’m sure you’ve heard the news. President Bush’s most trusted advisor, Karl Rove, has been named as the mysterious leak within the White House that identified former Ambassador Joe Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, as an undercover agent in the CIA.

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Speaking Out Has Its Price...

Wednesday June 29, 2005

Since I became Ranking Member of the powerful Rules Committee in Congress this January, I have witnessed some of the most destructive and harmful politics in recent memory. I know you’ve been watching too.

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President's Silence Tonight is Deafening

Tuesday June 28, 2005

President Bush spoke tonight and his silence was deafening. If anyone was surprised… if anyone was shocked to see their Commander-In-Chief so divorced from reality, they really haven’t been paying much attention. But day by day more Americans are seeing the light.

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GOP Abandons Injured/Disabled Vets

Tuesday June 28, 2005

As some of you may know I serve as the Ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee… well tonight Republicans on the committee (Chairman Dreier & Reps. Hastings of Washington, Capito, Cole, Bishop and Gingrey) voted against taking care of a serious budget shortfall that the Bush Administration recently announced has opened up in our country’s veterans’ health care system.

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Read all about it... Get ya RSS/XML feeds!

Monday June 27, 2005

I wanted to hop on really quick and let you all know that VoteLouise.com has a variety of RSS/XML feeds that you can sign up for.

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We Demand Accountability!

Monday June 20, 2005

Last week we launched a campaign. It is a campaign seeking truth and accountability. A campaign that more than 2,500 have already joined.

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Demand an Audit in Iraq!

Thursday June 16, 2005

Because of your hard work more than 2000 people have signed on to our call for an Audit in Iraq. They understand that without a Truman Commission being formed to examine all financial and military transactions related to the war in Iraq we may never know how $9 billion, and counting, has been lost during the war and “reconstruction” effort in Iraq.

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Will I Be Blogging?

Tuesday June 14, 2005

I’ve had several of my collegues ask me if I’ll actually be able to find the time to blog on my new site. I have a simple answer for them. YES!

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Hello DailyKos Friends...

Monday June 13, 2005

First I want to thank you for all of your suggestions. Three months ago when I asked you what content you would want a Member of Congress to have on their campaign website you responded with dozens and dozens of excellent ideas. We’ve tried to incorporate those ideas and as you can read in Karl’s welcome post, we’ll be adding even more content in the future.

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Welcome to LouiseBlog!

Monday June 13, 2005

Well, we are finally up and running with out site. As you can see this is just a beginning. Right now we have several people preparing content for the site. In the coming days and weeks we will be adding scores of information on Louise’s record as well as ways that you can get involved and become an effective advocate for the issues we care about.

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