MS Congressional Watch: Renewal of No Child Left Behind

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, the US House of Representatives passed a renewal of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, with its infamous standardized testing, has failed miserably.  Given its

stigma of failure, the bill was renamed the Student Success Act.

According to The Hill, “Conservative lawmakers had pushed for the adoption of several amendments allowing schools to opt out of No Child Left Behind requirements. Only one of those amendments, from Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), was adopted, with lawmakers voting 251-178 to allow parents to exempt their children from testing.”  The vote to pass the bill was a close one, 218-213.  

Mississippi’s Republican delegation – Gregg Harper, Steven Palazzo, and Trent Kelly all voted for the bill, which will only continue Washington’s stranglehold on America’s public schools.

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House Passes Bloated Omnibus Spending Bill, Mississippi Republicans Support

After an all day fight, the House of Representatives, with Obama’s support, has passed Speaker John Boehner’s ridiculous appropriations bill that averts a government shutdown and funds DC until next September.  Conservatives have blasted the bill for many of its features, including the full funding of Obama’s amnesty and its hefty price tag.  We will have more on this tomorrow.

In all, 67 Republicans voted against it but not one single member of Mississippi’s House delegation joined them.  All three of our illustrious representatives voted for it – Palazzo, Harper, and Nunnelee.  And they still try to convince us that they are conservatives!

For a complete vote breakdown, check out Votecruncher.com.

Here are all 67 Republicans who voted against this “Dumnibus” Bill: [Read more…]

Thad Cochran Says He Will Serve Full Term, Others Do Not Agree

Breitbart: Cochran Says He’ll Serve Full Seventh Term If Elected

By Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News, May 27, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) told the Associated Press that if he’s re-elected, he plans to serve the full six years of what would be his seventh term in the U.S. Senate.

“I sure hope, if I am alive and well, I’ll be serving,” Cochran, who is facing a primary challenge from Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel, said when asked if he plans to serve all six year of a seventh term. “Yes, I think that’s something the people have a right to expect, and I intend to serve a full term.”

The pledge from Cochran is interesting because there’s lots of chatter among Mississippi GOP insiders about a potential ascension plan in the works. [Read more…]