Did you know that 1st Amendment Protesting Is Now A Felony Punishable By Jail (Mar 14, 2012)

March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

 

 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

 
 

 

HR 347: Pre-empting political protest, threatening

free speech

Posted by ⋅ March 7, 2012 ⋅ 11 Comments
 
HR 347 political protestHR 347 threatens political protestors

An innocent-looking little bill, HR 347, has made its way through both houses of Congress last week and needs only President Obama’s signature to become law. The law is intended to clarify an existing statute that makes it a crime to trespass on any federal property or designated area protected by the Secret Service. In addition to obvious locations like the White House and U.S. Capitol grounds, restricted areas may be designated by the Department of Homeland Security. Such arbitrarily designated areas could include perimeters around traveling politicians or foreign dignitaries and, particularly in this election year, areas in which protesters or demonstrators are not allowed.

The bill drops the word “knowingly” from the existing terminology about “willfully and knowingly” trespassing. In scrapping the “willfully,” the bill makes it a crime to remain in a restricted area, even if you do not know it’s illegal for you to be there. Essentially it makes it easier for the authorities to arrest and prosecute demonstrators. Persons convicted under the new law could be sentenced to up to a year in prison and up to ten years if carrying a “deadly or dangerous weapon.”

 Listen to Judge Napolitano’s analysisi below and then got  to the folowing URL  for additional information:

http://piedtype.com/2012/03/07/hr-347-pre-empting-political-protest-threatening-free-speech/

KUHNER: Obama’s power grab Executive order expands presidential prerogative

March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Unlike his predessors,  Obama’s Executive order can provide him unprecedented Dictatorial power.

“It [Executive Order] states that, in case of a war or national emergency, the federal government has the authority to take over almost every aspect of American society. Food, livestock, farming equipment, manufacturing, industry, energy, transportation, hospitals, health care facilities, water resources, defense and construction – all of it could fall under the full control of Mr. Obama. The order empowers the president to dispense these vast resources as he sees fit during a national crisis.”

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Did you know there were “hundreds” of Hezbollah soldiers in America?

March 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

As the possibility of a war with Iran looms in our future, Congressman Peter King’s Homeland Security Committee has quantified the Terrorist threat to the United States. For years border patrol agents  have been reporting the real possibility that terrorists mascara ding as Arab refugees have been crossing our southern border

At a Wednesday hearing, House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R.-N.Y.) said that “at a minimum” there are hundreds of “soldiers of Hezbollah” inside the United States.

 “Now, how many Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists are here already?” said King. “The highly-disciplined soldiers of Hezbollah are trained to lie low for years, or for decades. Those who have gone up against this enemy for our government estimate the number to be at a minimum–at a minimum–in the hundreds. 

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US green lights $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt despite democracy concerns

March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

As Egypt’s parliament dubs Israel its “number one enemy,” Obama resumes military aid to Egypt

“Egypt’s parliament, which is dominated by two pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists, voted unanimously last Monday to expel Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, and signaled that the Camp David Accords would soon be a thing of the past: Egypt, the parliamentarians declared, would “never” be Israel’s ally. In fact, Israel was Egypt’s “number one enemy.” And how did Barack Obama respond to this egregious trampling upon the agreement that has kept an uneasy peace between Israel and Egypt for thirty years? By announcing a resumption of military aid to Egypt.”

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/as-egypts-parliament-dubs-israel-its-number-one-enemy-obama-resumes-military-aid-to-egypt.html

Is Another constitutional Crisis looming with the

Obama Administration?

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton determined that it was in the U.S. national interest to allow $1.3 billion in military assistance to flow,…’ even though members of Congress say that her waiver is illegal and have sent a letter stating so! 

Will our Republican House finally challenge the Obama Administration’s  latest usurpation of Congressional  Power, or will they once again pass?

 

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Buses To Road To Repeal in DC March 24.2012

March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Plymouth Park & Ride Park & Ride-Millbury Exit 10a 291 Burnett road Chicopee Ma

More location to be added

About the Event

Government run health care is the best example of everything wrong with the federal government.

It is financially reckless. No one knows what it will ultimately cost – or where the money will come from.

Additionally, ObamaCare will grow the federal government into every aspect of our lives. It will grow government into a massive bloated bureaucracy making health care decisions that directly affect you. In fact, the federal government must hire more than 17,000 IRS agents to enforce the law.

We need your help to stop Government run health care! Join thousands of patriots who oppose ObamaCare. Come to Washington, DC and be a part of the Road to Repeal Rally on March 24. ObamaCare is set to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States the following week and we need your help to send a strong clear message to the big government types who are bent on trampling our personal choice and freedom.

Join us on Saturday, March 24, 2012, for the Road to Repeal Rally.

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The Venue

The Road to Repeal Rally will take place at Upper Senate Park (Map). The rally will begin at 12pm noon and will conclude at 2pm. Speakers and Coalition Partners to be announced soon. Save the date and do whatever you can to make it to Washington on March 24th.

The Speakers

We are proud to have a spectacular list of speakers on board from all over the country. Please visit frequently for an updated list of speakers.

Herman Cain

Cain’s Solutions Revolution

Ken Cuccinelli

Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Jenny Beth Martin

Tea Party Patriots

Louie Gohmert

Congressman , TX

Dr. Tom Price

Congressman, GA

Brent Bozell

ForAmerica

Phil Kerpen

Author of “Democracy Denied”

Jim Martin

60 Plus Association

Kathryn Serkes

Doctors and Patients Medical Association

Jim Hoft

The Gateway Pundit

Dr. Gina Loudon

The Dr. Gina Loudon Show

Phil Kent

American Seniors Association

Alex Cortes

Let Freedom Ring

Ken Hoagland

Restore America’s Voice

Ken Klukowski

Center for Religious Liberty, Family Research Council

Stephen K. Bannon

Filmmaker: The Undefeated, Battle for America, Fire from the Heartland, Generation Zero

Linda Dorr

Tea Party Patriots Local Coordinator, Laguna Beach TPP

Tom Whitmore

Tea Party Patriots Local Coordinator, Washington, DC Tea Party

Lisa Miller

Tea Party Patriots Local Coordinator, Tea Party, WDC

James Christopherson

Judicial Action Group

Top Romney Aide: We’ll ‘Etch-A-Sketch’ His Conservatism Soon

March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

“There’s no problem about Mitt Romney taking conservative positions during the primary that may upset the liberal media;  come this fall, he can erase them and start all over again.

That’s the word from Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior campaign aide to Romney, who told CNN Wednesday that after his candidate’s big win in Illinois Tuesday he can still change course.”

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Supreme Court Judge Alito’s Obama Foresight!

March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Obama Lied During Debt Ceiling Debate

March 19, 2012

 

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RUSH: A massive, long story at the top of the fold on the front page of the Washington Post yesterday on last summer’s very feisty debt limit battle. It is a story. It’s very long.  No way would I even recommend you read the whole thing. Well, I might recommend you read the whole thing.  I wouldn’t read it to you; I couldn’t.  It prints out to ten pages.  Front page Washington Post.  And what this story points out is that Obama purposely, intentionally lied to the American people when he told us that the Republicans were not interested in raising taxes, that they wanted a cuts-only solution to the debt crisis.  It turns out that John Boehner and Eric Cantor had indeed offered $808 billion in tax increases.  Obama lied.  He just flat-out lied to the American people about the Republicans and their position in the debt negotiations. He flat-out lied.See the rest Here:

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New Low: 28% Give Supreme Court Positive Ratings

March 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

H’mmm… we have a President who is untrustworthy,

a Congress that is untrustworthy and now a Supreme

Court that has lost the peoples trust!

 Obama lies, Supreme Court Justice Kagan lies:

“Have you ever been asked your opinion regarding any other legal issues that may arise from Pub. L. No. 111-148?” (Pub. L. No. 111-148 is the Obamacare law.)

Kagan again answered: “No.”

Exactly two months before the Judiciary Committee Republicans asked Kagan these questions, however, her top deputy, Neal Katyal, had written her a memo informing her that she had “substantially participated” in Golden Gate Restaurant Association v. San Francisco—a case that Kagan’s own office tied to Obamacare.

I’m surprised that 28% gave the Supreme Court Positive Rating. Kagan has not recused herself in spite of evidence from the DOJ that she “substantially participated”  in an Obamacare case.  Kagan , like Obama ha no principles and seems bent on rendering a decision on behalf of the administration.

Who Can we TRUST?

 

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URGENT STAT: CONGRESS HAS BEEN DISMISSED!!! MUST ACT NOW! SMALL WINDOW before we become a DICTATORSHIP!!!!

March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

AMERICANS – this is the most dire email I have ever sent so far!  Congress has been declared “CEREMONIAL”.  Next comes complete DICTATORSHIP!

Congress SwitchBoard – 202-224-3121

Unbelievable! The U.S. Secretary of Defense just told the U.S. Congress that you’re completely out of the loop now, and powerless!

Basically it now states…. We (the U.S. military and the President) get our authority and power to make war – from NATO and the U.N., not you (the elected Congress of the U.S.).

Attached is the video of Panetta declaring this  with Rep. Jeff Sessions.

If you do NOT know… Panetta goes way back to all the “other ties” with the MARXIST agenda…  go to Google and put in “Leon Panetta + Communist ties” or “Leon Panetta + Weather Underground”  and start reading! Do NOT think

for a second that Obama had a good man in the CIA and now the Dept of DEFENSE!  The joke is on US!  Us apathetic lazy Americans who have no idea what they are conniving behind our backs!

IMPORTANT –  there is a bill introduced, by a Congressman, Rep. Walter Jones (R-Nc 3rd Dist)  in a weakened form, that does call for impeachment if they do this. Rep. Jones is on the Armed Services and Financial Services Committee.

There are two articles below…regarding the statement  by Panetta and then the damage control the PENTAGON is trying to do!  This is when we MUST PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL OUR REPRESENATIVES! 

We are at the end game, it is a matter of good or evil.   It is incredible how in the last few months things are accelerating towards total control of the population by a regime that more and more resembles the totalitarian/Marxist regime of Chavez.   We the people not only are threatened by the most recently passed U.S. laws such as NDAA, Expatriation Act, the Trespass Bill, by the HHS mandate, by Sharia law and the government invasion on your parental rights, but also by international laws such as the International Criminal Court, The Law of the Sea Treaty, Small-Arms Control, Rights of the Child and by Agenda 21 which are ready to be signed by this Administration or have already being signed.

PLEASE STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS AND YOUR SENATOR! If you do NOT know who they are or how to do this… please go to www.congress.org  and right on the right hand

Corner under “GET INVOLVED” put in your zip code and hit enter and there they all are!  PLEASE PLEASE BURN UP THE PHONES…IF WE DO NOT… WE ARE AT THE FINAL STAGE OF LOOSING OUR COUNTRY! 

Please then call  Rep.Jeff Sessions (R-AL)  who was questioning Panetta and needs our support!  Sessions DC office is 202 224 4124  his offices in his state is 205 731 150; 251 414 3083; 334-244-7017; 256-533- 0979

Then please call Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)  who has filed the bill below!  Please support him!  Jones DC office is 202 225 3415; his district office in Greenville is 252-931-1003

Please call YOUR REP and  tell them to support  H.Con Res: 107.  Then Call Sessions thank him for drilling Panetta  and that you are watching!  Call Jones office and tell him you support his bill H.Con Res. 107.

Please see bill below and the 7 minute video of Rep. Sessions and Comrade Panetta!   PLEASE SHARE FAR N WIDE WITH OTHERS!~~~

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H.CON.RES.107 — Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high… (Introduced in House – IH)

HCON 107 IH

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. CON. RES. 107

Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 7, 2012

Mr. JONES submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it


Panetta Publicly Admits U.S. Military/Obama Takes it’s orders from the U.N. not the Congress, or the American People!

Coup D’etat: Pentagon & Obama Declare Congress Ceremonial

 

Obama tells congress that the UN is his boss…Panetta tells congress they have no say now…he listens to NATO and the UN…they rule now…congress has NO voice.

 

Total oath-breaking,  and treason on a massive scale! Click here FIRST and watch the video  about 7 minutes long  http://www.infowars.com/coup-detat-pentagon-obama-declare-congress-ceremonial/

 

Then read the article below …We NEED our military RIGHT NOW…these bastards are taking over our country…spread the word and this link to everyone…

 

 

Congressman Jones introduces bill that would subject Panetta & Obama to impeachment.

http://www.infowars.com/resolution-calls-for-impeachment-if-obama-does-not-see-war-authorization-from-congress/

A feeble far too late (sad joke too, which will only be ignored) reaction

 

Congressman Jones introduces bill that would subject Panetta & Obama to impeachment

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s testimony asserting that the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military, words which effectively declare Congress a ceremonial relic, have prompted Congressman Walter Jones to introduce a resolution that re-affirms such behavior as an “impeachable high crime and misdemeanor” under the Constitution.

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations and NATO, international bodies over which the American people have no democratic influence.

Panetta was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions, “We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress?”

The Defense Secretary responded “You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress.”

Despite Sessions’ repeated efforts to get Panetta to acknowledge that the United States Congress is supreme to the likes of NATO and the UN, Panetta exalted the power of international bodies over the US legislative branch.

“I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat,” Sessions said. “I don’t believe it’s close to being correct. They provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that’s required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president and the law and the Constitution.”

In an effort to re-affirm the fact that “the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution,” Republican Congressman Walter Jones has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives.

The full text reads;

Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Under the terms of Jones’ resolution, both Panetta and Obama would be subject to impeachment for abusing their power and violating the Constitution in disregarding the authority of Congress and placing a foreign power above its jurisdiction.

Despite the Pentagon’s efforts to claim that Panetta’s words were misinterpreted, the Obama administration itself has routinely cited the authority of the United Nations in relation to last year’s invasion of Libya, which was conducted without approval from Congress.

In June last year, President Obama arrogantly expressed his hostility to the rule of law when he dismissed the need to get congressional authorization to commit the United States to a military intervention in Libya, churlishly dismissing criticism and remarking, “I don’t even have to get to the Constitutional question.”

Obama tried to legitimize his failure to obtain Congressional approval for military involvement by sending a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner in which he said the military assault was “authorized by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council.”

In boldly asserting the authority of international powers over and above the legislative branch, Panetta and Obama are openly declaring that they no longer represent the American people and instead are water carriers for a global dictatorship that has usurped the sovereignty of the United States.

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Pentagon Launches Desperate Damage Control Over Shocking Panetta Testimony

The United States has ceded control of its affairs to international bureaucrats

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Alex Jones: “This represents absolute 100 per cent proof that the military industrial complex which runs the United States is under the control of foreign central banks who are imposing a military dictatorship.”

The Pentagon is engaging in damage control after shocking testimony yesterday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at a Senate Armed Services Committee congressional hearing during which it was confirmed that the U.S. government is now completely beholden to international power structures and that the legislative branch is a worthless relic.

During the hearing yesterday Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations and NATO, international bodies over which the American people have no democratic influence.

Panetta was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions, “We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress?”

The Defense Secretary responded “You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress.”

Better read that line again…INFORM YOU not CONSULT YOU!  (comment by Victoria)

Despite Sessions’ repeated efforts to get Panetta to acknowledge that the United States Congress is supreme to the likes of NATO and the UN, Panetta exalted the power of international bodies over the US legislative branch.

“I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat,” Sessions said. “I don’t believe it’s close to being correct. They provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that’s required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president and the law and the Constitution.”

Panetta’s assertion that he would seek “international permission” before ‘informing’ Congress about the actions of the US military provoked a firestorm of controversy, prompting the Pentagon to engage in damage control by claiming Panetta’s comments were misinterpreted.

“He was re-emphasizing the need for an international mandate. We are not ceding U.S. decision-making authority to some foreign body,” a defense official told CNN.

However, this is not the first time that the authority of international bodies has been framed as being superior to the US Congress and the Constitution.

In June last year, President Obama arrogantly expressed his hostility to the rule of law when he dismissed the need to get congressional authorization to commit the United States to a military intervention in Libya, churlishly dismissing criticism and remarking, “I don’t even have to get to the Constitutional question.”

Obama tried to legitimize his failure to obtain Congressional approval for military involvement by sending a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner in which he said the military assault was “authorized by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council.”

Panetta’s testimony that the US looks to obtain “international permission” before it acts, allied with Obama citing the UN as the supreme authority while trashing the power of Congress, prove that the United States has ceded control over its own affairs to unelected international bureaucrats, just as the countries of the European Union have done likewise.

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

For those who really care… watch these:

A 3-part commentary, where we are told that now is the (and perhaps last time too) to stand up, and arrest these “workers of lawlessness”, and call for impeachment of the (supposed, but puppet) President, immediately!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Double Talk On Energy – Gas Prices

March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Senate blocks bid to speed Keystone approval — but Obama loses Dems despite lobbying

The Senate on Thursday blocked a move to speed along the approval and construction of the controversial Keystone pipeline, after the White House lobbied Democrats to oppose it.

A total of 11 Democrats, though, ended up breaking with the president to vote for the Republican-backed amendment — at a time when gas prices are rising and pipeline supporters are using that trend to pressure the administration to act.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said after the vote that the Democrat-controlled Senate had “turned its back on job creation and energy independence in a single vote.”  

McConnell, referring to reports later confirmed by the White House that Obama personally lobbied Democrats to oppose the measure, also used the vote to place blame for the pipeline’s delay squarely on the president.

“President Obama’s personal pleas to wavering senators may have tipped the balance against this legislation. When it comes to delays over Keystone, anyone looking for a culprit should now look no further than the Oval Office,” he said.

The amendment, to a massive transportation bill, actually garnered a majority of senators, with 56 voting in favor it. However, the amendment needed to reach a 60-vote threshold.

The proposal would have taken Obama out of the Keystone decision-making process. The move comes after the administration rejected a cross-border permit for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline — citing environmental concerns as well as the attempt by Republicans to force an early decision.

Construction is moving ahead on the southern portion of that pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas, but the company, TransCanada, must reapply for the northern section that crosses the U.S. border.

Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail have used the Keystone pipeline issue as a rallying cry — and proof for their argument that Obama’s energy policy is hostile to oil and gas exploration and the economic benefits that come with it.

“It just seems that we are turning our back on (energy) independence from the rest of the world, which would clearly help our consumers as it relates to their pocketbooks,” Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said at a hearing Thursday where Energy Secretary Steven Chu testified.

Chu, during the hearing, said he was not involved in efforts to sway senators to oppose the Keystone vote.

After taking heat for earlier comments that some said suggested the department was not looking to lower gas prices, Chu said Thursday that the administration “wants very much to do what we can to lower the price of gasoline.”

While Obama lost nearly a dozen Democratic senators on the Keystone vote Thursday, he won enough support to prevent the measure from passing.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., was among those who announced his opposition to the amendment ahead of the voting. He said he supports the Keystone project, but that environmental considerations need to be taken into account.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ahead of the vote, accused Republicans of playing politics with the Keystone issue and disputed any suggestion that speeding the process would somehow lower gas prices.

On the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., echoed those comments.

“Even if we produced more oil in the United States that’s not going to lower the price of gasoline here,” Waxman said, since oil is priced on the world market. He said Republicans are “playing politics with this issue.”

Democrats who voted for the Keystone amendment on Thursday were: Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Kay Hagan, D-N.C.; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Jim Webb, D-Va.; Bob Casey, D-Pa.; and Kent Conrad,
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/08/senate-blocks-bid-to-speed-keystone-approval-but-obama-loses-dems-despite/#ixzz1ocVbFKry