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The Daily Countable: Franken, Food Stamps & Fighting For Net Neutrality

by Countable | 12.7.17

Happy Thursday, friends! Another busy day in Washington. Let's get right down to it.

One Big Thing

The biggest news today is the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). Our great partners at KSTP in the Twin Cities shared with us this great report, featuring video of Franken's speech on the Senate floor, as well as responses from many of his colleagues in Minnesota. You should check it out.

On the Radar

The final days of the Net Neutrality fight continue with protests at Verizon stores and, this evening, at the FCC Chairman's dinner. Why Verizon stores? Check out the article and we'll tell you!

Under the Radar

Food stamps, otherwise known as SNAP benefits. 1 in 8 Americans receive them, and they aren't cheap for the feds. They cost the federal government about $70 billion annually. But advocates argue they're a crucial, and successful, anti-poverty program. Critics maintain they instill dependence. Now, the USDA is going to allow states greater flexibility to limit access to food stamps by increasing eligibility requirements.

Are you a supporter of the program? Do you think more accountability for recipients is a good idea? Your lawmakers should hear from you! Read our story and then let them know what you think!

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president has a busy day of meetings, with Congressional leaders and the Chairwoman of the RNC.
  • He's also sign a proclamation for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read our article about this important moment in U.S. history here.
  • Tonight the president and First Lady Melania Trump will host a Hannukah reception.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to extend government funding by two weeks and grant temporary access to CHIP funding.
  • Voting on a bill to reduce registration requirements for brokers who help small businesses with mergers and acquisitions.

The Senate: In Session

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Joseph Balash to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior.



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  • Betty
    12/07/2017
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    This is a sad day for America. But the Republicans want to put a pedophile in the Congress. We shouldn’t be shocked look what’s in the White House. Sad!!!!

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  • Carol
    12/08/2017
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    It is a sad day for us. The irony isn’t lost on any of us Senator Franken. And while you did some really stupid things, Trump, Moore and, I’m sure, others in public office have done much worse.

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  • Dale
    12/08/2017
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    I consider a high privilege to have lived to witness WWII, Korea, to have served in Vietnam, the invention of the internet, to have worked with the DOE. I also consider it low privilege to witness the destruction of democracy by a corrupt Republican Party.

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  • Jeanne
    12/08/2017
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    Who really knows what goes on behind closed doors! It was good that Senator Al Franken was thinking of those he represents.

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  • Drmarknd
    12/08/2017
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    I am outraged at the short-circuited idiocy enacted against Al Franken. Rather than following some semblance of “regular order” (i.e. DUE PROCESS) you rushed to knee jerk a decent ally right out the door. I’ve lost tremendous respect for all of who who engineered and railroaded this travesty of political posturing. I hope there’s some progressive candidates running in all of your primaries, because you’ve lost my vote.

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/08/2017
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    Since we have no choice but to participate in the evil that is capitalism I support universal basic income.

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  • Rose
    12/08/2017
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    Considering you all claim to be “Christian” perhaps you should pay attention to the words from the book you claim to follow. Or is this where you claim the separator church and state. Which you also violated in tge atrocities tax bill. Perhaps your only god is money and the Koch brothers. “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, 2 to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. 3 What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? 4 Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.”

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  • Zab2
    12/08/2017
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    Senator Franken doesn't deserve to be forced to leave, when 45 was accused of worse things and more frequently. Why it ok for him? Moore is a creepy guy. I hope the people of AL decide that men like him shouldn't be in Congress.

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  • David
    12/10/2017
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    ROSE, I Appreciate your display of biblical knowledge. If I may can I ask you a few questions? 1. Who is the Bible referring to as being responsible to take care of the poor and widows? 2. Why does the Bible also say “if a man doesn’t work, he shall not eat”? 3. Do your read the Bible in its entirety, or do you just pull out individual verses that support your view? 4. When Jesus walked here on earth, why didn’t he heal and feed everyone? 5. What does the Bible say is the role of government? It is very explicit in what Government is to do. I encourage you to read Gods word in it’s entirety.

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  • David
    12/10/2017
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    A photo of Al Franken putting his hands on a sleeping woman’s breasts, clearly shows his sick humor. Women should be outraged at the clear arrogance, disrespect, egotistical and abusive behavior of this man. The photo is undeniable evidence. He is to old for this boyish behavior. If any man did this to my wife or daughter, I would want to beat the snot out of him, but you liberals think its okay? Your major hypocrites!

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  • Linda
    12/09/2017
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    When we ask a senator to resign over accusation and we don't ask the president to do the same, there is something very wrong .

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  • Rose
    12/11/2017
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    What kind of person votes to take away health care and food from children? What kind of person votes to take away from the working class and most vulnerable to line the pockets of the ultra rich? What kind of representative ignores their constituents to votes for special interests? No matter the issue the representatives from Nebraska have put the people in Nebraska at risk. Now the Farmer`s very survival is being threatened From the Christian Left: This thing conservatives and Republicans have built is ugly, evil, and embarrassing … and it isn’t Christianity, not even by a long shot. Who votes as a block to take food away from hungry people, take healthcare away from the sick and injured, take housing away from the homeless and take away needed resources for the elderly? Who elects some of the most vile men you can imagine just to win this evil policy game? "Blah, blah, blah … Bring it into the storehouse. None of that is the government’s job.” They’ve been screaming that lie for decades. And that’s what it is, a big, fat lie. You can take it into the storehouse alright, so the pastor can build a new wing and write another book. The masters of the storehouse had Jesus killed because he was disrupting their little business of power and prestige. Jesus saw right through their little game and warned his disciples: “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” -- Luke 20:45-47 From The Christian Left

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