Jobs Jobs Jobs…

The back and forth between republicans and democrats on the best way to face our “jobs crisis” is quite entertaining — and was the subject of my coverage on the hill Tuesday.

 

House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER (R-Ohio) holds a media availability immediately after the Republican Conference meeting. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER (R-Ohio) holds a media availability immediately after the Republican Conference meeting. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Congressman KEITH ELLISON speaks to the media.  The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) held a news conference to unveil the "Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act," which seeks to create more than 4 million jobs, save more than $2 trillion, and eliminate new spending gaps triggered by the lack of consensus of the "Super Committee." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman KEITH ELLISON speaks to the media. The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) held a news conference to unveil the "Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act," which seeks to create more than 4 million jobs, save more than $2 trillion, and eliminate new spending gaps triggered by the lack of consensus of the "Super Committee." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

House Majority Leader ERIC CANTOR (R-Va.) speaks at a media availability immediately after the Republican Conference meeting. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

House Majority Leader ERIC CANTOR (R-Va.) speaks at a media availability immediately after the Republican Conference meeting. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Representative ROSA DeLAURO speaks to the media.  The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) held a news conference to unveil the "Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act," which seeks to create more than 4 million jobs, save more than $2 trillion, and eliminate new spending gaps triggered by the lack of consensus of the "Super Committee." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Representative ROSA DeLAURO speaks to the media. The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) held a news conference to unveil the "Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act," which seeks to create more than 4 million jobs, save more than $2 trillion, and eliminate new spending gaps triggered by the lack of consensus of the "Super Committee." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Holder Grilled on “Fast and Furious”

I figured it would be an interesting hearing today, when Congressman Darrell Issa walked past me and a few other photographers, and pointing to the barrage of police commissioners positioned behind Attorney General Eric Holder’s seat, said “You know you’re in deep s**t if you’ve got that as your backdrop.”

To my surprise, the Attorney General seemed to be in a good mood this morning even though he was expecting an onslaught of tough questions from committee members.  Holder even joked with us photographers, giving us a hard time for taking some photos that might expose his bald spot to the world.

 

 

 

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight.  Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight. Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight.  Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight. Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER speaks with Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice RONALD WEICH prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight.  Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER speaks with Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice RONALD WEICH prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight. Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

 

Frank Defends His Decision

Congressman Barney Frank announced Monday that he would not be seeking re-election, and on Tuesday he faced the media at the Capitol to defend his record, and his decision to step down from reporters who were quick to speculate about his reasons for leaving.

Congressman Frank has lead the way with legislation to make online gambling legal –  that of which I have a very strong personal interest in —  so I’m a little nervous now who will carry the torch in efforts to make online poker legal now!! 🙁

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK prepares to speak to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK prepares to speak to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

And you think your Christmas Tree is a pain…

118 years old, and 63 foot tall – this Sierra White Fir from California will serve as the official Capitol Christmas Tree this year.  It is quite an ordeal to get this monster into place!

 

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

The official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol is hoisted into place at after a long journey by truck from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

The official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol is hoisted into place at after a long journey by truck from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Workers help place the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Workers help place the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

If I’m on the “Super-Committee”, I’m a “Super-Congressman” right?

I have no doubt that the creation of a so-called “Super-Committee” by the President served as an extreme ego-boost to all of the congressman and senators who serve on it.  I mean, who’s head wouldn’t get bigger if they were appointed to anything “Super”?  Back in my days of pumping gas (yes, yes I did), I bet I would have been on cloud 9 if my boss appointed me to a special “Super-Pumper” position!  I like to think I was a “Super-lifeguard” — but of course everyone back at Arlington Forest Swim and Dive Club knows this — afterall, just look at how things took a turn for the worse once I got a “real job”! 🙂  And I know I was a “Super-Intern” at my various internships in college! 🙂  lol — and my wife will tell you I’m a “Super Husband” —  I think I’ll start wearing a cape around all the time.

The terminology is certainly entertaining – but as “Super” as these people are I’m kind of shocked.   The entire time I’m sitting in the well taking (super) photos and listening to what the CBO Director is saying – I’m a surprised that the members of the “Super Committee” are acting like what is coming out of the CBO Director’s mouth is NEWS to them!!  I’d like to not believe that the fact that the US spends far more than it brings in, and can not sustain this path is not NEWS to our congressman and senators —  but apparently it is.  —  The same way I sat in on congressional hearings involving the US Postmaster General warning of dire financial situations for the US Post Office — and yet, our leaders still continue to act like this is NEWS —  I’d like to tell them “HEY, This guy came in here over a year ago and warned you of this – and obviously you guys did nothing to solve the situation”.

I’m beginning to think the only thing that gets done in Washington is a lot of talk —  about things they are going to talk about next.

Hey, “Super” Committee –  Stop spending like you are in congress! — oh…. wait.

Congressional Budget Office Director DOUGLAS ELMENDORF testifies before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, deemed the 'super committee' by Washington insiders.  The committee discussed "The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats", and Elmendorf said that "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Congressional Budget Office Director DOUGLAS ELMENDORF testifies before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, deemed the ‘super committee’ by Washington insiders. The committee discussed “The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats”, and Elmendorf said that “Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both.” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressional Budget Office Director DOUGLAS ELMENDORF testifies before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, deemed the 'super committee' by Washington insiders.  The committee discussed "The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats", and Elmendorf said that "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Congressional Budget Office Director DOUGLAS ELMENDORF testifies before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, deemed the ‘super committee’ by Washington insiders. The committee discussed “The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats”, and Elmendorf said that “Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both.” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Maryland Congressman CHRIS VAN HOLLEN during the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (deemed the 'super committee' by Washington insiders)  hearing on "The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats."  Elmendorf said that "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Maryland Congressman CHRIS VAN HOLLEN during the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (deemed the ‘super committee’ by Washington insiders) hearing on “The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats.” Elmendorf said that “Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both.” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Massachusetts Senator JOHN KERRY during the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (deemed the 'super committee' by Washington insiders)  hearing on "The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats."  Elmendorf said that "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Massachusetts Senator JOHN KERRY during the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (deemed the ‘super committee’ by Washington insiders) hearing on “The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats.” Elmendorf said that “Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both.” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

FBI Director ROBERT MUELLER testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on "Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?" (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
FBI Director ROBERT MUELLER testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on “Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

FBI Director ROBERT MUELLER testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on "Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?" (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
FBI Director ROBERT MUELLER testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on “Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Homeland Security Secretary JANET NAPOLITANO testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on "Ten Years After 9/11:  Are We Safer?" (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Homeland Security Secretary JANET NAPOLITANO testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on “Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)