Archive for December, 2010

NO LABELS.ORG (ARE THEY REALLY NON-PARTISIAN)?

Posted: December 27, 2010 by The STR in NEWS & LOCAL NEWS

Well I cannot answer that question just right yet. But we here at The STR will be watching and following this new “NON” partisan organization.

So far mostly the Liberals as far as I can see have taken to this no labels organization. But there are a few conservatives embracing it as well.

This new group has caught the eye of our Program and Internet Relations Director; there is no other who can get the truth out in the open like Steven Bravo.

SHOOT 1ST ASK QUESTIONS LATER

Posted: December 24, 2010 by The STR in NEWS & LOCAL NEWS

Pickup Truck Races Through Checkpoint at Obama Vacation Home….

A man fleeing from local police drove through an outer perimeter checkpoint set up near President Barack Obama’s Hawaii vacation home Friday, the U.S. Secret Service said.


They better grant him bail…lmao because his people are some serious players within the cyber world…I feel Sweden’s socialistic Govt’ kind of sees things their way….

 

UPDATE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail by a British court, but is still in prison because, Swedish authorities are challenging this bail decision.

That means Assange will remain in jail for another 48 hours, at least.

“They want to put Mr. Assange through more trouble. “  said his principal lawyer Mark Stephens.  He went on, “this is really turning into a show trial.”

Originally, Stephens had said the only thing standing between Assange and his relative freedom was actually getting the bail money together.  Though he has lots of people pledging cash on his behalf, that money has somehow got to make its way to the court.

£200,000 has to be delivered.  That is the equivalent of $315,000.   Lawyer Mark Stephens said it needed to be in cash.

Read more: http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/12/14/assange-bail-hearing-underway/#ixzz1871fOcFh


H.R.4853
Latest Title: Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010
Sponsor: Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] (introduced 3/16/2010)      Cosponsors (5)
Related Bills: H.RES.1745H.R.1512H.R.3607H.R.4217H.R.4915H.R.4957H.R.5147H.R.5611,
H.R.5900H.R.6190H.R.6467H.R.6473S.3187
Latest Major Action: 12/2/2010 Resolving differences — House actions. Status: On motion that the House agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 188 (Roll no. 604).
Latest Action: 12/9/2010 Motion by Senator Reid to refer to Senate Committee on Finance the House Message with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment SA 4755 made in Senate.


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SUMMARY AS OF:
12/2/2010–House agreed to Senate amendment with amendment.    (There are 3 other summaries)

Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 – Title I: Middle Class Tax Relief Made Permanent – (Sec. 101) Eliminates the general terminating date (i.e., December 31, 2010) of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) with respect to individual income tax rate reductions, tax benefits related to children and adoption, marriage penalty relief, and education tax relief, thus making such tax benefits permanent, subject to limitations based on adjusted gross income thresholds set forth in this Act.

Eliminates the terminating date of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 that applies to reductions in tax rates for capital gains and dividend income enacted by that Act, thus making such reductions permanent, subject to limitations based on adjusted gross income thresholds set forth in this Act.

(Sec. 102) Establishes permanent income tax rate reductions for individual taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is $200,000 or less ($250,000 for married couples filing joint tax returns).

Allows individual taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is $200,000 or less ($250,000 for married couples filing joint tax returns): (1) a permanent exemption from limitations on itemized deductions and personal exemptions; (2) a permanent 15% tax rate on capital gains and dividend income; and (3) a permanent increase in the refundable portion of the child tax credit.  Makes permanent the increase in the earned income tax credit and the modifications to such credit enacted by EGTRRA.

Title II: Expensing by Small Businesses of Certain Depreciable Assets – (Sec. 201) Increases to $125,000 the expensing allowance for depreciable business and investment property and to $500,000 the income threshold for the phaseout of such credit.  Provides for an annual inflation adjustment to such amounts. Makes permanent the treatment of certain computer software as depreciable property for purposes of the increased expensing allowance.

Title III: Extension of Alternative Minimum Tax Relief - (Sec. 301) Extends through 2011 the offset of certain nonrefundable tax credits against the alternative minimum tax (AMT).

(Sec. 302) Increases the AMT exemption amounts for single and married taxpayers in 2010 and 2011.

Makes the general terminating date of EGTRRA (i.e., December 31, 2010) inapplicable to increases in the AMT exemption amounts enacted by that Act.

Title IV: Budgetary Provision – Provides for compliance of the budgetary effects of this Act with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.


MAJOR ACTIONS:

3/16/2010 Introduced in House
3/17/2010 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
9/23/2010 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
12/2/2010 Resolving differences — House actions: On motion that the House agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 188 (Roll no. 604).

ALL ACTIONS:

3/16/2010:

Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

3/16/2010:

Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure

3/17/2010:

Referred to the Subcommittee on Aviation.

3/17/2010:

Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

3/16/2010:

Referred to House Ways and Means

3/17/2010 3:32pm:

Mr. Costello moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

3/17/2010 3:32pm:

Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H1553-1558)

3/17/2010 3:32pm:

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4853.

3/17/2010 4:00pm:

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H1553-1554)

3/17/2010 4:00pm:

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

3/17/2010:

Received in the Senate.

3/18/2010:

Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

3/19/2010:

Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 324.

9/23/2010:

Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S7388-7389)

9/23/2010:

S.AMDT.4656 Amendment SA 4656 proposed by Senator Dorgan for Senator Rockefeller. (consideration: CR S7389; text: CR S7389)
In the nature of a substitute.

9/23/2010:

S.AMDT.4656 Amendment SA 4656 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

9/23/2010:

Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

9/23/2010:

Message on Senate action sent to the House.

12/1/2010 6:47pm:

Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 1745 Reported to House. It shall be in order to take from the Speaker’s table the bill H.R. 4853, with the Senate amendment thereto, and to consider in the House a motion offered by the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means or his designee that the House concur in the amendment of the Senate with the amendment printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. The rule also provides suspension authority through the legislative day of December 3, 2010.

12/2/2010 11:54am:

Rule H. Res. 1745 passed House.

12/2/2010 1:12pm:

Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1745, the House moved to agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment. (consideration: CR H7874-7887, H7889-7890; text as received in House: CR H7874)

12/2/2010 1:12pm:

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4853.

12/2/2010 2:36pm:

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on agreeing to the Senate amendment with an amendment to H.R 4853, the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.

12/2/2010 3:36pm:

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H7889)

12/2/2010 3:55pm:

On motion that the House agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 188 (Roll no. 604). (text as House agreed to Senate amendment with amendment: CR H7874-7876)

12/2/2010 3:55pm:

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

12/2/2010:

Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate amendment.

12/2/2010:

Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 4853) with an amendment (SA 4727) made in the Senate. (consideration: CR S8391-8392)

12/2/2010:

S.AMDT.4727 Amendment SA 4727 proposed by Senator Reid for Senator Baucus. (consideration: CR S8391)
To change the enactment date.

12/2/2010:

S.AMDT.4727 Cloture motion on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment with amendment (SA 4727) presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S8391; text: CR S8391)

12/2/2010:

S.AMDT.4728 Amendment SA 4728 proposed by Senator Reid for Senator Schumer to Amendment SA 4727. (consideration: CR S8391)
Of a perfecting nature.

12/2/2010:

S.AMDT.4728 Cloture motion on amendment SA 4728 presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S8391; text: CR S3891)

12/2/2010:

Motion by Senator Reid to refer to Senate Committee on Finance the House Message with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment SA 4729 made in Senate. (consideration: CR S8391)

12/2/2010:

S.AMDT.4729 Amendment SA 4729 proposed by Senator Reid. (consideration: CR S8391; text: CR S3891)
To provide for a study.

12/2/2010:

S.AMDT.4730 Amendment SA 4730 proposed by Senator Reid to Amendment SA 4729 to the instructions (SA 4729). (consideration: CR S8391; text: CR S3891)
Of a perfecting nature.

12/2/2010:

S.AMDT.4731 Amendment SA 4731 proposed by Senator Reid to Amendment SA 4730. (consideration: CR S8391; text: CR S3891)
Of a perfecting nature.

12/4/2010:

Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8514-8530)

12/4/2010:

S.AMDT.4727 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8514)

12/4/2010:

S.AMDT.4728 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8514)

12/4/2010:

S.AMDT.4729 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8514)

12/4/2010:

S.AMDT.4730 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8514)

12/4/2010:

S.AMDT.4731 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8514)

12/4/2010:

S.AMDT.4727 Cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 4853) with an amendment (SA 4727) not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 – 36. Record Vote Number: 258. (consideration: CR S8528-8529; text: CR S8528)

12/4/2010:

S.AMDT.4728 Cloture on amendment SA 4728 not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 – 37. Record Vote Number: 259. (consideration: CR S8529-8530; text: CR S8529)

12/9/2010:

Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8701-8708)

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4727 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8701)

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4728 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8701)

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4729 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8701)

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4730 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8701)

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4731 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S8701)

12/9/2010:

Motion by Senator Reid to refer to Senate Committee on Finance the House Message with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment SA 4729 tabled in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 65 – 11. Record Vote Number: 271. (consideration: CR S8701-8702)

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4729 SA 4729 (the instructions to the motion to refer) tabled when the motion to refer the House message to accompany H.R. 4853 to the Committee on Finance was tabled.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4730 SA 4730 fell when SA 4729 tabled.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4731 SA 4731 fell when SA 4730 tabled.

12/9/2010:

Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 4853) with an amendment (SA 4727) withdrawn in the Senate by Unanimous Consent.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4727 SA 4727 fell when the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 4853) with an amendment (SA 4727) was withdrawn in the Senate.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4728 SA 4728 fell when SA 4727 withdrawn.

12/9/2010:

Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 4853) with an amendment (SA 4753) made in the Senate.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4753 Amendment SA 4753 proposed by Senator Reid. (consideration: CR S8702)
In the nature of a substitute.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4754 Amendment SA 4754 proposed by Senator Reid to Amendment SA 4753. (consideration: CR S8702)
To change the enactment date.

12/9/2010:

Cloture motion on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment with amendment (SA 4753) presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S8702-87; text: CR S8702)

12/9/2010:

Motion by Senator Reid to refer to Senate Committee on Finance the House Message with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment SA 4755 made in Senate.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4755 Amendment SA 4755 proposed by Senator Reid. (consideration: CR S8702; text: CR S8702)
To provide for a study.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4756 Amendment SA 4756 proposed by Senator Reid to Amendment SA 4755 to the instructions (SA 4755). (consideration: CR S8702; text: CR S8702)
Of a perfecting nature.

12/9/2010:

S.AMDT.4757 Amendment SA 4757 proposed by Senator Reid to Amendment SA 4756. (consideration: CR S8702; text: CR S8702)
Of a perfecting nature.


TITLE(S): (italics indicate a title for a portion of a bill)

  • SHORT TITLE(S) AS INTRODUCED:
    Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010
    Surface Transportation Extension Modification Act of 2010
  • SHORT TITLE(S) AS PASSED HOUSE:
    Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010
    Surface Transportation Extension Modification Act of 2010
  • SHORT TITLE(S) AS PASSED SENATE:
    Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part III
  • OFFICIAL TITLE AS INTRODUCED:
    To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.

COSPONSORS(5), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] – 3/16/2010
Rep Costello, Jerry F. [IL-12] – 3/16/2010
Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-12] – 3/16/2010
Rep Mica, John L. [FL-7] – 3/16/2010
Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] – 3/16/2010


COMMITTEE(S):

Committee/Subcommittee: Activity:
House Transportation and Infrastructure Referral
Subcommittee on Aviation Referral
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Referral
House Ways and Means Referral

RELATED BILL DETAILS:  (additional related bills may be indentified in Status)

Bill: Relationship:
H.RES.1745 Rule related to H.R.4853 in House
H.R.1512 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.1512 Related bill as identified by House committee
H.R.3607 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.4217 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.4915 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.4915 Related bill as identified by House committee
H.R.4957 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.4957 Related bill as identified by House committee
H.R.5147 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.5611 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.5900 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.6190 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.6467 Related bill identified by CRS
H.R.6473 Related bill identified by CRS
S.3187 Related bill identified by CRS
S.3187 Related bill as identified by House committee

AMENDMENT(S):

1. S.AMDT.4656 to H.R.4853 In the nature of a substitute.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 9/23/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 9/23/2010 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 4656 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

2. S.AMDT.4727 to H.R.4853 To change the enactment date.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 12/2/2010)      Cosponsors (7)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 SA 4727 fell when the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 4853 ) with an amendment (SA 4727) was withdrawn in the Senate.

3. S.AMDT.4728 to H.R.4853 Of a perfecting nature.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 12/2/2010)      Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 SA 4728 fell when SA 4727 withdrawn.

4. S.AMDT.4729 to H.R.4853 To provide for a study.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/2/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 SA 4729 (the instructions to the motion to refer) tabled when the motion to refer the House message to accompany H.R. 4853 to the Committee on Finance was tabled.

5. S.AMDT.4730 to H.R.4853 Of a perfecting nature.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/2/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 SA 4730 fell when SA 4729 tabled.

6. S.AMDT.4731 to H.R.4853 Of a perfecting nature.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/2/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 SA 4731 fell when SA 4730 tabled.

7. S.AMDT.4753 to H.R.4853 In the nature of a substitute.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/9/2010)      Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 Senate amendment proposed (on the floor)

8. S.AMDT.4754 to H.R.4853 To change the enactment date.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/9/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 Senate amendment proposed (on the floor)

9. S.AMDT.4755 to H.R.4853 To provide for a study.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/9/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 Senate amendment proposed (on the floor)

10. S.AMDT.4756 to H.R.4853 Of a perfecting nature.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/9/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 Senate amendment proposed (on the floor)

11. S.AMDT.4757 to H.R.4853 Of a perfecting nature.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/9/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 Senate amendment proposed (on the floor)

12. S.AMDT.4758 to H.R.4853 Purpose will be available when the amendment is proposed for consideration. See Congressional Record for text.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 12/9/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2010 Senate amendment submitted


H.R.847
Latest Title: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] (introduced 2/4/2009)      Cosponsors (115)
Related Bills: H.RES.1674S.1334
Latest Major Action: 12/6/2010 Senate floor actions. Status: Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the bill presented in Senate.
House Reports: 111-560 Part 1, 111-560 Part 2


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SUMMARY AS OF:
7/22/2010–Reported to House amended, Part II.    (There are 2 other summaries)

James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 – Title I: World Trade Center Health Program – (Sec. 101) Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish the World Trade Center Health Program (WTC Program) within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to provide: (1) medical monitoring and treatment benefits to eligible emergency responders and recovery and cleanup workers (including those who are federal employees) who responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and (2) initial health evaluation, monitoring, and treatment benefits to residents and other building occupants and area workers in New York City who were directly impacted and adversely affected by such attacks.

Includes within the WTC Program: (1) medical monitoring, including clinical examinations and long-term health monitoring and analysis for individuals who were likely to have been exposed to airborne toxins that were released, or to other hazards, as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; (2) an initial health evaluation, including an evaluation to determine eligibility for followup monitoring and treatment; (3) followup monitoring and treatment and payment for all medically necessary health and mental health care expenses of individuals with a WTC-related health condition, including necessary prescription drugs; (4) establishment of an outreach program to potentially eligible individuals concerning the benefits under this Act; (5) collection of health and mental health data on individuals receiving monitoring or treatment benefits, using a uniform system of data collection; and (6) establishment of a research program on health conditions resulting from the terrorist attacks.

Declares that monitoring and treatment benefits and initial health evaluation benefits are provided without any cost sharing to an eligible WTC responder or any other eligible WTC community member.

Requires payment for such treatment to be reduced or recouped for work-related conditions to the extent that the Administrator determines the payment has been made or can reasonably be expected to be made under a workers compensation law or plan. Makes the WTC Program a secondary payor for individuals with a public or private health plan.

Requires the WTC Program Administrator to: (1) develop and implement a quality assurance program for the medical monitoring and treatment delivered by Clinical Centers of Excellence and other participating health care providers; (2) develop and implement a program to review the Program’s health care expenditures to detect fraudulent or duplicate billing payment for inappropriate services; and (3) submit an annual report to Congress on the operations of this Act for the fiscal year and for the entire period of operation of the program.

Requires the WTC Program to be administered by the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or a designee of such Director.

Directs the Secretary to notify Congress when enrollments in the WTC Program reach a specified threshold.

Requires the Comptroller General to report to Congress on the cost of the monitoring and treatment programs provided under this Act.

Authorizes the City of New York to make recommendations to the WTC Program Administrator on ways to improve the monitoring and treatment programs under this Act for both eligible WTC responders and eligible WTC community members.

Directs the WTC Program Administrator to establish: (1) the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee to review scientific and medical evidence and to make recommendations to the Administrator on additional WTC Program eligibility criteria and on additional WTC-related health conditions; and (2) the WTC Responders Steering Committee and the WTC Community Program Steering Committee.

Requires the WTC Program Administrator to: (1) institute an education and outreach program on the existence and availability of services under the WTC Program; and (2) provide for the uniform collection and analysis of data on the utilization of monitoring and treatment benefits provided to eligible WTC responders and eligible WTC community members, the prevalence of WTC-related health conditions, and the identification of new WTC-related health conditions. Requires such data to be collected for all individuals provided monitoring or treatment benefits under this Act.

Requires the Administrator to enter into contracts with Clinical Centers of Excellence to provide: (1) monitoring and treatment benefits and initial health evaluation benefits; (2) outreach activities to individuals eligible for such benefits and for follow-up to individuals who are enrolled in the monitoring program; (3) benefits counseling with respect to WTC-related health conditions for eligible individuals; (4) benefits counseling with respect to WTC-related health conditions that may be available under workers’ compensation or other benefits programs for work-related injuries or illnesses, health insurance, disability insurance, or other insurance plans or through public or private social service agencies; (5) translational and interpretive services for program participants who are not English language proficient; and (6) data collection and reporting.

Requires the Administrator to enter into contracts with Coordinating Centers of Excellence to: (1) receive, analyze, and report to the Administrator on data collected and reported by Clinical Centers of Excellence; (2) develop medical monitoring, initial health evaluation, and treatment protocols; (3) coordinate outreach activities; (4) establish criteria for the credentialing of medical providers participating in the nationwide network of providers; (5) coordinate and administer the activities of the WTC Health Program Steering Committees; and (6) meet periodically with the corresponding Clinical Centers of Excellence to obtain input on the analysis and reporting of data collected and on the development of protocols.

Requires New York City to contribute its required matching funds for monitoring and treatment to qualify for a contract for the provision of such benefits. Limits the maximum amount of such matching requirement.

Sets forth provisions defining “Clinical Center of Excellence” and “Coordinating Center of Excellence” and establishing reimbursement rules for such Centers.

Declares that the provisions of this Act constitute budget authority in advance of appropriations and represent the obligations of the federal government to provide for the payment for such provisions of this Act.

Defines and sets forth eligibility requirements for WTC Responders. Establishes a limitation on the number of eligible WTC responders who may be enrolled in the WTC Program. Requires the WTC Program to provide monitoring benefits for eligible WTC responders, including long-term health monitoring and analysis.

Sets forth provisions governing the treatment of WTC responders for WTC-related health conditions. Defines “WTC-related health condition” and lists such health conditions for WTC-responders. Establishes standards for determining whether the terrorist attacks are responsible for a particular health condition.

Establishes: (1) a process for determinations as to whether to include additional health conditions on the list of WTC-related health conditions; and (2) a certification process for determinations that an eligible WTC responder has a WTC-related health condition.

Directs the Administrator to: (1) reimburse costs for medically necessary treatment for WTC-related health conditions; (2) establish a program for paying for the medically necessary outpatient prescription pharmaceuticals prescribed for such conditions; and (3) reimburse the costs of monitoring and the costs of an initial health evaluation.

Requires the Coordinating Centers of Excellence to develop medical treatment protocols for the treatment of certified-eligible WTC responders and certified-eligible WTC community members for identified WTC-related health conditions. Requires the WTC Program Administrator to approve such protocols.

Defines “eligible WTC community member” and establishes eligibility criteria for such individuals. Limits the total number of individuals who may be certified as eligible WTC community members.

Requires the WTC Program to provide for an initial health evaluation to determine if a certified eligible WTC community member has a WTC-related health condition and is eligible for followup monitoring and treatment benefits under the WTC Program.

Lists WTC-related health conditions for WTC community members.

Allows followup monitoring and treatment for individuals not otherwise qualified who have been diagnosed with a WTC-related health condition. Limits the amount of benefits that may be provided to all such individuals for any fiscal year.

Requires the WTC Program Administrator to establish a nationwide network of health care providers to provide monitoring and treatment benefits and initial health evaluations to ensure reasonable access to benefits for individuals who are enrolled WTC responders, screening-eligible WTC survivors, or certified-eligible WTC survivors who reside in a state outside the New York metropolitan area.

Requires the WTC Program Administrator to conduct or support: (1) research on physical and mental health conditions that may be related to the terrorist attacks; (2) research on diagnosing WTC-related health conditions in the case of conditions for which there has been diagnostic uncertainty; and (3) research on treating such conditions of such individuals in the case of conditions for which there has been treatment uncertainty.

Requires the Administrator to extend and expand the World Trade Center Health Registry.

Authorizes the WTC Program Administrator to make grants to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide mental health services to address mental health needs related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Title II : September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 – (Sec. 201) Amends the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act to: (1) make individuals eligible for compensation under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 for harm as a result of debris removal; (2) extend the deadline for making a claim for compensation for physical harm not discovered before the deadline; (3) cap liability for claims related to debris removal based on the level of insurance available; (4) limit the total payment for compensation for claims filed on or after the regulations are updated pursuant to this Act; and (5) cap the amount that an individual may charge in connection with a claim under such Act, with exceptions.


MAJOR ACTIONS:

2/4/2009 Introduced in House
7/22/2010 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 111-560, Part I.
7/22/2010 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 111-560, Part II.
7/29/2010 Failed of passage/not agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 255 – 159 (Roll no. 491).
9/29/2010 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 268 – 160 (Roll no. 550).
12/6/2010 Senate floor actions: Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the bill presented in Senate.

ALL ACTIONS:

2/4/2009:

Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E201)

2/4/2009:

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

2/4/2009:

Referred to House Energy and Commerce

2/9/2009:

Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

4/22/2009:

Subcommittee Hearings Held.

3/16/2010:

Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

3/16/2010:

Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 25 – 8 .

5/25/2010:

Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

5/25/2010:

Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 33 – 12.

2/4/2009:

Referred to House Judiciary

3/16/2009:

Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

3/16/2009:

Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.

3/31/2009:

Subcommittee Hearings Held.

3/27/2009:

Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

3/31/2009:

Subcommittee Hearings Held.

7/29/2009:

Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

7/29/2009:

Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 22 – 9.

7/29/2009:

Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Discharged.

7/29/2009:

Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Discharged.

7/29/2009:

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Discharged.

7/22/2010 8:31pm:

Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 111-560, Part I.

7/22/2010 8:31pm:

Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 111-560, Part II.

7/22/2010 8:31pm:

Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 321.

7/29/2010 8:11pm:

Mr. Pallone moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

7/29/2010 8:11pm:

Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6382-6400)

7/29/2010 8:11pm:

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 847.

7/29/2010 9:45pm:

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 255 – 159 (Roll no. 491). (text: CR H6382-6394)

9/29/2010 10:25am:

Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 1674 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 847 and H.R. 2378. With respect to H.R. 847, the rule grants a closed rule providing one hour of debate in the House, with 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary, and 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means.

9/29/2010 1:07pm:

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1674. (consideration: CR H7230-7257)

9/29/2010 1:07pm:

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 847 and H.R. 2378. With respect to H.R. 847, the rule grants a closed rule providing one hour of debate in the House, with 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary, and 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means.

9/29/2010 1:08pm:

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1674, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 847, as amended.

9/29/2010 2:28pm:

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H7252)

9/29/2010 2:28pm:

Mr. Lee (NY) moved to recommit with instructions to Energy and Commerce. (consideration: CR H7252-7256; text: CR H7252-7255)

9/29/2010 2:52pm:

DEBATE – Mr. Waxman reserved a point of order against the Lee (NY) motion to recommit with instructions. Subsequently, the reservation was withdrawn. The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lee (NY) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House with an amendment to repeal specified spending provisions in patient protection and affordable care.

9/29/2010 3:01pm:

The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H7256)

9/29/2010 3:28pm:

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 185 – 244 (Roll no. 549).

9/29/2010 3:36pm:

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 268 – 160 (Roll no. 550). (text: CR H7230-7242)

9/29/2010 3:36pm:

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

9/29/2010:

Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

11/15/2010:

Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 641.

12/6/2010:

Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S8552)

12/6/2010:

Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the bill presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S8552; text: CR S8552)


TITLE(S): (italics indicate a title for a portion of a bill)

  • SHORT TITLE(S) AS INTRODUCED:
    James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009
  • SHORT TITLE(S) AS REPORTED TO HOUSE:
    James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
  • SHORT TITLE(S) AS PASSED HOUSE:
    James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
  • OFFICIAL TITLE AS INTRODUCED:
    To amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001, and for other purposes.

COSPONSORS(115), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] – 2/4/2009
Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] – 5/4/2009
Rep Arcuri, Michael A. [NY-24] – 2/4/2009
Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] – 4/22/2010
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] – 10/20/2009
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] – 2/10/2009
Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] – 3/5/2009
Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] – 2/4/2009
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] – 5/7/2009
Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] – 12/15/2009
Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] – 2/4/2009
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] – 4/15/2010
Rep Cao, Anh “Joseph” [LA-2] – 12/1/2009
Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] – 9/15/2009
Rep Carney, Christopher P. [PA-10] – 10/22/2009
Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11] – 9/16/2009
Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI] – 4/22/2009
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] – 2/4/2009
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] – 4/29/2009
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. “Gerry” [VA-11] – 2/13/2009
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 3/31/2009
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] – 7/31/2009
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] – 2/4/2009
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] – 12/1/2009
Rep Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. [PA-3] – 3/26/2009
Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] – 1/21/2010
Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] – 3/4/2009
Rep Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] – 3/5/2009
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] – 3/5/2009
Rep Ellsworth, Brad [IN-8] – 10/20/2009
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] – 2/4/2009
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] – 3/16/2010
Rep Etheridge, Bob [NC-2] – 3/26/2009
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] – 7/28/2009
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] – 11/19/2009
Rep Garamendi, John [CA-10] – 4/22/2010
Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] – 5/20/2009
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] – 7/28/2009
Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] – 2/10/2009
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] – 3/4/2009
Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] – 2/4/2009
Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] – 11/19/2009
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] – 2/4/2009
Rep Himes, James A. [CT-4] – 2/4/2009
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] – 2/4/2009
Rep Hodes, Paul W. [NH-2] – 7/9/2009
Rep Holden, Tim [PA-17] – 12/1/2009
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] – 3/10/2009
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] – 2/4/2009
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] – 11/16/2009
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 7/20/2010
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 9/10/2009
Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3] – 2/4/2009
Rep Klein, Ron [FL-22] – 3/4/2009
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] – 3/4/2009
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] – 2/25/2009
Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] – 3/10/2009
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] – 3/4/2009
Rep Lee, Christopher J. [NY-26] – 2/4/2009
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] – 3/4/2009
Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] – 9/22/2009
Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] – 6/9/2010
Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] – 2/4/2009
Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] – 12/1/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-25] – 2/4/2009
Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] – 12/2/2009
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. [NY-29] – 2/4/2009
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] – 2/4/2009
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] – 6/4/2009
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 12/15/2009
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] – 2/4/2009
Rep McHugh, John M. [NY-23] – 2/4/2009
Rep McMahon, Michael E. [NY-13] – 2/4/2009
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] – 2/4/2009
Rep Miller, Brad [NC-13] – 4/26/2010
Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] – 3/10/2009
Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [PA-8] – 11/19/2009
Rep Murphy, Scott [NY-20] – 7/15/2009
Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] – 9/16/2009
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] – 2/4/2009
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] – 12/1/2009
Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-2] – 11/19/2009
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 12/1/2009
Rep Nye, Glenn C. [VA-2] – 12/8/2009
Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] – 5/12/2010
Rep Owens, William L. [NY-23] – 1/12/2010
Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] – 2/4/2009
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] – 7/22/2010
Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] – 3/16/2009
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 2/4/2009
Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] – 12/16/2009
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] – 12/1/2009
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] – 10/13/2009
Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] – 9/16/2009
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 2/10/2009
Rep Schauer, Mark H. [MI-7] – 5/7/2009
Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] – 7/9/2009
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] – 2/4/2009
Rep Sestak, Joe [PA-7] – 3/12/2009
Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] – 12/1/2009
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] – 9/22/2009
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] – 3/16/2009
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] – 2/10/2009
Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] – 9/10/2009
Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] – 2/4/2009
Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] – 10/13/2009
Rep Tonko, Paul D. [NY-21] – 2/4/2009
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] – 2/4/2009
Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] – 11/19/2009
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] – 3/24/2009
Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] – 12/9/2009
Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] – 2/4/2009
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] – 1/20/2010
Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] – 4/22/2009
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] – 2/4/2009


COMMITTEE(S):

Committee/Subcommittee: Activity:
House Energy and Commerce Referral, Markup, Reporting
  Subcommittee on Health Referral, Hearings, Markup, Reporting
House Judiciary Referral, Markup, Reporting
  Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Referral, Discharged
  Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Referral, Hearings, Discharged
  Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Referral, Hearings, Discharged

RELATED BILL DETAILS:  (additional related bills may be indentified in Status)

Bill: Relationship:
H.RES.1674 Related bill as identified by the House Clerk’s office
H.RES.1674 Rule related to H.R.847 in House
S.1334 Related bill identified by CRS

AMENDMENT(S):

1. H.AMDT.780 to H.R.847 Pursuant to H. Res. 1674, in lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on the Judiciary currently printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in House Report 111-648 is considered adopted.
Sponsor: House Rules (introduced 9/29/2010)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Rules
Latest Major Action: 9/29/2010 House amendment offered


Listen friends and friends of friends there are sometimes you just walk away. Please I implore you to never piss this group of people off.. They call themselves Anonymous…..

A security specialist with the firm Symantec, said a loose network of web activists called “Anonymous” appeared to be behind the attacks. The group, which has previously focused on the Church of Scientology and the music industry, has promised to come to Assange‘s aid by knocking offline websites seen as hostile to WikiLeaks.

“While we don’t have much of an affiliation with WikiLeaks, we fight for the same reasons,” the group said in a statement on its website. “We want transparency and we counter censorship. … This is why we intend to utilize our resources to raise awareness, attack those against and support those who are helping lead our world to freedom and democracy.”

It was not immediately clear which attacks the group was responsible for, although activists on Twitter and other forums cheered the news of each one in turn.

The website for MasterCard, which has said it will no longer process donations to WikiLeaks, was either down or sluggish early Wednesday. The company said it was experiencing “heavy traffic” but did not elaborate.

The website for Swedish lawyer Claes Borgstrom, who represents the two women at the center of Assange’s sex crimes case, was unreachable Wednesday.

The Swiss postal system’s financial arm, Postfinance, which shut down Assange’s new bank account on Monday, was also having trouble. Spokesman Alex Josty said the website buckled under a barrage of traffic Tuesday but the onslaught seems to have eased off.


Just the other day as I say watching the democrats take to the senate floor regarding the Bush era Tax cuts and crying about how the cloture motion by Harry Reid failed. DUE to the fact it was 53 to 37 and the majority is now 60 votes. This 60 vote majority was put in place by the Democrats now because the American people have spoken they want to do away with the filibuster.

 

Now there is no way in hell they will get the required 60 votes to abolish the filibuster.

 

But it just goes to show how crooked these democratic Senators can be….

Elizabeth Edwards mourned and saluted

Posted: December 8, 2010 by The STR in NEWS & LOCAL NEWS

DAMN…


The formerly solid wall of Republican opposition to any tax increase has now been breached and it is up to us to repair it and plug it up!

Three normally conservative Senators — Tom Coburn (Oklahoma), Mike Crapo (Idaho) and Judd Gregg (New Hampshire) — have voted in favor of the Bowles-Simpson Deficit Reduction Commission’s recommendations for massive tax hikes.  Coburn, Crapo, and Gregg are laboring under the grand illusion that tax increases can reduce the deficit.

 

In fact, the record is the exact opposite!  Tax increases dampen economic growth (particularly during a recession) and never bring in the revenue they are supposed to.  And, because they hurt the economy, they increase mandatory entitlement spending on Medicaid, welfare, unemployment compensation, and food stamps, thereby eradicating any spending cuts that may have accompanied them.

Coburn, Crapo and Gregg’s vote endorses and sends to Congress a report that calls for a nine-year tax hike of $1.3 trillion, raising the federal tax burden permanently to 21% of GDP as opposed to the average of 18% to date (source: Americans for Tax Reform).

It even eliminates Congressional control over tax increases.  They would become automatic after 2013 unless the Commission’s proposals are implemented.

The Commission called for higher tax rates, reduces indexing of tax brackets for inflation, raises the capital gains tax from 15 to 23%, raises Social Security taxes by up to 50% for taxpayers making up to or over $150,000 a year, doubles gas taxes, and makes inheritance taxes at 45% permanent.

Coburn, Crapo, and Gregg had done great harm to our cause by endorsing the idea that a “centrist” approach of combining tax increases and spending cuts is the answer to our deficit.  Their approach would lock in Obama’s massive increase in government spending.

When Obama took office, federal, state, and local governments combined accounted for 35% of our economy.  Now they are up to 45%, ahead of Britain and Germany!  We must roll this back through spending cuts, not ratify it through tax increases.

Judd Gregg is retiring and Coburn and Crapo were just re-elected.  Neither said anything about endorsing big tax increases as soon as the ballots were cast.  They hid their true intentions from us!

Please, drown Coburn and Crapo in letters and phone calls to protest their betrayal of our cause!!  We must make sure that they do not back these tax increases on the floor of the Senate!!!  And that their defection does not encourage other RINOs to break ranks!

Tom Coburn’s contact info is:

Senator Tom Coburn
172 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C., 20510
Phone: 202-224-5754
Fax: 202-224-6008

Senator Tom Coburn
1800 South Baltimore
Suite 800
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74119
Phone: 918-581-7651
Fax: 918-581-7195

Senator Tom Coburn
100 North Broadway
Suite 1820
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73102
Phone: 405-231-4941
Fax: 405-231-5051

Mike Crapo’s contact info is:

Senator Mike Crapo
239 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington D.C., 20510
Phone: 202-224-6142
Fax: 202-228-1375

Senator Mike Crapo
410 Memorial Drive
Suite 204
Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83402
Phone: 208-522-9779
Fax: 208-529-8367

Fax, write, phone!  Make their phone ring off the hook!


Kathy Griffin Performing in Las Vegas.

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Well she was at it again….

Kathy Griffin hosted the VH1 Divas salute to the troops this weekend, but her “jokes” about Bristol Palin being “fat” fell flat.

“She’s the only contestant in the history of the show to actually gain weight,” Griffin said in reference to Bristol’s trip to the finals on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Even after the troops’ loud booing, Griffin continued the attack.

“No, come on, come on. She gained like 30 pounds a week, I swear to God, it was fantastic,” Griffin said. “She’s like the white Precious.”

(Actress Gabourey Sidibe played the role of “Precious,” a 350-pound black woman in the hit Lee Daniels film which was released last year.)

But Palin, 20, isn’t letting 50-year-old Griffin’s digs bring her down.

“The audience’s reaction to this ‘comedian’ spoke volumes, and the decent people I know would probably have booed her, too,” Palin told Pop Tarts in an exclusive statement. “I hope people didn’t have to pay money to hear her negativity and criticisms.”

The annual VH1 show, which was taped at San Diego’s Miramar Marine base and presented by the USO, also featured a slew of young performers such as Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Paramore. So could Griffin’s comments be potentially dangerous to the young viewers who tuned in to watch their idols on stage?

“Calling Bristol Palin fat is inappropriate and distasteful, even under the guise of humor,” body image expert and author of “Love Your Body Love Your Life,” Sarah Maria, told Pop Tarts. “The problem is that people, and particularly young people, easily absorb the ideas, beliefs, and attitudes that are presented to them. [It's a problem] when someone makes critical comments about someone else’s body and weight, beliefs such as ‘fat is a horrible thing,’ ‘I am no good unless I am thin.'”

According to PopEater’s Rob Shuter, VH1 producers considered editing out the awkward dialogue and response, recorded Friday night, but given the attention it generated, decided to leave it in Sunday’s television broadcast.

VH1 and a rep for Griffin declined to comment.

And while Griffin strutted in a bikini in what she called her “starvation body,” the comedienne wasn’t always so willing to flaunt her figure.

Just last year, the “Suddenly Susan” star admitted that she fell prey to some serious body image issues while seeking out her “big break” in Hollywood. Not only did Griffin get a nose job at the age of 26 in an attempt to improve her appearance, in addition to liposuction that she claims almost killed her, she also reportedly exercised obsessively, starved herself during the day and binged at night.

Having experienced the pain and pressure of show business first-hand, might one think Griffin would be a little mores sensitive to such issues?

“It is quite surprising, given her own experience,” Maria said. “One would hope that her own difficulties would awaken a sensitivity, understanding, and compassion regarding the difficulties of body weight and image in today’s culture.”