Terry named Subcommittee Chairman

Today Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Lee Terry was named Chairman of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee.

This is a BIG deal, for many a reason.

Their release below:

Terry Selected As Subcommittee Chairman of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) today was selected as the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Chairman of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.

“I am honored to be named the new Subcommittee Chairman of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade for the 113th Congress. I am looking forward to working with my friend, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and all of my subcommittee colleagues” stated Terry. “CMT has jurisdiction over many consumer issues and regulations which affect every American on a daily basis. I will take my subcommittee chairmanship seriously and work hard to improve lives, promote safety and support job-creating trade agreements.”

The CMT Subcommittee has jurisdiction over a wide-range of interstate and foreign commerce issues; specifically, trade matters within committee jurisdiction; regulation of commercial practices and the Federal Trade Commission, including sports-related matters; data security; consumer affairs, protection and product safety; privacy matters; product liability; motor vehicles safety; and regulation of travel and tourism.

“With Lee Terry as the Chairman of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee we will continue our efforts to help create good paying jobs and put folks back to work. Congressman Terry will be a great leader for supporting our manufacturing sector, improving consumer protections, and creating jobs in the next Congress,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton.


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  1. Anon says:

    Given that the awarding of subcommittee chairs tends to be pretty merit-based, and given that Lee has already demonstrated he’s up to the job while vice chair of the internet subcommittee, will the usual assortment of clowns continue to level baseless, moronic claims about him “not having accomplished anything?”

  2. Macdaddy says:

    Well, Terry is a white male. He actually got the post because Boehner is a misogynistic, racist pig.

    I’d like to say I beat the clowns to that claim, but I got it from CBS News.

  3. Rob says:

    There are over one hundred subcommittees in the House of Representatives. The fact it took 14 years to get ONE of the hundred available says it all.

  4. Chaz Bono says:

    Congrats on taking over my stepmom’s position after she lost her race for re election. She had been the last female republican in the House.

  5. RWP says:

    Yeah, Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade is just one of a hundred equally important committees.

    Go buy a Powerball ticket, so tomorrow there’s a 1/200,000,000 chance you’ll be able to afford a clue.

  6. RWP says:

    Well, Terry is a white male. He actually got the post because Boehner is a misogynistic, racist pig.

    Didn’t you get the memo? We’re no longer h8ting on Susan Rice because we h8 blacks and women. We’re h8ting on her because we want to open up a slot for Scott Brown in the Senate.

  7. Macdaddy says:

    “So how do you deal with guys who came to stop government or Grover wandering the earth in his white robe saying you want to drown government in the bathtub? I hope he slips in there with it.” –former Senator and Bob Kerrey endorser Alan Simpson on Hardball.

    You stay classy, Senator.

  8. SoWhat??? says:

    The most important thing associated with Terry’s new job is a new and expanded set of “donors” for his future campaigns, making it even harder to get his “go along to get along” butt out of there in favor of a real conservative candidate. On the upside unless Warren’s grandson is the Dem challenger, Dem challengers are all going to meet the same fate as Ewing, White, et.al.

  9. Macdaddy says:

    Unless Warren’s grandson is pro-life and gets a job other than managing a small part of the money his grandfather earned, he won’t beat Terry either.

  10. ricky says:

    A vice chair of some sub committee nobody ever heard of. That’s what Mr Terry gets after 6 terms.
    That’s impressive for Sarpy County’s representative in Congress. Not.

    ricky from omaha

  11. Commerce, Manufacturing, Trade….hmm, these seem to be tied to some important thing. Econoline? No. Econolodge? That’s not it, either. Economy! That’s it.

    So Ricky Fulton of Omaha, tell me more about how unimportant the economy is to you and your fellow Democrats.

  12. Jessica Moenning says:

    This is great news for the 2nd Congressional District and the State of Nebraska. Congratulations Congressman Terry, thanks for your service.

  13. Fiscal Conservative says:

    Dan Welch voted for the 2004 Police Contract that provided for excessive spiking. It cost Omaha taxpayers over $500 million dollars. Dan owns the spiking problem. Nabity will clean his clock

  14. Interested Observer says:

    It’s interesting that the Omaha World Herald finally had an article today about all the people ignoring the Grover Norquist pledge now. Really interesting to see that at this time there are 60 comments posted on that article. Seems like I mentioned this back on Monday morning following the ABC news article about this all.

    When Grover says “Nobody’s turning on me,”, it reminds me of Iraqi information minister, Mohammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, “Baghdad Bob”, saying back in 2003, “There are no American troops in Baghdad!” while black smoke rose in the distance behind him, weapons fire was heard all around, and American tanks rumbled down streets only yards away.

  15. ricky says:

    Funny how people like to out me here on L Street but Street Sweeper gets to remain anonymous. That’s his schtick I guess.
    But If anybody thinks all of a sudden Sarpy County’s representative in Congress will become relevant and accomplish something they are dreaming.
    There is a reason the G O P led House has a 8 per cent approval rating. Because they will do anything they can to protect the wealthy’s tax breaks. Get back to me when Mr Terry stands up and compromises with a vote to avoid the fiscal cliff.
    Never happen because Terry is a tool of the leadership. And some obscure committee sub head of something nobody ever heard of will change that.

    ricky from omaha

  16. Macdaddy says:

    Obama is demanding twice the increase in taxes that would come by letting the Bush tax cuts expire on those making over 250k, a worthless $50 billion “stimulus”, zero entitlement reform, and carte blanche to raise the debt ceiling whenever he feels like it. Notice anything that’s missing? Yep. Spending cuts. The fiscal cliff is unavoidable. Doesn’t matter how Terry votes. Personally, I think the Republicans should bring the Obama Recovery Act to the floor for a vote, all vote “present”, and allow the American people to start reaping the rewards of their wise votes. In a democracy, you get the government you deserve.

  17. Ricky, nobody ‘outs’ you…you do that all by yourself.

    BTW folks, Sandra Fluke will be hitting up a Planned Parenthood event at the Rococo in Lincoln to tell people to keep their hands off her ovaries, but also that putting their dollars there is totally cool.

    I’d like to hear a good rationalization from a liberal as to why the government MUST keep its hands to itself when it comes to abortion, but when it comes to birth control, the government should be all up in their business.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Ricky, you are using your own name here. But “outed”? Nobody cares that you openly push for gay marriage, which you do. We all want to fund tax deductions for all sorts of connubial blissful unions. Happiness is all that matters. You aren’t outed for that. It is your slanderous use of Yiddish here that angers decent people.

  19. radioone says:

    “Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Committee” Why does the House even need this? They aren’t stopping any regulations. They may “fluster and bluster” about it, but that’s all. The Regulators shut down the “commerce” of the Coal industry, and what does Congress do about it? Nothing!!

  20. Jeff Taxenberry says:

    No update about I, the great Taxenberry from Lincoln? Didn’t you hear I got a spot on the over appropriations committee?

  21. RWP says:

    In a democracy, you get the government you deserve.

    I’m coming around to the same conclusion. Those who voted for Obama should feel the consequences of their action, hard and often.

  22. Boy ya leave for a few minutes, and all heck breaks loose.
    Just so it’s clear, Comment #31 HAS been taken down, but b/c of the nature of this blog system, RWP now seems to be complaining about his own comment — about which many trolls will now squeal with glee.
    Have at it.

  23. To RWP says:

    Why so touchy. There are constantly cowardly, anonmymous remarks here all the time. At least be cosistent in your justice. Although I do not agree with the above comments, toughen up. What you chose and do not chose to defend is about as even handed as the ACLU.

  24. Michael Rex says:

    Hey, I am all about freedom of speech too – but that 31 thing was almost like yelling fire in a crowded room – who needs it – that’s not protected speech. I had problems with the fake name moreso than with whatever bs that idiot wanted to “freely express”

  25. Anonymous says:

    In Jan 21 2005, an Official Senate Democrat news release stated, “Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Senator Joseph Biden released the following statement today regarding the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice:

    “To suggest that the Senate should not have any debate about Ms. Rice¹s performance and the future direction of American foreign policy shows not only a high level of arrogance on behalf of some Republicans, but also a blatant disregard for our constitutional responsibilities.”

    The above demand was made by White Male Democrat Senators; one of whom is today is the Senate Majority Leader and the other today presides over the Senate as Vice President of the United States. They both in 2005 demanded to scrutinize a black female “Rice” over foreign policy.

    Five days later, on Jan 26, 2005, CNN news reported that, “Leading the charge against Rice on Tuesday were Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Robert Byrd of West Virginia.”

    Democratic Sen. Kennedy famously left a young woman to drown in Chappaquiddick creek.
    Democrat Sen. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan member and Klan recruiter, filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act that was supported by most Republican Senators. Byrd opposed nominations of black liberal Thurgood Marshall and black conservative Clarence Thomas and opposed desegregation of the military.

    These four White Male Democrat Senators, who include bloody examples of bigotry and sexism, all demanded that a black female C. Rice be scrutinized by them about foreign relations. Yet today, when Republican Senators demand to scrutinize a black female S. Rice over a foreign policy debacle that left an Ambassador dead, GOP Senators are accused of bigotry and sexism and playing politics.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Give up on the faux concern over the “foreign policy debacle that left an Ambassador dead” bullshit. You assholes weren’t in the least concern when the same damned thing happened again and again under Bush Jr.’s watch.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Jon Stewart on the Daily Show had a segment when Condi Rice was saying a bunch of half-truth’s/half-lies about Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. The same nonsense. I don’t understand why the Administration just doesn’t come out and say ‘We missed up – big time”, and I also don’t understand why the Republicans are trying to make a bigger mess out of this tragic event to score political points.

  28. Macdaddy says:

    Do you people not see that the death of our Ambassador is, in Biden’s terms, a big fucking deal? We sent our Ambassador out like a lamb to the slaughter and then watched silently while it happened, refusing to lift a finger to help. In the CYA aftermath, Obama blamed it on a film and then had the filmmaker arrested. In America. First Amendment be damned. Rice was part and parcel of the coverup. You really think she should get promoted?

    This is how messed up this country is: Bo could get sacked for losing a football game but Rice will likely get promoted for carrying water for criminals. Oh, and of course, her boss, who knew all about everything, just got re-elected in a landslide. What a country!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Why exactly do people have to like George Bush in order to dislike Obama’s policies?

    If Bush was a turd, how does that make Obama not stink?

    You are the one who is kissing Obama’s butt. Go right ahead. But don’t call us tasteless because our lips don’t join yours on Barry’s behind.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Macdaddy, you are correct – the death of our Ambassador is a BFD. But the question remains: why didn’t you think that all of those people killed in our embassies and consulates under Bush’s watch were unworthy of the kind of concern the GOP is now displaying?

  31. Anonymous says:

    For that matter, Macdaddy, Bush slept through all the warnings about the attacks on the WTC. But you guys were fine with that. It just goes to show that whatever a Democrat does is the work of Satan, whatever a Republicon does just alright with Jesus.

  32. Macdaddy says:

    Nice to know we got Truthers on LS. Try using it on Obama for a change. He’s President now. The election is over and Obama won. It’s time for your side to start cleaning up your messes instead of sweeping it under the rug. What could you be afraid of? The Republicans have no power. You try holding Obama accountable for a change. He won’t listen to us. Or are you guys just interested in big government without any accountability, efficiency, or logic?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Your reason for excusing Obama’s lack and criminality is Bush? Why not Reagan? How about Lincoln? We are in Obama’s second term and every failure, every life crushed, every suffering American on his watch, is someone else’s fault? Has it occurred to you that Obama is a broken personality, a child rejected by everyone he loved, exposed to drugs and neglect, sexually used and abused by admitted pedophiles whom his own mother and grandparents made his babysitters, and that his aim is to punish America for its power by reducing it to being as helpless and hurt as he was. This is a dangerously damaged man.

  34. Macdaddy says:

    Obama is willing to go over the fiscal cliff. A couple different reporters confirmed that. Of course, him planning a 3 week vacation in Hawaii beginning during the time when the negotiations would probably come to a head and extending through when we go off the cliff was probably the first clue. Have a nice vacay, Barry!

  35. Interested Observer says:

    The World Herald had an interesting article about the “fiscal cliff” several days ago. As I read it, it occurred to me the if our government had never cut the taxes and wasted the unnecessary spending that they did, we would not be in the mess that we’re in right now.

    Also, it’s amusing that these automatic spending/taxing changes, the “fiscal cliff” or the “Budget Control Act of 2011”, were approved by the exact, very same Congress that is now paralyzed with fear by their very own law!

    Even though the Congressional Budget Office predicts going off the “fiscal cliff” will probably lead to a recession in early 2013 and the economy picking up after 2013, I prefer to simply think of the CBO recession as simply the sweats of quitting cold turkey. Every year when we wean the calves, both the cows and the calves bawl for 3 days, then they figure out that’s just the way it is and start to go on with their lives. It will be the exact thing with the Federal Government getting “weaned” off its mother. There’s going to be lots of bawling, then we’ll all get on with our lives the way things should have been in the first place.

  36. TexasAnnie says:

    Yeaa, Interested Observer is on track. But this is the perfect time to work on tax justice. Obama should give up his idea of raising taxes on “the rich” (those making $250K or more per year) in exchange for eliminating all tax incentives, subsidies, loop-holes and 501c3 donations, whatsoever. Just think of it: the federal income tax rates could by lowered for everyone (or at least for those making under $250K annually, for Obama’s political well-being), or, Congress could really consider the flat tax or The Fair Tax!

  37. Anonymous says:

    Calves don’t choose to wean. Give them the vote and they will choose teat. There is no reason for anyone in goverment to want any voter to wean.

  38. Interested Observer says:

    The cow or almost any other female mammal WILL wean her offspring when that young one is mature enough to get along on it’s own.

    So, even if the calf doesn’t choose to wean, the cow DOES! Point being, the taxpayers, through their elected representatives, are choosing to wean the federal government from it’s mother, the taxpayer.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Mammals indeed wean their offspring when the kid’s teeth get too big for the sore teat. You say you see that happening today as “taxpayers through their elected representatives are choosing to wean the federal government from its mother, the taxpayer.” In what country? I saw a different US election. I saw taxpayers elect more spenders and taxers.

    To continue your analogy, let’s say the cow being milked is you the taxpayer. And the calves greedy for your milk are all the voters and corporations and interests, including us, who all receive “milk” from federal government. Government is a gigantic Milking Machine that feeds any willing to come to the machine and obey its rubber teat distribution rules. A farm run by the milking machine. Orwell didn’t see that coming.

    Obama isn’t the farmer. He is the top cog in the machine and it’s in a shed is DC. All others we elect are also cogs in the same machine. Of course, a milking machine produces nothing. It milks your wallet, to no disadvantage to the incumbent cog’s incomes. And since they are judged by the amount of cheese they bring home, they have every reason to milk and no reason to wean anyone from anything.

    Today teats are being bitten off and neglected fields are starving milk production and calves are too bloated and lazy to graze, and the machine isn’t viewing any of this biology going on outside. Every decision it makes is about more teat and more milk. The Machine’s job is to milk you and feed others as its only source of power and existence and purpose. It finds the Constitution inconvenient. And rather recently, the voting majority has concluded that their milk comes from the milking machine and they don’t care what happens to the fields or to big momma cow taxpayers because they have faith not in the flesh that bore them but in the machine that feeds them.

  40. Interested Observer says:

    As I said “There’s going to be lots of bawling, then we’ll all get on with our lives the way things should have been in the first place.”

  41. Anonymous says:

    The analogy doesn’t end in milk but in blood. For when taxpayers are too weak to give and calves too greedy at the redistribution rubber teat and sacrifices must be made, it isn’t the milking machine that gets turned into hamburger.

  42. Anonymous says:

    IO, are you telling us that a fiscally conservative Obama Administration is weaning a spendthrift GOP House off of its wealth sharing liberal spending habits?

  43. Does anybody else notice that a certain self-avowed ‘conservative rancher from the Valentine area’ continues to display more preference for liberal policies than conservative ones?

    It’s almost like this person doesn’t just dislike one conservative SENATOR in particular, but ALL true conservatives. In fact, it’s almost like this person doesn’t know what the word ‘conservative’ actually means!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Just like Calvin and Hobbs, I can’t wait to get in my wagon and head over that cliff. It is going to be a FUN ride! The best part will be all consequences that the dimwit politicians have to suffer for what they have done – and for what they haven’t.

  45. Anonymous says:

    This “fiscal cliff” is all about baiting Republicans that hold the House. Republicans refuse to see they are being set up for political extermination.

  46. Macdaddy says:

    The GOP came back with a version of Simpson-Bowles. That’s funny. Obama spent over 2 years ignoring it, I doubt he’s going to take it seriously now. The responsible thing to do is to allow the Bush tax cuts expire: all of them. It’s estimated that government revenues would increase by $500 billion in 2013 vs only $80 billion if they were allowed to expire for just the top two tiers. That still leaves us $700 billion short, but that’s more manageable. The American people voted to not cut spending. It’s time for us to pay the bill. It’s only fair that all Americans share in the responsibilities we have to this nation.

  47. Lil Mac says:

    When Republicans and Democrats agree the only way to make government work is to let it fall off a cliff, what does that signal?

  48. RWP says:

    Actually, I have no particular problem with the fiscal cliff, except that it doesn’t cut spending enough. There’s no way we’re going to get out of debt without a broad-based tax increase. And when taxes go back up, the part of the 47% that are once again paying income tax will have a new-found interest in cutting gummint spending. It’s all good.

  49. Interested Observer says:

    I agree completely with RWP. The legislated spending cut of $1.2 trillion for the years 2013 – 2021 is ironic to me because right now we’d have to cut spending THAT MUCH EVERY SINGLE YEAR to balance the budget at the current tax revenue level, not just prorated over the entire 9 years.

    What will our national debt be by 2021 if we only cut the equivalent of one budget year’s deficit, not the entire 9 budget years’ deficits?

    And YES, I AM a conservative Republican rancher from the Valentine area and I DO think that a person should actually pay their own way in life. The first day of Economics Class at UNL a long time ago, the Professor walked into the room, went right up to the chalk board (that’s how long ago it was) and wrote “THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH!”. Then he turned around to face the students in my class and said, “That, people, is the first rule of Economics”.

    It’s inexcusably obscene to spend borrowed money today at the rate that we are, in the manner that we are, that can only be repaid by a future generation.

  50. RWP says:

    The irony (and this is not an original thought) is that the people who voted disproportionately for the bigger spender — the under 30s for Obama — are most on the hook for the massive debt. By the time the chickens come home to roost, greedy old farts like me will have our fat nest eggs nicely structured to keep our wealth high and nominal income low, so we don’t pay big Medicare premiums or tax on our social security, while the idiots who voted for Bambi cover our retirement and health care expenses. Cut entitlements? Not quite yet!

  51. Macdaddy says:

    RWP, you are assuming that the Feds can resist the temptation to get their hands on all that money just sitting around in 401ks and IRAs. I would say pensions, too, but those are already underwater.

  52. RWP says:

    I’ve always been paranoid about tax deferral. You make the assumption that down the road the rate will be lower. But in return, you’re conceding state control over the account. I’d rather pay the tribute up front, and it’s my money, to be taken offshore or hidden from the looters, when necessary.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them grab 401ks. Heck, I remember when social security was a scheme by which you contributed to retirement and disability insurance, and not just another redistribution mechanism.

  53. TexasAnnie says:

    RWP: Well you must be planning on leaving Nebraska, IF your SS won’t be taxed!

    And Macdaddy: Not all pensions have been drained. Particularly, not those protected by corporate welfare! (Check your Nebraska statutes.)

  54. Some Thoughts says:

    I have no real concern about going over the “fiscal cliff” either. Taxes won’t go up all that much, and spending will have to be cut in a significant way. I don’t believe it will cause a terrible crisis like everyone says.

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