Today’s Congressional odds and ends

Lee and Woolsey push public investments: Representatives Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, who are finishing up their stint as co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, were at the Library of Congress today for a conference sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future on New Deal-style public investments — from rebuilding our crumbling national infrastructure to pursuing alternative energy sources to lifelong education — that could bring long-term economic growth. In other Barbara Lee news, the Congressional Black Caucus will announce its new officers tomorrow, and we’re all but certain Lee will be the incoming chairwoman… stay tuned…

Tauscher remains regional whip: Democratic House members re-elected Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, as regional whip for Northern California, meaning she’ll remain the primary liaison between the House Democratic Leadership and her fellow members in the region. “On November 4th the American people sent a clear message for Congress to come together and solve problems,” she said. “I am eager to work with Speaker Pelosi and the new Obama administration to rebuild our economy, make healthcare more affordable, and move the United States to energy independence through innovation.” Her purview will include California’s Congressional Districts 1 through 22, as well as districts in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and American Samoa.

McNerney solicits holiday cards for troops: Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, is running his second annual “Holiday Cards for Our Troops” program, in which he’ll collect holiday cards for soldiers recovering from battle and stationed away from their families this holiday season, and then hand-deliver the cards to soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; sailors and marines at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; and National Guard and Reserve soldiers at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin. “Thoughtful words of encouragement and support from the great people of the 11th District can make a huge difference in boosting the morale of our brave troops who have so honorably served their country,” he said. Constituents should make or buy a holiday card, write a message of thanks inside to a service member, and then deliver the card in an unaddressed, unsealed envelope by Dec. 10 to one of McNerney’s district offices — at 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 175 in Pleasanton or 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite 7 in Stockton. He passed along more than 700 cards last year, and hopes to top that number this year. And if you have thoughts to share with McNerney on this or any other topic, go talk to him at his next “Congress at Your Corner” constituent meet-and-greet, noon to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Safeway supermarket at 11050 Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Rosa

    I’m curious about how caucus votes go during a lame duck session. Do the Reps/Senators of the outgoing Congress have a vote if they’re not going to be coming back in the new one? And do new incoming Congressmen/women get a vote?