A day in the life of a Congressman "Although we fell short tonight, I am proud of the issues we focused on in this race, from building an economy that works for all Americans to the need to address campaign finance reform and climate change with much greater urgency, and I remain committed to fighting for those issues and working to make life better for families in our region," Jones says, and I smile as he makes eye contact. "I congratulate Congressman Wilson on his victory and wish him and his family well," Jones continues. "I hope that he and our elected officials from both sides of the House will rise above partisan gridlock and get to work on the urgent issues facing our region and our nation." I almost feel sorry for him. The feeling fades, luckily. My name is Chester Wilson, Republican representative of Nebraska in the United States House of Representatives, and I just reclaimed my seat. I’m listening to Derrick Jones’ concession speech following the election. At this point, I’m supposed to shake hands with him – and I will – but something about Jones rubbed me the wrong way. Perhaps it was his lack of emotion, or his clammy chapped hands. The race is over, however, and I won’t see him for a long time. The camera crews pester me for a while, and I give them a hint of my goals for the future and my reaction to the results before reuniting with my wife, Melinda. The rest of the night, unfortunately, is uneventful. BRRRT BRRRT BRRRT BRR—SLAM! I have to get an early start, and so here I am in my spaceman pajamas at 6:00 AM, asking myself why I do this to myself a dozen times before pouring myself a bowl of cereal and milk. My wife is huddled underneath her blankets still, and my sons won’t have to wake up for a while. Today on the agenda: meet up with some fellow Congressmen, “discuss the budget” (read: argue), sit, answer the phone, sit, sit, fight lobbyists, get a coffee, sit some more, and maybe, just maybe be able to have some family time. Staying true to my rough schedule, I head to Capitol Hill via the Metro. Over breakfast, I meet with the House Budget committee, where we discuss the many possibilities of how to use our nearly $2 trillion federal budget. It’s a quieter, more informal way to get one’s ideas on the table. We meet once a week, each time with more things to discuss. The meeting adjourns after an hour, and I’m off to my next order of business. Here I am, the House chamber for a Republican conference meeting. I have a chance to speak directly with Republican leaders, like the Speaker of the House and the House majority leader. I legitimately look forward to this special face-to-face time with House leaders. It seems to facilitate better communication among the Republican party and builds a better sense of teamwork. A few minutes before 10:00, I head to a meeting of the House Committee on Agriculture. I am a member of four House committees: Agriculture, Budget, Energy and Commerce, and Government Reform. Committees do much of the important work in Congress. Members study legislation, debate issues, hold public hearings, and amend bills. Committees take up a lot of my time. In today's meeting, we are briefed on bioterrorism, and then discuss how Congress can protect America's food supply. How do representatives get assigned to committees, you ask? Generally, you pursue committees that reflect your own background and expertise. I represent an agricultural district of Nebraska, so I wanted to be on the Agriculture Committee. But I'm also on the Energy and Commerce and Budget committees, which are my personal interests. Unexpected events often happen. A meeting with Ambassador Allen Johnson--a U.S. trade
Capitol Hill Internship, Congressman R. DeSantis (FL-6)
2 August 2013
“A minute percentage of young people have a change to come see their government at work and to go behind the curtain…If you come to Washington with a curiosity—how does it work, how important the staff is to the functioning of government, the service aspect of government—then it can be a really great education for you, no…
struggling for justice and righteousness, there I am.” -Jim Jones (Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple). Reverend Jim Jones was the captivating leader of the Peoples Temple, a religious organization that progressed from 1955 through the mid-1970s. It was a thriving community up until November 18, 1978, the day that the members of Peoples Temple willingly took their own lives; creating the largest mass suicide in modern day history. At the command of Jim Jones a total of 909 members drank Kool Aid…
would actually witness healings at this church. Healings of people regaining their sight and the ability to talk, being cured of cancers and other sicknesses (Mass suicide at Jonestown, The History Channel website). The People's Temple services had life, had soul, and had power.
With such an energetic and charismatic personality, Jim Jones was able to lead a church of only a few people into a church of hundreds of people. He and his church was seen
doing many virtuous things. They…
296 Main St.
Cold Spring, NY 10516
March 31st, 2014
Congressman Sean Maloney
123 Grand Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
Dear Congressman Maloney,
Hello. I am writing to you to stress the urgency of protecting the children and teens of America from internet predators. I have recently read a book called Want to go Private by Sarah Darer Littman and it has inspired me to bring this to your attention. It is a major problem that is occurring everyday and something needs to be done about it. Children…
Critical Thinking Paper
Abortion is a big NO NO!!
I am one of those people that is against abortion. This topic was brighter than one mans opinion. It wasn’t about if you were for or against it. It was mainly about the life of a child and were would be that cut off date of saying “okay this is now a living organism, one that I can not kill”. I was a little confused as to where this discussion was going. Only because, some people were saying that a baby is living during…
The Jones Jeopardy
“The Man, The Myth, The Killer”
By: Taylor Mosby
If you don’t know him already as he floods the current news headlines, you will.
I got the chance to sit with this man in a rural area of Indiana last week to ask him about his life. He requested that I do not reveal most of the interview, but rather, write it as a biography with little to no dialogue of his own. I agreed because I have questions about what happened.
On May 13, 1931 James…
PHI 210 (Critical Thinking)
Week 9 Quiz 3
If students play video games, their school work will suffer, and they will not have the ability to succeed in life, ending up in lower paying jobs and needing government programs, which will increase our taxes. So video games will increase our taxes. CORRECT ANSWER – Slippery Slope
Professor Andrews, surely I deserve a B in logic. I know that I have gotten F's on all the tests, but if you give me an F for my final…
be leaping from the cliff to preserve her purity. A fearful Gus is made an innocent victim and is held accountable, and of course, Gus is lynched sometime following the ordeal.
In reality, before the war, a common occurrence in everyday southern life was the rape of black slave women by white planters, their sons, and overseers. If a black man had sex with a white woman, she was seen as defiled, and he could expect to be lynched, but if the roles were reversed, the white man would be quietly endured…
is swept up into the American Revolution. He enlists in the army and within four short years he is aide to General Washington in the Continental army. After leaving the army Alexander Hamilton goes on to be a member of the New York assembly, a congressman, a founder of the Federalist Party, and America’s first secretary of the treasury. Alexander Hamilton was a very prominent man and he was driven mostly in part by the way he grew up. When he was in the Caribbean he was the lowest that he could be…
900+ men, women and children die through suicide or murder, the world often only remembers the victims that were actually in the compound itself and forgets the victims that tried to flee with Congressman Leo Ryan, who was there to determine whether or not U.S. citizens were being held against their will. The day before the mass suicide, Ryan and other U.S. government officials landed in Guyana. During their visit, many of the cult members asked to leave with Ryan’s delegations. Arriving at the airport…