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Sali Named Taxpayer Hero by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

August 29th, 2008 by Halli

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Sali today was named a Taxpayer Hero by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. The group announced its decision based on its examination of votes in which Sali voted against wasteful government programs and spending. The group designates Taxpayer Heroes as those members who scored between 80 and 99 percent on 100 votes cast in 2007. Sali scored 93 percent.

“I am thrilled to have received this award, but it really belongs to the people of Idaho. Their values of frugality and fiscal commonsense are what I bring to my work every day in Washington,” said Sali.

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, a group that works to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

This is the latest in a series of awards and recognitions for Sali. This Congress, Sali also received the Defender of Economic Freedom Award from the Club for Growth, Taxpayers’ Friend Award from the National Taxpayers Union, Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the True Blue Award from Focus on the Family, Hero of the Taxpayer from Americans for Tax Reform, Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award and the “Benjamin Franklin Award from the 60 Plus Association, Friend of the Shareholder” award from the American Shareholders Association, Guardian of Worker Freedom award from the Alliance for Worker Freedom and named among the “Best and Brightest” in Congress by the American Conservative Union.

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Press Release: Sali in D.C. says Congress Needs to Get Back to Work Immediately

August 11th, 2008 by Halli

From the office of Rep. Bill Sali

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Bill Sali today again insisted that Congress return to work right away and vote to open up American energy exploration and production in order to get gas prices down. Sali spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives, even though the House is not in session today. The Democrat-controlled Congress voted to adjourn for a 5-week recess, even though Americans want Congress to work on a solution to high energy prices. Sali voted against adjournment. He is a co-sponsor of several bills that contain more oil production, as well as conservation and emphasis on new alternative energy technology. However, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to consider that legislation, objecting to more drilling on American soil and offshore.

“It’s extraordinary that Speaker Pelosi is on a tour promoting her new book, while Idahoans and other hardworking Americans are struggling to pay for gas. This Congress has an approval rating of 9 percent. And it’s very obvious why. Congress should be working right now to pass legislation that boosts supply of American crude oil, so that gas prices will actually go down,” said Sali. “Doing nothing is not an answer to high gas prices. Congress created the policies that are responsible for high gas prices. Congress needs to lift the ban on American oil production and exploration in order to get those prices down.”

Last week, Sali was one of several Republican Members of Congress who spoke on the need for energy independence after Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat leadership of House turned off the lights, the cameras and the microphones. Sali and the others stayed behind to give their speeches in front of a gallery of Americans concerned about high gas prices.

Sali has also introduced legislation to provide a tax credit to Americans to help offset the impact of high gas prices. Sali and other Republicans have asked President Bush to call Congress into session in order to take up legislation that would increase America’s energy independence.

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Press Release: Sali asks Bush to Veto Public Lands Lock-up

August 4th, 2008 by Halli

From the office of Rep. Bill Sali

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Bill Sali has spearheaded a letter to President Bush, asking him to veto a bill that would lock up 26 million acres of public land across the nation, including Idaho.

More than two dozen other lawmakers signed Sali’s letter, expressing serious concerns with H.R. 2016, the National Landscape Conservation System Act.

The measure would lock up 26 million acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, including land in Idaho, and would prevent many popular family recreational opportunities and almost all economic activities from taking place on the land. Sali said he’s also concerned the bill would block options for American energy exploration and production.

“This bill could have huge energy implications, as all land permanently locked up under this bill would also mean these lands are permanently off limits to energy development,” Sali said.

“Right now the best plan Congress can come up with to solve our energy woes is to take a five week vacation. To make matters worse, if this bill were signed it would be just another step backwards in the goal to increase American energy production.

“America needs action from Congress to ensure that our local and national economies grow stronger and more resilient. To do that, they will need the vital resources available from secure American sources. In addition, locking up land would prevent many recreational activities and would be devastating for the people who hunt, fish, camp, raise their kids and try to earn a living on and around these lands. It is in the best interest of our constituents that the President veto this bill should it come before him,” concluded Sali.

H.R. 2016 passed the House on April 9, 2008 and awaits action in the Senate.

Twenty six other Members of Congress signed Sali’s letter, including Minority Leader Boehner, Ranking Member Young, Duncan Hunter, Rob Bishop, Paul Broun, Walley Herger, John Doolittle, Tom Price, Jack Kingston, Steve Pearce, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lynn Westmoreland, Henry Brown, Doug Lamborn, Louie Gohmert, John Duncan, Mary Fallin, George Radanovich, Robert Latta, Tim Walberg, Bill Shuster, Tom Tancredo, Virginia Foxx, Jeff Flake, and John Shimkus.

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Press Release: Sali – Recess is not the Answer to Crippling Energy Costs

July 31st, 2008 by Halli

From the office of Rep. Bill Sali

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite unbearable prices at the pump and Congress’ failure to pass meaningful legislation to bring relief to Americans, Democrat House Leadership today passed a resolution to adjourn for five weeks of recess. Sali voted against the resolution, which passed 213-212.

Congressman Sali issued the following statement:

“It is deplorable that we are leaving Americans hanging like this. Now is not the time for Congress to take a 5-week vacation,” said Sali.

“Rather than voting on adjournment, Congress should be debating long term efforts to increase production of American energy, including drilling in ANWR and offshore. We should be voting to remove restrictions on the development of oil shale; increase the number of nuclear power facilities; advance hydro- and wind-power; and incentivize new technologies, such as hydrogen and electric automobiles.

“But families also need relief while we develop American resources. That is why I recently introduced legislation to do exactly that. The Family Energy Relief Act (FERA) of 2008 will provide Americans with a tax credit of $1,000 for couples, $500 for individuals and $250 per dependent to help offset the price they are paying at the pump,” concluded Sali.

While voting against the Democrat’s adjournment resolution, Congressman Sali signed two petitions that, if they garner enough signatures, would force a vote on legislation to boost American energy exploration and production. H.R. 6107 would reduce the price of gasoline by opening the Arctic Energy Slope to environmentally sensitive American energy exploration. H.R. 6108 would reduce the price of gasoline by enabling the United States to responsibly explore its own deep water resources to produce American energy.

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Press Release: Sali Introduces Tax Credit to Help Families with Rising Gas & Energy Costs

July 30th, 2008 by Halli

From the Office of Rep. Bill Sali

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Sali has introduced a bill that would provide real, tangible – and timely – help to the tens of millions of Americans hit hard by skyrocketing energy prices.

The Family Energy Relief Act (FERA) of 2008 will provide American taxpayers with a tax credit of $1,000 for couples, $500 for individuals and $250 per dependent. The measure already has garnered significant support.

“For ordinary families, trips to the gas station have become a financial hardship. I am hearing from Idahoans more and more that they can’t afford to buy gas to get to work, pay their mortgages or visit sick relatives. Farmers are being squeezed by increased fuel, feed and fertilizer costs. Truckers are paying nearly $5 a gallon for diesel. It is killing their industry and increasing the cost of everything we buy,” said Sali. “This is a national emergency. Congress must act to provide some kind of relief to the millions of Americans hit hard by skyrocketing fuel prices.

“Our country needs all of the energy we can get our hands on from every source possible. We need more American energy exploration and production, in ANWR and offshore, in oil sands and oil shale; new nuclear power facilities; more hydro- and wind-power; and the development of new technologies, such as hydrogen and electric automobiles. But American families can’t afford the wait. They need relief now from these crushing gas and diesel prices. My plan provides simple, clear and timely assistance for today’s high fuel prices. Idaho families would see this help in just a few months.

“I sincerely hope Speaker Pelosi recognizes the toll this is taking on our constituents. She should change her mind and allow Congress to vote on drilling in ANWR and offshore. But, that will not be enough. Americans need help now, so I hope she will also bring this commonsense legislation to the floor to give Americans the short-term relief they need,” concluded Sali.

Sali has been joined by 22 original cosponsors, including senior House Republican leaders: Roy Blunt, (R-MO), David Davis (R-TN), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Gresham Barrett (R-SC), Dave Weldon (R-FL), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), John Doolittle (R-CA), Mary Fallin (R-OK), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Jack Kingston (R- GA), John Duncan (R-TN), Harold Rogers (R-KY), John Shimkus (R-IL), Thelma Drake (R-VA), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Ron Paul (R-TX), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), Tom Cole (R-OK), Steve Scalise (R-LA).

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Press Release: Sali Receives Club for Growth Award

July 25th, 2008 by Halli

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Bill Sali has won the Club for Growth “Defender of Economic Freedom” award.

The Club for Growth examined each lawmaker’s voting record on 37 roll call votes.

“With his score of 98 percent, Congressman Sali is a champion of the pro-growth agenda,” said Club for Growth president Pat Toomey. “As one of 55 congressional members to earn this award, Congressman Sali demonstrates a strong commitment to economic freedom and free-market principles.”

This rating examines legislative actions which include: making the Bush tax cuts permanent, repealing the death tax, reducing and limiting government spending, and expanding free trade.

“I’m honored to be recognized by a group committed to a strong economy for Idaho and America,” Sali said. “I will continue to work for the principles of economic freedom for which the Club for Growth stands. Making tax cuts permanent and limiting government spending is vital for the future of our country and the well-being of America’s families and businesses,” said Sali.

The Club for Growth Club is a national network of thousands of Americans, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom.

This Congress Sali also received the Taxpayers’ Friend Award from the National Taxpayers Union, Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the True Blue Award from Focus on the Family, Hero of the Taxpayer from Americans for Tax Reform, Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award and the “Benjamin Franklin Award from the 60 Plus Association, Friend of the Shareholder” from the American Shareholders Association, and Guardian of Worker Freedom from the Alliance for Worker Freedom.

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Press Release: Sali Asks Idahoans to Mail Gas Receipts for Speaker Pelosi

July 25th, 2008 by Halli

From the Office of Rep. Bill Sali

POST FALLS, Idaho – Congressman Bill Sali today urged Idahoans to send their fuel receipts to his offices so that he can forward them to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Sali said he wants to illustrate for Speaker Pelosi the hardship that high gas prices are having everyday in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.

Sali made the announcement at a Post Falls, Idaho, truck stop, where he emphasized the need to boost American energy exploration and production.

“The fact remains we need to get our hands on every drop of energy we can from every source possible. While conservation is important and alternative energy is necessary, there’s no such thing as a hybrid or electric semi. Every one of these trucks out here today will continue to need affordable diesel.

“We keep talking about $4 a gallon gas. Well, these truckers here are paying $5 a gallon for diesel, and that is impacting the cost of everything and killing the trucking industry.

“Recently, I asked Idahoans to write me and tell me how high gas prices are affecting them. I heard from literally thousands of Idahoans, nearly all urging Congress to lift the ban on American energy exploration and drilling. The comments were extremely poignant.

A Post Falls trucking company owner named Robert wrote, ‘high fuel prices are breaking me and this whole industry. After being on the road away from my home for 5 to 6 weeks at a time and busting my butt trying to stay afloat, I really don’t have to worry about gas prices because I don’t have enough money left when I get home to buy gas for my car.’

“Jodi from Middleton wrote to tell me that it’s getting difficult to go anywhere, and being summer, she has to tell her kids that gas is too high to go to the park or the library. Jodi also told me that he’s paying $165 a week for groceries that used to cost $100 a week. Jodi said, ‘if gas goes any higher, we will lose our home.’

“Mariya from Boise wrote plainly, ‘the government is stifling the nation’s economy.’

“Well, Robert and Jodi and Mariya and all the others who have been writing my office asking Congress to do something are right. And yet Congress is not acting. Speaker Pelosi is refusing to take up legislation that increases American energy production. The legislation Congress has taken up so far is pure gimmickry, smoke and mirrors and political baloney.

“Maybe if Speaker Pelosi hears directly from Idahoans, and sees just how much it is costing the families and businesses of our state, she’ll be more inclined to act. So I’m asking Idahoans today to engage on this issue in a way they never have. Save those gas receipts. Send them to my office, and I’ll make sure Speaker Pelosi gets them,” said Sali.

Idahoans who want their gas receipts forwarded to Speaker Pelosi can send them to:

Boise Office
802 W Bannock, Ste 101
Boise, Idaho 83702

Caldwell Office
704 Blaine St, Ste 1
Caldwell, Idaho 83605

Coeur d’ Alene Office
610 W Hubbard, Ste 206
Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho 83814

Lewiston Office
313 D Street, Ste 104
Lewiston, Idaho 83501

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Press Release: Gun Owners of America Applauds Rep. Sali’s Effort Against Gun Ban

July 24th, 2008 by Halli

From Gun Owners of America

(Springfield, VA) – Gun Owners of America applauds Rep. Bill Sali (R-ID) for his efforts to protect Second Amendment rights on National Park Service land.

Rep. Sali offered and amendment during a hearing of the National Resources Committee on H.R. 5853, a bill to expand the boundary of the Minute Man National Historical Park in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to include Barrett’s Farm.

Minutemen stashed arms and ammunition at Colonel James Barrett’s farm and turned back, and then used them to turn back Redcoat troops in the first victory for America in the Revolutionary War. It turns out our own National Park Service is also against firearms at the site.
Carrying firearms on land controlled by the NPS is currently prohibited, even if the state in which the land is located allows firearms. The Interior Department recently proposed new rules to partially reverse the gun ban, but they have not yet taken effect. If and when they do go into effect, most gun owners would still not be allowed to possess firearms on these lands because, among other problems with the rule, open carry would remain prohibited.

Rep. Sali’s amendment simply would require that state and local law govern firearms possession on the new land to be controlled by the NPS.

“The Founding Fathers fought and died for the freedoms we still enjoy today,” said Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. “One of the foremost of those freedoms was the rights to keep and bear arms. It is sadly ironic that the NPS would disarm citizens at a site where firearms played such an important role in our nation’s history. We applaud Congressman Sali’s effort to defend the Second Amendment against the anti-self defense regulations of the National Park Service,” Pratt said.

Rep. Sali offered similar amendments today on three additional NPS bills, dealing with: the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River; the National Trails System Act; and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The Sali amendments did not prevail in Committee. Rep. Sali has not ruled out bringing these amendments up again if there is an opportunity when the bill reaches the House floor.

Larry Pratt is the Executive Director for Gun Owners of America, a national gun lobby with over 300,000 members.

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Guest Post: Minnick Selling Gem State for Big $$$’s

July 24th, 2008 by Halli

From Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance

Local political observer Adam Graham discovered that, as far as out-of-state money is concerned, things are worse for Walt Minnick than anybody realized. As Graham points out, when Bill Sali received significant support from the Club for Growth in 2006, the war cry of the Democrats was “Idaho is not for sale.” Apparently they’re now okay with the sale of the Gem State, as long as it’s to fat cats from New York. The non-partisan Open Secrets website reports that an astonishing 71% of Minnick’s campaign funds have come from out of state. Minnick has raised more money in New York City than in Boise. Minnick’s supporters have been suddenly and strangely silent about the danger out of state money represents to the purity of Idaho politics.

Open Secrets

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Press Release: Sali Works to Protect Gun Rights

July 24th, 2008 by Halli

From the Office of Rep. Bill Sali

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Bill Sali today spearheaded an effort calling for state and local laws to govern the use of guns on National Park lands.

At a meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee, Sali offered amendments to H.R. 5853. The bill expands the boundary of the Minute Man National Historical Park in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to include Barrett’s Farm. Minute Man National Historical Park commemorates one of the most important events in our Nation’s history. In April 1775 Colonel James Barrett’s farm was used by the colonists to hide muskets, cannons and powder in the fields, having been alerted by Paul Revere of the advancing British troops. When the farm was searched by the British, nothing was found, preserving arms that would be used later that day in the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

“While the farm of Colonel Barrett will now be appropriately preserved by the National Park Service, what may be lost is our Second Amendment rights that the colonists and Founding Fathers fought for,” said Sali.

Currently, a National Park Service regulation restricts gun rights, replacing the laws of State and local governments, by specifically prohibiting the possession of fire arms in National Parks. Sali’s amendment requires that laws regarding the possession or use of a fire arm be governed by State and local governments.

“If a state or local government sees fit to impose similar restrictions, then so be it, but the National Park Service needs to stay out. The Park Service does many things well. Unfortunately the regulation of firearms is not one of them. This is a clear issue, and it affects the rights of law-abiding gun owners not only from Idaho but across the United States. The Second Amendment is a right put in place by our founders should not be abridged by the National Park Service’s anti-gun regulations,” Sali said.

Crime rates in National Parks raised concerns for Sali and he offered 3 other similar state gun rights amendments during the mark up.

“In 2006 alone, 11 visitors to National Park Service lands were murdered, 35 were raped, 61 were robbed and 16 were kidnapped. All other federal land management agencies follow state and local laws. I’m simply asking that the National Park Service follow suit,” concluded Sali.

The amendments failed in committee. The bills now await action on the House floor.

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