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October 1, 2013

Pete Gallego (D TX-23) to donate pay to charity during shutdown

Sep 30, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C.: In the event of a government shutdown, Congressman Pete P. Gallego (TX-23) will donate his pay to charity.

“It is unconscionable that working Americans across the country are going to be sent home without pay while members of Congress continue to receive a paycheck,” said Congressman Gallego.  Mothers and fathers who commit themselves to public service are going to have to figure out how to put food on the table, make rent or pay their mortgage - all because a reckless few refuse to compromise.”

"I cannot in good faith accept a salary when so many in the 23rd District are losing theirs.  In the event of a shutdown, I will be donating my salary to an organization that helps military men and women who are injured while serving their country. They have sacrificed - Congress should heed their example.”

Congressman Gallego on Saturday filed two bills that hold lawmakers accountable in the event of a government shutdown. The first – The Shutdown Member of Congress Pay Act of 2013 - would suspend pay for Members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown. The second – The Preserve our National Security Act - would protect national security and Veterans during a shutdown.


June 6, 2013

Either StumbleUpon or Imgur...

My time is pretty evenly split between these two and DU...

May 25, 2013

The Art of the Steal

A film on the political hijacking of the largest, most influential private art collection from the Albert Barnes Foundation by the City of Philadelphia.

Watch this film.

April 22, 2013

International Space Station visible over large portions of east coast the next three nights...

Spot the International Space Station moving across the night sky this week. Chances arise the next three nights, but the best viewing opportunity Wednesday is possible to coincide with rain and thunderstorms.

Look tonight at 8:59 p.m., Tuesday at 9:45 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:54 p.m. In each case, the space station will appear brighter than a star moving steadily across the sky, first appearing on the northwestern horizon.

Wednesday’s will be the best chance, with the spacecraft taking a path directly overhead and at its brightest. But forecasts are calling for a 50 percent chance of rain Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

It takes about 6 minutes for the space station to cross the sky, but Tuesday's opportunity will be only about half that before the space station disappears into the shadows.


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