[From Linda Boyd]
Here is Senator Oemig's statement for impeachment. [See #3 below.] See Sen. Pam Roach attack the audience -- says what we are doing is a disgrace. [See #2 below.] She finally harummphed out of the hearing saying, "It's a free society"!!
So far, there is no hearing scheduled for companion bill HJM 4027 in the House. The bill written by Rep. Maralyn chase, is cosponsored by Rep. Bob Hasegawa, Rep. Jim Moeler, and Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson.
Many Senators and Representatives have said they will vote to support the bills -- if they come to a vote on the floor. We need them to honor their oaths of office more vigorously, and make sure a floor vote is assured.
Elections don't cure abuse of power. Impeachment does.
Peace and impeach,
WASHINGTON STATE SENATOR ERIC OEMIG INTRODUCES IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION
Posted by David Swanson
After Downing Street
January 19, 2008
And on YouTube:
WASHINGTON STATE SENATOR ERIC OEMIG'S IMPEACH STATEMENT
January 17, 2008
In the course of democracy, there may come a time when an elected representative completely betrays and abuses his office that the people must remove him.
Unfortunately, for America, that time is now.
All of us took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States.
Our oath obligates us in a time when the President and Vice-President routinely arrogate the powers of Congress, the Courts, and even of the States. In just 10 months since we first heard this bill, alarming new revelations have surfaced about this administration’s abuse of the Constitution.
We are at a crossroad. We can act, or we can rely on hopes and prayers. We can hope that no future President will so disdain the Congress and the judiciary. We can pray that a future Congress will work harder to stop misconduct and to rein in an aggressive power grab.
We can hope and pray that we, unlike the Romans, have not forgotten the tyranny of kings. We can hope and pray that this administration is an aberration and NOT a portent of things to come. Recall, it was not Pompey who ended the Republic; it was his rival and successor, Caesar.
Do we wish to risk any future President, from any party, to assume this lawlessness as their starting point and then reach further?
My constituents have spoken. At this crossroad, they want action. They want us to exercise all means to honor our oaths and protect the Constitution. The means provided to a state legislature is a joint memorial. This joint memorial exhorts Congress to invoke the means that the Constitution provided to them to preserve the Republic.
My great fear is that if we fail to pass this memorial, we will tell the citizens of Washington State that we are as unwilling as Congress to draw a line and take a stand.
It is never too late to do right. But some opportunities can be lost. When this President leaves office, a window closes, and his stain will bleed deeper into the pages of our history.
Remember, we are not trying to get rid of a president. That will happen naturally. We are defending the Constitution. And, defending the Constitution will become monumentally harder if we do not impeach.
Arresting global warming is hard. Impeaching a corrupt and overreaching president should not be.
This memorial is how we tell history, and the rest of the world, that we do not sanction illegal war, we do not sanction unlawful spying, and we do not sanction torture.
This memorial is how we honor our oath and protect our great country.
WASHINGTON STATE SENATOR CALLS FOR PRESIDENT'S IMPEACHMENT
By Manual Valdes
January 16, 2008
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A resolution from a Democratic state senator calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney is getting little support from his party's leadership.
"I understand the rationale behind the resolution, but this is a short session and I don't think we'll have time," said Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane.
Brown said she doubts the resolution proposed by Sen. Eric Oemig, D-Kirkland, would have enough votes in this year's 60-day session. Brown said people are focusing on the November presidential election instead.
Last year, Oemig sponsored a similar measure, but had little support in the Senate and the bill didn't make it out of committee.
Republicans are calling this year's resolution a waste of time in a session already packed with other issues.
"Transportation is a mess, our ferries are sinking, kids are failing the WASL, health care costs are too high . . . we've taken up this issue last year, and people send us down here to do state business," said Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla.
A small number of towns and cities across the country have passed similar resolutions. No state legislature, though, has passed a measure calling for President Bush's impeachment.
A hearing on the measure -- which asks the U.S. Congress to investigate the president and vice president -- is scheduled for Thursday before the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee.
Oemig is optimistic, and insists he has more support than last year.
"Certainly the majority of Washington state residents would support an investigation," Oemig said.
LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP FOR JANUARY 17
By Brad Shannon
Olympian (Olympia, WA)
January 17, 2008
TAX BREAKS AND GUARD LEAVE
The House passed its first two bills of the session -- one that dealt with tax breaks for disabled veterans and one doubling the amount of leave given to state employees in the National Guard. Both were on unanimous votes.
Substitute House Bill 1102 was passed by the same 96-0 margin in the House last year but died in the Senate. It changes the eligibility requirements for disabled veterans with 100 percent service disabilities, letting them avoid paying excess levies if their combined disposable income is $70,000 or less.
Sponsoring Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Roy, said the measure also clarifies that federal disability payments are not considered income by the state.
House Bill 1127 lets state and local government workers have up to 30 days military leave for Guard service each year. Sponsoring Rep. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup, said in a news release that service personnel won't have to sacrifice their vacation time with families in order to serve.
The measured passed unanimously in 2007 but died in a Senate committee.
IMPEACHMENT TALKS RETURN
Here comes the impeachment bill again. Democratic Sen. Eric Oemig of Kirkland gets a hearing at 3:30 p.m. today in the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee, which meets in Cherberg Senate Hearing Room 2.
Substitute Senate Memorial 8016 urges Congress to fully investigate and try President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for impeachable offenses.
Oemig announced his revised proposal, which had gotten a hearing but no vote last year, earlier this week. He cited "warrantless searches, breaking of U.S. and international law, and the use of torture" as reasons to petition Congress.
Sen. Darlene Fairley, the Lake Forest Park Democrat who leads the committee, says she'll move the measure out of committee if there are enough votes.
STATE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK, DAY 2
The state's top revenue forecaster, ChangMook Sohn, gave the state's economic outlook a cautious thumb's up this week. And Wednesday, chief economist Evelina Tainer of the state Employment Security Department pretty much seconded the motion.
"Relatively speaking, this state's economy has been doing quite well, which is great news," Sohn told the Senate Economic Development, Trade and Management Committee in a Tuesday briefing.
The national falloff has been enough in the past four months, spurred by a housing slump, that some are predicting a national recession this year, Sohn said. But he thinks the national economy won't hit a recession, or it will be a short-lived one -- and Washington could escape it because of exports and imports that flow through the state's ports.
By contrast, Sohn mentioned California, Nevada and Florida as states with economic problems.
"I'm not convinced we are in a recession, and I'm not convinced we have to fall into a recession," Tainer said in her presentation.
Washington's job growth is likely to keep slowing and its jobless rates will climb, but not has high as the national rate, which is already 5 percent, Sohn said.
TALKING TO THE WALL
By Adam Wilson
Olympian (Olympia, WA)
January 17, 2008
The hearing on whether to call for the impeachment of President George Bush is on TVW right now, and the hearing room looks packed -- at least in the back.
From what we saw, all those members of the public lined up to say their piece on Senate Memorial 8016 are talking to just four members of the Senate Government and Operations Committee who care to hear them, including the bill's sponsor, Sen. Eric Oemig.
Whoa, scary. A woman just told the three members, “There’s nothing to keep a President Huckabee from kidnapping and torturing you.”
UPDATE: Now there are six committee members.
"What you're doing is a disgrace," Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, tells the crowd, showing a picture of her son, who is in the military. Yelling ensues.
"Calm down," advises Sen. Darlene Fairley, D-Lake Forest Park, pounding the gavel.
And then it's over.
American Research Group
November 13, 2007
A total of 64% of American voters say that President George W. Bush has abused his powers as president. Of the 64%, 14% (9% of all voters) say the abuses are not serious enough to warrant impeachment, 33% (21% of all voters) say the abuses rise to the level of impeachable offenses, but he should not be impeached, and 53% (34% of all voters) say the abuses rise to the level of impeachable offenses and Mr. Bush should be impeached and removed from office.
. . .
A total of 70% of American voters say that Vice President Dick Cheney has abused his powers as vice president. Of the 70%, 26% (18% of all voters) say the abuses are not serious enough to warrant impeachment, 13% (9% of all voters) say the abuses rise to the level of impeachable offenses, but he should not be impeached, and 61% (43% of all voters) say the abuses rise to the level of impeachable offenses and Mr. Cheney should be impeached and removed from office.