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Welcome, Returning Light!

The winter solstice “occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter and the first day of winter.”

That moment will occur this morning, December 21st, at 10:28am Central Time, which is my time zone also known as UTC 16:28.

Fighting Back: “Democrats are calling on Republicans to drop this wrong-headed bill and work with us on real tax reform.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman Mike Thompson of California.

(Rep. Mike Thompson emphasizes the cruel, devastating consequences of the Republican tax bill for America’s hard-working, middle class families.)
Congressman Thompson:

“Democrats believe that our country needs real tax reform, but this is not tax reform. What the Republicans’ bill does is shift important tax benefits from middle class and working families to the rich and to corporate interests. That’s wildly irresponsible.[…]

“The American people deserve a fair tax code that leads to better jobs, better wages, and a better future that gives everyone a chance to realize the American dream. That means putting hard-working, middle-class families ahead of the richest among us, and building a tax code that allows small businesses and innovators to thrive.

“Democrats are calling on Republicans to drop this wrong-headed bill and work with us on real tax reform. With something this big, it cannot and should not be jammed through Congress by one party alone.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: “Democrats want to keep our government open.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Chris Coons of Delaware.

(In the weekly Democratic address, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) talked about about government spending.)

Senator Coons:

With Republicans in charge of both the Senate, the House, and the White House, our Republican colleagues are mostly debating amongst themselves about whether months into our new fiscal year we can actually pass a final budget. If they want a shutdown, frankly the ball’s in their court. Democrats have so far been crystal clear about where we stand. We want to keep our government open.[…]

We want to end this pattern of governing from crisis to crisis, moving from one deadline to the next. We also believe we can and must address some other critically important issues before the end of this year as part of the government funding bill. […]

Keeping our government open and fixing the problems in front of us does not need to be hard. It certainly does not have to be partisan. Democrats are ready to get to work and we think we can do more than just keep the lights on. We can address real challenges the American people are dealing with.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: Congresswoman Jackie Speier – #MeToo Congress Act

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California.

(In this week’s address, Speier highlights the ‘Me Too’ movement and urges support for the ME TOO Congress Act, the bipartisan and bicameral bill to bring transparency and accountability to Congress)
Rep. Speier

We are at a moment of reckoning. For too long, in too many workplaces, men and women have been propositioned, grabbed, licked, kissed, and groped. They have seen their careers crumble into dust through no fault of their own. They have been driven out of the industries – journalism, entertainment, and yes, Congress – in which they had worked for years to excel. […]

“I am proud to say that the ME TOO Congress Act, the bipartisan and bicameral bill with nearly 100 Democrat and Republican sponsors, heeds the outcry from the American people to bring transparency and accountability to Congress. It will overhaul the current process to empower victims and bring accountability to perpetrators and prevent taxpayer dollars from being used for settlements by Members of Congress.”

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: Sen. Bennet – “This week, we’ll need to raise our voices and fight for our future.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senatore Michael Bennet of Colorado.

(Senator Michael Bennet (CO) delivered the Democratic Weekly Address, giving his reaction to the Republican tax reform bill)

“The central challenge with our economy is not that people at the top don’t have enough. It’s that incomes for everyone else — like that mom in Rifle — haven’t kept pace with rising costs of housing, health care, higher education, and childcare.”

[…]

“I hope you’re well rested – because this week, we’ll need to raise our voices and fight for that future. Democrats are committed to working in a bipartisan way to accomplish responsible tax reform that actually grows our economy and creates jobs. But the partisan bill that’s in front of us is the opposite of what we need. Please take the time to let your representatives know that you want tax reform that lifts every family.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)