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Former Speaker Tom Foley, 84, RIP

In this Sept. 22, 1993, file photo, President Clinton prepares to outline his plan for health care reform before a joint session of Congress. Vice President Al Gore is above left, and Speaker of the House Tom Foley, D-Wash., right. Foley has died at the age of 84, according to House Democratic aides. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, file)

Tom Foley, a Spokane native who rose to the highest position in the U.S. House of Representatives – a spot two heartbeats away from president – is dead at 84. Arguably Spokane’s most successful politician, Foley served 30 years in the House representing Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District, the last five of them as speaker, before losing both jobs in a historic electoral defeat in 1994. He went on to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan for President Bill Clinton from 1997 through 2001, was a presidential advisor on foreign policy matters, a principal at a high-powered Washington, D.C., law firm and a member of many directors boards. Tall and in his later years silver-haired, Foley looked like a congressman ordered up from Hollywood’s Central Casting, but he worked his way up through the ranks of House/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

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House Vote Holds Holder In Contempt

The GOP-led House voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder (shown in AP file photo) in contempt of Congress for failing to provide key information pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, making Holder the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt. The vote was 255-67 with one lawmaker voting not present. Seventeen Democrats broke ranks to vote in favor of contempt, while two Republicans voted against the measure. … The GOP-led House took the step over the alleged failure to provide additional information about the failed gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — a division of the Justice Department led by Holder. Democrats walked out of the chamber ahead of the vote/FoxNews. More here.

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Labrador Praises Mom For His Start

From Labrador spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael: Congressman Labrador just spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during the budget debate. In his speech, Congressman Labrador detailed his upbringing in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Raised by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet, Congressman Labrador was taught not to envy the success or covet the wealth of the prosperous. Instead, his mother encouraged him to aspire to become a successful person to create a life better than the one he had. In today’s speech, Congressman Labrador said, “If my mother would have had the same mentality the other side has, I would have never been able to amount to anything in my life, because what they believe is the only way you can actually amount to something is if you take from the ones who have if you are a have-not.” Video of speech here.

Question: How did your mother help you get a good start in life?

House To Vote On Budget Amendment

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is scheduled to vote (today) on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution — a key component of GOP leaders' plan to end the federal government's spiraling deficit spending. The vote on the amendment was agreed to by both parties over the summer as part of the agreement raising Washington's debt ceiling. Democratic leaders, however, are vehemently opposed to the idea, arguing that it would force the government into an economically destructive cycle of massive spending cuts. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, the measure would require three-fifths of both chambers of Congress to sign off on any future deficit spending. The amendment's requirements could be waved in the event of a declaration of war/Alan Silverleib, CNN Politics. More here. (SR file photo)

Question: Do you support a balanced budget amendment? (Extra Credit: Can you name the toe-tapping former U.S. senator from Idaho who spent his political career pushing a balanced budget amendment?)

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