Thursday, June 7, 2018

Senator Hyde-Smith: We Have Air-Conditioning, Let's Keep Working

The congressional tradition of escaping the nation’s capital in August dates back to the time before air conditioning when Senators would race home before the summer heat reached its peak. I’ve got an advantage over many of my colleagues because we in Mississippi know something about summer heat. There are two excellent reasons why the Senate should break with tradition and stay in Washington this August. First, there is much to do to move forward on President Trump’s agenda; and, second, we have air conditioning.

The American people want us to do our jobs. I believe the Senate should be ready to work nights, weekends, and through August to get our work done.

As cattle farmers in Lincoln County, my husband Mike and I know what it's like to work long days and late hours. We know doing a job right means not quitting. That's the mindset we need in the Senate.

For months, Democrats have run a campaign of obstruction against President Trump’s agenda, and just because August is on the horizon, that doesn’t mean we should abandon our work before the job is done.

President Trump has selected qualified, conservative nominees to serve in the federal judiciary and his administration. There are still more than 100 executive branch nominees awaiting confirmation, despite Republican progress to overcome Democratic obstruction on almost all nominations. I’ve already voted for a rules change to reduce debate time from 30 hours to eight hours for executive branch nominees and two hours for district judges. But until that rule change is made, we are forced to slog through 30 hours of post-cloture “debate.” The country deserves better, and the Senate needs to keep up the pressure to confirm more qualified nominees. We certainly shouldn’t delay these appointments for a month-long summer break.

Beyond confirmation battles, there are major legislative actions the Senate can take up soon.

I’m proud to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee. We’re working on a new Farm Bill to set a five-year agricultural policy blueprint critical to Mississippi and other farm states. When I was the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture, I didn’t take August off. Our farm families don’t take August off. The Senate shouldn’t take August off.

President Trump has expressed his disdain at massive omnibus appropriations bills. He wants – and the American people want – transparent, responsible spending bills which can be debated and considered on their merits. I agree. The Senate Appropriations Committee is already working to clear all its bills for Senate debate by July. Let’s not slow that momentum by taking August off.

We have additional priorities to rebuild and strengthen our military; to improve and expand our waterways and other infrastructure; to secure our borders; and to continue rolling back unnecessary, burdensome regulations. My home is in Mississippi, and I would rather be there than Washington, but there is important work to be done for our country.

The Democrats don’t want President Trump to succeed and their delay tactics are intended to play into the storyline of an unsuccessful presidency and a do-nothing Congress. The truth is just the opposite, and my Democrat colleagues will see that we’re ready to work through August to address the serious challenges and priorities facing our country.

It may be hot in Washington in August, but times have changed. We need to stay here and fulfill our constitutional duties for the American people. As your U.S Senator, I’m dedicated to working through August to advance President Trump’s conservative agenda and to make Congress work again.

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss) served as the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce before being sworn-in as a U.S. Senator. On Tuesday, the Senate leadership accepted recommendations from Hyde-Smith and others to keep the Senate in session this August.

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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