Thursday, December 23, 2010

Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 12232010

December 23, 2010
In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
  • Senate: START Treaty Ratification
  • House: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
  • House: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
  • House: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

    Editor's Note: The 111th Congress adjourned sine die on Wednesday, December 22, 2010. The first session of the 112th Congress is scheduled for Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 12 p.m.
    Recent Senate Votes
    Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 - Vote Agreed to (79-16, 5 Not Voting)

    Congress agreed to this short-term spending bill that funds government operations at 2010 levels through March 4, 2011. The president signed the bill into law on December 22, 2010.

    Sen. George Voinovich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
    Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    START Treaty Ratification - Vote Agreed to (71-26, 3 Not Voting)

    The Senate ratified this treaty with Russia that would reduce the size of each country’s nuclear arsenal by 30 percent.

    Sen. George Voinovich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
    Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Recent House Votes
    FDA Food Safety Modernization Act - Vote Passed (215-144, 74 Not Voting)

    The House gave final approval to this bill overhauling the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority. The Senate passed the bill by voice vote on December 19, 2010. The president is expected to sign the bill into law.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 - Vote Passed (193-165, 75 Not Voting)

    Congress agreed to this short-term spending bill that funds government operations at 2010 levels through March 4, 2011. The president signed the bill into law on December 22, 2010.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

    James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act - Vote Passed (206-60, 168 Not Voting)

    Congress cleared this $4.2 billion measure for the president that will reopen the Victim Compensation Fund and make payments to people exposed to toxic material at Ground Zero. The Senate passed the measure by voice vote earlier in the day. The president is expected to sign the bill into law.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 12202010

    December 20, 2010
    In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:
    Recent Congressional Votes
    • Senate: Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010
    • Senate: Cloture Motion; DREAM Act
    • Senate: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
    • House: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
    • House: Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010
    Upcoming Congressional Bills
    • Senate: New START Treaty
    • House: Continuing Appropriations Act

    Recent Senate Votes
    Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 - Vote Agreed to (81-19)

    The Senate approved this bill extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that were due to expire at the end of 2010 for another two years. The bill also extends unemployment benefits for 13 months. The House gave final approval to the measure several days later. The president signed the bill into law shortly after House passage.

    Sen. George Voinovich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
    Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Cloture Motion; DREAM Act - Vote Rejected (55-41, 4 Not Voting)

    The Senate fell short of the votes needed to move forward on this bill that would provide a path to legal status for certain undocumented children brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents. The measure is unlikely to be brought up again in the 111th Congress.

    Sen. George Voinovich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
    Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 - Vote Agreed to (65-31, 4 Not Voting)

    The Senate gave final approval to this bill repealing a 1993 law prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military. The president lobbied for repeal and is expected to sign the bill into law.
    Sen. George Voinovich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
    Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Recent House Votes
    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 - Vote Passed (250-175, 9 Not Voting)

    The House passed this bill repealing a 1993 law prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military. The Senate passed the bill several days later, clearing it for the president’s signature.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 - Vote Passed (277-148, 8 Not Voting)

    The House gave final approval to this bill extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that were due to expire at the end of 2010 for another two years. The bill also extends unemployment benefits for 13 months. The president signed the bill into law later in the day.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Upcoming Votes
    New START Treaty -

    The Senate continues work on this treaty with Russia that would limit the size of each country’s nuclear arsenal.


    Continuing Appropriations Act - H.R.3082

    Both chambers are expected to take up this continuing resolution to fund government operations through March 2011.

    Monday, December 13, 2010

    Final Opportunity to Comment on Innerbelt Bridge Aesthetic Details

    Innerbelt Bridge Aesthetic Details Public Meeting Rescheduled for December 15 
    Online Comment Period Extended through Wednesday 

    CLEVELAND (2:36 PM, Monday, December 13, 2010) – Due to inclement weather, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has rescheduled tonight’s public meeting to present the public with the final aesthetic details to be applied to Cleveland’s new westbound Innerbelt Bridge.  Tonight’s meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland. 
      
    The online comment period has also been extended until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15 to coincide with the rescheduled Public Meeting.  ODOT began seeking comments on its Web site on December 6.  Area residents are encouraged to log-on to Innerbelt.org to submit their preferences. 

    Members of the public who visit the project Web site through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, or attend the Public Meeting, will be polled on very specific elements – including pier treatments, fence and lighting options, retaining wall materials and more – in order to determine a public preference for each specific element. 

    Stakeholder groups, which include prominent local advocates, have met numerous times since the spring of 2006 in order to prescribe important aesthetic elements of the new bridge including scenic overlooks, open railings, new streetscapes and revamped overpasses and ramps.  The project also includes removing a portion of the Tremont bluff to increase stability and open additional green space adjacent to the river below. 

    Public preferences will be presented to the City of Cleveland following Wednesday’s Public Meeting during a series of meetings.  Members of the public are also invited to attend special meetings of the Cleveland City Planning Commission on December 17 and January 7 in order to see the final choices.  Additional details will be forthcoming and made available on Innerbelt.org. 


    Please see below: 


    Meeting
    Date & Time
    Location
    Public MeetingDecember 13, 2010
    5-8 p.m.
    Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall
    2592 W. 14th Street
    Cleveland City Planning Commission MeetingDecember 17, 2010
    9 a.m.-Noon
    Cleveland Convention Center
    500 Lakeside Avenue, Room 211

    In September, the project was awarded to Walsh Construction and designer HNTB Ohio Inc. for a total bid amount of $287.4 million.  Using the unique design-build process in which the design and construction of the project are combined in a single contract, the team will complete substantial construction of the new westbound bridge during the fall of 2013 – nearly a year earlier than originally anticipated.
    Construction is expected to begin during the spring of 2011.  Log-on to Innerbelt.org for more information. 

    Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 12132010

    December 13, 2010
    In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:
    Recent Congressional Votes
    • Senate: Cloture Motion, Defense Authorization Act
    • House: Continuing Resolution
    • House: DREAM Act
    Upcoming Congressional Bills
    • Senate: Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010

    Recent Senate Votes
    Cloture Motion, Defense Authorization Act - Vote Rejected (57-40, 3 Not Voting)

    The Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward on this bill authorizing defense expenditures for the 2011 fiscal year. The bill included a provision that would have repealed the "don’t ask, don’t tell" law. The bill is unlikely to move forward if it includes the "don’t ask" provision. This will be the first time in 49 years a defense authorization bill has not been cleared.

    Sen. George Voinovich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
    Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Recent House Votes
    Continuing Resolution - Vote Passed (212-206, 16 Not Voting)

    The House passed a long-term continuing resolution to fund government operations through the end of fiscal year 2011 at fiscal year 2010 levels. The overall funding would remain $1.09 trillion, but billions of dollars in program funding would shift. The bill would also include an overhaul of food safety laws and expand Food and Drug Administration enforcement powers. It is unclear at this time whether the Senate will take up this measure. The current continuing resolution expires December 18, 2010.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

    DREAM Act - Vote Passed (216-198, 20 Not Voting)

    The House passed this measure that would provide a path to legal status for certain undocumented children brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents. Shortly before the vote, the House voted to replace the language of a bill further along in the legislative process with the language of the DREAM Act. The Senate may take up the bill the week of December 13.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Upcoming Votes
    Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 - H.R.4853

    This bill is being used as the vehicle to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. The Senate is scheduled to begin procedural votes this week.L

    Friday, December 10, 2010

    "Trustees of Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland approve new, $26.7 million home"

    Repost from Crain's:

    Trustees of Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland approve new, $26.7 million home


    By SCOTT SUTTELL


    4:30 am, November 2, 2010

    Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland this morning voted unanimously to proceed with construction of a $26.7 million home for the institution in the Uptown development in University Circle.

    Groundbreaking for the building should take place in December. MOCA Cleveland by fall 2012 expects to open the building, which is designed by Farshid Moussavi of Foreign Office Architects in London.

    “We are gratified by the significant progress we have made thanks to generous financial support from our board and our community,” said MOCA Cleveland executive director Jill Snyder in a statement.

    “As of today, our building project budget of $26.7 million is fully funded, including $5.5 million in New Market Tax Credits, which will go toward MOCA's endowment,” she said.

    Ms. Snyder said fundraising efforts are continuing in an effort to raise an additional $4.85 million to reach MOCA Cleveland's project goal.

    The four-story, 34,000-square-foot building at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road will be 42% larger than MOCA Cleveland's current leased space at 8501 Carnegie Ave. The structure's main exhibition gallery will be on the fourth floor.

    description of the building's design on the MOCA Cleveland web site indicates the new museum's fa├žade will be clad primarily in mirror-finish black Rimex stainless steel to “reflect its urban surroundings, changing in appearance with differences in light and weather.”

    Window glazing “will be tinted to assimilate with the reflective skin so that during the day the building will read as a unified volume, while at night interior lights will create a dynamic pattern on the dark surface,” the museum says.
    A rendering of the design for the new Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland building.
    Photo credit: MOCA Cleveland

    Monday, December 06, 2010

    Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 12062010

    December 6, 2010
    In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:
    Recent Congressional Votes
    • Senate: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
    • House: Continuing Resolution
    • House: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
    • House: Censure of Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
    Upcoming Congressional Bills
    • Senate: DREAM Act of 2010
    • Senate: 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
    • Senate: Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2010
    • House: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
    • House: Continuing Resolution

    Recent Senate Votes
    FDA Food Safety Modernization Act - Vote Passed (73-25, 2 Not Voting)

    The Senate passed this bill to overhaul the nation's food safety rules. Shortly after passage, it was pointed out the bill contains revenue raising provisions and the constitution requires bills that raise revenue to originate in the House. At this time, the strategy to move the bill forward was unclear.

    Sen. George Voinovich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
    Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Recent House Votes
    Continuing Resolution - Vote Passed (239-178, 16 Not Voting)

    The House passed a continuing resolution that funds government operations through December 18, 2010. This is the second CR since the 2011 fiscal year began on October 1, 2010. None of the annual spending bills have been completed yet. The Senate gave final approval to the resolution on December 2, 2010.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 - Vote Passed (264-157, 13 Not Voting)

    The House gave final approval to this ten year, $4.5 billion bill that would increase spending on child nutrition programs. The bill now goes to the president.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Censure of Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) - Vote Passed (333-79, 21 Not Voting)

    The House voted to censure Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) for violating House ethics rules.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Upcoming Votes
    DREAM Act of 2010 - S.3992

    The Senate is scheduled to take up this bill that would create a path to citizenship for some children of illegal immigrants.


    9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 - H.R.847

    The Senate is expected to take up this House-passed bill establishing a medical program and reopening a relief fund for individuals exposed to debris from the September 11 terrorist attacks.


    Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2010 - S.3991

    This Senate bill would extend collective bargaining rights to public safety workers in certain states.


    FDA Food Safety Modernization Act - S.510

    The House may also work on the food safety bill.


    Continuing Resolution -

    The House may take up a continuing resolution to fund government operations through the end of the 2011 fiscal year.