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New legislative session starts with harsh words for feds from House speaker

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  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    Way to go, Lockhart!!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Jan. 28, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    This is why US Senators should be appointed by the states, not directly elected by the people. If Senators were beholden to the states we would still have states rights and there would be no such thing as unfunded mandates.

    All power is now centralized in Washington DC.
    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Money is power. If you want less corruption in government, give them less money.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Obama won the election.

    Instead of working against the well-being of your country because your party is out of power...

    why not attempt to work together?

  • ljeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    Lockhart advised the House members that they were not "free from sin." Who'd a thunk it. On the matter of health exchanges, Lockhart's remarks show how we would fair absent so-called Obamacare - death by 70 or bust.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    @the rock
    do you know why we no longer have the Senate appointed by the states? believe it our not it was not a result of a power grab by the federal government, it was actually to protect the right of the people to be represented. Look up the history it is a good read.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Pagan- you mean the way the dems did during the Bush years?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:40 p.m.

    @pagan

    "Instead of working against the well-being of your country because your party is out of power"

    What a laughable post. You try to pretend that opposing obama is "working against the well-being of your country" when in fact it is not. Were the dems "working against the well-being of (their) country when they opposed GWB?

    Frankly my elected officals, the ones I voted for, are doing what I want them to do, what I think is for the "well-being of my country" by opposing obama in almost everything he is trying to do. I want grid lock, I want nothing passed. That is what I feel is in the "well-being of my country".

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Dems during the Bush years?

    W. Bush as President enacted:

    The Patriot Act
    The TSA
    No child left behind
    The Wall Street Bailouts
    And the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    When Democrats reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture filings shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 (From Dems) to a record 139 in 2007-2008.' (From Republicans)

    The current Republican House has passed the least amount of legislation than any in history.

    3%.

    True, Bush had a majority Republican support. But to claim Democrats obstructed Bush when the filibuster almost DOUBLED after Obama was elected?

    Shows you need to do some research before making claims that are easily, disproven.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Doesn't anyone else find this a bit funny? Becky shaking her fist at the Feds with one hand, yet the other is stretched out taking money from them to run things in this state.

    Watch this session very closely. Corruption isn't just rampant in Washington, D.C.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    You try to pretend that opposing obama is "working against the well-being of your country"...

    Current Republican House legislation passed....

    3%.

    Why pay Republicans $175,000 a year to avoid doing their jobs.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    No sympathy for Lockhart and her RINO friends from me.

    All they have to do is pass e-verify to stem the flow jobs going to illegal aliens and they would save the state of Utah on the order or 100 million or so to spend on LEGAL residents (and help Utah residents keep their jobs as a side benefit).

  • Patrick Henry West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    I was present for her entire speech. It was alright, but not realistic. How can Utah get less dependent on the Federal Government without severely cutting much needed welfare benefits and other essential programs? If Utah wants to become less dependent on the Federal government it must raise taxes or cut services substantially. Both options are not reasonable or politically feasible.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    This is outlandishly funny.

    Lockhart blasting the Feds and then complaining because Utah won't be receiving as much as she'd like from the very Feds she's blasting.

    If this isn't insanity, what is it?

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Pagan- As I commented on your multiple postings about this 3% issue, so what? (in the words of HRC) Maybe 3% is too high! If it's bad legislation, then so be it! So if the Senate passes 75% of their stuff, and it's bad, then does it matter the passing percentage? I just don't get it.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    @pagan

    Uh...since when was "passing legislation" all they are there for? I love that they have pssed very little legislation, we have far to many laws and regulations as it is. Once again the officials I voted for and helped elect, you know the wones that WON the races here in Utah, are doing exactly what I want them to do and that includes NOT passing any more legislation. That is what I want them to do, keep more damaging and freedom killing legislation from ever being passed.

    I'm not surprised that a big government loving obama voter like yourself see's the job of elected officials to be passing even more legislation.

  • LeDoc SLC, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    Sad, at least to me to see some of the comments @Pagan.

    We need to learn how to be able to compromise and do what is best for all in this country.

    The partisan bickering needs to end. A bit more understanding on ALL sides is desperately needed. We live in a democracy. We are all entitled to our opinions but in a democracy it's the majority that rules. We might not always like that but for example, the entire population of Utah is less than some of our major metropolitan cities. The right of the few to think as they want does not equal dominating the majority.

    We are a nation of many cultures, ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs. We need to learn to respect others who may not think exactly as we do.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    I continue to be embarrassed by our political leaders. They don't do what's right when it's easier to react out of spite.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 28, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    Duckhunter's comments show us exactly why this country is the shape it's in. They don't even know what legislation might come up, but if Obama wants or the democrats want it, then Duckhunter deems it instantly inappropriate and doesn't want it passed. Again, is there any wonder why this country is in such a divide?

  • Doogie South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    This country is in a divide because the Left and Progressive movement want everything and will not negotiate. Those in congress that have any sense realize this and have finally said no to this movement and are being made to look like the bad guys because they won't compromise their standards. Washington is the biggest boom town there is right now because of big government policies and spending. If you want to get rich and lose your soul go to Washington. This country is in a divide because people who are apathetic and support this administration believe everything they hear by the main stream media which is total propaganda. Do you realize that this country on a GAAP basis (per accounting standards) is over $20 trillion in debt? Wait for the house of cards to come down because no one in Washington "gets it" other than those who are being black balled as extremists. We can keep spending but the day is not to far out when all this will implode. Laugh if you want, but it is the truth.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 28, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    Legislators in D.C. spend more time fundraising than legislating, and when/if they actually do their job they make sue to pay-off their donors.

    As Orrin Hatch, Mitch McConnell and Max Bacaus about the loophole they gave Amgen in the recent fiscal cliff deal.

    Medicare had paid providers separately for the drugs and for administering dialysis treatment, a system that often encouraged overprescribing.

    In 2008, Congress reversed the incentives by requiring Medicare to pay a single, bundled rate for a patient’s dialysis treatment and related medications, starting in 2011. But certain oral drugs, including Sensipar, were given a two-year reprieve, to expire in 2014, from being included in that more cost-effective bundled system. The fiscal bill included a measure by Hatch/McConnell/Bacaus that has now extended that exclusion until 2016, at a cost of $500 million to taxpayers, over the 2 yrs.

    btw
    Amgen’s pleaded guilty just weeks ago to marketing an anti-anemia drug illegally and agreed to pay criminal and civil penalties of $762 million, a record settlement for a biotechnology company.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    In God We Trust is now being left off of the new coins.

    Lame.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    Whoever this Becky Lockhart is, she is right on. I only hope that other legislators in our State and those who represent us in Congress have a spine as well.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    Passing legislation isn't necessarily a good thing. Sometimes less is more...

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Lockhart, once again, proved that she's part of the problem, not part of the solution. Sad.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    Red, do some fact checking. It is totally FALSE that "In God We Trust" is being left off new coins.

    It was the new dollar coins that set this lie off. While it's true the phrase is not included on the FACE of the coin, it is engraved on the RIM of the coins.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2013 6:44 p.m.

    Another grandstanding political speech by a politician, there is a shock.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    The current Republican House has passed the least amount of legislation in HISTORY.

    3%.

    If I did 3% of my job?

    I would be fired.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    Pagan- Please stop with this 3% stuff! NO member of congress whether D or R is there just to pass legislation. Is it really that hard to understand? Can we do an intervention?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 8:48 p.m.

    joseywales said: Pagan- Please stop with this 3% stuff! NO member of congress whether D or R is there just to pass legislation. Is it really that hard to understand? Can we do an intervention?

    Yeah, the other 97% of the time they're cashing checks from lobbyist, going out to eat with businessmen, and checking craigslist postings.

    To be fair they're also summiting laws written by special interest think tanks to benefit special interests groups who sponsor said think tank.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    The Federal Government, Legislative and Executive, have not done very many positive things for 4 years. They have not set an example for all states, especially when establishing a budget during the past 4 years. They have passed bills or acts that are no congruent with the real Constitutional intent and direction of that sacred document. State partnership with the Federal Government have relied on those funds that have been promised and directed by the funding formulas for many years. However, with no action from the Senate and President, we are living on borrowed time and money for our great-grandchildren to pay, if they ever get to that point of solvency.

    What a sad state of affairs. Federal Government shutdowns of agencies and departments will have a roll down the hill effects. For two years, the Federal House of Representatives have submitted proposals and have been turned down by the Senate who never came back with proposals of their own. This may have been as the Obamacare act is not doable and the Government knows it and doesn't want the roll in budget to show it on paper.

    This administration doesn't show honor or majesty with integrity.

  • Jennifer Zapata Sacramento, CA
    Jan. 28, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    Pagan, we don't want to work together because Obama is working against the country. Well, against the people, if not the government. These representatives are defending our rights and liberty against a president who honors neither and disdains the constitution that ensures them. We all need to work together to turn our country around.

  • KD Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    You talk about working together, that has to start with the President. He refuses to sit down with congress and come up with a budget. He controls two branches of government and still has yet to pass a budget. To me it is interesting that the dems want compromise but the President said he would veto a budget that he hadn't even read, far from compromise. The healthcare bill was passed in the middle of the night behind closed doors. It is insane to look at this through rose colored glasses. Speaker Lockhart has a good right to chastise the Feds and she is right to stay as far away from them as possible. When have the Feds ever spent our money wisely?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    @pagan

    Tell me, will you be willing to compromise in the direction that conservatives want things to go? I'm willing to bet you won't but let's put it to the test shall we?

    Myself, and most other Conservatives/Libertarians wish to see the size of the federal government reduced. We want to see regulations on ourselves and businesses reduced. We would be all in faovr of apssing legislation that would accomplish those things. If you want to see legislation passed how about passing some that we want passed?

    But for libs that has never been what "compromise" means. To you "compromise" means that libs want to increase government by X amount and republicans then "compromise and government is only increase Y amount. Government still icnreases, just not as much as libs wanted and that to you guys is "compromise".

    Let's compromise my way for once. I want to see the departments of Education and Homeland Security eliminated. Why don't we comrpomise and just cut the size and budgets for them in half? How about that? That would be a compromise and you could feel like congress is doing their job by passing legislation.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    @xscribe

    It takes 2 to "compromise" doesn't it? How come obama and the libs are "compromising in the direction conservative/libertarians want?

    You see "your comments show us exactly why this country is the shape it's in". You are unwilling to "compromise" you just want legislatin passed that will grow the government and nothing that will shrink it. Why should it only be those of us that oppose government growth that "compromise" our wants for yours?

    Tell me how much of the legislation that republicans want has obama "compromised" on and passed? "is there any wonder why this country is in such a divide?"

    Just as obama got elected to the presidency repulicans got elected to control the house. Guess what, the house is where legislation comes from, not the presidency. Presidents are supposed to manage what is given them by the house. The fact the republicans overwhelmingly were elcted to control the house shows people want them to pursue their agenda, just like libs claim with obama.

    Of course you don't see it like that, you only see your side of things and you want us to "compromise" your direction.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    the not funny thing is she replaced clark as speaker a couple of years ago because he was pushing ethics laws, and they dont want them because they always have conflict of interests to make money.

  • tesuji LITTLETON, CO
    Jan. 29, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Is Utah going to take care its sick and poor, as Jesus repeatedly commanded his followers to do? If so then I don't care about the details of how it happens. However, we Mormons also believe in following the laws of the land, and it also seems like a waste of time fighting the feds on healthcare.

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Hey Duckhunter,

    "The fact the republicans overwhelmingly were elcted to control the house shows people want them to pursue their agenda, just like libs claim with obama."

    First off, what kind of patriot who claims to love his country doesn't even have the decency to capitalize the name of the president of the United States? Show some respect, please.
    Secondly, democratic candidates for Congress received around 5 million more votes than did republicans. The republican majority in Congress is due largely to unfair redistricting by republican controlled state legislatures. Please stop pretending that your "conservative agenda" is somehow a path that a majority of Americans wish to pursue. It isn't.
    By the way, I love duck hunting too!

  • OgdenJohn Ogden, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    If I had any smarts and in the Utah Legislature, I would keep my mouths shut when talking, or suing the Federal Government. In March there is a bill that will cut a large hunk of money for the military. If the feds are mad at you, Hill AFB might be o the block. If the legislature would listen to me, JUST COOL IT !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tolpster Saint George, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 1:16 a.m.

    Speaker Lockhart does not seem very Christian to me. I do not understand conservatives; they claim to be religious, but they do not follow Christ teachings in being compassionate. That is why I left the Republican party, they just seem so mean spirited, their math rarely adds up,and they despise everyone who is not a millionaire.