American Sauce: Three(+) things others could miss
January 18th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
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American Sauce: Three(+) things others could miss

Washington (CNN) - Following the Tucson shootings and the one-week pause in Congress, this is now the first week of legislative action by the new Republican House. A week to watch closely. Below, we've listed three things others might miss.

This is also a significant week for American Sauce and our mission to put substance above political haze. You can now see what we do and how we do it in a video. It looks nothing like regular TV news. Click here to watch.

What else to watch this week?

1. The other health care bill – Yes, we will have at least seven hours of debate over HR 2, the bill repealing the Democrats' health care law. And there will be a collective Republican yawn when it passes the House. But, that's not the vote that could truly change policy or reveal how the GOP will lead.

WATCH: HR 9. This is the Republican bill which directs four major committees to come up with their own ideas and a Republican answer to the health care bill. Among other things it asks for proposals that lower premiums, increases the number of insured and protects those with pre-existing conditions.

READ: HR 9 can be read at http://bit.ly/iicaFE. It's a short 2-page instruction list to committees crafting new health care bills.

READ: HR 2 is at http://bit.ly/fUHLIO. That's the repeal of the health care law, with the oversized "we're in power now" title. Also a quick read.

VIDEO: Also, did we mention we have a new video for American Sauce? Check it out.

2. Tax reform taking form – The House Ways & Means Committee is eager to earn its pay and is kicking off the great tax reform debate with a first hearing this week.

WATCH: House Ways & Means hearing on problems in the current tax code.

When: 9a ET Thursday.

Where to Watch: It should be streamed. Go to http://waysandmeans.house.gov on Thursday. Also try C-SPAN3.

I'm in DC and hate the internet/C-SPAN: Go to 1100 Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill

3. Cutting the waste, literally – Tuesday the House is set to vote on the "Stop the OverPrinting" bill, which apparently begins its mission to save ink by dropping a space between "Over" and "Printing".

This is a notable bill for several reasons: it ends the mandatory printing of all bills and resolutions for members of Congress and it requires the government's printer to only make them available to members in electronic form. This idea, applied to just one version of last year's health care bill, would save over a million pages.

WATCH: The House planned to vote on this bill Tuesday. Watch on C-SPAN.

READ: HR 292, the "Stop the OverPrinting" bill can be found at http://bit.ly/i8xr6T

Finally, One more plug for our video. We truly believe it's time to step back from the Washington DC blame game. American Sauce is our attempt to inject more knowledge and substance into the mainstream. But we are just starting out.

Give the video a look.

Or listen to our latest show, in which we got past the pontifications and spoke with actual, otherwise rational people who use extreme speech. We dug into what we know about discourse, not what people think about it. Listen here:


And above all, post your comments here. We want your thoughts to make this as good as it can be. (Note: Lisa is aware she needs a hair cut.)


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. pockets

    Now this really tore me up...... “President John McCain is pledging to move quickly to fill the vacancy left by Sarah Palin's stunning announcement last week that she would not complete her term as vice president of the United States." ahahaahahahahaha ya darn tootin" said Mrs Todd Palin

    January 18, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. PalmReader

    "Finally, One more plug for our video. We truly believe it's time to step back from the Washington DC blame game. American Sauce is our attempt to inject more knowledge and substance into the mainstream. But we are just starting out."

    As much as I would wish this to be true, one only needs to have glanced at the CNN Ticker lately to think otherwise. In the past month alone there has been an influx of Republican political articles outlining Republican talking points. So much so that I (and many others) rarely look to CNN for news anymore, but rather for the entertainment value only. I imagine American Sauce will adapt the same right leaning philosophy as the Ticker ... American Sauce being funded by right leaning CNN and all.

    January 18, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Lots of real americans don't have personal computers or cable tv. Are you denying them the right to know these things?

    Shame on you.

    January 18, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    Here is what CNN and the Liberal Left wants to happen;
    1. Everyone on the Right needs to shut up in the name of civility.
    2. You further need to underestand you are just a "mean ole conservative" if you try to appeal ObamaCare.
    3. Although we do not have the money and our nation is on the verge of bankruptcy.....never, never, never stop the spending and entitlements.

    Let the Debt go on and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, until this nation falls!

    January 18, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    The Stop the OverPrinting bill sounds like a good idea to me. In this day and age, is there really a reason to print these out when they can be stored and accessed electronically? Of course, it does not provide the opposition with a handy photo op when they hold up some huge bill – as if the size of a bill automatically makes it bad. I can see it now – "This bill is 2MB long!"

    January 18, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Grason

    Good effort, I hope you are aware, however that you can't save ink by inserting blank spaces.

    January 18, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Chris Willett

    "Tuesday the House is set to vote on the 'Stop the OverPrinting' bill, which apparently begins its mission to save ink by dropping a space between 'Over' and 'Printing.'"

    How does eliminating a space save ink? I'm already done with the Republicans; very soon I'll be done with CNN as well. Incompetence is apparently a forever-renewable resource. Too bad it can't run America's millions of gas-guzzling SUVs.

    January 18, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Interesting. I never once saw a CNN article that highlighted anything Obama and the Dems were doing that was being overshadowed (purposefully, no doubt) by the nonsensical Republican spin and noise machine and the "news" media's slavish devotion to sensationalizing controversy. Wanna show the poll results after asking the general American moron what Obama and the Dems did other than the ACA? Or how about how many people think TARP was Obama's baby or that he and the Dems raised their taxes last year? Totally ridiculous. And yet here we have a nice little article from CNN saying "hey, don't be mad that the GOPers are totally wasting their time and your money on repealing the ACA...here's some other stuff to make you think they are trying to actually govern instead of just trying to find ways to make Obama fail." The difference in reporting is despicable really.

    "In the past month alone there has been an influx of Republican political articles outlining Republican talking points. "

    Indeed...you hit the nail on the head PalmReader. We should take a straw poll: raise your hand if you think CNN isn't a giant corporation full of people in charge who make far more than $250K+ per year.

    January 18, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "you can't save ink by inserting blank spaces."

    In fact, over time, you'd even spend more paper.

    January 18, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    And here's a hint, CNN: if the public isn't properly informed or is even grossly and pervasively misinformed (as is overwhelmingly the case at this point), one of the first places the blame lies is with those who volunteered to be the public's main source of information, but who have, by and large, abandoned what used to be the standards of ethical behavior and professional responsibility that go with placing one's self in that position and instead determined to be the public's main source of corporatized narratives and establishment fawning. That we are deluged with angry, fearful, misinformed idiots running around screaming that Obama and the Dems didn't do anything but pass a massive health care industry takeover and a stimulus package (that they of course have really no clue what was in it andbelieve raised their taxes) are the evidence that YOU AND ALL THE REST HAVE FAILED BECAUSE YOU'VE ABANDONED ALL PRETENSE OF JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY. YOU are largely to blame for us having a misinformed idiot populace, but I suppose the advertising revenue assuages any guilt or shame you might feel. I can only imagine what Cronkite thought of all you jokers.

    January 18, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Freedom of Speech in the USA

    PALMREADER:
    As much as I would wish this to be true, one only needs to have glanced at the CNN Ticker lately to think otherwise. In the past month alone there has been an influx of Republican political articles outlining Republican talking points. So much so that I (and many others) rarely look to CNN for news anymore, but rather for the entertainment value only. I imagine American Sauce will adapt the same right leaning philosophy as the Ticker ... American Sauce being funded by right leaning CNN and all.
    ================================================================================================
    CNN and The Ticker "right leaning"??? Which is why they miss no opportunity to blast Sarah Palin and give lefties a chance to post their endless vitriol in the comments. And then there are the Dick Cheney posts, and the George Bush posts, and on and on. You gotta be smokin' something!

    January 18, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Lisa Desjardins

    Let me take these in order. Grason and Chris Willett, a) good spot and b) it was made in jest. The fact that the wordmash in the bill's title won't save (or do) anything was my point. Possible I needed more caffeine when I wrote it though.

    January 18, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Lisa Desjardins

    Phil in KC: thanks for the comment on the issue.

    January 18, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Lisa Desjardins

    "Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time", I'd like to introduce you to PalmReader. PalmReader, meet "Taking Back America". Usually it's a good sign when someon thinks we're too liberal and someone else too conservative. I can only speak for what we write and say here at American Sauce we're trying to get into what is on the table – the good and bad from all sides. Listen to the show and give us specifics on how we do.

    January 18, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Lisa Desjardins

    GI Joe – you have a good point. I try to consider this carefully when choosing whom to interview and have profiled people who do not tune in to the internet and the msm. But from our end, CNN does not have a license to broadcast over the non-cable airwaves. And, don't you think people have the right to choose to avoid cable if they want? We are trying to do the best we can for the folks looking for news here.

    January 18, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Marcus

    Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time
    '1. Everyone on the Right needs to shut up in the name of civility.'
    'Civility' in the case you don't know about, means being polite and educated enough to not say 'Kiss my ****' in public, and YOU seem to be proud of a Governor who said that recently (When a 'no!' would have been enough).

    '2. You further need to underestand you are just a "mean ole conservative" if you try to appeal ObamaCare.'
    Actually you are a dumb one if you try that. To repeal will cost money and jobs and will demand votes that you don't have, so why try it? 'Because I promised to do that to those who voted in me'? JOBS are the main concern of the govt. as of now, yours is to pander to your own biased interpretation of reality...

    '3. Although we do not have the money and our nation is on the verge of bankruptcy.....never, never, never stop the spending and entitlements.'
    As expected from a FAUX News viewer, little discerniment to check on indenpendent sources of financial data seems to be a problem of yours. The 'entitlements' works marvelously to gear up the economy, the 'tax cuts' don't, the spending is (as the POTUS has recognized more than once) a necessary evil for the good of the economy in the long run AND has to be controlled (Check his weekly addresses).
    But Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Limbaugh told you otherwise and they are sooooo trusthworthy...

    January 18, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |