As President Obama took to the airwaves Monday night to announce a deal to extend President George W Bush’s tax cuts, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called the plan ‘fiscally irresponsible’ and ‘grossly unfair.’ US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) comments were even stronger, calling it a “moral outrage.”Sanders issued the following statement today on the agreement announced Monday between the White House and congressional Republicans:‘In my view, it is a moral outrage that at a time when this country has a $13.8 trillion national debt, a collapsing middle class and a growing gap between the very rich and everybody else that the Republicans would deny extended unemployment benefits to 2 million workers who are desperately struggling to pay their bills and maintain their dignity. It is also beyond comprehension that the Republicans would hold hostage the entire middle class of this country so that millionaires and billionaires would receive huge tax breaks. In my view, that is not what this country is about and it is not what the American people want to see. Our job is to save the disappearing middle class, not lower taxes for people who are already extraordinarily wealthy and increase the national debt that our children and grandchildren would have to pay.‘The immediate political task in front of us is to rally the American people so that in the next several weeks we can find at least a few Republicans who will join us in saying no to increasing the deficit by giving tax breaks to the wealthy and no to holding the unemployed and the middle class hostage.‘I believe that we have the American people on our side on this issue. My office, and I come from a small state, has received more than 600 calls today, 99 percent of them in opposition to this so-called compromise that the president negotiated with the Republicans.‘I will do everything in my power to stand up for the American middle class and defeat this agreement.’In a letter to Speaker Pelosi that Welch circulated to his House colleagues Monday night, Welch wrote, ‘We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we.’Welch will send the letter to Speaker Pelosi after gathering signatures from his colleagues on Tuesday. The full text of the letter is copied below.Dear Madam Speaker,We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons.First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding $700 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare.Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add $700 billion to our national debt, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors.Without a doubt, the very same people who support this addition to our debt will oppose raising the debt ceiling to pay for it.We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we.Sincerely,PETER WELCHMember of Congress
Robey-Coleman now claims “someone on the field said the ball was tipped,” according to The Athletic. A tipped pass would make pass interference inapplicable, ProFootballTalk notes. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman appears to be changing his stance on what happened during a controversial play involving Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game.Robey-Coleman was trying to stop Lewis from scoring a touchdown with the score tied at 20 and the ball in the red zone. Lewis was knocked down by Robey-Coleman and failed to catch the pass. Robey-Coleman appeared to make contact with Lewis before the ball arrived, but the referees did not call a penalty. The NFL later fined Robey-Coleman $26,739 for the hit. Just an FYI: I spoke to #Rams Nickell Robey-Coleman about this and he is adamant someone on the field said the ball was tipped. At the very least there is some compelling video showing that might have been the case. https://t.co/lJ8o0KRMRM— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) January 26, 2019There is some video evidence that could prove Robey-Coleman’s case depending on the angle: Related News NFL playoffs 2019: Social media reacts to controversial no-call in final minutes of Saints-Rams matchup @slotgod23 👀👀https://t.co/bxiTKQy9yR— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) January 26, 2019The Saints ended up kicking a field goal and the Rams answered with one of their own to force overtime. Los Angeles went on to win 26-23 in overtime, though the play created a strong reaction from the NFL community. Saints coach Sean Payton said he spoke with someone in the league office who told him “they blew the call.”The Rams will face the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3 with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
Drake (5-7), the preseason league favorite, begins MVC action against Valparaiso (7-4) after playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation as ranked by the NCAA at No. 27. Friday night, the Bulldogs will try to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a four-game losing skid, which hasn’t happened for the program since the 2013-14 campaign. The Valley on ESPN3 Buy Tickets Valpo Game Notes Drake will look to bring the momentum it had against No. 25/25 Iowa in its non-conference finale when the Bulldogs outscored the Hawkeyes, 39-33, in the final two quarters of a 79-66 defeat. Sophomore guard Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) helped lead the rally attempt versus Iowa with 21 of her career-high 27 points coming in the final two periods. Friday night will feature the two top scoring teams in the MVC in Drake (82.9) and Valparaiso (71.8), which joined the Valley in July, 2017 from the Horizon League after the departure of Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference. The Crusaders are led in scoring by Cedar Rapids native and senior Dani Franklin, who averages a league-best 18.0 points per game. The Bulldogs counter with redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), who ranks third at 16.6 and Hittner, who is fifth at 15.3. Live Audio Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team opens the Missouri Valley Conference season Friday night at the Knapp Center against league newcomer Valparaiso. Tipoff with the Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. and the MVC opener for both teams will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Live Stats Following Friday’s game, the Bulldogs will host a New Years Eve contest against Loyola on Sunday. Tipoff with the Ramblers is scheduled for 2 p.m. Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes The two teams have played just twice before with Drake owning a 2-0 advantage. The last meeting played in Nov., 1995 resulted in a forfeit victory rewarded to Drake after Valparaiso was later found to have used an ineligible player.