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Defense Bill Clears Senate

June 19, 2015

On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of the FY16 defense bill, defying a veto threat from the administration. The 71-25 vote means the Senate has enough support to override the veto, should that occur.

The administration threatened to veto the defense bill because it exceeds budget caps put in place by sequestration. The bill attempts to circumvent the budget caps by funding base operations using special war accounts. War accounts are not subject to sequestration.

In a surprising move, lawmakers rejected the Senate Armed Services Committee’s recommendation to privatize commissaries. However, many of the committee’s original proposals remain in the final bill.

Although lawmakers submitted over 600 amendments, only a handful made it into the final bill.

Several significant amendments, which would have prevented further erosion to pay and benefits, never saw the light of day. Left out were amendments that would have granted a full active duty pay raise, blocked a five percent reduction to housing allowances, prevented further cuts to commissary benefits, and prohibited increased TRICARE pharmacy fees. We thank the senators who introduced these amendments.

The following table shows where we currently are with the House and Senate-passed defense bills:

 

What’s Next?

Now that both chambers have passed their respective versions of the defense bill, House and Senate lawmakers will go to conference to iron out differences. Leadership from the Armed Services Committees announced that they hope to complete their work before the August recess.

When conferencing begins, we will need your help. During this process, we’ll ask you to contact your legislators in support of the House version of the defense bill.

We sincerely appreciate all of our members who take the time to contact Congress. We need your effort and support to remind Congress not to balance the budget on the backs of the military.

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Fayne

Integrity in Leadership

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Saying Good-bye

Do you know the McHenry’s.  Paul and Joanie McHenry, will be moving soon to be closer to their daughter and her family.   Joanie and Paul will be saying goodbye to the community, Sunday (5/3/15) at the Community Center at 4:00-7:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.   The family member are inviting you to the Center to again say good-bye.

Hope to see you there!

 

Fayne

Integrity in Leadership

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Events for today Aug 2

Alta Vista high school reunion today see yesterdays post.

 

Woodland Wine & Tunes fest  1100-6pm, Woodland Park

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Alta Vista High School Reunion 2 Aug

Where is Alta Vista or where was Alta Vista High School?  Well there will be a party on the 2  of Aug, where First United Methodist Church, 420N.Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO.  Meeting in the Large Banquet Room at 4:pm (gathering) 6:pm (dinner serving a cost).  The person to contact if you need additional information is Eva & Jim Akers.  This is a reunion for those that attended Alta Vista High school between 1922 and 1951 and those that had family attending this historical school.  Stop by and meet those that attended.  Thanks Eva and Jim for being such a caring citizens.  Those that attend, take you camera and the Chef will post the Alta Vista story.

 

Fayne

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Fair Thee Well Event 5/17/14

Come celebrate the old and the new.  Tell stories of when you were at the Middle School.

The gathering will be this Saturday the 17th, with the following schedule;

From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. crafters/volunteer organizations/entertainers etc. will be setting up.

From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. people will hopefully be coming to see what there is to see (visiting and listening with refreshments)

From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. spaghetti dinner with entertainment and open mike for people to share stories

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. more entertainment and open mike stories and clean up

Drawings for prizes throughout the day with the Grand Prize currently a 32″ HD television for anyone who purchases tickets.  Tickets can be purchased from local businesses and you must be present to win.

Fayne

Integrity in Leadership

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Fair Thee Well

VERY EXCITED!!! Ellicott Citizens are planning an all day event May 31, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and calling it ‘FAIR THEE WELL’ . The focus will be “looking back” on the memories had in the old Middle School and gymnasium and “looking forward” to making new memories in the new Middle School. Plans are being made to have an auction to sell some of the equipment and furnishings in the old School, with proceeds going to the new school. Ideas include having a dunk tank, spelling bee, sack races, face painting, turtle races and other fun things for kids. If you are a local artisan/crafter, business, and /or volunteer organization , this is a good opportunity to set up a booth to share your purpose with the Ellicott community. We need local organizations and businesses to set up food vending areas and hope someone will include homemade ice cream cones. The day will end with a spaghetti supper, music , entertainment and dancing with Chris Smith as the MC. Drawings for door prizes will be conducted through-out the evening with the grand prize to be drawn at the end of the night. The lucky winner must be present to win!

So mark the calendar, May 31, 2014 . Join the community in this celebration of the past and the future. The planning committee is looking for volunteers so think about what you would like to do. Become apart of the planning to enjoy some good ole fashioned community fun!!! Please respond to me, Fayne McDowell (ellicottspotluckcafe@elpasotel.net), to get your spot and purpose in the plan.

Fayne
Integrity in Leadership

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Heads-up

Special School Board Meeting Tomorrow night 7PM  (Monday 29 May)

 

Fayne

Integrity in Leadership

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Correll Saddlery

Correll Saddlery

Have you visited Jeremy at the Correll Saddlery lately?  Need feed for you dogs, your goats then stop by.  Jeremy is now stocking or ordering all Purina feeds/foods.  Stop by and see what he can get for you and the competitive prices.

Correll Saddlery is located at 23355 Hwy. 94, Ellicott, CO 80808 (next to Henderson Propane). Phone number is (719)683-9555. Store hours are Sunday-Monday: closed; Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fayne

Integrity in Leadership

Jeremy invites you yo stop-in.

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Hello friends, a Citizen’s Call to Action

In case you have not hears, there are some shady happenings at the school!  There are teachers and administrative staff that are being threatened with termination that have spoken up at school board meetings or have voiced their opinions which are not the same as those in charge.  Some of you have been informed by others of various problems happening in the district with a few of us continuing to be at the meetings to observe.  People with opinions that we truly value have shared the importance of our community support.  It is time again that we be at the meetings and that we ask questions to get answers about concerns that we have.  This Thursday’s meeting is very important as all school board meetings are.  It would be good to have people wearing their red SOS shirts and that we be there by 6:30 p.m. or before.  If you have a concern that you are not comfortable addressing and would like to have someone ask it for you please let someone/SOS know.  If you have and ask a question, respond yes or ask that your question be answered in writing. Please contact anyone you know  that would like to help us make a difference by our attendance at the school board meeting.  It appears that Patrick Cullen thinks that the community is happy with the way things are going.   We are not happy and need to be there to make a difference by letting them know we are more informed than they wish we were.

Posted for a Concerned Citizen

 

Fayne

Integrity in Leadership

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Thank you Viewers

The Potluck Cafe is projecting 50,000 views by the end of next week.  I want to thanks all that has supported in any way the Cafe.  Hopefully in the future I can get back on the Ellicott Past and Military postings.

Remember the School Board meeting on the 18th should be another good one.  Bring your questions (paper copy also).  If you ask for the questions to be answered ask to have the name of the individual that provided the answers included.  Don’t agree to “the Board”.  If the Board is the author ask for a coordination sheet to show who reviewed/provided the answers.  You have the right to know who provided the answers.

Again I sorry the parents are letting their children down by not supporting the PTA.  This organization is valuable and can be a major asset to the District and the children.  But we cannot expect 10-12 individuals to do it all.  Your Kids deserve better.

 

Fayne

Integrity in Leadership

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