Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dear Abby: What Should I Do? My Senator is a Tool

I got this pathetic e-mail today from my senator's press office.  It's just awful.  I sent them the following  response to tell them so.

Who writes this crap?  It's insulting.  Does anybody proof read this nonsense?  Whoever wrote this must think we are a bunch of kindergarteners.  Senator Carper should read this stuff before it goes out to the public.  It's not like it's two thousand pages or anything.  We know he doesn't bother to read that stuff.  But this is just one page.  And it is Sooooo terrible.  What a disgrace.


January 2010

Dear Fellow Delawarean,
Happy New Year! Like you, I am looking forward to the many important challenges and opportunities we will face in 2010. In the Senate, these will include continuing to debate health care reform, as well as focusing on job creation and the economy, strengthening our national security measures, confronting the increasing effects of global climate change, working to ensure the stability of our banking system and many more. Needless to say, it will be a busy year.
Earlier this month, I sat down to discuss some of my personal priorities for this upcoming year. Listen here.

I am also looking forward to an upcoming hearing I am hosting as chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security on "greening the government."
Federal agencies use an enormous amount of electricity and fuel in their operations whether to heat a government building or to deliver the mail, so President Obama issued an Executive Order last year calling for a reduction in energy use. My January 27 hearing will discuss how the federal government can save energy – and save taxpayer dollars. In addition, I will be holding a similar field hearing in Delaware in February with Governor Markell.
You can watch the hearing live at 2:30 p.m. on January 27 here.


Last month, Copenhagen, Denmark hosted a global conference on climate change attended by 192 countries. The goal of the event was to reach a new international agreement on how to fight climate change that would include commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions from all countries – especially from the world’s biggest emitters like the United States and China. The conference was successful in producing a voluntary framework, called the Copenhagen Accord, to start reducing global greenhouse gas pollution.
Back at home, my colleagues and I in the Senate continue to debate ways to slow the dangerous effects of climate change, like rising sea levels threatening our coastal communities both in Delaware and around the country.
Learn more about the Copenhagen conference and the upcoming climate change debate…


The 2010 Census is less than three months away. So earlier this month, I hosted a kickoff event for the "Census In Schools" program in Delaware. This program aims to provide educators with the resources they need to teach students about the importance of the census, so they in turn can help deliver this message to their families and improve the response rate.
See pictures and read more about the event here...


Another event I hosted this month celebrated the start of the Nemours Health and Prevention Services "Make School a Moving Experience" program, which is designed to get kids off the couch and increase their physical activity. This is an exciting program that I know will improve the lives of Delaware children. As a strong advocate of physical activity and Nemours' "5-2-1-Almost None" healthy living program, I look forward to seeing the "Make School a Moving Experience" program in our local schools.
Learn more about my trips around the state…


Please continue to stay in touch with me when you have questions, concerns or comments about issues that are important to you. And as always, you can find the most up to date information on issues and ways in which my office can be of service on my website.
Tom Carper