A fair piece of the pie
Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday, a time when our country recognizes the vast blessings that have been bestowed upon us.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi speaks at the 20th Annual Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast in San Francisco
The history of Thanksgiving reminds us of the values of faith, hope and community that were central to our nation’s founding and that continue to sustain us today. It also reminds us that securing the blessings of liberty and opportunity for all Americans remains an ongoing challenge for us all.
As we partake in our own holiday traditions, let us keep in our hearts and minds our dedicated servicemembers, veterans, and our military families. We are profoundly grateful for their sacrifice and commitment to keeping America safe.
Democrats in Congress will continue to honor their legacy, and to honor our solemn pledge to protect all Americans. Together, we will keep fighting for a Better Deal for the American people, with Better Jobs, Better Wages and a Better Future.
Last week, California Republicans betrayed their constituents and their state to hand Speaker Ryan the votes for a bill designed to hit Californians with the largest net tax hikes of any state in the nation. Instead of insisting on a bill that doesn’t raise taxes on their constituents, these members of Congress voted to dismantle the state and local tax deduction relied on by tens of thousands of families in every one of their districts. They even voted to exclude California’s wildfire victims from the disaster-related tax benefits provided to families recovering from hurricanes.
The House has voted to hand tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, while raising taxes on families facing major medical expenses and on Americans with student loans. In the U.S. Senate, a special provision for private jets was added to the bill, while the state and local tax deduction for hard working people was completely obliterated. In every incarnation, the tax scam pads the pockets of the wealthiest, while raising taxes on tens of millions of middle class families.
As more Californians learn about the bill, they can hold accountable those California Congressmen and Congresswomen who voted for it. The bill can only be stopped when those members understand the full political consequence of their betrayal. Remember, if all the Californian Republicans had voted against the bill, it would have failed.
The FCC has launched an all-out assault on the entrepreneurship, innovation and competition at the heart of the internet. It has announced that it will move to reverse net neutrality rules, further stacking the playing field in favor of the biggest bank accounts, chilling competition, hurting consumers and punishing entrepreneurs and small businesses. Eight months after allowing internet service providers to sell Americans’ private browsing history and intimate personal information, the Administration is moving to destroy the openness and dynamism of the internet.
Millions of Americans made their voices heard in support of the net neutrality standards that Chairman Pai now plans to eviscerate. We must once again mobilize to protect the freedom of the internet from this newest threat.
Turkey Tips from the USDA
Are you interested in brining a turkey, but aren’t quite sure how to do it safely? The USDA has posted some helpful safety tips in anticipation of Thanksgiving this year.
Brining simply means to soak your turkey in a water and salt solution (the brine). Often, other ingredients are added to the brine, such as sugar, molasses, honey or corn syrup. The purpose of a brine is to produce a more tender and flavorful turkey.
According to research published in the Journal of Food Science, the salt in the brine dissolves a bit of the protein in the muscle fibers, and allows the meat to absorb the brine and retain moisture during cooking. This makes the poultry juicier, more tender and improves the flavor. There is no shortage of brine recipes, but to reap the benefits of brining, you must use the following safe steps.
For the specific steps, see the USDA’s website.
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