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Senator Barack Obama to Deliver Democratic Hispanic Radio Address

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Senator Barack Obama to Deliver Democratic Hispanic Radio Address
Saturday, February 25, 2006

*** Spanish and English versions below ***

El Senador Barack Obama (D-IL) Emite el Mensaje Hispano Semanal

Este es el texto del Mensaje Hispano Semanal, emitido esta semana por el Senador Barack Obama (D-IL).

"Buenos días, soy el Senador Barack Obama de Illinois.

"Estoy seguro que en las últimas semanas usted ha oído que hay que limpiar la corrupción en Washington. Usted habrá escuchado de las reformas de cabildeo, el proyecto de la Calle K, de Jack Abramoff y de los políticos corruptos.

"Pero estos escándalos van más allá de los viajes o regalos caros para los legisladores Republicanos. Lo que más ofende de estos escándalos es que no solo son moralmente ofensivos por parte de los políticos, sino que también llevan a la creación de leyes moralmente ofensivas que son malas para los trabajadores de los Estados Unidos.

"En las últimas semanas, hemos visto un presupuesto que otorga siete mil millones de dólares a las empresas petroleras, cuando a las familias no les alcanza para pagar por un tanque de gasolina o para la calefacción de sus hogares.

"Hemos visto acuerdos secretos que le dan $22 mil millones a la industria médica, cuando cuarenta y cinco millones de personas en los Estados Unidos no tienen seguro médico y millones más no pueden pagar sus cuentas médicas.

"Hemos visto miles de millones en préstamos para estudiantes eliminados cuando cada año cuesta más ir a la universidad.
"Por eso hoy la gente no confía en Washington. Esto es lo que los ofende moralmente. Y esto es lo que necesitamos eliminar.

"La Ley del Liderazgo Honesto y Gobierno Transparente de los Demócratas, ayudará a evitar abusos al cerrar la puerta que permite que legisladores y su personal dejen sus empleos para irse a cabildear, sin informar al público.

"Asegura que las reuniones de comité de conferencia donde se incluyen en secreto medidas para los influyentes, estén siempre abiertas al público.

"Evita que los cabilderos busquen favores de los legisladores a través de regalos o viajes. Y crea una Oficina Independiente para la Integridad Pública para que se cumplan estas reglas.

"En el discurso del Estado de la Unión del Presidente, él habló por cuarenta y seis minutos, pero sólo le dedicó sesenta palabras a las reformas de ética. Esto es inaceptable.

"Necesitamos un compromiso serio con las reformas. Es hora de limpiar Washington de una vez por todas.

"Soy el Senador Barack Obama de Illinois. Gracias por escuchar."

Contact:
Fabiola Rodríguez-Ciampoli (Democratic Leader), 202-228-5352
Tommy Vietor (Sen. Obama), 202- 228-5511

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) to Deliver Democratic Hispanic Radio Address

Following is the translation of this week's Democratic Hispanic Radio Address recorded by Senator Barack Obama (D-IL).

"Good morning, this is Senator Barack Obama from Illinois.

"Over the last few weeks, I'm sure you've heard a lot of talk about cleaning up the corruption in Washington. You've heard about lobbying reform and the K Street project and Jack Abramoff and corrupt politicians.

"But there is more to these scandals than expensive travels or gifts to Republican lawmakers. What's truly offensive about these scandals is that they don't just lead to morally offensive conduct on the part of politicians; they lead to morally offensive legislation that hurts hardworking Americans.

"In the last few weeks, we've seen a budget that gives seven billion dollars to oil companies at a time when families can't afford to fill up their gas tanks or heat their homes.

"We've seen secret deals that give $22 billion to the health care industry at a time where forty-five million people in the United States have no insurance and millions more are struggling to pay their medical bills.

"We've seen billions in student loans slashed at a time when it's getting harder to attend college.

"This is why the American people don't trust Washington today. This is what's offending them on a moral level. And this is what we need to clean up today.

"The Democrats' Honest Leadership and Open Government Act will help curb these abuses by closing the revolving door that allows lawmakers and staff to leave their jobs to go lobby without disclosing it to the public.

"It makes sure that those closed-door conference committee meetings where special interest provisions are secretly slipped in bills are forever open to the public.

"It stops lobbyists from currying favor with lawmakers through gifts and trips. And it creates an independent Office of Public Integrity to carry out these rules.

"In the President's State of the Union address, he spoke for forty-six minutes before he finally dedicated only sixty words to ethics reform. This is unacceptable.

"We need a serious commitment to reform. This is a time to clean up Washington once and for all.

"This is Senator Barack Obama from Illinois. Thank you for listening."

"En las ultimas semanas, hemos visto un presupuesto que otorga siete mil millones de dolares a las empresas petroleras, cuando a las familias no les alcanza para pagar por un tanque de gasolina o para la calefaccion de sus hogares.

"Hemos visto acuerdos secretos que le dan $22 mil millones a la industria medica, cuando cuarenta y cinco millones de personas en los Estados Unidos no tienen seguro medico y millones mas no pueden pagar sus cuentas medicas.

"Hemos visto miles de millones en prestamos para estudiantes eliminados cuando cada ano cuesta mas ir a la universidad.
"Por eso hoy la gente no confia en Washington. Esto es lo que los ofende moralmente. Y esto es lo que necesitamos eliminar.

"La Ley del Liderazgo Honesto y Gobierno Transparente de los Democratas, ayudara a evitar abusos al cerrar la puerta que permite que legisladores y su personal dejen sus empleos para irse a cabildear, sin informar al publico.

"Asegura que las reuniones de comite de conferencia donde se incluyen en secreto medidas para los influyentes, esten siempre abiertas al publico.

"Evita que los cabilderos busquen favores de los legisladores a traves de regalos o viajes. Y crea una Oficina Independiente para la Integridad Publica para que se cumplan estas reglas.

"En el discurso del Estado de la Union del Presidente, el hablo por cuarenta y seis minutos, pero solo le dedico sesenta palabras a las reformas de etica. Esto es inaceptable.

"Necesitamos un compromiso serio con las reformas. Es hora de limpiar Washington de una vez por todas.

"Soy el Senador Barack Obama de Illinois. Gracias por escuchar."

Contact:
Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli (Democratic Leader), 202-228-5352
Tommy Vietor (Sen. Obama), 202- 228-5511

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) to Deliver Democratic Hispanic Radio Address

Following is the translation of this week's Democratic Hispanic Radio Address recorded by Senator Barack Obama (D-IL).

"Good morning, this is Senator Barack Obama from Illinois.

"Over the last few weeks, I'm sure you've heard a lot of talk about cleaning up the corruption in Washington. You've heard about lobbying reform and the K Street project and Jack Abramoff and corrupt politicians.

"But there is more to these scandals than expensive travels or gifts to Republican lawmakers. What's truly offensive about these scandals is that they don't just lead to morally offensive conduct on the part of politicians; they lead to morally offensive legislation that hurts hardworking Americans.

"In the last few weeks, we've seen a budget that gives seven billion dollars to oil companies at a time when families can't afford to fill up their gas tanks or heat their homes.

"We've seen secret deals that give $22 billion to the health care industry at a time where forty-five million people in the United States have no insurance and millions more are struggling to pay their medical bills.

"We've seen billions in student loans slashed at a time when it's getting harder to attend college.

"This is why the American people don't trust Washington today. This is what's offending them on a moral level. And this is what we need to clean up today.

"The Democrats' Honest Leadership and Open Government Act will help curb these abuses by closing the revolving door that allows lawmakers and staff to leave their jobs to go lobby without disclosing it to the public.

"It makes sure that those closed-door conference committee meetings where special interest provisions are secretly slipped in bills are forever open to the public.

"It stops lobbyists from currying favor with lawmakers through gifts and trips. And it creates an independent Office of Public Integrity to carry out these rules.

"In the President's State of the Union address, he spoke for forty-six minutes before he finally dedicated only sixty words to ethics reform. This is unacceptable.

"We need a serious commitment to reform. This is a time to clean up Washington once and for all.

"This is Senator Barack Obama from Illinois. Thank you for listening."

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