Don’t ‘Tie Hands’ of U.S. Troops: House Armed Services Chairman told President Obama...Read More
Abortion Ban Brings Tension
Anniversary of Roe v. Wade brings action - tension...Read More
President Puts Income Inequality at Heart of Tax Overhaul
Highest 20 percent of people realized over 90 percent of long-term capital gains in 2010, with top 1 percent realizing almost 70 percent of the gains...Read More
The Senate is set to vote on the Keystone Pipeline. The House is set to vote on a border-security measure. Republicans are divided on the bill, which aims to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, with some conservatives concerned that it fails to adequately address illegal immigration.
THE POWER OF CONSTITUENT PRESSURE
Action taken or not taken by Congress due to constituent pressure...
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today lauded President Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, along with the announcement that U.S. contractor Alan Gross has been freed by the Cuban government after three years in captivity...Click to Read More
When I read through this bill, I saw that it included a number of the things I care about, and a number of the things you’ve written me about. This bill includes many provisions to help our economy grow, allow our farmers and ranchers to succeed, protect our second amendment rights, and ensure our veterans can get the care they deserve, among other things. -- Rep. Denham (CA)
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON IMMIGRATION
THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.
For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities –- people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose... - President Obama
MORE STILL SAY HEALTH LAW HAS HURT INSTEAD OF HELPED THEM
Although more provisions of the Affordable Care Act have taken effect over the past year, more Americans still say the law has hurt rather than helped them. Compared with early 2014, fewer Americans say it has had no effect, although this group is still in the majority, at 54%. -- GALLUP
“Immigration reform” may be the single most abused phrase in the English language. It has become a legislative honorific almost exclusively reserved for proposals which benefit everyone but actual American citizens... Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL)
Senators passed the final controversial bill of this Congress easily earlier Tuesday evening, sending a deal to extend more than 50 tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013 through December to the president's desk. The bill passed after a fight between Reid and the White House scuttled a more ambitious deal last month.
Reid had negotiated a deal with Republicans in November to extend the tax credits for at least two years, with several tax breaks favored by the business community earning permanent extensions. The bill lacked, however, a permanent extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, as the White House had pushed for, leaving both to expire in 2017... Click to See Summary
As Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Carper -- along with the committee's ranking Republican, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma -- has introduced the Postal Reform Act of 2014. The bipartisan legislation seeks to address the Postal Service’s financial challenges by helping it streamline operations and giving it new tools it can use to introduce innovative new products and generate additional revenue. It does this while preserving essential services... - Sen. Carper (DE)
OBAMA'S "STRONG DISAPPROVAL" DOUBLE HIS "STRONG APPROVAL"
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans are more than twice as likely to say they "strongly disapprove" (39%) of President Barack Obama's job performance as they are to say they "strongly approve" (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half. -- GALLUP Poll