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PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT
This week the Senate is expected to take up S.2199, the Paycheck Fairness Act. House leaders are expected to send their Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res.124) to the floor on Tuesday.
THE HOUSE’S SEPTEMBER AGENDA
For years, President Obama has tried to use Washington bureaucracy to fix America’s problems. He made a lot of promises – like a functioning and inexpensive health-care system, a successful economic stimulus, a new energy economy, to name a few. Yet each and every one of these promises was broken, and it’s the American people stuck with the cancelled insurance plans, the threat of insolvency, and a “recovery” that feels almost as bad as the recession... - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
CONGRESSIONAL JOB APPROVAL STAYS NEAR HISTORICAL LOW
Thirteen percent of Americans approve, 83% disapprove
by Jeffrey M. Jones
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' dismal evaluations of Congress continue, with 13% approving and 83% disapproving of the job it is doing. That approval rating is just four percentage points above the all-time low of 9% measured last November. -- GALLUP Poll
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED HUMANITARIAN AID FOR SOUTH SUDAN
“Today’s announcement of $180 million in food aid to alleviate the threat of famine in South Sudan reflects America’s continued determination to help the people of the world’s newest sovereign state pursue a future of opportunity and peace... Minority Whip Steny Hoyer
Most people know that when you have dug yourself into a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging. Unfortunately, this kind of common sense has escaped many in Washington. Currently, the federal government owns over a quarter of all land in the United States. This is far more land than it is able to maintain; the National Park Service alone has a maintenance backlog over $12 billion. - Rep. Sam Graves (MO)
Due to what the agency called "the receipt of adverse comments," EPA will not move directly to finalizing a controversial proposal that would have allowed it to garnish the wages of people who owed the agency money without a court order...
LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE SOUTHWEST BORDER CRISIS
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced legislation to provide funding to address the current immigration crisis on the Southwestern border.
The bill, H.R. 5230, contains a total of $659 million for border security, enforcement of immigration and customs laws, humanitarian assistance, and illegal immigration prevention. -- Rep. Hal Rogers (KY)
Small businesses create two out of three new jobs, and employ more than half the nation’s workforce. They have training programs specially for minorities, women, Native Americans, and veterans. When small businesses succeed, America succeeds. -- Rep. Rick Nolan MN
Of the many revolutionary ideas that our country’s Founders included in the Constitution, the inherent rights to privacy and due process are truly unique. Our Founders witnessed firsthand the ruin and terror that a distant, unresponsive, and ultimately tyrannical government could inflict on peaceable people as individual liberties were curtailed. They could not tolerate such abuses, and neither should we today. -- Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ)
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
America now owes over $14 trillion to our creditors. This is simply unsustainable. The Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission plan is not perfect, and it is certainly not the plan I would have written myself. But it would help put Americans back to work and it would reduce our federal debt dramatically. If we don’t act now – if we pass this issue on to another Congress, another generation - the tough choices we face now only get tougher. -- Sen. Assistant Majority Leader, Dick Durbin (IL)
BIG BANKS CLAIM MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX CREDITS INTENDED FOR POOR COMMUNITIES
A billionaire’s fantasy island, Emmy award winning producers, Goldman Sachs, Broadway music from Hollywood, Starbucks, and even dolphins benefited from a tax credit intended to help struggling communities and lower income Americans seeking new opportunities.
“Banking on the Poor,” a new report released today by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) reveals the federal New Markets Tax Credit program is benefitting big banks and private investors that are claiming more than $1 billion of the credit annually. -- Sen. Tom Coburn (OK)
THE KEYSTONE DELAY IS COSTING US MORE THAN JOBS AND REVENUES
The five-year delay in building the Keystone XL pipeline is costing us jobs and wages, limiting our access to low-cost North American oil, and facilitating our continued reliance on oil from the Middle East and Venezuela. While the economic costs of delay are well documented, the environmental and human impacts could also be devastating... By Catrina Rorke (American Action Forum)
SENATORS REACT TO USPS $1.9 BILLION SECOND QUARTER LOSSES
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released the following reactions to the announcement that the U.S. Postal Service lost $1.9 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014...
BILL ALLOWING PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTS FROM CANADA
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have revived a congressional effort to allow individuals to import cheaper prescription drugs for their personal use.
The Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act is billed as legislation that would rein in drug costs and stimulate greater competition within the pharmaceutical industry. -- Sen. Amy Kolbuchar (MN)
Boehner Backs Obama on ISIS House Majority Leader John Boehner put his support behind the president`s plan, and 10 Arab states agreed to contribute to the fight. Speaker Boehner summed up the reality facing his Republicans: This is not the president they prefer, nor the overall military strategy they want, but it is all they have.
Should Republicans support the president`s plan regarding ISIS?