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Congress is on their August recess and is due back on Capitol Hill on September 8th.
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)
“There is no doubt costs for raising children are increasing every year. The current law for child tax credits is outdated and fails to recognize how difficult it can be to have a family. My legislation indexes the credit and the limitations to inflation to help parents keep more of their hard earned money to use for the mounting expenses of parenting...." -- Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS)
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)
Too often we hear about corporations that evade taxes, ship jobs overseas, or do not pay their employees enough to support themselves or their families. These are the companies that are given millions of dollars in tax breaks under our current system. -- Sen. Dick Durbin (IL)