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Unemployment Extension Petition Gets a Push
Senate Filibuster Challenge Rejected by D.C. Appeals Court
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Diplomatic Nominations Ignite Rage
The House and Senate are not in session this week. They return the week of April 28.
LET'S RECOMMIT TO ABOLISH THE IRS, ENACT THE FAIRTAX
“Our federal tax system is broken beyond repair,” said King. “Americans are hit too hard by taxes and our current economic crisis cannot and will not be solved with further tax increases and more government spending. I spent 28 years running my own construction business, and I told myself that if I was ever in a position to help abolish the IRS, I would do everything I could to make that happen. Enacting the FairTax is the best way to do that." - Rep. Steve King (IA)
"The news these days only seems to focus on partisan gridlock in Congress, but I am happy to report that a recent streak of bipartisanship has allowed for the consideration and passage of several pieces of legislation that are critical for job creation and economic certainty..." said Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
ONGOING CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF THE IRS AND LOIS LERNER
"I wanted to update you on recent developments in the Congressional oversight process to hold Lois Lerner accountable for using the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to target conservative organizations." -- Rep. Terry Lee (NE-02)
LUJAN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS
“Once again the Supreme Court has struck a blow to our efforts to get money out of politics, and reinforces the importance of passing comprehensive reform that limits the ability of individuals, special interest groups, and corporations to spend endless amounts of money in an effort to unduly influence elections, said Rep. Lujan..."
“No one ought to be surprised at the budget unveiled by Chairman Paul Ryan and House Republicans today, which once again asks those with less to give more and those with more to give less," said Minority Whip Hoyer.
Last week I joined Democrats and Republicans in support of a bill to establish a Veterans Conservation Corps to put unemployed vets in transition back to work - rebuilding our national, state and tribal forests, parks, coastal areas, wildlife refuges, and cemeteries - while they seek permanent employment, Rep. Rick Nolan (MN)...
REPORT SHOWS E-CIGARETTE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS LIGHTING UP AMONG YOUNG USERS
Eleven Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives released a report that shows a dramatic recent increase in the marketing of electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes – with extensive resources being dedicated to social media, sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and television and radio advertisements that reach substantial youth audiences... (Sen. Durbin Press Release)
IN WASHINGTON, THE NEED FOR COMPROMISE IS GREATER THAN EVER
Not long ago, Northern Michigan University invited me to address students there as part of a series of addresses on public policy. The subject I chose for my address is, in many places, a scandalous subject: compromise.
Almost all of us in Congress have strong opinions on public policy, strong values that guide us. And on rare occasions, all of us agree on what is the right thing to do. -- Sen. Carl Levin MI
WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released a report entitled, “The History of Federal Health Care Spending,” which outlines a comparison of original and current federal health care program outlays. The report looks at Medicaid, Medicare, defense health programs, veterans’ medical care, and other health programs like Indian Health Service and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The report’s findings show federal spending on health care programs usually outpaces economic growth – often exponentially.
HELLER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSION
(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) joined Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) on the Senate floor to speak about their bipartisan agreement to restore emergency unemployment insurance benefits. Both senators urged Congress to pass their legislation quickly....
RUBIO CONDEMNS OBAMACARE RAID on MEDICARE ADVANTAGE
Marco condemned the Obama administration’s announcement to cut payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) in order to fund ObamaCare.
In a video message , he pointed to the administration’s raid on MA as the latest example that the health care law is unsustainable, condemning the impact these cuts will have on millions of seniors across the country, particularly in Florida.