Tag Archive for Congress

NEWSLINK: Obama administration warns states that road funds near gone

Highway Interchange

[“Obama administration warns states that road funds near gone” – Reuters 7.1.14] Reuters reports that declining revenues from gas taxes could result in a slowing or hypothetical drying up of federal funds for state road projects. The Obama administration warned states on Tuesday that federal highway funds will be largely depleted in August, limiting the money states can expect to pay for road and bridge projects

NEWSLINK: Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

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[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14] BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate. However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,”

VIDEO & MEMO TEXT: Speaker John Boehner suing Obama over executive actions and failure to faithfully execute laws

U.S. Capitol

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed his intention to sue President Barack Hussein Obama over Obama’s misuse of executive power and failure to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. Video of Boehner’s June 25 news conference and the text of his memo to Members of Congress are below.  Boehner also discussed other issues, such as Iraq, terrorism, problems at the Department of

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor upset in Republican primary by Tea Party unknown Dr. Dave Brat

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia’s 7th District, was upset in Virginia’s June 10 primary by unknown Tea Party candidate David Brat. Roll Call indicates that the district was considered a safe seat for the Republicans, with no Democrat yet emerging as a challenger.  Unofficial results have Brat leading Cantor 56% to 44%. Links & Resources :: Cantor upset in Virginia GOP primary by

Ukrainians Stage Mass Unity Rally in Kyiv

Column in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

(VOA News – March 23, 2014 – voanews.com) Thousands of Ukrainians gathered on Sunday in Kyiv’s Independence Square calling for unity, a day after Russian forces seized the last major Ukrainian military base in Crimea. The rally participants gathered to hear pro-Ukraine speeches, display flags, and place flowers at the site of a makeshift memorial to anti-government protesters killed last month in clashes with security

With Obamacare Floundering, Widen Access to Health Care by Allowing Doctors Tax Deductions on Donated Services

File Photo of Doctors in Surgical Scrubs

While undoubtedly not a favorite idea among government or private sector bureaucrats and paper-pushers generally, if and when Obamacare completely stalls out of the gates, how far could we get, providing medical services to the uninsured — or others — by allowing doctors to eliminate their entire tax burdens by deducting donated services? Positive incentives and grass-roots mobilization, focusing on the doctor-patient relationship, would seem

High-ranking IRS official to “take the fifth” and refuse to testify before Congress on scandal

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According to news reports, an attorney for IRS official Lois Lerner has indicated that Lerner will invoke the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify before Congress.   Lerner is the director of the IRS Exempt Organization Division, which deals with nonprofits, including those seeking 501(c)(4) status. Lerner was to be called before a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, May 22, aimed at continuing

NEWSLINK: House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place

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[House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place - Roll Call - March 4, 2013] Roll Call covers a continuing resolution by House Republicans to address spending cuts while providing greater flexibility for how military spending is adjusted: House appropriators on Monday unveiled a proposed final fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap federal operating expenses at $982 billion, when the cuts already