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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Posts Tagged ‘congress’

Failure Is Good

Failure Is Good

          Op-Ed Columnist Failure Is Good By Paul Krugman Published: November 17, 2011 It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a complete turkey! It’s the supercommittee! By next Wednesday, the so-called supercommittee, a bipartisan group of legislators, is supposed to reach an agreement on how to reduce future deficits. Barring an evil miracle — I’ll explain the evil part later — the committee will fail to meet that deadline.  If this news surprises you, you ... Full Story

How much does a congressman cost

How much does a congressman cost

All Posts   Editorial Opinion As we consider ways to cut costs, perhaps the congress should consider eliminating itself. At least some of itself. It is expensive to keep a congressman in office. How much does it cost to have a man or woman in the House of Representatives? The house publishes a Statement of Disbursements, which you can access by going to this site; http://disbursements.house.gov/. This document is over 3000 pages and covers the expenses incurred in running the offices of ... Full Story

EPA born in the Nixon Administration

EPA born in the Nixon Administration

To the delight of American industrialists and their friends in the GOP, freshman U. S. Representative Cory Gardner (CO – District 4) appears determined to erode as much of the regulatory authority of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency as he is able. The EPA was born during the term of Richard Nixon, based upon an April 1970 memorandum of the President’s Advisory Council on Executive Organization titled ‘Federal Organization for Environmental Protection. ’ If the GOP itself was ... Full Story

Isn’t Medicaid cut a tax hike?

How do you define a tax increase. The government getting more of your money. The following article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities points out that the plan before congress would shift the costs of Medicaid to those least able to afford it. For them, it is the same as a tax increase, they have less disposable income. It is all a mater of semantics and perhaps how much money you have to contributed to political candidates.   Center on Budged and Policy Matters Proposal to ... Full Story

Rural America Shortchanged

Rural America Shortchanged

By Chuck Hassebrook chuckh@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs   The decisions we make in this time of economic and budget crisis - about what is cut and what is cast off – define who we are as a nation and shape our future. Policy makers in Washington are about to make cuts in farm and rural spending. The question is how they will cut and whether their choices reflect the values of rural America and the interests of most rural Americans. Congress must choose whether to put real, ... Full Story

Will Representative Cory Gardner Oppose a

  A report yesterday by the Associated Press confirmed that Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04) faces a highly controversial plan this week to dramatically increase health care costs for Americans age 54 and under. According to the independent Congressional Budget Office, under Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan, seniors on Medicare would pay $12,510 per year, making them responsible for more than two thirds of the cost of their coverage, while it would not repeal tax ... Full Story

Coffman Statement on Measure to Cut Spending

Coffman Statement on Measure to Cut Spending, Keep Government Open   (WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) released the following statement today in response to the passage of a 5-day extension of government funding to give appropriations negotiators more time to hammer out the details of an agreement that was reached to cut $39 billion in federal spending and fund government through the remainder of the fiscal year. “I voted for the 5-day extension and I will vote for the ... Full Story

Rep. Gardner supports regulatory oversight

Rep. Gardner supports regulatory oversight

Transcript of Rep. Gardner’s Remarks: Mr. Speaker I rise today in support of House Resolution 72 and of Congress’s new emphasis on oversight. Over the past few years, federal agencies have promulgated a litany of rules and regulations with little regard for their impact on American businesses, jobs and everyday American workers.  Last week I meet with a business in my district that employs nearly 1,000 people.  They expressed their concern that the onslaught of rules and regulations ... Full Story

Coffman: Time to End Military Draft Registration

Coffman: Time to End Military Draft Registration (WASHINGTON) – United States Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today announced his proposal to abolish the United States Selective Service System and end the requirement for young men to register for the draft.  Current law stipulates that all male U.S. citizens and legal residents are required to register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of their 18th birthday. “The time has come to end the registration requirement and ... Full Story

The ongoing split between GOP and military leaders

The ongoing split between GOP and military leaders

By Steve Benen The Washington Monthly, Political Animal, 11/21/2010 It wasn’t too long ago that there were certain expectations about political and military policy. If, in the midst of two wars, the Pentagon asked Congress for some help, lawmakers were likely to oblige. This was especially true of Republicans, who took pride in characterizing themselves as the “pro-military” party. This week, we received yet another reminder that these partisan assumptions are in need of ... Full Story

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