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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘congress’

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Full Story

Representative Cory Gardner Votes to Remove

Representative Cory Gardner Votes to Remove Protections on Food, Toys, and Drinking Water

Every American remembers the headlines and news stories about contaminated food, children’s toys from China with lead in them, and dirty drinking water. A parents’ worst nightmare is for their own children to get sick from something we gave them, when it was preventable. Unfortunately, Representative Cory Gardner today voted to make it easier for that nightmare scenario to become a reality. Gardner opposed commonsense protections to ensure the safety of America’s food, drinking ... 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 ... 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

AFSCME Calls on GOP Members of Congress to Reject

AFSCME Calls on GOP Members of Congress to Reject Their Taxpayer Funded Health Care Plan

  Call Comes on Heels of New Polling Showing Voters Agree Washington, DC — Today, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) called on Republican Members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to abstain from enrolling in the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP). “These Republicans want to repeal health reform, putting the insurance companies back in charge and putting affordable coverage out of reach of millions ... Full Story

Two Talented Candidates

Two Talented Candidates

To the Editor, Senator Michael Bennet and Congresswoman Betsy Markey are two of the brightest, most dedicated, most thoughtful, and hardest working legislators in Congress today. Both of them are extremely well-qualified, and both have an amazing grasp of the details and implications of the bills they vote on. Bennet and Markey have been in Congress only a short time, but already are known and respected by their colleagues on both sides of the aisle. They are leaders, rather than ... Full Story

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