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05.25.16

‘It Takes A Lot Of Gall’

On NDAA, Sen. Reid's Preference Is A 'Last-Ditch Process' In 'A Lame-Duck Session' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): 'There's no reason for further delay from our Democratic colleagues' "After two days of needless delay from across the aisle, this morning we'll vote to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the National Defense Authorization Act, and hopefully adopt that motion quickly thereafter. This critical defense bill passed committee on a strong bipartisan basis, there's no reason for fur… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Adam Walsh Act Reauthorization Will Help Keep Our Children Safe

Republican Led Senate Has 'Passed Many Different Measures To Help Victims' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The Republican-led Senate believes in the importance of combating sexual assault and providing key protections for the victims of these heinous crimes. ...the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act, will bolster efforts to prevent future sexual assault crimes and help victims receive justice." (Sen. McConnell, Congressional Record, S.3039, 3/23/16) SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA): "Too many kids are … Continue Reading


05.19.16

Obamacare: ‘It’s Enough To Make You Sick!’

'A Sharp Jump In Rates' Likely Across The Nation "The rates Americans pay for coverage through Obamacare are going up… That sticker shock for Obamacare customers could spell trouble for the law and its supporters." ("Obamacare Rates Rise In New York, And So Does Political Risk," Bloomberg, 5/18/16) Obamacare 'Bad News Piles Up,' Possible Premiums Increases Of Up To 'A Whopping 89%' NEW YORK: "It's enough to make you sick! Health insurers operating on New York's Obamacare insurance ex… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Republicans On Obamacare’s Failures

Senate Republicans Highlight Families Facing 'Double-Digit Premium Increases,' 'Cancellation Notices,' Losing The 'Ability To See Their Doctor' SEN. BARRASSO: 'Costs Have Gone Up. Co-Pays Have Gone Up. Deductibles Have Gone Up. People Have Lost Their Plans, Lost Their Ability To See Their Doctor . . . All Of Those Things Because Of The Health Care Law.' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Health care costs are now the number one financial concern facing American families, accordi… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Obama Reg ‘Demoting Millions Of Workers’

'Small Businesses, Nonprofits, And Public Sector Employers Will Be Especially Impacted' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Our economy continues to be stuck in the worst recovery since World War II and the only solution the Obama Administration can come up with is more red tape that will hurt our nation's working middle class. Just like Obamacare's 30 hour work week, this regulation will once again incentivize employers to cut worker hours, provide fewer benefits, and hinder flexible work arrangem… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Obamacare’s Dwindling Choices

'Insurance Options Dwindle' For Multiple States, Hundreds Of Counties Kentucky Resident: "At what point will enough Americans wake up to the fiasco of Obamacare and undo this monstrosity? I was just informed by my health care carrier that my plan will no longer be offered as it does not meet the Affordable Care Act standards. The cheapest replacement is going to be an 80-percent increase over my current monthly premium." (Letter To The Editor, "Obamacare Destructive," Lexington Herald-Leader, 5… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Obamacare: Premium Increases Aplenty

Prospective 'Double-Digit Rate Hikes' Across The Nation "Obamacare premiums expected to rise sharply…" ("Obamacare Premiums Expected To Rise Sharply Amid Insurer Losses," The Hill, 4/25/16) Obamacare 'Bad News Piles Up' IOWA: '38% to 43% increases for some' "Tens of thousands of Iowans who buy their own health insurance are about to receive a shock in the mail. Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield is sending letters this week telling about 30,000 customers it plans to raise their prem… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Energy & Water Bill ‘An Important First Step’

'The First Time The Senate Has Approved A Stand-Alone Bill To Fund Energy And Water Programs Since 2009' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The Energy and Water Appropriations bill is important for American energy, for American waterways and ports, and for American commerce and safety… This is a good bill for Kentuckians and for our country. By returning to regular order, we've opened up the process and empowered all Senators to have more of a say in the appropriations process. The progres… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Under President Obama ‘The Middle Class Is Hollowing Out’

Pew: 'The Middle Class Lost Ground In Nearly Nine-In-Ten U.S. Metropolitan Areas' PEW: 'Middle Class Is Losing Ground … Across The Country' WALL STREET JOURNAL: "No President has done worse by the middle class in modern times." (Editorial, "Incomes And Poverty, 2014," Wall Street Journal, 9/16/15) AP: "In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out." ("Middle Class In Major U.S. Cities Is Shrinking, Pew Study Says," AP, 5/12/16) WASHINGTON POST's Wonkblog: "The grea… Continue Reading


05.10.16

White House Advisor: Iran ‘Is Healthcare For Us’

Obama Administration Boasts Of Selling American Public A Bill Of Goods On Its Iran Deal, Just Like They Did On Obamacare BEN RHODES, Deputy National Security Adviser For Strategic Communications: "…it's a big deal. This is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign policy. This is healthcare for us, just to put it in context." ("The Coming Détente With Iran," The Washington Free Beacon, 10/31/14) 2nd Term: Obama Administration Pushed 'Activel… Continue Reading


05.09.16

‘Staggering’ Regulatory Burden, ‘Disappointing’ Job Creation

Obama Bureaucrats 'In The Bowels Of Federal Agencies' Busily Burying Job Creators Under A 'Flurry Of Regulations' "[President Obama's] legacy is a Washington leviathan atop a private economy that grows increasingly less able to support it… The regulatory burden is staggering for the economy and for all who live and work within it." ("So Many Rules, So Few Opportunities," The Wall Street Journal, 5/6/16) "A wave of regulation coincides with weak hiring and growth. Friday's jobs report … Continue Reading


05.03.16

Obamacare’s ‘Stiff Medicine’

'Bigger Premium Increases In 2017' Expected 'The Public's Views … More Negative Than Positive' For One Woman Premiums Now 'Higher Than Her Mortgage' OK WOMAN: "When the health insurance premiums got to the point that they were higher than her mortgage, Renee Powell started to become cynical. 'There was something in me that just kind of switched,' said the mother of two from Bartlesville, Okla. 'I was okay with paying $750, but when it became about $100 more than my housing costs, it… Continue Reading


04.29.16

The Obama Economy: Failure To Launch

'When Did Americans Decide … That We Should All Merely Shrug And Get Used To The Country's Diminished Expectations?' "Obama will be the only U.S. president in history that did not deliver a single year of 3.0%+ economic growth. …Obama will leave office having produced an average of 1.55% growth. This would place his presidency fourth from the bottom of the list of 39, above only those of Herbert Hoover (-5.65%), Andrew Johnson (-0.70%) and Theodore Roosevelt (1.41%)." ("Barack Oba… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Regulations Accelerate, Economy Slows

The 'Economy Edged Further Into The Slow Lane' As Obama Bureaucrats 'In The Bowels Of Federal Agencies' Busily Bury Job Creators Under A 'Flurry Of Regulations' "The U.S. economy sputtered in the first quarter, expanding at the slowest pace in two years as business slashed investment by the steepest amount since the Great Recession. Gross domestic product, the sum of a nation's economy, slowed to a 0.5% annual growth rate in the first three months of 2016, the government said Thursday." ("GDP R… Continue Reading


04.27.16

Do Your Job

Democrats 'Throw A Monkey Wrench Into The Gears' Of The Appropriations Process For Fear Of Having To Defend The President's Iran Nuclear Deal SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I think we've come up with yet another definition of obstruction today. Our democratic friends are going to prevent the passage of an energy and water appropriations bill because of an amendment that is not yet pending to the bill. And yet a new way to blow up the appropriations process. Our democratic colleagues were great… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Obamacare: Growing Problems, Shrinking Choices

'Nation's Largest Health Insurer' Exits Obamacare Exchanges; Law Continues To Leave Consumers With Fewer Choices & Likely Premium Increases PRESIDENT OBAMA: "My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there's choice and competition. ... And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down. ... [W]e will provide you with a choice." (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09) 'Nation's Largest Health Insurer' '… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Senate Energy Bill A Milestone

Vote Today On 'First Far-Reaching Energy Law In Nearly A Decade' Follows Yesterday's Passage Of 'The Most Passenger-Friendly' FAA Bill 'In A Generation' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "…the Republican-led Senate will today pass the first major energy bill in nearly a decade. It's broad, it's bipartisan, it's just the kind of legislation we're seeing a lot of in a Republican-led Senate that continues to show what's possible with good ideas and good old hard work." (Sen. McConnell, Floor … Continue Reading


04.19.16

Senate Back To Work: FAA & Energy

The Stack Of Significant Legislation Passed By The Republican Senate Solving 'Big, Entrenched Problems' Continues To Grow FAA: 'Passenger-Friendly' & Will 'Ramp Up Airport Security' SEN. JOHN THUNE (R-SD), Commerce Committee Chairman: "Passage of this bipartisan legislation is a win for airline passenger rights, advancing responsible drone usage, boosting the competitiveness of the aerospace industry, and making our skies safe." (Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee… Continue Reading


04.18.16

Bypassing Congress ‘Not How Democracy Works’

USA Today: 'The Court Would Be Wise To Limit The President's Authority In This Area' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "…now, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in this case … on core constitutional principles like the separation of powers and the duty to take care that the laws are faithfully executed. … the Administration's executive action 'stands in stark contravention to federal law and to the constitutional principle of the separation of powers.' It's also an 'explic… Continue Reading


04.15.16

Iran Deal Continues To Evolve

WASH. POST: 'Should The United States Take Steps Not Strictly Mandated By The Text Of The Nuclear Accord At A Time When Iran Is Testing Nuclear-Capable Missiles?' "[T]he U.S. has been thrust into a role of defending Iran on its nuclear deal compliance and condemning its other actions as it simultaneously promotes business with Iran in the context of the new leeway afforded by sanctions relief." ("Analysis: Iran Nuclear Deal Puts US In Bind Amid Criticism," The Associated Press, 4/11/2016) … Continue Reading

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