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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


04.12.16

Bipartisan FAA Bill Will ‘Ramp Up Airport Security’

Sen. Thune: 'Keeping Americans Safe From Future Attacks Is A Top Priority In This Senate' SEN. JOHN THUNE (R-SD): "Events around the world and security lapses at U.S. airports necessitate new protections for the traveling public… Keeping Americans safe from future attacks is a top priority in this Senate. … The security measures now included in the FAA bill are a strong step toward that goal." (Commerce Committee, Press Release, 4/7/16) 'Senate Takes Steps To Tighten Airpor… Continue Reading


04.07.16

The Infinite Wisdom Of The Founders

'It Is The Senate's Constitutional Right To Act As A Check On A President And Withhold Its Consent' SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): 'The Founding Fathers… wanted the Senate, in its infinite wisdom, to be a check-a real check, not a rubberstamp' "…the longer I am around, the more I respect the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. In their infinite wisdom, they wanted judges to interpret law, not make it; they wanted the Senate, in its infinite wisdom, to be a check-a real check, not a rub… Continue Reading


04.06.16

401-Pay

The Obama Administration's New Retirement Plan Regulations Will Cost Workers, Retirees Obama Plan 'Could More Than Double The Cost Of Investment Advice For Many Savers' Or Push Investors 'To Settle For Computer Generated Robo-Advice' "President Obama's plan to reform retirement savings could more than double the cost of investment advice for many savers. … A recent study by Cerulli Associates found that while the current commission model costs on average 0.5% of assets, the fee-based mo… Continue Reading


04.06.16

A Bipartisan ‘Passenger-Friendly’ FAA Bill

Unanimously Approved In Committee, FAA Bill 'Contains Numerous Pro-Consumer Provisions' 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, Press Release, 3/16/2016) SEN. BILL NELSON (D-FL), Commerce Committee Ranking Member: "It's really e… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Executive Actions ‘A Stark Contravention To Federal Law’ & ‘An Explicit Effort To Circumvent The Legislative Progress’ On Immigration

Even President Obama Admits His Scheme Is 'Very Difficult To Defend Legally' PRESIDENT OBAMA: "With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed… The executive branch's job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforc… Continue Reading


03.31.16

Gitmo Detainees: How Many More Will Rejoin Terror Groups?

'There Have Been Americans That Have Died Because Of Gitmo Detainees' "The Pentagon plans to transfer about a dozen inmates of the Guantanamo military prison to at least two countries that have agreed to take them, a U.S. official said on Wednesday…" ("Pentagon To Send About A Dozen Guantanamo Inmates To Other Countries Soon," Reuters, 3/30/16) "The first of the transfers are expected in the next few days and the others will take place in coming weeks, said the official, who spoke … Continue Reading


03.23.16

Obamacare: Six Years, Six Broken Promises

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "[T]here's been a lot of political noise surrounding [Obamacare], so people haven't always known what's true and what's not." (Pres. Obama, Remarks, 3/3/2016) BROKEN PROMISE #1 OBAMA PROMISE: "If you have health insurance and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period." (President Obama, Conference Call With Liberal Bloggers, 7/20/09) POLITIFACT's 2013 Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it' (Politifact, 1… Continue Reading

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