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09.07.16

Another Flight-Ful Of Francs

'US Payment Of $1.7 Billion To Iran Made Entirely In Cash' SEN. KELLY AYOTTE (R-NH): "…the eagerness of the Obama administration to bend over backwards to accommodate Tehran, conceal information from the American people, and protect a fundamentally flawed and deeply dangerous agreement that is only getting worse." (Sen. Ayotte, Press Release, 9/1/2016) $1.7 Billion In 'Taxpayer Money' Sent To Terror-Sponsoring Ayatollahs "The Obama administration followed up a planeload of $400 milli… Continue Reading


09.06.16

Will Dems Continue To Put Politics Over Fighting Zika?

CDC: Currently 10,000+ Total Zika Cases "…Republicans in the Senate have scheduled a vote on a $1.1 billion Zika package next Tuesday, when Congress comes back into session. But Democrats have been blocking consideration of the Republican package…" ("U.S. Funding For Fighting Zika Virus Is Nearly Spent, C.D.C. Says," The New York Times, 8/31/16) "Senate Might Need to Curtail Filibuster, Harry Reid Says… 'the Senate will have to evolve as it has in the past,' Mr. Reid to… Continue Reading


09.06.16

Dems’ Troop Trifecta

For The Third Time This Year, And Despite The Democrat Leader's Call To End Filibusters, Senate Dems Will Vote To Block Funding For Our Military "One of the first items on the Senate's to-do list ... is a third try at prying loose the fiscal 2017 defense spending bill. A cloture vote on the defense appropriations bill is scheduled for next week…" ("Third Time's The Charm? Senate GOP Will Try Again To Move Defense Spending Bill Forward," Washington Examiner, 9/1/2016) "Senate Might Need … Continue Reading


08.30.16

‘Grim’ Obamacare Forecast

For Consumers, 'Less Choice,' 'Double-Digit Premium Increases' SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN), Chairman, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee: "Next year Tennesseans will be paying an intolerable increase - on average, between 44 and 62 percent more for their Obamacare plans than they paid last year. . . According to the consulting firm Avalere Health, Americans buying insurance in one third of Obamacare exchange regions next year may have only one insurer to choose from." (Sen.… Continue Reading


08.26.16

Obamacare ‘Doomed’?

'Healthcare.Gov Is On Track To Offer Shoppers Fewer Options Than Ever,' 'Tennessee's Insurance Regulator Proclaimed The State's Obamacare Exchange "Very Near Collapse"' 'Obamacare's In Trouble… Many Consumers Will Face Fewer Options And Higher Prices' 'Princeton health economist thinks Obamacare's marketplaces are doomed … [have] already entered a death spiral and are heading toward total collapse' "This Princeton health economist thinks Obamacare's marketplaces are doomed&hell… Continue Reading


08.19.16

‘Completely False’?

After Repeated Denials To The Contrary, Obama Administration Now Admits '$400M Cash Shipment To Iran Tied To U.S. Prisoners' Release' SEN. TOM COTTON (R-AR): "Reports today confirm what many of us have suspected all along: the $400 million payment to Iran was a ransom payment for four Americans unlawfully held by the ayatollahs. … Unfortunately, it's not just the American people who received confirmation: it's also terrorist groups and our adversaries around the world who know the United… Continue Reading


08.18.16

Syria Five Years Later

Five Years After He Called For Bashar Al-Assad To Leave, President Obama's Strategy Is 'Stuck Where It Started' 2011: 'The Time Has Come For President Assad To Step Aside' PRESIDENT OBAMA: "The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside." ("Assad Must Go, Obama Says," The Washington Post, 8/18/2011) THEN-SEC. OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: "The trans… Continue Reading


08.17.16

Obamacare: Fewer Choices

'Obamacare's In Trouble… Many Consumers Will Face Fewer Options And Higher Prices' "The four biggest U.S. health insurers admit they're each losing hundreds of millions of dollars on their Obamacare plans. Rather than expand coverage, many are pulling out of the exchanges that were set up… many consumers will face fewer options and higher prices." ("Obamacare's In Trouble As Insurers Tire Of Losing Money," Bloomberg, 8/17/16) 'A Major Challenge To The Basic Mechanics Of [Obamac… Continue Reading


08.11.16

Obamacare: ‘Get Ready To Pay More’

'A Quintessential Obamacare Failure Story' Of Higher Premiums, Fewer Choices For Consumers PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I am proud of the policy changes in the ACA and the progress that has been made toward a more affordable, high-quality, and accessible health care system." (Barack Obama, "United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps," The Journal of the American Medical Association, 7/11/2016) REALITY: "'We're paying more for less,' said Jamie Court, the president of Consumer Watch… Continue Reading


08.10.16

Gold Medal For Costly Regulations Goes To… President Obama!

As Part Of A 'Final-Year Sprint,' 'President Obama's Regulators Have Completed Their 600th Major Rule' "…all-time presidential record of costly regulation set by the Obama Administration. … The regulatory crush isn't over." ("The All-Time Regulation Record," The Wall Street Journal, 8/6/16) 'President Obama's Regulators Have Completed Their 600th Major Rule … It Amounts To A Regulatory Tax Of $2,294 On Every American' "Since President Obama took office in 2009, the fed… Continue Reading


08.03.16

Zika Spreads, White House Waits

Obama Administration 'Sitting On Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars That It Already Controls And Could Be Used' Obama Administration Still Hasn't Spent Funds It Already Has To Combat Virus "The Obama administration is struggling to explain why it is pressing Congress for more money to fight the Zika virus while sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars that it already controls and could be used instead." ("Administration Sitting On Unspent Funds For Zika," Roll Call, 8/2/16) "The White Hous… Continue Reading


08.02.16

Obamacare’s Co-Op Collapse Continues

'Fewer Than A Third Of [Obamacare] Co-Ops Will Still Be Open For Business This Fall' "The number of insurers carrying out one of the Affordable Care Act's most idealistic goals continues to plummet, with just seven nonprofit member-run health plans set to take part in the law's fourth enrollment season this fall. That's down from 23 such plans - co-ops, as they are commonly known - that started in 2014. Eleven are still in business, but four in Oregon, Ohio, Connecticut and Illinois will fold s… Continue Reading


07.14.16

‘We’ve Clearly Put The Senate Back To Work’

Stack Of Major Legislation Passed By The Republican Senate This Year Continues To Grow: Combating Opioids, FAA Legislation, Biotech Labeling, Puerto Rico Restructuring, Modernizing The Toxic Substances Control Act, Trade Secrets, FOIA Updates, North Korean Sanctions & More SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): 'We've clearly put the Senate back to work' (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 7/14/16) A GROWING LIST OF 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS CARA: 'A Bill To Tackle The Nation's Opioid Crisis' SEN.… Continue Reading


07.14.16

CARA: ‘The Most Sweeping Drug Legislation In Years’

'Public Health Advocates Have Lauded The Bill As A Crucial Policy Shift,' 'An "Extraordinary" Step Forward' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This is a comprehensive legislative response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic devastating Kentucky and our nation. I'm happy to see it on its way to the president's desk to be signed into law." (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 7/13/2016) SEN. ROB PORTMAN (R-OH): "This is a historic moment, the first time in decades that Congres… Continue Reading


07.13.16

On Zika, Dems’ Excuses Don’t Stand Up To Scrutiny

'Democrats Are Clearly Very Nervous About Their Decision To Attack Women's Health … With Their Filibuster Of The Anti-Zika Funding Bill' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Democrats are clearly very nervous about their decision to attack women's health and veterans with their filibuster of the anti-Zika funding bill. Who can blame them? They've put forth a variety of tortured excuses that don't stand up to scrutiny." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 7/12/16) RHETORIC: 'Insufficient Funding Th… Continue Reading


07.08.16

‘Inexcusable’

With The Security Situation In Afghanistan 'Precarious' & ISIL On The March, Dems Filibuster The Defense Funding Bill SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I would remind everyone that at a time when we face an array of terror threats around the globe, we cannot afford to put politics above support for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines or our efforts to move the appropriations process forward." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 7/7/16) "Senate Democrats blocked a Defense Department spendin… Continue Reading


07.07.16

End Violent Criminal Sanctuaries

Sen. Toomey: 'The Life Of Kate Steinle Matters. Protecting Our Neighborhoods From Violent Criminals And Terrorists Matters.' "Democrats blocked legislation targeting sanctuary cities - a controversial immigration policy … most Senate Democrats united against a measure that would strip funding from sanctuary cities, which are cities and counties where local police and jails decline cooperation with the feds on immigration enforcement." ("Senate Rejects 'Sanctuary Cities' Defunding Bill," … Continue Reading


07.06.16

‘CARA Is A Monumental Step Forward’

More Than 180 Groups Call On Congress To Act On Conference Report More Than 180 National Anti-Drug Groups: "We …are calling on Congress for quick action to send this to the President's desk for signature." (Letter to Members of Congress on S. 524, 7/6/2016) 'CARA Is A Monumental Step Forward' ADDICTIONPOLICY.ORG: "Let's not play politics; 129 people are dying every day in our country at the hands of this epidemic. CARA has real resources, real policy change, and is part of much larger… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Puerto Rico Bill ‘A Big Win For Limited Government Conservatives’

'Not A Single Taxpayer Dime Will Be Spent On Paying Puerto Rico's Debt' SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): "Today we have an opportunity to help the Puerto Rican people in the face of this crisis and prevent a taxpayer bailout by passing the responsible, bipartisan bill before us. This bill won't cost the taxpayers a dime. What it will do is help Puerto Rico restructure its financial obligations and provide much-needed oversight to put into place reforms." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 6/29/16) SE… Continue Reading


06.29.16

‘Zika Bill Is Blocked By Senate Democrats’

'Guaranteeing That Congress Won't Get Legislation To President Obama's Desk This Month' WALL STREET JOURNAL: "After spending months demanding more funding to combat the Zika virus, [Democrats] voted down their own priority to foment the chaos they believe will work to their political benefit in the fall." (Editorial, "The Zika Democrats," The Wall Street Journal, 6/28/2016) SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): "Democrats are working hard to spin this, but families don't want excuses, they want action.… Continue Reading

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