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07.28.15

‘Break The Cycle Of Delays’

Mayors, Job Creators, Farmers, And Workers Push For 'Common Sense,' 'Important' Long Term Highway Bill 'Refreshing To See Congress Focus On A Multi-Year Solution' 100+ MAYORS: "America's economic strength depends upon our cities, towns, and suburbs having the transportation networks they need to attract and retain businesses and provide opportunities for residents to prosper. Mayors know firsthand the benefits of a well-functioning transportation network and the danger of underinvestment." (… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Obamacare Premium ‘Shock Waves’

Massive Premium Increases Expose Obamacare's 'Shaky Foundations,' Leave Consumers 'Frustrated' Obamacare 'Shock Waves' Have Customers Wondering If Health Care Is 'Affordable Or… Worth The Money' "The public is frustrated with insurance premium increases that they view as directly related to Obamacare. A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that 2016 premiums are up by a greater percentage than in 2015." ("Even After Court Victory, Still No Easy Road For Obamacare," Politico, 6/26… Continue Reading


07.24.15

D+ For America’s Infrastructure

Bridge Collapses And Crumbling Roads Cost Americans In Safety, Time, And Money TRANSPORTATION SEC. ANTHONY FOXX: "'The condition of the nation's transportation infrastructure 'should be an outrage to every American,' he said…'How can you plan, as a researcher or a civil engineer in a transportation department, if you don't have long-term certainty' about funding, he asked. 'I think the American people are going to have to say at some point, 'This is enough. We can't keep driving on t… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Nuclear Deal Adds Fuel To Iran’s Fire

President Obama Admits Iran Won't Change Its Behavior, As Their Ability To Sow Chaos In The Region Increases Dramatically "Abbas Araqchi, one of several deputy foreign ministers, also told a news conference Iran would do 'anything' to help allies in the Middle East… On Monday, Araqchi told national television: 'Whenever it's needed to send arms to our allies in the region, we will do so. We are not ashamed of it.'" ("Iran Says Rejects Curbs After 10 Years, Will Back Allies," Reuters… Continue Reading


07.21.15

DRIVE Act Modernizes America's Infrastructure, Transportation System

DRIVE ACT MODERNIZES AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM Bipartisan Legislation Provides State, Local Governments Certainty For Multi-Year Transportation Investments WASHINGTON - The bipartisan, multi-year Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act would help modernize the nation's infrastructure and transportation systems to better allow America to compete in the 21st century. The DRIVE Act gives state and local government the certainty, flexibilit… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Education: ‘One More Example That Congress Is Back To Work’

In The Field Of Education Policy, 'For The First Time In Years, There Is Hope A New Law Could Pass' Bipartisan 'Sweeping Rewrite' Of Federal Education Law' AP: "The Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for a vote on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, which is long overdue for an overhaul." ("Senate Advances Education Revamp," AP, 7/15/15) "Sponsored by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, th… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Editorials: Welcome To ‘A New Age Of Nuclear Proliferation’

Iran Nuclear Deal 'All But Guarantees That Iran…Will Eventually Become A Nuclear Power' Editorials: Iranians 'Dancing In The Street' After U.S. Makes A 'Horrifying Nightmare' Of A Nuclear Deal WALL STREET JOURNAL: 'The agreement all but guarantees that Tehran will eventually become a nuclear power' "President Obama was right on Tuesday to hail his nuclear agreement with Iran as historic, though not because of his claim that it will 'prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.' The … Continue Reading


07.13.15

Obamacare: ‘Welcome To The New Abnormal’

Across America 'Rate Increases Of 20 Percent To 40 Percent Or More' Are Expected WSJ: 'Even liberals are shocked at the double-digit requests' "The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make insurance, well, more affordable. But now hard results are starting to emerge: premium surges that often average 10% to 20% and spikes that sometimes run as high as 50% or 60% or more from coast to coast. Welcome to the new abnormal of ObamaCare. … even liberals are shocked at the double-digit reque… Continue Reading


07.13.15

McConnell On ‘Fox News Sunday’

'It appears as if the administration's approach to this was to reach whatever agreement the Iranians are willing to enter into. So I think it's going to be a very hard sell - if it's completed - in Congress.' WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on 'Fox News Sunday' this morning. The following are excerpts from the interview: On the Senate's response to a potential nuclear agreement with Iran: "We already know that it's going to leave Iran as a threshold nucl… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Across America, Alarm Over EPA Overreach

Governors Pledge To Protect 'Our Job Creators, The Poor, And The Elderly Who Cannot Afford More Expensive, Less Reliable Energy,' Supreme Court Calls EPA Plan 'Not Rational' "The fate of Mr. Obama's climate change agenda, which he hopes will be a cornerstone of a major environmental legacy, depends heavily on the compliance of state governments." ("Republican Governors Signal Their Intent To Thwart Obama's Climate Rules," New York Times, 7/2/15) "Last year, the Environmental Protection Ag… Continue Reading


07.07.15

The ‘Senate Is On A Roll’

Up Next: A 'Much Needed And Long Overdue' Update To Federal Education Policy, That 'Would Empower State And Local Leaders' "After Trade Triumph, Senate Republicans Look to Rack Up More Wins: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Senate is on a roll - and he wants to make sure it stays that way. After reviving Trade Promotion Authority, the Kentucky Republican opted to move next to a bipartisan rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law in a bid to maintain the chamber's legislative… Continue Reading


06.24.15

The ‘Keys To The Kingdom’ Stolen

Cyber Breach At OPM Exposes 'The Personal Data Of An Estimated 18 Million Current, Former And Prospective Federal Employees' SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI): "It is disturbing to learn that hackers could have sensitive personal information on a huge number of current and former federal employees - and, if media reports are correct, that information could be in the hands of China. It is even more troubling that this is only the latest in a series of cyberattacks on the Office of Personnel Management … Continue Reading


06.18.15

Dems For The Troops, Before They Were Against Them?

Dem Senator: 'Just As We Have Called On Them To Protect Us, They Are Calling On Us To Provide Them With The Resources They Need' "Filibuster Summer Gets Its First Test. … as National Journal's Fawn Johnson writes, the plan puts Democrats in the strange position of having voted for a defense spending bill that used that same war funding just a day before blocking one Thursday. 'Either way, their message is mixed.'" ("Budget And Tax: Democrats Ready To Block Defense Spending Bill," Washin… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Obamacare: ‘A Well-­Documented Disaster’

Healthcare.gov Far From The Only Aspect Of Obamacare That Has Been A Disaster For The American People PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "But I'll be honest with you. With all the crises we were dealing with-the economy collapsing, the auto industry on the verge of collapse, winding down wars-this did not get the kind of laser-focused attention until ­Healthcare.gov, which was a well-­documented disaster, but ended up anyways being the catalyst for us saying, 'Okay, we have to completely revamp ho… Continue Reading


06.17.15

Will Dems Filibuster ‘A Key Investment In Our National Security’?

Dem Leadership Is Threatening Troop Funding Because 'The Internal Revenue Service. … Is An Important Part Of Our Country' Dem Leadership: 'Get Ready For Filibuster Summer' "Democrats appear eager to return to shutdown politics..." ("Congress Paddles Toward Brink Of A Government Shutdown," The Hill, 6/16/15) 'Get ready for filibuster summer' "After almost six months in the minority, Charles E. Schumer says Senate Democrats aren't afraid to be obstructionists, detailing a strategy o… Continue Reading


06.16.15

The Democrat ‘Extortion’ Game

'Would Be An Extraordinary Move If Democrats' Hold A Military Pay Raise 'Hostage' For IRS Bonuses "Blocking the annual National Defense Authorization Act would be an extraordinary move if Democrats can pull it off. The bill is widely considered one of the most important pieces of business for Congress each year." ("Democrats Set To Block Defense Bill Amid GOP Attacks," National Journal, 6/14/15) "It contains hundreds of provisions to assist the military in its various operations. This yea… Continue Reading


06.15.15

‘Democrats Block Cyber Bill’

Days After Revelation Of 'Remarkable' Cyber Attack On The United States Office Of Personnel Management 'The Breach Of OPM Data Is Considered To Be The Largest Cyberattack In U.S. History' "A major union says the cyber theft of employee information is more damaging than it first appeared, asserting that hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for 4 million current and former federal workers." ("Union Says All Federal Workers Fell Victim To Hackers," Associated Press, 6/12/15… Continue Reading


06.12.15

Despite ‘Complex Array Of Crises Around The World’ Dem Leader Asserts NDAA ‘A Waste Of Time’

Obama Threatens To Veto Unless IRS Receives More Funding Too SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): "It is simply incomprehensible that as America confronts the most diverse and complex array of crises around the world since the end of World War II, that a president would veto funding for our military to prove a political point." (Sen. McCain, "Obama Is Wrong To Hold Defense Funding Hostage," Politico, 6/8/15) SEN. JACK REED (D-RI): "…we currently face an alarming number of complex and varied nationa… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Cybersecurity: ‘It’s Impossible To Overstate This Threat’

Democrats 'We Need To Act Quickly,' 'Come Out Of The Dark Ages And Come Into The 21st Century' JOSH EARNEST, White House Press Secretary: "The fact is, we need the United States Congress to come out of the Dark Ages and come into the 21st century to make sure we have the kinds of defenses that are necessary to protect a modern computer system." ("White House Jabs Congress: 'Come Out Of The Dark Ages,'" The Hill, 6/5/15) SEN. FEINSTEIN (D-CA): 'It's Impossible To Overstate This Threat... … Continue Reading


06.09.15

Obamacare: Some Monsters Are Real

While The President Spins Fairy Tales, Real American Families Are Suffering PRESIDENT OBAMA: "…we haven't had a lot of conversation about the horrors of Obamacare because none of them come to pass." (President Obama, Remarks, 6/8/15) Horror Stories Haven't 'Come To Pass'? 'Exchanges are wrestling with surging costs' "Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama's health law are struggling financially, presenting state o… Continue Reading

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