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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


06.09.15

Democrats’ ‘Stand’ Against Troops

Dems Hold Troop Pay Hostage for Increased IRS Spending Dems Vow to 'Block' Defense Funding Bill "Senate Democratic leaders say they will block the defense appropriations bill from coming to the floor this month unless there is a deal to lift ceilings on government spending known as the sequester." ("Senate Democrats Vow To Block Defense spending Bill," The Hill, 6/4/15) "Obama has promised to veto their appropriations measures, but the latest Democratic strategy means those bills wouldn't… Continue Reading


06.08.15

Obamacare Rated ‘A Failure’

'Few Say They Would Describe The Law As A Success' SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "So people are extremely satisfied with health care. … Obamacare is working." (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.3733, 6/4/15) New Polling: 'Public Support For Obamacare Tied Its All-Time Low' ABC: "Public support for Obamacare tied its all-time low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll…" (ABC News / Washington Post, 6/8/15) "Overall, just 39 percent support the law, down 10 percentage points… Continue Reading


06.04.15

‘Costs Exploding Under Obamacare’

'Hold Onto Your Wallets' America Broken Promises: "Finally, my proposal would bring down the cost of health care for millions -- families, businesses, and the federal government." (President Obama, Remarks, 3/3/10) "I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year." (Senator Obama, Remarks, 6/23/07) 'Hold Onto Your Wallets' - Costs Rising For… Continue Reading


06.03.15

America’s Troops Are Not ‘A Waste Of Time’

Will Democrats Hold A '50-Year Tradition Of Bipartisan Cooperation… That Advances The Security Of Our Nation' Hostage For IRS Bonuses? Dem Leadership 'Bright Lines' - No Money For Troops Without Bonuses For IRS, TSA, EPA, Etc. SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV) on S.1376, the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act: "I think it really is kind of a waste of time." (Sen. Reid, Press Conference, 6/2/15) PRESIDENT OBAMA issues veto threat to S.1376: "First, the President has been very clear about t… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Obama’s Water War: ‘An Unprecedented Power Grab’

Bipartisan Opposition To EPA Overreach Grows, As Allegations Surface That EPA Astroturf Effort Might Have Broken The Law 'A Nightmare' - Obama Administration Attempts To Seize Control Of 60% Of U.S. Bodies of Water "Barack Obama's water war… a massive power grab by Washington." ("Barack Obama's Water War," Politico, 5/27/15) "…it will give bureaucrats carte blanche to swoop in and penalize landowners every time a cow walks through a ditch." ("Barack Obama's Water War," Pol… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Obamacare’s State Exchanges: ‘Overpromised And Under Delivered’

Massachusetts, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Colorado, And Minnesota All Face Problems With Their Obamacare Exchanges Massachusetts Exchange: FBI Probe Subpoenas Massachusetts Health Connector Records MASSACHUSETTS: "Federal authorities have subpoenaed records related to the Massachusetts Health Connector, including a period covering the breakdown of the health care exchange's website, The Associated Press has learned." ("Feds Seek Massachusetts Health Exchange Records," WCVB, 5/7/15) "The … Continue Reading


05.21.15

Obamacare: ‘Premium Increases Next Year May Shock You’

In 2015 Many Americans Faced 'Double-Digit Increases,' In 2016 'Health Premiums Could Grow Sharply' Again 2016: 'Health Premiums Could Grow Sharply' "Look for health plans to request higher rates for 2016, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) executive warned…" ("Health Plans Poised To Ask For Higher Premiums For 2016, Blue Cross Executive Warns," Bloomberg 'Health Care Blog,' 5/14/15) "The top ObamaCare exchange insurers in six states where 2016 rate requests have alr… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Small Businesses: ‘We Need To Pass TPA’

Small Business Owners Join Sens. McConnell, Warner & Ernst To Push For TPA's Passage HOWARD ICE, ICE Industries: "Good morning, my name is Howard Ice, I'm chairman and CEO of Ice Industries in Sylvania, Ohio. In 1999 when I was 32 I risked everything I had, went into debt and started Ice Industries with our first acquisition in Toledo, OH. We started with 21 employees and about two million dollars in sales. Today Ice Industries has five locations in the US and Mexico, we have nearly 50… Continue Reading

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