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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


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


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


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


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


Businesses Nationwide: ‘We Must Pass TPA Now’

Small Businessman: 'It Is Critical That Congress Pass TPA To Help U.S. Exports Flourish In Markets Abroad' 'There Is Really Only One Option For America: Lead. … Congress Must Pass TPA' HOWARD ICE, Ice Industries: "We live in a globalized world, and the U.S. can either take the lead or stand on the sidelines as the trade agenda for the 21st century is set. As an Army Veteran, and a business owner, there is really only one option for America: lead. In order to lead however, Congress mu… Continue Reading


American Manufacturers Need TPA

'Trade Promotion Authority Is Essential' 12.3 Million U.S. Workers Need 'Better Access To The 95 Percent Of The World's Consumers Who Live Outside The United States' National Association Of Manufacturers: "Trade agreements give the more than 256,000 manufacturers in the United States and their more than 12.3 million employees better access to the 95 percent of the world's consumers who live outside the United States. At $11.8 trillion, world trade in manufactured goods is nearly three ti… Continue Reading


American Agriculture Needs TPA

'Expanding International Trade Is Vital To The Success Of America's Farmers And Ranchers' U.S. Agriculture: More Than $150 Billion In Exports, Supporting 1 Million Jobs U.S. Farm Bureau: "The world's leader in agricultural exports, the United States has much to gain through congressional approval of TPA." ("Farm Bureau Supports Trade Promotion Authority Bills," 4/16/15) 1 MILLION JOBS: "Agricultural exports support over one million U.S. jobs, both on and off the farm." ("The Importance … Continue Reading


Trade: ‘Promise Of A Great Global Renaissance’ At Stake

'Make No Mistake, We No Longer Live In An Era When The U.S. Can Afford Economic Isolation' 'Promoting Fear Of Trade Over Freer Trade… Will Make All Of Us Much Poorer,' 'Claiming Otherwise Is Poppycock' WALL STREET JOURNAL: "The problem now is that failing to pass trade-promotion authority would be far more than a defeat for Mr. Obama. It would do great harm to U.S. national interests and the world economy. The Pacific deal is the best opportunity in decades to liberalize trade. A cou… Continue Reading


25 Former Cabinet Secretaries: Enact TPA

'We Write To Express Our Strongest Possible Support For The Enactment Of Trade Promotion Authority Legislation' FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARIES: 'Compelling Strategic Rationale' For Trade SEVEN FORMER SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE: "We write to express our strongest possible support for the enactment of Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which is critical to the successful conclusion of two vital trade agreements: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partn… Continue Reading


Trade: ‘Its Strategic Value Is Awesome’

Twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership Nations 'Not Only An Enormously Lucrative Trading Bloc But A Vital Geostrategic Counterweight To China' SEC DEF ASH CARTER: 'We Need Congress To Pass Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority,' 'Time's Running Out' ASH CARTER, Secretary of Defense: 'We need Congress to pass bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority … [to] ensure America gets the best deal in a historic, new trade agreement with eleven other Asia-Pacific countries, which is called the Trans-P… Continue Reading


Budget ‘A Feat Of Considerable Importance’

'A Budget Deal That Aims To Torpedo Obamacare While Balancing The Federal Books Within 10 Years' 'Last Time Congress Passed A Balanced Budget Was The Year Apple Released The iPod' "…a budget deal that aims to torpedo ObamaCare while balancing the federal books within 10 years. The deal would approve more than $5 trillion in spending cuts over a decade, and seeks to use the budget procedure known as reconciliation to send a repeal of the healthcare law to President Obama's desk. The b… Continue Reading


The Obamacare Surge

'ER Patient Visits Surge,' & Obamacare Exchanges Face 'Surging Costs' 'ER Patient Visits Surge,' 'In A Lot Of Cases Because Of' Obamacare' "Three-quarters of emergency physicians say they've seen ER patient visits surge since Obamacare took effect - just the opposite of what many Americans expected would happen." ("Contrary To Goals, ER Visits Rise Under Obamacare," USA Today, 5/4/15) "A survey of 2,098 emergency-room doctors conducted in March showed about three-quarters said visit… Continue Reading


Obamacare Tax Shock: ‘Far Worse Than Predicted’

5.5 Million Americans Owed the IRS Money Because of Obamacare, Up Significantly From An Expected 3.4 Million Obamacare: A Tax Shock For Millions, More Confusion Expected Next Year "So roughly 5.5 million ObamaCare enrollees had to return, on average, almost a quarter of their premium subsidies. Given that these subsidies are available only to families with modest incomes, that's got to hurt." ("ObamaCare's Tax Shock Is Far Worse Than Predicted," Investor's Business Daily, 4/28/15) "Most fi… Continue Reading


U.S. Exports To The Pacific: ‘Enormous Potential’

Opportunity To Grow Current Trillion Dollar Export Market Beckons, 'Dramatically' Higher Exports Projected The Trans Pacific Partnership: 'Enormous Potential For … American Workers' "In recent years, countries across the Asia-Pacific have struck more than 200 trade deals, while American workers and businesses have largely missed out." ("United States Of Trade," Dept. Of Commerce, 2015) TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP "The United States is negotiating the TPP with 11 other like-minded coun… Continue Reading


On Iran ‘We Need Robust Debate’

Dem Leadership: Robust Floor Debate 'Is Part Of The History Of The Senate, It's One Of The Strengths Of The Senate' Sen. Reid: 'There Should Be Amendments Offered' SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): 'There should be amendments offered… We need robust debate' "I look forward to returning to the debate on the situation dealing with Iran. … We are going to move to this bill as soon as we can. I hope we can do it sooner rather than later. The debate on these amendments that the Republican … Continue Reading


American Exports: ‘Enormous Potential’

'With 95 Percent Of The World's Customers Living Outside Of U.S. Borders, There Is Enormous Potential For Our Businesses' Key Export Facts $2.4 TRILLION: "U.S. exports of goods and services tallied a record $2.35 trillion in 2014. That was the fifth consecutive year we achieved record exports." (Dept. Of Commerce, "Increased Exports And The Jobs Supported By Exports Are Keys To Heightened Economic Confidence," 3/11/15) $765 BILLION IN GOODS: 'Nearly half of all U.S. exports' went to our 20… Continue Reading


Conservatives: ‘Trade Is Good For America’

Reagan: 'The Freer The Flow Of World Trade, The Stronger The Tides For Human Progress' REAGAN: 'Free And Open Markets … Produce More Jobs' PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: "I, like you, recognize the inescapable conclusion that all of history has taught: The freer the flow of world trade, the stronger the tides for human progress and peace among nations. I certainly don't have to explain the benefits of free and open markets to you. They produce more jobs, a more productive use of our nation… Continue Reading


Editorials: ‘It's An Economics 101 Lesson… Trade Is Good’

'The American People Understand That They Have More To Gain Than To Fear From A More Open Global Economy' 'No Item Is More Important Than The Passage Of… Trade Promotion Authority,' 'It Should Pass' BALTIMORE SUN: "It's an Economics 101 lesson that bears repeating: Trade is good. The United States is the world's largest trading nation, supporting more than 11 million jobs." (Editorial, "Give Obama 'Fast Track' Authority," Baltimore Sun, 4/17/15) "The less trade is encumbered, the … Continue Reading


‘TPA Reaffirms Congress’s Overall Constitutional Role’ On Trade

New Trade Promotion Authority Bill 'Expands On Administration Transparency And Consultation Obligations' 'The Congress Shall Have Power … To Regulate Commerce With Foreign Nations' U.S. CONSTITUTION: "The Congress shall have Power … To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations…" (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Sec. 8) CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE: "…the Constitution gives the U.S. Congress sole authority over the regulation of foreign commerce. For 150 years, Congres… Continue Reading

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