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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


100 Days: ‘Signs Of Progress’

'Senators Making Significant Headway On Sticky Issues,' 'Promise On A Number Of Policy Fronts' 'One Of The More Productive Legislative Periods In Recent Years,' A 'Rash Of Bipartisanship' "The first 100 days of the 114th Congress offered signs of progress. … Republicans say the party is knocking the dust off its governing playbook for what could be one of the more productive legislative periods in recent years." ("100 Days Of Congress: Stumbles But Signs Of Progress," USA Today, … Continue Reading


‘How In The World They Could Possibly Object’

Trafficking Bill Now Includes The Same Hyde Amendment Dems Voted For Unanimously "On Tuesday, Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, proposed to remove the abortion language and replace it with the abortion restrictions in the House Medicare bill that Pelosi helped broker, the longstanding Hyde Amendment that restricts taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions." ("A Busy and Bipartisan Tuesday," Roll Call, 4/14/15) "'We will use the same Hyde Amendment language that was negotiate… Continue Reading


Obamacare Tax Day Nightmare: ‘I Owe Thousands’

Today Courtesy Of Obamacare Many Americans 'In Shock,' Confronting 'A Nasty Surprise' Obamacare: A Tax Shock For Millions, Hundreds Of Thousands Receive 'Incorrect Data' "Half of the households that received federal subsidies to help pay for their health insurance in 2014 will have to repay some money back to the government when they file their tax returns" ("Nasty Tax Surprise For Obamacare Customers," CNBC, 3/24/15) "The average repayment owed by those people will be $794, the Kais… Continue Reading


Dems On Tax Day: The World Is Not Enough

A Review Of Recent Dem Demands For Even More Of Your Hard Earned Money SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "We, the Democrats, have a reputation of, well, tax and spend, tax and spend." (Sen. Schumer, Congressional Record, S.12121, 09/26/07) Obama's Budget Demanded $1.8 Trillion In 'Sweeping Tax Increases' "As he prepares to deliver his budget on Monday, President Barack Obama is lurching to the left." ("Obama Veers Left," Politico, 1/30/15) "Obama Veers Left … It's a progressive's dre… Continue Reading


Trade: ‘The Country Needs It’

Trade Benefits 'Millions of Middle Class Americans' And Does 'Incredible Things' For American Small Businesses ARIZONA REPUBLIC: "It is insufficient to say that President Obama needs this pending trade deal. The country needs it. The nation's economy… desperately needs the sort of adrenaline rush that an invigorated trade deal would provide." (Editorial, "Hey, Arizona Dems, Can You Help Obama Out?," Arizona Republic, 2/21/15) "So do the millions of middle-class Americans who will be… Continue Reading


‘Following … The Law And Governing’

Republicans Pass 'Boldly Conservative and Balanced Budgets' 'Scoring A Win For The New GOP' Politico: "Senate Republicans corralled enough votes from fiscal conservatives and defense hawks to pass their budget on Friday, scoring a win for the new GOP." ("Senate Passes Budget As Negotiations With House Loom Ahead," Politico, 3/27/15) Huffington Post: "final passage of the budget gave a boost to Republicans looking to successfully unite behind the first spending plan of their new Senate maj… Continue Reading


The Constitution Isn’t Kindling

Will Democrats Continue To Aid Obama's War On Coal Families? Today, Dems Have An Opportunity To Help Rein In The EPA's 'Constitutionally Reckless' War On Coal Families McConnell / Paul Amendment 'prohibition on withholding highway funds from States that refuse to submit State Implementation Plans' to the EPA: "To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to the regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency of greenhouse gas emissions, which may include a prohibition on withholdi… Continue Reading


Budget Puts Obamacare In The Crosshairs

'Best Chance Yet' To Repeal 'Terrible Piece Of Legislation' Senate Budget 'Essential' Step To 'Wipe Out' Obamacare SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): "It's a budget that would allow us to repeal and replace a program that hurts the middle class: Obamacare." ("GOP Aims To Sink Obamacare With Reconciliation," Politico, 3/18/15) "Senate Republicans want to use a powerful budget maneuver known as reconciliation to go after President Barack Obama's health care law" ("GOP Aims To Sink Obamacare W… Continue Reading


Obama Budget ‘Lurching To The Left’

Will Democrats Support Obama's 'Untethered,' 'Almost Fictional Document'? Obama Budget 'Lurching To The Left' In 'Strange, Almost Fictional Document' "…the president's annual budget is a strange, almost fictional document." ("Obama's Wish-List Gambit," Los Angeles Times, 2/4/15) "As he prepares to deliver his budget on Monday, President Barack Obama is lurching to the left." ("Obama Veers Left," Politico, 1/30/15) "Budget 2016: Obama moves left…" ("Budget 2016: Obama Moves … Continue Reading


The Budget: A Return To Regular Order

Dems 'Defiantly Refused' To Pass A Budget Four Out Of The Past Five Years SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This budget is another example of the new Senate getting back to work for the American people. ... This balanced budget is all about growing an economy that can work better for the Middle Class of today, and leaving a more prosperous future to the Middle Class of tomorrow." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 3/23/15) 2010 - 'Budget Woes? Just Don't Pass One, Democrats Say' "…Democr… Continue Reading


Editorials: ‘Democrats, Swallow Your Pride’

'Apparently, The Issue Of Funding Abortions Has Higher Priority Among Some Congressional Democrats Than The Horrible Epidemic Of Children Being Trafficked' 'Democrats Should Stop Blocking The Human Trafficking Bill In A Fight They Lost Decades Ago' CHICAGO TRIBUNE: "Democrats, swallow your pride. Vote to move forward with the human trafficking bill. … And Democrats can resolve never again to vote for a bill they haven't read." (Editorial, Chicago Tribune, 3/17/15) TRIBUNE: "The Hy… Continue Reading


Trade Means American Jobs

'International Trade Is Fundamentally Good For The U.S. Economy, Beneficial To American Families' 2014: 11.7 Million Jobs Supported By $2.4 Trillion In Exports COMMERCE DEPARTMENT: "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) "…a record year when it came to exp… Continue Reading


Four Myths Democrats Know To Be False

Reid The Bill MYTH 1: Hyde Amendment Language Was Sneaked In SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-WA): "The provision the Republicans are hoping to sneak in…" (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.1404, 3/11/15) MURRAY: "The Republicans are trying to pull a fast one here on the human trafficking bill…" ("Human Trafficking Bill Hits A Snag In The Senate," The New York Times, 3/10/15) REALITY: 'Democratic Staff Members Apparently Did Not Read The Bill' The Cornyn bill was introduced Janu… Continue Reading


Dems ‘Choosing A Phantom Problem Over Real Victims’

Democrats Threatening 'To Torpedo Bipartisan Legislation Combating Human Sex Trafficking' ELEANOR GAETAN, The Coalition Against Trafficking In Women: "Senate Democrats are choosing a phantom problem over real victims." (Dallas Morning News, 3/12/15) GAETAN: "Speechless that superb U.S. anti-trafficking bill #JVTA is hostage… Offer an amendment & take a vote Dems, don't block!" (Twitter, @EkGaetan, 3/11/15) Bipartisan Cornyn / Klobuchar Bill 'Represents An Effort To … … Continue Reading



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND (D-NY): "We should pass Senator Cornyn's Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which would support programs for survivors of human trafficking and child pornography…" (Sen. Gillibrand, Congressional Record, S.1270, 3/4/15) SEN. HEIDI HEITKAMP (D-ND): "I also call on the majority leader to act by urging him to also bring S. 166, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, and S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, to the floor fo… Continue Reading


McConnell: ‘Victims Are Counting On Us To Act’

Cornyn & Klobuchar: 'We Must Join Together And Take Action' To End Trafficking CORNYN & KLOBUCHAR: 'Young People Are Being Robbed Of Their Innocence,' 'Fight This Modern-Day Slave Trade' SENS. JOHN CORNYN (R-TX) & AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MN): "Instead of treating people like these young girls as the victims they are, they are often thrown into the criminal justice system, labeled prostitutes and left with few options but to return to a nightmare that shockingly still exists in the Uni… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Skepticism Of Obama’s Iran Policy

Diplomats Concerned About A Nuclear Arms Race In The Mideast 'Skepticism' & 'Concern' Expressed Over Obama Administration Negotiations 10 DEMOCRAT SENATORS: "We remain deeply skeptical that Iran is committed to making the concessions required to demonstrate to the world that its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful by March 24 - the deadline agreed upon for a political framework agreement. Considering Iran's history in nuclear negotiations and after two extensions of the Joint Plan … Continue Reading


Obama’s Keystone Choice: Workers Or The 1%

Unions 'Urge The President To Sign This Bill,' Ignore 'Deep Pocketed Billionaire' Unions: 'Washington Should Put Job Creation And The Livelihoods Of Working Men And Women Ahead Of … Deep Pocketed Billionaire Funders' TEAMSTERS: 'I urge the president to sign this bill,' 'construction of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline will jump-start local economies by creating good-paying jobs.' "With the passage of the Keystone Pipeline Act by the House of Representatives today, Teamsters General Pre… Continue Reading

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