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Moving Closer to Net Neutrality
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Advocates Press to Add Children's Health Funding to 'Doc Fix'
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Minimum Wage Raised for 1.3 Million
The Senate passed (68-31) a "clean" bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for the balance of the fiscal year as the Democrats requested. But then in a move many feel was hypocritical, they blocked S. 534, the Immigration Rule of Law Act.
"SNAP has grown from a relatively small pilot program to the second largest federal welfare program, quadrupling in spending since 2001," Chairman Conaway said. "Everyone from recipients to taxpayers deserves an efficient program with a clearly defined mission. -- Rep. Mike Conaway (TX)
Every American benefits from a quality education. Whether they are from rural counties or urban cities, every person, including those in poverty and those with disabilities, should have access to a quality education.
It is not only essential for their personal growth and success but an enlightened citizenry creates a solid foundation for the country. Thomas Jefferson said, "An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight." With this in mind, the education of our children is a national priority of the highest importance. Without them, America's foundation is weak and therefore our country is weak.... Rep. Yoho (FL)
In two weeks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) runs out of funding. A month ago, the U.S. House passed legislation (H.R. 240) to fund DHS for the remainder of the fiscal year, yet Democrats refuse even to allow this bill to come up for debate in the Senate. Their reasons clearly have nothing to do with protecting our homeland, since H.R. 240 funds Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, cybersecurity efforts, the Secret Service and all other agencies that lead the DHS mission to secure our nation from threats. -- Rep. Perry (PA)
The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a threat to the people and stability of Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East, and to U.S. national security. It threatens American personnel and facilities located in the region and is responsible for the deaths of U.S. citizens James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller. If left unchecked, ISIL will pose a threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States homeland... President Obama
PAUL-MCCONNELL MEASURE WILL PROTECT INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OF WORKERS
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announced his support and co-sponsorship of the "National Right to Work Act," a pro-worker, reform-minded piece of legislation offered by Senator Rand Paul (KY) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY). The measure would repeal discriminatory clauses in federal law that currently allow, as a condition of employment, workers to be forced to join a union or be forced to pay union dues...
As we reach the one-month mark of the 114th Congress, I wanted to write you about my priorities moving forward and how I intend to build on the work I have done over the past years... Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Early last month I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with a Congressional delegation of Senators and Congressmen. It was the first such trip since President Obama announced a change in policy toward the island nation and I’m happy to report we had a very productive experience.... Senator Durbin (IL)
“Immigration reform” may be the single most abused phrase in the English language. It has become a legislative honorific almost exclusively reserved for proposals which benefit everyone but actual American citizens... Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL)
TAX REFORM What word would you use to describe our tax code? Confusing, unfair, outdated, broken? With the recent trend of last second tax extenders, you can add unpredictable to the list. It appears that we will be hearing much more about tax reform over the next several months as almost no one is disputing the need to revise the tax code, including lawmakers on Capitol Hill and President Obama.
Would you rather see Congress pass a broad overhaul tax reform measure or a permanent extension of the expired tax breaks?