House Members Can Include 'Merry Christmas' in Franked Mail
The “Franking Commission” will no longer use its proverbial red pen to strike festive sentiments from House members’ communications.
Reversing a policy that prohibited “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” from appearing in taxpayer-paid mail, the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards announced Wednesday a change in course this holiday season. (Roll Call)
Curb Fraud & Abuse & Save Government From Wasting Billions In Taxpayer Money
Recent Washington Post Article Exposed Billions Of Dollars In Taxpayer Money Wastefully Made To Deceased Individuals; Bipartisan Bustos Bill Would Help Give Agencies Tools They Need To Curb This Unacceptable Practice & Cut Down On Fraud & Abuse. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) led a bipartisan, common sense effort to curb improper payments to deceased individuals and potentially save the government from wastefully spending billions of dollars in taxpayer money...
On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began to waive fees for 7(a) business loans of $150,000 or less. After conducting a review of the 7(a) loan program, the SBA determined that this will help small businesses grow and contribute to our economy. According to the SBA, small businesses will save more than $2,500 in fees. For more information, please contact Edward Knox, SBA Lead Lender Relations Specialist, at 410-962-6195, extension 309 or Edward.Knox@sba.gov. -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Rep. Richard Nugent (FL): The IRS put out an official warning on Thursday highlighting a complicated phone scam that is currently targeting people all over the country.
In short, somebody claiming to be from the IRS calls your home insisting that you owe the IRS money. If you don’t pay promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer, you’re going to jail and all kinds of other terrible things.
This is a scam...
Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) filed two amendments to S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Both amendments would speed up the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims process and ensure that veterans receive the benefits they earned and deserve in a timely manner...
SENATE GOP BLOCKS VOTE ON MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT MEASURES.
Senate action on the National Defense Authorization Act stalled Wednesday as Republicans sought assurances that the chamber would vote on amendments other than those offered by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
Medicare, one of the federal government’s largest programs, provides health care benefits primarily to elderly people. The usual age of eligibility for those benefits is 65, although certain people qualify for the program earlier. (Medicare is available to people under age 65 who have been eligible for Social Security disability benefits for at least 24 months or who have end-stage renal disease.) Outlays for Medicare are projected to increase rapidly in coming decades because of the retirement of the baby-boom generation and because growth in per capita spending for health care is expected to continue to exceed growth in per capita gross domestic product over the long term. Moreover, increases in life expectancy mean that the average length of time that people are covered by Medicare has risen significantly since the program began in 1965. That trend, which increases the program’s costs, will almost certainly continue.
Eliminate Social Security Payroll Cap The Social Security Board of Trustees predicts a nearly $3 trillion trust fund built up over decades will vanish within 20 years. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) sponsored legislation that would gradually remove the cap that currently makes only the first $113,700 in wages subject to Social Security taxes.
Do you think the Social Security payroll cap should be removed?