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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Family Fact of the Week: How Welfare Reform Helped Families

    Welfare Caseloads have declined since the 1996 welfare reform

    The best anti-poverty program is a job. That was the mantra of the 1996 welfare reform, which changed the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, for the first time requiring able-bodied welfare recipients to work or prepare for work in … More

    Side Effects: Unlawful Use of $8.3 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars?

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    Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius raising questions over her legal authority to spend $8.3 billion on a quality bonus payment demonstration for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The demo was the most expensive project ever undertaken … More

    Obama Proposes Federal Paychecks for Local Teachers

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    This week, President Obama proposed a new $1 billion federal program that would establish a “Master Teacher Corps” in 100 locations across the country. This is not the first time the Administration has proposed subsidizing teacher salaries, but it is the first proposal that would give federal-issued paychecks directly to … More

    Morning Bell: Let's Be Honest About Outsourcing

    Both candidates in the presidential race have been accusing the other of “outsourcing.” It’s one of those words that is loaded with negative meaning, implying that the perpetrator is un-American. But does America have an outsourcing problem? What is popularly referred to as “outsourcing” is the practice of offshoring business … More

    VIDEO: House Conservatives Answer Your Questions

    House conservatives gather this morning to take your questions about taxes, sequestration and a range of other issues facing Congress in the coming weeks and months. It’s your opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill. Submit a question in the comments below. Conversations with Conservatives runs from 11:30 a.m. to … More

    Catholic Charities of Chicago Joins Lawsuit Challenging HHS Mandate

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    Lawrence Baker, a Vietnam veteran, thought he was going to die as a drug addict.  As an on-and-off user for the past 50 years, Baker had been incarcerated several times. It was only until his latest arrest in 2006 at Cook County Jail in the Chicago suburbs that he decided … More

    Solar Company Leaders Blame China, Not Loan Process, for Bankruptcy

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    Chinese government subsidies—as much as $35 billion—were responsible for the downfall of Abound Solar, not a flawed federal government loan-approval process, according to testimony delivered before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today. Executives from the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer pointed to predatory pricing by Chinese solar companies underwritten … More

    Just What We Need: A Bureaucracy for Professional Boxing

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    A recent poll of American voters found that their top concern is the fair and accurate ranking of professional boxers. Not really, of course, but a new bill in the House and the Senate addresses this apparently egregious problem. The Professional Boxing Amendments Act of 2012, introduced in the Senate … More

    Evangelical Wheaton College Joins HHS Mandate Lawsuit

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    Wheaton College, a leading evangelical postsecondary educational institution, has joined the chorus of organizations suing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over its mandate requiring nearly all insurance plans to cover abortion drugs and contraception. “Wheaton College and other distinctively Christian institutions are faced with a clear and … More

    Stimulus-Backed Solar Facility Touted By Harry Reid Shuts Down

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    A federally-funded solar production facility in Nevada has ceased operations, according to a former employee at the facility. The closure could prove troublesome for the company’s political allies. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the North Las Vegas production facility for solar panel manufacturer Amonix has not operated since May. … More