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    Tough Questions on Immigration Reform for Heritage's Derrick Morgan

    Until President Obama carries out his responsibility to enforce existing immigration laws, conservatives in the House have no reason to trust him with any changes, a top Heritage Foundation policy expert says in an on-camera interview with The Foundry about amnesty for illegal immigrants. “The Constitution invests him with the … More

    You Can't Trust Washington on Immigration

    President Obama can’t be trusted to enforce U.S. laws—and that makes many lawmakers hesitant to pass new immigration laws. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said yesterday that this was proving to be a roadblock: Listen, there’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And … More

    The New Medicare SGR Bill: Time for Close Scrutiny and Fiscal Responsibility

    House and Senate negotiators have just come to an agreement on a policy framework to repeal the unworkable Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which annually updates Medicare payment for doctors, and replace it with a new payment program. According to a joint press release issued today by the Senate … More

    Labrador: Obama's Not A 'Smidgen of Corruption' At IRS Claim 'Lie of This Year'

    Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) said yesterday at a Heritage’s Conversations with Conservatives, “I find it fascinating that this administration says that there is not a smidgen of corruption, which I think will be the lie of this year.” President Obama recently said to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in a … More

    Toomey Urges Rejection of Obama Justice Nominee Over Links to Cop Killer

    Update:  The Judiciary Committee, in a 10-8 party-line vote,  approved Debo Adegbile as head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division – a pick protested by the National Fraternal Order of Police as “a thumb in the eye” of law enforcement officers. The nomination next goes to the Senate floor. Senator Pat … More

    Bam! We're Already Hitting the Debt Ceiling Again

    It’s timely that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) put out new numbers on America’s financial situation this week. By the end of the week, we’ll be hitting the debt ceiling again. The CBO’s report, which dropped the bombshell that Obamacare is projected to push 2.3 million people out of the … More

    Obama Justice Department Nominee Under Scrutiny for Ties to Cop Killer

    Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. senator today joined the Democratic district attorney of Philadelphia in opposing President Obama’s nomination of a lawyer who defended a notorious cop killer to become the Justice Department’s top civil rights official. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on Obama’s pick of Debo Adegbile, the … More

    Pension Smoothing on UI Bill Is an Accounting Trick That Could Lead to Taxpayer Bailout

    The Senate is trying to use an accounting trick to claim deficit-reduction from a bill to extend federal long-term unemployment benefits. Far from that, the proposal to “smooth” pension contributions would merely shift tax revenue from the future into the present while destabilizing pensions even further and increasing the risks … More

    Replacing the Medicare SGR: Why Congress Should Expand Options for Doctors and Patients

    Currently three major congressional committees are working feverishly to finalize language to repeal and replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Whether they will succeed in protecting the practice of medicine from intrusive government interference remains to be seen. The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 created the SGR physician … More

    Where's the Bad News on the Deficit? Here It Is.

    The Washington press corps was all atwitter yesterday with the news that the budget deficit is shrinking and the red ink will hit a seven-year low of $514 billion this year and $478 billion next year. Wait. This is progress? Half-trillion-dollar deficits would have been unthinkable a decade ago; now … More