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    Mounting Military Readiness Concerns

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a recent speech, “As we look out across the strategic landscape, the United States military will remain an essential tool of American power and foreign policy, but one that must be used wisely, precisely, and judiciously.” However, since President Obama’s election in 2008, his … More

    A Case for Separating the Farm Bill: Passing Trillion-Dollar Bills Should Be a Fuss

    As of last week, President Obama’s number one economic priority is a new farm bill. He recently stated: Number one, Congress needs to pass a farm bill that helps rural communities grow and protects vulnerable Americans. For decades, Congress found a way to compromise and pass farm bills without fuss. … More

    Tax Increases Really Hurt Growth and Jobs

    Some lawmakers, led by Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D–WA), are seeking to raise taxes in the budget conference to replace the modest spending reductions referred to as sequestration. They say that spending cuts hurt growth and jobs. If they are truly concerned about the economy and Americans’ opportunities, … More

    Congress and Obamacare: A Big Double Standard

    Are lawmakers and  their personal staffs “exempt” from Obamacare, as some conservative critics are saying? Well, not exactly. Members of Congress and their staffs  must be enrolled in the Obamacare exchange plans effective January 1, 2014.   Under Section 1312 (D) of the Affordable Care Act,   they can no longer get … More

    Cloakroom: November 18 – November 22

    House Analysis: This week, the House may consider a series of energy bills. As part of a broader effort to keep gas prices down in America, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act aims to expedite the federal review process for natural gas pipeline permit applications, modernizing the review process … More

    Don’t Look to the Feds for Preschool

    You’d think that the Obamacare rollout debacle would give one pause before asking the federal government to start running another mega-program. Yet Senator Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) and Representatives George Miller (D., Calif.) and Richard Hanna (R., N.Y.) are doing just that today. Accompanied by Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner, they … More

    A Farm Bill in Name Only

    To paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote, suppose you passed a farm bill. And suppose you passed a food-stamp bill. But I repeat myself. Hard as it may be to believe, 80 percent of the farm bill being hammered out by the Senate and the House of Representatives is made … More

    Fictitious Obamacare “Fixes”

    As millions of people are learning that Obamacare is resulting in their insurance policies being canceled, the President’s “answer” and the legislative solutions being voted on by Congress are to issue a possible and limited one-year delay of the benefit mandates. Somehow, it is supposed to be reassuring to people … More

    Changing the Transportation Status Quo: Empowering the States

    Senator Mike Lee (R–UT) and Representative Tom Graves (R–GA) have introduced twin bills (S. 1702 and H.R. 3486) called the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), which would phase out the federal gas tax that motorists pay at the pump and empower the states to manage their surface transportation. Congestion in the … More

    Obama Debunks Claim of Republican Obstruction on Judicial Nominations

    President Obama recently highlighted his success with judicial nominations, saying: We are remaking the courts…[and] when it comes to the district court, [we are] matching the pace of previous Presidents. When it comes to the appellate court, we’re just a little bit behind. This statement stands in stark contrast to … More