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    Reid's Unconstitutional Gambit on Small Business Taxes

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is trying to use the Senate to message on tax issues. The problem is that this political ploy is unconstitutional. It is important to note that any big tax idea—whether it be comprehensive tax reform, the President’s idea to extend only certain aspects of … More

    Senate Flood Insurance Compromise Will Reduce Taxpayer Cost of Disasters

    Further scrambling to pay for transportation projects and the subsidized student loan interest rate freeze, Congress is now debating to add a five-year flood insurance extension to the burgeoning bill. Revenue gained from higher premiums to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) should begin to repay the $17.5 billion the … More

    Senate GOP Will Use Reconciliation in Attempt to Repeal Obamacare

    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare’s health insurance mandate is in fact a tax levied on those who do not purchase insurance, Senate Republicans will look to repeal the full law through the budget reconciliation process. Reconciliation was used to push Obamacare through the Senate in 2009. … More

    Questions the Senate Should Ask NRC Nominee Allison Macfarlane

    The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing tomorrow on the nomination of Allison Macfarlane and the re-nomination of Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Though questioning of both nominees is important, Svinicki has already gone through one confirmation hearing and numerous other oversight … More

    Online Chat on the Broken Congress

    Congress is broken. There are rules that have been abused by the leadership in the Senate that make it difficult for all members to participate.  It is unfair and needs to be fixed.  Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” online chat. We are joined … More

    Reid Is Bouncing an Important Check

    It seems odd to note this in an election year, but it’s important nonetheless: The Founding Fathers feared unbridled, direct democracy. The Senate is supposed to slow down the legislative process by allowing vigorous debate. But Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is weakening its purpose by blocking other Senators from … More

    Morning Bell: A Glimmer of Hope for the American Dream

    Yesterday in the Senate, America bore witness to the glaringly obvious division in Washington, as stark as the contrast between high noon in the desert and midnight in the mountains. On the one hand is Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) failure to pass a budget over the past three years. … More

    Morning Bell: What's the Senate Thinking?

    April 29 marks the third year in which the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget — a staggering dereliction of duty, particularly given the country’s near-$16 trillion debt. But that’s not the Senate’s only blockbuster failure under the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). From spending to jobs … More

    Chairman Conrad's Embarrassing Quasi-Budget

    The Senate Budget Committee stretched a few definitions in announcing yesterday’s “Mark-Up of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.” Turns out it’s not really a budget resolution, per se, and there will be no formal committee action on it—no amendments, no vote, no real committee-adopted fiscal … More

    Morning Bell: Did You See the Senate's Gas Price Sideshow?

    In case you missed it, there was quite a performance in the U.S. Senate yesterday. Liberals put on an election-year show, with the personal encouragement of President Barack Obama, in which they attempted to impose higher taxes on the oil industry as punishment for their profits while gas prices are … More