Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $48,722
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 55%!! Thank you all very much for your continuing support!

Keyword: congress

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Looking for Cash, Congress Finds Some ($20 billion) in a Corporate Pension Rule Tweak

    07/01/2012 4:47:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/28/12 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    Looking for Cash, Congress Finds Some in a Corporate Pension Rule TweakBy MARY WILLIAMS WALSH Published: June 28, 2012 Lawmakers looking for money to finance low-cost student loans and fix aging highways have found about $20 billion in an unlikely place: company pension funds. Pension funds are not exactly brimming over with extra money. In 2006, Congress was concerned enough about bolstering them to pass legislation closing loopholes and making companies set money aside more quickly. But the highway bill that Congress is rushing to complete by Friday contains a measure that would let companies slow their pension contributions again....
  • A Californian Sees the Writing on the Wall

    07/01/2012 2:14:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 1, 2012 | John McLaughlin interviews Rep Tom McClintock, CA
    .........AT: In the last number of years, the House votes out specific legislation, it goes over to the Senate, and Harry Reid sits on it..... TM: The continuing resolutions ought to abide by the process I've just outlined. Unfortunately, instead, the continuing resolutions which originate in the House are pre-negotiated with Harry Reid. So, the House is then bound by the diktats of Harry Reid, who is not even a member of the House -- and that's what I object to. I've said, once each house has acted independently, as the Constitution envisions, and we have a conference process that...
  • Wealthy Conservatives Working to Unseat Obama, Take Back Senate

    06/30/2012 11:32:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | June 29, 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson announced his intention on Friday to give $10 million to political action committees controlled by Charles and David Koch who in turn are themselves giving substantial sums to unseat President Obama and turn control of the Senate back to the Republican Party. Adelson's intentions are to give upwards of $100 million in support of conservative causes. He explained: What scares me is the continuation of the socialist-style economy we've been experiencing for almost four years. That scares me because the redistribution of wealth is the path to more socialism, and to more of the...
  • Justice Department won’t prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt

    06/30/2012 7:29:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jun 29, 2012
    Justice Department won’t prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt ASSOCIATED PRESS Last Modified: Jun 29, 2012 08:50PM WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won’t be prosecuted for contempt of Congress. The House voted Thursday afternoon to find Holder in criminal and civil contempt for refusing to turn over the documents. President Barack Obama invoked his executive privilege authority and ordered Holder not to turn over materials about executive branch deliberations and internal recommendations. In...
  • Repealing Obamacare: Why Mitt Romney and the Republicans Will Come Up Short (From the Left)

    06/29/2012 8:28:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michael Luciano
    Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans from Mitt Romney to Speaker John Boehner have pledged to repeal the ACA, which is set for full implementation by 2015. Until the decision was announced, it seemed almost unthinkable that the Supreme Court and its constructionist majority would deem a law giving Congress the power to mandate commerce a valid exercise of its constitutional powers. Four justices felt that the individual mandate, which requires every American to purchase health insurance or pay a fine, fell within the ability of Congress to regulate interstate commerce....

    06/29/2012 9:11:30 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 15 replies
    Graewoulf | june 28, 2012 | Grewoulf
    Esteemed Chief Justice John Roberts yesterday opened a new watering hole in the District of Corruption. This was a surprise move, according to close personal friends Eric Holder and Barack Obama. Un-named sources close to Roberts say that the original name had to be changed from Traitor John's Bar and Grill to Traitor John's Bar and Supreme Tax Court due an unexpected shortage of Federalist Steaks, Robert's personal favorite meal. Yesterday, the Government declared Federalists to be an Endangered Species, and thus effectively converted the Grill into the Supreme Tax Court that should last for at least two generations of...
  • A Statesman in Congress

    06/29/2012 8:31:53 AM PDT · by An American! · 5 replies
    Letters from an Ohio Farmer ^ | June 26, 2012 | Ohio Farmer
    June 26, 2012 A Statesman in Congress To the Members of the 112th Congress: This Friday marks the 160th anniversary of the death of Henry Clay (June 29, 1852). With only a few years excepted, Clay served in the House of Representatives and the Senate from 1803 until his death almost 50 years later. When he died, he was the most famous American of his day and received many, many eulogies. One of them came from a little-known, former one-term Congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who eulogized Clay as "my beau ideal of a statesman." In calling Clay a "statesman,"...
  • The Supreme Court Shrugged, And We're All Left Eating Broccoli-Yaron Brook

    06/29/2012 7:18:37 AM PDT · by appeal2 · 8 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 05/29/2012 | Kerry Lutz presents Yaron Brook came on today to discuss the ramifications of the upholding of Obamacare. The decision, while in and of itself a shocker, shows us that we now live under a government that knows no limits. If they want to mandate broccoli consumption, the Congress is free to do so. What other dastardly mandates will arise from this Obamanation? This is yet just another part of the systematic assault on personal liberty and freedom. The very idea of forcing people to engage in market place activities against their own will would have made the Founders fly into an...
  • Urologists Concerned About "key aspects" of Law

    06/29/2012 4:16:11 AM PDT · by saywhatagain · 15 replies
    Modern Medicine ^ | Jun 28, 2012
    "While we strongly advocate the provision of care for the millions of uninsured Americans who will benefit from the legislation, we are concerned that there are key aspects to this law that will, ultimately, hurt this nation’s ability to provide widespread care for its citizens," the statement said. "Since the PPACA was passed in 2010, organizations representing urologists nationwide have been working with lawmakers and regulators to demonstrate how certain provisions of the PPACA—including the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board [IPAB] and the value-based modifier—will negatively impact physicians’ ability to provide quality care to patients. Though we applaud...
  • Why Congress Doesn’t Work

    06/28/2012 9:22:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | June 25, 2012 | Leo Linbeck III
    Faced with a complex, hard-to-solve problem, there is a natural human tendency to solve a much simpler, easier one instead. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, dubs this cognitive process “substitution.” We know our political system is broken. The signs are everywhere: knee-jerk partisanship, massive debts and unfunded liabilities, widespread citizen dissatisfaction, trillion-dollar deficits, rampant public and private corruption, and a federal government that has less support than King George III at the time of the American Revolution. But fixing the system is a staggeringly complex undertaking. The causes of its dysfunction are deep and...
  • What Would President Romney Do? Romney’s promised to scrap Obamacare—and if he wins he can do it

    06/28/2012 8:44:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Slate ^ | June 28, 2012 | Matthew Yglesias
    The Supreme Court’s decision to let the core elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stand kicks the fate of the Obama administration’s signature initiative where it properly belongs—into the domain of politics—where a Romney administration would still have ample opportunity to dismantle the main elements of the law. One thing President Romney probably couldn’t do, however, would be the politically expedient step of simply repealing the legally controversial and politically unpopular fine levied on people who decline to purchase health insurance. Both Romney (who embraced a mandate as governor of Massachusetts) and Obama (who opportunistically opposed a...
  • Frum: Repeal Is a Fantasy

    06/28/2012 5:43:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 28, 2012 | David Frum, Canadian Über RINO
    The Republican Plan B is to repeal Obamacare on Day 1 of a Romney presidency. Good luck with that. First, today's Supreme Court decision will make it a lot harder to elect Mitt Romney. President Obama has just been handed a fearsome election weapon. 2012 is no longer exclusively a referendum on the president's economic management. 2012 is now also a referendum on Mitt Romney's healthcare plans. The president can now plausibly say that a vote for the Republicans is a vote to raise prescription drug costs on senior citizens and to empower insurance companies to deny coverage to children...
  • Eric Cantor Already Scheduled House Vote on ObamaCare's FULL REPEAL

    06/28/2012 10:59:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 28, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    First week after August recess... Obama and his congressional minions swore back in 2008/09 'you will not see your taxes increase one single dime'- and they never would have got this leviathan passed on the Hill had they been even slightly more honest about it. So consider this- some (like former AG Alberto Gonzales) even think Roberts/SCOTUS just handed the election to Romney- as the Court cannot be labelled as biased to the Right now -no way- and the truth has at long-last come out: ObamaCare is the largest tax increase in the history of the US -nay, the...

    06/28/2012 10:20:56 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 34 replies
    Graewoulf | June 28, 2012 | Graewoulf
    Now that Chief Justice John Roberts has destroyed the boundary between the Judiciary and the Legislative Branches of the US Federal Government by changing a legally approved fine into a tax with no vote from the Legislature, there is no limit to what laws the SCOTUS can now reinterpret to their benefit. The Backdoor conversion of a fine in Obama"care" into a tax by Justice Roberts requires that the people convert the other Rogue rulings of the SOCTUS into rulings consistent with the US Constitution. Obviously this cannot be done by lawyers, as lawyers do not obey rules, they just...
  • The Black Caucus Is Staging A Walkout During The Eric Holder Contempt Vote

    06/28/2012 5:26:52 AM PDT · by blam · 134 replies
    TBI ^ | 6-28-2012 | Grace Wyler
    The Black Caucus Is Staging A Walkout During The Eric Holder Contempt Vote Grace Wyler Jun. 27, 2012, 9:33 PM The Congressional Black Caucus is planning to stage a walkout during tomorrow's House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, according to a letter that is being circulated among Democratic members of Congress. “We adamantly oppose this partisan attack and refuse to participate in any vote that would tarnish the image of Congress or of an attorney general who has done nothing but work tirelessly to protect the rights of the...
  • Tax Hikes in Obamacare: How Will SCOTUS Rule?

    06/27/2012 12:15:34 PM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-27 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    On the eve of the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, taxpayers are reminded that the President’s healthcare law is one of the largest tax increases in American history. Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses. On Thursday, Americans for Tax Reform will do a full analysis of the tax implications of the Court’s decision. Arranged by their respective effective dates, below is the total list of all $500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare, where to find them in the bill, and how much your taxes are scheduled to...
  • Anti-Israel Candidate Demands Recount after Huge Loss

    06/27/2012 4:54:32 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/6/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    New York City councilman Charles Barron, who has called Israel a “terrorist state,” was clobbered in his bid for a Congressional seat but blamed the media and demanded a recount. Barron lost out to state Assemblyman Hakeen Jeffries in the race to succeed retiring 24-year incumbent Congressman Edolphus Towns. The redrawn district is highly Democratic and Jeffries can expect to coast to a victory in the November elections against the Republican party nominee. Jeffries won the primaries Tuesday night by a whopping 72-28 percent margin. Democratic party leaders went all out to prevent an upset victory by Barron, which would...
  • Jon Kyl warns Obama: ‘Impeachment is always a possibility’

    06/26/2012 8:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Capitol Column ^ | June 26, 2012
    Arizona Senator Jon Kyl stated his belief that “impeachment is always a possibility” regarding President Barack Obama’s recent immigration policy shift, during an appearance Tuesday on the Bill Bennett radio show. “If the president insists on continuing to ignore parts of the law that he doesn’t like, and simply not enforce that law, the primary remedy for that is political,” said Mr. Kyl. “And you have it two ways: one is oversight through the Congress to demonstrate what they’re doing wrong and there are some potential criminal charges there for dereliction of duty. Although, I haven’t looked that up yet....
  • Farm Bill 2012: Over-regulation Strikes Again!

    06/26/2012 10:13:13 AM PDT · by 92nina · 25 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-26 | Haylee Ham
    To the disappointment of those who wanted to see reform and fiscal responsibility prevail, Debbie Stabenow’s (D-Mich.) farm bill passed in the Senate on Thursday with a vote of 64-35. The proposed bill fails to reform certain programs like sugar, makes other wasteful programs like dairy even worse, and creates a whole new entitlement program for farmers, while spending 60 percent more than the last farm bill and only cutting a paltry $23 billion from the deficit over the next ten years. This farm bill will leave a wide path of destruction behind it: consumer prices will increase, costly entitlement...
  • Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Ariz. police

    06/25/2012 11:31:56 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 167 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 25,2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police. Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport. “We will not be issuing detainers...