December 12, 2014

Professor Jonathan Gruber’s appearance before the House Government Reform congressional hearing


Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the continued lack of transparency with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:

“Today, Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect best known for his insulting remarks about the American people, provided a rehearsed, contrived testimony before the Committee that did little to shed light on important questions regarding the construction and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Gruber did his best to play dumb when questioned about his knowledge of a variety of topics from whether he predicted thousands of Americans would lose their health insurance under the ACA to how much he has been paid by the federal government for helping to create Obamacare. After providing the Committee with 16 pages detailing his accomplishments and expertise related to Obamacare, Gruber spent 4 hours denying even the most basic knowledge of the construction and implementation of the ACA,” Meadows said... (READ MORE)

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House Vote Thursday on $1.1 trillion Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, provides $1.013 trillion for the federal government. This is consistent with the Ryan-Murray Agreement’s caps of $521 billion for defense and $492 billion for non-defense spending. H.R. 83 fully funds 11 of the 12 regular Appropriations bills through September 30, 2015, and funds the Department of Homeland Security under a Continuing Resolution (CR) until February 27, 2015.

Highlights:

  • Fully funds our troops’ pay raise that was authorized in the NDAA
  • Includes $94 billion for new equipment and upgrades of attack submarines, EA-18G Growlers, KC-46 Tankers, F-35 JSF, and 3 Littoral Combat Ships
  • $5.4 billion to Fight Ebola in the US and abroad (below the president’s request)
  • Provides $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for our troops, to combat ISIL, Train and Equip Iraqi allies, and support for Ukraine
  • Prohibits the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees into the US
  • No new funding for ObamaCare... (READ MORE)

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Obama Administration Releases More Terrorists as Other Former Detainees Suspected of Joining ISIL

Last week, the House passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which again included language prohibiting the Obama administration from transferring terrorists held at the prison in Guantanamo Bay to American soil. The Associated Press reported:

President Barack Obama's 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered a major setback as lawmakers finalizing the annual defense policy bill rejected steps toward shuttering the facility. …

The president has pushed to close the post-9/11 prison since his inauguration in January 2009. He has faced strong resistance from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress who don't want terror suspects housed in U.S. facilities and have warned of suspects returning to the fight when they are transferred back to their home countries... (READ MORE)

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10 Things You Should Know About The Omnibus Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee has released the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  You can read the text here.  The bill contains a number of important measures to fulfill the people’s priorities, including protecting jobs, stopping wasteful spending, reining in government overreach, and funding our national security.

1. The bill abides by last year’s bipartisan budget agreement.  As a result, overall discretionary spending has been reduced by $165 billion since FY 2010.  When projected out over 10 years, that adds up to saving taxpayers $2.13 trillion.

2. The bill addresses a number of national security priorities, including $64 billion for overseas contingency operations to combat the threat of ISIL, train our Iraqi allies, and reinforce European countries facing Russian aggression.  Notably, the bill stops the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees into the United States.

3. The bill includes several provisions to protect jobs and rein in regulatory overreach, including a provision amending the Dodd-Frank law to protect farmers and other commodity producers from having to put down excessive collateral to get a loan, expand their businesses, and hedge production... (READ MORE)

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