January 31, 2014

Senators Alexander, Barrasso, McConnell Seek Input from GOP Governors on Obamacare Alternatives

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, joined by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and John Barrasso (R-WY), today asked Republican governors for their input and ideas for alternatives to Obamacare’s mandates, taxes and higher premiums if Congress were able to repeal the law and replace it with real reform.

“We believe this law is flawed beyond repair, and the only true solution is to repeal Obamacare,” the senators wrote in their letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, chairman of the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee. “But that’s not enough. Obamacare must be replaced with reforms that Americans support.  We have advocated some of these types of reforms for many years, approaches like insurance policies tailored to those with pre-existing conditions, promoting wellness and reining in junk lawsuits”... (READ MORE)

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Congressman King Supports No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This act would prohibit federal tax dollars from being used to fund abortions. Additionally, it requires insurance plans on healthcare.gov to display whether abortion procedures are covered in that specific plan. 

This bill passed with bipartisan support out of the Judiciary Committee before heading to today’s floor vote... (READ MORE)

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Obama Economy ‘Terrible’ For Grads

Huffington Post: “It's truly a terrible time for recent college graduates to find jobs, according to data released by the New York Fed on Wednesday.” (“It's An Exceptionally Bad Time To Be A Recent College Grad,” Huffington Post, 1/25/14)

CNN Money: “The Class of 2013 will face an ‘extremely difficult’ job market when college students graduate in the months ahead, according to a new research report. Unemployment remains high for young college grads. For those who will find jobs, many will probably have to settle for low-level positions, the Economic Policy Institute said Wednesday”... (READ MORE)

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House Majority Leader Cantor Celebrates National School Choice Week

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today joined students, parents, teachers and advocates including former WNBA Star Lisa Leslie at the “Put Kids First” celebration in support of National School Choice Week at Friendship Chamberlain Elementary School:

“Good morning. I want to thank you and thank Friendship for having us here today. I am here to say that we believe in you. All of the students here, you represent our future and that’s why we are here. We want to make sure each and every one of you has an opportunity to learn each and every day with a quality education, with great teachers, with supporting administrators so that you can have access to every bit of opportunity that America provides. That’s why we are here"... (READ MORE)

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