March 28, 2014

As Supreme Court Hears Hobby Lobby Case, Senator Blunt Joins Colleagues To Voice Continued Support For Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hobby Lobby v Sebelius, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), and Jim Inhofe (Okla.) in a colloquy on the U.S. Senate floor to highlight their continued fight to protect Americans’ religious freedoms, which are protected by the First Amendment.

Blunt authored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” and filed an amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby case with a bipartisan, bicameral group of his colleagues... (READ MORE)

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The VA Needs Accountability -- Now

In this week’s Speaker’s Minute on the House floor, Speaker Boehner expressed his strong support for reforms that would empower the VA Secretary to replace senior officials who aren’t up to the job.  H.R. 4031, the VA Management Accountability Act, goes right to the heart of leadership issues dogging the Department of Veterans Affairs and the backlog that has left veterans waiting months, even years to receive the benefits they have earned.  

Boehner, on behalf of veterans in his district, has repeatedly pressed the VA to address this bureaucratic nightmare and provide the public with detailed plans to reduce wait times. 

Building on those efforts today, the Speaker urged the whole House to join him in backing this much-needed accountability bill: 

“Mr. Speaker, my colleagues:  I know that this House shares my deep concern over the backlog of benefit claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.   It is nothing short of a black eye for the government... (READ MORE)

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Obamacare Falling Out of Favor with Public?

More than 6 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare, President Barack Obama announced Thursday.
   
That meets a goal set by the Congressional Budget Office, but it's still short of the original target of 7 million.

"It's people from all over the country," White House adviser Phil Schiliro said. "We do know it's a mix of people, and we know it's a lot of people."

But conservatives question the numbers, saying not all of them are actually paying premiums but have simply selected a plan... (READ MORE)

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Senate GOP Leader McConnell: Waivers Make Obamacare Individual Mandate ‘Legal Equivalent of Swiss Cheese’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Washington Democrats to eliminate job-destroying Obamacare mandates and focus instead on job-creating legislation:

“I’d like to start by acknowledging the Majority Leader’s decision to remove extraneous IMF provisions from the Ukraine bill.

“As I noted yesterday, no legislation could’ve passed with those provisions included. So it’s a positive step forward. We’re glad he took our advice, and now Congress will be able to pass an effective bill on the matter soon.
 
“Now, on another matter.

“President Obama and his Washington Democrat allies are well into their sixth year of presiding over our economy.

“And yet, the jobs recovery they keep promising us just never seems to materialize"... (READ MORE)

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