May 31, 2013

High Court Won't Hear Planned Parenthood Defunding Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear a case that could have helped de-fund Planned Parenthood in Indiana.
   
The state passed a law supported by pro-life groups that would ban all Medicaid money from going to abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood.
   
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals  in Chicago blocked the measure from going into effect... (
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Congressman Forbes: Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes

Last week, leading up to Memorial Day, the House passed three measures supporting our nation’s veterans:

  • Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act (H.R.1412): To increase opportunities under the Veterans Affairs On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Training programs, available under the current GI Bill, and allow former servicemembers to receive job training outside of a classroom setting.  This bill passed the House 416-0.
  • American Heroes COLA Act (H.R.570):  To provide a permanent annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to the amounts paid to veterans for disability compensation and to their survivors for dependency and indemnity compensation.  The bill passed the House by voice vote.
  • Helping Heroes Fly Act (H.R.1344):  To direct the TSA to develop and implement processes to ease and facilitate... (READ MORE)

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Forty-five Senators File Amicus Brief Urging the Supreme Court to Invalidate Unlawful “Appointments"

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday that he and 44 of his Senate colleagues filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in a challenge (Noel Canning v. NLRB) to the constitutionality of President Obama’s so-called “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012. The NLRB lost the case in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and has asked the Supreme Court to hear the case. The Senators asked that the Court consider the question of the legality of the January 2012 appointments “in its entirety,” including the “question whether the President may unilaterally declare the Senate ‘unavailable’ and thus in Recess” even though it is meeting regularly... (READ MORE)

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