Washington Weekly Review

May 1, 2015

Boehner: America was ‘Founded on the Principle of Religious Freedom’

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement applauding House passage of H.J. Res. 43:

“America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, and faith-based employers deserve the ability to hire people who share their beliefs. The measure passed by the D.C. Council, however, discriminates against religious and pro-life Americans, violates their conscience rights, and runs completely counter to the ‘free exercise’ clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. As a proud pro-life Catholic, I condemn this form of discrimination and urge the president to reconsider his veto threat of our joint resolution”... (READ MORE)

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Congressman Randy Forbes: Standing for religious freedom

The freedom to peacefully live out our faith is not just part of our heritage as Americans, but a linchpin of our humanity.

In the face of the atrocities being committed against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, it is perhaps more crucial than ever that we refuse to sit idly by in silence. We must stand. We must act. That’s why I cosponsored a bipartisan bill to improve U.S. efforts to protect religious freedom by better training and equipping diplomats to counter extremism, address persecution, mitigate conflict, and assist the Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom to coordinate efforts globally. This bill also reauthorizes the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which passed the House unanimously last year but stalled in the Senate... (READ MORE)

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Iran’s Actions Underscore Need for Accountability

Iran – “by its words and its actions” – is showing why it is imperative for Congress to review any potential nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, Speaker Boehner said at a press briefing earlier today.  Here’s more:

“This week, the Iranians fired on and seized a neutral vessel traveling in international waters.  A top Iranian general stated that the United States was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.   And Iran’s top diplomat now says any economic sanctions would be lifted ‘only days’ after a deal is signed... (READ MORE)

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Obamacare Tax Shock: ‘Far Worse Than Predicted’

“So roughly 5.5 million ObamaCare enrollees had to return, on average, almost a quarter of their premium subsidies. Given that these subsidies are available only to families with modest incomes, that's got to hurt.” (“ObamaCare's Tax Shock Is Far Worse Than Predicted,” Investor’s Business Daily, 4/28/15)

“Most filers who received government subsidies to buy Obamacare plans had to pay money back to the IRS this year, according to an H&R Block analysis released Monday that looks at the health law’s first full tax season.” (“No Free Ride: Two-Thirds Of Obamacare Recipients Had To Repay Subsidies To IRS,” Washington Times, 4/27/15)... (READ MORE)

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10 Ways This Budget Helps Hardworking Families

On Thursday, the House voted on a balanced budget – the first of its kind since 2001.  Read the bill at docs.house.gov.

Coming just weeks after the first entitlement reform in nearly two decades, this budget continues our commitment to get things done for the American people and focus on their priorities.  This plan helps hardworking families by:

Balancing the federal budget without raising taxes to help create 1.2 million new jobs, save taxpayers more than $5 trillion, and protect future generations from crushing debt... (READ MORE)

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