Washington Weekly Review

July 25, 2014

Speaker Boehner: Another Court Rules Against President Obama's Unilateral Actions

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced its decision in Halbig v. Burwell, which centered on the legality of subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act:

“For the second time in a month, the courts have ruled against the president’s unilateral actions regarding ObamaCare.  The president has demonstrated he believes he has the power to make his own laws.  That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work.  That’s why the House will act next week to authorize a lawsuit to uphold the rule of law and protect our Constitution.  This isn't about Republicans versus Democrats; it’s about the Constitution versus unconstitutional and unilateral actions by the Executive Branch, and protecting our democracy... (READ MORE)

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Israelis are Givers; Palestinians are Takers

Whoever wins the war of public opinion will smell victorious.  Hamas knows this and they expertly play to the media who buy into all their twisted fairytales.  Hamas plays the victim role beautifully and flawlessly, calling the media to come see what Israel did.   Hamas lacks conscience, lacks compassion and Hamas lacks any desire to live as a member of the civilized world.  But the media never seems to report truth.  The Palestinians are takers.  The Israelis are the givers.  It’s time to turn the tide of public opinion.

With Palestinian people cheering, Hamas indiscriminately fires rockets at Israeli civilians.  But Israeli soldiers aim only for military targets, and they are exceedingly accurate.  It is sad and frightening that Hamas locates rocket launchers and weapons in civilian neighborhoods. How can Israel not hurt civilians when Hamas weaponry is deliberately placed in hospitals, schools, mosques and apartment complexes?   Why does the media continue to call attention to dead Palestinian civilians, complete with pictures of bloodied, gauze-covered women and children, and then point the finger at Israel when the blame should be placed squarely on Hamas?

The public never hears of the devastation and the trauma being simultaneously suffered by the Israeli people... (READ MORE)

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McConnell Speaks in Defense of the First Amendment

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks on Wednesday before the Senate Rules Committee regarding the DISCLOSE Act:

“Thank you for the opportunity to be here and to share my views on the DISCLOSE Act.

“I’ll get right to it.

“This proposal is not new. This is the third time we’ve seen it. But it is precisely because of the doggedness of the proponents of this bill that I have come here before you today.

“For more than two centuries, we’ve had a regularly scheduled election in this country.

“Every two years, the major parties present a vision for the future with confidence in the people, with confidence that in the marketplace of ideas, the best arguments will win out. And yet every two years now, with near metronomic regularity, our friends on the other side can now be expected to propose some new attempt to silence their critics... (READ MORE)

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Finding Hope in the Faithfulness of God

There are times in the lives of all believers when they may face doubts and discouragement. No matter what the reason for one’s disappointment, the Bible offers guidance as well as examples of others who have experienced the same. But today, we can find considerable encouragement not just in the biblical stories of the Israelites of old, but in the story of God’s faithfulness to His people throughout history, even up until today.

The Faith of Our Fathers

The Puritans were so encouraged by the story of the ancient Israelites that they took from it direction for themselves. They yearned for freedom from their “bondage” of persecution at the hands of the corrupt state church, just as the ancient Israelites had been freed from slavery in Egypt. So, the Puritans crossed their “Red Sea,” which was the Atlantic Ocean, and arrived on the shores of their “Promised Land,” upon which they founded a nation built on religious freedom... (READ MORE)

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Top 10 Bipartisan Jobs Bills Blocked by Senate Democrats

Under the control of Senate Democrats, “The Senate went three months this spring without voting on a single legislative amendment, the nitty-gritty kind of work usually at the heart of congressional lawmaking,” The Washington Post reports. “So few bills have been approved this year, and so little else has gotten done, that many senators say they are spending most of their time on insignificant and unrewarding work.”

Check out the stats. Even Democrats have complained about the Senate’s obstruction, and one actually said he was “furious.” When President Obama tried to blame Republicans, his rhetoric didn’t match reality and fact-checkers called him out for it, noting the dozens of jobs bills listed on speaker.gov/jobs that Senate  Democrats are currently blocking.

Here are just 10 of them, ranked in order of bipartisan support... (READ MORE)

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