Archive for ‘House of Representatives’

January 17, 2013

Daily Scoop: GW’s Interior Secretary’s New Bathroom Cost WHAT?

KempthorneAs we watch the congressional Republicans demand sacrificial spending cuts for not hobbling the U.S. economy over raising the debt ceiling, the cost taxpayers paid for George Bush’s Interior Secretary’s personal bathroom has come to light.Dirk  Kempthorne, former Idaho governor, served as the Bush Administration’s Secretary of the Interior from 2006 to 2008. It took six years but the bill for his personal restroom renovations has finally been released and it cost taxpayers a whopping $222,000, more than many houses cost.

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January 8, 2013

Poll Update: Congress loses popularity contest to Root Canals & Nickelback

Reid_Boehner All Your FaultWhile Congress loses the popularity contest to other such things that American detest as root canals, colonoscopies and NFL replacement refs they do edge out ahead of Lindsey Lohan and the ebola virus… so YEAH! Congress, good on ya!

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December 22, 2012

Daily Scoop: When you don’t vote…

How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

Gerrymander_In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Instead, despite getting fewer votes, Republicans have maintained a commanding control of the House. Such a disparity has happened only three times in the last century.

Analysts and others have identified redistricting as a key to the disparity. Republicans had a years-long strategy of winning state houses in order to control each state’s once-a-decade redistricting process.

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September 17, 2012

Boehner’s Misconception of Governance & other Political Missteps

A few events over the intervening week held sway enough to make me ponder aloud, “Does John Boehner truly understand American governance?”; “Are the embassy attacks about US policy?” and “Does President Obama flagrantly advocate abortion?

      Election years are crazy enough with the monkey poo fights that erupt across the political ad-osphere but the complete abandon of facts this time around has sent this season into a tailspin of opportunistic malfeasance as its players seek to rouse emotion at the expense of rationality.

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August 2, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Paul Ryan’s Budget Challenged to Show how it’ll Lower Health Care Costs

Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposals to control health care spending by slashing the federal government’s contribution to Medicare and Medicaid and shifting that spending on to future retirees or the states, has dominated Washington’s conversation about entitlement reform.

But on Thursday morning, a group of health care economists and former Obama administration officials laid out an alternative approach that could achieve health savings by encouraging providers to deliver care more efficiently.

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June 23, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Powerful GOP congressman accused of campaign finance violations

Amidst swirling questions about the small number of very large GOP campaign donors, their fights in Congress and the courts to keep those donors’ names from the public, a new campaign finance scandal is building around a powerful, 3 term Republican congressman. 

Washington (CNN) — Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and he sits on the powerful House Ways and Means committee.

But all that could be jeopardized. Federal investigations underway could result in Buchanan serving his next term behind bars.

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June 19, 2012

Poll Update: Voters support Obama immigration change

Even as Speaker Boehner bemoans that Obama’s Dream Act executive order “puts everyone in a difficult position.” voters apparently feel it’s the right position to take. Perhaps the Speaker means it will place Republicans in the untenable position of agreeing with the Democratic leader of the country. Yes, yes… our sympathies go out the congressional Republicans.

(CNN) – A majority of voters agreed with the immigration policy unveiled by President Barack Obama last week, according to a new poll.

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May 26, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Democrat Offers State Opt-IN for Single-Payer Care

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) will soon introduce legislation that would allow states to use federal funds they’re receiving through Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care programs to build a universal single-payer system. Advocates are describing the bill as a “lifeline” for advocates:

It would create a mechanism for states to request federal funds after establishing their own health insurance programs…. It would, for the first time, create a system under which a Medicare-for-all program could be rolled out on a state-by-state basis. In California’s case, it would make coverage available to the roughly 7 million people now lacking health insurance.

“This is a huge deal,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica advocacy group. “This is a lifeline for people who want to create a Medicare system at the state level.”

The bill could warm the hearts of liberals who expressed frustration with the Affordable Care Act’s more moderate approach of building on the existing health care system and should also satisfy GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor has sought to differentiate his 2006 health reform from Obamacare by rejecting a federal prescription for reform and promising to “pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens.”

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May 25, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Another former GOPer criticizes modern party

An increasing number of former Republican representatives and close associates are making their criticisms of the current GOP known. Is it too late to make much of difference this election cycle or will these voices make moderates and independents sit back and employ a bit more introspection into their own beliefs before making their final choices come November?

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May 8, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Ryan Budget May Cut Economic Data

Starting in the early 1990s, the U.S. Census Bureau asked Congress for extra funding each year so it could better analyze the services sector, which was quickly replacing industrial activity as the biggest driver of the U.S. economy. In 2003 the bureau requested more funding to survey financial, real estate, and other companies on a quarterly basis, rather than wait to take their pulse with its Economic Census, which gathers data on business every five years.

Every year, Census asked for the extra funds; every year, Congress denied them the money, leaving the Census Bureau largely blind to the health of a sector that made up more than half the total economy.

Finally, in early 2009, after the real estate-fueled financial crisis, Congress gave Census what it had been asking for—an extra $8.1 million. In the view of many, it was too late.

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