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Today at noon EDT, the Senate is expected to vote on the compromise bill to raise the debt limit and reduce the deficit. The House passed the bill yesterday, 269 to 161.
As we move toward a business-as-usual finish to the phony debt-ceiling drama playing out in Washington, history will record that no one — not even the Tea Party members of Congress — ever got around to talking about specific, major spending cuts (other than defense spending). Isn’t that weird?
Last week, Chip Wood detailed his disgust with the ongoing budget “crisis” in his column. Chip pointed out the basic mendacity with which the Democrats approached every aspect of fiscally managing the Federal coffers. I happen to agree with Chip. I’m also meaner than he is, so I’ll go one step further: Grow up, Washington.
Recent analysis shows that the healthcare overhaul may increase healthcare costs. The Washington Times reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that over the next 10 years with President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, health spending will grow 5.8 percent annually.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidelines today, requiring that insurance companies ensure women are provided preventive health services at no additional cost. “Developed by the independent Institute of Medicine, the new guidelines require new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services such as well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible,” read an HHS press release.
In announcing that a bipartisan deal had been reached to both raise the debt limit and reduce the national deficit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) acknowledged that, because the deal was unlikely to please every member of both parties, the deal would desperately need votes on both sides of the aisle. He quoted the late President Lyndon Johnson: “There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.”
On Sunday, President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) separately announced the agreement of Congressional leaders on a bipartisan deal to increase the debt limit and reduce the deficit.
Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. is collecting rent from the U.S. Secret Service, according to The Washington Times.
Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) says that the government’s “Race to the Top” education initiative allows too much Federal influence on the country’s school system.