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Several prominent figures in the Tea Party movement have been highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) handling of the debt ceiling.
For the record, the White House’s official position is that President Barack Obama has no intention of invoking the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution in order to raise the debt ceiling. “Our position hasn’t changed,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
Late last night, after many delays, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) finally decided to postpone the vote on his proposal to raise the debt limit and cut the deficit at least until today. He is expected to regroup with House Republicans this morning, in the hope that he can overcome the resistance in his own party to the Budget Control Act of 2011.
According to Fox News, the government sends out about 212 million checks and electronic payments each month, 80 million of which come from the Treasury Department.
The House of Representatives postponed the vote on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) much-discussed debt ceiling plan as there was not enough support for it to pass.
A Federal judge recently threw out a lawsuit challenging the use of government funds for human embryonic stem cell research.
OK, this is it, I promise: my last column on the so-called debt crisis (at least until next month). I know you’re getting tired of hearing about it. Heck, I’m getting tired of writing about it. But the lies and distortions have gotten so outrageous in the past few days that I simply must get up on my soapbox one more time.