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On May 9, Representative Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released his version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The bill, which is updated annually, specifies the budget and expenditures for the U.S. Department of Defense.
On Tuesday, conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation released a special report on spending and the budget, entitled “Saving The American Dream: The Heritage Plan To Fix The Debt, Cut Spending And Restore Prosperity.” The report describes the current economic climate, and outlines solutions that go much further than House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.”
Monday night, House Weeper John Boehner (R-Ohio) went before Wall Street’s Economic Club to assure the Nervous Nellies that Republicans would agree to raise the debt ceiling. Moneynews.com reported that Boehner was stuck between a rock and a hard place, trying to calm Wail Street while keeping up the façade that Republicans care about cutting government spending.
Military officials have confirmed that Navy chaplains will be trained to perform same-sex civil marriage ceremonies, an announcement that has raised the ire of dozens of Federal lawmakers.
The next time you pull into a gas station and pull out $100 from your wallet, take a look around. Notice the other vehicles that are sucking-up the $4-per-gallon gasoline. My guess is you would be hard-pressed to find a late-model car, truck or SUV that has anything smaller than a 200 horsepower engine.
Representative Allen West (R-Fla.), a Tea Party favorite, has voted against party lines by opposing a bill that would repeal a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. Last week, Allen was one of only four Republicans to oppose a measure that would eliminate $100 million in funding for the construction of school-based health centers, The Hill reported.
President Barack Obama’s administration privately attempted to dissuade Standard and Poor’s from downgrading the United States’ debt outlook in recent weeks, according to a report from The Washington Post.
High-profile donors have stated that aligning themselves with GOP Presidential candidates is not a top priority at this stage of the game.
Two of President Barack Obama’s nominees and one of former President Bill Clinton’s nominees made up the three-member panel of appellate judges that heard two Obamacare suits Tuesday. The suits went to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a series of highly partisan decisions from lower courts.