The Senate Friday killed the House Republican “cut, cap and balance” bill, and Majority Leader Harry Reid called off a weekend session. The party-line Senate vote was 51-46, The Hill reported. The Republican-led House passed the measure, which would have cut spending by $111 billion in 2012, capped spending over the next decade and barred more borrowing until Congress passes a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, by 234-190 Tuesday.
The Republican-led House of Representatives approved a bill on Friday that will cut $227 million from the legislative branch, according to The Hill.
President Barack Obama’s Administration recently indicated that it would support efforts in Congress to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Earlier this year, United States Attorney General Eric Holder was instructed by the Administration to stop defending DOMA in court.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration Wednesday said it is updating scanner software to end the use of images that show a passenger’s naked body. The new software allows the full-body scanners in use at 78 U.S. airports to show images of objects under a person’s clothes without creating an intrusive image.
Although using an inhaler can temporarily relieve asthmatic lungs, a new study has found that doctor-patient contact is what makes patients feel better. According to researchers, this could lead to new treatments for depression and other related mental disorders that could possibly be eased by greater doctor-patient interactions.
A bill that is up for consideration before the House Foreign Affairs Committee could cut billions of dollars in aid to Middle Eastern countries. The bill would prevent aid from going to countries until it is determined that they are not run by groups that are hostile to the United States.
Some healthcare reform advocates worry that a problem with the Affordable Care Act could leave some families unable to afford government-mandated health insurance, because a major prevision in the law could be construed to require businesses to offer affordable insurance coverage only to individuals. Furthermore, fixing this provision could cost taxpayers $50 billion a year.
On Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama announced commitments from major food retailers to expand more than 1,500 stores in order to provide more access to healthy food at more affordable prices, as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity.
In another example of social media’s undeniable presence in the 2012 Presidential race, TheTeaparty.net presented the first-ever Presidential Twitter Debate on Wednesday. It was hosted by conservative Talk Radio network host Rusty Humphries, and conservative commentator and columnist S.E. Cupp tweeted the questions to candidates.
About a week after President Barack Obama vowed to veto any short-term solution to the debt ceiling issue, the Commander in Chief appears to have flip-flopped on his stance.