Gowdy: Thank you Mr. Chairman. I am trying to reconcile how Benghazi was not safe enough for the FBI to go, but it was safe enough to leave a below-spec facility for our diplomats to stay in. I am just trying to reconcile those two points. That if it’s too dangerous for the Bureau, who are trained law enforcement officials, but its just fine for diplomats.
Gowdy: I’d like to weave [...]
House Republicans introduced legislation Thursday to reinstate the original work requirement for welfare benefits critics say was loosened by an executive order coming from the President Barack Obama.
The bill, titled “Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013,” will prohibit the Obama administration from granting waivers to the work requirements contained in the welfare reform legislation enacted in 1996 under the Clinton administration.
“The welfare work requirements are essential to moving [...]
Among the objections to Obamacare, one that has not gotten as much attention as it should, is the president’s power to waive the law for any company, union, or other enterprise he chooses.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides for “equal protection of the laws” for all Americans. To have a law that can cost an organization millions of dollars a year either apply or not apply, depending on [...]
California drivers may have to wait until November to see any relief at the pump, analysts say.
The state’s gas prices surged 17 cents last night and have spiked 36 cents in the past week.
A confluence of factors have caused Golden State gas prices to jump, including refinery outages and pipeline disruptions.
But the most persistent driver has been the government’s mandate that summer blend gasoline be sold through Oct. 31, AAA [...]
Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.
In addition to the broader work requirement [...]
Agenda 21 Cutting Off Electricity To US Cities
August 4, 2012
In Austin Texas where I live the city council has already shut down several “city” or citizen owned power plants and our electricity bills have gone up 100%+ in the last few years. Now, they want to cut at least 33% more of our power in the name of saving the earth– a foreign army could not do this much harm. [...]
From The Burning Platform:
Here is a link where you can see the list of organizations that have received a waiver from Obamacare.
I thought Obamacare was supposed to be great and helpful to Americans and businesses. Why would Obama’s biggest supporters in Unions and in the insurance industry need waivers from such a great plan?
The organizations receiving waivers sure makes me scratch my head:
United Federation of Teachers Fund – 351,000 enrollees
NY District [...]
In its quest to implement stealth amnesty, the Obama Administration is working behind the scenes to halt the deportation of certain illegal immigrants by granting them “unlawful presence waivers.”
The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in today’s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will [...]
There has been for months a popular parlor game of tallying instances in which President Obama seems to have either ignored or simply bypassed federal law. But what started out as a way of exposing occasional hypocrisy is now getting a little scary.
Most recently, President Obama made several recess appointments — a tactic that as a senator he once criticized — even though Congress was not in recess. In December, [...]
By Paul Conner, dailycaller
Labor unions continued to receive the overwhelming majority of waivers from the president’s health care reform law since the Obama administration tightened application rules last summer.
Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011.
By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers.
Roughly 1,200 companies received waivers from part of the healthcare reform law, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday.
Friday marks the last time HHS will have to update the total number of waivers, putting to rest a recurring political firestorm. The department had been updating its waiver totals every month, prompting monthly attacks from the GOP.
Republicans say the need for waivers proves that the healthcare law is unworkable. HHS [...]
“They’re small. I couldn’t speak to all 1,800 of them, but some of the lists that I have seen have been very, very small companies. They will not have a big impact on the economy of our country,” Nancy Pelosi said in an interview with CNBC.
McDonalds, one of the nation’s largest employers in recent years, has received a waiver. - realclearpolitics
Health care remains one of President Barack Obama’s greatest political weaknesses. The issue remains an equally serious problem for Republican Mitt Romney.
President Obama’s program to centralize medical decision-making in Washington remains as unpopular as ever. Insurers are raising premiums and canceling policies. The president’s promise that Americans can keep their existing coverage has turned out to be void. Health care providers and insurers are [...]
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addresses a summit designed to prevent and punish sexual and gender-based violence in U.S. schools. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
(AP) – State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn’t answered the call.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he [...]
White House press secretary Jay Carney is asked about President Obama’s meeting with Microsoft’s top lobbyist:
REPORTER: “One of the participants in the President’s education roundtable with business leaders was Fred Humphries, whose Microsoft’s top lobbyist. Why isn’t that a violation of the President’s pledge to eliminate access and influence?”
Carney says there were “numerous participants” in the meeting, including a former Bush cabinet secretary. Carney then clarifies [...]
(Updates with number of waivers in the fourth paragraph.)
June 17 (Bloomberg) — A program that allows McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, and the insurer Cigna Corp. to avoid providing the minimum health coverage mandated by last year’s overhaul will stop accepting applicants in September, the government said today.
Companies that already have exemptions from the mandate will be able to continue their “mini-med” health plans [...]
Check out the spin between the two articles
Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district.
That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved.
Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance [...]
The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats’ healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.
The waivers are temporary and only apply to one provision of the law, which requires health plans to offer at least $750,000 worth of annual medical benefits before leaving patients to fend for themselves. Still, Republicans have assailed the waivers as a sign of both favoritism [...]
Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday he was looking into how a health law waiver might work for New York City.
Weiner, who is likely to run for mayor of New York, said that because of the city’s special health care infrastructure, his office was looking into alternatives that might make more sense. Weiner is one of the health care law’s biggest supporters; during the debate leading up [...]
via National Review:
If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health-care solutions that work best for them.
As I have stated time [...]
By George Talbot
May 02, 2010, 8:49PM
Attorney General Troy King has asked BP to cease circulating settlement agreements among south Alabamians.Alabama Attorney General Troy King said tonight that he has told representatives of BP Plc. that they should stop circulating settlement agreements among coastal Alabamians.
The agreements, King said, essentially require that people give up the right to sue in exchange for payment of up [...]
A federal law enacted in 1994 addresses Bank “size” by restricting any bank from holding more than 10 percent of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deposits, although several of the largest banks have been granted waivers from that requirement or used loopholes to evade its intent.
During the crisis, Bank of America swallowed Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase bought Bear Stearns and Wells Fargo acquired Wachovia. Goldman and Morgan converted to bank holding companies to [...]