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By Matt Kibbe
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Congress
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Wednesday he now backs a bill to fix national security and fraud problems with a visa program that gives coveted U.S. green cards to wealthy foreigners investing in new American businesses.
Privacy vanishes as the Snowden revelations breed more government spies
Nearly 365,000 people selected a private health plan on state Obamacare markets through the end of November — a sign that people are flocking to the patched-up federal website, HealthCare.gov — although the new pace falls short of long-range projections for an inaugural sign-up period that ends in March.
"Americans' job approval ratings for Congress in 2013 averaged 14 percent, the lowest annual average in Gallup's history. Congressional approval has averaged 33 percent since Gallup began measuring it in 1974, with the highest yearly average of 56 percent reached in 2001," reports Frank Newport, director of Gallup.
A top Treasury official said Tuesday that sanctions pressure on Iran will actually "continue to mount" over the coming months under a new nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and other world powers, despite Secretary of State John F. Kerry's assertion that the U.S. "will suspend certain sanctions."
With Santa Claus coming to town in just two weeks, the holiday spirit has swept over the nation's capital. Democrats and Republicans met under the mistletoe to strike a rare accord on a federal budget, the first bipartisan pact to come out of a divided Congress since 1986. The Obama administration concluded its bailout of General Motors, saving a private company from bankruptcy by buying a 60 percent stake.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee signed off Wednesday on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be the next No. 2 at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over objections from Republicans who want to wait for an ongoing inspector general investigation into Mr. Mayorkas to be completed.
President Obama's approval numbers have sunk to new lows, with a just-released Quinnipiac poll showing he's dropped a full percentage point in that category in the past few weeks.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry surprised members of Congress on Tuesday by revealing that the whereabouts of seven Iranian dissidents kidnapped in a deadly raid on a refugee camp in Iraq is classified.
In a landmark achievement, the United States recently surpassed Russia as the world's largest combined producer of oil and gas according to an October 2013 Wall Street Journal analysis of International Energy Agency statistics. This milestone was reached because private capital and innovative entrepreneurs took calculated risks striving for access to new energy resources and the tools to produce and distribute them more efficiently.
Grandparents, I have a Christmas gift suggestion for you. Unlike your previous gifts to your grandchildren, this gift's value is priceless. It will last all their lives and benefit future generations. The gift: an America with no income tax and without the Internal Revenue Service.
Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana took the Senate's top Democrat to task on Tuesday, saying Majority Leader Harry Reid should disclose how he decided which of his staff should get their health insurance from the Obamacare exchanges.
Hike the minimum wage. For politicians trying to show their concern for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, it's a simple solution.