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Topic - Jason Altmire
Since his first House campaign a dozen years ago, would-be Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has worked diligently to cast himself as a conservative gadfly, willing to buck GOP leaders and even a Republican president.
Do you remember what's on page 169 of your income tax return? Neither does Mitt Romney.
Congressional redistricting will claim another casualty Tuesday when Reps. Mark S. Critz and Jason Altmire square off in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary.
House Democrats are divided. Their leaders are working hard to stop the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA), but not all members on the left are falling into line. The chances of this landmark constitutional amendment passing Friday depend on how many are willing to put their country's interests before that of their party.
Liberals want to take away your light bulbs, pickup trucks and family sedans, but they aren't honest enough to admit it. On the House floor last week, Democrats insisted regulations prohibiting the sale of cheap sources of illumination beginning in January are about increasing consumer choice. Likewise, the Obama administration's forthcoming 56-mile-per-gallon fuel-efficiency mandate for automakers is supposedly a boon for consumers.
House Democrats and Republicans have put aside their differences this year to honor the likes of golfer Phil Mickelson, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and the Penn State women's volleyball team.
Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire, who recently lost a primary challenge to Rep. Mark S. Critz in a redrawn district, said he won't vote to repeal the law even though he opposed it during passage, saying Republicans should instead be working with Democrats to improve it.
"I refuse to waste the time and resources of American taxpayers, like I said when this vote came before the House the first time, by engaging in a purely partisan exercise that has no chance of becoming law," Mr. Altmire said.