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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Nita M. Lowey
Congress' spending bill funds the National Endowment for the Arts, but one art project finally is getting cut off: the official portrait paintings of presidents, Cabinet secretaries and high-ranking members of Congress.
President Obama touts veterans care as a top priority of his presidency, but lawmakers increasingly weary of the long waits and hassles that veterans face in receiving disability benefits are pressuring Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinsheki to produce results.
Acting with striking unity, Congress on Thursday passed a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, heading off a government-shutdown showdown and beginning to rearrange some of the sequester cuts.
Four House Democrats are asking fellow party members to consider blocking funds for the Army's battlefield intelligence processor, citing the system's huge costs and failed operational tests.
Jimmy Fallon has apologized to Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann for the introduction that was played when she appeared on his show Monday.
While most of the Arab world has zigged, the Palestinian establishment has zagged. As "Arab streets" rise up and many of their governments are teetering or have fallen, the two rival Palestinian factions - the terrorist organization Hamas and the "moderate" Fatah party - are attempting a unity government that would ensure continued power for the society's favored few.
Leaders of a powerful House Appropriations subcommittee are threatening to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority if it goes ahead with plans to form a unity government with Hamas.
Rise of declinists
The House yesterday narrowly approved a measure to reverse a 23-year-old U.S. policy against providing foreign-aid grants for contraception to groups that also offer abortions abroad.
"As with any compromise, not everyone will like everything in this bill, but in this divided government a critical bill such as this simply cannot reflect the wants of only one party," said Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. "We believe this is a good, workable measure that will serve the American people well, and we encourage all our colleagues to support it this week."
Rep. Nita M. Lowey, a New York Democrat who worked on the law that led to the guidelines, said in a statement that they are a big step toward giving parents "the confidence that their children will stay safe and healthy at school."