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Topic - Todd Rokita
House Republicans said Wednesday that they will push ahead with plans to tie ongoing operations of the government to their demand that the health care law be delayed, setting up a direct challenge with President Obama and the Senate and inching closer to a government shutdown.
House GOP leaders came to the defense of school-choice advocates Tuesday, calling on the Justice Department to reconsider its legal opposition to a popular school voucher program in Louisiana that gives some students from low-income families the chance to escape failing education systems.
After years of failed attempts to replace the widely maligned No Child Left Behind education law, lawmakers are giving it one more try.
Obamacare is on the rocks, and the heart of the law - the individual mandate - or the whole thing could be struck down by the Supreme Court. Whatever the court does, the voters could finish the job in November.
All four Republican presidential candidates want to save money by block-granting Medicaid funding back to the states. The House-passed budget included this necessary entitlement reform as a step on the way to tackling the nation's debt crisis. Until now, however, there was no legislative vehicle to make it happen. So a conservative coalition of House Republicans filled the gap with a bill that would give states flexibility to run their own health care programs for the poor.
More than 40 members of the conservative House Republican Study Committee have urged President Obama to withdraw a proposed executive order that would require applicants for federal contracts to disclose their political contributions.
Members of Congress sharply questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Wednesday over whether the Fed's policies are raising the risk of higher inflation in the months ahead.
"I like the idea of a fight on the debt ceiling better" than on the budget, said Rep. Todd Rokita, Indiana Republican.
This time, Mr. Obama would be more likely to bear the responsibility for upsets in the economy that are tied to the country's debt limit, Mr. Rokita said.