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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Vern Buchanan
Nearly 50 congressional members have signed on to legislation that would put a stop to the government's free phone program, known loosely as "Obama-phone."
Three weeks before the Democratic National Convention this summer, union leaders plan to hold their own "shadow convention" to promote labor issues they think too many elected officials are ignoring.
The House Committee on Ethics has voted to extend an inquiry into an unspecified ethics allegation against Rep. Vern Buchanan, Florida Republican, the panel reported Thursday.
The House of Representatives that returns Tuesday is 10 percent leaner than a year prior — the result of a pair of mandates requiring largely symbolic cuts to the way it goes about its business enacted since John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, assumed the speaker's gavel in January.
The debt-ceiling agreement brokered behind closed doors by President Obama and congressional leadership was a failure in every respect. It neither soothed the markets nor produced a dime in actual spending cuts. The stock markets plunged and the United States suffered a humiliating downgrade - the very fate this deal was supposed to avoid. The new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction needs to do better.
Democrats are targeting five Republican House members this week with radio advertisements and telephone calls to criticize their votes against expanding a health care program for children.
"No small business would pay someone who refuses to do their job," said Rep. Vern Buchanan, Florida Republican. "So why should senators or House members be paid for failing to fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities? They shouldn't."