Democrats are once again proposing to expand the federal school lunch program to weekends and holidays, to create a full-time nutrition program during the school year for kids who are most at risk of going hungry when school is out.
The federal school lunch program currently gives kids free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch. But the sponsor of the Weekends Without Hunger Act, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), says thousands of kids run the risk of going hungry any time school is out, and that the federal government needs to step in and fill that gap.Read More »
When the Obama administration introduced new nutrition guidelines last year for food served at school, many grumbled that it meant the end of fun snacks, soda and sugary treats that most kids love to gobble up.
For the most part, that’s exactly what happened. That’s led to endless complaints that the federal government is too intrusive, and in some cases isn’t letting kids eat enough, especially if they’re bigger than average or are involved in sports that burn a lot of calories.Read More »
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has brushed aside a damning government report that said he exerted political influence in order to win visas for investors who otherwise would have been turned down, by saying the report came from “whiners” in the government.
“The Homeland Security report came from a bunch of whiners at the Department of Homeland Security,” Reid told KNPR radio. “They felt, I guess, that they weren’t included in my conversation. Maybe I should have called them.”
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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General has started a formal investigation into how one senior VA official was paid more than a quarter of a million dollars in relocation expenses when she was transferred from Washington, D.C., to lead the Philadelphia regional office.
It was reported last week that Philadelphia VA Director Diana Rubens was paid $288,206.77 when she relocated to Philadelphia in 2014. That’s more than $250,000 more than the average relocation expense normally offered to VA officials, according to data provided by the House Veterans Affairs Committee.Read More »
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that congressional Republicans would waste no time voting to impose new sanctions against Iran if there is no agreed framework in place the early this week under which Iran would scale back its nuclear ambitions.
Boehner was asked on CNN how quickly Congress would move if the March 31 deadline passes without any agreement, and answered, “Very.”Read More »
Senate Republicans have broken their promise to treat Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch fairly and to give her a vote in a reasonable period of time, White House spokesman Josh Earnest argued Friday.
“I think we’re up to 139 days now,” Earnest told reporters. “And again, that represents an unconscionable delay on the part of Republicans who previously promised to consider her nomination in a timely fashion and to treat her fairly.”Read More »
President Barack Obama argued Thursday that Republicans should abandon their proposal to eliminate the estate tax on large inheritances, because wealthy people already have enough money and don’t need another tax cut.
“These folks at the very top, the top one-tenth of one percent, are wonderful people,” Obama said at a speech before a community college in Birmingham, Alabama. “Warren Buffett’s a great friend of mine. They’ve done amazing things, they’ve invested, they’ve created businesses. They deserve great success.”Read More »
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed Thursday that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration shouldn’t have to cost taxpayers any money, and said the plan is to fund it with user fees that illegal immigrants will pay to apply for the program.
In November, Obama created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents Program, or DAPA, which would let illegal residents who are parents or guardians of legal residents get protected status and even work in the United States.Read More »
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) said Thursday that he would use President Abraham Lincoln as inspiration to overcome the adversity he now faces, after being forced to resign in the wake of charges that he improperly used campaign money to redecorate his office, and fraudulently claimed mileage reimbursements for miles he never drove.
In his last speech on the House floor Wednesday, Schock noted that Lincoln held his seat for one term many years ago, and indicated that Lincoln also went through his share of troubles, although he didn’t compare Lincoln’s adventures to his own.
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Just a day after the House passed a resolution calling for a balanced budget within the next 10 years, the House turned around and passed legislation that would increase budget deficits by $141 billion, putting a balanced budget out of reach once again.
House Republican leaders worked with Democrats to bring up a bill to permanently end the threat of a steep cut to Medicare doctor reimbursement rates. Without a permanent resolution, Congress has had to pass “doc fix” bills every so often to ensure these payment reductions don’t take place.Read More »
The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General released a scathing report Thursday that said it has evidence that Drug Enforcement Administration officials routinely held “sex parties” in Colombia with prostitutes that were “funded by the local drug cartels.”
According to the report, that charge was “alleged” by a former Colombian police officer, who also alleged that he was tasked with “providing protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties.” The parties took place at headquarters.
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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) warned the Obama administration Thursday against offering military support to Iran-backed Shiite fighters who are battling the Islamic State, and said doing so would only set up a later conflict with that force.
Reports have surfaced over the last few weeks that the U.S. is offering air support to these Iran-backed forces. On Wednesday, the coalition fighting the Islamic State conducted airstrikes in Tikrit, Iraq, a sign that was widely interpreted as an effort to back Iranian forces.Read More »
Republicans in the House and Senate reacted harshly to Wednesday’s news that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be charged with desertion and misbehavior, and said it compounds President Barack Obama’s error when he decided last year to swap Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners who were detained at Guantanamo Bay.
Soon after the swap, many Republicans warned that Obama was telling the world that the U.S. would negotiate with terrorists. It quickly became evident that Bergdahl may have been an Army deserter, and today’s charges showed the deal was even worse than many believed at the time.Read More »
Defense hawks defeated budget hawks in the House Wednesday night, by passing a 2016 budget plan that calls for more defense spending and doesn’t require that additional spending to be offset with cuts.
The House vote on a 2016 budget plan followed a week in which Republicans fought among themselves about whether to stick to the budget caps that were set back in 2011, or find some way around those caps to boost funding for the military.Read More »
A senior Department of Veterans Affairs official who oversaw construction projects that have seen significant cost overruns and delays has resigned, according to the VA.
But he wasn’t fired, a fact that was already drawing criticism from a Congress that believes the VA continues to be way too soft on corrupt and inept officials.Read More »
The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, issued a subpoena on Wednesday for thousands of phone texts that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy has refused to turn over to congressional investigators.
The subpoena from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) follows several weeks of attempts by the committee to gain access to texts to and from McCarthy. But the EPA has decided not to give them up, and has instead handed over heavily redacted messages that haven’t helped the committee.Read More »