Lindsey Graham: ‘Worst is Yet to Come’ Under Obamacare
Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’ll enroll in the Affordable Care Act and skip a taxpayer subsidy available to members of Congress even though his premium will skyrocket, The State newspaper reports.
In a press release Monday, the South Carolina Republican and longtime critic of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare plan, said, “I don’t think members of Congress should get a special deal.
“Obamacare is being pushed on the American people and we should live under it just like everyone else.”
Graham could have taken advantage of a taxpayer subsidy that would have footed the bill for about 75 percent of his insurance premium.
“My insurance costs are going up about $ 400 a month, more than 200 percent, under Obamacare. In addition, my health care coverage will be a fraction of what it used to be,” he said in the press release.
“Sadly, I’m not the only one who will feel the negative effects of Obamacare. It’s happening all over South Carolina.
“The worst is yet to come,” he added, “but I will continue my fight to repeal, replace, defund and allow Americans to opt-out of this horrible government program,” he said.
In October, Graham told ABC’s “This Week,” that Obamacare will be “a liability” for Democrats in future elections.
In a warning message to Democrats, Graham said, “You own Obamacare, and it’s going to be the political gift that keeps on giving.”
© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
New Documents Obtained By Electronic Frontier Foundation Confirm: NSA Collects First, Seeks Authorization Later
House Defunds Obamacare, Keeps Government Open
The House of Representatives voted to finance the federal government through mid-December and choke off funding for President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, setting up a showdown with the Senate and the White House.
The Republican-controlled House on Friday passed, 230-189, a stopgap measure to fund government operations after current authority expires Sept. 30. The bill preserves across-the-board spending cuts at an annual rate of $ 986.3 billion and permanently defunds the Affordable Care Act.
“The fight to delay Obamacare doesn’t end next week. It keeps going on until we get it,” Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and his party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, told reporters today in Washington.
The spending measure now will be sent to the Senate where it will pass without defunding the healthcare law, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said yesterday. Obama administration officials said the president would veto the House bill if sent to him by Congress.
If the Obama administration and lawmakers can’t agree on the stopgap funding, most, though not all, operations would come to a halt in less than two weeks. Republicans are using the stopgap spending bill as a vehicle to try to choke off funds for the health program the party has opposed since 2009.
Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and chief Senate opponent of the health law, said he’s willing to do “everything necessary and anything possible,” including holding a filibuster, to block action on the spending measure as a way to end funding for the healthcare law.
The Senate is expected to start considering the legislation on Sept. 23 with goal of finishing by Sept. 26.
Democratic leaders are considering a procedural tactic that would put Cruz and his allies in an awkward spot and upend their efforts.
Under Senate rules, they could have a simple majority vote that would strip the healthcare defunding language once they end debate on the House measure.
House Republicans haven’t decided how to proceed once the Senate passes the measure after stripping it of the healthcare language.
If House Speaker John Boehner allows the Senate bill to proceed, he would need enough Democratic votes to join Republicans to pass it and avoid a government shutdown.
House Republican leaders also could decide to continue revising the measure and send the amended version back to the Senate for a vote, complicating the process and raising the risk of a shutdown as time runs out.
The House spending measure also includes a provision directing the Treasury on how to prioritize payments if the debt ceiling is breached.
House Republicans said today they’d start working next week on legislation to raise the nation’s debt limit, attach a one-year delay in the health law, make cuts to entitlement programs, and include approval for the Keystone XL pipeline.
“The next 10 days are very important for our country,” said Rep. Tim Graves, a Georgia Republican, who has pushed for defunding the healthcare law.
Ryan said the measures Republicans will attach would reduce the U.S. budget deficit in the long term.
The legislation will look “at debt over the long term and that is what matters the most,” Ryan told reporters today.
© Copyright 2013 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.
McCain: Obama Would Be Impeached for ‘Boots on Ground’ in Syria
Sen. John McCain has warned that President Barack Obama could face impeachment if he put “boots on the ground” in Syria.
“No one wants American boots on the ground,” the Arizona Republican told Phoenix CBS affiliate KFYI-TV on Thursday. “Nor will there be American boots on the ground because there would be an impeachment of the president if they did that.
“The fact is [Syrian President] Bashar Assad has massacred 100,000 people,” McCain added. “The conflict is spreading … The Russians are all in, the Iranians are all in — and it’s an unfair fight.”
McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate, made his remarks after a town hall meeting with about 150 Phoenix residents that focused on Syria.
“The president has bungled this beyond belief,” he said, referring to Obama’s handling of the Syrian situation. “Announced that he’s going to strike and then say, ‘No, I’m going to the American Congress.’ I can’t believe how badly he’s mishandled this issue.”
He reiterated that the U.S. would not send troops to Syria in response to Assad’s Aug. 21 chemical weapons attacks on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus.
The White House has said that more than 1,400 people, including more than 400 children, died in the assaults.
“I am unalterably opposed to having a single American boot on the ground in Syria,” McCain said. “The American people wouldn’t stand for it.
“Second of all, it would not be anything but counterproductive to do that,” he added. “American blood and treasure is too precious to do that.”
He told KFYI after the session that he understood American’s skittishness about a Syrian strike.
“They are largely against any action in Syria — and I understand their skepticism,” McCain said.
© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
Ever since Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to boycott CNN and NBC from participating in the 2016 GOP primary debates — an answer to CNN and NBC’s plans to produce specials about on Hillary Clinton just ahead of the election — some in the media have called it a ruse, an excuse to limit the debates, thus limiting the damage the candidates can do to each other before the general.
Joy Behar on ABC’s “The View” was one of the first to posit the theory. A story in Politico Friday says the same thing:
The RNC’s very vocal outrage over the [CNN and NBC] projects gives party leaders a perfect excuse to do what they’ve long wanted to do anyway: get some control over a process that led to 20 grueling primary debates last cycle …
The RNC never needed an excuse to limit the number of debates. They were going to do it anyway. A report commissioned by the RNC and released in March said so… Continue reading »Filed under News | Comment (0)
There are essentially two sides to this debate — those who think they will help the GOP and those who worry the swirling scandals around the Obama White House may actually hurt the GOP. But I’m interesting in what you think…
Before voting, take a moment to consider both sides.
First, Ramesh Ponnuru lays out the argument that the scandals could hurt the GOP:
Watch the way the Republicans are handling today’s controversies and it’s easy to see how their tactics could backfire again. You would expect that Senator Lindsey Graham, who helped to lead the impeachment proceedings against Clinton, had learned to be cautious in pursuing a scandal. Yet he decided to tie the Benghazi investigation explicitly to the 2016 presidential race, saying that the controversy would doom Hillary Clinton. If Graham were a Democratic plant trying to make the investigation look like a merely partisan exercise, he couldn’t have done better. [...]
The biggest danger for Republicans in giving themselves over to scandal mania is one that the conventional retelling of the Clinton impeachment neglects. Republicans didn’t lose seats simply because they overreached on Clinton’s perjury. It is true that his impeachment was unpopular, and public approval of the Republicans sank as they pursued it. Still, only 5 percent of voters in the 1998 election told exit pollsters that the scandal had played a role in their decision, and Republicans got a majority of those voters.
The Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein outlines 5 reasons why focus on the scandals will not hurt the GOP:News | Comment (0)
As we reported, the Senate yesterday voted down various gun control proposals. Needless to say, anti-gun liberals were not amused…
Hope for America compiled some of the “finest examples of left-wing frustration.” Here are a couple of the best:
This wasn’t merely the Senate being what the Founding Fathers envisioned: the “cooling saucer” for the hot coffee of legislative emotion. This was the Senate, constricted by its own rules and the laser-focused fire of the National Rifle Association, being the slaughterhouse of public will.
Every strong political movement, besotted with the fragrance of its own power, hits the point of overreach, and the pro-gun movement hit that point yesterday in the morally repulsive Senate vote on the background-checks bill. We all know the old cliché that the NRA has power because its members vote on the guns issue, while gun-control people aren’t zealots. Well, Wayne LaPierre and 46 craven senators, that “majority” of the Senate, have just created millions of zealots, and as furious as I am, I’m also strangely at peace, because I’m more confident than ever that the NRA will never, ever be stronger in Washington than it was yesterday.
And, of course, the New York Times:
The National Rifle Association once supported the expansion of background checks, but it decided this time that President Obama and gun-control advocates could not be allowed even a scintilla of a victory, no matter how sensible. That group, and others even more militant, wanted to make sure not one bill emerged from the Newtown shooting, and they got their way. A vast majority of Republicans meekly followed along, joined by a few nervous red-state Democrats, giving far more weight to a small, shrill and largely rural faction than to the country’s overwhelming need for safety and sanity.
Click here to see more.
Read more stories from TheBlaze
News | Comment (0)
When the President expresses anger at another branch like he did with the Supreme Court at the State of the Union a couple years ago and yesterday at the Senate, it is not impressive. It is another example of how small he is and how out of touch he is with the vast majority of Americans.
Obama Irate as Senate Votes Down Background Checks
An angry President Barack Obama denounced Senate Republicans on Wednesday for failing to pass stricter background checks on gun purchases, calling it a “pretty shameful day” for Washington.
Speaking in the Rose Garden as the families of some of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shootings looked on, Obama vowed to press on in the fight for tougher gun laws.
“Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders,” he said, standing alongside former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who left Congress after suffering a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head. “A few minutes ago a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms even when these families looked on from the gallery.”
Earlier, Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms.
In recent weeks, the families of some of the victims of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School pressed lawmakers with stories of personal loss, as Second Amendment advocates countered that none of the proposed changes would have stopped the grisly tragedy.
Attempts to ban assault-style rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines also faced certain defeat in a series of showdown votes.
The background check measure commanded a majority of senators, 54-46, but that was well short of the 60 votes needed to advance. A total of 41 Republicans and five Democrats pulled together to scuttle the plan.
“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Obama said, referring to fears by some that the law would allow for creation of a federal gun registry.
The president alluded to polls that peaked at 90 percent of Americans supporting expanded background checks for convicted criminals and the severely mentally ill. He said “90 percent” of Democrats supported the bill, but “90 percent” of Republicans opposed it.
“There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this,” Obama said. “It came down to politics.”
The National Rifle Association issued a statement shortly after Wednesday’s vote calling the Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal “misguided” and saying that the measure would have criminalized “certain private transfers” of guns between honest citizens.
“As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools,” said the statement issued by Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist.
“The NRA will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats who are committed to protecting our children in schools, prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and fixing our broken mental health system,” according to the statement. “We are grateful for the hard work and leadership of those senators who chose to pursue meaningful solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.”
Obama said that most Americans think that the tougher background checks are already required by law.
While Wednesday’s bill would not have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy, and would not prevent all future gun deaths, he said it should have been passed to save lives.
“This legislation met that test. And too many senators failed theirs,” Obama said.
The president vowed to work without Congress if necessary to do more in his effort to cut gun violence. He said the White House will address barriers to states participating in the existing background check system, give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns, and help put emergency plans for schools in place.
“What happened in Newtown can happen anywhere,” Mark Barden, the father of murdered 7-year-old Daniel, said before the president’s remarks. “Any dad in America can be in my shoes.”
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid also blasted Republicans for the vote.
“I want everyone to understand this is just the beginning. This is not the end,” he told reporters after the vote. “Ninety percent of Democrats here on the floor stood with 90 percent of the American people for expanding background checks. I appreciate very much a handful of Republicans that crossed the aisle to stand with us on this common-sense issue.”
He promised to keep up the fight for background checks. “The fight has just begun. It’s not going away,” said Reid.
“We will win this fight,” added Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. “We will not rest until we win.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Obama-Senate-background-checks/2013/04/17/id/500024?s=al&promo_code=132FA-1#ixzz2Qou5sRW8
Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Sen. Chuck Hagel as the newest Secretary of Defense, replacing outgoing Secretary Leon Panetta. The vote ultimately came down to the affirmative votes of four key Republican senators: Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and Rand Paul (Ky.).
Although Paul had previously been an outspoken critic of Hagel, he earlier explained his vote for confirmation, and reminded critics that presidential appointees are Obama’s “prerogative”:
“I voted for John Kerry and I agree with nothing he represents,” he said, “but I voted for him because I thought there was a level of at least basic human decency and honesty that exists there … and that the president has the prerogative to determine political appointees.” …
He went on, “I would never vote for him in an election so I saw it a little bit differently. I see Hagel and [CIA nominee John] Brennan and [Treasury nominee Jack] Lew kind of the same way. I don’t agree with much of their policies with any of them … They’re going to be Obama appointees … On Hagel, there’s criticims of both on the conservative right there’s also criticism on the libertarian right.”
Paul said Hagel is “not a small government libertarian” and added, “There are reasons to vote against him … and I did vote against cloture … [but] I haven’t yet decided on final passage. To me right now, and I know people are hot and heavy on the Hagel thing — I’m more hot and heavy on the Brennan thing.”
Many conservatives were upset with Paul’s change-of-heart and Twitchy captured some of their reactions to the vote on Twitter:
For more reaction, tune in Thursday when Sen. Paul talks with Glenn on radio.
Read more stories from TheBlaze
News | Comment (0)