Thursday, July 31, 2014

House Committee Demands Proof From GOP Govs Who Rejected Medicaid Expansions | Ring of Fire

House Committee Demands Proof From GOP Govs Who Rejected Medicaid Expansions | Ring of Fire

Earlier this week, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sent letters to Republican governors who rejected the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion asking them to explain their reasoning.

Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wrote the letters requesting documents to explain the expansion rejection to Rick Perry (TX), Rick Scott (FL), and Pat McCrory (NC).

In the letter to Gov. Perry, Cummings explained that “Congress offered to pay 100% of [the expanded Medicaid costs] for the first three years, declining to 90% by 2020, with states only paying 10% of these costs.”
  

BOR: Children's Home of Lubbock Fires Employee for Being Gay

BOR: Children's Home of Lubbock Fires Employee for Being Gay

Workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is unfortunately still perfectly legal in most of Texas. Only six cities and one county have extended protections to those discriminated against based on sexual orientation: Austin, Dallas and Dallas County, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. Lubbock is not among them.
  

Ted Cruz’s nerve to blame Democrats - The Washington Post

Ted Cruz’s nerve to blame Democrats - The Washington Post

But, really, for Cruz of all people to complain of congressional dysfunction, and for him to single out immigration of all issues as an example of Democratic irresponsibility and disinterest, is breathtakingly galling.
  

Texas Dem blasts ’10 active militias’ on border: ‘Pointing guns at children solves nothing’

Texas Dem blasts ’10 active militias’ on border: ‘Pointing guns at children solves nothing’

The Monitor reported that a so-called militia “commander” by the name of Chris Davis released a 21-minute YouTube video last month explaining how members would deal with child refugees.

“How?” he asked. “You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’”

Records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News showed that Davis was a former truck driver who received a discharge “under other than honorable conditions in lieu of trial by court martial” from the Army in 2001.
  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Will Speaker move bill on the pope? | TheHill

Will Speaker move bill on the pope? | TheHill

The seemingly innocuous resolution was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which hasn’t acted on it. The panel didn’t comment for this article.

The inaction and the lack of a white smoke signal from Boehner have sparked speculation that politics is at play.

Only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. The dearth of GOP members on the measure could be attributable to assertions that the pope is “too liberal,” according to a Republican backer of the legislation.

The source noted that Francis last year denounced “trickle-down economics.”

Some Republicans believe the pope is “sounding like [President] Obama. [The pope] talks about equality — he actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged,” the GOP official said.

In March, the pope raised some eyebrows when he indicated an openness to civil unions. He stressed, however, that he strongly supports the church’s teaching that “marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Larson on Friday sent a letter to Boehner requesting a vote.

In the letter, obtained by The Hill, Larson highlighted Boehner’s open invitation to Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress.
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New White House Report Highlights Economic Cost Of Delaying Action On Climate Change

New White House Report Highlights Economic Cost Of Delaying Action On Climate Change

A new White House report released Tuesday warns that delaying environmental action would be costly and argues that swift action serves as "climate insurance" to mitigate the "most severe and irreversible potential consequences of climate change."

The report, titled "A Cost Of Delaying Action To Stem Climate Change," comes in the wake of the Obama administration's decision to bypass Congress and propose new rules on coal-fired power plants aimed at slashing carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.
  

Which 37 House Democrats Voted with the GOP to Poison Your Water?

Which 37 House Democrats Voted with the GOP to Poison Your Water?

Basically, it's a bill designed to make the life of polluters easier at the expense of your health and the environment.
Since it was brought up under suspension (which requires a 2/3 majority for passage), the bill failed. But it has the votes to pass. 216 Republicans and 37 Democrats voted for it. 148 Democrats voted against it.

Which 37 Democrats want to pollute your water to appease big polluters?
  Check the list at the linked source.

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything."

In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs.

The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing.

In fact, we're on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history.

The wealth is coming from those who over the last three decades earned huge amounts on Wall Street, in corporate boardrooms, or as high-tech entrepreneurs.
  More at the linked source.

Happy Birthday Medicare


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Senator Denies Climate Change On Senate Floor And Gets A Science Lesson From His Colleague | ThinkProgress

Senator Denies Climate Change On Senate Floor And Gets A Science Lesson From His Colleague | ThinkProgress

Here at ClimateProgress, we spend a lot of time debunking politicians who deny climate change based on scientifically murky grounds. On Thursday, it looked as though we’d have to do it again, after Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) blocked a Senate resolution that would have simply stated that climate change is real. Inhofe said he objected to the resolution because the earth had experienced “no warming for the last 15 years;” and because 9,000 scientists had signed a petition expressing doubt that greenhouse gases cause global warming.
Fortunately, however, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) did the debunking for us, just seconds after Inhofe finished his tirade against the Obama administration for having his federal agencies “collude” together to promote a “global warming agenda.”
“I appreciate very much having had the opportunity to hear those words, from what I can only describe as an alternate reality,” Whitehouse began, before getting into detailed specifics rebutting each one of Inhofe’s points.
  see the video at the linked source.