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Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

Today Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that the individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, saying that it “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.”  The suit was brought by VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who argued that the individual mandate was an unconstitutional expansion of the Commerce Clause. The White House dismissed the […]

Filed Under Health Care, Legislation

Preparing For The Lame Duck Session

Last week was a historic conservative victory.  Conservatives took the U.S. House of Representatives, made significant gains in the U.S. Senate, and as a result, we will soon welcome one of the most pro-family, conservative Congresses in recent history.  However, the current Congress has one more opportunity to do damage when they return for the lame […]

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Obamacare Provides a Grim Diagnosis

Sens. Tom Coburn and John Barrasso, both doctors, have released a report on the effect of Obamacare to date.  It is not a pretty picture. They find that: Obamacare costs America nearly 800,000 jobs, most coming from within the medical industry: The CBO “estimates that the legislation, on net, will reduce the amount of labor […]

Filed Under Health Care, Legislation, US House, US Senate

Waxman Net Neutrality Bill Fails Due To Lack of Republican Support

I’ve previously written on the issue of net neutrality, i.e.- government takeover of the internet, and its cooling effect on free speech.  Congress recently had a chance to stop this power grab by the FCC, but failed to come together on the issue.  Rep. Henry Waxman introduced a bill that would have expressly prohibited the […]

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Alabama Must Deal With The Coming Pension Crisis

Update:  ATR’s Joshua Culling and Stateline.org point out that pension problems have been a popular topic of conversation on the gubernatorial campaign trail across the U.S.  Both Alabama gubernatorial candidates have acknowledged the problem and agree that something will have to be done. States across the union, already faced with a steep decline in revenues, […]

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Dems Pull EPA Appropriations Bill Over Cap and Trade Resolution

This flew a little under the radar, so in case anyone else missed it… Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee was set to vote on an amendment to the Interior-EPA Appropriations bill that would have imposed a one-year ban on global warming regulations.  The amendment would have defunded the EPA’s regulatory program on global warming. […]

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Supreme Court Rules 2nd Amendment Actually Means What It Says

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the language of the 2nd Amendment means that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense no matter where they live.  This strikes down bans on handguns in places like D.C. and Chicago where the legislation had been tied up in the court system. For reference, this […]

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Did You Get Your Money's Worth Out Of Congress This Week?

What You Paid This week, taxpayers spent roughly $46 million on Congress Salaries of Members of Congress and their allowances/week: Speaker of the House: $223,500/52 = $4,299 House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders: ($193,400/52) x 4 = $14,877 Other Representatives and Senators: ($174,000/52) x 530 = $1,773,462 Money allocated for House (sans member salaries): $1.369 […]

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