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Sen. Mary Landrieu: Small Business Will Save Money With ObamaCare

On Tuesday, Politico reported that the next ObamaCare "time-bomb" will hit in the middle of next year, when millions of small business owners will face skyrocketing health insurance premiums. The announcements of the higher premiums will come just weeks before the mid-term elections and present a threat to all Democrats who supported ObamaCare. This threat is greater, though, for Sen. Mary Landrieu, who made health care savings for small business a central justification for her support of ObamaCare. Dec 18, 2013 8:34 AM PT

Loss of Faith in GOP Kept Conservatives Out of Ryan-Murray Budget Fight

In the days immediately following the release of the budget deal negotiated between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), House Speaker John Boehner launched a preemptive attack on conservative and tea party grass roots activists. Saying these groups had "lost all credibility" by attacking a budget deal that hiked federal spending, Boehner was trying to marginalize conservatives and blunt their influence in the debate. He needn't have bothered. Conservatives were largely absent from the fight over the Ryan-Murray budget. That says more about Republicans, however, than it does about conservatives. Dec 17, 2013 5:59 PM PT

Targeted Dem Rep. Jim Matheson to Retire

On Tuesday, Utah Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson, a 7-term incumbent, announced he would retire at the end of his term, rather than seek reelection. Matheson, who represents the most Republican district held by a Democrat, has long been an election target and won reelection in 2012 by just over 700 votes. Political handicapper Charlie Cook has shifted the race from "Lean D" to "Likely R." Dec 17, 2013 12:44 PM PT

12 GOP Senators Join Democrats to Support Ryan-Murray Budget

A dozen Republican Senators joined a united Democrat caucus to invoke cloture on the Ryan-Murray budget deal on Tuesday. The cloture vote was 67-33. The vote, which cuts off a possible filibuster, puts the deal on a clear path to passage. Final passage on the deal requires a simple 51 vote majority. Dec 17, 2013 7:44 AM PT

Reps. Blackburn, Collins Would Create Record Industry Monopoly on Royalties

Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Doug Collins (R-GA) recently took issue with my “screed” in opposition to the latest recording industry power grab and in favor of the Internet Radio Fairness Act. In their piece they quote Pink Floyd and say they “don’t need no thought control”. If they genuinely believe that their positions are “conservative” and “free market” then thought control has already happened. Dec 16, 2013 12:56 PM PT

Obama Breaks Promise to Veterans to Support Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

President Obama gave almost immediate approval to the budget deal negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), even as top Democrats expressed skepticism. In doing so, Obama breaks a promise he made to veterans and military personnel just a few months ago. Dec 16, 2013 10:50 AM PT

Military Families Host 'Twitter Town Hall' Against Budget Deal

One of the more insignificant, yet pernicious, spending cuts in the Ryan-Murray budget is a reduction in military pensions. The changes would apply to current active and retired military personnel under the age of 62. Many military families view these changes as a broken promise and, Breitbart News has learned, are convening a "Twitter Town Hall" Monday night in opposition to the budget deal. The grass roots event is targeting Senators up for reelection next year with the hashtag #KeepYourPromise. Dec 16, 2013 9:46 AM PT

Why Business, GOP Attacking Tea Party Could Backfire Big Time

Lobbyists and the GOP political establishment applauded Speaker John Boehner's strident attacks against the Tea Party and conservatives as the House prepared to approve the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Boehner had said that conservative groups had "lost all credibility" for opposing a budget deal that increases the national debt. While business groups may get a tingle hearing Boehner's harsh words, one wonders how alienating the grass roots will help them block the next government overreach. Dec 15, 2013 5:02 PM PT

John McCain, 3 GOP Senators To Support Budget Deal

On Tuesday, the Senate will hold its first procedural vote on the Ryan-Murray budget deal. The odds of the deal passing increased significantly late Friday as GOP Sens. John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (ME), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Richard Burr (NC) said they would join 55 Democrats to cut off debate and block a filibuster. Majority Leader Harry Reid needs just one more GOP vote to advance the deal to final passage. Dec 14, 2013 10:20 AM PT

Military Pension Cuts Could Kill Budget Deal in Senate

After an overwhelming vote in the House, the Ryan-Murray budget deal now moves to the Senate. Democrats will need support from at least 5 GOP Senators to pass the deal. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) can normally count on a handful of GOP moderates, as of Friday, no Republican in the Senate has voiced support for the budget deal. The deal may fall apart over one of its smaller line-items; a 1% cut in cost of living adjustments for veterans' pensions. Dec 13, 2013 6:31 AM PT

House Votes to Bust Sequester's Spending Caps

On Thursday evening, the House of Representatives voted to adopt the Ryan-Murray budget and bust through the sequester spending caps and increase user fees. The vote was a lopsided 333-94. Among Republicans, 169 members voted for the budget and 63 voted against. Just 31 Democrats voted against the measure, after threatening for the most of the week to oppose the deal unless it extended unemployment benefits. The measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pass the deal sometime next week before leaving town for the year. Dec 12, 2013 3:35 PM PT

Hospitals Gear Up Lobbying to Repeal Ryan-Murray Budget Cuts

The Ryan-Murray budget deal hasn't passed Congress yet, but special interests are already preparing to repeal the modest cuts in the deal. As Breitbart News has reported, half of the spending cuts in the deal, and all of the deficit reduction, occurs 9 and 10 years from now, with cuts to Medicare providers. The lobbying group for hospitals has vowed to reverse these cuts. Dec 12, 2013 1:00 PM PT

Ryan-Murray Budget Raises National Debt Above Current Law For 9 Years

On Thursday, the House will vote on the Ryan-Murray budget deal, which hikes federal spending, raises user fees and promises spending cuts a decade from now. Supporters of the deal claim that, over 10 years, it will reduce the deficit by around $20 billion. That is unlikely to happen, as it requires significant budget cuts 9 years from now. Worse, though, the Ryan-Murray deal increases the national debt far more than it would be under current law. Dec 12, 2013 8:54 AM PT

70% of ObamaCare Enrollees Are In Medicaid

HHS reported Wednesday that 1.2 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare since the exchanges opened on October 1st. The media is trumpeting this as a sign the website is improving and ObamaCare is making steady progress towards its goals. A deeper look at the numbers, however, reveals a more troubling trend. Of the total enrollees, over 800,000 have signed up for Medicaid. Just over 360,000 have enrolled in private insurance plans, just 30% of the total. Dec 11, 2013 11:00 AM PT

GOP Wins Democrat Seat Running Against ObamaCare

Kentucky Republicans picked up a seat in the state House Tuesday in a special election. Republican Suzanne Miles edged Democrat Kim Humphrey to capture a seat that had been held by Democrats for decades. Trailing late in the race, Miles made the race a referendum on ObamaCare. Her success in using a federal issue to capture a seat in the state legislature could be a harbinger for 2014. Dec 11, 2013 10:15 AM PT

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