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Obama's Shutdown: Don't Be Fooled 10/04/2013 07:22:41
    

Eagle Forum Capitol Hill Office : This week’s political news has been fast-paced, urgent, and indeed scary, but how do we cut through the spin of the Obama administration and their mainstream media? The facts are simple. President Obama and his Democratic Senate absolutely refuse to compromise with House Republicans. They are so unwilling to compromise or even work with Republicans that they shut down the federal government and have now resorted to fear-mongering and hyping this government slow-down into more than it is. President Obama and Harry Reid’s Senate are holding national parks, monuments, buildings, and federal employees hostage until Republicans and the public give in to their demands. This administration and their political pawns have decided that they would rather go to extreme lengths to barricade unsupervised monuments than to allow Congress to represent the will of the people. In an unprecedented move yesterday, we saw federal workers placing barricades and caution tape around our national monuments in D.C., barring the public and even WWII veterans visiting D.C. These sites are unsupervised and open 24/7 – previous shutdowns have never affected these locations. For the White House to send the U.S. Park Police to restrict World War II veterans from their own memorial is both despicable and embarrassing . Obama’s White House-orchestrated shutdown is purely political and a petty attempt to strong-arm the American people and their representat...
Absurd Shutdown (FUBAR) Policy Blocks Veterans from Visiting the World War II Memorial 10/04/2013 07:22:38
    by Katie Nielsen, Heritage Foundation : In order to enforce the government shutdown, the National Park Service has fenced off the World War II Memorial and other public monuments in the nation’s capital—and threatened those who entered with arrest. This meant that for the second day in a row, veterans were denied access to the memorial. So they took this bureaucratic absurdity into their own hands and knocked down the blockades. (The Park Service has now reversed course and says that veterans can enter the world War II Memorial—but not other monuments.) The Heritage Foundation’s Crystal Goodremote has rounded up reports about this absurdity : Another day, another confrontation at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Yesterday, a group of veterans with Honor Flight were waiting to get into their memorial after police had blocked entry. Eventually, the group knocked down the barricades in front of the memorial. Today, the Obama administration is continuing the shutdown and adding even more barricades. Park police putting up new “closed” signs on #WWIIMemorial . Honor Flight rep says “we’ll get in.” pic.twitter.com/S7m752N8OF — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 2, 2013 Live from the WWII memorial where park officials are setting up more gates and tape to block visitors pic.twitter.com/XkzBTWFMEE — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013 But the veterans, along with supporters aren’t planning on leaving anytime soon. RT @LeoShane : Hu...

Absurd Shutdown (FUBAR) Policy Blocks Veterans from Visiting the World War II Memorial
Democrats Block Senate From Passing House Bills To Fund National Guard, Parks, NIH, 10/04/2013 07:22:26
    Today in Washington, D.C. - Oct. 3, 2013 The Senate reconvened at 10:30 AM and began a period of morning business. This morning, Senate Republicans asked consent for the Senate to pass several House-passed bills to keep veterans services and the National Institutes of Health running, to keep parks open, and to keep National Guard members paid, but Democrats objected to all of them. The House reconvened at 10:00 AM. In spite of the Senate Democrats refusal to consider any House bills except for one Continuing Resolution to fund everything, today will continue consideration of the following individual funding bills: H.R. 3230 — "Making continuing appropriations during a Government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during such period." H.J. Res. 72 — "Making continuing appropriations for veterans benefits for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." Yesterday, the House passed: H.J. Res. 70 (252-173)— "Making continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." H.J. Res. 73 (254-171)— "Making continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) responded today to President Obama’s remarks in Maryland. “Republicans have sent...

Democrats Block Senate From Passing House Bills To Fund National Guard, Parks, NIH, Vets
Obama's Shutdown: Don't Be Fooled 10/04/2013 06:01:54
    

Eagle Forum Capitol Hill Office : This week’s political news has been fast-paced, urgent, and indeed scary, but how do we cut through the spin of the Obama administration and their mainstream media? The facts are simple. President Obama and his Democratic Senate absolutely refuse to compromise with House Republicans. They are so unwilling to compromise or even work with Republicans that they shut down the federal government and have now resorted to fear-mongering and hyping this government slow-down into more than it is. President Obama and Harry Reid’s Senate are holding national parks, monuments, buildings, and federal employees hostage until Republicans and the public give in to their demands. This administration and their political pawns have decided that they would rather go to extreme lengths to barricade unsupervised monuments than to allow Congress to represent the will of the people. In an unprecedented move yesterday, we saw federal workers placing barricades and caution tape around our national monuments in D.C., barring the public and even WWII veterans visiting D.C. These sites are unsupervised and open 24/7 – previous shutdowns have never affected these locations. For the White House to send the U.S. Park Police to restrict World War II veterans from their own memorial is both despicable and embarrassing . Obama’s White House-orchestrated shutdown is purely political and a petty attempt to strong-arm the American people and their representat...
Absurd Shutdown (FUBAR) Policy Blocks Veterans from Visiting the World War II Memorial 10/04/2013 05:58:42
    by Katie Nielsen, Heritage Foundation : In order to enforce the government shutdown, the National Park Service has fenced off the World War II Memorial and other public monuments in the nation’s capital—and threatened those who entered with arrest. This meant that for the second day in a row, veterans were denied access to the memorial. So they took this bureaucratic absurdity into their own hands and knocked down the blockades. (The Park Service has now reversed course and says that veterans can enter the world War II Memorial—but not other monuments.) The Heritage Foundation’s Crystal Goodremote has rounded up reports about this absurdity : Another day, another confrontation at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Yesterday, a group of veterans with Honor Flight were waiting to get into their memorial after police had blocked entry. Eventually, the group knocked down the barricades in front of the memorial. Today, the Obama administration is continuing the shutdown and adding even more barricades. Park police putting up new “closed” signs on #WWIIMemorial . Honor Flight rep says “we’ll get in.” pic.twitter.com/S7m752N8OF — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 2, 2013 Live from the WWII memorial where park officials are setting up more gates and tape to block visitors pic.twitter.com/XkzBTWFMEE — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013 But the veterans, along with supporters aren’t planning on leaving anytime soon. RT @LeoShane : Hu...

Absurd Shutdown (FUBAR) Policy Blocks Veterans from Visiting the World War II Memorial
Democrats Block Senate From Passing House Bills To Fund National Guard, Parks, NIH, 10/04/2013 05:55:30
    Today in Washington, D.C. - Oct. 3, 2013 The Senate reconvened at 10:30 AM and began a period of morning business. This morning, Senate Republicans asked consent for the Senate to pass several House-passed bills to keep veterans services and the National Institutes of Health running, to keep parks open, and to keep National Guard members paid, but Democrats objected to all of them. The House reconvened at 10:00 AM. In spite of the Senate Democrats refusal to consider any House bills except for one Continuing Resolution to fund everything, today will continue consideration of the following individual funding bills: H.R. 3230 — "Making continuing appropriations during a Government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during such period." H.J. Res. 72 — "Making continuing appropriations for veterans benefits for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." Yesterday, the House passed: H.J. Res. 70 (252-173)— "Making continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." H.J. Res. 73 (254-171)— "Making continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) responded today to President Obama’s remarks in Maryland. “Republicans have sent...

Democrats Block Senate From Passing House Bills To Fund National Guard, Parks, NIH, Vets
Obama's Shutdown: Don't Be Fooled 10/04/2013 05:43:52
    

Eagle Forum Capitol Hill Office : This week’s political news has been fast-paced, urgent, and indeed scary, but how do we cut through the spin of the Obama administration and their mainstream media? The facts are simple. President Obama and his Democratic Senate absolutely refuse to compromise with House Republicans. They are so unwilling to compromise or even work with Republicans that they shut down the federal government and have now resorted to fear-mongering and hyping this government slow-down into more than it is. President Obama and Harry Reid’s Senate are holding national parks, monuments, buildings, and federal employees hostage until Republicans and the public give in to their demands. This administration and their political pawns have decided that they would rather go to extreme lengths to barricade unsupervised monuments than to allow Congress to represent the will of the people. In an unprecedented move yesterday, we saw federal workers placing barricades and caution tape around our national monuments in D.C., barring the public and even WWII veterans visiting D.C. These sites are unsupervised and open 24/7 – previous shutdowns have never affected these locations. For the White House to send the U.S. Park Police to restrict World War II veterans from their own memorial is both despicable and embarrassing . Obama’s White House-orchestrated shutdown is purely political and a petty attempt to strong-arm the American people and their representat...
Absurd Shutdown (FUBAR) Policy Blocks Veterans from Visiting the World War II Memorial 10/04/2013 05:40:39
    by Katie Nielsen, Heritage Foundation : In order to enforce the government shutdown, the National Park Service has fenced off the World War II Memorial and other public monuments in the nation’s capital—and threatened those who entered with arrest. This meant that for the second day in a row, veterans were denied access to the memorial. So they took this bureaucratic absurdity into their own hands and knocked down the blockades. (The Park Service has now reversed course and says that veterans can enter the world War II Memorial—but not other monuments.) The Heritage Foundation’s Crystal Goodremote has rounded up reports about this absurdity : Another day, another confrontation at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Yesterday, a group of veterans with Honor Flight were waiting to get into their memorial after police had blocked entry. Eventually, the group knocked down the barricades in front of the memorial. Today, the Obama administration is continuing the shutdown and adding even more barricades. Park police putting up new “closed” signs on #WWIIMemorial . Honor Flight rep says “we’ll get in.” pic.twitter.com/S7m752N8OF — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 2, 2013 Live from the WWII memorial where park officials are setting up more gates and tape to block visitors pic.twitter.com/XkzBTWFMEE — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013 But the veterans, along with supporters aren’t planning on leaving anytime soon. RT @LeoShane : Hu...

Absurd Shutdown (FUBAR) Policy Blocks Veterans from Visiting the World War II Memorial
Democrats Block Senate From Passing House Bills To Fund National Guard, Parks, NIH, 10/04/2013 05:37:13
    Today in Washington, D.C. - Oct. 3, 2013 The Senate reconvened at 10:30 AM and began a period of morning business. This morning, Senate Republicans asked consent for the Senate to pass several House-passed bills to keep veterans services and the National Institutes of Health running, to keep parks open, and to keep National Guard members paid, but Democrats objected to all of them. The House reconvened at 10:00 AM. In spite of the Senate Democrats refusal to consider any House bills except for one Continuing Resolution to fund everything, today will continue consideration of the following individual funding bills: H.R. 3230 — "Making continuing appropriations during a Government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during such period." H.J. Res. 72 — "Making continuing appropriations for veterans benefits for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." Yesterday, the House passed: H.J. Res. 70 (252-173)— "Making continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." H.J. Res. 73 (254-171)— "Making continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes." Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) responded today to President Obama’s remarks in Maryland. “Republicans have sent...

Democrats Block Senate From Passing House Bills To Fund National Guard, Parks, NIH, Vets
How The Democrats Got Us To A Shutdown 10/03/2013 20:57:02
    

Soren Dayton by Soren Dayton, Red State : The press has been falling over itself to attack Republicans for the shutdown and claiming that they are the source of all the irresponsibility in the process. They have conveniently forgotten several important things about how much the Democrats have broken the budget process in the last couple of years and in this year in particular. I wrote back in January about how the Senate Democrats were dismantling the budget process. While the Senate did pass a budget resolution this year, in many ways the situation has gotten much, much worse. A shutdown is, purely for procedural reasons, a natural and logical consequence of the massive failure of the Senate to do its job. The budget process starts every year with the President offering his budget in the first week of February. But that’s not what happened. He offered it on April 10, two months after the statutory deadline. In fact, he offered it after both the House and the Senate had passed budget resolutions, so his budget plan was already a moot point. He didn’t do his job, so Congress had to move on without him. (Incidentally, this was the first time that the Senate had passed one since April 29, 2009). But then the Senate ground to a halt. The Library of Congress offers a very helpful scorecard about how the budget process is proceeding this year that makes it very easy to compare how each chamber did, and how that compares to the past. This year, the House passe...
Dems Punish Veterans to Protect a Lemon 10/03/2013 20:53:30
    Newt Gingrich, Newt Productions : Democrats are closing the government to protect a lemon of a law. Obamacare went into effect yesterday despite widespread evidence it was not ready to launch, even three years after the law was passed. The implementation problems are not small. The “exchanges,” websites where Americans who don’t have insurance (or whose employers have dropped their coverage) must buy new policies, had major technical breakdowns in 47 states yesterday. In Connecticut, 10,000 people visited the exchange website but only 22 people actually enrolled. One MSNBC reporter attempted for 35 minutes to sign up for coverage before giving up after getting error messages repeatedly. The faulty exchanges are the least of the mishaps with Obamacare, however. The White House delayed the employer mandate because even three years after the law passed, the administration could not work out how to implement it. The administration also announced it would not be able to verify individuals’ eligibility for subsidies , opting to hand out taxpayer money on the honor system until at least 2015 rather than delay the law. President Obama tried to explain away these disasters yesterday as “glitches,” glibly comparing them to bugs in Apple’s new iPhone software. “Like every new law, every new product rollout,” he said, “there are going to be some glitches in the sign-up process along the way that we will fix…Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Appl...

Dems Punish Veterans to Protect a Lemon
How The Democrats Got Us To A Shutdown 10/03/2013 20:51:10
    

Soren Dayton by Soren Dayton, Red State : The press has been falling over itself to attack Republicans for the shutdown and claiming that they are the source of all the irresponsibility in the process. They have conveniently forgotten several important things about how much the Democrats have broken the budget process in the last couple of years and in this year in particular. I wrote back in January about how the Senate Democrats were dismantling the budget process. While the Senate did pass a budget resolution this year, in many ways the situation has gotten much, much worse. A shutdown is, purely for procedural reasons, a natural and logical consequence of the massive failure of the Senate to do its job. The budget process starts every year with the President offering his budget in the first week of February. But that’s not what happened. He offered it on April 10, two months after the statutory deadline. In fact, he offered it after both the House and the Senate had passed budget resolutions, so his budget plan was already a moot point. He didn’t do his job, so Congress had to move on without him. (Incidentally, this was the first time that the Senate had passed one since April 29, 2009). But then the Senate ground to a halt. The Library of Congress offers a very helpful scorecard about how the budget process is proceeding this year that makes it very easy to compare how each chamber did, and how that compares to the past. This year, the House passe...
Dems Punish Veterans to Protect a Lemon 10/03/2013 20:50:57
    Newt Gingrich, Newt Productions : Democrats are closing the government to protect a lemon of a law. Obamacare went into effect yesterday despite widespread evidence it was not ready to launch, even three years after the law was passed. The implementation problems are not small. The “exchanges,” websites where Americans who don’t have insurance (or whose employers have dropped their coverage) must buy new policies, had major technical breakdowns in 47 states yesterday. In Connecticut, 10,000 people visited the exchange website but only 22 people actually enrolled. One MSNBC reporter attempted for 35 minutes to sign up for coverage before giving up after getting error messages repeatedly. The faulty exchanges are the least of the mishaps with Obamacare, however. The White House delayed the employer mandate because even three years after the law passed, the administration could not work out how to implement it. The administration also announced it would not be able to verify individuals’ eligibility for subsidies , opting to hand out taxpayer money on the honor system until at least 2015 rather than delay the law. President Obama tried to explain away these disasters yesterday as “glitches,” glibly comparing them to bugs in Apple’s new iPhone software. “Like every new law, every new product rollout,” he said, “there are going to be some glitches in the sign-up process along the way that we will fix…Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Appl...

Dems Punish Veterans to Protect a Lemon
House Continues to Act on Keeping Government Open 10/03/2013 20:50:54
    WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after the House passed measures to keep critical parts of the government running, including life-saving cancer research, national parks and museums, and District of Columbia schools and services: “Republicans continue to listen to the American people and take steps to keep critical parts of the government running. There’s nothing ‘piecemeal’ about making sure Americans have access to all of their national parks, or continuing life-saving cancer research. Instead of threatening to veto these bills as part of a scorched-earth strategy, the president should back them just as he did our military pay bill. We will pass additional emergency measures in the coming days as we wait for President Obama and Senate Democrats to drop their refusal to negotiate. The sooner they do, the sooner we can resolve our differences and address our country’s challenges.” Tags: U.S. House, keeping Government open, Speaker John Boehner To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!

House Continues to Act on Keeping Government Open
House Continues to Act on Keeping Government Open 10/03/2013 20:50:03
    WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after the House passed measures to keep critical parts of the government running, including life-saving cancer research, national parks and museums, and District of Columbia schools and services: “Republicans continue to listen to the American people and take steps to keep critical parts of the government running. There’s nothing ‘piecemeal’ about making sure Americans have access to all of their national parks, or continuing life-saving cancer research. Instead of threatening to veto these bills as part of a scorched-earth strategy, the president should back them just as he did our military pay bill. We will pass additional emergency measures in the coming days as we wait for President Obama and Senate Democrats to drop their refusal to negotiate. The sooner they do, the sooner we can resolve our differences and address our country’s challenges.” Tags: U.S. House, keeping Government open, Speaker John Boehner To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!

House Continues to Act on Keeping Government Open
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