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Senate Dems propose Social Security reform.
Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash). and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced a bill to reform Social Security by increasing the payroll tax on the wealthy and expanding benefits to divorced couples and some college students.
“Social Security is one of the most important programs ever established in this country,” Begich said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “It is a promise to Americans that if you work hard all your life and contribute to the system then Social Security will be there for you in retirement to help you make ends meet.”
The Retirement and Income Security Enhancements (RAISE) Act would raise the payroll tax by 2 percent on anymore making more than $400,000 a year and expand the distribution of benefits to divorced couples that were married for at least five years and children of retired or disabled deceased workers up to age of 23 as long as they’re full-time students.
“At a time when Social Security is an increasingly critical source of support for so many, the RAISE Act would make some commonsense updates to ensure our Social Security system is doing everything possible to help seniors and their families,” Murray said. “We should absolutely make these critical changes to help ensure our Social Security system is meeting the needs of today’s workers and families.”
Begich vowed that as long as he’s in Congress he would work to make Social Security solvent. He faces a tough reelection race in November.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/208868-senate-dems-propose-social-security-reform#ixzz34Gso3RPl
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REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO HOLD THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HOSTAGE, THEY WANT TO GUT AMERICA TO SAVE THE WEALTHY, THE RUSSIAN KOCH BROTHERS TRILLIONS. GOP AND KOCH BRO. AGENDA, DESTROY SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, VETERANS COMMITTEES, REPUBLICANS HAVE BETRAYED THE FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY, THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING SINCE BUSH TO CUT DISABLED VETERANS DISABILITY, WHY, TO SAVE THE Russian Koch BROTHERS BILLIONS NOT HAVING TO PAY THEIR SHARE OF THE FICA WHICH IS THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND.
A NATION THAT BETRAYED THE VETERANS WILL BETRAY THE WORLD.
Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is facing a revolt among Republicans for adding controversial language to an aid package for Ukraine.
The Senate is expected to vote on the Ukraine measure next week. The controversial provisions, which have support of the Obama administration and liberals from both parties, would increase U.S. financial support to the International Monetary Fund.
A growing number of Republicans warn that attaching the IMF language would reduce U.S. power while expanding Russia’s influence on the global stage in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.
QA: Why Do Conservatives Oppose the IMF Reform Package?
Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) spearheaded a letter of opposition backed by four other senators: Mike Enzi (R–Wyo.), Mike Lee (R–Utah), Rand Paul (R–Ky.), and Pat Roberts (R–Kan.). In their letter to Reid, they wrote:
We are deeply concerned that the Ukraine aid legislation reported by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee contains “reform” provisions that would unnecessarily double the United States contribution to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), part of the largest proportional increase ever, yet ultimately undermine our influence in that body in a manner that provides no actual relief to Ukraine.
As we understand it, this reform would double the funds the IMF can loan, involving a doubling of the United States’ contribution from its current level of $63 billion, while simultaneously reducing U.S. influence over how these funds are directed—and increasing that of Russia. Regardless of the magnitude of this change, this idea is antithetical to the driving purpose of the underlying legislation.
The five Republican senators asked Reid to allow a vote to strip out the IMF language.
Heritage’s Jim Roberts, a research fellow for economic freedom and growth, has warned that inclusion of the IMF language in the Senate bill exploits the Ukraine aid package.
“The actions by the Obama Administration and the U.S. Senate to connect these unrelated issues in one piece of legislation represents a corruption of the congressional process, and that legislative body’s failure to deal with the Ukraine issue on its own merits,” Roberts said.
The IMF provisions were first proposed in 2010. Among the changes, Roberts noted, are the loss of U.S. veto authority over IMF funds and less control over the IMF’s decisions.
“Incredibly,” Roberts warned, “the reform package would also increase Russia’s power at the IMF at the very time when the U.S. is seeking to punish Russia for its act of war and aggression in Crimea.”
Is This The Cause of War? Oldest Pyramid On Earth Found Buried, they are looking for something. What was the first place they hit when they invaded Iraq? That would be the Department of Antiquities and guess what they STOLE? Pieces of the Torah and guess who the US gave them to? That would be Israel...all of this info I have just relayed here is verifiable. They are not after technology they are after information about the Divine Ones and what's coming....
WAKE UP AMERICA,
House Republicans Make Their Regularly Scheduled Threat To Destroy the Global Economy.Republicans are owned by the Russian Koch Bro,agenda destroy SS,MC and cut veterans disability, Republicans are trying to gut America and give the wealth to The Koch Bro and big corporations turning America into a third world country.
House Republicans Make Their Regularly Scheduled Threat To Destroy the Global Economy. World America needs foreign aid to feed the jobless, the poor that Republicans out sourced their jobs and then cut their food stamps. It is no jobs in America because Republicans has killed a job bill for Veterans, Killed a jobs bill that would have stopped out sourcing jobs and paying Companies to move out of America!
House Republicans will huddle at their annual retreat next week to decide what will they demand in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
If the limit on how much the government can borrow to pay off debts Congress has already voted to incur is not raised by late February, the U.S. will default purposely for the first time in American history, triggering a financial crisis that many experts feel would be at least as devastating as the economic meltdown of 2008, which put millions out of work and destroyed trillions in wealth.
The government shutdown in October dominated the discussion during the weeks leading up to the last debt limit crisis. Republicans released a comical list of demands. The White House offered nothing, and that’s essentially what Republicans accepted when they folded on the government shutdown.
Earlier in 2013, Republicans demanded that the Senate pass a budget in exchange for raising the debt limit. The Senate agreed and House Republicans followed the strategy of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and refused to go into conference with Democrats in the upper house — 18 times. And that’s how we got the shutdown.
Of course, you only have to feed a stray once to keep it scratching at the door. In 2011, House Republicans successfully used the debt limit to extract the automatic cuts known as the sequester, while triggering a near-panic that erased some 1,200 points from the Dow. Because the House has folded twice since then, Wall Street now takes the GOP’s threats as seriously as a Sarah Palin presidential bid, even when America was just hours from a default in October.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seems to have taken the reins of his caucus after the shutdown disaster and has since passed a two-year budget with little drama over the objections of the outside groups that backed Cruz last year. But the man who negotiated that deal — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) — was one of the driving forces behind the 2011 crisis and is saying the House will demand something in exchange for raising the debt limit. The chairman of the Budget Committee has keyed in on the so-called “Obamacare Bailout,” which not a bailout at all, but a complex set of mostly deficit-neutral mechanisms that could help insurers if they are forced to take on too many sick customers, or could help cut the deficit if they don’t.
The problem for the GOP is the same mechanism exists in Medicare Part D, which was signed into law by George W. Bush and passed by Republicans — including Paul Ryan.
GOP BETRAYS DISABLED VETERANS, Republicans,attack Senior Citizens, Middle class, poor, working poor, minorities, to save Russian Koch Bro billions from not paying their share of the FICA.
Black hate crime Knoxville,Tennessee.
SPEAKER BOEHNER WENT Ballistics TRYING TO FORCE OBAMA INTO DISMANTLING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE,WAKE UP SENIORS YOU HAVE BEEN BETRAYED BY REPUBLICANS.
REPUBLICANS BETRAY DISABLED VETERANS, THEY ARE UNFIT TO BE CALLED AMERICANS.MAJOR CUTS IN VETERANS DISABILITY AND SOCIAL SECURITY.
REBEL FORCES USING POISON GAS ALSO, IS THIS A SET UP TO GO TO WAR LIKE IRAQ! OBAMA PUSHING UN ARMS TREATY,UN SMALL ARMS BAN, MAYOR BLOOMBERG, NYC GOING BANKRUPT Bloomberg to busy trying to ban guns and undermining the constitution to manage the city.
20 major American cities on verge of bankruptcy. Mayors who joined Bloomberg for better gun control pulled out of his pack when they learned of his true agenda.UNDERMINE THE CONSTITUTION.
Black Crime cover up by news media.
Republicans betrayed the Veterans by trying to cut the disability benefits.also trying to destroy Social Security and Medicare for Seniors.
FDR WARNED REPUBLICANS.IF THEY TRIED TO DESTROY SOCIAL SECURITY IT WOULD BE THE END OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, IT IS TAKING PLACE NOW!
Henry Kissinger when interviewed by reporters about the new world order,said that Obama was put in office to usher in the new world order, He went on to say that our constitution and guns were holding it back,he went on to say Americans had better get used to it, it was going to happen regardless of what we think. C Powell verified that Obama was picked to usher in the new world order spoken about by Bush 1 ,Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama. Obama and Clinton undermined the constitution when they signed the UN gun ban treaty on July 27,2012. Now Obama will sign the UN Arms Treaty while congress is in recess.
16 Republican Norquest Puppets in the Senate can not be trusted to protect the constitution and uphold their oath of office.Piers Morgan a plant from the UK using CNN to push the UK gun ban on Americans!
REPUBLICANS SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH GROVER NORQUEST,SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS EXPOSED THEM AND THE RUSSIAN KOCH BROTHERS AGENDA TO DESTROY SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. REPUBLICANS ARE OWNED BY THE RUSSIAN KOCH BROTHERS.
GROVER NORQUEST and the Russian Koch Brothers puppets in the GOP who has one agenda, destroy Social Security and Medicare so Koch Bro and other Corp does not have to pay their share of the employee Social Security, the FICA! It will rob employees of retirement and save the Koch brother and other corp.billions every week.
RUSSIAN KOCH BROTHERS, Write a Letter to Employees Whining About President Obama
By Eliot Spitzer
Last week it was timeshare magnate David Siegel whining about his taxes and sending a letter to his employees threatening to downsize if President Obama is re-elected.
Now it’s the Koch brothers following suit: sending a letter to all 45,000 employees of Georgia Pacific, the Koch-owned paper company, listing the parade of horribles that will descend on them if the president is returned to office.
We all know the Koch brothers as super PAC kings, happy to use their vast wealth to proselytize in the political arena. And I don't begrudge them their full-throated exercise of their First Amendment rights, even in the form of letters to their employees.
But it would be nice if the wild claims of the Koch brothers were tethered to facts. It is a sad reality that the wild assertions of those who have a deep-seated animus for the president are taken as seriously as those long-debunked birther claims once were. (Think former GE CEO Jack Welch and his conspiracy theory about the latest job numbers.)
The Koch brothers warn that the president wants to subsidize a few favored cronies to the tune of several hundred billion dollars. What in the Dickens are they talking about? Are they still smarting over the auto bailout that rescued an entire sector, saved an estimated 1 million jobs, and stands in marked contrast to the Romney approach of letting the industry go bankrupt? Or maybe it’s the fact that the oil and gas industry, in which the Koch brothers are major players, did not receive the same federal assistance as the auto sector.
Here's another so-called warning from the Kochs: They say the president is placing "unprecedented regulatory burdens" on business. Such as what exactly? Dodd-Frank? Some simple principles to prevent another cataclysm such as the one we lived through? Or have Charles and David Koch forgotten the near-depression caused by the financial sector's grotesque avarice?
How about their claim that the president is "excessively hindering free trade"? Hindering free trade by doing what Romney has been calling for for years—bringing unfair trade charges against China?
What is their evidence or proof? None—not even a scintilla.
And finally, they raise the specter of "runaway inflation." Really? Interest rates are at historic lows because there is insufficient demand within the system. Many economists are asking the Fed to ignite inflation on the theory that it might spark consumption. The simple fact is that there is no meaningful evidence of inflation on the horizon.
I wish the Koch Brothers would pay attention to what the great Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan so wisely once said: “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
Lost law of the sea treaty defeated by 34 Republicans,supported by Senator John McCain and Bob Corker,treason ,China and Mexico shipped poison food to America.
Congress does nothing! Obama has given himself dictator power by passing congress. Hillary Clinton admits CFR David Rockefeller tells her and America what to do!
SENIORS AMERICANS TRUTH ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE.
Koch brothers are giving $400 million to Romney and Sheldon Adelson is giving Millions too.RUSSIAN KOCH BROTHERS STARTED LIES ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY BEING BROKE WHEN BUSH WAS IN OFFICE, IT WAS AND IS A LIE. Koch brothers will save billions if Social Security and medicare is destroyed by Republicans.
RACIST AL SHARPTON
Sharpton caught by the FBI hiding 1/2 million dollars. Who paid Sharpton to incite race riots in Sanford Florida? NBC or MSNBC since they were involved.
SHARPTON EXPLAINS HOW HE MANIPULATES MEDIA ON RACE CASES,MSNBC and NBC Unfit To Be a News Media, Where were they when real hate crimes were committed against whites,Asians,Latino,Hispanics?
Earlier today, MSNBC Al Sharpton threatened the peace of a small Florida town if it doesn't acquiesce to his demand for the arrest of George Zimmerman. According to the Orlando Sentinel:
If George Zimmerman is not arrested in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin soon, the Rev. Al Sharpton will call for an escalation in peaceful civil disobedience and economic sanctions. Sharpton would not say the efforts would be taken against the city of Sanford specifically, but he has been critical of the police department's handling of the case.
If only someone had warned NBC News that they were giving a prime-time platform to a vitriolic, race-hustling charlatan. Oh wait--we did. Even some journalists on the left did. Recently uncovered video from over twenty years ago has Al Sharpton, in his own words, bragging about his ability to manipulate the media to draw attention to his race-hustling agenda. And he's playing out his blueprint to a T in Florida today.
In the video seen below, Sharpton brags about his ability to manipulate the media through his grandstanding, demonstrations and marches. He pats himself on the back over being able to convert a “one day story” into an international sensation by giving the media what they want: drama, contention, provocative images and charges of racism. VIDEO REMOVE TO PROTECT RACIST BLACKS.
In the Tawana Brawley case, it took months for Sharpton to bring New York to a race-induced frenzy. With his new platform at MSNBC, Sharpton was able to get the President of the United States to comment on the case within one week. And why did the President speak about Trayvon? Because he was asked a question by a reporter ... from MSNBC.
Sharpton is now at the center of every public demonstration calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman. He has transformed his hourly show into a community organizing infomercial for the Martin case and has given a platform to the ongoing race-baiting that swirls around the case.
When you watch Sharpton from twenty years ago boast about his ability to manipulate the media and paint a race-hustling narrative that serves his political (and financial) purposes, and then watch an episode of his show on MSNBC, it is obvious that NBC News is being used in the most destructive and embarrassing way. The question is: does MSNBC care?
Al SHARPTON, WIPE ALL WHITE PEOPLE FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH! SUPPORTED BY MSNBC.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin called Al Sharpton an “elder statesman” upon hiring him. The comment suggested that Sharpton’s days of dangerous and volatile grandstanding and race-baiting on behalf of an easily-manipulated victim were behind him. Clearly that wasn't true. But that isn't stopping MSNBC from sticking with him. Here's what an MSNBC spokesman had to say:
THIS IS WHY MSNBC HIRED THE RACIST FOR.INCITE RIOTS AND MAKE NEWS.
"We hired Al Sharpton to be Al Sharpton. When Rev. Sharpton joined MSNBC, it was with the understanding that he would continue to do his advocacy work. We're fully aware of that work and we have an ongoing dialogue. His participation in these events is very public and our audience is completely aware of where he stands on the issues. It's because of this work and his decades of activism that Rev. Sharpton brings such a unique perspective to our line up." did MSNBC pay Sharpton 1/2 million dollars the FBI found hid. to frame Zimmerman?
MSNBC and Griffin should be ashamed of themselves. Sharpton being Sharpton deserves no airtime; he certainly doesn't deserve a prime time news slot on a major cable news network. But he's proving once again that he knows how to manipulate the media -- only this time, he's manipulating his own network into paying him to propagandize and race-bait.
90 days ... beginning in June ... United States law enforcement will begin flying remote-controlled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or "drones," throughout America at altitudes under 400 feet.
So, while you are putting burgers on the grill ... while your kids are jumping on the trampoline ... while you are standing in the street talking to a neighbor ... while you are window shopping ... or sitting outside at a café, having lunch ... the eyes of the U.S. government will be upon you.
Small drones will begin flying in June, but all types of UAVs will be allowed into the skies by September 30, 2015 - courtesy of our privacy-killing President, Barack Obama.
He signed the "FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012" into law on February 14. It allows for a broad expansion of drones over the United States. In the name of "security?" Hardly!
If this invasion of your privacy worries you, CLICK HERE to send a PERSONALIZED FAX to every Member of Congress right now, demanding they stop this President from destroying our Fourth Amendment rights! We cannot continue to allow the government to rob us of our freedom and right to privacy. With drones set to take over the skies across America, the next victim of our new police state could very well be YOU!
The Obama administration is systematically dismantling your Fourth Amendment rights:
GPS tracking: Police have the ability to tap into your cell phone, smart phone, laptop and navigation device to track your every move, and they can do this without obtaining a warrant. Last year, the Justice Department argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in their-- or at least their cell phones' -- whereabouts.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS): The DHS recently released a series of terrorist-watch videos "See Something, Say Something" that effectively tell Americans to spy on each other. These video clips depict Americans as terror threats, and then advise citizens to report the behaviors of their fellow citizens.
Transportation and Security Administration (TSA): Agents at airports across the country have harassed, groped and terrorized innocent Americans - including small children and the elderly - as they attempt to board airplanes. It is not uncommon to hear passengers complain of strip searches and humiliation, all without due cause.
Social Media Spies: The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning these sites for "watch list" words. If you are tagged by DHS, they read your posts and dig into your account to find out who you are.
Court Decisions: The Supreme Court ruled on Kentucky v. King that law enforcement have the authority to stage a search and seizure of Americans' property without obtaining a warrant from a judge. And the Indiana State Supreme Court ruled in Barnes v. State of Indiana that police can enter a resident's private property at any time - without a warrant, without suspicion, without reason - and without knocking and announcing their presence!
Quietly, without comments from the mainstream media, without opposition from anyone in Congress, America is becoming Obama's police state.
Where will this dangerous pathway end? We cannot continue to allow the majority of our elected representatives to look the other way while the government tramples on our Fourth Amendment protections. The government's encroachment of our rights will continue as long as we fail to act!
Obama said "The whole purpose of the Supreme Court is to decide the Constitutionality of legislation. In as much, as I am doing away with that old document anyway, I will be disbanding the court at the end of it's session this summer. As Supreme Leader, I and I alone will determine what is just."
President Obama,appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized genetically modified (GM) food multinational, as senior advisor to the commissioner at the FDA. Taylor is the same person who as a high ranking official at the FDA in the 1990s promoted allowing genetically modified organisms into the U.S. food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks.
(WHAT IS WRONG WITH OBAMA)?
This is a travesty.
Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto's now-discredited GM bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which is opposed by many medical and hospital organizations. It was Michael Taylor who pursued a policy that milk from rBGH-treated cows should not be labeled with disclosures.
Michael Taylor and Monsanto do not belong in our government.
President Obama, Monsanto has been seen as a foe to family-based agriculture, the backbone of America, by introducing dangerous changes to plants and animals and by using strong-arm legal tactics against farmers for decades. Naturally occurring plant and animal species are permanently threatened by the introduction of DNA and hormonal modification, Monsanto's core businesses.
FDA scientists once regarded genetic modification of the food supply as the single most radical and potentially dangerous threat to public health in history.
As early as the 1991, a body of scientific research began to form which now includes articles in over 600 journals. As a whole, these offer scientific evidence that GM foods, hormones, and related pesticides are the root cause for the increase of many serious diseases in the U.S. Since GM foods were introduced, diagnosis of multiple chronic illnesses in the U.S. has skyrocketed.
These illnesses include changes in major organs and in hormonal, immune, digestive, and reproductive systems.
These modifications to foods and food production may also be contributors to colon, breast, lymphatic, and prostate cancers.
Experts are discouraged that regulators and GM companies systematically overlook potential side effects of GM. Monsanto's objective to use biotechnology to change the world's food supply is the opposite policy direction your administration should pursue.
Your legacy of supporting Monsanto to have free rein in U.S. food policy is a nightmare scenario that is against the interest of all Americans and world citizens.
UN Agenda 21 could...
Wipe private property off the face of the earth. Force you and your family to live in a single-family energy efficient home. Confiscate private farms and farmland. Snatch away private landholdings. Ban individual ownership of cars. Tell The Senate To REJECT All Attempts To Implement UN Agenda 21!
Sound too outlandish to be true? The scariest part is... IT IS TRUE! So what exactly is Agenda 21? I'll tell you in a minute. But first, I'll give you some background information that is critical to understanding how this anti-freedom scheme came about.
In 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was held in Rio de Janeiro to discuss global initiatives. 172 governments attended and 108 sent their heads of state. And about 2,400 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) showed up for the "GLOBAL FORUM."
Tell The Senate To REJECT All Attempts To Implement UN Agenda 21!
This group of POWERFUL world leaders and environmentalists spent their time d
Back in 1992, most people dismissed this conference as a green rant fest. However, that was a huge mistake...
...Because the politicians came up with a plan for a centrally ruled global society. They called that plan Agenda 21.
The plan's contract would make governments around the world a SLAVE to the every wish and whim of the United Nations.
We cannot make the same mistake with Agenda 21!
The worldwide indefinite
detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which was on the Senate floor on Monday.88 senator voted to take away the rights of the American people. Obama lied as usual and said he would veto the bill.The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.In support of this harmful bill.
Gop new plan to privatize medicare. What happened to the billions we were spending in Iraq?
Congress returns from its July Fourth vacation to a long list of high-profile, unfinished defense business and a short legislative calendar before the November elections.
The new Veterans Affairs Department reform bill, the annual defense appropriation bill, the annual defense authorization bill, and funding for military construction and VA operations for fiscal 2015 are all on lawmakers’ immediate to-do list — in between more briefings on the situation in Iraq and other overseas threats.
But Congress is scheduled to be in session only 28 days before breaking in August, and likely will return for only a week or two in the September/October time frame before the November midterm elections. That 28-day total also includes 10 Mondays and Fridays, days which at best feature a light schedule of work under normal circumstances.
Here’s a look at what might and might not get completed before the late-fall lame-duck session:
Spurred by the ongoing controversies in the department, VA reform legislation has the best chance of any defense or veterans measure to pass quickly in July.
The legislation would expand privatecare options for veterans who face lengthy waits to see VA doctors or live in rural areas, and make it easier to fire underperforming VA executives.
Leaders in the House and Senate have expressed support for the idea, and members of a conference committee met before the July Fourth break to begin finalizing the bill.
Cost appears to be the only major stumbling block left. A Congressional Budget Office estimate in early June said the expanded care could require up to $50 billion a year in new spending, but Senate supporters have called that a ridiculous overestimate.
Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, has said that representatives on the conference committee will push for spending offsets to prevent the bill from adding to the federal budget deficit. To do that, he said new, more accurate spending estimates are needed, which could slow the process.
But Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, has promised that delay won’t drag on for weeks. He originally predicted the measure would be finished before July 1, and is now vowing to get it to President Obama’s desk in early July.
Defense authorization bill
The House has already approved its version of the annual defense policy bill, and members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are hopeful they can bring their draft to the Senate floor in the next few weeks.
Whether that means they can reconcile differences in the two measures before the end of the fiscal year is another issue.
Both versions reject Pentagon plans to overhaul Tricare fees, trim the commissary benefit and reduce housing allowances. The House draft offers moral support — but no hard mandate — for a 1.8 percent basic pay raise next year, while the Senate agrees with the 1 percent pay increase preferred by the White House. Both measures would preserve the Air Force’s A-10 fleet, but differ in how they would pay for it.
Before the chambers can talk about negotiating differences, the full Senate must pass its version. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader, still has not scheduled floor debate on the measure, although the Senate Armed Services Committee has been pushing for it since late May.
Committee chairmen Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and his House counterpart, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., have expressed optimism about finishing the legislation before Oct. 1, a rare occurrence even outside an election year. The short time frame remaining will make that nearly impossible.
Still, the defense authorization bill has a better chance of being completed than the accompanying defense appropriations bill.
The House already has approved a $570 billion defense spending plan, but the Senate Appropriations Committee won’t mark up its version until July 17. That will leave just a few legislative days to get the measure to the Senate floor, an unlikely rush for a budget bill.
In addition, the White House on June 26 sent its first draft of the proposed overseas contingency budget for fiscal 2015, totaling nearly $66 billion. Lawmakers have just begun digging into that request, which includes $1.5 billion in aid to Iraq and its neighbors “to promote internal stability” in the region.
Meanwhile, the VA appropriations bills are in the same legislative limbo. The House approved a $158 billion spending plan for the department in April, but a similar budget proposal is stalled in the Senate.
Despite early work on the measures, most Hill staffers assume that finalizing the appropriations bills will be part of the lame-duck session, with an eye toward the new lawmakers coming into office in 2015.
Black Crime has spread across America and the World. Herman Cain in his PIMP Hat supported by the GOP and Tea Party has no respect for white women and if he is elected no white woman will be safe world wide. World Leaders regardless of race (excluding Black Women), wifes and daughter will not be safe with Cain and others like him put in positions to rape and force themselfs on women who will be afraid to tell their husbands.
The Black Man, The Greatest Problem In America! ( This video exposed blacks like Al Sharpton and jackson), removed by pressure from the NAACP! A cover up that they can not keep hidden.
Black Crime has become a problem around the world. Nelson Mandela gave the blacks songs that children and adults sing, KILL ALL WHITES, watch the videos and contact your members of congress and demand they stop black crime. Obama seems to support the criminals, Brown in the UK seems to be doing the same. The answer is to take away the rights of hard working whites to protect themselfs and family. Obama is trying to put America under the control of the UN and the UN gun ban!
We kicked the Bums out now we have new bums that lied to us, kick them out!America! hear and take action! We need new prople in the white house and congress that will uphold their oath of office!Obama is trying to under the constitution by putting us under the control of the UN, it must be radified by the SenateQ! You can do it!Call and email the senate./