“Like all Americans, I was stunned to learn that those responsible for the deaths of millions of innocents have received millions in Social Security benefits due to a loophole in the law. By leaving the country voluntarily, instead of being deported, these murderers were able to keep their benefits. Congress must stop these benefit payments now,” said Johnson.
“It's unacceptable that some of the most heinous perpetrators of war crimes are receiving Social Security benefits on account of a loophole," said Becerra. "Social Security must be preserved for hard-working individuals who’ve earned it, not for participants in the atrocities of the Holocaust. The horrific crimes of the Holocaust must never be forgiven or forgotten."
The legislation will:
In the letter, Camp stated, “Some of the key questions remaining in the investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservatives groups are: who at the White House knew what was going on; when did they know it; and, what action did they take upon learning about it? Your office is now refusing to make available until after the election the very person that could unlock that mystery. This is completely unacceptable, especially for an Administration that once pledged to be the most open and transparent ever.”
In addition to providing the Treasury counsel for an interview without delay, Camp also requested the following information:
“Four years ago, President Obama began to pull our country out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, while laying the foundation for an economy built to last. We’ve come a long way – but there’s more to do. Take a look at the goals the President has set to move this country forward.…CREATE 1 MILLION NEW MANUFACTURING JOBS BY 2016.”
Source: President Obama, Organizing for Action website, 2012
Two years after the President’s 2012 pledge, we’re not even close to the halfway point of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs by 2016. Between November 2012 and September 2014, just 203,000 new manufacturing jobs have been created:
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
“Almost 46 percent of children living in female headed single parent families were in poverty in contrast to only 9.5 percent of children in married couple families…” (Source: Where’s the Outrage? Robert Doar)
The poverty rate for children raised in the U.S. by single parents (46%) is higher than the overall poverty rate in Rwanda (44.9%). The poverty rate for children raised in the U.S. by married parents (9.5%) is lower than the overall poverty rate in Beverly Hills, CA (10%).
The bill was introduced in the House by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI).
The IMPACT Act moves forward on the long-standing policy goal of collecting standardized data from Medicare post-acute care (PAC) providers. It will align Medicare PAC providers and create a more accountable, quality-driven PAC benefit.
Specifically, the IMPACT Act requires data standardization that enables Medicare to:
This information will allow future payment reforms to be driven by quality and efficiency while protecting beneficiary access to appropriate services.
The IMPACT Act was largely shaped by input received from the post-acute care community after a discussion draft was released in March of this year, resulting in policy and legislative recommendations from more than 70 stakeholders in the healthcare community.
For more information on the IMPACT Act, please click here.
“Our economy is making incredible progress.” For example, 5.9 percent unemployment is “a number many economists didn’t think we’d see for years.”
Then (January 2009)
The Obama Administration predicted that, with Democrats’ stimulus plan, the U.S. unemployment rate would fall to 5.9 percent by early 2012. Even without stimulus, the Administration forecast the unemployment rate would fall to 5.9 percent by late 2012 – that is, two years ago.
Source: Administration’s January 2009 Romer/Bernstein Report.
"While the economy is creating jobs, the fact remains we are stuck in a Carter-like economy in which millions of Americans have simply given up. For those lucky enough to be working, wages are flat and middle-class families are struggling to keep up with their bills. The Administration must do more to strengthen this economy. That includes getting the Democrat-controlled Senate to act on over 40 jobs bills the House has passed, as well as more aggressively pursuing job-creating trade deals and tax reform that can put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans."
Democrat Stimulus Architect Admits “the Economy’s Problems,” not “Economic Greatness”
Now: Jared Bernstein, “How the Jobless Rate Underestimates the Economy’s Problems,” October 2, 2014
“Today, Americans were supposed to be able to enroll in an Affordable Care Act plan for the second year, but the opening of 2015 enrollment was delayed till after the mid-term elections to avoid consumers finding out that much of the backend of Healthcare.gov still doesn’t work, and that they may face higher premiums and a more narrow network.
“As the broken promises mount – from your family will save $2,500 a year to you can keep the plan or doctor you like and trust and many more – it is clear to most Americans that this law is continues to do much more harm than good, especially when it comes to affordability and accessibility. And, the worst may be yet to come as costs rise and employers cut worker’s hours or stop offering health insurance, and millions are still unsure what all this means come tax time.
“While this poorly written law has helped some, it has hurt many, many more. One year later, too many families have had the plans they liked cancelled and can no longer see the local doctor they trusted. That is not the health care reform they were promised.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed free-trade agreement that will knit the United States and 11 nations of South America, North America and Asia more closely together, while providing a geopolitical counterweight to a rising China. The pact would be especially valuable because Japan is willing to join, which would require a long-overdue opening and restructuring of its protected but lackluster economy. Indeed, without Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, the TPP loses much of its strategic significance.
So it was disappointing to learn that a Sept. 24 meeting between American and Japanese trade negotiators in Washington broke up after only an hour over the same old issue, Japanese resistance to U.S. farm exports, that has plagued the two nations’ dealings for decades. The Japanese departed without touching a sandwich buffet that had been laid out in anticipation of an extended working session, according to the Wall Street Journal.
This is only the latest troubling development for the centerpiece of what was once meant to be President Obama’s foreign policy “pivot” to Asia. As 2014 began, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was promising to join the U.S.-led free-trade agreement as a spur to his own structural economic reforms. A bipartisan, bicameral group of senior U.S. lawmakers had agreed on a plan for “fast track” legislative authority to expedite a congressional vote on the TPP, once the 12 would-be members hammered out a final deal. Bucking resistance from trade skeptics in his own party, Mr. Obama had offered a friendly reference to that proposal in his State of the Union address on Jan. 28.
But Mr. Obama’s call was received coolly by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and by key Democratic constituencies such as organized labor. Foreign crises in the Middle East and Ukraine occupied the White House and Congress. Two champions of the bipartisan trade-promotion measure, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), retired or planned to retire from Congress. For all of Mr. Abe’s talk of bold steps and confronting special interests in Japan, his negotiators have not yet backed up the prime minister’s talk with concrete proposals, even though the prime minister has said repeatedly that opening agricultural markets is in Japan’s interest. The upshot is that momentum behind the TPP seems to be flagging and the administration’s goal of a tentative agreement by the end of 2014 is looking less feasible.
Vice President Biden tried to patch things up with Mr. Abe in a meeting on Friday, which produced a boilerplate pledge to seek an agreement. It will take more than that to revive the momentum for the TPP and close a deal. Back home, Mr. Abe needs to keep the pressure on special interests. Congress could reciprocate by moving ahead promptly with fast-track authority during the post-election lame-duck period — which will take political courage on its part, too.
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