Senator: Non-English Speakers Qualify for Disability Benefits More Quickly

Disability Enrollees Increased by 230 Percent
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) / AP

The inability to speak English is now considered a determining factor to receive federal disability benefits.

Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin on Thursday, raising concerns regarding revelations that individuals who cannot speak English are fast-tracked for disability approval.

Obama Budget Will Add $8.3 Trillion to Debt

Budget would increase taxes by $1.8 trillion
AP

President Barack Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015 will add $8.3 trillion to the debt and hike taxes by $1.8 trillion, according to a joint analysis by Republicans on the Senate and House Budget Committees.

Dem Backs Off Support for Amendment Saving Military Pensions

Update: Levin says he cannot support closing loophole ending welfare for illegal immigrants
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin

Sen. Levin now says he does not support Sen. Ayotte’s bill due to its closing of the loophole that allows illegal immigrants to receive tax credits. Levin’s office said he supports eliminating pension cuts to military retirees, but was unaware of how Ayotte’s legislation offset the cuts.

His spokesman told the Hill: “Sen. Levin would support legislation to repeal the military pension cuts if such an amendment didn’t endanger underlying legislation and if he supported the offset. He doesn’t support the offset in Sen. Ayotte’s legislation, so he couldn’t offer support for her legislation.”

Jeff Sessions Questions Value of NEH Grants

Projects about the 'meaning of life' and 'why people are bad' inappropriate in today's fiscal environment
Sens. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) and John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) / AP

A top Republican Senator is probing grant awards by the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) that supported academic work on esoteric topics such as “What is the meaning of life?”