Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) and Rep. Fred Upton (R., Mich.) are challenging the legal authority for the Department of Health and Human Services to make payments for Obamacare’s risk corridor program, calling it another example of the administration’s “disregard toward the law and Congress.”
Republicans are questioning the legality of the risk corridor program under Obamacare, which could pay insurance companies billions to compensate for higher costs under the health care law.
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.
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.
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.”
A new bill offered in the House of Representatives by Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) would replace pension cuts to military retirees by ending the Postal Service’s delivery of Saturday mail.
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?”
Sens. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R., Texas) attacked the recently passed immigration bill in the Senate to chants of “kill the bill” from a swelling crowd at the DC March for Jobs rally Monday.