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.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) stressed the hypocrisy of the Obama administration’s handling of the IRS scandal Thursday morning and said Americans are “scared.”
The immigration debate hit a turning point when the New York Times revealed that illegal immigrant crossings are rising, according to the Washington Examiner.
The immigration reform bill currently under consideration in the Senate would increase the number of temporary workers in the United States by 1.6 million the year immediately after it passes, according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), Jeff Sessions (R. Ala.), and Mike Lee (R., Ariz.) sent a letter to their colleagues on Tuesday opposing the immigration reform legislation proposed by the Gang of Eight after the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected their amendments.