Congressman says he wants NSA reforms, but gets most cash from intel contractors

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Accountability, Congress, Federal Government, National, News, U.S. House, U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

One of the two representatives pushing a new bill to supposedly rein-in America’s overzealous electronic spooks has received more campaign contributions from intelligence contractors than any other member of Congress.

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Calif. says ‘no’ to Obamacare freebies, makes own law

By   /  November 21, 2013  /  Affordable Care Act, California, Featured, National, News, U.S. House of Represenatives  /  No Comments

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Part 77 of 93 in the series Obamacare

 
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
One of the most liberal states in the nation has said no thanks to a key Obamacare provision and instead is enacting its own version of the law.
California has decided to skirt the “Buy 1, Get 3 Free!” loophole in the Affordable Care Act, [...]

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House tries blocking ‘illegal’ IRS checks; Harry Reid says system working ‘fine’

By   /  October 28, 2013  /  IRS, National, News, U.S. House, U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R- Texas, left, wants to end the practice of giving illegal immigrants tax credits for kids, but U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., won't let the House measure through the Senate.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives repeatedly has passed an IRS bill that could save U.S. taxpayers up to $24.4 billion over the next 10 years — but Harry Reid’s Democratic Senate will not hear it.
The Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act, or H.R. 556, would require tax filers to provide Social Security [...]

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Fed shutdown leaves Americans stranded abroad

By   /  October 3, 2013  /  Congress, Federal Government, homeland security, Legislature, National, News, Politics, Senate, U.S. House of Represenatives  /  1 Comment

WHICH WAY HOME? Tentacles of the federal shutdown reach all the way to Grand Cayman Island.

Part 31 of 51 in the series Shutdown 2013

 
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The U.S. Customs Service was established by the first Congress shortly after the Revolution, yet when their modern-day counterparts meet to hash over the budget impasse, they worry about emergency funding to national parks and Head Start – ignoring what men and women of George Washington’s era regarded as [...]

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VA Week in Review: A little more transparency in the Old Dominion, please?

By   /  August 16, 2013  /  News, State Government, Taxes, Transparency, Transparency, U.S. House of Represenatives, Virginia  /  No Comments

FIGHT TO FINISH: Democrats and Republicans are wrangling for the final votes in Fairfax County.

In Virginia, everyone and everything from Terry McAuliffe to the commonwealth’s disclosure records system came under public scrutiny for not giving enough answers. For those who were vacationing, were too busy to pay attention, or just need a recap, here’s the 60-second version of this week’s news.

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