September 29, 2013
Last night in Congress, I supported legislation which passed the U.S. House of Representatives, H.J.Res. 59, to keep the government running and protect all Americans from the devastating affects of ObamaCare by delaying the President's health care law for one year.
This is the second time in eight days the House has voted successfully to keep the government running, ensuring basic services essential to millions of Americans continue to get funded. I encourage the Senate to take up this critical legislation and send it to the President. But in the event the Senate does not stop a government shutdown by Monday night, I was pleased to support additional legislation yesterday (H.R. 3175) that ensures our sons and daughters in uniform would still get paid.
I am disappointed it has come to this. Washington must set aside the partisan bickering and political brinkmanship and do what's best for our country so critical government services and programs keep running.
Member of Congress
The REAL TRUTH about the government shutdown is that Senate democrats REFUSE to act!
September 20 - House Republicans pass a bipartisan Continuing Resolution (230-189) to keep government running at current spending levels and defund the Affordable Care Act. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!
September 28 - House passes another Continuing Resolution to keep government open and avoid a shutdown.
Republicans attempt to negotiate with Democrats and agree to delay implementation of Obamacare for 1 year. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!
Content courtesy of MNGOP
The only thing you really need to know about Obamacare and Minnesota’s version of Obamacare, MNSure, is that:
Congress and the Minnesota Legislature will not have to use it.
Of course there is much more that is wrong with Obamacare and its Minnesota version, MNSure, but the sheer volume and magnitude of the problems make it hard to sort out. So in the end, this is all you really need to know!
But for those of you trying to keep track and understand the massive implications of this government takeover of our healthcare industry, here’s a top ten.
Blog post by: Jim Ragsdale
Updated: September 19, 2013 - 6:33 PM
A hotly-contested law that was to allow in-home child care providers to vote on whether to unionize has been temporarily blocked by a federal appeals court.
Officials of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which is representing Minnesota providers who oppose unionization, said they received notice late Thursday that their motion for an injunction blocking the law was granted by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
According to lawyers for the group, that means the child-care union election cannot take place until the injunction is lifted. The appeals court said it wants to wait to see if the U.S.Supreme Court decides to hear an appeal on a related case dealing with unionization of home-care workers. That case is called Harris v. Quinn.
Jennifer Parrish, a plaintiff in the suit who is campaigning against union, said, “I am on cloud nine. This is exhausting. Having to get out there and educate providers. It's become a fulltime job. Having law enjoined at least gives us bit of security knowing they can’t bring us an election any time soon.”
Jennifer Munt, a spokeswoman for AFSCME, the union seeking to organize providers, said the union will continue its work "full steam ahead."
“This one-sentence decision has nothing to do with the merits of the case," Munt said. "It’s a temporary roadblock that doesn’t stop us from organizing. We are moving full-speed ahead because child care providers want a union."
Officials of the Legal Defense Foundation said the ruling only blocks the unionization of child-care providers and does not affect personal care attendants, who are covered by the same law.
"Today's ruling from the federal appeals court is the first step to remedy the injustice done by Democrats to the hardworking childcare providers and parents of Minnesota, said a statement from Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, a former provider who opposed the law. "While the legal battle over this law is far from over, I'm happy Minnesota moms and dads and their childcare providers can be breath a little easier for now as the threat of forced childcare unionization is no longer imminent."
This post is from the Hot Dish Politics blog
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — MNsure is under fire, again.
This time it’s because of an employee accidentally sent out an email containing the of thousands of Minnesotans. Specifically, the email contained personal information, including social security numbers, of 2,400 insurance agents.
MNsure caught the mistake, but it’s now under attack for failing to protect the private data.
The Honor Flight Network's Mission: Transport America's veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. In another 5-7 years almost all of our World War II veterans will be gone. Honor Flight Network will continue do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and help our heroes travel absolutely free.
Article by: ANNETTE MEEKS
STAR TRIBUNE September 2, 2013
The Minnesota Legislature delivered an enormous expansion for labor this year.
Labor Day is a holiday conceived of and created by the American labor movement. Its purpose is to celebrate the achievements of America’s unionized workforce. And, boy, do unions have a lot to celebrate this year in Minnesota.
Once again the debt ceiling is upon us. After avoiding the subject all year, Congress and the White House must work together to put this matter behind us so that the economy can move forward.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew informed Congress yesterday that the statutory debt limit will be reached in mid-October. Since May, the Treasury Department has been using “extraordinary measures” such as delaying some payments and other accounting devices to prevent the limit from being reached. Similar measures were also employed at the beginning of the year before the debt ceiling was “suspended” in order to avoid a nasty political fight.
Published August 29, 2013
Minnesota just increased the incentive to move to Florida, the Wall Street Journal opined in an editorial last week.
Not only does our state impose an estate tax at a nation’s-highest rate of 16 percent, this year the Minnesota Legislature enacted a new 10 percent gift tax, a levy on money given away while still alive.