Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AZ Rep. Paul Gosar Issues Statement on Court Gutting Obamacare Subsidies

“This ruling identifies just another example in a long list of fundamental failures plaguing President Obama’s signature legislation”
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after a D.C. Circuit court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare’s premium subsidies are invalid in nearly three-quarters of states across the country:

“Today's decision by the appellate court reflects a studied approach of judicial review. The court construed the actual language of the statute which clearly applies only to state exchanges. It appropriately rejected arguments about intentions, feelings or excuses about sloppy drafting. That is what courts are meant to do.
“This ruling identifies just another example in a long list of fundamental failures plaguing President Obama’s signature legislation. This continues a disturbing trend of unconstitutional and lawless actions from this administration and I am encouraged by the courts actions.”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) attempts to make health insurance more affordable by granting tax subsidies to certain individuals who purchase their insurance in an “exchange established by the State under Section 1311” of the ACA. This provision was intended to encourage states to create their own Exchanges. However, 36 States elected not to establish a State Exchange but instead to utilize an Exchange established and administered by the federal government.

In May 2012 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a rule to interpret the ACA in a manner which would allow for tax subsidies to be available to eligible individuals who purchase insurance through an Exchange regardless of whether it was established by a State or the federal government.

On February 5, 2014, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report finding that IRS and Treasury officials were concerned regarding the authority to interpret federal exchanges as an “Exchange established by the State" which is required to expand federal subsidies.


Congress The Leader's Daily Schedule - 7/23/14

Majority Leader Eric Cantor
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
One Minute Speeches
H.R. 3136 - Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Matt Salmon / Education and the Workforce Committee)
The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
Reps. Kline / Miller (CA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Tim Walberg Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Bradley Byrne Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Langevin / Thompson (PA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Sean Duffy Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Gowdy / Welch Amendment #8 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Grace Meng Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Gowdy / Welch Amendment #10 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Alan Grayson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 4983 - Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Education & the Workforce Committee)

2) H.R. 5134 - NACIQI and Advisory Committee for Student Financial Assistance (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Education & the Workforce Committee)

3) H.R. 5076 - Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck / Education & the Workforce Committee)
4) H.R. 5111 - To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking (Sponsored by Rep. Joyce Beatty / Education & the Workforce Committee)

5) H.R. 5081 - Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass / Education & the Workforce Committee)

6) H.R. 4980 - The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways & Means Committee)

7) H.R. 5135 - The Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Judiciary Committee)

8) H.R. 5116 - To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt, and prevent human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows / Homeland Security Committee)

9) H.R. 4449 - To amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to expand the training for Federal Government personnel related to trafficking in persons, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / Foreign Affairs Committee)

10) H.R. 2283 - Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 3230 - Veterans’ Access to Care through Choices, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (Offered by Rep. Scott Peters)
Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creations and Regulatory Affairs hearing on “An Update on the IRS Response to Its Targeting Scandal
(Wednesday, July 23rd, at 10:00 a.m.)

Croc To Close 70-100 Stores Layoff Up 5,000 Employees

Twelve years after Crocs - the company that makes those brightly colored foam clogs everyone loves to hate - was founded, the footwear is finally falling out of fashion.
Decline: In October 2007, the company was at its peak with a $6billion market value. But on Monday, shares closed at $14.84, with Crocs company valued at about $1.3billion
Decline: In October 2007, the company was at its peak with a $6billion market value. But on Monday, shares closed at $14.84, with Crocs company valued at about $1.3billion
According to the Wall Street Journal, the shoemaker plans to close between 75 and 100 stores and lay off up to 5,000 employees in the coming years.
It's also set to cut back on the number of shoe styles it sells and focus on casual shoes in a bid to boost sales. The company expects the cutbacks to result in savings of $14million by 2015, reports the website.
The announcement that Crocs is downsizing comes almost exactly a year after the company launched several new shoe styles including colorful wedges, kitten heels, leopard print ballet flats and docksiders.
Designed under the new tagline 'A shoe for every you,' then-CEO John McCarvel said at the time that he expected the new styles to double sales of Crocs within five years.
But the move did not go according to plan. According to Crocs president Andrew Rees, the new diversity of styles was 'too big a reach for the brand'.
The upcoming layoffs will include 70 jobs at the Crocs headquarters in Niwot, Colorado.

White Flag Replaced American Flags By Unknown Persons Atop Brooklyn Bridge

NEW YORK -- Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.New York City Council member Mark Weprin tweeted a photo Tuesday morning. "Does unknown persons believe america has surrended?be"
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Why are there white flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge?

A Victory

Michael Connelly
On July 10th I posted the article on my blog that called on Governors of southern Border States to invoke the powers given to them under Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution and use the National Guard in their states to close the border and stop the invasion of illegal aliens threatening our safety and economy. Today, Governor Rick Perry ordered the immediate deployment of 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the border.
          This is a major victory and I certainly can’t claim credit for it, but you can. Because followers of my blog and the United States Justice Foundation who live in Texas answered the call to contact Gov. Perry and get others to do the same, my blog article received over 15,000 views and I did a number of radio interviews on the issue. All of this apparently generated a lot of calls and emails to the Governor’s office.
          The bottom line is, you can make a difference and this proves it. Congratulations!
Michael Connelly

Monday, July 21, 2014

Governor Brewer Endorses Michele Reagan For AZ Secretary of State

Today, my campaign received a big boost with the endorsement of Governor Jan Brewer.  We made the big announcement at Tom’s Tavern, an institutional, landmark business in downtown Phoenix, to supporters and the media.

Over the years, Governor Brewer and I have developed a close working relationship constructing conservative, responsible public policy for Arizona.  She accomplished great things as Secretary of State.  She extended voting access to military members overseas, modernized voting systems and reduced administrative costs, saving taxpayer’s money.  She has been a trailblazer not only in the Secretary of State’s office but throughout Arizona politics.  I’m happy to follow in her footsteps and honored to have her support.


“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Senator Reagan for years crafting sound public policy for Arizona.  There is nobody more dedicated and hardworking on improving opportunities for Arizona citizens and small businesses.  With Michele’s leadership, Arizona has become one of the most business friendly states in the country.  As a former Secretary of State, I know the duties and challenges of the office, and Michele is the one candidate who can meet those challenges with professionalism and experience.  As a colleague of Michele’s for many years, I am confident in her ability to head the second highest office in Arizona and I wholeheartedly endorse her campaign.” 
- Governor Jan Brewer

Barry Goldwater Center News Update




The only Congressional Library, Museum and Politcal Archives
in the Southwest


The cornerstone of the BARRY & PEGGY GOLDWATER CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY collection is a remarkable array of manuscripts and photographs. The Goldwater materials will be preserved along with countless other Arizona historical materials of importance that must be maintained and made available today and for future generations.

Notable 20th-century Arizona archives include:
* The Politcial Papers from Senator Barry Goldwater 
* Political Papers from Congress since statehood      
* Talley Industries history courtesy of teh Honorable Dr. Mae Sue Talley
*       Phoenix Country Day School beginnings courtesy of the
Honorable Dr. Mae Sue Talley
*       Phelps Dodge History as presented by The Denison Kitchel Family
*       Entire collection of photographs of the 1964 Presidential Campaign donated by the family of Don and Shirley Dornan, the official campaign photographer
*       Early days of Barry Goldwater History detailing his entry into politics
*       Papers of Nick Volcheff, official communications officer for the campaign
*       Plaques and Awards of Senator Goldwater
*       TV shows and film of the early Goldwater days
*       Riordan of Flagstaff – history of the first lumber yard in Coconino County

What is in your Historical Closet?
Donate your family, business or whatever history you want preserved to this project
For more information and how you can help preserve Arziona History
write: Phil Immordino or call 602-524-7034

WH Says: It's OK For Obama To Fundraise,Play Golf, Eat Burgers and Goof Off During Crisis-Video

WH Says It's OK For Obam To fundraise, Eat Burgers and Play Golf During an International Crisis.

ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl brought up the president’s flippant disregard for the sensibilities of the press on Monday during the White House press briefing. “Was that a mistake in hindsight?” Karl asked of the president’s specific decision not to change his campaign-like schedule on Thursday in the wake of the attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
“It was not,” White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest replied.
Obama’s press secretary said that Obama made a variety of telephone calls on Thursday to some of the world leader impacted by this crisis and to the members of his national security team.
“If there were a requirement for the president to change his schedule so that he can attend to this urgent priority and fulfil his responsibilities as commander-in-chief, we would not have hesitated to make that change,” Earnest added.

Obama won't cancel fundraising marathon "It May Creat A False Sense of Crisis"

President Obama will be heading west Tuesday for more Democratic fundraisers, despite the crises unfolding in Ukraine and the Middle East.
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Via BizPac Review 
Obama's  trip will span at least three cities in two states, beginning with two events in Seattle which will most likely snarl traffic, according to KIRO-7.

How much will these fundraising trips cost the American taxpyer? What about the carbon footprint Airfoce One makes?
The first event will be held at the 10,000-square-foot Madrona mansion, the waterfront home of Democratic heavy-hitters Bruce and Anne Blume, theSeattle Times reports. There may be a second event at the home of Costco CEO Jim Sinegal which is predicted to create a “giant traffic headache” with up to a 10-mile backup possible.
Obama won’t stick around long as he will jet to San Francisco, staying overnight to attend a $10,000 per ticket Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraising luncheon Wednesday at the Los Altos home of real estate developer George Marcus, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Read about More events are planned in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday and Thursday.HERE

Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling Witnessing the Border Crisis Firsthand

Last week, I went to the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas to see firsthand the challenges we are facing because of the large influx of illegal immigrants from Central America. The experience was a stark and sobering reminder of the immigration and humanitarian crisis our nation is currently facing. Throughout my visit, I was amazed by the commitment and dedication displayed by the agents of our nation’s Border Patrol in the face of such a crisis. The work ethic and sense of duty exhibited by the men and women protecting our nation’s border reaffirmed my belief that, given the proper direction, authority and resources, we can permanently secure America’s southern border.

I believe the recent surge in illegal immigrants over our southern border was avoidable. However, while blame for this predictable crisis can – in large part – be attributed to the failure of President Obama’s immigration policies, we all must look forward and work together as a nation to ensure a timely and permanent solution to secure our border once and for all.

We are a humane nation but we must also be a nation that respects the rule of law and controls its border. Sending these individuals home as soon as possible will deter others from trying the harrowing and dangerous journey. While we must make certain the men and women of the Border Patrol have the resources they need, I continue to oppose the notion that simply throwing more money at the problem is an adequate, or permanent, solution. No amount of money will curtail the current crisis on our southern border unless it is coupled with substantive policy changes to America’s immigration and detention policies. Such changes must include giving our Border Patrol priority access to all federal lands, the inclusion and cooperation of state and local law enforcement agencies, a thorough review of U.S. asylum procedures to end the dramatic increase in fraudulent claims, and impose expedited removal procedures to ensure the safe and timely return of those crossing the border illegally to their country of origin.

I remain disappointed that President Obama refuses to visit the southern border and see the crisis firsthand. I believe the president would gain significant insight from those on the front lines, and his presence would reinforce his commitment to the brave men and women of U.S. Border Patrol who are doing their very best against insurmountable odds.

If you would like to see photos from my trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, please click here.
Yours respectfully,
Jeb Hensarling
Member of Congress
(202) 225-3484 – DC
(903) 675-8288 – Athens
(214) 349-9996 – Dallas