“I rise today in opposition to ObamaCare,”declared Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as he began his marathon speech against the president's healthcare law Tuesday afternoon. He continued, “I intend to speak in support of defunding ObamaCare until I am no longer able to stand.”
Lawmakers continue to struggle to reach an agreement that would keep the government open past September 30. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be setting up a test vote on a House-passed bill this week that would fund the government past September 30 if lawmakers agree to defund ObamaCare.
In a close vote Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved 217 -210 a measure that cuts food stamps by $39 billion over the next decade — a move that is expected to provoke a political showdown with Democrats. The bill failed to garner a single Democratic vote; 15 Republicans voted against the bill, as well.
Some committed constitutionalists have forced Speaker of the House John Boehner to forward a bill that funds all of government, except ObamaCare.
In a statement to reporters, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan indicated that the Senate may not take up this year's NDAA before the end of the session.
During hearings on the proposal to attack Syria, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) taught Secretary of State John Kerry about the Constitution and the separation of powers.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that he considering a filibuster of the vote to attack Syria.
A recent three-hour hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the secret FISA court, a follow up on congressional inquiries surrounding the explosive information exposed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, revealed that the Obama administration believes Americans essentially have no right to privacy. Despite the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment guaranteeing the right to be free from unwarranted government invasions of privacy, National Correspondent Andy Ramirez with the Liberty News Network attended the hearing and reported that the federal government has gone wild.
In an effort to reignite the gun-control debate, two Democratic lawmakers are proposing massive tax hikes on handguns and ammunition.
Republican congressional leaders have signaled that they do not intend to fight for defunding ObamaCare in upcoming negotiations over a continuing resolution.