On Tuesday, Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, and an orthodontist in Florida filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its delay of the employer mandate, asserting that the president does not have the right to determine which provisions of the law he wishes to enforce.
Even as the federal government is now experiencing a partial shutdown for the first time in 17 years, the Senate has rejected a House motion to form a conference committee to negotiate the differences between the two chambers. As a result, the standoff continues, with no clear resolution in sight.
The Justice Department announced today it is suing the state of North Carolina over its new voting rules, alleging that they are racially discriminatory.
House Republicans are maintaining their position on the healthcare law and are launching what is dubbed a “two-front war” on ObamaCare. One week after the House passed a bill that defunds ObamaCare, they are attempting to take a vote this weekend on a bill that would delay the healthcare law in exchange for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling.
President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, may be added to Egypt’s terror watch list as a result of his alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Malik also serves as the executive secretary of the Dawa Organization, a group created by the government of Sudan, considered by the United States State Department to be a terrorist state. According to WND, Malik also served as the best man at Barack Obama’s wedding to Michelle in 1992.
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.
Today House conservatives introduced the first detailed alternative to ObamaCare — legislation to increase the tax breaks for those who buy their own insurance.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines to ban new subsidies to help people purchase health insurance until the administration enacts a new verification system to ensure that benefits are offered only to those who qualify. The No Subsidies Without Verification Act has no chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The 235 to 191 vote is the 41st by House Republicans targeting the healthcare law.
A four-person United Nations rights panel has released a report citing evidence of war crimes by both sides in Syria. The report comes at a critical moment when the United States and Russia are working to determine the best course of action in Syria.