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House GOP funds government while Obama plays politics

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Last Monday, Sept. 30, Senate Democrats and the president once again refused to sit down and talk with House Republicans about the expiring funding for the federal government. After sending over three different continuing resolutions that would have averted the shutdown and a bill that would bring both sides to conference – a bipartisan, bicameral meeting that is traditionally used to resolve any disagreements between the House and the Senate – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) refused to negotiate. Read More»

The Voting Rights Act must be updated

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Everyone agrees that the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was desperately needed when it was passed in 1965. But that was nearly 50 years ago.

Since its passage, we have seen dramatic changes across the country, especially in the South, that points to the fact that the VRA needs updating.

Georgia has four African-American Members of Congress and some of the highest minority voter turnout in the country. In fact, in November 2012, a higher percentage of registered African-American females turned out to vote than registered white females or males. Read More»

Obama’s pipeline politics costs 20,000 U.S.jobs

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Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department announced it would take at least another 18 months to complete the required environmental review and public comment period for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The pipeline would run from Canada through six U.S. states, sending 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

This delay comes on the heels of a more than three year extensive review of the project – and it conveniently pushes the final approval date to after the 2012 presidential elections. Read More»

The EPA puts concrete shoes on the cement industry

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has slowly become one of the most activist agencies in our federal government. They have implemented regulation after regulation, bypassing Congress to enforce their own liberal agenda.

In fact, according to a recent investigation by Daily Caller, these new regulations are expected to require 230,000 new employees at the EPA and cost American taxpayers $21 billion.

House Republicans have been working diligently to curb this overreach by the EPA, but it’s going to be a long battle. Read More»

President Obama orders Justice Dept. to ignore U.S. law

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Congressional Democrats and President Obama have spent the last two and a half years trying to reward illegal immigrants for breaking the law by coming to the United States.

There have been discussions of full amnesty to all illegal immigrants currently in the United States and an attempt to pass the controversial DREAM Act. None have been successful, even while Democrats held a super majority in the House and the Senate and controlled the White House. Read More»

The EPA puts the screws to power plants

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I’m sure most of you are well aware of the activist stance the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken, especially under the direction of Lisa Jackson.

Over the last two years, they have proposed some of the most controversial rules and regulations that, even by their own accounting, have the potential of costing American companies tens of billions of dollars. Read More»