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Outside right wing groups playing outsize role in Republican government shutdown

Excerpt: The New York Times has a great article today that delves into the origins of the House Republicans’ government shutdown. It turns out that powerful right wing groups, including the vast political machinery assembled and funded by the Koch brothers, have been agitating for a shutdown for a long time, and were finally able, with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Let’s not forget: House Republicans forced this federal government shutdown to happen

Excerpt: We are almost through Day One of the first major shutdown of the federal government in seventeen years, and sadly, it still appears that House Republicans are unwilling and unready to do their jobs. They could have easily averted the shutdown days ago by simply passing the continuing budget resolution the Senate sent them, and […]
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House Republicans bent on taking another vote to defund the Patient Protection Act

Excerpt: The blackmail continues: House Republicans plan to attach a one-year delay of [the Patient Protection Act] and a repeal of its medical device to a stopgap spending bill on Saturday, a move that could ensure much of the federal government shuts down on Tuesday. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) outlined the maneuver to Republicans in a […]
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House Republicans vote to slash food stamps with disgraceful “let them starve” legislation

Excerpt: Once again, we have occasion to say: So much for compassionate conservatism. By a vote of two hundred and seventeen to two hundred and ten, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has voted to make significant and destructive cuts to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, colloquially known as food stamps. Their legislation reduces funding […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Republicans achieve Pyrrhic victory with passage of unconscionable farm bill

Excerpt: Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives achieved a Pyrrhic victory earlier today with the passage of an unconscionable, cruel farm bill that they managed to pass with only a handful of votes to spare after hours of acrimonious debate. The Republican-backed proposal, which passed without a single Democratic vote, provides around $195 billion in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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What does Rob McKenna have against family planning?

Excerpt: Yesterday, gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna posted on Crosscut a variety of statements on how to impair our state Medicaid system, and chose to omit any sort of content on how consequences of those changes would affect our state. While blasting Medicaid expansion(which, by the way, is in contrast to how 67% of Americans feel), Mr. […]
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House Republicans formally block payroll tax break “compromise” bill from consideration

Excerpt: As expected, in a series of votes earlier today, House Republicans formally blocked legislation overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. Senate a few days ago that would temporarily extend the one-year payroll tax break enacted by Congress last year (S. Amdt. 1465 to H.R. 3630) for another two months. The House’s action threatens the compromise on […]
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