The US Constitution Created the Federal Government

There are a lot of people, including some members of Congress, who don’t understand what the US Constitution is and why it was created. Freshman Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) was asked the following question by talk-radio host Doug Fabrizio about whether the federal government should be involved in dealing with a natural disaster. “You said

House Will Pass Reworked Tax Cut Deal

Reuters reports today that a Democratic aide said House Democrats will likely pass President Obama’s tax cut deal he made with Republicans some time next week. The aide told Reuters that some tweaking to the estate tax provisions are in the works, but it appears that the rest of the Senate bill will be passed

Bachmann Drops Bid for Leadership Role in the Next House

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann (TP-R) has dropped her bid to be the next Republican Conference leader – the number 4 position in the House. Bachmann said that the GOP’s preferred candidate had “demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes, and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party’s call

Dems Lose Big

Democrats took it on the chin last night. Republicans and Tea Party Republicans landed one body blow after another before delivering the knockout punch. Republicans took 60 House seats and at least 6 Senate positions away from the Democrats. That means that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) will become the next Speaker of the United States

House Passes Bill Removing Anti-Trust Exemption From Insurance Companies

Today the US House of Representative passed a bill removing the anti-trust exemption from insurance companies. The legislation passed 406 to 19 after hours of debate over an amendment by Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-TX) that would provide a data-sharing exception to the bill. The amendment was not added to the bill, but Lungren still voted

How health lobbyists influenced reform bill

David Nexon had a big problem. An early version of national health care legislation contained a $40 billion tax aimed squarely at members of the medical device trade association he represents.

House Democrats unveil health care bill

House Democrats on Thursday unveiled an $894 billion package to remake the health care system, and celebrated by holding an outdoor rally at the Capitol where they asserted that tens of millions of Americans would soon gain affordable insurance.