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Benghazi committee members critical of investigation costs line staffers’ pockets with bonuses

Democrats on the bipartisan House committee investigating the terror attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead have repeatedly attacked House Republicans over the costliness of the investigation yet have given staff tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses. Fox News has the details: According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015. While the bonuses make up only a fraction of the panel's total expenses to date, critics suggested they undermine the minority members' complaints about the budget. "This is the height of hypocrisy,” Lisa Boothe, a Republican ...

Report: Government struggling to recoup up to $750 million in Obamacare subsidies given to illegal immigrants

The government is struggling to recover up to $750 million in Obamacare subsidies doled out to illegal immigrants and those whose status was in unverified limbo, according to a Senate report. Fox News has the scoop: The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or ...

Kansas lawmakers endeavoring to push back against so-called sanctuary city trend

Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation that would set the state apart from the increasing number of states, cities and counties implementing so-called “sanctuary city” policies that prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials. ABC News has the scoop: The Kansas bills would ban sanctuary cities and withdraw state funding from cities with sanctuary policies. State legislators said the measures would protect citizens from incidents like the July killing of San Francisco woman Kathryn Steinle. The man charged in her death is a Mexican living in the country illegally who was released from jail even though ...

Conservatives gather to talk budget strategy for 2016

House conservatives gathered Thursday in Middleburg, Virginia to hash out plans for the upcoming budget debate and to outline priorities for the new year. Huffington Post has the details: Roughly two dozen House conservatives met at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, for the Heritage Foundation's annual Conservative Member Retreat. And while members in attendance reported that there were no definitive decisions on how they'll move forward with the budget, it's clear there are some potential vote issues with the spending blueprint. Members don't have any firm demands yet, but a number of conservatives both in and outside of ...

Tax-reform issue gaining momentum

It’s tax season again and Americans are spending precious personal time determining what they are owed or what they owe to Uncle Sam. Imagine if the process were a lot simpler – an idea gaining ground in some political circles. The Wall Street Journal has the scoop: Remember when Steve Forbes ran for president in 1996 to promote a flat-rate income tax? The media and political establishment treated him as an unwelcome crank with an oddball idea about financing government. Today, conservatives can still expect hostile treatment from the media and political left. But the tax-reform idea has gained significant ground. Last week’s main ...

DHS: Majority of visa violators not investigated

Homeland Security officials Wednesday told members of the Senate that 99 percent of the more than 500,000 foreign nationals who overstayed their visas in 2015 weren’t investigated, adding most were deemed “nonpriorities” while others left voluntarily. The Washington Times has the inside story: Meanwhile, the government deported only about 2,500 visa overstays last year, and has only about 3,000 active cases — accounting for just a small fraction of the problem. “Probably the chances are that in our prioritization scheme, we will not get to those individuals unless they rise to the level that it meets either the national security, the ...

Obama administration eyeing U.S. military bases to house illegal-immigrant minors

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is eyeing a number of U.S. military bases to house the influx of illegal immigrants who are unaccompanied minors. The Washington Examiner has the details: The Pentagon is beginning "site assessments" at bases as far north as North Dakota and Massachusetts. "The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at HHS is expanding its capacity to provide shelter for the current influx of unaccompanied children at the U.S. Southern Border. This temporary increased shelter capacity is a prudent step needed to ensure ORR meets its statutory responsibility to provide shelter for the unaccompanied children referred to its care ...

President Obama leaving legacy of executive overreach with latest gun grab

President Obama this week went behind Congress’ back and announced a slew of executive actions aimed at erasing Americans' Second-Amendment right to keep and bear arms, including requiring small-scale gun sellers to become licensed dealers and perform background checks. "[I]t doesn’t matter where you conduct your business—from a store, at gun shows, or over the Internet: If you’re in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks," reads a White House statement.  New York Daily News has the details: Those new restrictions, outlined for the first time Monday night by the White House, include backgr...

DHS: Number of illegal minors apprehended at Texas border up from 2014

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security say the number of illegal-immigrant minors who’ve been apprehended at the Texas border increased by more than 100 percent from Oct.-Nov. 2014 to the same time months in 2015. Breitbart has the details: Earlier this month, the Rio Grand Valley Border Patrol sector reported a 101 percent increase of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) and a 154 percent increase of family units crossing the border illegally. These figures reflect apprehension numbers in October and November 2015 and compare them to the same time period last year, KRGV 5 reported … Because of the latest influx, Gov. Greg Abbott ...

Lone Star state may have options when it comes to cracking down on illegal immigration

Texas Deputy Attorney General Brantley Starr told state legislators last week that their hands aren't completely tied and that they do have options in the fight against illegal immigration and human trafficking. The Texas Tribune has the scoop: Although the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that “foreign policy and related matters, such as immigration, are one of the few enumerated powers the federal government has,” Starr said states do have some room to work. “You do have the ability to create state-level offenses that have an immigration element to them as long as they are sufficiently unique,” he said, citing House Bill 11, the Legisl...