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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 ...

Editor: IRS ‘clearly run amok during the Obama administration’

U.S. News & World Report Contributing Editor Peter Roff this week criticizes the heavy-handed officials at President Obama’s IRS, including Commissioner John Koskinen who effectively looked the other way as documents ordered preserved for investigation into the agency’s slow-rolling of tax-exempt-status applications for conservative groups were destroyed. Roff also hammers IRS officials for apparently targeting American-based corporations who pay corporate taxes overseas to save money – even rewriting its own rulebook to allow private-sector lawyers clearance to read tax documents of U.S. corporations. U.S. News & World Report has ...

Report: President Obama misled Congress during debt-ceiling showdowns

A House Financial Services Committee report obtained by The Daily Caller reveals Federal Reserve Bank of New York officials ran exercises during multiple congressional debt-limit crises demonstrating the federal government could function over the course of a temporary government shutdown – contrary to what President Obama said as he was selling Congress on an increase to the debt ceiling. The Daily Caller has the inside story: The staff report, to be released Tuesday, charges that [Treasury Secretary Jack] Lew and other Obama administration officials deliberately misled Congress and the public during the federal budget and debt limit showdowns ...

States suing Obama administration: Executive amnesty would impose costly burdens

President Obama last year unveiled plans to shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, an executive action on hold for a final ruling from the Supreme Court after a federal judge ruled 26 states have legitimate objections to the president’s executive-amnesty plans. The Hill has the inside story: Some legal experts argue the administration will have the upper hand because the high court has traditionally given wide latitude to the Executive Branch when it comes to immigration law. “This is an area where it is clearly the prerogative of the federal government to set immigration policy and the executive in particular to ...

House Budget Committee Chairman: Medicaid, Social Security should be subject to reviews the way discretionary spending is

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price says the process of reaching consensus every year on the federal budget needs to be overhauled and that includes opening up mandatory spending to more scrutiny and possibly even the chopping block. McClatchyDC has the story: Part of the problem, Price said, is that non-defense mandatory spending for programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – which were one-third of the federal budget just 40 years ago – now account for more than 60 percent and will one day reach 75 percent. “The slice of the pie that we control on the discretionary side, the appropriation process, gets smaller and ...

ICYMI: Americans say big government is biggest threat to our future

A recent Gallup poll reveals Americans feel most threatened by big government. CNS News has the details: When asked to choose among big government, big labor and big business, Americans overwhelmingly name big government as the biggest threat to the country in the future. According to Gallup, almost nine in 10 Republicans (88%) say big government is the biggest threat to the future of the country, 67% of independents and 53% of Democrats say the same. Results for the Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 2-6, 2015, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 824 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 ...

Poll: Americans don’t want Obama to bypass Congress on immigration

A new Rasmussen poll shows voters are dissatisfied with Obama’s unilateral approach to granting amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants. The Washington Examiner has the details: "Voters aren't happy," said Rasmussen's Alex Boyer in a video poll release. "Voters are clear: They don't want the president using executive orders to go around Congress," she added. Take gun control. She said that just one-third believe Obama should go it alone. But it's worse with immigration. "That's more support for executive action than the president gets regarding his plan to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. Just 26 percent think ...

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 ...

Economist: It’s time for a ‘massively simpler’ tax code

John Cochrane, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is calling on legislators to overhaul the tax code in a way that puts fewer burdens on everyday Americans. Cochrane outlines his plan in a column for The Wall Street Journal: The first goal of taxation is to raise needed government revenue with minimum economic damage. That means lower marginal rates—the additional tax people pay for each extra dollar earned—and a broader base of income subject to tax. It also means a massively simpler tax code. In my view, simplification is more important than rates. A simple code would allow people and businesses to spend more ...