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Vice President Pence: DeVos confirmation ‘a vote for every child having a chance at world-class education’

Betsy DeVos in an unprecedented vote was confirmed 51-50 today to serve as education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote – the first for a cabinet nominee – per his constitutional authority. “Today’s vote to confirm Education Secretary @BetsyDeVos was a vote for every child having a chance at a world-class education,” Vice President Pence tweeted this afternoon. Education Secretary-designate DeVos has long been a proponent of school choice, championing it in her home state of Michigan where four times she has been elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and serves as the chairman of The ...

Senate Finance Committee Chairman: ‘All of the Obamacare taxes need to go’

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is putting his foot down: The taxes that come with Obamacare are on the chopping block and must be included in the repeal of the law – something that is not negotiable. The Hill has the details: “We need to definitively answer the question about what to do with the ObamaCare taxes,” Hatch said in a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. “Some have argued that we should keep all or some of them in place and use them to pay for our eventual replacement package.” But Hatch rejected that idea. “My view is this: After spending seven years talking about the harm being ...

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Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner: Health-insurance market better off before Obamacare

Wisconsin Deputy Insurance Commissioner Thursday told members of Congress that the Badger State insurance market suffered after the rollout of Obamacare and that state fared better before Obamacare went into effect. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: "While the Wisconsin market has been healthier than most, the ACA has caused significant harm," Wieske said, adding that Obamacare's regulations have impacted negatively rates and choices for consumers. "The ACA has changed the Wisconsin health insurance market. Consumers have fewer choices. Rates have increased significantly." Wieske also noted that "a number of our insurers have seen a ...

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Senate Finance Committee Democrats holding up Rep. Price, Mnuchin nominations

Senate Democrats are stalling a committee vote on whether to refer Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for a full Senate vote, having declined to attend the committee meeting that would have launched him to that point in the confirmation process – and, like those of us at Tea Party Patriots, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is not amused… The Hill has the details: Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection to head the Treasury Department. The ...

Report: 300 sanctuary cities allegedly shielded 17,000 criminal illegal immigrants

Local officials in so-called sanctuary cities are under fire this week for allegedly shielding from deportation more than 17,000 criminal illegal immigrants by ignoring federal detainers that order local law enforcement to hold suspects until federal authorities are able to intervene. The Washington Examiner has the story: The explosive growth of so-called "sanctuary cities," under fire Wednesday by President Trump, has reached over 300 and blocked federal officials from seizing, and likely deporting, more than 17,000 criminal illegals. The Center for Immigration Studies, which has collected the names of every sanctuary, reports: "Over the ...

Youth organization: So-called youth-misery index increased 36 percent under President Obama

Young America’s Foundation, a conservative nonprofit dedicated to educating young people about American civic engagement, says its Youth Misery Index – calculated using youth-unemployment, student-loan and national-debt-per-capita numbers – increased 36 percent during President Obama’s tenure. Young America’s Foundation has the full report: Young Americans, a generation that provided critical support to the President in 2008 and 2012, have slogged through the last eight years and will be chained to its impact on their futures for years to come. The youth unemployment rate is almost 15 percent and the average student in the class of ...