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Labor Department orders private companies with federal contracts to give employees up to seven sick days

Officials at the Labor Department Thursday ruled federal contractors – private companies who contract with the federal government like Humana, General Electric, General Dynamics, Hewlett-Packard Company, MIT, AT&T, the list goes on – are required to give employees up to seven days of sick time annually, allegedly creating a new benefit for more than 650,000 workers. The Washington Examiner has the story: In addition to the new Labor rule, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that starting in March, it will collect new data from employers that will let it improve investigations of possible pay discrimination… The EEOC ...

Bill demands stronger protections for VA whistleblowers

Congressional plans to encourage Veterans Affairs employees to speak out against departmental abuses like waste and negligence – and shield such whistleblowers from retaliation – may soon be put to a vote. Stars and Stripes has the story: A long-stalled plan in Congress to strengthen protections for Veterans Affairs Department employees who disclose waste and misconduct – and to punish officials who retaliate against them – is poised to hitch a ride to enactment this week on the high-priority measure to head off a partial government shutdown… While the measure would continue funding most government operations only through Dec. 9, the ...

Sen. Mike Lee: Spending bill Senate just passed ‘keeps the government headed in the same direction’

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in a 12-minute Facebook Live video Wednesday explains why he voted against the continuing resolution, a stopgap spending bill that keeps the government operating through Dec. 9. “It just keeps the government headed in the same direction – doesn’t really change much. It can contain a few revisions so it’s not really a budget, but it is a spending bill – a spending bill that simply says ‘Keep things more or less as they are subject to few minor changes,” says Sen. Lee. Members of Congress year after year face pressure from government employees and other groups to pass such resolutions, even if it means subver...

Tea Party Patriots: Obama Abusing His Authority to Bail Out Insurers’ Obamacare Losses

Tea Party Patriots: Obama Abusing His Authority to Bail Out Insurers’ Obamacare Losses Atlanta, Ga. – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to reports the Obama Administration is planning to ignore Congress and use an obscure Treasury fund to bail out insurance companies losing money by participating in Obamacare. “Obama and his henchmen are, once again, engaged in a desperate attempt to prop up the collapsing disaster that is Obamacare.  Once again Obama is abusing his authority and completely going around Congress to bail out insurers stiffed by Obamacare, despite the ...

IRS employees heading to prison for defrauding taxpayers

A number of employees at the Internal Revenue Service will spend time behind bars for accessing personal taxpayer information used to defraud people to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, a report released Wednesday reveals. The Washington Examiner has the details: The office said IRS employee Nakisha Hall used her position to access the personal information of hundreds of taxpayers between 2008 and 2011, creating fraudulent returns on her own computer and receiving more than $550,000 in tax refunds she requested be sent in the form of debit cards. After Hall came up with the idea for the scheme, she asked four people to help her hide ...

Tax-policy expert: Tax reform needed to ‘revive the slow-growing economy’

Heritage Foundation Tax-and-Economy Research Fellow Curtis Dubay Tuesday explained why Congress must come up with a common-sense tax-reform plan that addresses our lethargic economy and gives it the jump-start it needs to get Americans working again. The Daily Signal has the commentary: Tax reform is badly needed to revive the slow-growing economy and increase job creation and wages for American families. The current tax system is a large weight holding the economy back from growing as strongly as it could, thereby suppressing opportunity for Americans at all income levels. To free the economy to grow larger, tax reform must lower marginal tax ...

White House says it would veto bill exempting those from Obamacare penalty who lost coverage (through no fault of their own!)

This is a prime example of why Americans are fed up with President Obama and his horrendous signature health-insurance law … because, even if people register for government-run health insurance and their co-op fails leaving them uncovered, President Obama still expects them to pay a penalty for not having Obamacare. What a farce! The Washington Examiner has the scoop: The White House said Tuesday that President Obama would veto a House bill that would exempt people from penalties if they purchased health insurance through Obamacare co-ops, and then lost their plan because the co-op failed. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., ...

Senator says North Carolinians on hook for up to 25 percent Obamacare price jump

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) says North-Carolina residents in 2017 potentially face a 19-to-25-percent jump in their Obamacare health insurance thanks to a proposed rate increase from the Tar Heel State’s Department of Insurance on top of limited health-insurance options. McClatchy DC has the details: Further, because major health insurers have suffered losses and are exiting the program, in 90 percent of North Carolina counties, residents enrolled in President Barack Obama’s signature health care program will only have one plan from which to choose in their so-called marketplace, Burr wrote in an op ed published in the online North State ...

Forbes: ‘Obamacare continues to be a slow-motion train wreck’

Obamcare health-insurance premiums continue to skyrocket while wages remain stagnant, forcing Americans to choose between purchasing health insurance or trimming other things from their shopping carts. And – in some cases – it's forcing employers to trim their payroll. Forbes has the commentary: Obamacare continues to be a slow-motion train wreck. An analysis by Charles Gaba (an ACA supporter) shows that average premium increases in the non-group market will average 24% for 2017.  Last month’s decision by Aetna (the nation’s third-largest insurer) to dump 80% of its Obamacare subscribers for 2017 came on the heels of the decision by ...

IRS corrects earlier estimate, says taxpayers shelled out $1.7 billion in Obamacare penalties in 2014

Internal Revenue Service data show 8 million American taxpayers coughed up nearly $1.7 billion in penalties for not purchasing Obamacare in 2014, a $200 million increase from earlier penalty estimates from 2014. The Washington Free Beacon has the scoop: “Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that individuals must have had health care coverage, qualified for a health coverage exemption, or made a shared responsibility payment with a tax return,” the IRS said. “A health care individual responsibility payment was made on 8.1 million returns for $1.7 billion, an average of $210 per tax return paying this penalty.” IRS Commis...