BREAKING: House Passes a Rare Bipartisan Response to the VA Scandal, The Bill Goes To The Senate, Then Hopefully To President Obama For Signature

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The House on Wednesday signed off on a $17 billion bipartisan measure responding to the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs over patient deaths and long wait times at VA medical facilities.

The overwhelming, 420-5 vote sends the bill to the Senate, which could pass it by the end of the week before lawmakers leave for their annual August recess. Five Republicans opposed the measure.

A rare compromise struck by House Republicans and Senate Democrats, the bill would allow the VA to add more doctors and facilities to reduce the backlog of veterans who served in the nation’s long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would also cut money for executive bonuses, as well as make it easier both for veterans to seek care at non-VA facilities and for under-performing top officials to be fired or demoted.

Source: Russell Berman for The Wire

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Cop Loses Robber After Good Guy With Gun Tries To Help, Shoots Wildly Towards Him

addictinginfo:

Cop Loses Robber After Good Guy With Gun Tries To Help, Shoots Wildly Towards Him

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A man with a concealed carry permit thought he could help when he observed a foot chase between a police officer and a suspected armed robber. The man began opening fire at the robber,…

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cadof:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued to slam Republicans for moving to sue him over his use of executive actions, calling the move a “political stunt” and urging Congress to “stop hatin’ all the time.” - http://nbcnews.to/1kmBO8t

cadof:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued to slam Republicans for moving to sue him over his use of executive actions, calling the move a “political stunt” and urging Congress to “stop hatin’ all the time.” - http://nbcnews.to/1kmBO8t

BREAKING: House Republicans End Their Legislative Day By Passing Resolution To Sue Obama, Speaker John Boehner Will Be The Person Suing President Obama On Behalf of The Republican-Led House

thepoliticalfreakshow:

House Republicans embarrassed the entire country today by voting to sue President Obama. The good news is that five House Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the resolution.

The final vote was 225-201 in favor of the resolution. Five House Republicans joined with Democrats in voting against the Boehner lawsuit.

After voting to advance the resolution telling Boehner to sue President Obama, House Republicans wasted more time during their last hours in session before a five week vacation calling the president a tyrant.

Boehner spent a minute before the vote pushing his bogus lie that the House has passed forty jobs bills. Speaker Boehner tried to wrap himself in the flag by talking about the oath of office. After planning his lawsuit for six months, Speaker Boehner claimed that the lawsuit was unplanned. He said, “This is about defending the Constitution, and acting decisively when it has been compromised.” Rep. Boehner claimed that Obama was tearing apart what the Founders built.”

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) followed Boehner, and said that, “Republicans are choosing lawsuits over legislating.” He then listed all of economic bills that the Senate passed that Boehner refuses to bring to the floor for a vote. Rep. Levin accused Republicans of conjuring up their lawsuit of President Obama, and said, “It is the House Republicans who should be sued, if that were possible, for the abjection of their duties.”

During the debate, it was easy to see who specifically was pushing this lawsuit. One after another, Southern House Republicans came to the House floor and claimed that President Obama is a tyrant. Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) warned, “Our freedom is in peril.”

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York highlighted Boehner’s record of wasting taxpayer money on lawsuits.

Rep John Lewis (D-GA) called the resolution a waste of time and money. He said, “A Republican in this House has never supported this president.”

House Republicans put their final nail in their own coffin with this vote passing the resolution that directs Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. The Republican actions today are a fitting end to the latest stretch of deplorable behavior by House Republicans.

The lawsuit is not going to end well for Republicans. Boehner’s dysfunctional caucus completely lacks in awareness and concern for the priorities of the American people. House Republicans exist in their own little world, where they actually think that this lawsuit is a good idea.

The behavior of House Republicans today has been cynical, disgusting, and deplorable. They have now given voters every reason to vote them out of office this November.

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iammyfather:

festeringfae:

Reminder that the creators of Night Vale made their show without any corporate sponsorship or financial compensation other than donations and selling T-shirts and they made it to the number one slot on Itunes and they did it with a godblessed openly queer protagonist and an explicitly dark-skinned love interest thank you and good night.

But those don’t sell, and everyone KNOWS you need corporate sponsorship.

ncpssm:

Immigration Reform is NOT a threat to Social Security.

ncpssm:

Immigration Reform is NOT a threat to Social Security.

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bootyregrit:

hah! owned. she’s not going to be invited back, is she?

bootyregrit:

hah! owned. she’s not going to be invited back, is she?

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