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  • House votes to make business tax break permanent | Southeastern Tea Party
    Thu 06 12 14 The House voted Thursday to make permanent a generous tax break that makes it easier for small businesses to buy new equipment and improve their property part of an election year showdown over a series of expired tax breaks worth billions The tax break allows business owners to more quickly write off the costs of computers machinery and other equipment as well as improvements to retail property It expired at the beginning of the year along with more than 50 other temporary tax breaks that Congress routinely extends The vote was 272 to 144 in favor of the bill House Republicans said the bill is part of a broader effort to add more certainty to the tax code My bill provides predictability by making permanent a small business expensing measure that s been part of the tax code in some form since the 1950s said Rep Pat Tiberi R Ohio the main sponsor of the bill Democratic leaders opposed the bill and the White House threatened a veto because it would add 73 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade Whatever happened to all the rhetoric about getting our fiscal house in order Out

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  • Southeastern Tea Party | One must know the difference to make a difference
    Be Very Pretty When has the Obama administration told the truth about any of the scandals arising during its tenure House Speaker John Boehner asked at a news conference on Wednesday He was responding to a question about why Republicans think it s necessary to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress a vote that will take place later today Wednesday admin s blog Read more Tue 05 06 14 Obama hits campaign trail for wary Dems Although he s shunned by some fellow Democrats on the campaign trail President Obama will work to fill their coffers when he embarks Wednesday on a three day fundraising trip to the West Coast admin s blog Read more Mon 05 05 14 House GOP probes on IRS Benghazi bring peril for Dems With votes looming to create a special committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks hold former IRS official Lois G Lerner in contempt of Congress and demand a special counsel to look into the IRS House Republicans have created a political minefield for Democrats in tough re election races The votes all pit Congress against the White House and the broader Obama administration over key transparency questions though

    Original URL path: http://southeasternteaparty.org/node?page=17 (2016-02-16)
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  • VA reportedly stopped sending teams to try to improve underperforming hospitals | Southeastern Tea Party
    try to improve its worst performing facilities for approximately two years according to a published report The Wall Street Journal citing agency doctors and internal records reported that the visits were paused beginning in early 2011 Dr Carolyn Clancy the head of the agency s quality and safety program said the VA had begun to revive the program about a year ago The Journal report specifies seven VA hospitals that have consistently received a rating of one star out of a possible five from the VA since at least 2011 Those hospitals are located in Augusta Ga Little Rock Ark Providence R I Murfreesboro Tenn Oklahoma City Phoenix and Puget Sound Seattle Wash The star rating system measures hospitals according to key performance standards including death rates among acute care patients and among patients suffering from congestive heart failure and pneumonia Length of stays and readmission rates are also taken into consideration It is not clear why the agency halted the visits though the Journal report cites current and former VA doctors who claim that top managers of the agency played down the utility of basing the ratings system on specific medical outcomes Dr Clancy claimed to the Journal that

    Original URL path: http://southeasternteaparty.org/node/423 (2016-02-16)
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  • VA IG subpoenas watchdog group | Southeastern Tea Party
    to keep tabs on mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that it won t comply with a law enforcement subpoena seeking its correspondence with current or former VA employees The subpoena from the VA s Office of Inspector General comes weeks after the D C based nonprofit group Project On Government Oversight POGO announced the launch of a confidential tip line for VA whistleblowers About 700 people

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  • GOP leaders ask Obama to care for all vets, not just those in Phoenix | Southeastern Tea Party
    for all vets not just those in Phoenix Wed 06 04 14 House Republican leaders sent a letter to the president Wednesday morning asking how he will help veterans who have been waiting too long for care beyond the 1 700 found by the inspector general in Phoenix In light of the systemic nature of this problem however how will you address veterans who are waiting for care across the country the letter said All veterans on waiting lists should be able to easily access care outside the Veterans Affairs without waiting for a potentially corrupt facility to approve their request Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday morning that the Department of Veterans Affairs had called all veterans found to be left off a wait list at the Phoenix VA facility according to a VA release Mr Gibson also announced during a meeting with several veterans service organizations that he would travel to Phoenix on Thursday The House letter called on President Obama to support legislation from Rep Jeff Miller Florida Republican and chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee that would allow all vets to seek care outside the VA if they couldn t schedule an appointment within

    Original URL path: http://southeasternteaparty.org/node/421 (2016-02-16)
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  • White House seeks extra $1.4B to address surge in children crossing southern border | Southeastern Tea Party
    Obama said the U S will temporarily house the children at two military bases Obama appointed the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Craig Fugate to be in charge of the situation In its new estimates the government said as many as 60 000 children mostly from Central America could be caught this year trying to cross the Mexican border illegally costing the U S more than 2 28 billion to house feed and transport the children to shelters or reunite them with relatives already living in the United States The new estimate is about 1 4 billion more than the government asked for in Obama s budget request sent to Congress earlier this year Obama described the growing humanitarian issue at the border in a presidential memorandum Monday that outlined a government wide response led by Fugate Obama s director of domestic policy Cecilia Munoz said the number of children traveling alone has been on the rise since 2009 but the increase was larger than last year Munoz said the group also now includes more girls and larger numbers of children younger than 13 All of these things are contributing to the sense of urgency Munoz said These

    Original URL path: http://southeasternteaparty.org/node/420 (2016-02-16)
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  • Oklahoma governor must decide Common Core’s fate this week | Southeastern Tea Party
    passed in the closing days of the 2014 legislative session The most weighty matter still on her desk is the fate of the Common Core education standards Activists on both sides of the Common Core debate have flooded Fallin s office with phones calls emails letters and petitions since the Legislature adjourned May 23 Previously a supporter of Common Core Fallin issued an executive order last fall stressing the state

    Original URL path: http://southeasternteaparty.org/node/419 (2016-02-16)
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  • Southeastern Tea Party | One must know the difference to make a difference
    Department reported that more than 8 million people selected a private health plan on the overhaul s insurance exchanges from Oct 1 to March 31 a tally that includes people who got extra time to finish up their selections in early April admin s blog Read more Wed 04 30 14 US economy slowed to 0 1 percent growth rate in Q1 weakest in year The U S economy slowed drastically in the first three months of the year as a harsh winter exacted a toll on business activity The sharp slowdown while worse than expected is likely to be temporary as growth rebounds with warmer weather The economy s growth slowed to a barely discernible 0 1 percent annual rate in the January March quarter the Commerce Department said Wednesday That was the weakest pace since the end of 2012 and was down from a 2 6 percent growth rate in the October December quarter admin s blog Read more Tue 04 29 14 Obama approval rating at lowest of presidency poll shows Forty one percent of Americans approve of President Obama s job performance the lowest such rating of his presidency registered in a Washington Post ABC News poll and 52 percent disapprove admin s blog Read more Mon 04 28 14 10 States With Highest Income Tax Rates Went Blue For Obama in 2012 The Tax Foundation has ranked the states by their state income tax rates and among the highest are California Hawaii and Oregon On a U S map the Tax Foundation shows that the following 10 states and counting the District of Columbia have the highest individual income tax rates in 2014 http cnsnews com admin s blog Fri 04 25 14 Sen Ted Cruz to headline New Hampshire dinner Sen Ted Cruz is

    Original URL path: http://southeasternteaparty.org/node?page=18 (2016-02-16)
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