Posts Tagged ‘House’
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the House must act by next month on legislation to stem U.S. Postal Service losses running at $25 million a day. “We have to act,” Donahoe said in a telephone interview yesterday. “It’s very important, I think, to get these issues off the table in terms of the industry. Big mailers don’t want to keep hearing the Postal Service is losing money.”
Former U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper of Erie, Pennsylvania, who was one of the 6 pro-life Democrats that caved in to pressure from President Barack Obama to vote for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act against their better judgment. Now that she lost her re-election bid, she’s had a change of heart, says she never would have voted for the bill if she’d known the Obama administration was going to “require all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and the ‘week-after’ pill ‘ella’ that can induce early abortions.”
Medicare has set up a damage control plan to deal with all of the deep cuts that will take effect to doctors come January 1. Officials at Medicare are now telling doctors and other clinical providers that Medicare will hold claims for services during the first two weeks of 2012 to avoid passing on a 27 percent cut in payments, which would be required unless Congress acts.
In 2010, more than 17 million American households had trouble affording adequate food. That’s basically unchanged from 2009, but up sharply from 13 million in 2007.”This report today underscores what we know: that household food insecurity remains a serious problem in the United States,” says USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon.
The Washington Post recently published an article saying that the obstruction by the Congress of presidential recess appointments is unconstitutional. This debate has surfaced since there is a backlog of Obama appointments. And there are two reasons for this: First, Obama has to nominate people to fill various executive and judicial branch openings. And the second reason behind the logjam is the Senate’s reluctance to confirm those nominees already submitted by the President for that body’s approval.