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The Politics on the Indiana Law


By John Feehery

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“Mike Pence, official portrait, 112th Congress” by United States Congress – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I’m not going to weigh in on the legal details of the fight over Indiana’s new law (which I assume will be repealed or modified in the coming months).

I have read arguments on both sides, and I honestly don’t know enough about the legal technicalities to decide who is right and who is wrong.

But I can tell you about the politics.

And they aren’t good for the conservative side of the equation. (more…)

SGR Down. Corporate Tax Reform Next?


By John Feehery

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“John Boehner” by Gage Skidmore – Flickr: John Boehner. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

If Congress can solve a problem like Medicare’s “doc fix,” lawmakers should be able to address a corporate tax rate that kills economic growth and moves jobs overseas.

Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” mechanism was part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The idea was to tie the set rate at which Medicare doctors are compensated to economic growth. But health-care costs grew faster than the economy, and to avoid a physician exodus that could threaten the program, every year Congress would pass a temporary “doc fix” adding to the amount paid to the doctors.

Fixing the SGR gives peace of mind to doctors that they can continue to participate in Medicare. It’s good policy and good politics. (more…)

Don’t Look Now


By John Feehery


“ReneeEllmers113th” by United States Congress – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Renee Elmers had the quote of the day.  She said, during a debate earlier today, “Don’t look now, but we’re governing.”

It’s not clear how much this week will matter in annals of Congressional history.

But it sure looks like the House is finally hitting its stride after a couple of rocky months.

Since 1997, the Congress has had to deal with the so-called “doc fix”, a promise to cut reimbursements to doctors that was made originally in the Balance Budget Act. (more…)

Fix the Problem on Border Security


By John Feehery

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“Michael McCaul Official” by House of Represenatatives. Original uploader was Musical Mind20 at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Scooter using CommonsHelper.
(Original text : Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Mike McCaul, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, is preparing to mark-up the most effective border security bill in history later today.

It dedicates billions of dollars to the latest technologies to seal up the Southern border, authorizes 27 miles of new fencing in the high-traffic areas that need it, put tough penalties on government bureaucrats who don’t do their jobs and otherwise keeps the promise of Republicans to do something about illegal immigration.

And for his efforts, he is getting pounded by anti-immigration activists. (more…)

A Real Education For the New Congress


By John Feehery

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“US Capitol east side” by Martin Falbisoner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Since the Democrats took control of Congress in the election of 2006, an astounding 334 House and 70 Senate seats have changed hands.

We have 52 new House Members and 12 new Senators coming to the 114th Congress.   In the 113th Congress, we had 70 new Members of the House and 14 new Senators, and in the 112th Congress, we had 93 new House Members and 13 new Senators.

To those who say that we need term limits, I say what kind of crack are you smoking?

If anything, we need some stability in the Congress, not more instability. (more…)


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