THINK PROGRESS At least seven people died and 200 were injured in Tuesday’s Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia — even though technology exists that could have prevented the tragedy. A day after his Republican colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines to cut about one-fifth of Amtrak’s budget, House Ways and Means… More Paul Ryan Went On Fox News To Defend Amtrak Safety Funding. It Didn’t Go Well.
For all those followers of the scare-mongering GOP, let this sink in for a minute or two… Daily Kos Here are the results of austerity, and of a Republican Party hell-bent on proving government can’t work by starving it. From Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institute of Health: “NIH has been working on… More NIH director: Budget cuts delayed Ebola vaccine, treatment
Mediaite It’s been so long since Congress actually compromised on something, Jon Stewart seemed almost giddy Wednesday night that there’s a budget deal that could very well pass. Stewart even played “Hallelujah” in celebration, though quite frankly, absolutely no one on either side is really happy about this. Stewart fully expected to do another cursory look at… More Stewart Praises Budget Deal: Hallelujah! A Break From All the ‘Congressional F*ckery!
The current budget brokered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is up for a vote today. It will be interesting to see if it passes both houses. Giving more tax break to the rich and cutting subsidies for the underemployed and poor seems to be a… More Pope Francis slams super salaries for the rich while the poor survive on “crumbs”
Despicable bullies come to mind when I see how members of Congress will stop at nothing to get their way… TPM Your big Obamacare story of the day is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell won’t recommend commissioners to the Independent Payment Advisory Board — a panel designed to contain Medicare spending — as the law asks… More Boehner And McConnell: Our Way Or We Break Medicare
This list puts Congress’ apathy toward the American people into perspective… Think Progress After thousands of flight delays across the country this week, the United States Senate voted Thursday night to give the Federal Aviation Administration the flexibility to keep the nation’s airports running smoothly. The delays were caused by the furlough of air traffic controllers, who… More 12 Programs Congress Refuses To Save From Automatic Spending Cuts
This pretty much echos (in much more detail) my post from a few days ago… Addicting Info President Obama may be using the chained CPI as a gambit to get political leverage against Republicans for 2014 and beyond, even if he doesn’t realize it. Despite that, many people, particularly those on the left, are upset… More Obama Bets Social Security Cuts That The GOP Won’t Accept His Tax Increases