#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON:Dec.14 – A $1.1 trillion government funding bill has been passed by a 56-40 vote in the US Senate.
The bill would provide financing for most US government agencies through September 30, 2015.
The exception is the Department of Homeland Security, which only gets money through February 27.
The approval of the 1,603-page, long-term bill comes hours after the Senate voted for a short-term one, funding the government only through Wednesday night.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill now needs to be signed by President Barack Obama.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.11 – Senate Republican staffers will be required to obtain health insurance through ObamaCare’s exchanges under a rule passed Wednesday by the GOP Conference.
The proposal from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) means that Senate Republicans will designate their staff as “official,” moving them automatically onto the marketplaces.
A loophole used in both chambers allows lawmakers to designate staff as “unofficial” or “official staff,” which permits them to keep their insurance coverage under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Dec.01 – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned senators that they might have to work the week before Christmas.
Both the House and Senate are scheduled to recess for the year by Dec. 12, but Reid said that if the Senate fails to pass bills funding the government, reauthorizing defence spending, extending tax deductions and clearing nominations he would hold a sessions during Dec. 15-19.
News from The Hill Staff
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Dec.01 – The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn.
As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rule making efforts now under way is limited.
But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet up their attacks on what they view as overzealous regulation.
By Tim Devaney and Lydia Wheeler @ The Hill
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.20 – On immigration, President Obama has decided to take on Republicans poised to control the House and Senate in the next Congress.
In a prime-time address on Thursday, Obama will announce executive actions that could give legal status to millions of immigrants that are in the country illegally.
By Justin Sink @ The Hill
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.14 – The House on Friday passed legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a showdown in the Senate next week.
Passage of the bill was hailed by its chief sponsor, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is facing a runoff against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Dec. 6 after neither won a majority in the general election.
The legislation was approved 252-161, with 31 Democrats joining Republicans in backing a construction permit for the controversial project, which would bring tar oil sands from Canada to refineries in the United States.
By Cristina Marcos @The Hill
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 06 – Republicans’ resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that’s been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama’s health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.
Democrats suffered an electoral drubbing in Tuesday’s midterms, and Republicans regained control of the Senate and widely expanded their majority in the House.
In command in both chambers in January, Republicans maintained that they have to show they can govern or else voters will show them the door.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 05 – In the early hours of Wednesday morning the Republicans won control of the Senate and among the arguments one major point of this election stood out clearly:
A number of Democrats blame one person President Obama for this defeat.
The Hill’s Jessica Taylor reported that Republicans have clinched Senate control in an election night rout that saw Democrats around the country crushed by the growing unpopularity of President Obama.
The GOP gained the six seats they needed to win the majority with after defeating Democratic incumbents in North Carolina, Arkansas and Colorado along with picking up open-seat Democratic seats in West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota.
This mid-term election told the people of America one thing and that was they do not want this President, and above all they do not like his policies.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 04 – Public campaigning gave way to the privacy of the voting booth Tuesday with control of the Senate, the make-up of the House and three dozen governorships at stake AP reported.
President Barack Obama, his approval ratings low, was not on the ballot midway through his second term.
But even he said his policies were, and Republicans rushed to agree.
Above all else, what’s at stake in Tuesday’s midterm elections is control of the U.S. Senate. That, in turn, will shape the fate of President Barack Obama’s agenda for the rest of his term.
And everything else that Congress wants to do, or stop from getting done Associated press said.
This year’s Senate races have featured astronomical spending, ceaseless attack ads and innumerable slaps at a president who’s not on the ballot.
Even with control of the Senate at stake, serious discussions about deficit spending, climate change, immigration, Social Security’s long-term future and other knotty issues rarely emerged.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 03 – A reshuffling of President Barack Obama’s staff looks all but certain after Tuesday’s congressional elections, which are likely to bring humbling losses to his Democratic party and could add to pressure on him to reboot his presidency.
Forecasters say that Republicans, who have made Obama’s unpopularity a top issue in the elections, are in a strong position to capture the six seats they need to take over the Senate from Democrats. They are also expected to expand their majority in the House of Representatives.
But current and former White House aides say that even if those predictions prove correct, Obama will likely resist calls to clean house for the final two years of his administration, a departure from the dramatic makeovers quickly ordered by many of his predecessors after similar setbacks at the ballot box.
Even slow-motion staff turnover could add some new talent to an inner circle that has been criticized as too insular. But it remains to be seen whether new blood would be enough to help a diminished president overcome Washington gridlock and push through new initiatives to burnish his legacy.
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – October 20 – The White House has held preliminary discussions with the Senate about a new funding request to fight Ebola, according to a pair of congressional sources.
Any request would come on top of hundreds of millions of dollars already allocated for the fight against the deadly virus, and would trigger a battle with congressional Republicans over the Obama administration’s handling of the crisis.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced Monday her full panel would meet to discuss the Ebola crisis on Nov. 6, two days after the midterm elections.
The administration has come under fire over its handling of the disease, and Obama on Friday appointed Democratic strategist Ron Klain to coordinate the federal government’s response.
Lawmakers in both parties have been pressing Obama to agree to impose a travel ban on the three West African countries, where the Ebola outbreak is concentrated.
By Jason Sink @ The Hill
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 19 – Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.
The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama’s close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest GOP critics, including top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
It put leading contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination on opposite sides. Some of Obama’s liberal allies defected.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 17 – The Senate voted 93-4 Thursday to extend a terrorism insurance program that business groups say provides a critical backstop in the event of a catastrophic attack.
The bill would extend the program, which was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, for seven years.
By Ramsey Cox @ The Hill
#AceGuestNews – SOMERSWORTH – New Hampshire – Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in the Congress have grown more confident in recent months about their ability to use the president’s signature healthcare law as a draw rather than a liability in this November’s midterm elections.
Three races in New Hampshire illustrate the challenge, offering a test of whether Democrats can overcome voter skepticism about the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law, aiming to expand health insurance coverage to millions more Americans, has come under sustained attack from Republicans.
The president has urged Democrats campaigning in the November 4 congressional elections not to run away from “Obamacare,” but instead to “forcefully defend” it. Obama has said that a surge in enrollment shows the system is running smoothly now, after its disastrous debut last October.
New Hampshire, which is closely divided between Democrats and Republicans, is one of about 10 states where Republicans hope to make gains in order to pick up six seats they need to put the Democratic-led Senate under their control.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have been among the Democratic targets of anti-Obamacare ads by conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity.
Republicans are counting on voter antipathy toward Obamacare to try to take charge of the Senate and expand their majority in the House of Representatives.
But while Obamacare may now be working better, national polls clearly show more people disapprove than approve of the law.
By Susan Cornwell
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#AceWorldNews says hoping to fall back on Plan B should his presidential aspirations fizzle, US Senator Rand Paul is seeking legislation that would allow him to run for re-election and for president simultaneously.
According to the Washington Times, Paul (R-Ky.) has asked Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer to look into proposals that would ensure he can run for both offices at the same time.
“Yes, I am working on clarifying an ambiguous state law that Rand Paul believes is unconstitutional if it is interpreted to bar running for re-election to the Senate and for president at the same time,” Thayer said to the Times on Monday.
“The purpose of the bill will be to make clear that Rand Paul or anyone in a similar situation in Kentucky can run for both offices in the same year.”
Paul has been floated as a possible Republican presidential candidate since the end of the 2012 election, and this news suggests the senator continues to explore the possibility of running.
He has yet to commit himself to the idea, though just a few months ago he acknowledged he was “seriously thinking about it.”
#AceNewsServices says that a `French Law‘ issues a `Decree’ to temporarily ban `GMO Maize’ from being Planted while government drafts a “Comprehensive Law’ to ban the practice nationwide.
The French government issued a decree Monday forbidding farmers to plant genetically modified maize in the immediate future while the government drafts a comprehensive law that will attempt to ban the practice nationwide.
French officials maintain that GM crops constitute a serious environmental risk, despite a senior court striking down two national prohibitions on GM maize (corn) in recent time. GM opponents were also frustrated recently by the European Union, which failed to agree on whether or not to ban a new strand of GM-maize. The lack of consensus makes it more likely that the EU Commission will approve its cultivation.
Genetically modified crops have drawn the attention of much of the international community because they are scientifically produced to resist herbicides. Yet little independent research has studied at what cost that modification does to humans who ingest those same crops.
Among the most commonly cited causes for concern is the skyrocketing resistance to antibiotics, although increased toxicity in food and lower nutritional values are also considered factors.
GM maize has been no exception to the controversy, with many scientists and environmentalists decrying the unconventional food as an unsafe and unnecessary replacement to standard corn.
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#AceWorldNews says the US Senate has approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill to quell for nearly nine months the threat of another federal agency shut-down, Reuters said. Passed on a 72-26 bipartisan vote, the measure will fund thousands of government programs from the military to national parks through the September 30 fiscal year-end.
President Barack Obama is expected to sign it by Saturday. The vote came three months after the end of a 16-day government shut-down in October that was waged over disputed funding of ‘Obamacare’.
#AceNewsServices says you may or may not agree with this bill ,but one thing l have learned in all my years, is if we allow a bill through where any parliamentary changes are required, it does not matter about the fact it contains certain limitations, as in 2002 in this case. Whereby it cover only adults, someone somewhere will want to play God, and find a reason through their own pain or suffering to add even more changes, such as this one where by it allows “Lawful Killing of Children” – God Helps Us All – in the future, with people like this!
Recent Changes in Euthanasia 2014
The past few days there has been calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote have been rejected by a Judiciary Committee, Euronews reported. The way is now clear for the legislation to be passed to the lower house for consideration and a vote before May. The Senate last week voted 50-17 that euthanasia should be legal for children suffering from a terminal illness that is causing severe physical pain. Belgium could become the first nation in the world to lift all age restrictions for euthanasia. Euthanasia for adults was legalized in the country in 2002.
Belgium Euthanasia Law in Effect
Here is how it came into being starting on Monday, Belgian law allows doctors to help kill patients who, during a terminal illness, express a wish to hasten their own death. Having passed the law in May, Belgium is now the third jurisdiction after the Netherlands (April 1, 2002) and the state of Oregon (1997) to legalize euthanasia.
Senator Philippe Mahoux, a Socialist, helped draft the law, which he views as “recognition” that a dying patient in “constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain” should be “the only judge of their quality of life and the dignity of their last moments,” ignoring the fact that palliative care has advanced to the point where such illness need no longer be accompanied by physical suffering.
Belgium’s bishops tried to explain why the Catholic Church opposes the law, saying: “It is based on the idea that the value and dignity of a human being is no longer linked to the fact of his existence, but rather to his so-called ‘quality of life’.” In the future, patients who are very ill are certain to face pressure (from relatives and hospital staff) to view themselves as a burden that should be eliminated. Conservative opposition parties voted against the bill last May, with the Flemish Christian Democrats vowing to challenge the law in the European Court of Human Rights.
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#AceBreakingNews says just in Senate Democrats got enough Republican support to move ahead with a bill to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed for three months. The bill still has some hurdles to clear in the Senate, and significant opposition remains in the GOP-controlled House. A half dozen Republicans voted with Democrats to move forward with the legislation.