Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., joins MSNBC’s Martin Bashir to explain why Kentucky voters may not like what Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says on health care – and why Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Il., has “anger management issues”.
Martin Bashir: "So, how would you characterize this republican response since the supreme court decision? is is it sulking? bitter, sullen? what is it?"
Rep. John Yarmuth: "Well, all of the above plus misinformed, plus a little desperate. I think what you know, you've seen it in the polls over the last few days. A slight majority of americans now support the supreme court decision and the provisions of the law because they're learning more and more about the benefits to them so I think the republicans are in a great, great deal of kind of confusion right now." [Video after the jump]
Vice President Joe Biden thinks that teachers face a "fullblown assault" thanks to people like Mitt Romney.
"I can't think of a candidate for president who's ever made such a direct assault on such an honorable profession," Biden said at the National Education Association's annual convention, in front of thousands of teachers in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning.
Romney and Republicans, Biden asserted, want to increase the influence of private schools "and strip you of your voice because he doesn't think you know much about education, and he characterizes you as not caring about the students but caring about yourselves."
WASHINGTON -- Republicans have said repeatedly that the landmark health care reform law, upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court last week, must be repealed and replaced. But the GOP leader in the U.S. Senate gave a surprising answer on "Fox News Sunday" when asked how Republicans would provide health care coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans.
"That is not the issue," Sen. Mitch McConnell said. "The question is how to go step by step to improve the American health care system. It is already the finest health care system in the world."
"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace interrupted, "You don't think 30 million uninsured is an issue?" [Video after the jump]
In this MegaVote for Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
Editor's Note: The House and Senate are not in session this week.
|Recent Senate Votes|
FDA User Fees – Final Passage - Vote Agreed to (92-4, 4 Not Voting)
The bill will also create new fee programs for generic drugs and generic biologic drugs. Final passage in the Senate followed about a month of negotiations after each chamber passed slightly differing bills in late May. As with everything coming through the Senate these days, a cloture vote was needed before voting on the underlying bill.
Highway/Flood Insurance/Student Loan Package – Adoption of Conference Report - Vote Agreed to (74-19, 1 Present, 6 Not Voting)
The surface transportation component featured by far the most drama of the three provisions, as the fight surrounding it lasted far longer, dating back to last year. More importantly (at least outside the Beltway) infrastructure spending will provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the construction industry and hopefully the broader economy. The bill makes several major changes to existing transportation law, including streamlining project approval, drastically reducing the number of federal programs through consolidation, and giving states more spending flexibility on certain types of projects.
The NFIP measure is designed to bring the program back into solvency following years of indebtedness. Payouts resulting from the devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes in 2005-6 had left the program roughly $18 billion in debt. The new law will raise premiums overall and cover more homeowners. The combined measures would be paid for largely by two changes to pension law. The first would change the formula by which employers contribute to their employees’ defined benefit plans.
The second would increase employer premiums on insurance provided by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, a federal entity that insures private sector defined benefit pension plans. A third offset would shorten the amount of time students are eligible for an in-school interest subsidy on their loans.
|Recent House Votes|
Contempt Resolution - Vote Passed (255-67, 1 Present, 109 Not Voting)
The vote was the culmination of well over a year’s worth of congressional investigation and, depending on whom you ask, showboating and stonewalling, regarding a failed “gun-walking” operation overseen by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The operation allowed firearms to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, with the intent of tracking the guns and locating the cartels, whose movements are difficult to trace.
Weapons bought through the operations were later used in the murder of a Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry. The subject of the contempt vote, however, has specifically to do with a very narrow set of documents demanded by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. from the Department of Justice (DOJ). DOJ has already announced they will not prosecute Holder, so House Republicans are expected to try their hand in civil court.
FY13 Transportation-HUD Appropriations – Final Passage - Vote Passed (261-163, 8 Not Voting)
In direct contradiction to the highway bill, which passed the House just minutes after the appropriations measure, an amendment from GOP freshman Rep. Jeff Landry, R-La. was included in the final bill text that would prohibit the Transportation Department from requiring that commercial trucks install on-board electronic recording devices to track hours of use.
The highway bill, by contrast, mandates the installation of such devices. The bill also provides no funding for Obama’s favored TIGER grants and high-speed rail initiatives. On the housing side, the bill would increase funding for Community Development Block Grants but cut funding for rental assistance.
Highway/Flood Insurance/Student Loan Package – Adoption of Conference Report - Vote Passed (373-52, 7 Not Voting)
The House passed the conference report for the Highway/Flood Insurance/Student Loan Package shortly before the Senate.
Rep. Brett Guthrie voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
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