The leaders of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees reached a tentative deal Sunday on legislation meant to improve veterans’ health care, by tackling such problems as delays for benefits and long waits for medical treatment concealed by secret lists.
Sanders proposed a bill last week that would cost about $25 billion over three years. Miller’s proposal would approve $10 billion in emergency spending.
Those proposals would have scaled back separate House- and Senate-passed bills after lawmakers in both parties expressed shock at price tags totaling more than $35 billion.
The proposals would still allow veterans to go to private doctors if they face long waits for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, or if they live more than 40 miles from a VA site.
The Obama administration says it needs about $17.6 billion to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals, lease new facilities and upgrade its computers to reduce a backlog of veterans awaiting care at VA hospitals and clinics.
The administration’s request does not include money to allow more veterans to go to private doctors to avoid long waits for VA care. Expansion of private care was the biggest cost in the bills approved by Congress.
More info at the link above.
If you’ve been attending our meetings you may have met Chris Pittman and his family – Chris, his wife, and adorable AND VERY WELL BEHAVED daughter! Yesterday I learned two things about Chris … He’s supportive of Spartanburg Friends of the NRA (who are hosting a banquet locally on September 4) and he is a small business owner with an usual company.
Double Eagle Gifts is where you can get original, hand crafted wooden gifts. I’ve looked at the website and WOW! Here’s some info for the site. Click the link to go look for yourself, and if you have occasion for a high-quality memorable gift, consider supporting a small business patriot!
Double Eagle Fine Handcrafted Gifts LLC was founded in Spartanburg, SC in 2010. Raised in his fatherâ€™s cabinet shop, founder Chris Pittman brings over 25 years of woodworking experience to Double Eagle Fine Handcrafted Gifts LLC. Chris returned to his love of woodworking to provide fine handcrafted gifts that you and your family will enjoy for generations to come. When Chris started back into woodworking, he started with the puzzles and Christmas ornaments because he thought the puzzles would be fun for kids. These gifts are not like the mass produced products you typically see in stores. We use a variety of woodworking techniques when making our pens, ornaments and other handcrafted gifts. The three main woodworking techniques used are: scroll sawing, turning and carving. Each one of our gifts are handcrafted and individually numbered to ensure authenticity. No two pieces are exactly alike; each one is unique.
The name Double Eagle Fine Handcrafted Gifts LLC comes from two great loves of our founder. Chris loves this country and is proud to be an American. Since the bald eagle is our national symbol, it was a natural choice for the name and logo for this company. The other great love is golf. â€śDouble eagleâ€ť is actually a golf term meaning a score of three under par for a hole. For example, a hole in one on a par 4 hole or a 2 on a par 5 hole would be a double eagle. Double eagle is a rare score in golf and Chris wants Double Eagle Fine Handcrafted Gifts LLC to be a rare company in terms of both customer service and product quality. Chrisâ€™ goal in starting this woodworking company was to provide each of his customers with handcrafted gifts that are of exceptional quality and value.
We want to hear from you. To give feedback, or to ask Chris to make something just for you, please fill out the form on the â€śContact Usâ€ť page. Please take a look at all of our handcrafted gifts, from our pens to our ornaments, and experience for yourself the difference fine woodworking makes. Let Chris put his years of woodworking experience to work for you. We can custom design any of our other handcrafted gifts just for you.
and go “LIKE” the Facebook page here.
Rick Brundrett at TheNerve.org continues to investigate DSS issues in South Carolina.
At a Senate panel hearing Wednesday, the S.C. Department of Social Servicesâ€™ deputy director said it would cost $10 million to hire 202 staffers to reduce child-welfare caseloads statewide that have received heightened attention with recent child deaths.
But DSS in recent years has accumulated millions of dollars in reserves, The Nerve found in a review of state budget records, raising questions about why money wasnâ€™t spent earlier to hire more caseworkers and if the agency needs to wait until next year to ask lawmakers for more funds.
Records at the Office of State Budget (OSB) show that the agency routinely carries over millions every year in â€śotherâ€ť funds. The agency carried over $17.61 million, $32 million and $17.49 million in other funds into fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively, according to OSBâ€™s annual detail base budgets, commonly referred to as â€śthe brickâ€ť because of its massive size.
Those records show millions of other fund revenues have been collected annually under numerous categories, including, for example, categories labeled â€śGeneral Operating Contribution,â€ť â€śMisc Transfer â€“ Other Funds,â€ť â€śMisc Revenue,â€ť â€śAlloc From Counties,â€ť and â€śAllocation From St Agencies.â€ť
In addition, DSS carried over nearly $4.8 million in general funds into the start of last fiscal year â€“ a huge jump compared to the $400,832 carried over into fiscal 2013, according to records at the state Comptroller Generalâ€™s Office.
At Wednesdayâ€™s hearing before the Senateâ€™s DSS Oversight Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, Jessica Hanak-Coulter, the DSS deputy director, said the starting salary for a child-welfare caseworker is $31,000, The State newspaper reported.
Based on that salary, the department could hire about 155 caseworkers assuming it could tap general fund reserves of $4.8 million, The Nerveâ€™s review found. Close to 550 caseworkers could be hired at that salary if the agency had at least $17 million available in other fund reserves.
It is uncovering facts like this that has earned SC state agencies the ongoing mistrust, and often scorn, of voters and residents.
Click the link above to read the rest of Rick’s investigation.
If you planned to attend the Glenn Beck/Freedomworks Common Core event last Tuesday but were unable, there is an encore event this Tuesday July 29.
CLICK HERE for more info and to buy tickets, there are showings in Greenville and Simpsonville.
Freedomworks has produced an 18-page Draft Action Plan for activists to use to fight Common Core. CLICK HERE to see the Plan. If you RIGHT CLICK once you get there you can “save as” a PDF file so your computer.
Our friend Chris wanted me to share this event with you!
The new Spartanburg Friends of NRA will host its inaugural banquet on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM. This 501(c)3 (non-political) arm of NRA supports The NRA Foundation, and half the money raised on Sept. 4th will remain right here in SC. Since its inception, the Friends of NRA program has raised over $530 million for Boy Scouts, disabled shooters, law enforcement, youth hunters, and other important groups.
Tickets are $35 in advance, and a limited number may be available at the door for $40. Sponsorships and group tables are also available.
For more information, please contact Spartanburgfriendsofnra@gmail.com.
The event will be at:
805 Spartan Blvd.
By Westgate Mall And City Range
Spartanburg, SC 29301
CLICK HERE for the Friends of the NRA South Carolina website.
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets, find out more about the event and download an event flyer to share.
Phil Kerpen is the BOSS. If you are on social media and don’t follow him either on Facebook or Twitter you should.
At American Commitment.org Phil reveals a hard truth. The Dems NEVER thought that subsidies were provided by the Federal exchanges. They ALWAYS intended those subsidies to be merely for the State Exchanges. And this week’s ruling blew that up.
Here’s an excerpt, read the entire story at the link above.
The language in the Obamacare statute has always been crystal clear. Eligibility for the â€śaffordability tax credit,â€ť or subsidy, under 36B specifically requires enrollment “through an Exchange established by the State under 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.â€ť Identical language appears in the definition of a “coverage month” later in 36B, and every, single place subsidy eligibility is mentioned in the law.
States would, drafters of the law assumed, just have to go along and create state exchanges to get the money. It never occurred to liberals that some states would consider stopping the massive flow of taxpayer-funded subsidies (and the employer taxes, 30-hour workweek, and associated penalties that come with them) a good thing. No, every state would jump at the chance to get all that federal money.
Moreover, Congress hadnâ€™t appropriated a penny for the federal exchange because they assumed it would never actually be created.
… this week, when one court had the temerity to say the law actually is what it plainly says, Gruber was apoplectic. â€śLiterally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states,â€ť he said on MSNBC.
And now we know it was all a lie. An elaborate ruse. Another fraud piled on top of all the other Obamacare lies and frauds. Gruber understood exactly what the law said and meant from the beginning. When he was writing it. And now thereâ€™s video proof.
â€śWhatâ€™s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you donâ€™t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits,â€ť Gruber said in an accurate, straightforward explanation of what the law actually says. â€śI hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges.â€ť
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Peter Suderman at Reason.com has another instance of Gruber telling the truth…
On January 10, 2012, in a speech at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Gruber said that “by not setting up an exchange, the politicians of a state are costing state residents hundreds and millions and billions of dollars….That is really the ultimate threat, is, will people understand that if your governor doesn’t set up an exchange, you’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars of tax credits to be delivered to your citizens.”
This interview took place today just minutes after Mick got out of House meeting on the border issues.
Bill asked me to share this…
July 18, 2014
The Honorable Nikki R. Haley
Governor, State of South Carolina
Post Office Box 12267
Columbia, SC 29211
Dear Governor Haley:
We are writing to express our concern about the serious and increasingly dangerous illegal immigration crisis which has arisen along the United States’ border with Mexico.
The overwhelming swarming of our border by aliens from Central and South America is terrible human tragedy, but what makes it worse is that it is a human-caused tragedy. President Obama seemed to not only encourage this wave of immigrants, especially unaccompanied minors, but has made it plain that he will do everything he can to pass Immigration Amnesty for any illegal immigrants who successfully makes it across our border.
Compounding the problem further, is the efforts by officials of the government to transport these illegal immigrants, at taxpayer expense, around the country and essentially “dump” them in various locations. Obviously we are concerned, as we know you are, that Immigration and Customs Enforcement may attempt to use South Carolina as one of these dump sites.
We are aware that you have obtained assurances from officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that they have no plans to transport these illegal immigrants here to South Carolina.
However, we would strongly caution you against regarding as truthful any statement by any official of the Obama administration. The Obama administration has proven time and again that they are more than willing to publicly advance false narratives, make blatantly untrue statements, and even destroy evidence in order to further their political goals.
We, therefore, urge you to put every law enforcement agency and indeed every agency of state government on notice to be on the lookout for and to report any effort by Federal agents to transport illegal immigrants into South Carolina.
Thank you for your diligence on this issue and thank you for considering our concerns.
Rep. Bill Chumley Senator Lee Bright
In a public statement, the four Republican Senators who joined with four Democrats to construct and usher the so-called â€śComprehensive Immigration Reform Billâ€ť through the Senate have publicly modified their positions considerably.
Their statement, signed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) read:
â€śLast year, we helped lead the effort to pass immigration reform legislation that received 68 votes in the United States Senate. While we continue to support the goals of comprehensive immigration reform, none of us would support including that bill in legislation needed this year to address the current humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Any legislation considered this year must be focused exclusively on addressing the current crisis, halting the flow of unaccompanied children crossing the border, and preventing future waves from making the dangerous journey north.â€ť
The four RINOs arenâ€™t stupid. They are aware of the socialist Democratsâ€™ intent behind the deliberately created border crisis and that they are now being played as Republican tokens in the game of socialist fundamental transformation.
They were comfortable last year with their bill being used as a lever to force Americans to accept a mass influx of people from other countries. It was okay then to fundamentally destroy our nation in the process, as long as nobody was paying attention and their careers were reasonably safe.
They just expected to be able to play politics, collect from big business donors, and let the country fend for itself. If only Obama hadnâ€™t been so arrogant and flooded the border, the Americans might have slept right through it all. Now that theyâ€™re waking up, the RINOs have nowhere to hide.
Of course they knew what they were doing all along. We all know the kind of people Chuck Schumer, Bob Menendez and Dick Durbin are from following them on television. It must be agonizingly obvious sitting across from them at a table. These Republicans made a deal with the Devil and are having some serious buyerâ€™s remorse.
They are hoping to salvage their careers, scurrying like cockroaches from the light. They know they are in large part responsible for the disastrous situation we are in. Had they sided with their constituents and put the good of the nation and the American people first, it would have been a gang of four Democrats sponsoring the bill and never been an issue.
The gang of RINOs actively promoted legislation to lower our standard of living and our safety and to assist the socialist Democrats in the destruction of our great nation. Suddenly, with all of the attention drawn to the border, the American public is also beginning to figure out what they did.
YOU GO RICK WELLS!!!!
Some SC Republicans who came out early with no facts, no “on the ground” knowledge and mocked Mississippi supporters of Chris McDaniel as “suppressing the black vote” … “sore losers” … and chided them that they were of the opinion that “white folks should make all the decisions” … I wonder if you are yet willing to walk back your social media remarks? Apologize for denigrating Mississippi Republican voters? Admit you didn’t know what you were talking about and just shot your mouths off? Not yet? Well perhaps you’ll read what a Republican Mississippi voter thinks about your assessment.
A post today at Mississippi Conservative Daily, a response to Ann Coulter who spews some ridiculous crap recently re: the runoff election:
You write, â€śIt doesnâ€™t look great having alleged Republican activists claiming that any votes from blacks in a GOP primary were fraudulent.â€ť Yes, many were fraudulent. More on that later.
â€śIt so happens that Cochran has always won a fair portion of the black vote â€” and the Democrat vote.â€ť Well, thatâ€™s because Cochran has had no serious opponent since Reaganâ€™s first term. In fact, most of his opponents, if he had one at all, were unknowns, with no money, and no campaign to speak of. But answer two questions for me, Ann? Why did these same Democrats NOT vote for Cochran in the June 3 primary? And, with a serious Democrat on the ticket this year in Travis Childers, and with Chuck Schumerâ€™s gang vowing to support him, do you honestly think those Democratic votes will be there for Cochran in November? If you do, then you are as ignorant as I thought you were!
â€śItâ€™s really fantastic to have McDaniel supporters out there denouncing Cochran for getting blacks to vote for him,â€ť you sarcastically write. Yet what you fail to understand is that we are denouncing the more than 10,000 ILLEGAL votes cast in the Republican runoff, those Democrats who had previously voted in the Democratic primary. Itâ€™s not a suppression of the vote to seek to keep folks from voting in BOTH primaries. In fact, itâ€™s against the law here.
Yes, Ann, so far the McDaniel campaign says they have found that many illegal votes, and thatâ€™s without 22 counties that are refusing to allow any inspection (that should tell you a lot), which are probably the worst violators, so itâ€™s probably a lot worse. If you really want to know whatâ€™s going on here in Mississippi, check out Chuck Johnsonâ€™s site â€“ gotnews.com â€“ and once again learn something!
Here are some more facts, Ann: We do not seek to suppress black votes. We do not seek to keep blacks from the Republican Party. We would love to see more blacks support the GOP because we have better policies, not because slanderous ads, illegal PACs, and unlawful actions scared them into doing so.
There is OH SO MUCH MORE at the link above, including some historical perspective on Thad Cochran’s record on black issues.