Congress passes Reid-McConnell funding, debt ceiling deal

Passage of Reid-McConnell in the House

The government shutdown has come to an end and the debt ceiling has been raised after Congress passed the deal worked out between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The final deal is funds the federal government through January 15 and raises the debt ceiling to February 7. It also allows for budget negotiations between the two chambers, with the goal of coming to an agreement by December 13. Those points were sort of the basic parts of the deal.

Other aspects of the deal include, according to Jamie Dupree, back-pay for furloughed federal workers, reporting requirements on verification procedures for ObamaCare subsidies, and blocks a pay raise for Congress in FY 2014.

Reclaim Your Republic

No other election day has held the level of significance for me than this one does. While I’ve always voted, this was the first election cycle in which I took an avid interest and actually became involved in the political scene. For nine months, I was an active supporter of my hero, Dr. Ron Paul. After Super Tuesday, and it became evident that Dr.

Election Day Decisions & Predictions

United Liberty was begun by individuals from a large variation of backgrounds, all having the same goal in mind- the maximizing of individual liberty. We are not a monolithic group, seeing everything through the same eyes, and therefore have different ideas about how to best achieve that goal. All of us began as supporters of the same candidate, but since his name will not be on the ballot in our respective states, we wanted to share who we will be voting for and who we predict will win.

Editor, B J Lawson-

I wish I had an answer, but I’m still undecided :-/

Don’t think I know until I get into the voting booth.
At least I know how I’m voting for Congress…


Contributor, Scott Morris-

Conservative groups urge Republicans to vote against funding ObamaCare

The legislative trickery being employed by House Republicans to avoid a showdown on ObamaCare funding has pushed conservative organizations to ramp up efforts to urge members to vote against an upcoming stop-gap spending bill.

It was revealed on Monday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) would push a stop-gap, known as a Continuing Resolution, later this week as well as a separate resolution that would defund ObamaCare.

The latter resolution would allow members to say that they voted to deny funding to the unpopular law while avoiding a feared government shutdown, even though it will almost certainly be shot down by the Senate, sending a clean bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

But conservative groups are having none of this. The Club for Growth, which previously blasted the move, announced yesterday that they would key vote the rule under which the Continuing Resolution will be brought to the floor, urging members to vote “no.”

“For several weeks now, the Club has urged lawmakers to defund ObamaCare in the FY14 continuing resolution,” wrote Andrew Roth, vice president for Government Affairs at the Club for Growth, in an email to members of Congress. “Rather than fight to defund ObamaCare, or to even have an honest debate about it, House leaders have decided to go with a ‘smoke and mirrors’ strategy that avoids the issue. Therefore, we urge lawmakers to oppose the rule.”

Joe Biden to Cops: We Need Your Help to Pass Assault Weapons Ban

In the seemingly endless push to pass new gun control measures, Vice President Joe Biden made an appeal yesterday to some of the nation’s top law enforcement officials in a meeting at the Executive Office Building in Washington:

“We have to have a comprehensive way in which to respond to the mass murder of our children that we saw in Connecticut,” said Vice President Joe Biden today, meeting with the leaders of law enforcement organizations whom he said had been his “friends and allies for over 35 years.”

The vice president convened the first meeting of his interagency commission to examine possible actions to prevent the next gun violence tragedy like the one that befell Sandy Hill Elementary School.

“We’re going to need your help,” he said to the group, suggesting he wants them to help push for a reinstatement of the 1994 ban on some types of semiautomatic assault rifles, more colloquially known as the “assault weapons ban,” which expired in 2004. That ban was part of the larger Crime Bill, which Biden, then chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, helped draft.

“We see no reason why the assault weapons ban — quite frankly, you guys helped me write in the original crime bill. It passed the Senate then didn’t get past the House. And then we went back at it again with (Senator) Dianne Feinstein’s leadership, she convinced people to put it back in the bill.”

BREAKING: Manchin-Toomey Background Checks Defeated in the Senate

The Senate defeated an amendment proposed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) that would have expanded background checks to firearms purchases made at gun shows and online.

The amendment failed by a vote of 54 to 46. Four Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL), John McCain (R-AZ), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) — voted for the measure. Five Democrats — Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Harry Reid (D-NV) — voted against it. Reid only voted against the measure to reserve the right to bring it back up at a later time.

While it’s quite possible that Reid could bring the Manchin-Toomey amendment up for a vote again at a later date, it’s unlikely that it will pass without some changes. The

The National Rifle Association (NRA), which opposed the Manchin-Toomey amendment, hailed its defeat.

“Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution,” said NRA Executive Director Chris Cox in a statement.  ”As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.”

Iraqis Sounding Like Americans

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In this video, an Iraqi mother explains why she is ambivalent about voting. Her situation sounds like that of many Americans.

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