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Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 06:24 PM (1 replies)

2099 Republican Senator (if they still exist): still denies climate change is real...

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 06:20 PM (1 replies)

Bernie Sanders: How's that for family values?

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 06:08 PM (9 replies)

Sanders to Boehner: No More Excuses, Fund Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 – After the Senate today cleared the way to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) urged House Speaker John Boehner to send the bill to the White House before Friday’s deadline:

“The Senate said in a clear, bipartisan way that the Department of Homeland Security should not be shut down and that we must remain vigilant against terrorist threats. The ball is now in the court of Speaker Boehner and his Republican House. Ninety-eight senators, including 54 Republicans, voted for a clean bill to fund the department. Speaker Boehner has run out of excuses. The House must pass a bill and get it to the president immediately.”

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 06:04 PM (1 replies)

Sanders, Cummings Propose Bill on Dental Crisis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) today introduced legislation to dramatically improve access to dental care.

The Comprehensive Dental Reform Act would expand dental coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs, filling the gap for the more than 1 in 4 Americans who lack dental insurance.

The bill was filed in the Senate and House on today’s 8th anniversary of the death of Deamonte Driver, a Maryland youth who died when a simple abscessed tooth caused an infection that spread to his brain.

“We have a dental crisis in America. Tens of millions of Americans cannot afford to see a dentist or live in parts of the country where there are no dentists. Because untreated dental problems can have serious health consequences, we must ensure that people have access to care before it’s too late,” Sanders said.

“Most people think of oral health and imagine whiter teeth or a straighter smile. What we learned from Deamonte is that oral health is an essential link to overall health,” said Cummings. “We can no longer afford to consider dental care as an optional service.”

In addition to expanding dental coverage, the House and Senate bills would:

• Address difficulties faced by the more than 47 million Americans who live in areas of the country lacking enough dentists to serve the population.

• Address the shortage in dental care providers that accept Medicaid.

• Expand National Health Services Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs to include dental care.

• Authorize funding to increase access to dental services at clinics such as community health centers and school-based health centers.

• Integrate oral health care with overall health care through additional support for programs to educate non-dental health professionals about oral health.

• Authorize additional funding for oral health research.

In the Senate, Sanders’ bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.). House co-sponsors are Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C. The bill is supported by more than 20 public health organizations, including the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Public Health Association, the Children’s Dental Health Project, Families USA, and the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 01:39 PM (70 replies)

Elizabeth Warren went full Elizabeth Warren today at a Senate hearing

If there is a Senate hearing involving the Janet Yellen, the Chair of the Federal Reserve, then you can bet your money that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be there -- and loaded for bear. Warren has a unique knack for turning rather boring hearings into moments that make progressives pine for her to run for president. (SPOILER ALERT: She's not running.)

Here's the latest example of "Warren being Warren", courtesy of a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday.


Yellen's reaction was priceless -- particularly in GIF form:


Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 06:30 PM (23 replies)

Democratic FCC commissioner balks at net neutrality rules

Source: The Hill

A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission wants to narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules that are set for a vote on Thursday, The Hill has learned.

Mignon Clyburn, one of three Democrats on the FCC, has asked Chairman Tom Wheeler to roll back some of the restrictions before the full commission votes on them, FCC officials said.

The request — which Wheeler has yet to respond to — puts the chairman in the awkward position of having to either roll back his proposals, or defend the tough rules and convince Clyburn to back down.

It’s an ironic spot for Wheeler, who for months was considered to be favoring weaker rules than those pushed for by his fellow Democrats, before he reversed himself about backing tougher restrictions on Internet service providers.

Read more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/233626-fcc-dem-wants-last-minute-changes-to-net-neutrality-rules
Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 05:44 PM (10 replies)


Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 05:36 PM (3 replies)

Reminder: KeystoneXL would have only created 35 full time jobs.....

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 05:33 PM (15 replies)

Bernie Sanders: I applaud the president for vetoing the KeystoneXL pipeline bill.


Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 05:29 PM (1 replies)
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