Main Street Week in Review: July 25, 2014

TOP ISSUES FROM THIS WEEK:

House Republicans Look to Move Immigration Crisis Response Bill

A House Republican working group, headed by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), laid out a series of recommendations for legislation to deal with the current crisis on our southern border. These recommendations include:

Deploy the National Guard to the border to assist Border Patrol agents. Granger did not say exactly what the number of troops might be.

Require the Homeland Security Department to craft and implement a plan to "gain operational control" of the southwest border.

Address border-security issues in Central America and Mexico.

Create repatriation centers to help families and unaccompanied minors…

D.C. Appeals court strikes Obamacare subsidies

A federal appeals court dealt a major blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, saying that millions of Americans cannot get subsidies to help pay for their health insurance through HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange serving most of the country. The court said those subsidies can only be given through the state-run exchanges.

In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that the IRS had incorrectly allowed people to get subsidized through the federal exchange. It did not order the subsidies stopped immediately, recognizing that the Obama administration will appeal.

The Halbig v. Burwell decision is the second recent…

IRS official: Lois Lerner email trail may not be cold

A top IRS official is now uncertain about whether backup tapes of the lost Lois Lerner emails may exist, according to testimony released by Republicans — a potentially significant plot twist in the controversy that has shaken the IRS in recent weeks.

IRS deputy associate chief counsel Thomas Kane, who oversees the tax-collecting agency’s document production to Congress, told the House Oversight Committee in private testimony that he’s now unsure if the correspondence is backed up somewhere else.

“I don’t know if there is a backup tape with information on it or there isn’t,” he told investigators Thursday, according to a partial…

US Chamber of Commece: When Ex-Im Is Required (Small Business Edition)

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As the fight over the fate of U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) continues, the rhetoric in Washington has grown heated. But across the nation, business owners are perplexed by the inside-the-beltway campaign against Ex-Im.

In particular, the thousands of small businesses that depend on Ex-Im to be able to access foreign markets are stunned at the threat that Washington could let the Bank’s charter lapse.

What the critics don’t grasp is that access to Ex-Im isn’t just something that’s nice for small exporters to have—it’s often indispensable.

Bridge to Life Solutions in Columbia, South Carolina, uses the most widely utilized…

Roll Call: Border Funding Request Takes Shape in House

House Republicans could by the week’s end unveil their legislative response to the president’s $3.7 billion request to bolster resources at the southwest border — a response that’s likely to cost less and incorporate policy riders sure to rile up Democrats on the left.

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, the chairwoman of a special GOP working group convened by Speaker John A. Boehner to make policy recommendations on the child migrant border surge, told reporters Tuesday morning the group is pushing for increased border security funding, the use of National Guard troops on the border and the installation of more immigration judges…

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Main Street Week in Review: July 25, 2014

TOP ISSUES FROM THIS WEEK: House Republicans Look to Move Immigration Crisis Response Bill A House Republican working group, headed by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), laid out a series of recommendations for legislation to deal with the current crisis on our southern border. These recommendations include: Deploy the National Guard to the border to assist […]

The Hill: GOP plans Guard troops to border

House Republicans are considering a plan that would deploy the National Guard to the border, change trafficking laws and beef up judicial and law enforcement resources in response to the surge of child migrants into the United States. A GOP working group on border issues briefed members Wednesday on their policy recommendations for the emergency […]

D.C. Appeals court strikes Obamacare subsidies

A federal appeals court dealt a major blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, saying that millions of Americans cannot get subsidies to help pay for their health insurance through HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange serving most of the country. The court said those subsidies can only be given through the state-run exchanges. In a 2-1 ruling, the […]

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