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  • Congressional Republican leaders tried to hammer home a simple message to restive conservatives at a policy retreat this week: Have your say, but be prepared to make some compromises if you want to pass substantial legislation. … But some House members said they would still push bills that reflect their conservative principles and not concern themselves with what the Senate can achieve. “That shouldn’t stop us from fighting for what we want,” said Representative Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania. He co-authored … read more

  • Very few people choose to become volunteer firefighters or emergency responders in order to receive health care benefits. As volunteer members of their departments, they likely get their health care coverage through another job, or pay for it themselves. In fact, if you asked them what the fringe benefits of being volunteers actually are, they would likely tell you that they get satisfaction from helping their communities, and protecting lives and property. … So on the very first day of … read more

  • The House approved a Department of Homeland Security appropriations package Wednesday that lawmakers say will block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The $39.7 billion DHS appropriations bill to fund the department through fiscal year 2015 passed 236 – 191. A series of amendments to the bill — aimed at blocking Obama’s executive actions — passed in advance of its final approval. The amendment spearheaded by Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), and Lou Barletta (R-PA) — intended to … read more