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Political Musings January 26, 2014: GOP weekly address criticizes Obama prior to State of the Union Address

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GOP weekly address criticizes Obama prior to State of the Union Address

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The Republican Party has decided three responses after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address was not enough and thought it would best to give a “pre-emptive strike” and use the GOP weekly address…READ MORE

Political Musings October 29, 2013: Obama, GOP weekly addresses focus on HealthCare.gov sign up glitches

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Obama, GOP weekly addresses focus on HealthCare.gov sign up glitches (Video)

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President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans in his weekly address released Saturday morning, Oct. 26, 2013 about his new health care law, the Affordable Care Act. This past week the insurance exchange website HealthCare.gov referred to as the…

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Political Musings October 20, 2013: President Obama looks forward with agenda, GOP criticizes Obamacare in weekly addresses

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Obama looks forward with agenda, GOP criticizes Obamacare in weekly addresses (Video)

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Both President Barack Obama and the GOP looked past the government shutdown to upcoming battles in their respective weekly addresses released Saturday morning, Oct. 19, 2013. President Obama continued and reiterated the agenda he laid out…READ MORE

Political Musings October 13, 2013: Obama, GOP focus on ending government shutdown, debt deal in weekly addresses

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Obama, GOP focus on ending government shutdown, debt deal in weekly addresses (Video)

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For the second week in a row both President Barack Obama and the Republican Party devoted their weekly addresses released on Saturday morning, Oct. 12, 2013 to the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis. The addresses were delivered over…READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines August 3, 2013: Sen. Susan Collins on How Obamacare Will Impact Jobs

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GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Collins on How Obamacare Will Impact Jobs

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-3-13

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In this week’s Republican address, Sen. Susan Collins warns workers about the potential impact of Obamacare on their jobs and wages.  Under the Affordable Care Act, she says, anyone working an average of 30 hours a week is considered a full-time employee, which means many employers may cut employees’ hours….READ MORE

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“Hello.  I’m Senator Susan Collins from Maine.

“My family founded a small business in northern Maine more than 160 years ago.  Today, it continues to be run by two of my brothers.

“Our economy is built on millions of enterprises just like ours.  It’s not easy to survive in today’s economy.  But these employers remain our nation’s job creators.  We should be doing all we can to promote policies to help them survive and thrive.

“Effective health-care reform should provide Americans with access to quality and affordable care while also encouraging economic growth.  That’s not what is happening under Obamacare.

“Instead, Obamacare is actually discouraging small businesses from creating jobs and hiring new employees.  The law also has perverse incentives for employers to reduce the number of hours that their employees can work.

“While most small business owners want to provide health insurance for their employees, many simply cannot afford to under Obamacare.  Yet, even struggling businesses with 50 or more “full-time” employees will be required to provide health insurance or face huge fines for each employee.  If you employ 49 workers, there are no fines.  But, if you add just one more employee, you’re hit with penalties.

“These enormous penalties are a real threat to employers who want to add jobs.  They are a powerful incentive for employers to refrain from hiring additional workers.  Even worse, under Obamacare, anyone working an average of just 30 hours a week is considered “full-time.”  This will only cause some businesses to reluctantly reduce the hours of their workers to fewer than 30 hours per week.

“And, it’s not just the private sector that is affected.  Let me give you an example.  A school system in my state of Maine is already preparing to track and cap the number of hours that substitute teachers can work to ensure that they don’t work more than 29 hours a week.  Fewer hours means less money in the teachers’ paychecks and more disruption for their students.

“Recently, labor leaders, led by Teamsters President James Hoffa, warned that Obamacare will – and I quote – destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. – end quote –.

“They are right to be worried:  In the past, most new jobs were full-time.  But, this year, the overwhelming majority of new jobs are part-time.

“Under this troubling trend, more workers will find their hours and their earnings reduced.  Jobs will be lost.  This is especially disturbing as our country is still battling high unemployment.

“A study published by the Labor Center at the University of California, Berkeley, underscores the danger. That study found that 10 million American workers are vulnerable to having their hours cut as a direct result of Obamacare.  10 million workers!  And the most vulnerable are lower-income employees.

“In an effort to protect these millions of workers, I’ve introduced a bipartisan bill called the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act.” My bill would change the definition of “full-time employee” in Obamacare from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week.  A 40-hour work week is full-time; we all know that.  This bill is just common sense.

“Now, the Obama Administration has announced that it is delaying enforcement of the employer mandate until 2015. But, the fact is, the law remains in place and continues to discourage new jobs and full-time work.

“Of course, fixing this one flaw won’t solve the countless problems caused by Obamacare.  But it would help ensure that millions of American workers do not have their hours, and their paychecks, reduced.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy. The last thing we need is yet another obstacle to helping them grow and create much-needed jobs.”

 

Political Headlines June 8, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Indiana Rep. Luke Messer on Student Loans

GOP Address: Indiana Rep. Luke Messer on Student Loans

Source: WH, 6-8-13

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In this week’s GOP address, Indiana Rep. Luke Messer spoke of the importance of preventing a rate hike for federal student loans.

“What makes this country great is that my story is not exceptional,” he continued. “Every year, millions of American students see their career dreams begin with the help of federal student financial aid.”

“Unfortunately,” he said, “in just three weeks, on July 1st, interest rates on many federal student loans are set to double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines May 25, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Sen Jim Inhofe Says Oklahoma ‘Hit Hard,’ But ‘Not Knocked Out’

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GOP Weekly Address: Oklahoma ‘Hit Hard,’ But ‘Not Knocked Out’

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-25-13

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In this week’s Republican address, Oklahoma’s senior senator, Jim Inhofe, speaks about the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. this week.

Oklahoma has been hit hard, but we’re not knocked out,” Sen. Inhofe says in the address, delivered on location in Moore….READ MORE

Political Headlines February 2, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Susan Brooks Optimistic About Creating Federal Budget

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GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Brooks Optimistic About Creating Federal Budget

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-2-13

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Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., says Democrats fail to see the value in creating and passing a budget for federal spending, but that Americans may still have cause to be optimistic about Washington’s efforts to boost the economy.

“On their watch,” Rep. Brooks says referring to congressional Democrats, “we’ve been operating without a national budget, piling up debts that now exceed $16 trillion and unemployment levels that remain stubbornly high.”

With the House’s passage of the No Budget No Pay Act, Brooks notes in this week’s Republican address that this new challenge will force lawmakers to “finally live up to one the most basic responsibilities of governing — passing a budget …”…READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines January 26, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Sen. John Thune on Creating a Clear Federal Spending Blueprint

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GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Thune on Creating a Clear Federal Spending Blueprint

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-26-13

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With the fiscal cliff debate nearly a month behind us, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., says now is the time to address “the real cause of Washington’s fiscal mess — out-of-control spending.”

“Washington is addicted to spending your money,” Thune says of the growing national debt, which now totals more than $16 trillion.

In this week’s Republican address, Thune urges Congress to approve a federal budget, complete with a “clear spending blueprint” and plans for entitlement reforms….READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines January 19, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Rep. James Lankford Calls Barack Obama’s Inaugural ‘Fresh Start,’ Invokes Martin Luther King Jr.

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GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Lankford Calls Obama’s Inaugural ‘Fresh Start,’ Invokes MLK

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-19-13

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On President Obama’s inaugural weekend, Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford is choosing to look ahead with a fresh perspective.

“With the swearing in of a new Congress and the inauguration of President Obama, this is an opportunity for a fresh start,” he says.

In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Lankford looks past those policies on which he and the president disagree, and suggests Americans pray for President Obama as he takes the oath of office for the second time….READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines January 12, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Deb Fischer on the Debt Ceiling Limit & the ‘Federal Government Spends Too Much’

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GOP Weekly Address: The ‘Federal Government Spends Too Much,’ Says Sen. Deb Fischer

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-12-13

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Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer says now that Congress is ready to focus on the nation’s deficit, it’s time for serious action on the issue of government spending. In this week’s Republican address, Fischer says she agrees with her constituents across Nebraska who are consistent in their message: “Washington must cut out-of-control spending.”

Americans are “frustrated with the lack of progress from their elected leaders,” who haven’t reined in spending, but rather have “added $4 billion each day to our gross national debt,” she says. A limited government, which Fischer supports, would focus on “fulfilling its core duties and responsibilities” to “identify the national priorities worthy of taxpayer funding.”…READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines December 22, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Speaker John Boehner on Averting the Fiscal Cliff

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Weekly Republican Address: Speaker Boehner on Averting the Fiscal Cliff

Source: Speaker.gov, 12-21-12

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Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) notes that the House has acted to avert the entire fiscal cliff, and President Obama and his Democratic-controlled Senate now must do the same.  “We will continue to work with our colleagues in the Congress and the White House on a plan that protects families and small businesses,” Boehner says, before wishing all Americans a Merry Christmas.

NOTE: The Weekly Republican Address: The audio is available here, and video of the address will be available here to view and here to download.   A full transcript follows.

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“As you know, unless President Obama and Congress take action, tax rates will go up on every American on January 1st.

“The day after that, a mandatory ‘sequester’ will go into effect that will implement harmful cuts to our national defense.  That is currently the law of the land.

“The House has done its part to avert this entire fiscal cliff.  On the 10th of May and again on Thursday, we passed legislation that would replace the ‘sequester’ with responsible spending cuts.  We also passed a bill to stop all of the January 1 tax hikes.  The events of the past week make it clearer than ever that these measures reflect the will of the House.

“The American people re-elected President Obama on Election Day.  They also re-elected a Republican majority in the House.  In doing so, they gave us all a mandate.  It was not a mandate to raise tax rates on families and small businesses.  It was a mandate for us to work together to begin solving the massive debt that threatens our country’s future.

“Unfortunately, the president and Senate Democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer a responsible solution of their own.

“What the president has offered so far simply won’t do anything to solve our spending problem and begin to address our nation’s crippling debt.  Instead, he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy.  And he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with entitlement reform and the big issues facing our nation.  That is why we find ourselves here today.

“I’ve challenged the members of our party to grapple with these issues, to make tough choices.  And we’re willing to – because Washington has a serious spending problem.  This was the year the size of our debt – all 16 trillion dollars of it – surpassed the size of our entire economy.  It’s a grim milestone, one of many we’ll have to bear if we don’t come to grips with it.

“The president’s solution of raising tax rates would still leave red ink as far as the eye can see.  And it would hurt jobs, at a time when far too many of our citizens are struggling to find them.

“I used to run a small business.  I’ve seen the damage higher taxes can do to jobs and families.  I don’t want tax rates to go up.  Republicans don’t want tax rates to go up.  The best way to address our crippling debt is to make significant spending cuts and fix our tax code to pave the way for long-term growth and opportunity.  This is an approach most Americans support, and it remains Republicans’ highest priority.   But we only run the House.  Democrats run Washington.

“Of course, hope springs eternal, and I know we have it in us to come together and do the right thing.  We will continue to work with our colleagues in the Congress and the White House on a plan that protects families and small businesses.

“For now, I wish all the American people a blessed and merry Christmas.”

Political Headlines December 22, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: House Speaker Boehner on Working to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

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GOP Weekly Address: House Speaker Boehner on Working to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-22-12

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House Speaker Boehner, having removed the proposed “Plan B” as an option in fiscal cliff talks, delivered this week’s Republican address about the will of the House to avert the fiscal deadline.

Boehner, R- Ohio, noted that Americans re-elected President Obama and a Republican House majority as mandate “for us to work together to begin solving the massive debt that threatens our country’s future.”

“Unfortunately,” the Speaker says, “the president and Senate Democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer a responsible solution of their own.”…READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines November 3, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Mitt Romney Delivers His Last Remarks Before the Election

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GOP Address: Mitt Romney Delivers His Last Remarks Before the Election

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-3-12

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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers his last remarks before the election and describes how he would be a different president, if elected.

According to Romney, “Four years ago, candidate Obama promised to do so very much, but he has fallen so very short.  After all of the petty partisanship, all of the standoffs and stalemates, 23 million Americans are still struggling for work.  On Friday, the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent.  Forty-seven million people are on food stamps.  Our economy is still on life support—and our country is $16 trillion in debt.”…READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines August 4, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: House Leader Eric Cantor and the Problem with Taxes

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GOP Address: House Leader Eric Cantor and the Problem with Taxes

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-4-12

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In this week’s Republican address, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor focuses on rebutting the president’s tax proposals, but joins the president in wishing well for the athletes.

“Watching the Olympics this week, I am reminded that one of the things that sets America apart is that ordinary people have the freedom to accomplish extraordinary things,” Cantor states. “Every day I hear from Americans who are ready to do the extraordinary: Open a new business, create new jobs, build a better future for our children and theirs.  All they ask is that Washington get out of the way.”

“While we continue to work to provide solutions here at home, we wish our athletes in London the very best,” he said….READ MORE

 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Delivers Weekly Republican Address

Source: House Majority Leader, 8-4-12

“Hello, I’m Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, from Virginia.

“Throughout the country, whether I’m in my hometown of Richmond or on the road, I hear a lot from small business owners…people who have chased their dreams, taken risks and built a business. They tell me that they are deeply concerned about what Washington will do next. The threat of higher taxes and more red tape has our small business owners anxiously sitting on the sidelines rather than starting a new business and hiring another employee. They tell me they long for the moment when they can once again think about growing their businesses and hiring people.

“These men and women know what some in Washington apparently do not, that higher taxes and more regulations do not create jobs. Entrepreneurs do. Red tape and new taxes just make the job of creating jobs that much harder. This week in Washington, we saw a collision of two very different plans for economic growth.

“House Republicans, joined by 19 Democrats, passed a bill to stop the looming tax hike that will hit all Americans next year. On the other side of the Capitol, in the Senate, a Democrat-only plan to hike taxes passed. The President sided with Harry Reid and the Democrats, insisting that their plan to raise taxes was the answer for economic growth.

“But a recent independent study concluded that the President’s tax hike could result in the loss of over 700,000 jobs.

“You know, it’s odd that less than two years ago President Obama actually agreed with House Republicans that a tax increase on our small businessmen and women would hurt our economy. This raises the question: does President Obama now believe our economy is doing so well that we can afford to raise taxes on small businesses?

“Today, there are millions of Americans who are looking for work or trying to decide whether to open a new business. They are rightly frustrated by the lack of results in Washington. But I am hopeful that with the passage of a bipartisan bill to stop the tax hike in the House and with unemployment still above 8 percent that President Obama will return to the position that he embraced less than two years ago and agree that now is NOT the time to be raising taxes on small business job-creators and the hardworking taxpayers of this country.

“We have made clear our willingness to be here in Washington if the President and Harry Reid will finally decide to join us in a bipartisan solution to stop the massive tax hike.

“Watching the Olympics this week, I am reminded that one of things that sets America apart is that ordinary people have the freedom to accomplish extraordinary things. Every day I hear from Americans who are ready to do the extraordinary… open a new business… create new jobs… build a better future for our children and theirs. All they ask is that Washington get out of the way. After over 40 straight months of 8 percent-plus unemployment, isn’t it time to make jobs priority one?

“While we continue to work to provide solutions here at home, we wish our athletes in London the very best. Thank you for joining me.”

Political Headlines July 28, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Orrin Hatch Says Raising Taxes Is ‘Not a Solution’

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GOP Address: Sen. Orrin Hatch Says Raising Taxes Is ‘Not a Solution’

Source: ABC News Radio, 7-28-12

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Raising taxes on businesses is the wrong solution while in the middle of economic crisis, according to Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah who delivers this week’s Republican address.

Sen. Hatch warns Americans about the impending tax hike set to hit “middle-class families, job creators and seniors” if the president and Congress don’t act soon.

“The uncertainty caused by this tax crisis — or Taxmageddon — is contributing to America’s lackluster economic recovery,” he says in the address. “That’s not a Republican talking point; that’s based on what job creators across the country are saying.”….READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines July 21, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Speaker John Boehner Offers Thoughts on Shooting Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado

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GOP Address: Boehner Offers Thoughts on Shooting Tragedy in Colorado

Source: ABC News Radio, 7-21-12

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Putting aside his initial plan to discuss the U.S. economy in this week’s Republican address, House Speaker John Boehner offers prayers for the those affected by the Friday mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., and appreciation for the efforts of first responders at the scene.
“We join President Obama in sending condolences and prayers to the loved ones of those who were killed and wounded. And we all say ‘thank God’ for the police, the first responders, the doctors, and the nurses whose swift and heroic efforts saved lives,” Boehner says in the address….READ MORE

Weekly Republican Address: Speaker Boehner on the Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado

Source: Speaker.gov, 7-21-12

Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) offers prayers to those affected and appreciation for the heroes who responded swiftly to the horrific tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.

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“Hello, I’m John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“My plan today was to share some thoughts with you about the economy.  But life, they say, is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

“There is still so much, too much, to sort out about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.  Words cannot capture the horror, or make sense of something so senseless.  So I won’t try.

“This much I know.

“I know that when confronted with evil we cannot comprehend, Americans pull together and embrace our national family more tightly.

“We join President Obama in sending condolences and prayers to the loved ones of those who were killed and wounded.  And we all say ‘thank God’ for the police, the first responders, the doctors, and the nurses whose swift and heroic efforts saved lives.

“At a time like this, we count our blessings.  And as we do, we come to be reminded that the depth of our grief also reveals the depth of our love and our resolve.

“Scripture tells us that the faith that sustains us is ‘the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.’  We may not yet see or fathom comfort for the mourning, but we’ll stand by them and we’ll stand together, as one nation, in the difficult hours that lie ahead.

“May God bless the grieving families – and yours.  And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

“Thank you.”

Political Headlines June 23, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. on Jobs & Repealing ObamaCare

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GOP Address: Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. on Jobs & Repealing ObamaCare

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-23-12

In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) describes the Republicans’ goals on fully repealing the president’s health care law, ObamaCare.

Cassidy says, “Unless the court throws out the entire law, we should repeal what is left and implement common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at the lowest cost.”

“In this tough economy, the top health care concern of families and small businesses is out-of-control costs. Health care coverage has become too expensive for too many people,” he adds.

Ultimately, Cassidy feels a completely different law needs to be in place “to lower the cost of health care for families and small businesses.”

Political Headlines June 16, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Gov. Scott Walker Wants US ‘Fiscal House on Track’ — Job Creation in the Private Sector

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GOP Address: Gov. Scott Walker Wants US ‘Fiscal House on Track’

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-16-12

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In this week’s Republican address, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, fresh off of his recent victory over the effort to recall him as governor, calls for Washington lawmakers to get America’s “fiscal house on track and … our economy back in order.”

Walker says that while “Republicans define success … by how many people we can free from government dependence by growing the private sector,” to him, “the President and many of his allies seem to measure success by how many people are dependent on government programs.”

“Those policies have failed,” he adds.

But Walker says that doesn’t mean people should be thrown off of unemployment.  Instead, he says, created jobs for people in the private sector will free people from government dependence….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 2, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Sen. John Cornyn Cautions Against ‘Taxmageddon’ Unless Congress Extends Bush Tax Cuts

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GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Cornyn Cautions Against ‘Taxmageddon’

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-2-12

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In this week’s Republican address, Texas Sen. John Cornyn warns Americans of ‘Taxmageddon’ — or what the GOP says will be the “largest tax increase in American history” without action by Congress and the president.

“Make no mistake: every single working American will see his or her taxes go up on January 1st absent action,” Cornyn says in the address. “Family budgets will be squeezed even tighter. Disposable income will shrink.  And many jobs will be destroyed.”

WATCH Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, deliver this week’s GOP Address…READ MORE

Political Headlines May 19, 2012: GOP Weekly Address Sen. Ron Johnson, Republicans Dispappointed by President Obama’s Economic Policies

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GOP Address: Sen. Johnson, Republicans Dispappointed by Obama’s Economic Policies

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-19-12

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin delivers this week’s Republican address, marking this week’s Senate vote of 99-0 against a budget amendment represented as President Obama’s budget request….

Sen. Johnson lays in to Senate Democrats placing blame on the lawmakers for the Senate’s failure to pass a budget in three years….READ MORE

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