Month: July, 2017
Corbyn told Venezuelan President Maduro that EU is ‘bad for the poor’
| July 27, 2017 | 8:00 pm | Jeremy Corbyn, Nicolas Maduro | No comments

https://www.rt.com/uk/397720-corbyn-maduro-eu-venezuela/

US Lawmaker Opposes Russia Sanctions Citing Cooperation on Syria
| July 27, 2017 | 7:57 pm | DPRK, Iran, Russia, Syria | No comments

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201707271055914402-usa-lawmaker-opposes-sanctions/

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Congressman John Duncan says that new US Sanctions against Russia should be rejected because Moscow is helping the United States battle Daesh.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — New US Sanctions against Russia should be rejected because Moscow is helping the United States battle the Islamic State terror group (Daesh or ISIS) in addition to assistance in maintaining a ceasefire in Syria, Congressman John Duncan told RIA Novosti.

“I recently voted against a bill to increase the sanctions already in place against Russia and Iran,” Duncan said on Wednesday. “The increased sanctions against Russia were based on alleged meddling in our presidential election. However, if they did, it was totally ineffective, and Russia has aided us recently in the fight against ISIS and reaching a cease fire in Syria.”

The congressman said he also thought it was unwise to expand sanctions on Iran after the US State Department twice verified that the Islamic Republic has complied with the terms of an international nuclear agreement.

“I just did not think we should slap them in the face when they are doing what we wanted them to do,” Duncan said.

Likewise, the lawmaker said he thought sanctions on North Korea would do nothing to hurt the ruling elite in Pyongyang, while the measures would almost certainly hurt impoverished North Koreans.

“Overall, though I think we should stop trying to rule the whole world. We are $20 trillion in debt, and we have enough problems at home,” Duncan said.

Duncan was one of just three lawmakers in the US House of Representatives who on Tuesday voted against a bill to sanction Russia, Iran and North Korea and limit President Donald Trump’s ability to lift restrictions on Moscow.

Another 419 lawmakers voted in favor of the legislation, which will now be passed onto the Senate for a vote before being sent to Trump for final approval.

Election meddling: US sanctions 13 Venezuela officials, warns against electing Constituent Assembly
| July 27, 2017 | 7:54 pm | Venezuela | No comments

https://www.rt.com/usa/397628-venezuela-sanctions-democracy-threats/

Maduro to Trump: ‘Stop aggression against Venezuela, stop meddling in Latin American affairs’
| July 27, 2017 | 7:52 pm | Donald Trump, Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela | No comments

https://www.rt.com/news/397656-maduro-trump-stop-agression/

Democrats Cripple A Key Mechanism To Lower Premiums In Republican Healthcare Bill
| July 27, 2017 | 7:48 pm | Bernie Sanders, Health Care | No comments

Democrats Cripple A Key Mechanism To Lower Premiums In Republican Healthcare Bill

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The key mechanism of waivers for rules governing preexisting conditions and mandatory benefits must be passed with 60 votes, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled after a successful challenge from Senate Budget Committee Democrats.


Democrats Cripple A Key Mechanism To Lower Premiums In Republican Healthcare Bill

The key mechanism of waivers for rules governing preexisting conditions and mandatory benefits must be passed with 60 votes, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled after a successful challenge from Senate Budget Committee Democrats.

In a press release provided to PoliticusUSA, the Budget Committee Democrats explained the ruling:

The Senate parliamentarian determined Thursday that portions of Section 207, “Waivers for State Innovation,” of the Republican health care bill are not permissible under Senate rules. Notably, the part that would have amended Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to allow states to waive essential health benefits and other pre-existing condition requirements so long as their proposal does not increase the federal deficit violates the Byrd Rule.

Under current law, 1332 waivers allow states to waive certain Affordable Care Act provisions as long as they can ensure that they cover the same number of people, same level of services and same protections against high out of pocket costs.

The ranking member on the Budget Committee, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, “The function of reconciliation is to adjust federal spending and revenue, not to enact major changes in social policy. The parliamentarian’s latest decision reveals once again that Republicans have abused the reconciliation process in an attempt to radically change one-sixth of the American economy by repealing the Affordable Care Act.”

This ruling blows a hole in the mechanism that Republicans were going to use to lower premiums. It also means that Republicans can’t use reconciliation to go it alone and do whatever they please with healthcare.

The fight is long, but details matter, and little by little Senate Democrats are chipping away at this disastrous Republican health care bill.

Vladimir Lenin (Video)
| July 27, 2017 | 7:38 pm | V.I. Lenin | No comments

Joseph Stalin Theme Extended
| July 27, 2017 | 7:35 pm | J. Stalin | No comments