The U.S. Treasury Department announced yesterday the federal government ran a $135. 2 billion deficit during the month of November. We take a look at this number, and what else is buried in the Treasury Department’s monthly statement of U.S. finances, in today’s “Breaking It Down.”
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According to The Washington Post, with about 100 days left in the Affordable Care Act enrollment period, 365,000 Americans have purchased private health insurance on the state or federal health care exchanges. That number represents just 5.2 percent of the seven million people the Congressional Budget Office expected to be signed up by March and, as The New York Times notes, is “well below the administration’s goal.”
During her past testimonies, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has claimed she and her team at HHS are the ones responsible for the rollout of the president’s healthcare law. Yet, today it was revealed that Sebelius is calling for the inspector general to investigate what went wrong.
Last week, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Patrick Brightwell of Bogart, Ga., had been indicted on eight counts of illegally discharging waste into the Potomac River between 2009 and 2011.
Last night the two leaders of the budget conference committee, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), announced they’d reached a deal on a two-year budget proposal. What does their plan do? How much spending does it include? And, most importantly, will it help address the nation’s rapidly rising debt?
Last night Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced they’d arrived at a deal on the fiscal year 2014 budget. Their announcement was either three days early – based on the agreement that ended the government shutdown they had until Dec. 13 to announce a plan – or awfully late, if you consider April 15 is the date by which Congress is supposed to finish up its budget resolution.
This week, Public Notice released the findings from a poll of registered voters nationwide that confirms what has become increasingly apparent to those who follow politics: the American people are looking to their elected leaders to stand against the Affordable Care Act.
Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice, issued the following statement regarding the impending budget deal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are expected to announce today, which would halt the bipartisan spending limits agreed to in the 2011 Budget Control Act for two years, while seeking to offset that new spending with tens of billions in additional revenue.