After the government shutdown and threat of a federal default from a few months ago, it was extremely refreshing to see Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan lead the budget conference committee to a bipartisan compromise that resulted in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Their ability to fi…
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INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, is not impressed with state efforts to dream up complicated workarounds to the Affordable Care Act when implementing the law would immediately provide health coverage to an estimated 400,000 low-income Hoosiers.
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Gavin Salmi, Crown Point | "It's not good. For one, insurance has risen like crazy with Obamacare. They've done some all right things, but it's not the best. The situation Obama was left with wasn't optimal."
Bill Egnatz, Portage | "I would rate them very low. They don't know how to compromise and deal. They are all interested in special interest groups. When they get together with the lobbyists, it doesn't work well for the people."
George Young, Hammond | "I really don't see Congress and Obama working together. Congress and the president aren't on the same page. They're not working with each other but against each other."
Alserdo Guerrero, Hammond | "I think a lot of people are against him as opposed to Bush. There's more pressure now. I don't see Obama and Congress together."
Curtis Dickerson, Merrillville | "On a one to 10 scale, a 3. I'm a Christian, and I'm not in agreement with laws that have been passed and the big government mentality. They're too involved in our lives. I like small government."
Marlene Zavesky, Crown Point | "On a zero to 10 scale I've give them a four. They don't seem to know what they're doing. Obama is in it for himself, and Congress doesn't know what they're doing."
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INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana needs a comprehensive, statewide health strategy.
James Clapper, director of national intelligence, took a hard line on Oct. 29 in testimony before the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He argued that alarm over electronic monitoring of foreign leaders and vast numbers of citizens is misplaced.
Everyone knows Congress is dysfunctional. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, knows this well. He offered his insights Monday to The Times Editorial Board and on the nwi.com Political Roundtable.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
Indiana Senate President David Long has invited legislators from every state to join him at Mount Vernon for a Pearl Harbor Day discussion of amending the U.S. Constitution.
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