The legislation would overturn Obama’s executive actions limiting deportations for millions here illegally and giving them the ability to work. Obama repeated his threat to veto the legislation and says he is confident he could uphold a veto over any attempts to override it. Obama says the debate has become an “abstraction” and the so-called “Dreamers” he met with “represent the best that this country has to offer.” He says the House bill would see them deported, and he thinks that’s wrong. Join the Discussion
Obama Plan Would Merge 6 US Trade, Development Agencies – ABC News
Trade and Development Agency. OPIC finances more than $3 billion a year in developments across the world, and was the subject of an AP investigation over projects in Liberia , Mexico and Chile. An aborted $217 million power project in Liberia was marked by insider connections, questionable oversight, environmental damage and allegations by employees about sexual abuse and workplace hazards, the AP found. OPIC has no independent internal watchdog, and its accountability office has issued reports on just five deals since 2005, a period when OPIC approved more than 530 projects worldwide. Obama’s proposal said combining the agencies would “maximize the benefits for businesses and the economy,” but his idea faces hurdles. It would require Congress to grant him special authority to do it, a long shot in a Republican-controlled Congress.
Obama Cuts Vaccine Program, Despite Measles Outbreak – Yahoo News
The accounting steps essentially inflate the White House’s “baseline” predictions of future deficits. Then the White House claims greater deficit savings than it otherwise could if it played by the budget rules followed by the Congressional Budget Office, whose estimates lawmakers have to follow. That’s according to a study by the budget sleuths at a Washington think called the Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget , a business-funded group that advocates cutting deficits. Here’s how: read more MANDATORY AUTOMATIC CUTS In the budget table summarizing the $1.8 trillion in deficit cuts, there’s a line that adds back funds to replace the automatic, across-the-board cuts to a variety of mandatory programs, including a 2 percentage point cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. That’s a major assumption on Obama’s part about the fate of the automatic cuts, part of the deal he struck with Congress in August 2011. Cost: $185 billion over 10 years.
Obama Claim of $1.8 Trillion Deficit Cuts Open to Question – ABC News
White House officials also said the proposed budget adds an additional $128 million to a separate program that provides vaccines to uninsured and Medicaid-eligible children. Still, medical groups are not pleased with the proposal and say its a mistake to make significant cuts to the existing immunization programespecially given the measles outbreak, which has spread to more than 100 confirmed cases across 14 states. “The president’s budget misses an important opportunity to bolster the capacity of the nation’s public health departments to prevent infectious disease outbreaks, including those that are vaccine preventable,” said the National Association of County and City Health Officials Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk in a statement. The White Houses proposed budget cuts to the vaccine program come a day after GOP presidential hopefuls New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen.
Obama administration budget proposes cuts for Medicare Advantage – Yahoo News
The White House budget, released on Monday, brought a quick retort from the Better Medicare Alliance, a group formed late in 2014 to advocate for Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Advantage has been subject to billions in real cuts for each of the last four years. These annual cuts have resulted in higher out-of-pocket costs and lost benefits for seniors across America,” the groups interim executive director, Krista Drobac, wrote in a statement. Piling on billions more cuts will only do more harm to the 16 millions of seniors who count on Medicare Advantage for higher quality, more affordable health coverage, wrote Drobac, a veteran health care lobbyist. Unlike standard Medicare, in which doctors and hospitals bill for each service they provide, private Medicare Advantage plans and other managed care organizations are often paid a flat monthly rate for each patient using a formula called a risk score that estimates the health challenges facing individual patients. Basically, Medicare pays higher rates for sicker patients and less for people judged to be in good health.