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CEI Today: Least important election, NLRB v McDonald's, Obamacare, and EPA's clean power plan 

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
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The Least Important Election of Your Lifetime

The truth is that this midterm election, for all of the breathtaking amounts of cash being poured into it, will likely change very little in Washington. > Read more


Joint Employer Action Anxiously Anticipated

With October now past, it has been over three months since the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel authorized complaints against McDonald’s, determining that the franchisor McDonald’s is a joint employer with McDonald’s franchisees and thus liable for the actions of the franchisees. Were franchisors typically held liable for the actions of their franchisees, as the NLRB General Counsel has proposed in an amicus brief, the franchise system as we know it would implode. But this lack of action from the Board comes as something of a surprise. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan



ObamaCare Failing to Make Insurance Affordable for Many Americans

The two most important Courts in the land are about to dive into the language and purpose of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the “Obamacare” law. Here are four ways in which the ACA, as it currently stands, makes health insurance coverage less affordable. > Read more

> Interview Tom Haynes


> Related: Update on CEI’s Healthcare Cases, Halbig and King

EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN EPA’s Clean Power Plan Defies Its Own Regulation

EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation for existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan, is off-putting for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s expensive and threatens electric reliability. The regulation, moreover, is an affront to federalism, insofar as it usurps the States long-held, exclusive authority to oversee retail electricity markets. Despite these drawbacks, the rule would in no way impact the climate. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

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CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

In the final week before the midterm election, agencies published new regulations ranging from dairy profits to Japanese oranges. Fittingly, the total number of new regulations on the year also passed the 3,000 mark on Hallow’s Eve.

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ALG's Daily Grind - McConnell aides promise Obamacare reconciliation vote 


Oct. 31, 2014

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McConnell aides promise Obamacare reconciliation vote
Senior aides to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promise that should Republicans reclaim a majority in the Senate on Tuesday, they would use the budget reconciliation process to go after Obamacare. 

Cartoon: Grim prospects
Happy Halloween from Americans for Limited Government! 

Jindal: 'Trust parents, trust teachers, support local control of education, vote November 4'
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal opposes federal control over education and urges Americans to vote on Tuesday. Tea party icons urge conservative voters to turn out
"Several Tea Party icons, including Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Sarah Palin, and former Representative Allen West (R-FL), are urging Tea Party activists around the country to vote."




Concord - New Hampshire State Republican Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Senator Jeanne Shaheen's refusal to apologize for the broken promises she made about Obamacare:

"The promise made by President Obama and Senator Shaheen about being able to keep your current doctor under ObamaCare was deemed the 'Lie of the Year' by non-partisan observers. President Obama has since apologized for breaking his word, but Senator Shaheen has never once even expressed regret. In fact, when constituents have complained about the problems of ObamaCare she has accused them of spreading misinformation. That's wrong. Her blind and unapologetic support of President Obama exemplifies her record of standing with him 99 percent of the time. She promised to be independent but she turned into a rubberstamp for President Obama, and the people of New Hampshire have been hurt in the process, especially the more than 22,000 people who have already lost their health care. Senator Shaheen owes them an apology."



MANCHESTER - This morning during a press conference at the Country Kitchen in Newport, Scott Brown cited Senator Shaheen's unwillingness to discuss the important issues in this campaign and her attempts to distract from her record voting 99 percent of the time with President Obama:

Scott Brown
October 31, 2014

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Scott Brown: Well first of all, the panelist apologized. He said I was right and he was wrong. I accept his apology and it's interesting how Senator Shaheen is trying to distract from her record of voting 99 percent of the time with the President. And here is the biggest issues affecting every business, not only in Sullivan County but throughout the entire state. Obamacare with business mandate coming in after the election. The President apologized because he said--he apologized to the people who weren't able to keep their plans and the like. She has yet to apologize on that very issue. Then we are talking about electric rates. Everything I said was 100 percent accurate. I was encouraged by the fact that he apologized and I certainly accept his apology.



Their Own Research Admits Brown's Vote "Does Not Cut Social Security Or Medicare"


Concord, N.H. - Today, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee released the following statement in response to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's new ad that desperately tries to distract from Jeanne Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare:


"In an act of desperation, the Democrats chose to run a blatantly false ad attacking Scott Brown while deliberately ignoring Senator Jeanne Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare, an important program that many seniors in the Granite State depend upon," said New Hampshire GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "The truth is Scott Brown has never voted to cut Medicare, and this effort to distract New Hampshire voters from Senator Shaheen's record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time won't work. Senator Shaheen put the needs of President Obama before the needs of New Hampshire seniors when she voted to cut Medicare and on November 4 we need to hold her accountable. She and her allies should be ashamed of themselves."


The ad released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, fails to mention that Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted to cut Medicare by $716 billion with her deciding vote on Obamacare.


Shaheen Voted For ObamaCare, Which Cut $716 Billion From Medicare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)


Shaheen Voted To Allow ObamaCare To Raid Medicare


In December 2009, Shaheen Voted Against Legislation That Would Prevent Medicare From Being Raided To Pay For ObamaCare. "To prevent Medicare from being raided for new entitlements and to use Medicaresavings to save Medicare." (S. Amdt. 2942 To S. Amdt. 2876 To H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #368: Rejected43-56, 12/7/09, Shaheen Voted Nay)


·         The Democrat-Controlled Senate Rejected Attempts From Raiding Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare. "The latest such maneuver came when the Senate rejected an attempt by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to prevent Medicare from 'being raided' to pay for health care. The vote was 43-56. The bill calls for cuts totaling $460 billion over a decade from projected Medicare spending, much of which would be used to provide subsidies to help lower and middle-income Americans purchase health care." (David Espo, "Senate Dems Seek Expansion Of Medicare, Medicaid," The Associated Press, 12/8/09)

While ignoring Senator Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare, this falsely attacks Scott Brown. The ad specifically cites a Boston Globe on article on August 8, 2011 that's entitled, "Brown to Seniors: Social Security, Medicare could be cut." But according to, that article doesn't support the ad's claim. The Globe article doesn't say Brown advocated for cutting Medicare and Social Security.

In fact, the DSCC's own research admits that the vote in question "does not cut Social Security or Medicare."

The ad also points to Scott Brown's vote in favor of "Cut, Cap, and Balance." This bill specifically exempted Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, and interest paid on the debt from spending caps while requiring a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, according to


And according to Politifact on "Cut, Cap, and Balance," "the cap would have exempt spending on Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, or interest on the debt."