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WASHINGTON – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) issued the following
statement on her vote in opposition to the so-called deal to avert the fiscal
cliff by imposing devastating tax increases without including any meaningful
spending reductions to address our nation's debt crisis.
“Speaker Boehner and our leadership deserve a tremendous amount
of credit for what they have done in our efforts to solve the problem and avert
the fiscal cliff. Unfortunately, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid have shown no willingness to address the real root of the problem –
Washington’s out-of-control spending.
passed a number of bills with bipartisan support prior to the election last year
to deal with the tax extenders, put in place a plan for tax reform, and prevent
the devastating defense cuts that will come as a result of sequestration. If the
President and Senate Democrats were truly serious about solving our nation’s
fiscal problems, they should have stayed in DC and off the campaign trail until
they were able to get something done.
“It is disrespectful
to the American people for Majority Leader Reid to wait until the last minute to
pass a bill at 2am on New Year’s Day. Leaders make choices. Their choice was
inaction and the consequence has been a classic tax and spend DC
“This bill only makes the situation worse. It
imposes job-killing tax hikes, does nothing to restrain spending, adds to our
annual deficit, and increases our debt by nearly $4 trillion over the next
“The problem in Washington is not that we tax too
little, it’s that we spend too much. That is why I recently supported the
Spending Reduction Act, which passed the House before the holidays and would put
in place mandatory spending reductions. It is what my constituents expect to
see. They are demanding fiscal restraint.
continue to give the President money we don’t have to spend on programs the
American people don’t want. For the future of our children and grandchildren, we
have to exercise fiscal restraint.”
Tuesday, January 1 2013, 10:34 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.