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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Republicans in the House of Delegates proposed legislation Tuesday that they say would shore up the state employee pension system while cutting the risk that taxpayers will be left on the hook for losses. The House GOP leadership is backing a package of bills that would, among other things, steer the $40 billion system away from what Republicans consider overly risky investments and lower the long-term assumptions of the retirement plan's earnings on its investments. "The rose-colored-glasses projection of our pension system is deceptive to the citizens of Maryland," said House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell of Calvert County.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
When developing countries need to deepen a canal for irrigation or navigation, they frequently call on Ellicott Dredges, a 129-year-old Baltimore-based maker of dredging equipment. To sell their massive, multimillion-dollar machines abroad, Ellicott Dredges often turns to the U.S. Export-Import Bank — an obscure federal agency that facilitated more than $37 billion in exports last year. The 80-year-old bank, a New Deal-era institution that provides loans and credit guarantees, is now at the center of a debate between conservative Republicans and the rest of Congress.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2011
Officially, House Republicans retreated to Baltimore this week to hash out their legislative agenda: repealing health care reform, cutting government spending and fulfilling the other campaign promises that helped to sweep them into the majority. But they still had to eat, and their first two meals Friday provided much food for thought for the 2012 presidential race. Breakfast served up former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, while lunch was a buffet of GOP governors: Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Rick Perry of Texas and Bob McDonnell of Virginia.
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August 2, 2014
Certainly no one can doubt the sincerity of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives as they toil away in their never-ending mission to improve the lives of the average citizen. In the face of repeated failure that would discourage a less determined body, they have voted more than 50 times to relieve us of the burden of health care known as the Affordable Care Act. However, even the best of us can become confused in the heat of battle, lose our bearings and possibly suffer from shell shock, as it was one called, now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
With a little less than three hours to go in the General Assembly, House Republicans have launched their version of a filibuster against a constitutional amendment imposing what they consider a too-weak lockbox deterring the transfer of money from the Transportation Trust Fund to other purposes. The Republicans are offering repeated amendments to the bill putting the amendment on the ballot, knowing they will lose on each but chewing up time needed to get the bill over to the Senate.  When House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell's amendment was rejected on an 89-49 vote, he urged all members who voted in the minority to explain their votes.
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By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Republicans in the House of Delegates denied Tuesday that there is any need to raise taxes on gasoline to pay for the state's transportation needs, contending the state should instead cut the share of its spending that goes to mass transit and stop diversions of transportation revenue to other purposes. At a news conference in Annapolis, the House GOP caucus criticized a legislative package Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has introduced to jump-start the process of raising transportation revenues.
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By Paul West | paul.west@baltsun.com | January 28, 2010
- House Republicans will gather at an Inner Harbor hotel this evening for an annual retreat that will feature an appearance Friday by President Barack Obama. The president's midday speech, to be followed by a private question-and-answer session with the Republican lawmakers, is an election-year attempt at bipartisan outreach to a group that has been extremely hostile to his agenda. Obama met with House Republicans at the Capitol last January, shortly after taking office, but failed to gain any of their votes for his $787 billion stimulus plan a few days later.
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October 22, 2013
"Accursed be the poor in spirit: for they are whiners and takers. Accursed be the meek: for they will never be heard on Fox News. Accursed be those who hunger and thirst: for they should get a job. Accursed be the peacemakers: for they endanger war-making profits. " Upon hearing this from the "Christian right," Jesus wept. Larry Yeatman, Towson
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a 500-yard perimeter around a waterfront hotel in Cambridge this week to protect an event for House Republicans. House Republicans are expected to gather an annual retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina on the Choptank River starting Wednesday. The security perimeter will begin at 3 a.m. Wednesday and remain until 1 p.m. Friday. In addition to the 500-yard perimeter in the waters around the hotel, the security zone will also affect water traffic underneath the bridge that carries Route 50 over the river, the Coast Guard said.
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By Robert B. Reich | September 11, 2013
While all eyes are on Syria and on America's response, the real economy in which most Americans live is sputtering. More than four years after the recession officially ended, 11.5 million Americans are unemployed, many of them for years. Nearly 4 million have given up looking for work altogether. If they were actively looking, today's unemployment rate would be 9.5 percent instead of 7.3 percent. The share of the population working or seeking a job is the lowest in 35 years. The unemployment rate among high-school dropouts is 11 percent; for blacks, 13 percent.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
It's a measure of how bitter the partisan divide in Washington has become that yesterday House Republicans voted overwhelmingly to authorize Speaker John Boenher to bring a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for failing to enforce a provision of the health care law that those same lawmakers have voted to repeal scores of times. Dislike of Mr. Obama runs so deep in the House Republican caucus that members are even willing to vote against their own interests if they think it will hurt the president.
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July 9, 2014
The flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America across the United States' southern border in recent months has raised a knotty problem for Congress and President Barack Obama: What do you call thousands of children illegally entering the country without their parents - a failure to enforce U.S. immigration laws, or a humanitarian crisis in the making? Not surprisingly, House Republicans prefer calling it the former, then claiming Democrats and the Obama administration can't be trusted to secure the country's borders.
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By Cal Thomas | July 5, 2014
President Obama appears to have forgotten -- or ignored -- why we have elections. One reason is to stop, or slow down, an agenda the public doesn't like. When polls began reflecting buyer's remorse about Mr. Obama in 2010, voters elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and might well have done the same in the Senate in 2012 were it not for some weak GOP candidates, especially in Nevada and Delaware. President Obama acts as if elections other than his own don't matter.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland's sole Republican in Congress, said Friday he is seeking the chairmanship of an influential conservative caucus of lawmakers in the House of Representatives. The Cockeysville lawmaker wants to lead the Republican Study Committee, a group that has grown with the wave of conservatives — including Harris — who swept the party to power in the chamber in 2010. The caucus represents more than two-thirds of all House Republicans, giving its leader a powerful bloc with which to influence legislation.
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By Jules Witcover | June 16, 2014
The stunning primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the first ever suffered by any congressional leader of either party, may well reflect his Virginia constituents' souring toward his personal hubris more than any cosmic policy issue. Mr. Cantor's conspicuous focus on national political aspirations, with himself widely cast as the heir apparent to beleaguered House Speaker John Boehner, obviously didn't sit well with the folks back home. Their votes were a reminder to him of Democratic Speaker Tip O'Neill's old adage that "All politics is local.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 20, 2014
I have a question for George Will. If he can't answer it, maybe Brit Humecan. Both men were recently part of a panel on "Fox News Sunday" to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder? Wallace was reacting to a clip of Mr. Holder strongly hinting that a testy encounter with House Republicans was part of a pattern of race-based abuse of himself and the president. Some of the panelists framed their answers in political dimensions, i.e., what does this mean for the midterms?
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By New York Times News Service | June 22, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Congress began an ambitious effort yesterday to rewrite immigration policy as House Republicans offered legislation to reduce the numbers of aliens -- legal and illegal -- who settle in the United States.The chief sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, said at a news conference that generations of immigrants had contributed "work, creativity and vibrancy" to the nation. But it is time to "put the interests of America first -- the interests of the American worker, the American taxpayer and the American family," he said.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Maryland House Republicans offered an alternative to Gov. Martin O'Malley's spending plan Tuesday, suggesting the state limit spending to 1 percent above last year. The minority caucus, dramatically outnumbered in the House of Delegates, push an alternative budget every year. This year, House Republicans criticized the governor and state Democrats for diverting some pension payments to help plug budget gaps and for increasing state spending by 5 percent over last year.  During an Annapolis press conference, several Republican delegates criticized the term-limited governor for the the growth of state spending during his tenure.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 16, 2014
There is a reason I have written about the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") more than a dozen times (and why it is the most extensive chapter in my new book): The law is the most hurtful legislation imposed on the American people in my lifetime. But shuffling through daily bits of negative reviews is confusing. And so, as a public service, herein the latest (major) impacts to date: •We now know the Obama administration never intended for those in the individual insurance market to keep their doctor, hospital or insurance.
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