Following are some of the issues that dominated Congress during the week of July 21-25 and how elected officials in the 2nd Congressional District voted on some of the measures.
Illegal Migrant Children Border Crisis: A House Republican working group issued a set of recommendations, including the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama dispatched a team of Defense and Homeland Security department officials to determine the value of that deployment.
Child Tax Credit – Not for Illegals: The House passed a measure 237 to 173 that would modify the Child Tax Credit, allowing married taxpayers with higher incomes to claim its benefit by increasing the income amount at which it phases out from $110,000 to $150,000 for married couples (but leaving the $75,000 threshold for unmarried filers unchanged) and indexing the $1,000 credit and income thresholds to inflation. The House added a provision that would require the Social Security Number of a filer be disclosed in order to claim the refundable portion of the credit to block illegal immigrants from the credit. Currently, the measure offers a $1,000 credit for each child under age 17 – which begins to phase out for unmarried individuals at $75,000 and married couples at $110,000.
Funding for Border Children: The Democrat-led Senate is considering a bill that would provide $2.7 billion in supplemental funding to finance illegal immigrants coming across the border. The Republican-led House is calling for policy changes as a condition for approval and is considering a proposal of $1.5 billion for the border crisis.
U.S. Forces in Iraq: The House took up a resolution that would bar the President from deploying or keeping U.S. armed forces in ongoing combat in Iraq unless he gets authority from Congress.
Health Care Law Dispute: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the federal government may not subsidize the insurance premiums of individuals receiving…TO CONTINUE READING THIS STORY, CLICK HERE OR PICK UP A COPY OF THE AUGUST 6, 2014 MADISON COUNTY CARRIER.