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CD154 Other HC Bills

CD154: The OTHER Health Care Bills

We’ve paid a lot of attention this year to the bill that would “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act but that is not the only bill related to heath care that is moving through Congress. In this episode, learn about the other health care bills that have made it just as far as the Repeal and Replace bill, including one that is already law. Also in this episode, we laugh at the Senate for inventing holidays and doing so in the dumbest way possible. Continue reading

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CD151: AHCA – The House Version (American Health Care Act)

The American Health Care Act, the Republican plan for a new health care system, passed the House of Representatives at lightning speed. In this episode, get the backstory on the reckless process used to pass the bill, learn how it changed from the original version, and find out how the Congressional Budget Office expects the bill would affect you. Continue reading

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CD112: Dingle-berries on the Omnibus (2016)

Available for less than 3 days before the votes, the 2,009 page “omnibus” government funding bill was signed into law. History will not look kindly upon provisions that give private companies immunity for forwarding data to the government, make policing political contributions illegal, repeal a food labeling law, restrict international travel, and allow environmental damage. Continue reading

Rep. Pete Sessions shows of his fighter jet pin, which reminds him of one of his favorite sayings: "Peace through superior fire power." Creepy.

CD085: The November Bills

After the election, the House of Representatives passed five bills that would help the fossil fuel industry. Included in this episode are a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a bill to sell off oil-rich public land to a private corporation, and three bills that make life harder at the EPA. Finally, we end with a sound clip straight out of 1984. Continue reading

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CD082: Last Bills Before The Election

In this episode, we discuss the bills that passed in August and September, the last bills to pass before the election. Included are bills that give money to Israel, screw over immigrant kids, audit the Fed, poison the environment, create huge corporate tax cuts, and more. Also, the story of CryptoWall, the computer virus holding our memories hostage.
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CD074: The March Bills

This episode highlights the bills that passed the House of Representatives in March, including a bill that allows toxic mountaintop removal waste to be dumped in streams, a bill that skips environmental reviews for new nuclear power plants, a bill that wasn’t meant to become law but could screw over every government employee if it did, a bill that prevents the government from managing water rights, multiple bills to chip away at ObamaCare, and more. Continue reading

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CD035: Energy & Water

Most of this episode is dedicated to the Energy & Water funding bill that passed the House of Representatives; however, the House also pulled a fast one this week, passing a 608-page agriculture bill that was available for public-reading for less than one day. Continue reading

CD014: Marching Towards Sequester

Hydropower and veterans get some love from the House this week, while churches get taxpayer money and Federal workers get screwed… again. Continue reading

CD011: No Budget, Still Get Paid

Lobbyist Jo Ann Emerson quits Congress early, the House votes to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and probably-not postpone their own paychecks, and the Brineys drunkenly ramble on a Friday night. Continue reading

CD007: The Realities of Solar Power

Doing nothing, literally, is planned until 12/28 and a special guest helps filter fact from fiction in regards to solar power. Continue reading