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Anti-abortion bill’s intent was to help rape victims, Democratic co-sponsor says

A bill that would redefine rape was not meant to end federal funding allocations for women that sought to terminate pregnancies due to rape, a Democratic congressman said recently. “The language of HR 3 was not intended to change existing law regarding taxpayer funding for abortion in cases of rape,…

House Republicans aim to redefine rape to limit abortion coverage

A majority of House Republicans are taking aim at decreasing federal funding for reproductive health by changing the definition of rape in a newly-filed bill. Currently, the federal government denies taxpayer monies to be used to pay for abortions, except in cases when pregnancies result from rape or incest or…

Key Republican calls UN Human Rights Council ‘a waste of taxpayer dollars’

WASHINGTON – As part of their efforts to cut the federal budget, numerous House Republicans have made moves to slash US funding for the United Nations. House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL.) has called for hearings to slash US funding for the United Nations’ Human Rights Council…

White House: No taxpayer cash to bail out Afghan bank

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury Department denied media reports Saturday that American taxpayer funds would be put towards bailing out Afghanistan’s beleaguered Kabul Bank. The White House said the allegations were not true and pointed to a statement from Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin that said the bank’s troubles were…

US lawmaker: Not ‘one more dime’ for Afghanistan until corruption cleaned up

A senior US lawmaker on Monday angrily blocked billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan, vowing not to give “one more dime” until Afghan President Hamid Karzai acts against corruption. Representative Nita Lowey, who sits on the powerful committee in charge of the budget, said she would hold hearings into…

Oklahoma Republican used taxpayer dollars to blast government spending

In a piece of very campaign-like literature recently mailed by Rep. Mary Faillin (R-OK), complaints of wasteful government spending abound. The message would seem sincere, were it not for a block of small text noting that the congresswoman paid for the mailer with taxpayer funds. On the document, which declares…

Obama: Wall St. reform will ‘end’ taxpayer bailouts

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Wall Street reform Saturday, saying the country needed to tackle the underlying problems that caused the economic crisis and promising new regulations would “put an end, once and for all, to taxpayer bailouts.” “The economy is on a better footing. But people are…

Ouch: Tea Party rally cost taxpayers almost $14,000

As Michele Bachmann riled a group of feisty Tea Partiers to rail against taxes and government spending, taxpayers were quietly forced to pick up a $13,600 tab for their festivities. New expense reports from last November’s Tea Party gathering in Washington, D.C. reveal that the rally comprising thousands of protesters…

FDIC wants pension funds to prop up failed banks

Over 140 U.S. lenders folded in 2009 alone. To remedy the financial void left in their wake, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation wants public pension funds, which safeguard the retirement funds of millions, to buy in part or in whole the banks that couldn’t manage to keep their depositors’ funds.…

House panel asks Paulson to testify in AIG probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A House panel slated to look into the collapse and bailout of insurer American International Group has widened its probe, adding former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to its list of invited witnesses.…

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