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Dec 18, 2013

RSC Chairman to Obama: Fire John Podesta

Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise is demanding that President Barack Obama fire his new counselor, John Podesta.

Dec 18, 2013

Obama adviser Podesta under fire for comparing GOP to 'Jonestown'

But the comment -- considering the severity of the comparison -- got Podesta off on the wrong foot with Republican leaders.

Dec 18, 2013

Obama aide apologizes for GOP-Jonestown comparison

A key conservative House Republican called on President Obama Wednesday to fire his new adviser, John Podesta, after Podesta compared the House GOP to members of the Jonestown cult who were responsible for 918 deaths in 1978.

Dec 18, 2013

Rep. Scalise Calls for Obama to Fire Podesta 'Immediately' for 'Jonestown' Comparison

Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is calling for the resignation of White House counselor John Podesta for comparing the House Republicans to Jonestown cult. Podesta was named to the post just one week earlier.

Dec 13, 2013

GOP rank-and-file quietly builds an Obamacare alternative

The bill is the work of the House Republican Study Committee, led by Rep. Steve Scalise. So far it has 116 co-sponsors, which is an important number because it is more than half the Republican caucus in the GOP-controlled House. "We're at a majority of the majority who support the bill," says one well-connected Hill aide. "We've had a number of members of the Republican Study Committee who have expressed to House leadership a desire to vote on an Obamacare alternative."

Dec 10, 2013

Obama's Wrong: GOP Is Pitching Alternative Healthcare Plans

Despite the president's assertions that GOP critics of Obamacare haven't offered anything better, Republicans have in fact put forward alternatives aimed at not only repealing the flawed law but also fixing many of its shortcomings. In the House, the Republican Study Committee has put together the latest and most comprehensive version of a GOP healthcare plan. The American Health Care Reform Act, introduced in September, now has 108 co-sponsors. The proposal flips Obamacare's focus on a vast role for the federal government in overseeing the nation's healthcare system...

Dec 6, 2013

Rep. Steve Scalise pushes for new sanctions against Iran, despite White House pleas to give interim agreement a chance

"A nuclear-armed Iran is not only a dangerous threat to America's national security, but it would also pose a serious threat to our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel," Scalise said. "In July, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation to increase sanctions on Iran. Considering President Obama's naive and dangerous decision to ease sanctions on Iran, it is imperative that the Senate quickly bring the House's bipartisan sanctions bill to the floor for consideration."

Dec 5, 2013

Conservatives tout growing support for ObamaCare substitute

The American Health Care Reform Act, sponsored by Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), now boasts 117 co-sponsors — the majority of the GOP conference — after picking up about a dozen House Republicans in the last two months.

Nov 30, 2013

How a presidency unravels

For concision and precision in describing Barack Obama’s suddenly ambivalent relationship with his singular — actually, his single — achievement, the laurels go to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.). After Obama’s semi-demi-apology for millions of canceled insurance policies — an intended and predictable consequence of his crusade to liberate Americans from their childish choices of “substandard” policies sold by “bad apple” insurers — Scalise said Obama is like someone who burns down your house. Then shows up with an empty water bucket. Then lectures you about how defective the house was.

Nov 18, 2013

Scalise Files Bill To Replace Obamacare

Calling President Obama's signature health care law unworkable, Congressman Steve Scalise says he's filed a health care bill of his own.

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