3:23 PM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs announced the introduction of legislation today to prevent foreign diplomats from receiving Obamacare.
"Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced H.R. 5825, the No Healthcare Subsidies for Diplomats Act, legislation to prevent foreign diplomats from receiving subsidized health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the Department of Health and Human Services, foreign diplomats and United Nations employees in the United States are currently eligible to obtain American taxpayer-funded subsidies under the ACA, such as premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, just like American citizens and lawful permanent residents. By contrast, U.S. diplomats overseas do not depend on foreign taxpayers for health care coverage, relying instead on domestic health insurance plans that provide overseas coverage," reads a statement from the committee.
The chairman of that committee, Ed Royce, adds, "After many months of inquiry by the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Obama Administration finally came clean about the fact that foreign diplomats are eligible for taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies. This is shockingly unacceptable. Americans’ tax dollars should not be used to subsidize foreign diplomats’ health coverage. These foreign governments should cover the healthcare costs of the diplomats they send here. This important, commonsense legislation makes this clear, and I am pleased to be working with Chairman Camp to move it forward."
7:22 AM, May 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the staff of the U.S. embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday as part of a seven-day trip through Africa.
9:41 AM, Apr 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry tells CNN that foreign students are "scared" of guns in America:
3:31 PM, Mar 13, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
Today Sen. Marco Rubio introduced the Egypt Accountability and Democracy Amendment, legislation blocking “economic support funds and new foreign military financing” “unless economic reforms and human rights safeguards are adopted, while also initiating a more thorough, longer term reevaluation of U.S. military assistance to Egypt.”
5:08 PM, Feb 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jack Lew, who has been nominated as the next treasury secretary, oversaw up as many as a hundred Cayman Island investments when he worked at Citi Bank as chief operating officer of the alternative investment services unit, SEC disclosures reveal. It has previously been reported that Lew himself had been invested in a fund that was based in the Cayman Islands.
1:16 PM, Feb 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senate majority leader Harry Reid helped set the precedent for looking into foreign backers when, in 2002, he demanded that Henry Kissinger reveal the source of his funders before serving on the 9/11 Commission. Kissinger refused to release his own documents, and therefore did not serve on the commission.
12:41 PM, Feb 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
BuzzFeed reports that Chuck Hagel is refusing to detail foreign funders and disclose other necessary financial information to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
With the Republican candidate abroadAug 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 44 • By FRED BARNES
Regarding politicians, the press can keep only one idea in its mind at a time, a single defining characteristic. In Mitt Romney’s case, the idea is he’s gaffe-prone.
Romney doesn’t understand this. On the second day of his foreign trip, Romney and his family were amused as they read aloud the witty headlines in the British papers zinging him over his critique of the country’s preparations for the Olympics. Romney’s son Josh teased him. They all laughed.
11:05 AM, Jul 31, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went 2-for-3 on his 8-day foreign trip. He was a rousing success in Israel and delivered a pleasing performance in Poland. But in London, he was pilloried for doubting whether the Olympics would come off smoothly. Also, the American media traveling with him was largely unimpressed, regarding the trip as little more than one Romney gaffe after another.
8:20 AM, Jul 31, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Mitt Romney’s stop in Jerusalem will probably remain the highlight of his foreign trip, but his eloquent and powerful speech today in Warsaw deserves more notice than it will probably get. In his remarks, Romney suggests a theme for his trip as a whole and a rationale for visiting the three nations he chose to visit, and sketches the national qualities he finds worthy of praise.
8:42 AM, Jul 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met with Tony Blair in London earlier today. Here's a picture:
Romney is in London to kick off his foreign tour with the opening of the Olympic games tomorrow night.
What? Us do something about Libya?Mar 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 24 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
On February 15, thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of several Libyan cities demanding the departure of the strongman who has ruled the north African nation for more than four decades. The Libyan regime immediately ordered state-backed militias and mercenaries to put down the violence, with force. A bloody battle followed.