Telephone lines were open for viewer questions and comments on the conflicting federal appeals courts rulings on health care law subsidies. Two federal appeals courts were split on whether the Internal Revenue Service can legally manage subsidies to help the poor pay for federally mandated health care plans, dual decisions that poise the issue for attention from the Supreme Court. Elise Viebeck was interviewed by phone about the two rulings.
Elise Viebeck, health care reporter for The Hill newspaper, discussed two divergent appeals court rulings on the legal ability of the IRS to administer subsidies for insurance policies covering the poor.
Representative Jim Himes (D-CT), a member of the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees, talked about foreign intelligence gathering during times of war and his housing finance reform bill.
Other topics included the recent conflicting federal appeals court rulings on heath care subsidies and U.S.-Russia relations.
Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, talked about the future of the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) as Senate hearings to confirm Robert McDonald as VA secretary began. He also discussed President Obama’s request for emergency supplemental border security funding.
Commissioner John Koskinen testified at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) response to congressional oversight and investigation into alleged targeting of conservative groups.
The House debates several bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation to prevent human trafficking, and is expected to work on a bill to direct the Education Secretary to implement competency-based education demonstration projects.
Witnesses testified on the effects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on the financial services industry, consumers, and American competitiveness since its enactment in July 2010.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the agency’s new proposed carbon pollution standards for power generating plants. EPA has proposed a state-specific system of goals.
Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX) discusses U.S. relations with Russia following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine as well as possible changes to U.S. military strategy in light of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) talks about federal efforts to address the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the U.S. border and Governor Rick Perry’s (R-TX) plan to deploy the National Guard to address the influx.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske talks about challenges facing the agency, including federal efforts to handle an unprecedented influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without proper documentation.
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy discusses defense budget cuts, foreign policy, and U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. She served in the Obama administration from 2009-2012.