Government Oversight

Government Oversight

HELP leaders block bill requiring background checks in schools

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tried to pass a bill that would have required background checks on all school employees, but Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) objected to their unanimous consent request.

The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act, S. 1596, would require schools to conduct background checks on all school employees in order for the school to get federal education funding.

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GOP lawmaker: Defund the NLRB

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday proposed legislation that would defund the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which he said would save money and eliminate a department that stands in the way of job creation.

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Blumenthal demands GM ‘talk truth’ to consumers

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Con.) demanded that General Motors (GM) explain why it decided to stop the sales of some Chevrolet Cruzes.

“I call on GM to immediately inform Cruze drivers of the specific reason — likely safety-related — that prompted the company to stop sales,” Blumenthal said Saturday. “Talk truth to your customers, who put their faith in your products."

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RSC makes push for omnibus jobs bill

Members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) on Wednesday will introduce a broad job creation bill that encourages domestic energy exploration, eases federal regulations, and includes other policy prescriptions that Republicans see as an answer to weak job growth.

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Blumenthal demands DOJ holds GM accountable

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told the Department of Justice (DOJ) to require General Motors to compensate those hurt or killed by faulty ignition switches.

“I write to request your immediate intervention and assistance on behalf of victims of severe damage — financial harm, physical injury, and death — resulting from serious ignition switch defects in General Motors cars,” Blumenthal wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday. “Without your active involvement, they may have no meaningful remedy.”

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