A preliminary notice of our meeting next Monday the 13th. We have a great lineup scheduled. Kyle Wingfield of the AJC will give us and update on the legislative session. Mike Beatty will tell us when he is going to run for President, and Kirk Shook, Secretary of the Republican Party will also speak. It will be a great meeting and we need to show the editor of the Atlanta Constitution that we are absolutely the most Republican county in the State.
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The Department of Homeland Security has released close to 166,000 convicted criminal illegal aliens in to the United States as of April 2014. The frightening details from the 76 pages of Homeland Security documents released Monday show that many of the illegals set free by the agency were convicted of violent crimes like homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to a report released by Judicial Watch. The documents became available through a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the DHS after the agency originally failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the website. “It’s appalling that we’ve had to sue in federal court to get key information about the Obama administration’s release of 165,950 convicted criminal aliens,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in the report. “These documents show the Obama administration is lying when it says that its ‘enforcement priorities’ include deporting illegal aliens who have committed heinous crimes.” In addition to the nearly 166,000 criminal illegal aliens released by the DHS, the agency ordered more than 700,000 non-criminal illegal aliens to self-deport themselves from the country. After their release there is nothing to stop the illegal aliens from moving freely about the United States, which is exactly what they did, according to the Judicial Watch report. - See more at: http://americanactionnews.com
Step number one is to secure our borders and then make sure that those who have broken our laws here in America are in fact turned over to the Mexican government and will not be allowed to apply for a green card ever again.
First we had Obama telling Lies and now we have the opportunity to have another one.
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The Obama administration revealed Friday that it sent about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers a tax form containing the wrong information, and asked them to hold off on filing their 2014 taxes.
The self-inflicted bungle follows weeks of administration officials touting a successful enrollment season -- one that saw far fewer technical glitches than the rocky launch in late 2013. About 11.4 million people signed up this season. But the errors in tax information mean that nearly 1 million people may have to wait longer to get their tax refunds this year.
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When he arrived on Capitol Hill in January, freshman Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., discovered something he had no clue was going on. Hundreds of federal employees spend their entire workday -- not doing the business of the government, but working for their unions. Hice told Fox News he was shocked by what he found.
ADVE"Waste on an egregious level by federal employees who are taking taxpayer monies and using it for purposes other than the reason they were hired," Hice said. It's called "official time," and it was sanctioned into law by Congress in 1978. Lawmakers voted to allow federal employees who are union members to spend part of their day addressing union issues. The reason behind the law: Federal employees are not required to join a union even if they are covered by a collective bargaining agreement. The Civil Service Reform Act was designed to make up the financial gap of unions having to represent employees who did not pay dues, by allowing federal workers to "volunteer" time during their working hours to address grievances, work on collective bargaining and deal with other issues. But Hice argues that the situation has gotten out of control, and he's pushing new legislation to change it.
According to the Office of Personnel Management, in 2012 (the most recent year there are statistics for) federal workers spent 3.4 million man-hours on union issues and not the work they were hired for. OPM estimates the cost to taxpayers was more than $157 million. What's more, at two government agencies that would seem least able to afford a loss of manpower -- the Veterans Affairs Department and IRS -- hundreds of workers spent 100 percent of their time doing union work. At the VA, 259 employees worked solely on union issues. At the IRS -- which only disclosed their statistics when the National Review sent them a Freedom of Information Act request -- the number was 201. Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson -- who is co-sponsoring a bill in the Senate to curtail the practice -- is outraged. "The VA's had problems getting veterans appointments within 30 days, yet they're taking thousands of hours to organize the union. Something's wrong with their priorities. We need to get it fixed", Isakson told Fox News.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 939,000 federal workers belonged to a union in 2014. Another 139,000 were covered by collective bargaining agreements, but weren't in a union. That brings the total number of employees covered by the unions to 31.6 percent of the total federal workforce. Hice -- who will introduce legislation in the House Thursday to limit "official time" -- doesn't think it's fair that the other 68 percent of federal employees are doing government work every day, while some of their union colleagues are getting paid to not do the work they were hired for.
"This bill is not preventing people from doing union activities. It's just trying to curb those activities during 9-to-5 work hours, the time that they are supposed to be working for the agency that hired them," Hice told Fox News. While the number of hours federal workers spent on "official time" dropped slightly from 2011 to 2012, there has been a significant increase since 1998 when OPM reported 2,171,774 hours of "official time" logged across the federal government. By 2012, that number had increased by 1,267,754 hours, while union representation remained fairly steady.
"We have at least now 62 different government agencies that have identified they have a problem with people using 'official time' -- that would be union activities, special interest and political activity for unions rather than the purpose for which they were hired by those individual agencies," Hice told Fox News. Republicans have been fighting this problem for years. Similar measures to crack down on "official time" have been introduced in each of the last three Congresses. They all went nowhere. With Republican majorities in both chambers, lawmakers are hopeful these new bills will get more traction. But even if they do pass, the measure would be a ripe target for a presidential veto.
Nevertheless, Isakson is optimistic. "I think we've got a conscientious effort going in the Republican conference to find waste, fraud and abuse of time and money in the various agencies of the government, so I think we've got a chance to get it up this year," he told Fox News.
Fox News reached out to the three biggest unions representing federal employees -- AFGE, NTEU and NFFE. The first two never responded to the request. NFFE did respond, but never provided any statement or union officer for Fox News to speak with.
John Roberts joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in January 2011 as a senior national correspondent and is based in the Atlanta bureau.
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The federal government issued $124.7 billion in improper payments in fiscal year 2014, representing a 17.9 percent increase, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Medicare reported the highest number of improper payments with $59.914 billion, followed by the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) at $17.7 billion, which has an error rate of 27.2 percent.
“Efforts to reduce improper payments could result in significant cost savings,” the GAO said in a report released Wednesday. “For the first time in recent years, the government-wide improper payment estimate significantly increased—to $124.7 billion in fiscal year 2014, up from $105.8 billion in fiscal year 2013.”
“This increase of almost $19 billion was primarily due to estimates for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Earned Income Tax Credit, which account for over 76 percent of the government-wide estimate,” they said.
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