A Second Chance to get America’s Health Care Right: Give Authority to our States (Fox News)

Health care reform has dominated our nation’s political and social conversations for the past six years. After the implementation of ObamaCare, it is clear the law brought radical change and real pain to our nation’s families, economy, and health care system. The promised “affordable health care fix” made things worse.

The pending King v. Burwell case reveals another interesting legal problem with the policy and text of the Affordable Care Act. As written, the federally controlled subsidies and employer mandates are not allowed, unless a state chooses them. Now the Supreme Court debates, behind closed doors, the question of state responsibility and textual intent to determine the direction of health care in America. The resulting Supreme Court opinion could dismantle the structure of ObamaCare and give America a second chance to get health care reform right.

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Cornyn, Cruz co-sponsor Bill to Roll Back EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan (Southeast Texas’ Legal Journal)

WASHINGTON – West Virginia’s U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has introduced legislation aimed at rolling back President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

Co-sponsoring the bill are Texas’ two Republican U.S. senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

Capito, a Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, introduced the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, or ARENA, Wednesday, May 13.

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2015’s Best & Worst Cities to Start a Career (WalletHub)

The struggles endured in recent years by America’s young people pale in comparison to those suffered by their peers in Spain and Greece, where youth unemployment in excess of 50 percent has spawned great social unrest. Still, finding a job in the U.S. — let alone laying the foundation for a long and prosperous career — is far from simple.

But there’s reason for optimism among the graduating class of 2015 and the scores of young people so disillusioned with the job market that they’ve given up their search for employment. Not only do more employers plan to hire recent college grads in 2015, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, but hiring in general is also on the rise.

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Trade Deal Backed by Cornyn, Cruz is Blocked in U.S. Senate (The Texas Tribune)

WASHINGTON — Despite the support of nearly every Republican in the U.S. Senate, including both from Texas, economic legislation seen as key to President Obama’s legacy was blocked on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday.

Senate Democrats united against the proposal authorizing Obama to negotiate with Pacific Rim countries on a massive trade deal that has been years in the making. And the Obama-Republican coalition was unable to pull together enough votes to meet the 60-vote threshold to stop a filibuster.

Fifty-one Republicans and a single Democrat, Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, backed the authorization. Forty-five senators voted to block the measure.

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Cornyn Rallies Support for Fast Track with Pivotal Vote Looming (Trail Blazers Blog)

WASHINGTON–As Republican Senate leadership braces for a close procedural vote on bipartisan trade bill, Sen. John Cornyn said supporters will use every minute they can to shore up passage.

“There will be a lot of discussions taking place over the next three hours,” Cornyn told reporters, saying it’s too early to tell if the Senate will move ahead with a bill to speed along a pending trade deal.

The Senate will vote at 2:30 today to end debate on Trade Promotion Authority, nicknamed “fast track,” which waives Congress’ ability to amend trade deals and only subjects them to an up-or-down vote. While Republicans and some moderate Democrats support the measure, senators further from the middle say the worry about forfeiting a way to protect their constituents from a harmful trade deal.

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Making Sure Prisons Don’t Become Nursing Homes (The Washington Post)

Regarding the May 3 front-page article “The painful price of aging in prison”:

A bipartisan proposal working its way through Congress would offer a path home for some nonviolent, elderly prisoners.

The Corrections Act, which I have introduced with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), includes a provision that would make prisoners age 60 and older eligible for early release after serving two-thirds of their sentences. This reform builds on an expired pilot program from a bipartisan prison reform law known as the Second Chance Act of 2007. That program showed good results before it was canceled last year, and our proposal would save taxpayer money by treating seriously ill and dying individuals with compassion.

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Senate adopts GOP budget targeting ‘Obamacare’ (Houston Chronicle)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama’s health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.

The Senate passed the nonbinding measure by a nearly party-line 51-48 vote. The House adopted it last week.

The measure sets a potential path for a balanced budget within a decade. It promises to cut domestic agencies and safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps, carve up transportation spending and student aid, and curb tax breaks for the poor.

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After Long Human Trafficking Battle, Cornyn Exhales (Trail Blazers Blog)

WASHINGTON–It was a long and contentious path, but Sen. John Cornyn’s human trafficking bill finally made it through the United States Senate on Wednesday afternoon.
Now as he waits for the House of Representatives to take up the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, Cornyn hopes the momentum garnered from a unanimous Senate vote will bring the bill to the president’s desk.

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Why Strengthening The Freedom Of Information Act Is So Important (Times-Herald)

“The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved its FOIA reform bill, S. 337, which is sponsored by Senators John Cornyn, Patrick Leahy, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley. The House bill (H.R. 653), which is sponsored by Representatives Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings, was reported out of committee recently.”

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