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Political Games: This Week in Politics 8/20-8/27

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Hillary and Her Emails:

Hillary Clinton has long been criticized for her personnel use of an email account meant to be used for work purposes. Coming upon the date she will stand before a committee about the issue, Clinton has stated her responsibility in the situation.

“I take responsibility for that decision, and I want to be as transparent as possible, which is why I turned over 55,000 pages, why I’ve turned over my server, why I’ve agreed to – in fact, been asking to – and have finally gotten a date to testify before a congressional committee in October. I’m confident that this process will prove that I never sent, nor received, any email that was marked classified,” Clinton said.

The committee will hear her case in October.

Democrats, Republicans, and Immigration:

The campaign trail looks to be gearing up for a back and forth name-calling-fest. Clinton’s Super Pac, Priorities USA, plans to launch a commercial that will paint Republicans as the party that hates Hispanics. Nothing categorizes bipartisan politics other than the blame game between parties. This comes in at a time where high profile Republicans, such as Bush, used the term “anchor babies” – referring to babies born in the USA to illegal parents. Not to mention Scott Walkers idea of ending birth right citizenship.

China’s Economy Shutters while America’s Shines:

With a topsy-turvy economic market from China stirring the pot around the world, America comes out ahead. With a growth of 3.7%, America seems to be taking the debacle in China with a light stride. This growth, says the BBC, comes from “strong consumer and government spending, and higher exports.” Though there is positive growth, America can be sure to gear up for increases in interest rates, which have not been seen in nine years.

Bureaucracy Drops the Ball: Solyndra and the Department of Energy

Solyndra, a company who sells new-tech solar panels, came under strict scrutiny as a FBI investigation showed foul play in Department of Energy negotiations. Currently, the FBI found that leaders within the company lied to the Department of Energy about contracts that allowed the company to gain high amount loans from the federal government. This caused a loss of $535 million. Due to pressure from the White House, loan officials missed key aspects within the contracts that could have alerted them to the issues, says Tampa Bay Times.

Legislation to Look For:

HR 3281 –

To authorize the purchase of a small parcel of Natural Resources Conservation Service property in Riverside, California, by the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District, and for other purposes. – Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.

H.R.3282 – Protecting Honest Fishermen Act of 2015

To strengthen Federal consumer protection and product traceability with respect to commercially marketed seafood, and for other purposes.  Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

H.R.3304 – Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2015

To require foreign manufacturers of products imported into the United States to establish registered agents in the United States who are authorized to accept service of process against such manufacturers. Referred to the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.

S.1362 –

A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs). Message on Senate action sent to the House.

(All information for upcoming Legislation comes from OpenCongress.org)

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