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On the Hill this week: 
 
The House will take up Congresswoman Black's (R-TN) No Subsidies Without Verification Act (HR 2775) today.
 
The Senate will wait to take up the draft resolution for the Authorization of Military Force in Syria that passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week 10-7, with Senator Markey (D-Mass) voting present.  
On the Conflict in Syria and US Involvement, Part 2: 
  • On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry commented that the Syrian government could avoid a US military strike targeting its chemical weapons arsenal if the government agreed to "Turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow the full and total accounting...but he [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] isn't about to do it, and it can't be done." 
  • This statement did open the door for the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, to propose that the Syrian government turn over its chemical weapon stockpiles to the UN. In Washington, Obama told NBC news that if the Syrian government released its chemical weapons stockpile to the UN, it could deter US military action: 
    NBC FULL Important Interview with President Obama Over Syria Crisis
    NBC FULL Important Interview with President Obama Over Syria Crisis
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Monday night that he would delay the start of procedural votes on the Authorization for Military Force in Syria until the Russian proposal is determined viable or not. 
  • Obama's Authorization for Military Force would probably have failed in the House, and possibly the Senate. If the Syrian government does comply with the Russian proposal, it could prevent US involvement-- which is already unpopular according to the latest Gallup poll. 
Congresswoman Black's No Subsidies Without Verification Act Coming Up For a Vote Today 

        Today, Speaker Boehner will take up Congresswoman Black's (R-TN) No Subsidies Without Verification Act (HR 2775). This bill will prohibit federal subsidies to be given to those who claim to qualify for them under ObamaCare until those claims can be verified. 
 
        According to ObamaCare as it was originally written and passed, individuals who claimed to meet the income level required to qualify for federal subsidies to buy insurance had to be audited if the income they reported was significantly lower than what was noted on federal records. On Friday, July 5th, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released more than 600 pages of new regulations, including a rule change on the audits the government will conduct when an individual claims a much lower income when applying for the federal subsidy than what is on federal records. Now an audit will only occur on "a statistically significant sample of cases," as The Washington Post reported. In other words, because the audit system will not be in place by the time the law states people can start claiming federal subsidies to buy insurance, the government will accept claims based on the honor system, until an audit system is set up, maybe in 2015. The penalty for fraudulently claiming a lower income to receive a federal subsidy to buy insurance can be up to $25,000--if and when the claim is determined to be fraudulent. 

         Rep. Black's bill stops the payment of ObamaCare's federal subsidy to buy insurance until the system to audit fraudulent claims is in place. To read the bill, click here. See her speak about the bill on the House floor about the bill earlier this summer: 
Black Speaks on Bill to End Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies
Black Speaks on Bill to End Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies
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