Thursday, June 28, 2012
In a complicated decision, the justices upheld most of the health care reform legislation popularly known as Obamacare.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding most of President Obama's signature health care reform legislation? By a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld most of the act, although the opinion is a complicated one. The court upheld the requirement that every American purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty, as a tax decision and upheld it on those grounds, in an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts. "Our precedent demonstrates that Congress has the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000 under the taxing power, and that Section 5000 need not be read to do more than impose a tax," Roberts wrote in one of the key sentences from the opinion. Click here to read the full text of the opinion. Vote in our poll …
Friday, October 21, 2011
President Obama says Iraq War, one of the longest and costliest in U.S. history, to end in December.
President Obama announced Friday he will withdraw all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year, bringing to a close a nine-year war that killed 78 New Jersey residents, at least 14 of whom were Army and Marine Corps servicemen from Bergen and Passaic Counties. The United States had previously agreed to exit Iraq by the end of the year and leave 3,000 to 5,000 troops in Iraq as trainers, but after failed negotiations with the Iraqi government, as little as 150 troops will remain in the Middle Eastern country. The current military presence in Iraq stands at just under 40,000. After a private video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Obama told reporters at the White House Friday that he had kept his 2008 campaign…
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Christie: All 21 counties eligible to apply for cash.
After touring two northern New Jersey towns ravaged by Hurricane Irene, President Barack Obama assured residents Sunday that the federal government will help them rebuild. "We are going to make sure we provide the resources needed," Obama said while touring Paterson, a city of roughly 150,000 that witnessed severe flooding during Irene because of its proximity to the Passaic River. "I want to make it very clear we are going to meet our federal obligations." Obama visited Paterson and Wayne for an hour-and-a-half total with a delegation that included Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), along with U.S. Reps. Steve Rothman (D-NJ), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Passaic …
Five helicopters signal president's arrival as crowd lines Passaic Avenue.
President Barack Obama, wearing a blue buttoned-down shirt, waved to a crowd along Passaic Avenue in Fairfield Sunday from the back of his black motorcade car as he sped toward Wayne and Paterson to tour flood-ravaged areas. Obama could be seen briefly in his motorcade after arriving at Essex County's airport in Fairfield in one of five military helicopters that landed between 12:25 and 12:45 p.m. Police presence was heavy all along Passaic Avenue, while sharpshooters could be seen on top of the buildings at the airport. A line of buses were parked in front of the landing area so the view of his disembarking was blocked from the crowds. Crowds of local residents lined parking lots and grassy lawns of businesses along Passaic Avenue to get…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Constituents from Bergen, Passaic hold protest outside Rep. Garrett's Glen Rock office
Local Constituents from Bergen and Passaic county held a protest at NJ Rep. Scott Garrett's Glen Rock office in response to the Republican's response to the debt ceiling negotiations. The overall message in the MoveOn.org organized rally was that the Republicans have not attempted to compromise with the debt ceiling bills. Constituents said they are looking for a balanced compromise to be reached and that the focus should be to help average middle class Americans instead of corporations and multimillionaires/billionaires. Counter-protesting Tea Party supporters were also present emphasizing the importance of spending cuts while not increasing taxes. Rep. Scott Garrett was not present to speak with constituents, nor Patch, but protesters …
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Senators ask for money to be sent to Bergen County to help municipalities pay for storm relief and future storm clean up.
U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez wrote a letter to President Obama Friday asking him to declare Bergen and twelve other New Jersey counties a Presidential Disaster as a result of the Dec. 26 snowstorm. The two Democratic Senators urged President Obama to send emergency assistance to municipalities dealing with millions of dollars in damages and cleaning costs. The Senators asked the President to approve the declaration as soon as possible, so that relief could help Bergen county towns, and others throughout New Jersey, rebuild from this storm, and prepare for any future incidents that may arise. If accepted, this declaration would bring federal money into the area to help deal with residual and future snow issues in …