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NEWS: Immigrant wave is new HHS crisis

A recent surge in illegal immigration of Central American children has caught officials by surprise and strained the ability of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide shelter, food, clothing and services, reports The Hill. The arrival of 90,000 unaccompanied children, a tenfold increase, has prompted President Obama to request Congress approve an additional $1.4 billion in funding for the HHS.

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NEWS: California lawmakers consider expanding teacher tenure

While a recent court decision ruled California's teacher tenure policies are unconstitutional for disproportionately depriving poor children of a quality education, Reuters reports one legislator is still moving forward with a union-backed bill to expand tenure to even more schools. The proposal has confused policymakers because it appears to directly contradict the recent ruling.

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NEWS: Senators call for 12-cent gas-tax increase to replenish highway fund

The Los Angeles Times reports some members of Congress are now urging a 12 cent gas tax increase. Proponents argue the tax increase is necessary to replace for revenues lost due to increases in fuel efficiency. However, the Club for Growth, a national taxpayer advocate, opposes the idea and says the plan represents a $164 billion tax increase on consumers.

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NEWS: VA Audit Finds Thousands of US Veterans Waiting for Care

Newsmax reports an internal audit by the Department of Veterans Affairs found many veterans face excessive wait times, with over 57,000 waiting longer than 90 days for an appointment. Due to problems with the system, up to 40 veterans may have died while waiting to see a doctor.

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NEWS: ‘Obamacare’ Cost Can't Be Determined, Says Congressional Budget Office

The Congressional Budget Office recently revealed it can no longer estimate how much Obamacare will cost taxpayers. Unanticipated costs have resulted from difficulties in implementing the law, including highly publicized failures related to the website. In addition, some plans that were supposed to save taxpayers money have been abandoned.

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