The Fact Report

Keeping you up to date with the latest Facts.

Immigration Not the Only Issue for Homeland Security Lobby

dhs-seal-250As the House bill marches toward its likely executioners in the Senate, all these parties are anxiously watching the clock. Funding for DHS runs dry in late February.

As the Department of Homeland Security funding bill seems all but dead due to GOP attempts to roll back the president’s actions on immigration, a variety of interested parties that have little to do with border policy are left hanging on the sidelines.

The House passed the 2015 bill Wednesday, along with a series of amendments meant to cancel out President Obama&…
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Are Health Care Costs Going up with Obamacare 2015?

Short answer: A lot less than many will have you believe and far less than in the 90’s and early 2000’s. The millions who are renewing their individual market coverage under the Affordable Care Act — or signing up for new coverage — are finding that they have more choices than in 2014, and that the average cost of a policy has risen only modestly. You can get the rest of the facts here. So yes Virginia, and the rest of the states fighting the ACA, it’s working.

Scott Walker’s Education Boast

Gov. Scott Walker says his state’s “ACT scores are up and Wisconsin now ranks second in the country.” But scores are not up, and the state’s national ranking is misleading, turns out there are only 30 states that use ACT and it’s his own dept of education numbers he’s using, ACT does not produce a list….
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Who’s Stealing Your States Election. State by Sate Outside Money Analysis

It’s no secret that our political process lavishes more attention on some states than others. Witness the long list of presidential contenders making pilgrimages to New Hampshire and Iowa, for example. At other points in the process, different states take center stage: Wealthy coastal locales are magnets for politicians seeking to build their war chests……
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Whose fault is it the average worker makes less money today?

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Warren: the average family in the bottom 90 percent made more money 30 years ago

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., believes the government’s economic policies over the past few decades have "cut the legs out from underneath America's middle class." At the AFL-CIO National Summit on Raising Wages Jan. 7, Warren spoke about growing income inequality, particularly since the 1980s, when the "trickle-down economics" policies gained traction under former President Ronald Reagan. She argued that this theory — that giving tax breaks and other economic benefits to corporations and the wealthy will benefit the poor by impro…
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Rand Paul: "Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts."

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Rand Paul says most people receive disability for back pain, anxiety

Turning 40? Sen. Rand Paul says you can look forward to back pain in your near future, and maybe some anxiety. But don’t try to turn your ailments into a government check. At a breakfast event Wednesday, Jan. 14 in New Hampshire, the Kentucky Republican and potential presidential candidate spoke out against a public safety net that catches too many people who don’t need help. "The thing is, all of these programs, there’s always somebody who’s deserving. (But) everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system," Paul said. The proof? Lo…
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Facebook posts: Says. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, once said, "Wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down, which would cause the temperature to go up."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Widely shared meme oversimplifies Joe Barton’s 2009 comment on wind energy, climate change

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, is not popular among environmentalists. A former chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, Barton is a staunch advocate for fossil fuels and expressed skepticism about the role of manmade carbon emissions in climate change. Barton’s critics like to paint him as blindly supportive of Big Oil and as anti-science. Exhibit A is a series of social media memes that mock him for suggesting that wind power can actually intensify global warming. The most extreme version we found said Barton had claimed that &q…
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John McCain: "About 30 percent" of those released from Guantanamo "have re-entered the fight."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | McCain: 30% of past Guantanamo detainees ‘re-enter the fight’

Too many detainees released from Guantanamo are re-engaging in terrorism, according to several key Republicans pushing legislation to keep the prison open. Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte, N.H., Richard Burr, N.C., Lindsey Graham, S.C., and John McCain, Ariz., proposed a bill Jan. 13 that would restrict detainee transfers from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The bill would prohibit the transfer of high or medium-risk detainees and any transfers to Yemen, as well as increase transparency about detainees’ risk assessments, among other measures.    …
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Marco Rubio: "If people work and make more money, they lose more in benefits than they would earn in salary."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Marco Rubio in new book: People on welfare ‘lose more in benefits than they would earn in salary’

At the center of Sen. Marco Rubio’s new book, American Dreams, is the conservative idea that government stands in the way of lower- and middle-class Americans getting ahead. Why don’t more Americans start small businesses? Government regulation, Rubio says. Why do Americans pay so much for higher education? Government subsidies for students drive up prices. Why don’t low-income workers try to work more hours or strive for a promotion? Government assistance disincentivizes it. "If (low-income) people work and make more mone…
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Marco Rubio: Administrative employees at colleges and universities have "more than doubled over the last 25 years, outpacing the growth of students by more than 2 to 1."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Marco Rubio says college administrators have ‘more than doubled over the last 25 years’

In his new book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offers an aggregation of many of the conservative ideas he’s supported, including education policy. In one passage, Rubio takes aim at the growth in college bureaucracies, which he suggests has gotten in the way of teaching and has led to steep increases in tuition. Rubio says universities should stop hiring bureaucrats.   "One study," Rubio writes, "found the number of administrative employees at colleges and universities (thi…
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