Bucks County Congressman: N.S.A Needs More Oversight
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick says, at a recent Senate hearing, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden questioned the National Intelligence Director about the N.S.A’s methods.
“Very specifically asked James Clapper, are you involved in the indiscriminate, massive collection of information on law abiding Americans and it’s now believed that he provided an inaccurate and untruthful answer to the United States Senate.”
Fitzpatrick expects Congress to act on the N.S.A’s behavior and set guidelines for the agency. Fitzpatrick was a guest on the AM Edition this morning with Darryl Berger.
Bucks Co. Congressman offers Different Idea For Health Ins.
The 8th district Republican is talking about a plan he has that would replace Obamacare.
“I don’t want to be mean about this, but the President was trying to help, but instead of trying to help 41 million people access to care, there are ways to do it and much less expensive ways to do it. He has messed up the insurance system for the 250 million people where it was working, and we’re starting to see that.”
Fitzpatrick says, he wants to expand competition in the health insurance market, while maintaining some of the consumer safeguards included in Obamacare.
Human Trafficking and Servitude Bill Pass in State Senate
A measure sponsored by State Senator, Stewart Greenleaf, to address the growing problem of human trafficking clears a hurdle in Harrisburg. Bill 75 passed unanimously. Greenleaf says, Pennsylvanians need to be aware of what is going on concerning human trafficking.
“It’s an evil that’s not only all over the globe, but right here in Pennsylvania. These people who do these things will stop at nothing to abduct people and force them to work as sex and labor slaves. This could happen to any family. It’s an evil that we have to stop.”
Greenleaf says, All too often, the victim is treated like a criminal.
No Property Tax Increase in Lansdale
The proposed 2014 budget for Lansdale is available for public inspection. Borough Council has voted to advertise it. The 31.7 million dollar spending plan does not include a property tax increase. Sewer rates will remain the same as well. Borough Manager, Timi Kirchner gave the budget address Wednesday night.
“The budget, as required by law is balanced and does not require a tax or utility rate increase. Nor does it require borrowing from the planned for reserves garnered from the tax increase three years ago.”
Borough council will take final action on the budget December 18th.