Tar Heel Blue Dogs Fare Poorly on Taxpayer Rankings

August 20, 2010

Group names four N.C. Republicans ‘taxpayer heroes’
By David N. Bass
August 16, 2010

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s three centrist Democrats scored in single digits on new congressional rankings that judge how well lawmakers protected taxpayers’ interests in 2009.

U.S. Reps. Heath Shuler, D-11th, and Mike McIntyre, D-7th, scored 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively, in the rankings by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a conservative group based in Washington, D.C. Shuler and McIntyre are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of House Democrats who claim to be “independent voices for fiscal responsibility and accountability.”

Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat representing the 8th Congressional District, isn’t a member of the coalition but has parted company with party leaders several times during his year-and-a-half in the House. He garnered 5 percent on the scorecard. Read the rest of this entry »


Spouses of vets may get more aid

August 9, 2010

Foxx-sponsored bill would extend home-loan benefits

By Sarah Morayati-JOURNAL REPORTER
Published: August 9, 2010

More surviving spouses of veterans will be available for Veteran’s Affairs home loans under a bill now making its way through Congress.

The Disabled Veterans’ Surviving Spouses Home Loans Act, was introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., to fix what she describes as a loophole in veterans’ benefits.

VA loans are intended to help veterans or active-duty personnel buy and maintain homes. They can currently be granted to surviving spouses only if the service member’s death is determined to be directly connected to service disability.

But Foxx said service-related disabilities can often be factors contributing to deaths, even if doctors don’t directly attribute them as the cause.

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