Usually, it’s only the U.S. Senate that has the privilege of choosing which Cabinet nominees will be confirmed. This year, however, the U.S. House of Representatives could also have played a role in the confirmation of one Cabinet nominee. That’s because, this year, one of
Republicans and conservative Democrats don’t like much of what scientific research has to say. So, they passed the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 as passed by the House of Friday preserves spending on extravagant weapons program that the Pentagon says it doesn’t want. It keeps open redundant military bases that are not strategically necessary. The money to pay for this wasteful military spending is being taken from older Americans, by reducing their health care benefits.