Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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Q: How long have Obama and McCain been in Congress? A: Obama has been in the U.S. Senate since January 2005. McCain joined the House in Jan. 1983 and the Senate four years later. A chain e-mail that purports to show their time in Congress give a bogus comparison.
Q: Did electing a Democratic Congress in 2006 really lead to increased unemployment, higher gas prices and more home foreclosures? A: No, and most of the figures in a widely-circulated e-mail are made up. In fact, the entire premise of the e-mail is a logical fallacy.
Q: Is the U.S. Congress considering a bill to outlaw homeschooling in the U.S.? A: No.
Q: Who was the last sitting congressman or senator to be elected president? A: John F. Kennedy was the last president to have moved directly from Congress to the White House.
Q: What is an earmark? A: Earmarks are government funds that are allocated by a legislator for a particular pet project, often without proper review.
Q: What was known to U.S. intelligence and Congress about WMDs in Iraq before the vote to go to war? A: Senior U.S. intelligence officials believed, incorrectly, that Iraq had stockpiles of chemical and germ weapons and was developing nuclear weapons. They also agreed Saddam Hussein wouldn’t give such weapons …
Q: Does a United States senator receive his full pay upon retiring? A: No. A member of Congress can’t receive more than 80 percent of his or her final salary upon retirement, and the average is much less.