Transportation bond sale saves state $3.2 million

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has completed a Delaware Transportation Authority bond sale, providing $75 million in proceeds to fund capital projects. The bonds were sold on April 26. The bond issue was aided by the state’s blue-chip debt rating. The Transportation System Senior Revenue Bonds were issued to provide funds for DelDOT’s Capital Transportation Program. […]

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Nokia helps make Chengdu region into a smart powerhouse

The most remarkable is the Giant Buddha of Leshan, carved out of a hillside in the 8th century and looking down on the confluence of three rivers. At 71 m high, it is the largest Buddha in the world. Mount Emei is also notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, ranging from subtropical to subalpine pine forests. Some of the trees there are more than 1,000 years old.

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Iowa Republican Congressman Feels Heat Over Health Care Vote

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Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) held a contentious town hall on Monday where he fielded questions from several angry constituents over his yes vote on the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“This is not law yet,” Blum explained to one constituent who was upset about his vote. He added that the Senate may yet change the legislation.

One woman stood up and decried the process in which Republicans passed the bill ― including their decision to not wait for the Congressional Budget Office to analyze its cost and coverage projections. She also claimed Blum’s staff told her the congressman had not read the bill.

“You voted for this bill in a rush. There were no committee hearings. This is my life,” she said. “The Congressional Budget Office didn’t score this bill … what was the rush?”

“I have always said the process was bad,” Blum responded. “It was rushed. There should have been hearings.

“The bill is better than what we have [under the Affordable Care Act]. It’s heading in the right direction,” he added, to boos from the audience.

An older constituent stood up and told Blum she was concerned about protections for pre-existing conditions under the GOP plan. “The coverage may not always be a good coverage,” she said of the potential loss of protections against insurers charging sick people more than healthy individuals for the same policy. 

“It’s just not true,” Blum responded, disputing that the bill would weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

At one point Blum appeared to be frustrated with the audience, which repeatedly booed and jeered his answers, telling an aide that “nobody’s listening.”

Blum is one of only 14 House Republicans who voted for the health care bill to schedule a town hall meeting with constituents this week. A total of 217 GOP House members voted for the legislation. 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misspelled Congressman Blum’s first name as Rob instead of Rod.

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