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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In 2007, California exported about 214.5 million pounds of fresh strawberries and 31.9 million pounds of frozen strawberries, with the majority going to Canada. Source: California Strawberry Commission
Last year, 16.1 percent of U.S. imports came from China, and 16 percent came from Canada. Source: Census Bureau
In 2008, the U.S. exported $71.5 billion worth of goods to China and imported $337.8 billion in goods from China. Source: Census Bureau
In 2008, Canada was the United States’ top trading partner, with $596.9 billion worth of goods traded between the two countries. Source: Census Bureau
Mexico was the United States’ third-leading trading partner in 2008, with $367.5 billion worth of goods traded between the two countries. Source: Census Bureau
In 2007, 29.2 million U.S. residents were of Mexican origin. That’s 10 percent of the total U.S. population and 64 percent of the Hispanic population. Source: Census Bureau
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Source: Census Bureau
Half of single-race Asians 25 and older in the U.S. had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2007, compared with 28 percent for all Americans in that age group. Source: Census Bureau
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, containing about 650 miles of bookshelves. Source: Library of Congress
The Asian population in the U.S. grew by 2.9 percent between 2006 and 2007, when it totaled 15.2 million residents. Source: Census Bureau