Message to RSC Members: Get in or Get Out

    Rep. Jim Jordan, the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), is taking massive heat from many of his own colleagues within the RSC for his public opposition to the Boehner debt deal. RSC staff is being called out by name for doing their job effectively. Calls are coming from all Leadershipistas to fire the RSC staff. These members—such as Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC)—don’t like | Read More »

    Corporate Welfare Gets New Life in the House

    Ronald Reagan once said that, “The closest thing to eternity is a government program.” Case in point: The Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, which has made most every conservative list of programs to eliminate over the last few decades. The House Financial Services Committee—controlled by Republicans—recently passed legislation (H.R. 2072) to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank, which is nothing more than corporate welfare to corporations that export. It | Read More »

    Stop the Natural Gas Streaker!

    There are a lot of bad policy ideas dreamed up on a daily basis on Capitol Hill, and many get turned into bills by Congressmen. Thankfully, most of these bills go nowhere. But occasionally, a policy streaker comes out of left field and makes a heady gambit for prime-time exposure and a floor vote in either the House or the Senate. A bill often becomes | Read More »

    The Strategy of Short-Term CR Opponents: A Response to Keith Hennessey

    Keith Hennessey critiqued opponents of the short-term CR making the case that our intransience is hurting the cause. It has been endlessly forwarded around to conservatives since yesterday. Keith argues that the short-term strategy is better because it allows the spending cut coalition to avoid the pitfalls of a public shutdown fight. He argues that conservatives who disagree either have no strategic plan and/or want | Read More »

    This is What Leadership Looks Like

    As a quick update, here are the heroes with public statements against the short-term CR. Consider these the men and women who are leading the charge in the House and Senate. The list of no votes is much longer, as many prefer to keep their position private until they vote. But that shouldn’t stop us from recognizing a leaders’ row in the run-up to the vote: | Read More »

    The Problem with One Last Vote for a Flawed Strategy

    House Republican Leadership is now telling the press that this is likely the last short-term continuing resolution. At his pen-and-pad today, Majority Leader Cantor said, “We hope and intend for this to be the last one…we hope that this is the last time this happens.” But how can conservatives be so sure that this is not mere blind hope? After all, Cantor explained that there | Read More »

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp Stands Tall in Budget Showdown

    Yesterday, Heritage Action for America (my employer), Club for Growth, and Family Research Council released a joint statement announcing their opposition to the three-week continuing resolution on floor of the House of Representatives next week, and their decision to “key vote” the extension on their respective scorecards. In doing so, they joined Mark Levin, Erick Erickson, and others, who are calling for conservatives to step | Read More »

    House Leadership Let Obamacare Expansion Pass

    Yesterday, House Republican Leadership allowed a bill to come to the floor of the House to expand the scope of an Obamacare program. The bill passed by a vote of 280-138—with 95 Republican votes. The Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act (HR 525), introduced by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), would increase the number of veterinarians with public health training via federal subsidies. One of the bill’s | Read More »

    Speaker Boehner Throws Down the Gauntlet

    If there were any doubts that House Leadership was prepared to fight to enact their spending cuts in negotiations with the Senate and the White House over the continuing resolution, Speaker John Boehner answered them yesterday. I am not going to move any kind of short-term CR at current levels…When we say we’re going to cut spending, read my lips, we’re going to cut spending. | Read More »

    Parsing the Pledge, House Leadership Still Not Compliant

    Earlier, I noted that the Republican spending cut plan was thankfully moving in the right direction, but that it was not yet where it needed to be to comply with the Pledge to America.  In the view of many conservatives, that pledge was clear with respect to how the $100 billion number would be arrived at, especially with respect to defense spending.  Republicans promised not to | Read More »