Trimming Deficits – The Democrat Way
No wonder Democrats were recalcitrant to propose a budget over the past four years. I’d be embarrassed too. This week Washington Senator Patty Murray, as Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, introduced her budget blueprint for the next 10 years. The headline of her budget is that it achieves $1.85 trillion in deficit reduction, presumably, off the $47.2 trillion CBO baseline. Murray claims that the | Read More »
Defunding Obamacare is This Easy
After the House caved on funding Obamacare in the CR, the fight moves to the Senate. Senator Ted Cruz has taken the lead in fighting Obamacare. For the first time in almost two years we are actually having a discussion about the rising cost of health insurance engendered by Obamacare. Cruz is proposing an amendment to the CR, which is already full of Barbara Mikulski’s | Read More »
Funny, funny lines from the Senate’s budget follies.
Pick which one you like best! I can’t decide. Senate Democrats say they will soon pass their first budget in four years, but it is proving a test. You can tell, right from the start, that the Hill itself will believe that Senate Democrats will pass a budget when the Hill actually sees one. Senate Democrats are tired of the GOP taunts over their failure | Read More »
What New Conservative Members Need to Know About AIPAC
Roll Call reports today that teams of AIPAC lobbyists are fanning out across the Capitol in an effort to block sequester cuts for Israeli foreign aid. We’re talking about a $155 million cut from $3.1 billion, for goodness sakes. Nonetheless, here’s a novel idea that would kill two birds with one stone. Egypt receives about $1.5 billion in foreign aid per year. Additionally, Obama is | Read More »
The CR Vote Tally: Courage in the Senate; Capitulation in the House
The House voted overwhelmingly to pass the CR today which failed to cut one cent from Obamacare. 30 members signed the Bridenstine-Huelskamp letter asking leadership to defund Obamacare through the CR. 16 members voted against the rule to bring up the CR, some of which hadn’t signed the letter. Only 14 members voted against the CR. In other words, several members took the drastic step | Read More »
GOP House Passes Unconstitutional Democrat VAWA Bill
Earlier today, the Republican-controlled House passed the Senate version of the unconstitutional Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The Senate bill expands “coverage” to illegal aliens, men, homosexuals, transgendered individuals and prisoners. It also expands the law’s reach to give tribal Indian authorities jurisdiction over non-Indians accused of abusing Indian women. The final bill passed with the support of 87 Republicans. Before voting on this bill, the | Read More »
Who is Going to Put an End to the McCain/Graham Circus?
How often do you find Democrats scoring points for the opposing team on a daily basis? Never. Yet that is what Lindsey Graham and John McCain, the defacto leaders of the GOP Senate, accomplish every day. Worse, they use their bully pulpit to muddle the GOP message in the eyes of the public and convince the rest of the conference to join their merry band | Read More »
The Problem With the AFP Scorecard
Earlier today, Erick pointed out the absurdity of the ACU legislative scorecard, in which Mitch McConnell scores 100% – higher than Jim DeMint. Well, the scorecard released by Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is an improvement, but also in need of some scrutiny. The headline nugget of their Senate scorecard is that Marco Rubio is the only senator with a 100. That should automatically raise the | Read More »
Why is Bipartisanship a One-Way Street?
We really need to make Republican members of Congress sign a pledge that they will not engage in gang violence against the party. This secretive bipartisan gang work is getting out of hand. While working on ways to stop the hemorrhaging in our party from the Schumer/Rubio amnesty gang, I discovered today that Senator Coburn is working with a Democrat gang to advance a universal | Read More »
Violence Against Women?
Liberals have always held a bifurcated view of women and their need for government protection. On the one hand, they seek to use the boot of government to obliterate every last inherent difference between the genders, even in the most physical manifestations. On the other hand, they use big government programs to grant superfluous rights to women, as if they needed government to protect them | Read More »
The Snakes in the GOP Grass
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that the power players at American Crossroads are financing a new group to help fund candidates in the primaries who oppose conservatives. In light of their smashing success electing candidates like Tommy Thompson, Rick Berg, Denny Rehberg, George Allen, Heather Wilson, and Linda Lingle, they will expand their roadshow into the primaries during the next election cycle | Read More »
A Rejoinder to Senator Rubio on Illegal Immigration
Senator Marco Rubio was gracious enough to engage our conservative community with his thoughtful comments on his framework for immigration reform. I’d like to respond to some of the points made in his post. “and we have by some estimates as many as 11 million human beings living in the United States without the proper immigration documents in a state of de facto amnesty.” The | Read More »
DC Appeals Court Strikes Down Obama’s Recess Appointments
Thankfully, a week that has gone awry for conservatives on the legislative front has ended with great news. Aside for Saxby Chambliss announcing his retirement from the Senate, the DC Appellate Court has tossed out Obama’s recess appointments he made on January 4, 2012. Last January, while Congress was in a district work period, Obama made an end run around the Senate and appointed Richard | Read More »
Stop the Reid/McConnell Filibuster Deform
Update*** Less than 8 hours after unveiling these drastic changes, Reid shoved them through with overwhelming Republican support. The elimination of the filibuster on motion to proceed passed 78-16 and the changes to proceeding with conference committees passed 86-9. Obama is already touting this as an opportunity to pass amnesty and gun control. Good going Republicans. Special thanks to Senators Cruz, Johnson, Lee, Paul, Rubio, | Read More »
Charles Schumer (D, New York): the Democratic-controlled Senate will pass a budget.
Please take note of this. Democratic Senators are a funny bunch, sometimes. Point out that they’re mandated, Constitutionally, to pass a budget every year? They yawn. Remind them that it’s rank hypocrisy to lecture people on fiscal responsibility when they won’t show any? You get a shrug in response. Observe that shenanigans like Senate Democrats not doing a budget since 2009 is one major reason | Read More »