Tag Archive | House of Representatives

At Least Three House GOP Offices Burgled


Hmmm… crimes of opportunity, or deliberately targeting Republicans (emphasis in original)?

“The evidence points to someone with access to my office, and other offices in the Capitol complex, as the perpetrator,” freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., surmised in a letter to the House’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

Other offices hit—many of which handle information dealing with issues of national security, though nothing of a sensitive nature was reportedly taken—include those of Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J.; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security; and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Those looking for some common link might note that Lewis serves on Appropriations; Gowdy sits on Oversight; and Runyan is a member of the Armed Services Committee. Also, staffers on the House Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census, and the National Archives, which Gowdy chairs, reported that $200 of their money went missing during business hours.

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Boehner On Jobs, Debt Limit, And The Economy


Earlier today, Speaker John Boehner spoke to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2012 Fiscal Summit. Here’s a few of the highlights of his plan from the Speaker’s website, along with commentary, of course (emphasis in original):

In remarks this afternoon to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Annual Fiscal Summit, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will renew his commitment to the principle he set forth at the Economic Club of New York one year ago – noting that the debt limit exists to force Washington to deal with its fiscal problems, and that any increase in the nation’s debt limit must be accompanied by spending cuts and reforms larger than the amount of the debt limit hike.

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Democrats Getting Training In Playing The Race Card


All I can say is wow:

House Democrats received training this week on how to address the issue of race to defend government programs, according to training materials obtained by The Washington Examiner.

The prepared content of a Tuesday presentation to the House Democratic Caucus and staff indicates that Democrats will seek to portray apparently neutral free-market rhetoric as being charged with racial bias, conscious or unconscious.

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House Strips DOJ Funding For Immigration Lawsuits Against States


That’s one way of standing up for states’ rights:

The House voted early Wednesday morning to stop the Obama administration’s lawsuits against state immigration laws.

The amendment, which strips funding so that the Justice Department cannot pursue the lawsuits, passed 238-173. Twelve Democrats voted for it, while six Republicans voted against it.

The amendment specifically applies to laws in Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Indiana. The Obama administration and immigrant-rights groups have sued to block laws in each of those states.

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Report: Pelosi Lied About Waterboarding Briefing


The CIA counterterrorism chief who delivered the briefing regarding waterboarding to Nancy Pelosi has come forward:

In his new book, “Hard Measures,” [former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose] Rodriguez reveals that he led a CIA briefing of Pelosi, where the techniques being used in the interrogation of senior al-Qaeda facilitator Abu Zubaida were described in detail. Her claim that she was not told about waterboarding at that briefing, he writes, “is untrue.”

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Mia Love: Perhaps The First Black Republican Woman In Congress


Well, this should give the lefties who love to shove people into groups apoplexy:

Mia Love won the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District race Saturday at the Utah Republican Convention, scoring a major upset after wowing the crowd with a roof-raising speech at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy.

The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Mrs. Love took 70.4 percent of the delegate vote, well in excess of the 60 percent required to avoid a primary runoff under Utah’s unique rules. She defeated former state legislator Carl Wimmer, who had been viewed as the heavy favorite. He mustered only 29.6 percent of the vote.

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House Passes Highway Bill With Keystone XL Pipeline Mandate


And it was a bipartisan vote, too!

All but 14 Republicans, with support from 69 Democrats, voted 293-127 for legislation that falls far short of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) earlier plan to move a sweeping five-year, $260 billion package.

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Ex-Marine Wins Arizona Primary For Giffords’ Seat


Back in August 2009, I wrote about former Marine Jesse Kelly, a Republican candidate who had impressed me when he held his own impromptu town hall after the Democrat Representative cancelled hers. He comported himself pretty well, I thought. The Democrat in question was Gabrielle Giffords, whose tragic shooting caught the nation’s attention.

Mr. Kelly has now taken a big step towards replacing the retiring Giffords in the House.

Jesse Kelly won the Republican primary for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District Tuesday and will now take on Democrat Ron Barber in a special election to decide who completes former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ term, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

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Barney Frank: Obama Made A Mistake With ObamaCare


Now you tell us, Barney?

I think we paid a terrible price for health care. I would not have pushed it as hard. As a matter of fact, after Scott Brown won, I suggested going back. I would have started with financial reform but certainly not health care.

But we shouldn’t stop reading with that one quote.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter Wants To Update Unemployment Calculation


Sounds like a common-sense idea to me:

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) intends to press GOP leaders to move his bill to include the number of individuals who gave up looking for work in the percentage of jobless claims.

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Budget Based On Obama’s Doesn’t Even Get One Vote In The House


Embarrassing for the President:

The House on Wednesday night unanimously rejected an alternative budget proposal based on President Obama’s 2013 budget plan, dispatching it in a 0-414 rout.

The vote came just hours after the White House cast the pending vote as a political “gimmick,” an apparent attempt to downplay what many expected to be an ugly-looking vote for the White House.

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Ron Paul Using Campaign Funds To Pay Relatives


Not really surprising, except perhaps to his fans who follow him with cult-like devotion.

The Committee to Re-elect Ron Paul paid salaries to his daughter, his grandson, his daughter’s mother-in-law, his granddaughter, his grandson-in-law and “another relative,” said a report released Thursday by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). In addition, according to the report, campaign funds were used to pay his brother’s accounting firm more than $48,000.

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“Death Panel” Repeal Passes House With Democrat Support


Another step towards getting rid of the IPAB has been achieved:

The House on Thursday afternoon approved legislation that would repeal a government board tasked with finding Medicare savings, and institute medical tort reform across the country.

Members approved H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) act, by a 223-181 vote in which only seven Democrats supported the bill and ten Republican opposed.

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Ryan’s Budget Cuts Spending By $5.3 Trillion


Yesterday I pointed out Ryan’s budget would slash taxes, now it’s time to look at the other side, and once again Paul Ryan doesn’t disappoint.

House Republicans released an election-year budget on Tuesday that they said would cut $5.3 trillion in spending over the next decade compared to President Obama’s budget while slashing tax rates for households and businesses.

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Democrat: “You Don’t Deserve To Keep All” Your Money


Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) seems to think that she’s living in the olden days, when the only media outlets were the Big Three networks, the NYT, and the LA Times:

“I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it and it’s not a question of deserving because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together. And there are many things that we decide to do together like have our national security. Like have police and fire. What about the people that work at the National Institute of Health who are looking for a cure for cancer,” Schakowsky said.

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Turner Wins Weiner’s Seat, Lefties Try Desperate Spin


Ya gotta marvel at the sheer audacity of the spin:

Democratic party leaders insisted the loss wasn’t a harbinger of things to come. “It’s a very difficult district for Democrats,” said Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, noting its Democratic margins there tend to be the second lowest of all the districts in New York City.

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Conservative Republican Takes Advantage Of Obama Delay, Names His Own Bill “American Jobs Act”


Gotta love it. Since President Obama hasn’t yet–nearly a week after his address to both houses of Congress–delivered the text of his “American Jobs Act,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) decides to name his own bill the American Jobs Act.

The American Jobs Act introduced in the House of Representatives looks quite different from the version President Obama outlined in his speech to Congress. Instead of hiking taxes on working Americans to pay for another stimulus, Rep. Louie Gohmert’s (R-TX) legislation offers a tax cut.

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Cantor’s Very Bad Advice


If true (and I have no access to the original documents in question), this has made me lose a lot of respect for Eric Cantor (emphasis added):

Because Congress (or rather, the Democratic Senate) has not approved a 2012 budget, they will have to pass another continuing resolution before Sept. 30 to keep the government running. Cantor’s memo is a fairly straightforward indication that GOP leadership does not wish to go through a repeat of the “government shutdown” debate that played out in the spring. He simply suggests that House Republicans stick to the spending levels called for in the recent debt-ceiling deal, as opposed to trying to push for deeper cuts.

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The Final Three Super-Commissioners


Nancy Pelosi has named the final 3 super-commissioners:

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi announced on Twitter that she has selected James Clyburn of South Carolina, Xavier Becerra of California, and Chris van Hollen of Maryland to serve on the joint select committee on deficit reduction (aka the supercommittee).

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More On The Constutitionality Of The Super-Commission


Two legal eagles have commented on the constitutionality of the “super-commission” created by the debt deal, and have voted in the affirmative.

First, at Just Enrichment, Amanda Rice tackles an accusation that was made here on an earlier thread:

2) Article I, Section 7: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” 3) Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States . . . .”

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