Congress

In which Rand Paul gives a snow job

Featured image This is what regular people hate about Washington: “How five Republicans let Congress keep its fraudulent Obamacare subsidies.” It’s an old story, updated most recently by Mark Leibovich in This Town. This particular case study comes to us via National Review’s Brendan Bordelon. Reading it all the way through, we achieves a highly unpleasant clarity. Bordelon reports: The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on »

Corker-Menendez, much ado about nothing?

Featured image I don’t understand the enthusiasm with which the Corker-Menendez legislation is being greeted, now that President Obama has agreed to sign it. Under the Constitution, treaties need to be approved by a super-majority (two-thirds) to be effective. Obama’s deal with Iran is a treaty, whatever ever label he gives it. Yet under Corker-Menendez, a two-thirds super-majority is required to block Obama’s treaty. As explained in Scott’s post: The legislation prohibits »

Jack Lew clams up

Featured image You have to love Rep. Sean Duffy, the congressman representing Wisconsin’s Seventh District. He showed his mettle today in a House hearing at which he questioned Jacob Lew, the United States Secretary of the Treasury. Secretary of the Treasury is a position that has been held by accomplished and prominent Americans going back to Alexander Hamilton. Tax cheat Timothy Geithner depreciated the currency of the office, so to speak, but »

Tom Cotton defends his letter

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton appeared on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer this morning (video below). Schieffer grilled and derided Senator Cotton about the letter he drafted setting forth the basic constitutional principles applicable to the deal in process with Iran. Senator Cotton’s remarks should now be viewed in the context of Obama chief of staff Dennis McDonough’s letter last night to Senator Corker, of which Schieffer seemed not to be »

Subpoena Hillary’s server

Featured image Trey Gowdy, chairman of the special House Committee that’s investigating Benghazi, said today that his committee lacks the power to subpoena Hillary Clinton’s email server because it is personal property. At the same time, Gowdy called on Clinton to turn over the server voluntarily. Clinton “doesn’t get to determine what’s a public record and what’s a personal record,” said Gowdy. Actually, in the absence of a subpoena, Clinton gets to »

Sen. Cotton responds

Featured image Senator Cotton appeared last night on FNC’s Kelly File to defend the letter he drafted to the mullahs on Obama’s deal in process with Iran. Senator Cotton recruited 46 of his Republican colleagues to sign on. An updated PDF of the open letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran is posted here. The letter sets forth the applicable constitutional principles that would apply to any such deal. »

Joe Biden “reveres” the Senate, but not its constitutional role [UPDATED]

Featured image As Scott notes, Tom Cotton has created a firestorm with his open letter to Iran, signed by 46 of his Senate colleagues. The letter explains that unless an agreement between President Obama and Iran receives Senate approval, it will not bind the next president. Vice President Biden intones that the letter is “beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.” This is sheer wind-baggery. If Biden revered the Senate, he »

Our Supreme Leader, and theirs

Featured image Our friend Senator Tom Cotton has created something of a firestorm with his open letter to Iran, joined in by 46 of his Senate colleagues. The letter sets forth the applicable constitutional principles to the agreement. Our Supreme Leader does not approve; he intends to deliver the agreement in process with Iran to Congress as a done deal. Iran’s Supreme Leader appears to be on board. With his characteristically crude »

Tom Cotton explains

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton has taken the lead in drafting an open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thus far 47 Republican senators have signed off on the letter. The letter explains constitutional principles relevant to the agreement in process that President Obama intends to deliver to Congress as a fait accompli. The letter explains: It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with »

Netanyahu’s message to Congress, and to the President

Featured image Strip away the politics associated with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and this simple reality remains: Netanyahu had an urgent, much needed message to deliver about Iran. This morning Netanyahu delivered that message forcefully, persuasively, and to great applause from members of both political parties. A few dozen Democratic members, including a hugely disproportionate number of African-American congressman but also (according to Fox News) half a dozen Jewish members, »

Netanyahu’s moment

Featured image The coming deal with Iran represents folly of a Chamberlainite proportion. One can easily see it in the administration’s prebuttal of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, reported in today’s New York Times story by David Sanger and Michael Gordon. I hear the voice of Susan Rice in the unnamed administration official quoted by the Times. Whoever it is speaks out of the love that dare not be identified with his or her »

Don’t abolish the filibuster

Featured image Charles Krauthammer urges Republicans to abolish the filibuster. He is prompted to advocate this fundamental change for a very narrow purpose — to pass a piece of legislation he expects President Obama to veto. But Krauthammer isn’t talking about an ordinary piece of legislation. He has in mind a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, minus the immigration service which would be denied funds to implement the »

Benjamin Netanyahu explains

Featured image The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the video of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations yesterday (below). The text of Netanyahu’s remarks is posted here. Netanyahu’s remarks were devoted entirely to explaining his acceptance of Speaker Boehner’s invitation to address Congress on March 3. As always, Netanyahu’s remarks are of interest and in contrast with the vilification and abuse that Team Obama has sent his »

Why did Netanyahu accept Boehner’s invitation?

Featured image The Obama administration reportedly is fuming over Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept Speaker Boehner’s invitation to address Congress, which Netanyahu made without consulting the White House. The Israeli Prime Minister will “pay a price,” an administration official told an Israeli newspaper. Obama has perfected the art of ginning up grievances against Netanyahu and using them to seek concessions from Israel, as Netanyahu tries to smooth things over. I assume there’s »

Obamacare in 2015

Featured image Tevi Troy says that 2015 is shaping up as Obamacare’s worst year. That’s quite a statement, considering how bad a year it had in 2014 — roll-out problems, false claims of 7 million enrollees, and the defeat of congressional supporters of the legislation. The key challenge to Obamacare in 2015 will come in the Supreme Court. A defeat there would certainly make 2015 a potentially near-fatal year for Obama’s only »

Eric Holder invents rights for the transgendered

Featured image Christian Adams reports that Eric Holder has issued a decree stating that cross dressing and transsexualism are now protected under federal civil rights laws designed to protect women from sex discrimination. According to Holder, the “most straightforward reading” of Title VII’s bar on discrimination ‘because of … sex’ — indeed, the “plain meaning” of its text — is that it bars discrimination “based on gender identity, including transgender status.” Therefore, »

Congressional leaders to push through a $1.01 trillion dollar budget this week

Featured image As expected, congressional leaders have reached a budget deal. The government will be funded to the tune of $1.01 trillion. This amount will keep all agencies running through September of next year, except for the Department of Homeland Security. It will be funded only through late February. Mitch McConnell says that the Senate will pass the bill before it leaves town this week. Unfortunately, this means that legislators, not to »