Congress

Our border crisis grows worse as Washington sits on the sidelines

Jenny Beth Martin, The Hill

It makes more sense to secure the border first, and only then worry about what to do about the illegal immigrant population that’s already here. “When your faucet is leaking and you’ve got water on the floor, the first thing you do is fix the leak, then you mop up the floor.” It’s common sense. Sadly, common sense is in short supply in Washington these days. Perhaps more senior officials at Homeland Security and the Justice Department should spend time with their frontline troops along the border as I just did. I’d be happy to make some introductions.

Social Security's solvency keeps getting worse, and Congress keeps doing nothing

Editors, Washington Examiner

In the midst of the Great Depression, millions of elderly persons lived in poverty. Today, the poverty rate for those 65 and older is only 9 percent, compared to 11 percent for adults 19-64. While life expectancy improved by 17 years from 1935 to 2014, the Social Security retirement age has increased by less than two years. But to get reforms moving, Republicans and President Trump need to simply start talking about this crisis now. Reforms can't just be sprung on constituents during a lame-duck session or after 2020. The longer they wait, the worse this crisis gets.

Republican high noon: Time for a Capitol Hill showdown

Editors, Washington Examiner

Political headwinds face the GOP in November. There are signs that the blue Democratic wave may be less overwhelming than it seemed two months ago. But the odds of losing at least one chamber are high. Republicans ought to use every parliamentary tool at their disposal, such as budget reconciliation, and take on every big issue, such as Obamacare repeal. Success isn’t guaranteed, but failure is inevitable if Republicans don’t even try.

Congress drives its muck-spreader across farms again

Editors, Washington Examiner

The government should get out of farming entirely. Sadly, the only part of the farm bill that seems to be on the chopping block is the food stamp program, which assuredly needs reform. Food stamp rolls are 50 percent higher than they were before the financial crisis, 42 million households, up from 28 million in 2008. But if you’re getting tough on people making $30,000 a year, it is also time to stop sending fat checks to farmers with six-figure incomes. This won’t happen until the party supposedly committed to free enterprise stops voting for farm socialism.

How Congressional Republicans Have Neutered the Trump Agenda

Matt Glassman, National Review

To date, not one major piece of legislation has been taken up that ideologically reflects Trumpism rather than Republican orthodoxy. Congress has not considered immigration restrictions. It hasn’t taken up any protectionist trade legislation. No infrastructure package has moved in either chamber. The one major trade bill Congress did consider was the Russia sanctions bill that reduced the president’s discretion, which Trump opposed. It passed the House 419–3.

Facebook’s Big Dork vs. Congress’ Dearth Panels

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

All these politicians are shocked — SHOCKED! — to find personal information bartering going on around here! Every single one of these people in Congress expressing shock and condemnation over Facebook’s sale of persuasion power to political entities already knew exactly what Facebook has been up to for years. Because each and every one of them has used those very tactics to get elected. It wasn’t until Donald Trump stumbled upon the scene and used that system to get himself elected that everybody around here started going bonkers.

The leftist romance with lawlessness

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

These people do not care about fairness. They do not care about “Equal Justice Under Law.” Aside from their unshakable romance with lawlessness, these ridiculous leftist politicians see illegals as future indentured voters. And they want them to be counted just as American citizens to increase their own representation in Congress. In the end, if you cannot ask a person living in this country if they are a citizen, then what does it even mean any more to be an American citizen?

Spending Deal Stipulates Border Security Funding Can't Build Concrete Wall

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media

The omnibus spending bill to avert a government shutdown Friday won bipartisan support from congressional leaders and backlash from House conservatives heading toward a vote later today in the lower chamber. The spending bill is 2,232 pages long and comes with a price tag of $1.3 trillion, and got White House backing despite not including anywhere near the $25 billion President Trump sought for a border wall -- and a stipulation that the money can't be used for that wall.

Here's what Congress can actually do about mass shootings

Editors, Washington Examiner

If the laws on illegal purchases were strictly enforced, there would be far fewer attempts to make them. To that end, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Chris Coons, D-Del., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., have advanced a bipartisan proposal that would require notification of state authorities within 24 hours any time an illegal purchase is attempted. Because attempted illegal purchase of a firearm is also a state offense in 49 states, this notification would help state prosecutors to throw the book at illegal purchasers.

Against Gun Control: The ‘I-Want-To’ Factor

William Murchison, The American Spectator

I speak as a lifelong non-gun owner when I say we ought not count on governmental control of firearms as a broad, asphalted, tree-lined avenue to the elimination of gun violence. It might be, in objective terms, that nothing short of resort to the old “superstitions” we thought were gone — prayers, confessions, sacraments — will help a bit. My advice to the gun-controllers and Harvard professors: Don’t laugh. There are more things in heaven and earth, evidently, Prof. Pinker, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Fighting Russian Interference In American Politics

It shouldn’t take a Special Counsel investigation to identify and expose Russian activities we know have been going on for a century.  It is time for America to get back in the counterintelligence fight by cleaning house and getting rid of incompetent counterintelligence operatives such as the FBI's Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and it is time for Congress, as it did with the HUAC investigations, to plumb the full depth of Russian efforts to sow discord in our country.

Is It Time To Shut Down The FBI?

It's time for radical change at the Department of Justice where Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been hobbled by careerist underlings, such as FBI Director Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who have worked harder at protecting their fellow careerists and their institutional turf than they have worked at protecting the American people.

The Only Way President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Works

The focus on projects that contribute to GDP growth is what makes the President’s plan workable – or at least worth considering – in this age of massive deficits. Congress should keep the focus there and resist the temptation to siphon money off to boondoggles (like bike paths, parks and trails) that do not produce a return on investment through GDP growth.

Dear Republicans: Big budgets equal big government

Editors, Washington Examiner

Republicans are spending again like drunken sailors. It isn't hard to appreciate why a libertarian-leaning senator like Paul would launch a filibuster against a spending bill negotiated by his own party's leader. So, next time Republicans complain about "big government" eroding individual liberty, the free market, and civil society, we have to remind them, “You bought it.”

Investigating The Messenger #HeadsMustRoll

Instead of looking into whether one of the highest-ranking officials in the United States government had been compromised by a foreign power, the Obama-era FBI and Department of Justice decided to investigate the messenger, a political small fry with no power to affect policy or, for example, approve selling 20 percent of America’s uranium to the Russians.

#HeadsMustRoll Why There Must Be A Special Counsel To Investigate FISA Abuse

The Steele criminal referral we reported on last week in essence asks the FBI to investigate a source with whom FBI officials collaborated, and whose evidence they used in a fashion that’s under congressional investigation. The referral reveals the deep conflicts of interest of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and others who signed the questionable wiretap applications using the Steele dossier.