Congress

Alabama and North Carolina Vote in Run-Offs Today

ABC News Radio Staff

No incumbents face the chopping block Tues. night, but there is one race where an incumbent’s backing could determine the race. All three look like they will go to the GOP, so in two of Tues. night’s run-offs, the primary results could determine the winner in Nov. 

Why is USDA Buying Submachine Guns?

Bryant Osborn, DailyProgress.com

If Congress created these domestic armies, then they can disband them by reversing their idiotic 2002 amendment to the Inspector General Act.  Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has a bill titled Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act that does just that. Let’s hope it passes, and soon.

Boehner to Obama: Good Chance for Amnesty Next Congress

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Speaker John Boehner reportedly told Obama that there would be a good chance of passing a comprehensive amnesty bill in the next Congress, which the GOP may control. 

Could Kevin McCarthy Be A Great Majority Leader?

By Richard A. Viguerie, Author & CHQ Chairman

The number one thing conservatives have lacked in my 53 years of being involved in the conservative movement at the national level is strong, articulate, effective leadership. Kevin McCarthy has the right instincts and the right tools, if he would turn them toward the right target, and stand and fight for the conservative principles that brought him into the Republican Party he could be a great House Majority Leader.

How About Term Limits For Speaker?

The House leadership appears to many Americans to be a closed elite cut-off from the conservative grassroots of the Republican Party and impervious to calls for opening the leadership to younger leaders more representative of the limited government constitutional conservative base of the GOP.

Forget McCarthy or Pete Sessions As Majority Leader

A brief review of their records shows, Kevin McCarthy and Pete Sessions long ago disqualified themselves for the leadership of a House Republican Conference that was elected on a platform of governing America according to conservative principles. House Republicans should avoid elevating someone who is as bad as or worse than Eric Cantor is on the conservative agenda to replace him in the number two spot in the House Republican leadership.

Cruz Stands Against Democrats at First Amendment Hearing

Proponents of Democratic Senator Tom Udall's S.J. Res 19 say it would just "repeal Citizens United" or "regulate big money in politics." That is nonsense, says Senator Ted Cruz. Nothing in the amendment is limited to corporations, or to nefarious billionaires. It gives Congress power to regulate—and ban—speech by everybody.

Ben Carson to Pitch OCare Alternative to GOP Lawmakers

Sandy Fitzgerald, NewsMax

Dr. Ben Carson will talk about his ideas for healthcare reform during a members-only meeting of the Congressional Health Caucus, a group of Republicans that meets regularly to discuss healthcare policy.

Mont. US House Candidate Turiano Tea Party Claims False?

Charles S. Johnson, The Missouilan

The Montana Tea Party Coalition denies any affiliation with U.S. House candidate Drew Turiano, who calls himself a “tea party Republican who believes in their philosophy.” The coalition said that none had met Turiano or seen him at one of their events or meetings.

Obama Announces Less Immigration Enforcement: GOP Congress Yawns

Where is the Republican held House of Representatives on Obama’s plan to further ignore, lessen enforcement even more or whatever you call Obama’s willful refusal to faithfully execute the Nation's immigration laws? MIA or in the pocket of the cheap labor wing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that's where.

Establishment Republican Mike Simpson Facing Grassroots Challenge

The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed fiscal conservative Bryan Smith for the Idaho 2 seat in Congress and released an ad making the case that Big Government Republican Mike Simpson must be replaced.

Boehner: GOP Campaign Strategy Centers on Obamacare

Sean Lengell, Washington Examiner

Speaker John Boehner suggested the Republican Party's long-standing opposition to President Obama's health care law will again be a central campaign strategy during the fall's congressional elections.

House GOP Passes ‘Enforce the Law’ Act to Battle O’s Imperial Presidency

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Tired of watching helplessly from the sidelines as Obama decided how to enforce the laws they wrote, House R's pushed back, passing a bill they said would at least rope in the courts to serve as potential referees between the branches of gov't.

‘How Does Going From Being a Sen. to a Pres. Rewrite the Constitution?’

Jason Howerton, TheBlaze/AP

Ignoring BHO’s veto threat, the House voted for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief exec. for failure to enforce federal laws. Trey Gowdy read statements by Obama when he was a Sen. in which he warned of the encroachment of the exec. on other branches of gov't.

Most Oppose Becoming Too Involved in Ukraine

Mario Trujillo, The Hill

A new Pew Research poll found 56% of people say the U.S. should not get too involved after Russian forces took over the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. Another 29% think the U.S. needs to take a firm stand.

Congress Draws Criticism Over NSA Oversight

Darren Samuelsohn, Politico

Cries of lax Capitol Hill oversight are piling up as Snowden-inspired stories continue to explode in the media, casting doubt on whether the legislative watchdogs can be trusted to oversee nat'l security agencies that they’ve long defended.

For Lawmakers, an O-Care Escape Option

Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

Unlike those millions of Americans, Congress members and staff have a way to opt out of ObamaCare — retirement. 

Boehner Says GOP Will Lead, but Backs Away From Votes

Russell Berman, The Hill

John Boehner defended the House GOP’s go-slow approach on immigration, tax reform and replacing ObamaCare, saying the party wanted to avoid repeating mistakes Dems. made and had to face the “reality” of its limited power in DC. He attacked Obama and said R's would present an alternative vision.