Congress

America needs its own ‘Christmas Truce’ to triumph over coronavirus

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

If warring European soldiers could do it a century ago, surely warring American political leaders can do it today. God knows our nation needs a truce. Instead of calling Trump incompetent and corrupt, Pelosi and Schumer could simply explain what they would do differently and why. Ditto for Trump when it comes to their ideas. Both sides should reserve Twitter for information and ideas. An agreement would be nice, but isn’t necessary. All they need do is start behaving as Americans first and partisans second. That shouldn’t be too hard for 30 days. They might even come to enjoy the experience of domestic tranquility. Unity has its own positive power, as Trump’s Friday press conference demonstrated.

It's time for Congress to bring accountability to intelligence community's surveillance power

Sen. Mike Lee, Fox News

We must remember the FBI’s failure to respect Americans' right to privacy. More importantly, we must fix the problems with the FISA program so that these violations of United States citizens’ civil liberties never happen again. Unfortunately, the federal government often justifies violations of privacy by claiming they need to protect us from foreign espionage and interference. While the threat of foreign espionage is very real, abuse of government’s surveillance powers is all too common. We believe that serious reform is necessary and should include several elements. The proposed FISA reforms will check the federal government’s surveillance power making it great again.

The Equal Rights Un-Amendment

The Editors, National Review

In 1982, everyone — including the Supreme Court — acknowledged that the amendment was dead. In recent years, however, three states have claimed to ratify it. Their legal claim is that the amendment was validly submitted to the states, but the deadline is invalid. House Democrats are moving legislation to invalidate the deadline retroactively. None of these maneuvers is consistent with the rule of law. Even Ruth Bader Ginsburg has conceded that any effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment would have to involve starting over: getting a new supermajority of Congress and new state ratifications. Legislators and the court should not participate in this charade. The judicial system could start by quashing the states’ lawsuit.

The enduring spirit and optimism of the American people

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

The generosity of the people of this nation is an everyday event, having been made even more powerful by the astounding success of our president, his team and supported by the enduring spirit and optimism of the American people. While Congress is gazing at its navel, fixated as usual on themselves, we remain focused on what really matters — our families, friends, neighbors and the strangers who need us. This is who we are, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. President Trump reminds us, “our best days are yet to come.” Believe it. We’ve just started getting our nation back on her feet. Everything is possible! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, everyone!

Conservative Leaders: Congress Should Reject 'Fairness for All Act'

Under the Fairness for All Act, progressive views of sexual orientation and gender identity would be enshrined into law, removing the ability of any debate or disagreement in the public square. Though select religious institutions would get a special carve-out, ordinary Americans, including individuals, daycares, businesses, schools, and other institutions would see their First Amendment freedoms gutted.

Congress bans short-term lending, the poor pay a high price

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

One vital on-the-street reality that the consumer advocates and politicians fail to take into account is that payday and online lenders have actually helped low-income areas in an important way: They have largely replaced loan sharks. The interest rate on an unpaid loan to Guido is a broken arm.  It also speaks volumes of the motivation of the Fair Credit Act and its supporters that the law would exempt credit unions. Run short-term lenders out of business, as some states have already done, and the victims are the people who can no longer use the convenience of these services that were once down the street. There is evidence that many Americans living near a state border, drive out of the state without payday lenders into the states that have them.

Conservative Leaders Tell Congress No Red Flag Laws

The Conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project representing over 100 organizations from all elements of the conservative movement have issued a statement expressing their opposition to the enactment of so-called Red Flag laws at the state or federal level. These laws trample on the constitutional rights of Americans. And they do nothing to prevent mass shootings.

The US Export-Import Bank is China's cash cow

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

Ex-Im clearly doesn’t promote U.S. interests or combat China’s industrial policy. It subsidizes China’s industrial policy. That's not helpful to U.S. interests. Ex-Im should be abolished. But the banks who love taxpayer guarantees and the U.S. exporters who love the export subsidies have too strong of a grip on both parties. Ex-Im looks likely to be reauthorized this year. But during the debate over Ex-Im, some Democratic congressman are fighting tooth and nail specifically to save subsidies to China’s government. Republicans should have more self-respect. Subsidizing the Communist-run government of China does not make America great.

Conservatives Ready To Stay Home If Trump Joins Dems On Guns?

We don’t think the President’s advisors necessarily understand what the gun debate is all about from the conservative side. Certainly, part of it is the details of the policy, but the more important part is the breach of trust that abandoning his promise to defend the Second Amendment would entail.

A NRA Member Makes Some Humble Suggestions on Gun Control

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Few things exist on which there is more BS spoken than gun control. A disturbing number of people are being shot—particularly school children—and we ought to try to do something about it. Yes, it's true that the statistics on mass killings are fudged and exaggerated, but as a member of the NRA I have a few, tentative, suggestions, including armed personnel in schools, mandatory background checks for all transfers outside families, a conversation on red flag laws and mental health, and concealed carry and required retesting. I am an adamant supporter of the Second Amendment and my reason, in today's America, should be obvious.

House Democrats to Take up Gun Confiscation Bills Today

We know the House Democrats can pass virtually any gun control measure they want. The real challenge is to make sure that House Republicans don’t join them. Because if they do, then that will cause Senate Republicans to defect in large numbers and gun control will pass both chambers of Congress, putting constitutional liberty in dire jeopardy.

Independent Gun Dealers Are Cornerstones Of Liberty

In recognition of the position of independent gun stores as the cornerstone of liberty, I think I’ll make an excursion through the local gun stores and buy myself another gun, not because I need one, but simply because I want to send the signal to Walmart, Dick’s, Bank of America and Citibank that this is still a relatively free country and I intend to keep it that way.

The Part Of The Second Amendment No One Reads

To Julian Castro, and those few misguided gun owners who might be tempted to agree with him, I am forced to point out that the Second Amendment, and the rights it protects, have nothing to do with hunting. We urge CHQ readers and friends to share this article widely and to call their Representative and Senators through the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044) and to let President Trump know via the White House comment line (1-202-456-1111) that the Second Amendment is not negotiable.

The Moral Dimension to Our National Debt

Michael Tanner, National Review

One wonders how all those young people complaining about their student debt would react if they understood that their theoretical share of the national debt was about $67,000. The growing debt does not come without consequences. There are, of course, economic repercussions. Over time, debt can slow growth, reduce wages, and hinder our flexibility in responding to economic slowdowns. More important, there is a moral dimension as well. Every child born today inherits a portion of that debt. We are living at our children’s expense. You can’t get much more “taxation without representation” than that. If only someone in Washington cared.

Conservative Action Project: Congress And President Trump Must Protect Second Amendment Rights

Eighty-one leaders of the Conservative Action Project yesterday issued a statement calling upon President Trump and Congress to protect the Second Amendment rights of all citizens. In particular, the statement called into question the constitutionality of universal background checks, assault weapons bans, gun registries, and red flag laws.

What's next for Democrats post-Mueller?

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

Even after Mueller, Democrats’ hatred is so deep for the president, who refuses to submit to their demands — the usual scenario for Republican presidents — that they feel compelled to continue their attacks, if for no other reason than to raise 2020 campaign money. Unwilling, or unable, to give up, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced he will try to gain access to grand jury testimony, which would be illegal. Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. In the case of the Democrats’ hatred of President Trump, it’ll never be over. Let them run on that next year.

Does a Guilty Conscience Explain Mueller's Fumbling Testimony?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Robert Mueller has a guilty conscience. He should. And not just because Peter Strzok texted to his paramour what feels like decades ago that there was "no there there." Anyone with an IQ in the proverbial triple digits has known that for a long time. Remember that a guilty conscience can lead to depression, which, it is well known, shuts down the brain. Time and illness obviously can account for a man's decline, but also circumstances. Mueller knew how his reputation was going to be destroyed. It's the old link between the mind and the body. Almost every one of us has seen this among people we know.

Confused performance by Mueller raises questions about handling of investigation

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Mueller's performance raised questions that reached far beyond one appearance before one committee. It called into doubt the degree to which Mueller was in charge of the entire special counsel investigation. If Mueller was not fully in charge, that would direct attention to the staff he assembled for the investigation — staff that President Trump has often derided as "17 angry Democrats." Some of Mueller's aides were Democratic donors, and a key aide, Andrew Weissmann, famously attended Hillary Clinton's 2016 election night event that was planned as a victory party. It seems likely that Republicans will direct new attention to them in light of Mueller's appearance.

Judicial Watch Files Ethics Complaint Against Anti-American Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar

The information developed by David Steinberg, Preya Samsundar and Scott Johnson provides the basis, not just of a House Ethics Committee complaint, but for an FBI investigation into the ongoing criminal activity by which Ilhan Omar and others covered up her crimes and facilitated her election to the United States Congress.

Congress must pass U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Vice President Mike Pence, Washington Post

After striking this new deal with our two most important trading partners, the United States needs to lead once again - which means Congress must do its part and pass the USMCA. As I've traveled across the country to discuss the merits of this historic trade deal, I've seen firsthand how important the USMCA is to the American people and to American businesses. Whether it was textile manufacturers in North Carolina, farmers in Minnesota, auto workers in Michigan or energy producers in Texas, they all agreed: The USMCA is a great deal, and Congress needs to act now. Trump has done his job. Now it’s time for the Congress to do its job - and pass the USMCA.