May 10, 2013
A bipartisan group of Wisconsin lawmakers is scheduled to unveil legislation that would ban the use of drones in Wisconsin.
Rep. Tyler August is a Republican from Lake Geneva. His proposal would prohibit a law enforcement agency or any individual from using a drone equipped with video or audio equipment, or one that uses a weapon.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul says he’s only “considering” running for president. But he’s doing much more than mull it over.
The Kentucky Republican is unabashedly clearing a path to seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, with a series of early voting state visits, a beefed-up political operation and a deliberate plan to appeal to mainstream voters and raise his national profile.
One of the most politically intense fights over the Affordable Care Act was over the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, infamously dubbed a “death panel” by Republicans during the 2010 elections.
On Thursday, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that they would keep working to keep opposition alive by doing everything they can to impede the board’s implementation.
The two leaders wrote a letter to President [...]
Republican Mark Sanford jumped to an early lead over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch after early returns Tuesday night in South Carolina’s special congressional election.
With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford was up 53.7 percent to 45.8 percent.
Sanford, waging a bid for political redemption three years after his fall from grace, went into the final day of the special election with a head of steam. Polls showed the former governor closing [...]
“While I believe the concern over a devalued dollar as a result of an unsustainable federal deficit is justified, I am unable to support this legislation,” Brewer, a Republican, said in an open letter to state Senate President Andy Biggs.
Brewer noted that the “administrative and fiscal burdens” for taxpayers and the revenue department “remain vague.” She also cited uncertainty over whether the legislation would have required the state to exempt [...]
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army, as he and other lawmakers sharply questioned DHS officials on their “massive” bullet buys.
“It is entirely … inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition,” Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at a hearing.
The hearing itself was unusual, as questions about the department’s ammunition [...]
April 24, 2013
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at a Senate Judiciary hearing on the Immigration Modernization Act, a bill he helped author, that visiting the U.S. southern border was a “revelation” and more drones were needed to secure it.
“Look, I went to the border,” Schumer said on Tuesday. “It was a revelation to me.” Schumer’s trip to Arizona was with Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, both [...]
The Saudi national injured during the bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon Monday has been cleared and is no longer even a person of interest, intelligence officials told lawmakers Tuesday.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper briefed members of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors in a pre-scheduled hearing that was supposed to focus on the budget, but Clapper began with an update of the bombings. Ranking RepublicanSaxby Chambliss (R-GA) emerged from the [...]
April 11, 2013
A contentious proposal to criminalize excessive touching by agents during airport security pat-downs returned Wednesday to the Texas Legislature, along with concerns that the federal government could ground all flights into and out of the state if it ever becomes law.
The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony on a bill by Rep. David Simpson of Longview that would make intentionally touching travelers’ private parts by security officials [...]
‘We’ll have to see what the Howard students thought,’ Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul shouted from an elevator Wednesday afternoon, answering MailOnline’s question about whether his foray into winning the hearts and minds of black youths was successful.
Paul, a Republican darling who is already laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run with a coming appearance in New Hampshire, had just wrapped up a two-hour appearance at the Howard University School [...]
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April 9, 2013
Mississippi will add terrorism to the list of crimes that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed.
Gov. Phil Bryant’s spokesman says the Republican intends to sign Senate Bill 2223, which will become law July 1.
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Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) wants to create a “virtual Congress,” where lawmakers would leverage videoconferencing and other remote work technology to conduct their daily duties in Washington from their home districts.
Under a resolution Pearce introduced on Thursday, lawmakers would be able to hold hearings, debate and vote on legislation virtually from their district offices.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/289947-republican-proposes-letting-lawmakers-work-from-home#ixzz2OSvjh3oc
“What happens when the middle class loses much of their wealth, or it is confiscated, by the stroke of a pen or a keyboard? What will the stores look like when people, unprepared due to the damn lies of the corporate media and the shills for the ruling elite, run to empty out everything they can get their hands on as the world, as they know it, collapses around them?”
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay.
Portman said his son, a junior at Yale University, told him and his wife, Jane, that he’s gay and “it was not a choice, it was who he is and that he had been that way since he could remember.”
“It allowed me [...]
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted fellow GOP Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday, saying the two “think the whole world is a battlefield.”
Paul criticized the hawkish senators for thinking the laws of war should take precedence over the Bill of Rights. The two had criticized Paul’s statements about drone policy during the Kentucky Republican’s nearly 13-hour filibuster on Thursday.
“They think the whole world is a battlefield, [...]
(CNSNews.com) – The federal debt has increased $2.5 trillion over the past two years, during a time when federal spending has been governed by a series of deals cut between Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic President Barack Obama.
Boehner became speaker on Jan. 5, 2011, when the 112th Congress began its first session. At that time, the federal government was operating under a continuing resolution (CR) passed on Dec. [...]
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Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2011, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support. What’s the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, [...]
In a rare maneuver allowed under Arkansas law, Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr, a Republican, signed the bill into law while Democratic Governor Mike Beebe was attending a National Governors Association meeting in Washington.
There are less than two days to go before states have to decide whether they will go it alone or partner with the White House to set up Obamacare health insurance exchanges.
Half of the states have already decided to let the federal government build the new online insurance marketplace for them, while a handful will work with the Department of Health and Human Services and handle limited parts of the [...]
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So the House Republican capitulation on the debt limit is now complete, with 200 Republicans joining with 85 Democrats voting to suspend the debt limit until May 19.
Most Democrats opposed the measure, but their opposition had nothing to do with the debt limit. Instead, they opposed the bill because it contains an unconstitutional provision that would delay salaries for members of the Senate and House if their chamber does not produce [...]
Texas Proposal: JAIL Any Federal Officials Trying to Enforce New Gun Restrictions in the State
measure would make any federal firearms legislation passed by Congress or approved by Presidential order unenforceable in Texas
A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or [...]
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, offered President Obama simple advice on the economy: “Get serious.”
Mr. McConnell’s comments followed a White House news conference Monday, during which the president said the U.S. economy was “poised for a good year,” despite the failure of Congress to so far raise the debt ceiling.
“I’m willing to compromise and find common ground over how to reduce our deficits,” Mr. Obama said, according to an ABC News report. “[But] America cannot [...]
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday declared taxes to be a done deal and said reduced government spending should be the nation’s top priority.
“We resolved the tax issue now; it’s over, it’s behind us. The biggest problem facing the country is our extensive spending,” the Kentucky Republican told NBC’s ”Meet the Press.”
McConnell outlined his stance just a day after President Barack Obama linked reduced federal spending to [...]
The Violence Against Women Act first became law in 1994 and has since been routinely reauthorized without controversy.
By providing resources for law enforcement to combat spousal abuse, it has protected countless women from domestic violence.
But the 2012 re-authorization, like many initiatives of the just-concluded Congress, fell prey to House Republican resistance — in this case, to expanding the Act to cover more women.
In the end, House GOP leaders refused bring [...]
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, blasted Speaker of the House John Boehner for ending the congressional session before voting on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.
“I called the Speaker four times last night after 11:20 and he did not take my calls,” said Christie, who said Congress had not delivered on the aid needed to clean-up after the hurricane and Boehner had avoided giving him answers as to why. “There’s [...]
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.
When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 3:1 and 2:1.
After it surfaced that Democratic Congressional candidate Wendy Rosen had been voting in two states she dropped out of her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in September
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The White House is weighing a scaled-down package to avert the fiscal cliff, recognizing that the chances of a reaching a grand bargain before the new year diminished greatly after Thursday’s House Republican revolt.
President Barack Obama’s $2.4 trillion proposal is still on the table — and it remains his preference. But administration officials said Friday that they won’t be able to get it passed unless House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) [...]
In this week’s Republican address, Florida senator Marco Rubio suggests there are much bigger problems than marginal tax hikes, which President Obama strongly supports.
“Americans are struggling to find or keep middle class jobs for two reasons: because our economy is not creating enough of these jobs and because too many of our people don’t have the education or skills required for the jobs that are being created,” says Rubio. ”A limited [...]
MSNBC host Chuck Todd reported that a “very smart White House aide” told him that “with this Republican, with the way politics of Washington are today, there’d still be slavery.” Watch here:
In perhaps the most pessimistic view of the status quo of fiscal cliff negotiations, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday on CBS’ “Face The Nation” that “we’re going over the cliff.”
“I think we’re going over the cliff. It’s pretty clear to me they made a political calculation,” Graham said of President Barack Obama’s opening offer, which includes $1.6 trillion in tax hikes and $400 billion in entitlement cuts.
“The president’s plan does nothing but [...]
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) could soon be following in his father’s footsteps.
“I’m not going to deny that I’m interested” in a 2016 presidential run, the Republican told ABC News. “I am different than some in that I’m not going to deny that I’m interested. I’m not going to deny that I think we have to go a different direction because we’re not winning.”
The tea party favorite said the GOP can [...]