Senators Weigh in on Ryan-Wyden
While some in the media have been trying the Ryan-Wyden bipartisan medicare proposal as a capitulation on the part of both parties, that’s not how lawmakers on Capitol Hill see it. In fact, GOP Senators were generally supportive of ...
GOP Senators: Johnson's Defeat Not a Loss for the Tea Party
The victory of Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) in the race for vice chairman of the Senate Republican conference doesn’t spell the end of the Tea Party’s influence on Capitol Hill, according to GOP lawmakers. In fact, the ...
House GOP Tackles Budget Reform
The GOP members of the House Budget Committee, led by chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.), are touting a new approach to reforming the Congressional budgeting process. The new approach aims to reform how Congress actually creates its budgets, rather than ...
In a debate with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat on Tuesday, Grover Norquist defended his controversial anti-taxation pledge, a commitment that many in the media blame for the failure of the supercommittee. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge, created by Norquist’...
Social Conservatives Say Bachmann Can Battle On
Despite being generally ignored in the presidential debates and struggling with deflated poll numbers, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) may still have a shot at winning the Republican nomination — at least, that’s what some social conservative leaders think.
Senators Support Action to Curb Insider Trading Among Lawmakers
Congressional insider trading is a real problem, even if it’s perceived as being more widespread than it actually is, senators of both parties said on Tuesday.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) said the issue deserves investigation. “I’d ...
Paul Blasts Politico Story: 'I Don't Think You Should Print Stuff Like That'
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) says the sexual harassment accusations made against Herman Cain are unfair because of their anonymity. And he speaks from experience.
“In my election, I had an anonymous girl from college — who I still don’t ...
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) attended a rally in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday, which featured an appearance by GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. State Republicans are campaigning aggressively in an effort to take control of the state senate in legislative ...
GOP Senators Slam Biden Comments
Republicans Senators sound off to National Review Online about a Vice President Biden’s controversial remarks, in which he essentially accused opponents of the president’s jobs bill of having no sympathy for the victims of violent crime, including rape:
Sessions: OWS Similar to 'Marxist,' 'Anarchist' Movements
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) compared the Occupy Wall Street protesters to foreign socialists after a press conference today. ”We’ve seen those kind of protesters all over the world, many of them are Marxist, many of them are anarchist,” ...
Rand Paul on OWS: 'A Paris Mob'
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) tells NRO that Occupy Wall Street reminds him of a “Paris mob,” and he blames President Obama for stirring American unrest. “I think it stems from the president promoting this idea of class warfare and ...
Daniels: 'I've Been Through This Myself'
As rumors swirl about a possible presidential bid, New Jersey governor Chris Christie has at least one understanding ally: Indiana governor Mitch Daniels.
“I think the world of him, we get along well,” Daniels told National Review Online this afternoon ...
GOP Seeks to Break Impasse on CR
In April, the White House and House Republicans agreed to continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through September 30. That is about to expire, so Congress must pass another funding measure before then to avoid a government shutdown. Last night, ...
GOP Senators Sour on Jobs Speech
Republicans senators are immune to the hype surrounding President Obama’s address to Congress this evening. “This is a speech the president should have made two and a half years ago,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) told reporters at a ...
Cantor Seeks Common Ground on Jobs
In a not-so-subtle jibe at President Obama for the remarks he made on his bus tour last month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said questioning the motives and patriotism of other politicians is no way to approach the ...
GOP Moves to Avoid Defense Cuts
Senate Republicans are readying legislation to prevent significant additional cuts to defense spending, which were triggered by the failure of the deficit supercommittee last month. Sen Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), along with Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.), Lindsey Graham (...
House Dems Decry Budget Cuts, Entitlement Reform as 'Heartless,' 'Un-Christian'
At a press conference hosted by convicted ethics-violator Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.), several House Democrats gathered with religious leaders on Thursday to discuss the moral and religious implications of potential budget cuts and, in particular, entitlement reform.
“Budgets, appropriations, ...
Congress Moves to Curb Insider Trading
At a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday, Sens. Scott Brown (R., Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) stressed the importance of legislation that would criminalize congressional insider trading.
In his testimony, Brown said ...
Toomey: Dems Sank the Supercommittee
The Far Left, “asymmerical incentives,” and the president’s reelection campaign are all to blame for the failure of the supercommittee, according to one member of the now-defunct panel.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), who authored the Republican members’ $1.2 trillion ...
DeMint Offers Welfare Reform Plan
A group of Republican senators has proposed a plan to reform welfare — not so much because they expect it to succeed, but to make an important point: that the deficit supercommittee can meet its $1.2 trillion goal without raising taxes.
On Capitol Hill, Cain Slams Obamacare
Washington, D.C.– As the media firestorm over decade-old sexual-harassment allegations continues, Herman Cain, in a Capitol Hill speech this afternoon, kept his remarks focused on health-care policy.
Cain, appearing in a small conference room in the Rayburn building, reiterated ...
Before Beltway Conservatives, Cain Defends Tax Plan
In an early-morning talk at the American Enterprise Institute, Herman Cain defended his 9-9-9 tax plan, adding that he isn’t just a “flavor of the week.”
“The momentum is coming from the grassroots and the people,” he said ...
Senate Dems Can't Quit the CLASS Act
Now that the Obama administration has announced it is giving up trying to implement the fiscally unsustainable CLASS Act, Republicans will soon introduce legislation to repeal the program. However, the president has threatened to veto such a measure, and assures ...
Re: N.H. GOP Divided Over Nev. Boycott
Brian, at the Senate today, I asked Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) whether or not Mitt Romney should boycott tonight’s Las Vegas debate, due to the Silver State moving its caucuses to January 14. Ayotte told National Review Online ...
Lee: Cain, Romney 'Appear to Be the Frontrunners'
After watching last night’s debate, Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah), a tea-party favorite, tells NRO that Herman Cain and Mitt Romney “appear to be the frontrunners.”
“It appeared to me that Herman Cain and Mitt Romney were the strongest ...
Senate Democrats Cheer Wall Street Protests
Senate Democrats, in interviews today with National Review Online, roundly praised the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.), for example, identified himself as an ally of the cause. “I’m very, very understanding of where they’re ...
Bill Targets China’s One-Child Policy
To mark the 31st anniversary of China’s one-child policy, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Human Rights Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday to highlight the China Democracy Promotion Act of 2011, which would give the president of the U.S. ...
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) said he thought “all members ought to be here” for the president’s speech on jobs this evening.
However, a number of his colleagues aren’t heeding that advice. Here are some of the ...
Boehner on Jobs Speech: 'Where's the Common Ground?'
With President Obama set to deliver a major jobs speech before Congress this evening, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) refrained from making any prejudgments.
“I think it’s important to wait and listen to what the president has to ...
GOP Senators Urge Action on Trade Agreements
Senate Republicans have slammed President Obama for holding up three free-trade agreements, despite the administration’s own estimates that ratifying the deals could create up to 250,000 new jobs.
“There’s one person in the United States of America who’s ...