Boehner: Coup Motion ‘Not Even Deserving of a Vote’
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) dismissed a rank-and-file lawmaker’s attempt to strip him of his gavel as an inconsequential maneuver Wednesday.
Representative Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), who temporarily lost a subcommittee chairmanship for voting against leadership but …
Congress and Governors: Just Say No to Obamacare
The Supreme Court of the United States will soon decide the case of King v. Burwell. The legal question there is simple: Can the president wave his magic wand and rewrite Obamacare to mean whatever he wants it to mean? …
How Did Denny Hastert Get Rich Enough to Pay Millions to an Accuser?
Denny Hastert — the former House speaker now indicted for violating regulations on bank withdrawals that were originally meant to snare drug dealers — was a man of integrity according to his former House colleagues.
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Remember ‘Reconciliation’? The GOP Can Move an Agenda without Democratic Support
Congressional Republicans are engaged in an important internal discussion over how best to use the arcane procedural mechanism known as “budget reconciliation.” Making the right decision about how to employ reconciliation could be the difference between a successful start to …
Are the Feds Using a Back-Door Lawmaking Power to Hurt Businesses?
It’s very hard to pass a federal law in the United States, and for good reason. Our revolution was against a king; our Founders established a government of elected representatives who would reflect the voters’ will and who were …
Bradley Byrne Proves that Conservative Can Rack Up Legislative Wins, and Quickly
Yes, even congressmen in their first two years in office can indeed make a difference. Bradley Byrne of southern Alabama is proving it.
Granted, I’m biased: He’s my home representative, and I had known and liked him and …
Rand Paul vs. Congressional Transparency
Why are Republican senators, including self-proclaimed uber-reformer Rand Paul of Kentucky, working to shield Congress from transparency about its own Obamacare subsidies?
Senator David Vitter of (R., La.) has made it his mission — a very admirable one — to …
Lynch vs. the Constitution
Although Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Republicans who control the Senate are under no obligation to do so, they have agreed to grant a confirmation vote to Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as United …
Wanted: Stratego Enthusiasts. Please Apply to the GOP.
For years, my stock line when describing Republican congressional leadership was that it showed the strategic ability of WWII French generals, the tactical ability of Custer at Little Big Horn, and the communications effectiveness of poor Helen Keller before Annie …
Building Bipartisan Support for Blocking Obama’s Iran Folly
It’s heartening when mainstream Democrats remind us that they don’t always march to the beat of MoveOn.org’s drum circles.
A number of Senate Democrats clearly disapprove of Senator Tom Cotton’s decision to tell Iran that …
Cruz, Vitter Take Another Shot at Ending Congress’s Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies
Senator David Vitter is nothing if not persistent.
Nearly two years after the Louisiana Republican’s first attack on Congress’s Obamacare exemption, Vitter and Texas senator Ted Cruz are teaming up for yet another shot at the federal health-care …
How a Conservative Victory in King v. Burwell Could Quickly Turn Into a Political Defeat
Congressional Republicans are increasingly worried that a Supreme Court victory in King v. Burwell may prove a Pyrrhic one.
With House and Senate leadership not yet united behind a single plan, congressional Republicans have been forced to contemplate a nightmare …
Yes to Trade-Promotion Authority
Sometimes, politics deals Republicans a winning hand, and that confuses some of them, who then set about trying to figure out a way to lose — which is what is happening with the current debate over the president’s fast-track trade-promotion …
Differences Resolved, House GOP Prepares to Reintroduce Pain-Capable Abortion Ban Next Week
House Republicans will vote next week to ban most abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy, ending an intraparty debate that drove a wedge between the GOP and its pro-life base when party leadership had to cancel a vote on …
How Congressional Democrats Try to Control the Immigration Debate
So this is how the liberal elite control the narrative. In coordination with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Democrats from the House Judiciary Committee last week launched a barrage of personal attacks on an 85-year-old law professor testifying that birthright …
The Corker Bill Will Not Block Obama’s Iran Deal
I’m in Gomorrah by the Potomac this weekend at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit. As you’d expect, one of the ideas coming in for a good deal of scrutiny is the Corker bill — the legislation proposed …
Fearing Racism Charges, Senate Republicans Cave on Lynch
When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) postponed the vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general in order to break the filibuster of a human-trafficking bill, Senator Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) punished him by suggesting that the delay …
Congress Is the Best Bet to Recover Hillary’s E-mails
In opposing efforts to reopen Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases seeking Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, the Department of Justice is playing perfectly to type. Last week, the department told the D.C. Circuit that there was no reason to …
The GOP Must Use the Reconciliation Option Prudently
What’s been missing from the early weeks of the new Republican-controlled Congress is a sense of tactical direction.
The problem is not differing views on the overall mission. There’s widespread agreement that the primary job of this Congress …
The REFUND Act and the American Dream
After it was suspended for more than a year, the debt ceiling went back into effect on Sunday, leaving leaders in Washington scrambling to ensure America can meet her most basic financial obligations. The Department of the Treasury has now …