Here is video of GOP Sen. Rand Paul talking to Greta Van Susteren last night where he said members of Congress “are not to be trusted with money,” and therefore the Debt-Ceiling should not be raised UNLESS a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. constitution is passed.
Here is a great new National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) web ad for rising GOP star Mia Love, Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and the GOP Nominee runnning for U.S. Representative in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. Love is facing Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson in the November Election.
Love communicates in a powerful, clear way, and undoubtedly has a very bright future. One of her many great statements is this: “If we make Washington smaller and people bigger, we’ll have a better country.”
Above is video of Congress joining together today on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to sing “God Bless America,” as Congress did on September 11, 2001.
Here is video from September 11, 2001, when members of Congress spontaneously joined together in singing “God Bless America” on the steps of the U.S. Capitol:
Here is a new Rick Perry ad that simply features him saying that any member of Congress who uses their insider knowledge to profit in the Stock Market should “be sent to jail.” He also said Congress should “pass a law that says so right now – no ifs, ands, or buts.”
During a speech, President Obama mocks Congress for voting to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as our national motto. Obama said, “That’s not putting people back to work.”
Sen. John McCain says he is disappointed that President Obama didn’t consult Congress before sending U.S. troops to Uganda. McCain said that the Obama administration is the least communicative with Congress of any administration he’s ever seen.H/t: Daily Caller
President Obama met with Leaders of Congress today, one day after he went on a tirade against GOP House Leader John Boehner – and Republicans in general – for not agreeing to his demands for a massive tax increase as part of a “Big Deal” to raise the nation’s Debt Limit. Republicans in the House passed, “Cut, Cap and Balance,” which would raise the Debt Limit, but Obama and the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have rejected it because it does not include tax increases, and it would require a Balanced Budget Amendment. No deal was reached today during the 49-minute meeting demanded by Obama yesterday:
CBS NEWS: President Obama and congressional leaders met at the White House Saturday morning to discuss ways for the U.S. to avoid default on its loans in 10 days, a day following the breakdown in talks between the president and House Speaker John Boehner on the so called “grand bargain” to raise the debt limit, cut spending and raise government revenue.
Today’s meeting included House Speaker John Boehner; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell; and Vice President Joe Biden.
There was no new deal following the meeting, which lasted about an hour, according to the White House. A statement from the White House said the leaders agreed to to talk to their respective members to continue discussions throughout the day. . . . Read More
News is out today that GOP Rep. Ron Paul has announced he will not run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. Paul is 75 years old, and has been in the U.S. Congress since 1976, with a 12-year break between 1984-1996. Paul is going to put all his concentration on his Presidential bid:
CBS NEWS: Libertarian-leaning Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, who is currently running for president, announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection next year. That means if his long-shot bid for the White House falls short, the 75-year-old lawmaker will be out of elective office after 12 terms in Congress.
Paul announced his decision on Twitter with a link to a story in a local newspaper called The Facts. He told paper that “I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” adding that it was time to “change tactics.” The comment was presumably in reference to his past failed presidential runs, including a 2008 Republican primary bid and a 1988 run on the libertarian ticket. Paul has been criticized in the past for running for two offices at the same time.
A former obstetrician who represents a district along the Gulf coast, Paul was first elected to the House in 1976. He served four terms before stepping down in 1984. He then ran again in 1996, after the 1994 GOP takeover of Congress. He has held the seat since, winning recent elections with relative ease. . . . Read More
It looks like another Democrat Congressman is in trouble for alleged misconduct – this time for allegedly sexually harassing a staff member:
WALL STREET JOURNAL: A congressional ethics panel is investigating allegations that Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings sexually harassed a member of his staff, according to people familiar with the matter.
The investigation of Mr. Hastings is being conducted by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the House’s independent ethics investigative arm, and it is at a preliminary stage.
It began at least a month ago after Judicial Watch, a conservative group, filed a lawsuit as the legal counsel for Winsome Packer, a staffer on a commission Mr. Hastings headed. She alleged that she had been sexually harassed by the congressman and that he retaliated when she tried to report it. . . . . . Read More
Fox News — The White House responded Wednesday to a congressional outcry over U.S. military action in Libya, saying that President Obama has the authority to continue the campaign even without authorization from U.S. lawmakers.
In a detailed, 30-page report sent to Congress, the administration argued that the U.S. has a limited, support role in the NATO-led bombing campaign in Libya. Because U.S. forces are not engaged in sustained fighting and there are no troops on the ground there, the White House says the president is within his U.S. constitutional rights to direct the mission on his own.
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Senior administration officials previewing the report Wednesday said U.S. forces are not involved in the kind of “hostilities” for which the War Powers Resolution says the commander in chief must get congressional approval.
After being heckled during his speech to a joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, “I take it as a badge of honor, and so should you, that in our free societies you can have protests. You can’t have these protests in the farcical parliaments in Tehran or in Tripoli. This is real democracy.”
H/t: The Blaze
It appears a temporary deal has been reached to avoid a Government Shutdown by passing a continuing resolution until a final agreement can be passed for the 2011 Budget next week:
CNN: Budget negotiators are working on a proposal to keep the federal government open for another week while Democratic and Republican leaders put together a broader deal, a senior Republican close to the talks told CNN Friday night. Disputes over controversial topics like abortion — an apparent sticking point in the talks — have been “essentially resolved,” the source said. The source warned, however, that any deal is still contingent on an agreement on the final spending numbers. A Democratic source told CNN earlier in the evening that negotiators were considering a three-day funding extension that would not include any language tied to the abortion issue. . . . Read More
NOTE: House Speaker John Boehner just spoke to the press and said an agreement has been reached. He said a continuing resolution would be passed tonight and next week a final agreement will be adopted.
Here is video of South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham saying that President Obama did not need Congressional approval to use U.S. forces in action against Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Graham said it was within Obama’s powers as Commander-in-Chief.
However, Graham did warn against what he fears could be a bad precedent i believing it is always necessary to get U.N. Security Council approval before using force. Graham said it is wrong to subject the “freedom agenda” to the approval of nations like Russia and China, which – he said – are “largely run by dictators.”
I agree with Graham here. But it is interesting that many Democrats railed against George W. Bush for taking us to war in Iraq EVEN THOUGH he got authorization from Congress to do so. But for the most part, you are not hearing condemnation from Democrats on what Obama is doing. The fact there are no ground troops involved YET seems to make it okay as far as they are concerned.
NOTE: It should be remembered that President Ronald Reagan also ordered bombing of Libya in response to Gadhafi’s terror attack against U.S. Servicemen in Germany. He did so without a Congressional vote in advance.
Here is video of Texas GOP Rep. Ron Paul arguing that the imposition of a “no-fly zone” over Libya is an “act of war,” and that President Obama should get Congress to declare war before committing U.S. Forces to the effort.
I don’t agree with Ron Paul on much when it comes to Foreign Policy. But it is interesting to note that former President George W. Bush did get Congressional approval for use of force prior to the Iraq War. Obama did not even ask Congress for a resolution to support use of force. He could easily have done that two or three weeks ago.
Update: I mistakenly listed Lee as having represented the 28th Congressional District of New York. It is actually the 26th, which I have corrected below. Thanks Nate for the comment which alerted me to the mistake!
Here is a video report on the resignation of GOP Rep. Chris Lee from the U.S. Congress. Lee represented western New York’s 26th Congressional District.
Lee is resigning after it was discovered he had sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman in response to an ad she had placed on Craigslist. The woman reportedly sent the photo and emails to the media.
A Special Election will have to be held to fill the now vacant seat.
Here is a video report by Fox News’ Griff Jenkins on the new, 112th Congress that will be sworn-in tomorrow, January 5, 2011. There are 85 new Republicans, and only nine new Democrats who will be a part of the U.S. House of Representatives. Jenkins talks to the President of the GOP Freshman Class – Austin Scott – who says they are ready to roll once John Boehner takes the gavel from Nancy Pelosi and becomes Speaker of the House.