Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $55,450
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 63%!! Thank you all very much for your continuing support!

Keyword: congress

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Dem Ted Lieu Slams Melania, Says Separating Immigrants From Their Children Isn’t A ‘Be Best’ Policy

    05/26/2018 2:01:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | May 26, 2018 | Damir Mujezinovic
    Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States, revealed her official platform this month. Melania’s platform for children, dubbed “Be Best,” is, according to CNN, a comprehensive program meant to focus on fighting opioid abuse, positivity on social media, and well-being. Separating children from their parents, however, is most definitely not a “Be Best” policy, according to Ted Lieu, a Democrat currently serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district. Mr. Lieu took to Twitter to launch an attack on the first lady, criticizing her and her husband’s administration’s immigration policies in one fell swoop....
  • Ex-aides say congressman and wife made them his servants

    05/25/2018 11:18:59 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | May 25, 2018 | RACHAEL BADE, ALEX ISENSTADT and KYLE CHENEY
    Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett and his wife turned the congressman’s staff into personal servants, multiple former employees to the freshman Republican told POLITICO — assigning them tasks from grocery shopping to fetching the congressman’s clothes to caring for their pet dog, all during work hours. POLITICO has spoken with four former staffers who detailed a deeply dysfunctional office in which the congressman and his wife, Flanna, often demanded that staff run personal errands outside their typical congressional duties. The couple called on staff to pick up groceries, chauffeur Garrett’s daughters to and from his Virginia district, and fetch clothes that...
  • 'A bit of a setback' one congressman says of canceling North Korea summit

    05/24/2018 9:05:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | May 24, 2018 | Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News
    In the wake of President Donald Trump's cancelation of a planned nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, some members of Congress immediately spoke out about the decision on Thursday. Some members of Congress lauded Trump saying he made the right decision to call off the summit if North Korea did not intend on getting rid of its nuclear weapons, while others urged the administration to keep working to end nuclear threats from North Korea. The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., said in a statement that the administration should continue to apply...
  • 24 Hours Later, Not One Mainstream Outlet Has Covered Dems' Total Collapse in Reuters Poll

    05/22/2018 8:13:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/22/2018 | David Steinberg
    Reality never campaigns for Democrats.However, judging from the total silence over Monday's Reuters/Ipsos generic ballot poll, the nation's media certainly does. How else could an objective observer explain an apparent decision by every single mainstream outlet to ignore such a clear opportunity for website traffic?On Monday at 2:49 p.m., Thomson Reuters' Polling Editor Chris Kahn tweeted this shocker: the Democratic Party has completely lost the double-digit edge it held just weeks ago: Say good-bye to the D-advantage in the generic ballot. Our latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that registered voters as likely to support Republicans as Democrats. @ReutersPolitics—...
  • Dana Milbank: The Banana States of America

    05/22/2018 6:52:09 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | May 22, 2018 | Dana Milbank
    By one key measure, it is now official: This is the most authoritarian Congress in history. The House Rules Committee, meeting in its ornate chamber on the third floor of the Capitol on Monday night, sent two bills to the House floor under “closed” rules — that is, legislation that must be rubber stamped in toto, without being amended by so much as a comma. That brings the number of closed rules in this Congress to 84, beating the previous record of 83 set in 2014, according to the Democrats’ tally (a Republican tally counts one fewer). And here’s the...
  • The GOP's Fear Factor

    05/22/2018 5:37:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | May 22, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he could not have foreseen today's Republican Party. A bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would require the federal government to balance the budget each year was soundly defeated last week in the Senate. Even Paul admitted he thought the bill had no chance, but he told the Washington Post his purpose was to point out Republican hypocrisy. Paul accused his Republican colleagues of engaging in an "unholy alliance" with Democrats to keep increasing spending, thereby adding to the deficit and...
  • How Trump Can Dismantle Obamacare Without Congress

    05/21/2018 5:56:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | May 21, 2018 | Justin Haskins
    After more than eight years of promising to end Obamacare, Republicans in Congress—despite having control of both the House and Senate—have failed to stop this disastrous health care law. But thanks to an important provision Republicans included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act when they passed the law in December 2017, the Trump administration may soon have an opportunity to end Obamacare without Congress, which might force Republican congressmen to finally get their act together and pass health care legislation that would empower states and local governments and free health care markets from costly federal government mandates. As I have...
  • A Coup in the Offing? [..amping up the pressure on Paul Ryan..]

    05/21/2018 4:20:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 20, 2018 11:29 AM | Haley Byrd
    Top Republicans consider amping up the pressure on Paul Ryan to step down as Speaker of the House before midterm elections. Top Republicans in Congress and the White House have in recent days entertained a plan to push House Speaker Paul Ryan out of his post over the summer, in an effort to clear the way for his presumed successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to assume the speakership. A source involved in the conversations and who has discussed the idea with President Donald Trump told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that Trump believes there is merit to the plan, but has not...
  • Identity of FBI Spy in Trump Campaign Leaked to Media But Denied to Congress

    05/19/2018 4:49:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 19, 2018 | Petr Svab
    Multiple media reported the FBI had an informant spying on the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump. The Justice Department refused to reveal the source’s identity to congressional oversight leaders, saying divulging it could put people’s lives at risk. But multiple legacy media outlets claim to have learned his identity and have described the person and his activities in such detail as to make his identification all but certain. Details about the spy became the target of two articles, one by The New York Times, one by The Washington Post, both published on Friday, May 18. The Washington Post described...
  • GOP lawmakers want Trump to stop bashing Congress

    05/19/2018 5:47:12 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/19/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans want President Trump to stop taking jabs at Congress over its inability to get things done. Trump loves to tout results and bash lawmakers when they do not move fast enough on his priorities. Trump warned Senate Republicans through Twitter a week ago that they should get the annual spending bills passed before the August recess, a high bar for a chamber that didn’t pass any regular appropriations bills in 2017. He also slammed the Senate’s pace on approving nominees as “the worst in history.” A few days before that, he dinged Congress for a lack of progress...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, May 17, 2018 [prayer]

    05/17/2018 3:52:04 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 30 replies ^ | May 17, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer as we acknowledge: Where there seems to be no way, God makes a way!
  • Why getting money for Interstate 73 is such a struggle

    05/16/2018 8:05:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    McClatchy DC Bureau ^ | March 19, 2018 | Emma Dumain
    WASHINGTON By Washington standards, it shouldn’t be that hard to get money for Interstate 73, a decades-in-the-making, $2 billion project to connect 75 miles of road from the North Carolina border to the tourist hub of South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach. But Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., the local congressman and the road’s key backer, is struggling to get the project going. He does have support from his state’s two U.S. senators. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., recently called the interstate the second most important economic priority for South Carolina behind dredging the Charleston Harbor. Al Simpson, a well-connected Washington lobbyist who was...
  • Was Congressional Info Compromised by five I.T. Workers?

    05/15/2018 2:39:35 PM PDT · by bitt · 22 replies ^ | 4/27/2018 | sharyl attkisson
    Some know it as the Awan Brothers scandal. It refers to five Pakistani-American computer experts who worked for 42 members of Congress. The House Inspector General flagged the IT workers’ behavior as suspicious but said Democrats and Republicans blocked her from doing a thorough investigation. An attorney for one of the brothers says it’s been proven that they did nothing wrong. We dig into the case on this week’s Full Measure. An alleged cybersecurity threat strikes Congress…is it the most important investigation of its kind that you’ve never heard of?
  • The dossier on Trump and the supposed collusion with Russia

    05/12/2018 5:56:01 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    a friend wrote: "re the dossier on Trump and the supposed collusion with Russia , it was all made up as part of a much bigger plan to ensure a one-party one-branch government in perpetuity as part of the fundamental transformation of America. Where did we get Barack Obama to begin with? He came out of nowhere, seemingly. But everyone comes from somewhere. We just didn't know where. I deeply suspect that the rotten core of the Obama cabal, in which I'd include Jarrett and others, like Soros, simply determined that they were going to stay in control for the...
  • Maxine Waters explodes on House floor: I resent ‘making America great again’!

    05/11/2018 5:22:00 PM PDT · by chuckee · 68 replies
    California Congresswoman Maxine Waters doesn’t want to hear any talk about making America great, especially if it’s coming from a straight white man. Waters went off the rails at a recent House debate when Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly had the audacity to suggest the country needed to shift focus from what divides to what unites. “We are trying to make sure we are making America great every day in every way and the best way to do that is to stop stalking about discrimination and start talking about the nation,” Kelly said Tuesday, directing his comments to Waters. “We’re coming...
  • Mel Reynolds Vows to Serve Jail Term and Leave the Country: "I'm Done With America."

    05/11/2018 10:15:37 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 53 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 11, 2018 | Mark Brown
    Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds is headed back to jail, but for a short enough time — four months — that he said hopes to be living in Africa by Christmas. “I’m done with America. I’m going to do this, and I’m going home — to Africa. … I’ve given up on America,” Reynolds told reporters after U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman sentenced him to six months imprisonment for his failure to file income tax returns. “It’s really a tragedy you’ve squandered the opportunities you’ve had and the type of person you could have been,” the judge told Reynolds. Reynolds,...
  • GOP Congress Bankrolls Questionable Education Department

    05/10/2018 12:28:00 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 10, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Perhaps the risk of being called heartless is making them headless. John Stossel of Reason Magazine claims U. S. Department of Education (DOE) Secretary Betsy DeVos is keeping hers. "It now spends $193.1 billion a year," he writes. "DeVos proposed a mere $9 billion in cuts." (Only in Washington is $9 billion "mere.") "But nothing goes away in Washington, no matter how wasteful," Stossel points out. "The Republican Congress ignored her proposed cuts and increased her budget by $2 billion." Stossel is absolutely right. I’ve read 30 years worth of hearings, Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) reports and even inspector general...
  • Pelosi says Dems will work to roll back Trump tax cuts if they retake Congress

    05/09/2018 2:58:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/08/18 | Samuel Chamberlain
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi indicated Tuesday that her party would like to roll back the tax reform law passed last year if they gain control of Congress this November. At a breakfast hosted by Politico, reporter Jake Sherman asked Pelosi to respond to a Republican ad that claims "you would like to institute a single-payer health care program and cancel — [raise] taxes, I think they mean, roll back the tax cuts they passed this year." "Well, the second part there is accurate," Pelosi chuckled in response, before adding "I do think we should revisit the tax legislation in...
  • CBO Projects $2.4 Trillion in Debt – And They’re Underselling It

    05/05/2018 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | May 5, 2018 | Andrew Wilford
    The long-awaited 2018 edition of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Budget and Economic Outlook was released this month. It does not paint a rosy picture of the nation’s fiscal future, projecting $12.4 trillion in additional debt over the next decade. If past estimates are any indicator, however, that doesn’t reflect reality. Without a substantial change to the culture of overspending in Washington, the country’s fiscal situation is likely even worse. Ten years ago, CBO estimated that Congress would run a $151 billion surplus this past fiscal year. Instead, the country ran a $665 billion deficit. That’s in part because CBO conducts its...
  • GOP Bill Would Defund Sanctuary Cities, Use The Money To Build Trump’s Wall

    05/01/2018 6:55:08 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 30 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | 05-01-2018 | Martin Walsh
    Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., went nuclear on liberals on Tuesday and introduced an explosive bill that would fully defund sanctuary cities and use the funds toward building President Donald Trump‘s wall along the southern border, according to The Daily Caller