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  • Reformer Sen. Cruz and Brutal Mr. Hyde

    01/31/2016 8:01:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts -- "overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of jury trials." "Draconian mandatory minimum sentences," he wrote, can produce sentences that far outweigh the crime, especially for "nonviolent drug offenders." The Ted Cruz who wrote that piece -- and co-sponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 with Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. -- may not be familiar to those following...
  • ICYMI: Has Marco Rubio Lost Conservatives By Falsely Attacking Cruz?

    12/18/2015 8:29:49 PM PST · by Isara · 55 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 12/18/15
    Influential Conservatives Rallying to Defend CruzHOUSTON, Texas - Today, the New York Times reported that Senator Marco Rubio's false attacks on Ted Cruz's immigration record are beginning to backfire as "influential conservatives are now rallying to Mr. Cruz's side and denouncing Mr. Rubio."New York Times Highlights Conservative Ire Over Rubio Attacks "Senator Marco Rubio made a big bet on an immigration overhaul that failed - and he has been running away from it since. Now his past is catching up with him, stoking old grievances from conservative rivals who are reopening one of the most vulnerable episodes in his past."The...
  • Mike Lee: Suggestion Ted Cruz Supported ‘Gang of Eight’ Amnesty ‘100 Percent False’

    12/17/2015 5:11:37 PM PST · by VinL · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/17/15 | Jeff Poor
    [On Hannity] Sen. Mike Lee dismissed the suggestion that his GOP colleague Ted Cruz, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, was a proponent of the so-called “Gang of Eight” bill during the legislative process in 2013. Lee, who was on the Judiciary Committee with Cruz at the time the legislation was being debated in that committee, argued Cruz's efforts to introduce amendments was in no way a gesture that he supported the bill. He went on to add that that accusation, which would have meant that he and Marco Rubi... had similar positions on immigration reform at that...
  • Statement by U.S. Senator Mike Lee on Omnibus Bill's Legal Protection of Social Media Companies

    12/17/2015 11:07:11 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | 12-17-2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If you use Facebook- and that's everyone who sees this post - then your relationship with Facebook will be redefined by the government if the ‪Omnibus‬ spending bill before the Senate is passed into law. Tomorrow we are scheduled to vote on a 2,000 page spending bill to fund the government through the end of next year. It was crafted in a back-room deal with almost no input from most members of Congress. Because of the "must-pass" nature of the bill, those in the room air-dropped controversial cybersecurity legislation into the bill, hoping no one would object. If this bill...
  • 'That Is Not What You Said At the Time': Bret Baier Confronts Cruz on Previous Immigration Remarks

    12/17/2015 1:00:42 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 64 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2015
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was confronted by a Fox News Channel host Wednesday over previous comments he had previously made in favor of legalizing individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. The line of questioning was prompted by an exchange over immigration Cruz had with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at Tuesday night's GOP debate. 'Special Report' host Bret Baier played a 2013 clip of Cruz introducing an amendment that would have stripped out a proposal for a pathway to citizenship from the gang of eight’s so-called 'amnesty' bill. Cruz boasted at the time his amendment would have allowed illegal immigrants...
  • Fox News anchor confronts Cruz with 2013 remarks on immigration reform

    12/16/2015 8:03:23 PM PST · by 867V309 · 282 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | Elliot Smilowitz
    “The problem, though, is that at the time you were telling people … this was not a poison pill,” Baier said in response. “You said you wanted it to pass at the time. Looking back at what you said then, and what you said now, which one should people believe?”
  • On Immigration, Cruz Aims for Middle Ground

    12/16/2015 6:51:58 PM PST · by fg566asd · 57 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | Sept. 13, 2013 | Julián Aguilar and Jay Root
    On Immigration, Cruz Aims for Middle Ground When it comes to immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has made it abundantly clear what he opposes: giving citizenship to people who broke the law to come here. What has not been as evident is what he supports: legal status for millions of people here already, while making it easier for immigrants to come here through the front door. “I have said many times that I want to see common-sense immigration reform pass,” he said. “I think most Americans want to see the problem fixed.” But for Cruz, a Tea Party favorite...
  • Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz & Lee as lobbyists buzz)[2013]

    12/17/2015 12:26:02 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committee’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote shows that the battle for Republicans’ souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • Mike Lee Slams Rubio For USA Freedom Act Comments At Debate: “He’s Dead Wrong”

    12/16/2015 4:54:15 PM PST · by Isara · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | Dec. 16, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    "The USA Freedom Act has not made us less safe at all." Republican Sen. Mike Lee on Wednesday slammed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for attacking Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over the USA Freedom Act at Tuesday night's GOP debate. Lee, who along with Cruz sponsored the bill that halted the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone metadata, said Rubio was wrong to say the bill made America less safe. "Look, Marco Rubio has been attacking Ted Cruz on the USA Freedom Act, for his vote in favor of the USA Freedom Act, and he's been doing so by suggesting...
  • Cruz Strikes Back on Rubio’s Patriot Act Attacks

    12/10/2015 1:33:44 PM PST · by FourPeas · 20 replies
    RollCall ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Facing accusations from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that he's supported weakening surveillance powers, presidential rival and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hit back against his rival on Thursday. The two Republican presidential candidates have been at each other over their differing views on reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act. The provisions in question involve the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. Rubio is in a contingent led by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that is blasting people who supported ending the bulk collection, claiming the practice is key to fighting terrorist threats. But Cruz, who...
  • Senate rejects Paul's crackdown on refugees

    12/05/2015 7:31:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-3-2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Thursday rejected a push by Sen. Rand Paul to tie a battle over accepting refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks to an ObamaCare repeal bill. Senators voted 10-89 on the amendment from the Kentucky Republican, who is running for president. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted. Republicans Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), David Vitter (La.) and Paul supported the amendment. Paul's amendment would place a "pause" on issuing visas to more...
  • Utah Republican May Back Senate Bill to Undo Much of Obamacare

    12/01/2015 6:25:03 PM PST · by FourPeas · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1 December 2015 | Jim Rowley, Kathleen Miller
    A Republican U.S. senator who said earlier he opposed his party's House bill to repeal Obamacare's core provisions is now "strongly leaning" toward supporting the Senate version of the measure. Such a decision by Senator Mike Lee of Utah would increase the chances that the Republican-controlled Congress can send a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act to President Barack Obama for the first time. The president has said he would veto legislation that would destroy much of his signature domestic achievement, and Democrats in Congress would be able to block an override. Lee in October joined two other Senate...
  • Budget Bill Gouges Social Security

    10/30/2015 2:59:40 PM PDT · by UncleRicosFootball · 43 replies
    Mike Lee Facebook Feed ^ | 10/30/2015 | Mike Lee Facebook Feed
    From Mike Lee's Facebook: This is how it happens. Last night while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point...
  • Ted Cruz: School Choice is Todays Civil Rights Issue

    10/26/2015 8:17:15 PM PDT · by Isara · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Tr Goins-Phillips | Tr Goins-Phillips
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pushed back against accusations that he and Sen. Mike Lee (R- Utah) have pushed for homeschool to be reclassified as private school The Glenn Beck Program Monday evening. Im not remotely pushing for homeschool to be reclassified in any way, shape or form, the Texas lawmaker said. I am a passionate supporter of homeschooling. In fact, many of the people who helped elect me to the Senate and who are among our most passionate supporters in the presidential race are homeschoolers. Cruz went on to say he is a passionate supporter of school choice, an issue...
  • Lee, Cruz, And Rubio Issue Joint Statement on House Reconciliation Bill (Repeal ObamaCare)

    10/22/2015 2:15:48 PM PDT · by Isara · 10 replies
    Lee.Senate.gov ^ | Oct 22 2015
    WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement Thursday in anticipation of Friday’s House vote on H.R. 3762:“On Friday the House of Representatives is set to vote on a reconciliation bill that repeals only parts of Obamacare. This simply isn’t good enough. Each of us campaigned on a promise to fully repeal Obamacare and a reconciliation bill is the best way to send such legislation to President Obama’s desk. If this bill cannot be amended so that it fully repeals Obamacare pursuant to Senate rules, we cannot support this bill. With...
  • Sanctuary cities divide GOP (Jeff Flake, Mike Lee, Dean Heller attempting to derail bill)

    10/11/2015 10:58:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/15 | Jordain Carney
    A battle over sanctuary cities is dividing Senate Republicans. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has teed up legislation that would crack down on cities that don't comply with federal immigration law. But its unclear whether the bill can get through the Senate and not just because of opposition from Democrats. In addition to limiting federal money for sanctuary cities, Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) bill would increase the amount of prison time an undocumented immigrant could serve if they re-enter the United States after having previously been deported. Conservatives like his plan, but it has drawn opposition from Sens. Jeff...
  • Wanted: a Tea Party Speaker

    10/10/2015 2:14:19 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10 October 2014 | Ross Douthat
    IN an earlier, cozier Washington, D.C., John Boehner could have been the kind of House speaker whose memory is held dear by high-minded chin strokers on Sunday morning television programs: An icon of sadly bygone bipartisanship, a cutter of the grandest bargains, a man who, by God, made legislation move. In this Washington, D.C., alas for him, Boehner was a humble bomb defuser, and the only grand bargains he cut were between his more intransigent backbenchers and the demands of political and constitutional reality. And now D.C. looks at his record, his resignation and his possible successors and asks: Can...
  • Ted Cruz Versus The Establishment, Again

    10/01/2015 7:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2015 | Emily O'Neill, co-founder Envallo
    This week, Politico released on article suggesting that Ted Cruz has lost the trust of his peers, save for libertarian-leaning Mike Lee, who chimed in to his defense. The comments on the article, mostly from liberals who will never agree with a conservative philosophy anyway, resorted to ad hominin attacks. Criticism from the left is to be expected; however, the concerning part of this story is that conservatives and libertarians are voicing their opposition to Cruz fighting the status quo. The irony? Both camps claim to share the belief that Washington is dysfunctional, and many public opinion polls show that...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Says Exactly What Americans Needs To Hear On Planned Parenthood

    09/10/2015 7:12:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee delivered a speech on the Senate Floor urging that the silence on Planned Parenthoods organ-trafficking scheme be broken. After the Center for Medical Progress released undercover video footage revealing that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting organs from aborted babies to sell, the media and government has stayed largely silent, Lee said. The silence has kept Planned Parenthood safe from an investigation and kept Americans in the dark on what the abortion industry is really doing, he said. (video at link) Lees full remarks are as follows: Last month, before the August recess, the Senate took...
  • Cruz's second shutdown play rankles fellow Republicans

    09/10/2015 9:24:42 AM PDT · by VinL · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/10/15 | Burgess Everitt
    Ted Cruz says his hard-line strategy to defund Planned Parenthood and risk a government shutdown is about doing the right thing and following through on Republicans' vows to conservative voters. But many of his Republican colleagues say its really all about Cruz. Even some of his closest allies from past battles fellow tried and true tea party Republicans like Sen. Mike Lee of Utah arent exactly jumping to join Cruzs latest crusade. Same goes for Cruzs onetime allies-turned-presidential rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. As the Texas Republican prepares for a potentially decisive month...
  • Mike Lee lays the smack to Planned Parenthood and its desperate protectors

    08/06/2015 7:18:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Planned Parenthood's Moral and Economic Corruption: " . . . turned barbarism into commerce." Hat tip here to Guy Benson at Hot Air, who noticed this from a Monday post, and recognized as I do here that its just too good not to share even if it is a few days old. The debate over Joni Ernsts measure to de-fund Planned Parenthood really came down to a choice each senator had to make between the reality of whats happening in those human slaughterhouses, and the political imperative Democrats feel to turn a blind eye to any and all evil because...
  • Cruz: 'McConnell led effort to keep Planned Parenthood funding'

    07/28/2015 2:28:28 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/27/2015 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON Just days after publicly calling the majority leader a liar on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has upped the stakes in his war on GOP brass by accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of spearheading the effort to keep taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood. In a statement that mentioned gruesome videos of senior officials of Planned Parenthood discussing the selling of body parts of unborn children, Cruz blasted McConnell for blocking an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to defund the abortion provider.
  • House GOP to Senate: Were not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. Were not taking up the Senate bill, McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the best option for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthys declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • Sean Hannity: "3 Senators Confirmed Ted Cruz's Account that McConnell Lied"

    07/27/2015 12:24:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 123 replies
    Sean Hannity | July 27, 2015
    Sean Hannity has just said that 3 senators confirmed Ted Cruz's account that McConnell lied. "There is no deal; there is no deal; there is no deal." Only Mike Lee is willing to be on the record. Unlike Rush, Sean Hannity started his program with Ted Cruz's audio and attacking GOP leadership.
  • Senate Republicans take revenge against Ted Cruz by refusing to back amendments

    07/27/2015 10:06:51 AM PDT · by Marcus · 74 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 28, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Think of it as the Empire strikes back. Two days after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas took to the floor of the Senate and called Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar, Republican senators, apparently on the behest of the Republican leader, refused to second a motion to back a Cruz amendment to the highway bill to make the lifting of sanctions against Iran contingent on that country recognizing Israels right to exist and freeing four American hostages. As the Washington Examiner reported on Sunday, the lesson was struck home by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah when he delivered a soliloquy about...
  • Starnes: Emasculated Republicans Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

    07/27/2015 10:48:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Senate Republicans had a chance to stop Planned Parenthood from butchering unborn children and selling their body parts to the highest bidder. Instead, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to put up a vote -- thumbing his nose at Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, along with every pro-lifer in the nation.</p>
  • Senate blocks Lee's vote to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/26/2015 3:45:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 26, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was rebuked by his Senate colleagues on Sunday as he tried to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Lee had tried to attach an amendment eliminating all federal funds for Planned Parenthood to the vote on Congresss must-pass highway legislation. The amendment was rejected by the chair of the Senate, who called it out of order because it was not germane to the highway bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decided last week that he would only allow two amendments to the bill a repeal of ObamaCare and a reauthorization of the Export-Import...
  • Mike Lee goes for nuclear option to repeal Obamacare

    07/24/2015 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Kelsey Snell
    Senate conservatives couldnt stop a vote on the Export-Import bank. So theyre going to try to force a vote on Obamacare instead. Conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Friday that he plans to use a complicated procedural maneuver known as the nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes. Democrats famously used the strategy in 2013 to break a Republican blockade of President Obamas nominees to fill judicial openings. Now Lee wants to use the partisan procedure get rid of Obamacare. Its unclear whether Lees gambit will work but if it does, there...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 145 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Defending Religious Liberty

    07/23/2015 8:17:35 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | July 21, 2015 | Judy Russell
    On June 26th, same-sex marriage legislation as well as amendments to the state public accommodation laws were enacted in all 50 states, under the Supreme Courts ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges. While gay couples all around the nation stormed the streets and churches with a whole universe of rainbow colored banners and outfits, many Americans observed in horror what they saw as a direct violation of their First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty. The legalization of same-sex marriage and the amending of state civil rights laws to include sexual orientation have resulted in situations where Americans have been forced to...
  • How Bad is the Highway Bill (Sen. Mike Lee)?

    07/21/2015 4:41:42 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | July 21, 2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If I don't have time to read legislation before voting on it, my default vote is no. We received the highway bill today at 3:06 p.m., and it is over 1,000 pages long. Our first vote on this legislation is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Cruz, Lee Move to Defend Marriage and Religious Liberty

    06/26/2015 7:43:21 AM PDT · by MN_Mike · 31 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | June 8, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    This will necessarily preclude everyone, including religious institutions, from upholding their beliefs about marriage on their private property.
  • Cruz, Paul push for ban on indefinite detention of US citizens

    06/15/2015 1:07:00 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 12, 2015, 02:38 pm | Jordain Carney
    Two 2016 presidential competitors have joined forces to get a ban on the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens included in an annual defense policy bill. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of whom are running for president, have joined up with other senators to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), currently before the Senate, that would ban indefinite detention of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, without being charged or given a trial, unless authorized by Congress.Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also put their names on the...
  • (2013) Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz)

    06/12/2015 2:36:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 84 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committees overwhelming No vote shows that the battle for Republicans souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • Mike Lee: Liberals won't stop at same-sex marriage victory

    06/12/2015 2:44:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/12/15 | Paul Bedard
    Republican Sen. Mike Lee, strongly suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to approve same-sex marriage this month, warned Thursday that liberals will use the victory to impose other restrictions on those opposed to gay weddings including churches, colleges and military chaplains."They seem tempted by the intolerant impulse to punish Americans," Lee said in a thoughtful speech at Hillsdale College's Kirby Center in Washington.Sen. Mike Lee. (AP Photo) Lee, of Utah, used the speech to preview legislation he is drafting to protect religious-affiliated schools and institutions that don't support same-sex marriage from federal attack if the court approves the...
  • Senator Lee Argues That The Constitution Has Been Willfully Subverted -- He's Right

    06/11/2015 10:28:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 11, 2015 | George Leef
    Few Americans have much understanding of our Constitution any more. Its seldom covered in school or college, and law students get a course called constitutional law that isnt really about the document itself, but about the Supreme Courts many decisions decisions that often changed its intent. Worse still, although elected officials take an oath to uphold the Constitution, many vote for legislation that tramples all over it. One public official who takes the Constitution very seriously, however, is Utahs junior senator, Mike Lee. In his new book Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of Americas Founding Document, he makes...
  • USA Freedom Act Supporters Say They Have the Votes

    05/31/2015 10:00:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 05/31/2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate advocates for an overhaul of National Security Agency surveillance programs sound confident they have the votes to advance the USA Freedom Act. Its just a matter of time. I think well get it passed on Sunday night, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told CNN Saturday, making a bullish prediction on the timing. Now, by the rules of the Senate, with objections and so forth the Patriot Act may very well expire Sunday night, but weve got to start moving forward here. We could have done this a week ago. And this is the nature of Washington, D.C., is always...
  • and Paul: 'I will force the expiration' of the PATRIOT Act

    05/30/2015 8:34:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/30/2015 | Manu Raju
    Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill. In a statement to POLITICO Saturday, Paul warned that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act, a reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the House earlier this month.
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 5:54:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 42 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-29-2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    More than four years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. Since that day, May 26, 2011, its been known that key provisions of our nations counterterrorism surveillance programs are set to expire this June 1. That is why Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and I worked diligently on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to produce the USA Freedom Act. As with any legislation, the USA Freedom Act is not perfect. It does end the bulk collection of phone records and other data by...
  • North Briton #45

    05/23/2015 2:25:14 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Medium ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mike Lee
    The forgotten history of the Fourth Amendment, and its relevance for reforming the Patriot Act The authorization for the Patriot Act will soon expire, and elected officials in Washington have been debating whether it should be renewed. There are those who believe this law, which was passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, should be renewed with no changes. Since the last time it was authorized, Americans have learned that certain provisions of this Act were being interpreted by the National Security Agency to give this agency authority to collect bulk metadata on the phone calls of every...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. Congress first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom, said Sen. Cruz. I am grateful for the committees support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Flashback: To Protect Clintons, ABC Censored and Buried Path to 9/11&#8242; Miniseries

    05/14/2015 4:27:19 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The length to which ABC, its news division, and its parent company (Disney) have gone to protect and curry favor with the Clintons is almost impossible to grasp. To begin with, in 1996, ABC News hired George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton campaign and White House official. Within a few years he would become the ABC new divisions chief anchor and political reporter. Then, just today, we learn that ABC News and Stephanopoulos are involved in a massive conflict of interest a $50,000 donation Stephanopoulos made to the Clinton Foundation. Thats right, the symbol of ABC News has an ongoing...
  • SCOOP: Ted Cruz Says Stephanopoulos Shouldnt Moderate Any 2016 Debates

    05/14/2015 6:13:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2015 | Sean Davis
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said today that ABC News anchor and former Clinton White House staffer George Stephanopoulos has no business moderating any 2016 presidential debates. Cruz was asked in the Senate hallway this afternoon whether Stephanopoulos should host any debates following todays revelation that he gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation without it disclosing it while officially covering the organization for ABC News. Of course not, Cruz responded, according to a transcript provided to The Federalist by one of his campaign communications staffers. Debates should not be moderated by partisan Democrats who are actively supporting one of...
  • The RNC Should Ban George Stephanopoulos From Participating In 2016 Debates

    05/14/2015 10:09:55 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2015 | Sean Davis
    After being questioned by the Washington Free Beacon about large donations he made to the Clinton Foundation, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News disclosed to Politico that he had funneled $50,000 to the tax-exempt organization in 2013 and 2014. Stephanopouloss secret donations to the Clintons non-profit came while he was professionally covering the family for ABC News. And then, after he was busted by the Free Beacon, he decided to leak the news of his secret Clinton cash contributions to Politico in order to deny Free Beacon its scoop. Classy, huh? It gets even worse, though. It wasnt just that...
  • Mike Lees office: He wont appear on ABC until Stephanopoulos recuses himself from 2016 coverage

    05/14/2015 11:56:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/14/2015 | AllahPundit
    That comes from Conn Carroll, formally White House correspondent for our sister site Townhall and currently communications director for the junior senator from Utah. ABC News’s Election 2016 coverage can tolerate a boycott by a single senator, even one as influential on the right as Lee. Can it tolerate a domino effect among the rest of the GOP field, where Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the gang all feel compelled by pressure from conservatives to follow Lee’s lead?Actually, why would there need to be pressure from conservatives to make them boycott ABC? It’s in...
  • Sen. Lee explains: This one misinterpreted clause of the Const could make Congress power unlimited

    04/21/2015 8:14:40 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 17 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-04-21 | Benjamin Weingarten
    We have to view the powers of Congress and the 10th Amendment as sort of two sides of the same coin. The 10th Amendment says in effect that any power thats not given to Congress is retained by the states or by the people. And so that begs the question: What powers are given to Congress? And if any of those powers in isolation or all of those powers hooked together are open-ended if theyre limitless then the Tenth Amendment means nothing. Now generally we dont look at any provision of the Constitution with an eye toward saying...
  • Rand Splits With Rubio, Cruz To Vote For Deficit-Exploding Healthcare Bill

    04/15/2015 9:12:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul split with senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to vote for a healthcare bill Tuesday night that will add about half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next several decades.Paul sided with the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted for the bill, in a decision almost certain to come up in the primary race, where he is currently joined by Cruz and Rubio.The “doc-fix” bill solves a recurring problem in the way Medicare payments are made to doctors, extends a children’s health insurance program, and requires higher-income seniors to pay higher...
  • Marco Rubio's 'Complicated' Tax Plan Likely to Fall Flat With GOP

    04/14/2015 11:57:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04/14/2015 | Melissa Clyne
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, expected to soon announce his candidacy for president, plans to steal Democrats' thunder and target income inequality by campaigning on a tax plan that he promises will "reward families with children while slashing levies on business and investment income but keeping a top rate personal income rate of 35 percent," according to Politico. Rubios plan, a joint effort with Utah Sen. Mike Lee, pares down tax brackets to just two 15 percent and 35 percent, while also creating a new child tax credit worth $2,500 and eliminating the estate tax, Politico reports. For corporations, the...
  • Poll: Lee Would Top Matheson in 2016 (Utah poll)

    04/11/2015 1:38:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | April 9, 2015
    Sen. Mike Lee would have quite the fight on his hands if he were to face off against former Rep. Jim Matheson in 2016. The latest UtahPolicy.com shows 48% of Utahns would support Lee while 42% would back Matheson. 10% are undecided. Matheson's electoral calculus has always been the same in heavily Republican Utah. Win a majority of Democrats, pick off some Republicans and get a majority of the independent vote. The survey shows Matheson would win 87% of Democrats, 20% of Republicans and 57% of independents. He would likely need to increase the numbers among Republican and independent voters...
  • Rand Pauls Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign

    01/06/2015 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 5, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    RandPAC is trolling other potential GOP contenders early and often with the help of Google adsand Chris Christie and Rick Perry just might be next. When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced in mid-December that he would actively explore running for the Republican presidential nomination, curious parties took to Google to learn more about him. While they were there, many of them were greeted by another politicians name at the bottom of the pageone they hadnt searched for. Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it, read one of the ads, placed by RandPAC, the political action committee...