Congress

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    New national commission would focus on balancing federal budget

    Nihal Krishan of the Washington Examiner highlights a new proposal from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Senate Republicans will introduce legislation … to create a new bipartisan national commission to reduce the deficit and balance the federal budget within 10 years. Republicans are concerned about runaway government spending and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2021
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    National Review editors urge Congress to keep SALT cap

    Editors at National Review Online explain why Democrats in Congress should drop one of their bad ideas. Liberal Democrats have found a tax cut for the rich they love. Some of them wanted it included in the “COVID relief” legislation passed last month. Now they want it in…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2021
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    Biden’s bogus bipartisanship and the U.S. House’s future

    David Catron of the American Spectator argues that President Biden’s questionable approach to bipartisanship is likely to cost Democrats control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Despite his pledge to work across the aisle with Republicans, Biden never had any intention of doing so. This became manifestly obvious…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2021
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    Documenting Democrats’ latest gun dilemma

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a new challenge for congressional Democrats seeking more gun control. Senate Democrats punted on taking up House gun-control bills on Friday, acknowledging that the restrictions put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) were “dead on arrival,” according…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2021
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    Congress is passing the buck

    Peter Wallison asks at National Review Online why Congress continues to give away its constitutional powers. If he were alive today, James Madison would probably be most surprised and dismayed by one feature of today’s government — the willingness of Congress to cede its unique constitutional authorities to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2021
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    Democrats ignore filibuster history

    Jonathan Turley writes at The Hill about Democrats’ recent pronouncements regarding the U.S. Senate’s filibuster. President Biden came out Thursday against the Senate filibuster as a “relic of the Jim Crow period.” It is now a virtual mantra on Capitol Hill that the filibuster is synonymous with racism…
    Mitch Kokai, March 29, 2021
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    LISTEN: Cooper & Stein on immigration and the ‘dreamers’

    For weeks now, the focus has rightly been on the crisis at the southern border, as illegal immigrants flood into the United States and the Biden administration flails. But on Thursday, the focus was more on legal immigration and the economy as the American Business Immigration Coalition held a virtual…
    Donna Martinez, March 26, 2021
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    Two Senate Democrats pledge not to vote for white Biden nominees

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online highlights an unexpected source of opposition to President Biden’s nominees. Is there any scenario where you can envision President-elect Joe Biden getting together with his top advisers after the election and declaring, “Now, remember, whatever we do, we’re not going to let…
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2021