Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Blasts S. 1 Takeover of U.S. Elections

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Posted May 14, 2021

Biden Launching a Broad Attack on Our Prosperity

So let me get this right. President Biden has proposed the highest capital gains tax in, probably, history. I'm not quite sure. I know, though, that it's the highest in the past 50 years.

At 43.4% - added with the corporate tax - that gets you to more than 50%. And then, of course, state capital gains will get you close to 60%. Nobody in Europe is even close to that. Not even Bernie Sanders' beloved Sweden, which is at 30%. By the way, China is at 20%. And, by the way, China's 25% corporate tax would be lower than our 28%.

So it's the combination of jacking up taxes on companies, and their profits, and their gains, or any time you sell a small business -or a farm or a ranch - you pay capital gains.

And, by the way, Team Biden might eliminate the step-up basis for capital gains around the death tax. Meaning: Heirs would have to sell assets immediately - a plan that the Penn-Wharton school claims would raise $113 billion.

So it's pouring taxes on taxes and attacking investment, which is the key to blue-collar middle class living standards. They're being attacked.

And it's an attack on our competitiveness in the global race for capital. These are policies that will surely throw a wet blanket on our booming economy.

Lawrence Kudlow

Posted April 29, 2021

McConnell Blasts Corporations Falling for Absurd Disinformation on Voting Laws

In the words of U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

"We are witnessing a coordinated campaign by powerful and wealthy people to mislead and bully the American people.

"The President has claimed repeatedly that state-level debates over voting procedures are worse than Jim Crow or 'Jim Crow on steroids.' Nobody actually believes this. Nobody really thinks this current dispute comes anywhere near the horrific racist brutality of segregation. But there's an old cynical saying that 'history is just the set of lies agreed upon.' And a host of powerful people and institutions apparently think they stand to benefit from parroting this big lie.

"The Washington Post has repeatedly debunked White House lies about legislation in Georgia: 'In reality, Election Day hours were not changed and the opportunities to cast a ballot in early voting were expanded.' Plenty of Democrat-run states allow fewer days of early voting than the new Georgia law requires. More than 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Democrats and a supermajority of independents, favor commonsense voter I.D. requirements; even so, Georgia will accept alternatives to driver's licenses to verify absentee voters. All the facts disprove the big lie.

"These absurd tactics predate this Georgia law. Last summer, just weeks after Senate Democrats used the filibuster to kill Senator Tim Scott's police reform and anti-lynching legislation, Democrats abruptly began calling the same rules they happily used themselves a 'Jim Crow relic.'

"This disinformation has a purpose. Washington Democrats want to pass a sweeping bill that would let them rewrite all 50 states' election laws and turn the Federal Election Commission into a Democrat-run partisan body. This power grab is impossible to defend, so the left wants to deflect. Instead of winning the debate, they want to silence debate by bullying citizens and entire states into submission.

"It's jaw-dropping to see powerful American institutions not just permit themselves to be bullied, but join in the bullying themselves. Wealthy corporations have no problem operating in New York, for example, which has fewer days of early voting than Georgia, requires excuses for absentee ballots, and restricts electioneering via refreshments. There is no consistent or factual standard being applied here. It's just a fake narrative gaining speed by its own momentum.

"Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex. Americans do not need or want big business to amplify disinformation or react to every manufactured controversy with frantic left-wing signaling.

"From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government. Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order. Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box."

Posted April 05, 2021

Cruz, Hawley, Brooks and Colleagues Follow the Constitution

Conservatives condemn the violent actions that took place at the United States Capitol last week. Our self-government is founded upon the rule of law, and violence as a form of protest is never acceptable. Unlike most Democrats, we condemned the violent actions of rioters over the summer. We condemn the recent violence with equal vigor.

But one thing is also clear: the actions of 8 Senators and 139 House members, including Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. Ted Cruz, and many others, who intended to or did debate the certification of certain states' 2020 electors is not, and never will be, tantamount to violence. The right and ability to object to electoral certification is written into the Constitution and housed in the procedural rights of those who represent us.

It is why Democrats in the House, and in one case, the Senate, rose to object to elections in 2001, 2005, and as recently as 2017. Those Democrats - which include currently sitting Reps. Clyburn, Davis, Grijalva, Hastings, Jackson-Lee, Lee, Pallone, Schakowsky, Thompson, and Waters- were not assigned motives of treason, or sedition, or violent overthrow of the government, and for good reason. Our representatives using the constitutional and procedural rights afforded to them as elected officials is not, by definition, an incitement to violence.

Our self-government exists to deliberate, debate, and resolve issues of consequence to the country. Exiling or in any way punishing those who try to use the bodies as they were intended - as national forums where voters see their concerns raised and considered in a democratic fashion - will diminish what has made our republic strong. It sets a precedent that foreshadows a dangerous disintegration of the consensus that has held us together: a respect for dissent, a vigorous but respectful airing of views, and peaceable resolution by democratic means.

Moreover, we reject opportunistic attempts by some to use last week's events as a pretext to dismiss legitimate concerns about election irregularities, and illegal and unconstitutional actions. The 2020 election was conducted in an unprecedented manner: largely by mail, and in a way that overwhelmed the capacities of many states. It is not at all unreasonable to review the manner in which votes were counted.

Indeed, if the goal is to restore faith in future elections, then a comprehensive review and analysis to determine what went wrong, what went right, and what is in need of reform should be a critical next step.

The violence committed at the Capitol was reprehensible and without defense. The overwhelming majority of protestors were peaceful, however, and did not participate in criminal activities. They are still Americans, their concerns still matter, and they cannot be wished away by legislators as inconvenient.

Our politics should be where we solve problems. It should not be a forum for violence, or for politically motivated purges. Moving forward from here will require more speech, not less; more deliberation, not demagoguery. Moves to punish or to exile will not build us up, they will only serve to marginalize, radicalize and destroy. We urge all our leaders - and all conservatives - to oppose them.

Posted January 15, 2021

Freedom Caucus Board Says Pelosi Must Go

Pelosi must go - the House is in dire need of new leadership


Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has consistently demonstrated both an inability and unwillingness to govern, and her complicit alliance with the extremists of the far left put the future and well-being of the United States of America in peril. Our nation cannot afford to wait until January to end her toxic leadership and chart a new and better course. Congress must immediately move forward on a resolution to "vacate the chair" and thereby remove Pelosi as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Time and again throughout the 116th Congress, the Speaker has put partisan grandstanding above the needs of the American people. Her politically motivated misuse of House rules and procedures have relegated the chamber and its members to mere spectators in the business of legislating and problem-solving.

Where to begin? For starters, Pelosi has all but removed the most fundamental responsibility of a member of Congress - voting. This summer, the Speaker broke with over 230 years of precedent by jamming through H.Res. 965, authorizing so-called "proxy voting," which unconstitutionally allows a member to delegate his or her vote to another without being present, as well as allowing a proxy vote to count towards a quorum.

For two centuries, through the Yellow Fever of 1793, which took out 10 percent of the population of Philadelphia, the burning of the Capitol during the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish Flu of 1918, both world wars, and 9/11, Congress never flinched from its constitutional duty to assemble in Washington, D.C. to conduct the People's business.

Under the new rules of Pelosi, only 23 of the 435 members of the House need to be present for the chamber to conduct business. You read that correctly. Thanks to the Speaker, the House can now pass legislation with roughly 5 percent of the chamber present to vote. The other 95 percent of the House could be rendered powerless. Exactly how Pelosi wants it.

You see, it wasn't difficult to predict where we were headed under Pelosi, given that she has routinely bypassed the committee process and blocked amendments for every bill, effectively shutting out participation for rank-and-file members of both parties as the House has considered important matters such as policing reform, surface transportation reauthorization, ObamaCare, FISA, and the $3 trillion HEROES Act, just to name a few.

For the Speaker's pi�ce de r�sistance, she opened (for the first time in our nation's history) a presidential impeachment inquiry without a vote of the full House to authorize it, inflicting yet another serious blow to our constitutional system and wasting precious legislative time we could have spent working to solve America's real problems.

Not only is Speaker Pelosi tearing down the institution of the House, but she's also encouraging the same lawlessness and rioting which is eroding the very foundation our nation. She doesn't care about the mobs and ongoing attacks on Americans and their property. She refuses to take any steps to restore the rule of law. In her words, "people will do what they do." Pelosi won't address calls within her party to "defund the police," and accused congressional Republicans of "getting away with murder" for bending over backwards to get her to bring bipartisan police reforms to the floor.

And let us not forget that while Republicans continue to try to accomplish the work of the American people, the Speaker labeled every Republican in America, not simply those in Congress, "enemies of the state."

Let us remind you that the same person who is likening half of America to domestic terrorists was the very individual who has refused to condemn anti-Semitic statements made by her fellow Democrat members. She is the same individual who helped force stringent lockdowns on Americans, causing unknown individuals to forgo medical screenings and treatments, die alone without loved ones in hospitals, lose the businesses they spent their lives building, and more, while she gets haircuts in a fancy private salon in San Francisco while - you guessed it - not wearing the mask she demands Americans wear every single day. Even worse, she, who makes the laws, claimed she didn't know the rules.

Given this track record, and with the important business of revitalizing our country after the damage caused by COVID-19, continuing government oversight, and funding the 2021 fiscal year of government spending still before us, we should not wait until a new Congress to address this historically poor leadership. The lack of true leadership in the House is undermining our democracy, destroying the institution of Congress, sabotaging our national economy, and fomenting violence and danger in our communities.

It is time for the House of Representatives to work for the American people again, but it cannot do that without new leadership. Pelosi must go.

Andy Biggs, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Paul Gosar and Chip Roy are members of the House Freedom Caucus Board.

Posted September 18, 2020
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