McConnell Remarks Before Final Vote on Judge Jackson

'The Senate should only confirm Justices who will follow the text of our laws and Constitution wherever it leads. Who will leave subjective policy judgments on this side of the street where they belong. That is how we lower the temperature. That's how we shore up the courts. That's how we protect the rule of law. Staff the judiciary with brilliant men and women who understand and embrace this limited role. No other road leads anywhere good for our great nation.'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today [April 7] on the Senate floor regarding Judge Jackson:

"President Biden was elected on the promise that he would govern as a moderate and unite the country. He insisted the radical left would not be calling the shots on his watch.

"But when it came to one of the most consequential decisions a president can make, a lifetime appointment to our highest Court, the Biden Administration let the radicals run the show.

"With Washington Democrats in power, the far left got the reckless inflationary spending they wanted. The far left has gotten the insecure border they wanted. And today, the far left will get the Supreme Court Justice they wanted.

"The fringe activists who demand partisan court-packing, attack the Justices, and describe our Constitution as 'trash' made up their minds from the start of the Biden Administration. If a Supreme Court vacancy should arise, they wanted one nominee and one nominee only: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

"They spent dark money to promote this person specifically. They pushed her for the D.C. Circuit. Then they badgered Justice Breyer to quit.

"In February, one of these groups announced Judge Jackson would be the nominee before President Biden did. Think about that for a moment.

"The Senate has examined Judge Jackson's qualifications with the seriousness and vigor that a lifetime appointment deserves.

"Unlike when the parties' positions are reversed, the country was not subjected to uncorroborated smear campaigns, committee boycotts, stunts with cardboard cut-outs, or mobs chasing Senators around the Capitol.

"Now, a few of our Democratic colleagues seem to have decided in advance they would claim that Judge Jackson was treated shabbily. So I've heard that script recited - even though it didn't happen.

"Let's be clear: No nominee before the Senate for any position deserves a cakewalk or a coronation. Tough questions about a federal judge's own rulings and statements are the definition of fair game. My Republican colleagues' vigorous inquiry shed important light on a frequently disturbing judicial record. I applaud my colleagues for focusing on substance and not following Democrats' recent precedents into the gutter.

"Unfortunately, what the Senate's process turned up was disturbing.

"First, the nominee would not follow the Ginsburg-Breyer precedent and denounce the insane concept of partisan court-packing.

"Second, her judicial record is full of cases where Judge Jackson ruled like a policymaker implementing personal biases, instead of a judge following text where it led.

"And third, her aggressive judicial activism frequently focused on treating convicted criminals as gently as possible.

"In case after case, from deadly fentanyl to open borders to child exploitation, Judge Jackson tilted the scales of justice away from public safety and innocent victims, in favor of her career-long passion for softening up criminal sentencing. In Judge Jackson's courtroom, plain legal text and clear congressional intent were no match for what the Judge admits are her personal 'policy disagreements.'

"Even as a violent crime wave sweeps America, Democrats are pursuing a nationwide campaign to make the justice system softer on crime. They are stacking the deck with far-left prosecutors, woke warriors at the Department of Justice, and federal judges who believe criminals deserve lighter treatment. This project is terrible for innocent American families. And every piece of evidence suggests Democrats view Judge Jackson as its crown jewel.

"I'll close with this. These debates about judicial philosophy are not just academic.

"The charged political atmosphere around confirmations, the outsized role that unelected judges play in our national life - these are direct consequences of liberal judicial activism. They're direct results of the effort to misuse federal courts as a progressive legislature that voters can't kick out.

"A Republic of self-governing citizens should not spend every June watching with bated breath to see if five or six lawyers will hand down sweeping policy changes with zero basis in the written Constitution.

"And the solution is not to make the Court even more of a super-legislature, like liberals want. A delegitimizing death spiral like that would destroy the rule of law.

"There is only one solution. The Senate should only confirm Justices who will follow the text of our laws and Constitution wherever it leads. Who will leave subjective policy judgments on this side of the street where they belong.

"That is how we lower the temperature. That's how we shore up the courts. That's how we protect the rule of law.

"Staff the judiciary with brilliant men and women who understand and embrace this limited role.

"No other road leads anywhere good for our great nation."

Posted April 08, 2022

BBB Now Stands for Biden's Busting Budget

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise:

TOPLINE: Starting on day one, the Biden Administration has prioritized far-left climate and economic policies that have killed good-paying jobs and crippled our economy. Now, President Biden and his socialist enablers in Congress are reaping what they sowed: mounting debt, rising inflation, record-high gas prices, and a downtrodden economy. President Biden's budget proposal speaks volumes about Democrats' disconnect from reality and does nothing to reverse their self-made crises.

Biden's Budget Will Not Reduce the Deficit or National Debt

On Monday [March 28], the Biden White House unveiled its $5.8 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023.

Despite the fact that the United States' national debt is over $30 trillion, President Biden is calling for $73 trillion in spending over the next ten 10 years.

This is fiscally irresponsible.

President Biden's budget proposal calls for spending 23.4 percent of the United States' GDP over the next 10 years, the highest sustained spending burden in American history.

Proposed spending in Biden's budget is 66 percent higher than the federal government's expenditures made over the last 10 years.

This is unacceptable.

Biden's budget would generate over $14 trillion in deficits and $16 trillion in new debt over the next 10 years.

If President Biden's budget proposal is approved by Congress, the national debt will reach $45 trillion by 2032.

President Biden's budget will not significantly reign in the federal government's rampant spending or reduce the United States' national debt.

The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Wharton Budget Model estimates that the average family spent "around $3,500 more in 2021 to achieve the same level of consumption of goods and services as in recent previous years (2019 or 2020)" and "that lower-income households spend more of their budget on goods and services that have been more impacted by inflation."

What is President Biden's solution? To introduce a budget that raises taxes, doubles down on Democrats' destructive economic policies, and includes a backdoor for Build Back Better-level spending.

In the "General Explanations of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2023 Revenue Proposals" published by the U.S. Department of Treasury, the report states that President Biden's budget proposal incorporates nearly all revenue provisions from H.R. 5376 - also known as Democrats' trillion-dollar tax-and-spending spree. Obviously, the billions in new government subsidies included in that bill would further fuel inflation.

Although the inflation rate has been steadily rising, and hovers just under 8 percent, President Biden's budget projects that inflation will be reduced to 4.7 percent by the end of 2022.

Posted April 04, 2022

President Biden Incredibly Plans To Remove A Critical Border Control Tool During A Record-Breaking Wave Of Illegal Immigration

The Biden Administration Reportedly Plans To End Its Use Of Title 42 Authority On The Southern U.S. Border Amidst A Surge Of Illegal Border Crossings, With Border Officials Fearful That As A Result, They 'Will Quickly Be Overwhelmed By Migrants, Leading To Dangerous Overcrowding In Border Facilities And Releases Of People Into The U.S. Who Would Normally Be Jailed Or Deported'

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): "The Biden Administration is on track for another record-shattering year on our southern border - in all the wrong ways. The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly preparing for up to 18,000 attempted border crossings per day. President Biden's border crisis is a symptom of the modern Democratic Party's inability to support any remotely reasonable policy of border enforcement. Now, thus far, the Biden Administration has kept the chaos somewhat in check by leaning on emergency authorities that are specific to the COVID pandemic. To be clear, even with these Title 42 authorities in place, our border's still been in crisis. Last month was the worst February in more than 20 years. We just saw the worst 12-month period for illegal crossings since at least 1960. This is with Title 42 in place. Just imagine if President Biden kills it. But the open-borders far left doesn't like Title 42. So now, according to public reports, the Biden Administration is preparing to cave to the radicals, end Title 42, and effectively throw our borders wide open. Ending Title 42 without any real border security plan in place would spark a humanitarian and security crisis like we've never seen&. Throwing the floodgates open for an historic spring and summer of illegal immigration would be an unforced error of historic proportions. It would be right up there with this Administration's $2 trillion in inflationary spending and their botched retreat from Afghanistan." (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 3/31/2022)

Posted April 01, 2022
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