House Cloakroom: May 13 – May 17
Analysis: This week the House of Representatives will reaffirm their commitment to repealing Obamacare in its entirety. Obamacare has already restricted hiring, seen one of its coverage provisions fail, and is expanding an ineffective Medicaid program This law has even drawn criticism from prominent Democrats. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has admitted Obamacare will actually increase health care costs, the opposite of what the bill was intended to do. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) foresees a “train wreck coming” as this bill is implemented. This terrible law must be repealed.
House Cloakroom: May 6 – May 10
Analysis: This week the House is taking up bills to prevent sovereign default and allow families more flexibility in their work schedule. The Full Faith and Credit Act will ensure that as we enter another debt ceiling fight, America will continue to fulfill its debt obligations even past the debt ceiling. With this bill in place, the Obama administration will be restricted in their ability to play political games with our debt rather than confront the fiscal crisis we are facing. Heritage Action is key voting in favor of this bill. The Working Families Flexibility Act will give employers and employees the ability to exchange overtime hours for paid time off, something government workers are allowed to do, but private sector workers are not.
House Cloakroom: April 15 – April 19
Analysis: This week the House will turn its focus to cyber security. They will take up a bill that is intended to promote information sharing between private entities to increase their ability to manage cyber threats. The House passed a related piece of legislation last Congress and is renewing their efforts now in the 113th Congress.
What is the conservative fight? Conservatives are fighting for freedom and limited government — the Founders’ vision for a country where We the People have inalienable rights not granted to us by government.
Take the gun debate, for example. Underlying the gun debate is a coercive, top down vision for America. The politicians will have access to armed security, the wealthy will be able to hired armed guards, and the politically connected will be granted special permits to carry concealed weapons while the rest of us will have a hollow Second Amendment.
The Senate has simply failed to offer a compelling argument for their anti-gun bill. We need Senators to tell us what’s in the bill. As far as I’m concerned, Nancy Pelosi told us all we need to know about that.
Even the best members of Congress need to be held accountable.
GUNS. The Senate will vote today at 11 AM on a motion to proceed for their gun bill:
But the first debate Thursday will be the threatened filibuster led by Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. Lee said a filibuster would allow “three more days to assess how the bill would impact the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
“This debate is not just about magazine clips and pistol grips,” he said on the Senate floor. “It’s about the purpose of the Second Amendment.” Such far-reaching legislation should be subjected to a 60-vote majority to ensure bipartisan consensus, he said.