Here’s why. Heritage breaks it down in great detail.
Heritage Action’s Josh Robbins has explained why this was a terrible idea and why the Senate should absolutely not confirm Mr. Perez:
Perez initiated a baseless prosecution under the Free Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act against a woman who offered sidewalk counseling in front of an abortion clinic. The FACE Act has an explicit exemption for “expressive conduct,” and as Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky wrote, “The judge in the Florida case noted the shocking absence of any evidentiary grounds for the prosecution, or even the applicability of the FACE Act, exposing the bald partisanship of this Justice Department.” Are these types of frivolous prosecutions going to help the American work force?
Perez sued a pro-life sidewalk counselor in Florida for $10,000, claiming that she “obstructed” a car from entering an abortion clinic and that she posed an “immediate threat.”
To be clear, FACE permits sidewalk counselors to walk beside patients, coming or going, on a public sidewalk. The federal judge who heard the case severely reprimanded Perez for frivolously filing the suit with no valid evidence and no corroborating witnesses to the alleged infraction. It is clear that Perez was targeting this pro-life counselor for political reasons, not based on the evidence. Moreover, the First Amendment protects their right to speak to women entering an abortion clinic to tell them about better alternatives, but Perez doesn’t care about that.
But here we are.
It’s May of 2013, and time is not standing still. Obamacare is already a disaster. There are limited but very important opportunities to prevent Obamacare from being implemented in 2014. Full repeal is of course the goal, but there are other options for pulling the rug out from under this dreadful law.
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) is seizing these opportunities to stop Obamacare from causing irreparable damage to our health care system. He has offered two pieces of legislation that will help defeat Obamacare. The first is The Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act, and the second, introduced yesterday, is the Federal Repeal of Expensive Exchanges Act.
Did political spin hide the truth of Benghazi?
Ever since Watergate became the shorthand for a government run amok, the political cliché of our time has been about the political lesson of that era: That the coverup can be worse than the crime. Apply that cliché to Benghazi — and questions about the motive for removing the terror link from talking points about the Libyan attack in the heat of an election.
Maybe I should just pack up and go home. Golly. – President Barack Obama (April 30, 2013)
This was the President’s response when asked whether he still had the “juice” to get the rest of his agenda through this Congress.
If you were listening to the press conference, that flutter of hope that welled up within you was swiftly quelled when the president assured us that his remark was a joke. He also quoted Mark Twain saying, “You know, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.”
One of the main justifications made by the proponents of the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743) is that it remedies an unfair tax advantage that online businesses enjoy over their brick-and-mortar counterparts under current law. As a result, S. 743 has enjoyed strong support from many small retailers across the country. However, the legislation will prove to be Trojan horse to the competitive interests of small retailers.
S. 744 discourages respect for the rule of law, favors law-breakers over immigrants patiently waiting in line, and encourages future unlawful immigration. It will also further bankrupt the nation—a similar amnesty bill considered in 2007 would have cost $2.5 trillion from providing government benefits to legalized immigrants.
It is not every week that the Senate confronts a cabinet nominee who does not believe in the equal application of the law and intends to micromanage your life, except for this week. On Thursday the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a vote on the nomination of Thomas Perez, the current Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, to be the next Secretary of Labor. That vote will likely send Perez’s nomination to the Senate floor. Before that occurs, here’s a list of 10 examples of why Thomas Perez should not be confirmed as the next Secretary of Labor.
As the Senate prepares to move a five-year food and farm welfare bill next week and the House marches ever closer toward its May 15 committee mark up, conservative stalwarts are once again tasked with stopping yet another Obamacare-sized monstrosity.
Last year, patent absurdity found a champion in Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). In a statement that firmly planted her feet in thin air and defied all reasonable expectations of truthfulness, Senator Stabenow declared that she and her fellow Agriculture Committee Members would be “putting forward policies that I am sure the Senate will support that will guarantee there is not $1 that is going to somebody who doesn’t deserve it or to someone who is cheating.”