Despite tough talk from self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives in the United States House of Representatives on out-of-control government spending, House Republicans passed a bill that permits the president a three-month hike in the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. The vote on measure passed 285 to 144, with more Democrats voting against it than Republicans. The agreement has provoked anger from conservatives who believe the GOP has failed to maintain fiscal conservatism by caving on the debt ceiling, however temporary, without securing any budget cuts.
Calling it a debt limit “suspension,” the House voted today to pass the "No Budget, No Pay Act," a measure that will allow the federal government to continue to spend until May 19, at which time it will consider the issue once again. It also takes away any threat of a government shutdown which the GOP initially considered as a way to force the Obama administration to agree to spending cuts. At least for the moment.
Congress could overturn Roe v. Wade by using the power delegated to it in Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution to limit the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to (in this instance) hear abortion cases. Yet this congressional power is largely forgotten and ignored.
House Republicans have decided to pass on a stand-off against the White House and Democratic Senate on the looming national debt limit fight, choosing instead to insist upon an unconstitutional measure denying Senators federal pay until the Senate passes a budget.
The Conservative Action Project issued a memo to GOP leaders to stand firm on the debt ceiling issue and demand that the White House agree to spending cuts first. That strategy is likely to have as much success as the last debt ceiling confrontation did in 2011: None.
Sen. Rand Paul is readying legislation to "nullify" President Obama's executive orders to implement national gun control "laws" in violation of the Constitution.
Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted against a nearly $10 billion aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The retirement of Congressman Ron Paul from the House of Representatives last week did not end the Texas libertarian's influence in Congress. And if the first week of the new Congress is any indication, his influence has only multiplied.
With its last-minute New Year’s Day deal, Congress has pulled Americans back ever so slightly from two approaching precipices. First, of course, was the “fiscal cliff,” which has received most of the attention. But the agreement also kept the country from driving over the “dairy cliff,” which could have caused milk prices to double in fairly short order.
With the newly enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act, taxpayers will find once again that their taxes will be going up, along with deficits and government spending, despite the rhetoric about the Act "fixing the fiscal cliff."
By a vote of 73-23, the United States Senate voted to extend for five years the FISA Amendments authorizing the warrantless wiretapping of domestic communications.