Congress

Counterpoint: China's 27-Year Undeclared War on the U.S.

In 1991 Chinese Communist leaders declared, "The new Cold War between China and America has begun.” China has been at war with us ever since.  And when your enemy says you are at war, then you are at war, whether you want to be or not.

How to Deal with Newly Empowered Xi Jinping

Politically, Washington should treat the PRC as a serious competitor. Depending on the issue, China may be adversary or friend. The U.S. should emphasize areas where the two nations’ interests coincide and look for compromises where interests diverge. Washington cannot dictate: negotiation over contested issues is inevitable.

GOP President and Congress Still Funding Planned Parenthood

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

If Planned Parenthood has been aborting babies during Trump's first year in office at the same pace as it did in fiscal 2016 (878 per day), it will have aborted 233,548 babies in the 266 days that will pass between the day Trump first signed a federal spending bill that permitted funding of Planned Parenthood and the expiration of the current one. Trump needs to tell the Republican Congress: He will not sign another spending bill that permits funding of Planned Parenthood.

The Tax Bill and Freud's Narcissism of Small Differences

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Economics, it is often argued, is as much emotional as scientific. Most of us, I hope, would like to be on the optimistic side.  The Democrats, however, have a problem with this.  For them to root for the success of the economy is to root against themselves.  They know this full well because it was one of them who invented the famous phrase "It's the economy, stupid."

You Are The Conservative Leader You Have Been Waiting For

On Monday a group of forty-four conservative leaders issued a letter to Congress demanding that Capitol Hill's Republican majority make good on their campaign promises to cut wasteful spending, rebuild our national defense, stop amnesty, build the wall and finally repeal Obamacare. You can add your signature to the letter by clicking this link.

44 Conservative Leaders to Congress: NOW will you listen to us?

Forty-four conservative leaders, including CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie, wrote to the GOP Congress telling them the American people took seriously their campaign promises. They should cut wasteful spending, rebuild our national defense, stop amnesty and finally repeal Obamacare.

Amnesty ‘Deal’ Talk Is Making the Rounds Again in Washington

Genevieve Wood, CNS News

Unfortunately, the only actions many in Congress seem interested in taking when it comes to immigration reform are the tried and true failed policies of the past. Give amnesty now to those here illegally with a promise of later securing the border and doing the hard work to improve our country’s immigration system. It’s time lawmakers know that game is over.

What Are Our Representatives Supposed to Do?

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

History has shown that bad men in positions of power rarely get better; they often get worse. They tend to abuse power. They tend to exercise their judgment — or lack thereof — even when they pledge to do otherwise. That means that we must measure our candidates for character as well as position. "May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof," President John Adams prayed regarding the White House. He didn't pray that they agree with him on tariffs.

Tax reform is never easy, but GOP majorities hang in the balance

Newt Gingrich, The Hill

If President Trump signs this bill into law by Christmas, not only will Republicans keep their majorities in both the House and Senate, but the United States will enter a new age of prosperity to the benefit of every American. However, if this tax cut bill is allowed to fail, the future for the GOP will be in peril.

As goes Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, so goes Congress

Salena Zito, Washington Examiner

For the first time in a very long time, Pennsylvania will have four open contests in the state, four seats held by Republicans who have vacated their seats either for retirement (Charlie Dent), scandal (Tim Murphy), presidential appointment (Tom Marino), or seeking higher office (Lou Barletta). All of this makes for the perfect window into what might be going on in the rest of the country.

EPA, do us all a favor and don't pick favorites

Editors, Washington Examiner

That doesn't mean Trump should rig the rules to help coal, as early hints suggest it may. Any new climate rules should be as neutral as possible. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt put it well: "Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick winners and losers." Trump and Pruitt, we hope, understand the difference between minimizing harm and helping industries. A wise policy would meet the statutory requirements and so defang inevitable environmentalist lawsuits, while refusing to favor coal, gas, nuclear, or renewables.

Conservative stalwart Mark Green running for Congress in Tennessee

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Green considered running for Senate against fellow Republican Sen. Bob Corker. But Green pivoted to the House and the suburban Nashville seat being vacated by Rep. Marsha Blackburn after the popular conservative signaled her intent to succeed Corker. Blackburn announced her Senate bid on Thursday. Green was immediately endorsed by Club for Growth.

California Joins The Confederate States Of America

In the Leftist fever to remove any symbol associated with the Confederate side of the American Civil War it is beyond comical that yesterday, California's liberal Governor Jerry Brown joined the Confederacy in attempting to nullify laws passed by Congress.

New deadline as standoff deepens between House, FBI over Trump dossier

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The prospect of the FBI adopting a partisan opposition research project raised "questions about the FBI's independence from politics," said Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, who is also investigating the dossier. In the end, it's always possible that the GOP's concerns are exaggerated, that there is little to the story. That's what the House committee wants to find out -- without, so far, information from the FBI that could shed light on the matter.

Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If democracy, as Freedom House contends, is in global retreat, one reason may be that, in our new age, legislatures, split into hostile blocs checkmating one another, cannot act with the dispatch impatient peoples now demand of their rulers. In the days of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, Congress was a rival to even strong presidents. Those days are long gone.

The Only Problem Facing President Trump’s Tax Reform Ideas

We are all for the President’s tax reform principles, but we hope he understands that, like Obamacare repeal, the problem getting it passed isn’t the Democrats, it’s the establishment Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

GOP Coalition Has Gone to Battle Stations—Against Itself

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What seems apparent is that the historic opportunity the party had in January, to forge a coalition of conservatives and populists who might find common ground on immigration, trade, border security, spending, culture and foreign policy, is slipping away. And the battle for the soul and future of the GOP, thought to have been suspended until 2020, is on once again.

There are no decent plans in Congress, just lies, intraparty squabbling

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The intraparty squabbling within the GOP has reached levels we have not seen from either party in at least a half-century. How it is Mr. Trump’s fault that the professional, experienced politicians in Congress failed to repeal Obamacare is beyond any rational thinking. It is almost as if Republicans in Congress — along with Democrats — are determined to find a Republican somewhere to blame for it.

The key to passing tax reform: Keep it simple, stupid

Stephen Moore, The Hill

Republicans, don’t try to rewrite the 80,000-page tax code. Cut taxes now and then build political momentum for a tax reform and simplification agenda in 2018 and 2019. Three years after Reagan cut taxes in 1981, the economy boomed to 4 percent growth and the Gipper won 49 states in the next election. That’s a pretty smart model to follow.