House Republicans

Despite majority, House Republicans struggle to govern

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Veteran House Republicans said in interviews Tuesday that their problems run deeper. They lack the unity, mindset and political will to make the hard choices required to govern. The healthcare breakdown is just another symptom of this broader political virus that seems immune to all antibodies, including President Trump, the Republican who took up residence in the White House in January.

Tax Reduction and Reform: President Trump Goes After The Swamp

Reducing the tax burden on businesses will encourage long-term investment, make them more competitive and help get our economy growing and creating private sector jobs. This is the tax plan that the American people supported when they elected President Trump, so Speaker Ryan and House Republicans would do well to give it their full support.

Obama left a lot of House Cleaning to do

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

While cleaning up the unmentionables after Obama’s regulatory Bacchanal is the Lord’s work, Ryan advertised that by mid-March he’d have Obamacare in his crosshairs. He’s going to have to stick to that schedule, because the folks who put the GOP in sole control of the federal government are not going to be interested in excuses. If this is spring training, it had better produce a team ready to win on Opening Day.

Pence rallies GOP before final stretch

Scott Wong, The Hill

Hill Republicans who’ve been highly skeptical of Donald Trump feel good about their standard-bearer’s running mate, Mike Pence. The Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee stormed Capitol Hill on Tuesday, holding a series of meetings to reassure Republicans fretting about the presidential ticket and its impact on the GOP’s House and Senate majorities.

Spending clash looms for GOP

Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong, The Hill

The two top Republicans in Congress are pursuing strikingly different strategies on spending bills this year, setting up a possible collision when funding for the government is scheduled to expire just weeks before the presidential election.

House GOP likely to miss budget deadline

Sarah Ferris, The Hill

House Republicans are expected to blow past a key budget deadline this week after party leaders failed to resolve a months-long fight over spending levels. Several lawmakers and aides said Tuesday the GOP was no closer to consensus on next year’s $1.04 trillion spending levels after a two-week hiatus from Capitol Hill.

Memo to House Republicans: Ryan’s Agenda Will Help Trump and Cruz

Speaker Ryan is completely tone deaf to what is driving the outsider candidacies of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. They are not winning the Republican Primaries by campaigning against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – they are winning by campaigning against Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Reince Priebus and the rest of the feckless, principle-free Capitol Hill Republican leaders. Ryan’s plan for this year’s budget will only fuel their candidacies.

Secure Border, Punish Illegals: R's New Amnesty Measures

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

House R's are moving ahead with legislation to force the Homeland Security Department to secure the worst parts of the southern border within two years, and to have the entire 2,000-mile border under control within five years.

Thank Repubs. For A Safer Social Security Retirement Fund

Romina Boccia, Daily Signal

The new rule strengthens the integrity of Social Security’s separate trust funds by putting a procedural barrier in place to prevent lawmakers from raiding retirement funds to shore up the bleeding disability trust fund. 

The House GOP’s Only Constituencies Are Washington And Wall Street

The GOP leadership, the lawyers, the lobbyists, the consultant class of the Republican party, and all the big donors don’t understand that these people are angry. … They are saying that John Boehner doesn’t care about them, and all he cares about is the special interests. I’ve never seen anything like this in the base of a party." 

Scalise Blasted For Backing O's Amnesty Via Omnibus

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise is coming under fire in conservative circles for supporting the effort by Speaker John Boehner, Maj. Leader Kevin McCarthy & Approps. Comm. chair Rep. Hal Rogers to reach a spending deal that would fund Obama’s exec. amnesty.

Conservatives Scoff at Boehner Amnesty Deal

Lauren French, Anna Palmer and Burgess Everett, Politico

Conserv. R's are expressing their dissatisfaction with the plan outlined by Boehner. Instead of a spending bill that keeps the gov't funded through Sept. with a chance to review Homeland Security’s funding in March, the lawmakers want to pass a much shorter resolution.

Right Voices Opposition to Funding Plan

Cristina Marcos, The Hill

Leading conservatives are voicing opposition to a plan that would avoid a gov't shutdown by funding most of the gov't through next Sept. The lawmakers described the plan as a concession and called on House R's to only agree to a short-term funding bill for the gov't.

GOP Hawks Sink Libertarian Bid to Lead Key Conserv. Bloc

Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon

Defense-oriented conservs. won out in races for the chairmanships of key House panels, and in at least one case, a member’s perceived weakness on defense issues may have scuttled his bid to lead an influential bloc of House conservs.

Outside Groups Launch $8M Campaign to Boost House GOP

Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill

Two big Repub. outside spending groups are launching their first major fall campaign, spending $8 million on polling and advertising in nine targeted House races. Amer. Action Network and its super-PAC, the Cong. Leadership Fund, are targeting largely offensive opportunities for the GOP.

Report Proposes Solutions to Ensure Targeting Never Happens Again

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Staff

House Oversight and Gov't Reform Comm. Chairman Darrell Issa released a report titled, “Making Sure Targeting Never Happens: Getting Politics Out of the IRS and Other Solutions." The report proposes a number of reforms to the IRS that would protect Americans from being targeting by the IRS.

GOP Plans $659M Border Bill

Cristina Marcos and Peter Schroeder, The Hill

House Repubs. plan to vote Thurs. on $659 million in funding to assist authorities at the border, far less than the $3.7 billion requested by Obama weeks ago. Repubs. say they aren't sure the measure has the votes to pass the House.

Have You Called Congress About The Illegal Alien Invasion?

How Congress chooses to act in the coming hours and days will determine whether the President succeeds in his plan to nullify the immigration laws of the United States, said Sen. Jeff Sessions. Conservatives must be unrelenting in their demand that Congress, specifically House Republicans, get serious about stopping the invasion of our southern border.

House R's Closer to Vote on Slimmer Border Bill

Peter Schroeder and Cristina Marcos, The Hill

House R's are moving toward a vote on a (bad) slimmed-down border bill that would give Obama less than $1 billion to deal with the migrant influx. R's said there's an overwhelming sense that the House should pass legislation to address the border crisis before the Aug. recess.

Reid: Obama May Have to Act on Immigration

Seung Min Kim, Politico

Harry Reid said that the Obama administration will have to act alone on stemming deportations if the House doesn’t move on immigration reform by August's end. Dems think BHO has the capacity to move further in executive orders "to protect innocent people from deportation.”