Tag: House of Representatives

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The House is debating H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and it’s being streamed live right now. Preview Open

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer House Republicans for listening to the backlash and reinstating the adoption tax credit into their tax reform bill. They also discuss the allegations of sexual misconduct reported by the Washington Post about GOP Alabama U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore, and while debate over the veracity of the accusations continues, they are appalled at the number of Republican officials in Alabama who don’t see a problem even if the stories are true. And they groan as Bowe Bergdahl may end up getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay from his time in captivity after deserting his unit and misbehaving before the enemy.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Rich McFadden of Radio America discuss the Capitol Police response to the shooting early Wednesday morning in Alexandria, VA where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were injured during their practice for the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game. They also speculate about the possible motive of the 66-year old shooter from Illinois based on reports of his incendiary political views found on his social media account. And they react to the polarized responses on social media that are erupting across the political spectrum following the attack.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The First Test Has Been Passed

 
Ron Estes.

In what many considered to be the first test of President Trump’s coattails, Kansas Republican Ron Estes won the House seat vacated by Mike Pompeo, who was chosen by Trump to be CIA Director. Although we are still 19 months away, every election like this will be used as a barometer of the direction of the country, whether we like it or not.

Republicans have held off a surprisingly strong Democratic challenge for a Kansas House seat in the first congressional election since President Donald Trump’s November victory.

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Since last week’s Indiana primary, and the subsequent departures of Ted Cruz and John Kasich, there has been a lot of media speculation on what the coming Trump nomination will mean to down-ballot GOP candidates for congress and senate. Preview Open

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Based on what I’ve seen him accomplish, and this: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/139541975641/the-trump-master-persuader-index-and-reading-list and this: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/143431313681/the-unfavorability-illusion I assume Trump will win in a landslide. For the moment, if you doubt that please put aside your skepticism and let’s look at the consequences for the Republican Party, especially in the House of Rep. and the Senate. Preview Open

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Folks, it’s time to stop talking Trump, start talking turkey. Life is long, & it’s longer if you make bad choices. For better & worse, we’re conservatives, & what does that mean in America? It means you get the Congress, but maybe not the presidency. Time was, the GOP had no big problem winning the […]

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593px-Paul_Ryan_at_Utah_fundraiser_2012With Kevin McCarthy out, Rep. Paul Ryan is — inevitably — under immense pressure to run for speaker of the house and to give Boehner a way out of it. Ryan, however, has made it abundantly clear for years that he does not want the job.

Every politician under the sun talks about their family when choosing not to run for some higher office, so it’s no surprise that Ryan says he wants to be based in Janesville, Wisconsin and see his three kids as much as possible. But every remotely fair-minded reporter I’ve read ends up convinced that Paul Ryan actually means it and isn’t merely being coy.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Litmus Test for GOP Leadership

 

shutterstock_225535513A big topic of conversation in the Beltway and beyond is the new Republican leadership elections scheduled for next week. While most are asking who will replace Boehner’s team, the more important question is what will they do differently?

There’s a great opportunity for new GOP leadership to differentiate themselves, which will start the process of taking advantage of their majorities in both houses. It’s past time for Republicans to move legislation that Democrats can’t duck and that will advance our strategic interests and policy goals, and it’s what Americans want to see Republicans do.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ‘Uncommon Knowledge’ Flashback: Kevin McCarthy on the GOP House

 

House majority leader Kevin McCarthy is being mentioned as a possible replacement for departing Speaker of the House John Boehner. In this Uncommon Knowledge interview recorded a year ago, Peter Robinson sits down with the Bakersfield congressman to discuss his role in the House, the future of California, and actions taken on the border. McCarthy began his own business at age 19, eventually went on to work in the California State Assembly, and was elected to Congress in 2006.

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The announcement of Speaker Boehner’s sudden retirement has mostly been met with joy, and I am not sorry to see him go. But we should temper our enthusiasm about how radical a change will come with a new speaker.

The reality of the House, in my opinion, is that it is not made up of two parties. It is made up of three.

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My Congressman, Chris Gibson, is up for re-election. He’ll probably win pretty easily, but I wanted to make sure my voice was out in public supporting him. Here’s a letter I sent today to the local papers: Preview Open

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McCarthyWhen I interviewed him yesterday for Uncommon Knowledge, Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California, the new House Majority Leader, stressed the truly democratic character of the House of Representatives. Members of the House, he said with real affection for the institution, come from all walks of life. He spoke with particular pride of having persuaded a farmer from Frog Jump, Tennessee — of all places — to run for the House in 2010… a farmer who is now known as Congressman Stephen Fincher.

Here’s the way Leader McCarthy summed it up: