The states of irrelevance: A case for the original United States Senate

By Tom Toth Elections to decide who will control Congressional majorities in the House and Senate are less than seven weeks away, and this calm before the political storm is as good a time as any to analyze the state our government’s most powerful branch—the people’s Congress. Specifically, why exactly do we have two chambers that are elected the same […]

Harry Reid’s lame duck strategy on the budget

By Robert Romano With summer recess in full gear, it’s probably a safe bet your kids got more done at the water park than the U.S. Senate did all year. While the House has been busy passing appropriations bills all year long — 7 in all, including 215 spending amendments — the Senate has not brought a single one off […]

Senate Commerce Committee urged to pass clean version of STELA

By ALG Staff Americans for Limited Government president Nathan Mehrens today urged Senator John Thune (R-SD) to, “join the Senate Judiciary Committee in passing a clean version of STELA reauthorization.” The STELA reauthorization which is scheduled to expire this year, governs the relationships between broadcasters and cable providers. Mehrens describes the law in his letter saying, “Congress has recognized broadcasters’ […]

If the Redskins have to change their name, the Senate should rename the Russell Senate Office Building

By Robert Romano Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens on June 18 in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urged the Senate to change the name of the Russell Senate Office Building. The building was named after Georgian Democrat Senator Richard Russell, Jr. who Mehrens noted “filibustered civil rights legislation, actively supported segregation, and even co-authored […]

Congressional calendar winding down on STELA

By Rick Manning The clock is rapidly expiring on the 113th Congress. While in the rest of the world, the beginning of June signals a nearing to the midpoint of the year, in Congress during an even-numbered election year, when the calendar flips to June, it signals a mere 10 workweeks until the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. […]

Democrats and Republicans agree — Obama can’t be trusted

By Tom Toth It happened—Congressional Democrats have reached unanimous agreement with Republicans that President Obama cannot be trusted to make the most common sense leadership decisions, at least in relationship to foreign policy and American diplomacy. The Ted Cruz-authored bill banning a known Iranian terrorist—and champion of the Iranian hostage crisis—from the United States, and therefore appointment as the American ambassador […]

Ted Cruz’s bill banning Iranian terrorist from diplomatic post meets unanimous support in House and Senate

By Tom Toth Ted Cruz’s bill banning a known Iranian terrorist—and champion of the Iranian hostage crisis—from appointment as the American ambassador from Iran is likely to make it to Barack Obama’s desk after unanimous passage through the House and Senate. Hamid Aboutalebi was a primary participant in the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The decision to appoint Aboutalebi to a […]

Senator Cornyn against media ‘shield’ bill: Right for all the wrong reasons

By Robert Romano Some of the senators raising objections to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) so-called media “shield” bill may want to come up with a more coherent argument. Take Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) who is quoted in a Breitbart story saying the bill “was essentially an attempt to deflect… from the Department of Justice and this administration… the criticism they […]

Media shield law is anything but

Click here to tell Congress to STOP the war on the freedom of the press! By Robert Romano The ill-titled “Free Flow of Information Act” — supposedly a bill that will protect journalists’ confidential sources often as it relates to the publication classified information — has enough votes in the Senate to pass, sponsor Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) has proclaimed. […]

Are Senate Republican failures the Tea Party’s fault?

By Don Todd It is an article of faith in Washington among the ruling class that were it not for those unreasonable conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee that Republicans would control the Senate.  Those are the types, so the mantra goes, who win primaries and then lose elections that could otherwise be won.  Were it not for them, […]

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