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    Rep. Elise Stefanik has endorsed Carl Paladino in New York's 23rd Congressional District. Carl Paladino, the Republican congressional candidate endorsed on June 6 by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik in his run for New York's 23rd Congressional District, praised Adolf Hitler during a radio appearance in 2021. Paladino, a former Buffalo Board of Education official, said in comments unearthed by Media Matters for America that the United States needed someone like Hitler at the helm. "I was thinking the other day about — somebody had mentioned on the radio Adolf Hitler and how he aroused the crowds. And he would get up there screaming these epithets and these people were just — they were hypnotized by him. That's, I guess, I guess that's the kind of leader we need today. We need somebody inspirational," said Paladino during an appearance Feb. 13, 2021, on a radio show on Buffalo station WBEN. "We need somebody that is a doer, has been there and done it." Stefanik endorsed Paladino, who also served as a New York co-chair of former President Donald Trump's failed...
    Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) announced the endorsement of 'my friend Carl Paladino.' House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik has endorsed former Buffalo Board of Education member and New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino for the open seat in New York's 23rd Congressional District. The wealthy real estate developer was removed from the board in 2017 after using racial slurs about former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. Stefanik, who represents the state's 21st Congressional District, tweeted on Friday, "I am proud to announce my endorsement of my friend Carl Paladino in #NY23. Carl is a job creator and conservative outsider who will be a tireless fighter for the people of New York in our fight to put America First to save the country." Paladino, a frequent candidate and the New York co-chair of former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, has a history of making racist, misogynistic, and homophobic comments. In 2010, Paladino ran unsuccessfully for New York governor. During the campaign, he made national news for circulating racist, offensive, and pornographic emails. He defended sending around...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence is slated to meet with members of the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in Congress, on June 21. The visit to Capitol Hill will mark the second time Pence, who chaired the group for a time during his 12-year House career, has met with the RSC since Rep. Jim Banks, a fellow Indiana Republican, started leading the caucus. Pence huddled with the group on Feb. 21 to discuss conservatives’ agenda, Punchbowl News reported. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE ENDORSES BLAKE MASTERS IN ARIZONA SENATE RACE Pence will be the latest in a slew of rumored GOP presidential contenders to meet with the influential group, with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also having met with the caucus. Over the course of the past year, the RSC has also been closely aligned with former President Donald Trump and visited the U.S.-Mexico border in April 2021. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The...
    Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, two Trump loyalists on the hard right of the Republican Party, almost came to blows in an argument about white nationalism, according to a new report. The two are often seen as part of the same firebrand wing of the party - happy to stoke outrage and say almost anything to generate headlines. But Politico reports that their loathing for each other boiled over during a meeting of the House Freedom Caucus in March. Insiders say Boebert is more of a team player and hates being linked with her Georgia colleague. When the House Freedom Caucus board of directors gathered at its meeting spot near the Capitol, the two got into an argument about Greene's appearance at a event organized by a known white nationalist.  A Republican lawmaker described fearing that their tussle might go beyond words and turn into a physical fight if another board member had not intervened.  Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) and Lauren Boebert are often seen as firebrand bedfellows, but lawmakers said they almost came to blows during a...
    This week was a revelation—we finally discovered that Republican leaders actually have limits to their shamelessness. Even after spending the past six years consistently enabling a racist vulgarian who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy, paid off a porn star to cover up an extramarital affair, and incited a violent insurrection to overturn our elections—it took a bizarre comment by freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn to force GOP leadership into showing us their embarrassed face. Cawthorn got a little too comfortable on a podcast last week, waxing poetic about Republican orgies—a.k.a “sexual get-together[s]”—featuring “key bumps of cocaine” at an older colleague’s home. What should have been a salacious story of DC sexual politics (and a middle-aged lament on my part as to why I haven’t been invited to such amazing events) has instead become a full-blown GOP family drama. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other senior GOP leaders met with Cawthorn, the youngest Republican in Congress, at the Capitol on Wednesday. They asked him to name the people involved in the alleged orgy. According to McCarthy, Cawthorn said...
    The chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus is demanding U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) back up his incendiary charges that several members of Congress invited him to alleged orgies where they would do “key bumps” of cocaine. Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) (photo), who has been asked by the January 6 Committee to testify but has refused, told Politico’s Olivia Beavers, “I think it is important, if you’re going to say something like that, to name some names.” Tuesday Beavers also reported that House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had wanted to speak with Cawthorn about the allegations – not to start any type of investigation, but because some Republicans said they were “upset” Cawthorn made the claim. Perry and McCarthy are not the only ones angered about Cawthorn’s charges. “You should have to name names if you are going to go make those kinds of brush stroke accusations and impugn the character of people in this institution or … anybody else in this town,” an unnamed House Republican, told Beavers. Last week Cawthorn told the “Warrior Poet Society” podcast...
    EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Scott Perry is endorsing Jeremy Munson in the special House election in Minnesota, signaling likely Freedom Caucus support for the Republican legislator over Jennifer Carnahan, the former state GOP chairwoman and widow of Rep. Jim Hagedorn. Hagedorn died Feb. 17 after a bout with cancer, sparking a special election in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, with the primary set for May 24 and the general contest scheduled for Aug. 9. Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the influential House Freedom Caucus, announced Monday he was backing Munson over Carnahan and several other GOP primary contenders in a bid to coalesce grassroots conservatives behind the state representative’s candidacy. “Jeremy Munson has earned my enthusiastic endorsement for Congress, and I’m excited to welcome him to the team. Jeremy has a proven record of standing up to establishment pressure and doing what’s right for the People of southern Minnesota,” Perry said in a statement first shared with the Washington Examiner. “Jeremy does more than just talk the talk, he has walked the walk,” Perry added. “His principled leadership is desperately...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's most loyal allies in Congress have been relegated to the political wilderness for the past few years. Now they're plotting their comeback.With the growing likelihood that Republicans will take over the House after elections this fall -- and the prospect of Trump running for president again in 2024 -- members of the Trump-loving House Freedom Caucus are preparing to flex their muscles in the next era. Under the new leadership of Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, the group is hoping to use its hardline tactics, connections to Trump and friendlier relationship with GOP leadership to bend their party to their will and put their MAGA-like stamp on the conference.Among the top items on their wish list: They want more of their members in positions of authority under a GOP-led House. One Freedom Caucus co-founder and Trump acolyte, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, is already in line to wield the coveted House Judiciary Committee gavel -- and all the subpoena power that comes with it. Another caucus member is vying to lead the House Homeland Security Committee...
    Marjorie Taylor Greene gets nasty after another House member told her to pipe down during Tuesday's State of the Union address, which she repeatedly interrupted. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House Minority Leader, didn’t want to talk about the two far-right extremists—Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar—in his caucus who spoke at a white-nationalist convention in Florida last weekend. “I’ve already commented on that,” he said when a reporter asked about the situation in a press conference Tuesday. When another journalist returned to the question, he retorted sharply: “I’ve already answered that,” and walked away from the podium. Of course, he hadn’t answered it: The day before, he had called the rhetoric used by conference organizer Nick Fuentes “appalling” and said the “language that he uses about antisemitism and the chanting for Putin is unacceptable”—but that the only thing he intended to do about it was “have a discussion” with Greene and Gosar. The question he wouldn’t answer was whether he would take any action beyond that—and his refusal to answer gives tells us all we need to know. Greene repaid...
    EXCLUSIVE — The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing Republicans in the Senate to take a stronger stance against federal vaccine mandates before voting to fund the government ahead of a Friday shutdown deadline. “We urge you — and all Senators — not to just seek to ‘process amendments,’ but to seek the only resolution a free people deserve: defunding President Biden’s harmful vaccine mandates,” the caucus said in a letter to Republican senators Wednesday morning, first shared with the Washington Examiner. The House Freedom Caucus took an official position in November to oppose any continuing resolution or government funding legislation while federal COVID-19 mandates remain in place. If Republicans in the Senate banded together to do the same, they could force a government shutdown over the issue. MCCONNELL: ‘NO DANGER OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN’ OVER VACCINE MANDATES Some Republican senators have moved to take action. Earlier this week, a group of Republican senators wrote to colleges stating their intention to oppose the continuing resolution to fund the government unless the Senate held a roll...
    The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Joyce Beatty, said Tuesday that Republican Rep. Hal Rogers told her 'kiss my a**' when she requested he wear a mask while the two rode the House subway.  'Today, while heading to the House floor for votes, I respectfully asked my colleague @RepHalRogers to put on a mask while boarding the train. He then poked my back, demanding I get on the train,' she tweeted. 'When I asked him not to touch me, he responded, "kiss my a**."'  She said that it was the 'kind of disrespect we have been fighting for years, and indicative of the larger issue we have with GOP Members flaunting health and safety mandates designed to keep us and our staff safe.'  '@RepHalRogers when you are ready to grow up and apologize for your behavior, you know where to find me,' the Ohio Democrat added. Rogers later apologized.    'This afternoon, I met with @RepBeatty to personally apologize. My words were not acceptable and I expressed my regret to her, first and foremost,' the Kentucky Republican tweeted.   The chairwoman of the Congressional...
    On Friday, CNN reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has lost his patience with Republican House members demanding he appease them in return for electing him speaker down the line — and issued a threat to these members in a December meeting. "The House Republican leader cast off his typically sunny demeanor during a December 8 meeting of the GOP conference to deliver a stern warning to his most raucous members: Quit trying to hold your vote for speaker over my head," reported Michael Warren and Melanie Zanona. "'He said, 'If any of you come to me and tell me that you're not going to vote for me unless I do something, I'm going to do exactly the opposite, even if I agree with you,'' said Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who was there at the time. A second Republican member told CNN McCarthy punctuated his threat with, 'I mean it.'" Another unnamed GOP member put McCarthy's message bluntly: "He shifted from friendly mode to 'stop f***ing around and hurting the conference' mode." Republicans are widely considered to...
                 Members of the Georgia House Republican Caucus have elected State Representative Bonnie Rich (R-Suwanee) as their new House Majority Caucus Chair for the remainder of the 2021-2022 legislative term. Georgia House Republican Caucus members announced the news this week. Rich represents District 97, which includes portions of Gwinnett County. Voters first elected her in 2018. Georgia’s chamber of commerce interests have donated $4,250 to Rich since 2018, shortly before she took office. Georgia State Representative Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) said last February that she suspected members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber worked behind the scenes to kill Byrd’s Voter ID legislation. Byrd said she believed Georgia Chamber members disliked her Voter ID legislation because it would try to stop non-citizens from voting. She said at the time that Rich worked to block Byrd’s legislation in a Special Committee on Election Integrity subcommittee. The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission’s website lists Rich’s donors. The Georgia Chamber’s Political Affairs Council, for instance, donated $3,500 to Rich’s campaign efforts since 2018. According to its website, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has a Governmental...
    Anti-democratic House Republicans Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Elise Stefenik, and Jim Banks. All four voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus' (CHC) campaign arm has released English and Spanish-language digital ads slamming anti-democratic Congressional Republicans on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.  “An attack on our democracy,” the ad’s narrator says. “Rioters in the Capitol. Beating police. Killing an officer. And Republican politicians? Silent.” Proving that point: When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a moment of silence on Thursday, just one lone House Republican bothered to show up.  “National Republicans turned their backs on our country,” the narrator’s ad continues. “It’s time for leaders who won’t look the other way.” x x YouTube Video “Republicans in Congress helped spread the 'Big Lie' and have consistently denied the full scale of violence at the Capitol, comparing the mob’s breaching of the building to a ‘normal tourist visit,” BOLD PAC Chair Ruben Gallego said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “One year later, they are still hiding the truth about the insurrection, turning...
    Just six and a half years ago, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan was plotting a Freedom Caucus response after Republican leadership stripped then-North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows of a subcommittee chairmanship as retaliation for opposing a trade deal. In January 2021, then-President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Jordan chronicles the evolution from being a nuisance to Republican leadership to a leader in his party and a prime target for Democrats in Do What You Said You Would Do: Fighting for Freedom in the Swamp, his first political memoir. Now, Jordan is one of the most notable and influential Republicans in the House with his eye on becoming chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee should his party win the House in 2022. The most recent evidence of his importance was the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol requesting, three days before Christmas, that Jordan appear before the panel to answer questions. Like many books written by politicians, Jordan's includes passages articulating his core principles and a highlight...
    Rightwing firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hit back at her Republican colleague Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, saying he was 'shooting with blanks' after he launched an outspoken attack against 'grifters' in the party. Crenshaw is the latest to raise concerns about the likes of Greene and other members of the House Freedom Caucus who have discovered they can generate headlines with outlandish statements. But she hit back in a tweet. 'Recent attacks from our conference on the @freedomcaucus not only misses the mark, it tells more about the guy shooting with blanks,' she wrote on Wednesday. 'It's a lot better for him to move to the right than disappoint the audience he performs for.'  Greene has a record of making incendiary comments, from sharing QAnon conspiracy theories to apparently condoning violence against Democrats.     Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hit back at criticism of 'grifters' in the Republican Party, claiming a battle for the identity of the Republican Party was under way that would make it stronger Greene defended her approach, saying that  She was stripped...
    (CNN)Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw did something rare in Republican politics over the weekend: He used actual facts to rebut a commonly held misconception.Speaking at an event for the Texas Liberty Alliance PAC on Sunday, Crenshaw lit into what are often believed to be the most conservative -- and most Trump-loving -- members of the GOP conference.Here's Crenshaw: "There's two types of Members of Congress: There's performance artists and legislators. The performance artists are the ones that get all the attention, the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well, they know how to recite the lines that they know our voters want to hear."He then goes on to cite data suggesting that Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, was actually one of the most loyal supporters of the then-President's agenda in 2017 and 2018, during the 115th Congress when Republicans held both the House and Senate majorities.Read MoreThen Crenshaw drops the hammer, noting that the House Freedom Caucus members were some of the least loyal to Trump's agenda....
    Sure, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is coddling GOP caucus extremists in his caucus in his quest for the speakership. Sure, a small cadre of House Republicans who have gleefully put their colleagues' lives on the line are running the joint with McCarthy's blessing. Sure, some members of that same group are raising money hand over fist by zealously chasing the title of "worst human in the world." But it's all just business as usual, says veteran GOP lawmaker Tom Cole, a 10-term Oklahoma Congressman. “There’s always some gifted communicator who comes in,” said Rep. Cole, who was elected as part of the 1994 Republican takeover of the House. “We’re a long way of knowing how long they’ll stay. A lot of the brightest stars of the 1994 class were gone within eight years.” If it weren't required journalistic practice, it would almost be superfluous to name the infamous names at this point. But we're talking about Republican representatives such as Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, and Paul Gosar of Arizona. We can only assume that...
    Democratic House caucus leaders are demanding that Rep. Lauren Boebert be removed from her committee assignments following racist remarks she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar, condemning the Colorado Republican for putting the progressive Democrat and Muslims across the U.S. in danger. In a statement released Wednesday, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Congressional Asian Pacific American Chair Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Congressional Equality Caucus Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) condemned both Boebert's conduct and the refusal of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to hold members of his caucus accountable for bigotry. "Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has absolutely failed in leading his caucus to condemn hatred and bigotry, much less to maintain any basic standards of decency within the halls of Congress," said the Democrats. "He is unwilling or unable to control his own members from inciting violence against other members of Congress or encouraging bigotry and hatred. If he cannot lead his own caucus, he certainly will never be able...
    When your only skill is being a paranoid, gun-obsessed sedition-backing bigot... One House Republican is under investigation for trafficking minors. Another helped cover up the molestation of college athletes. A third partners with neo-Nazis and shows "humorous" invented clips of himself killing Democratic colleagues. A fourth was booted from House Committees for expressing support for political violence—even as that violence threatens her own colleagues. That Rep. Lauren Boebert can remain a serious candidate for Worst Person in Congress in that crowd is a testament to just how aggressively she works at it, but Boebert's claims to fame are many. She's mostly known at this point for being so virulently bigoted against her fellow lawmakers, against Muslims worldwide, and against Rep. Ilhan Omar in particular, that even her own caucus of deplorables has largely steered clear of defending her. For months, Boebert has made a game of inciting her base against Omar, and those repeated anti-Muslim tirades turned into another weekend's news when Boebert mocked Omar as a supposed terrorist to a crowd of supporters last weekend, calling her a member of the...
    CNN Newsroom Host Jim Acosta tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his unwillingness to stand up to the controversial members of the House Republican Conference, warning this “means more hatred, more bigotry, more glorification of violence, and more appeasement.” Acosta began his comments Saturday night, saying: “Welcome to the Trump Republican Party freak show caucus, home of Paul Gosar (R-AZ) who was recently censured for posting a violent photoshopped anime showing him attacking prominent Democrats. And of course, there is Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who has been stripped of her committee assignments in part because of her past racist and anti-Semitic statements.” He continued saying, “The freak show caucus knows the party’s current leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, is not going to stand in their way. McCarthy has gone from blaming Trump for January 6th to complaining that Trump should have been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.” Acosta played a clip of McCarthy speaking in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection saying former President Donald Trump “bears responsibility” for the attack on Congress. He then...
              more   Minnesota’s New House Republican Caucus raised concerns about the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) newly released draft of their K-12 Academic Standards about social studies. They took issue with the curriculum outlined under the social studies section titled “Ethnic Studies.” One statement, categorized under the heading “resistance,” says that students will “organize with others to engage in activities that could further the rights and dignity of all.” According to the proposed academic standards, “The student will describe how individuals and communities have fought for freedom and liberation against systemic and coordinated exercises of power locally and globally, identify strategies or times that have resulted in lasting change.” “Which ‘systemic and coordinated exercises of power’ will be discussed? Does identifying strategies to ‘organize with others to engage in activities’ mean social and political protests taking place during school hours?” The New House Republican Caucus asked in a Facebook post. Another category under Ethnic Studies, titled “identity,” says that students will “analyze the ways power and language construct the social identities of race, religion, geography, ethnicity, and gender.” The...
    MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday reacted to a report that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had to play peacemaker between the members of his caucus “who are closely aligned with former President Donald Trump” and those who voted to pass the Democrats’ so-called infrastructure package. Scarborough said McCarthy “sacrificed his political soul to be Speaker of the House” and was thus losing Trump’s respect. He argued that “the most extreme members of the Republican Party” would soon be “dominating” that caucus. “Kevin McCarthy has sacrificed his political soul to be speaker of the House,” Scarborough outlined. “Donald Trump is saying more and more every day how little respect he has for Kevin McCarthy because he’s not siding with the really extreme members of that Republican caucus because he’s trying at times to act like a speaker in waiting should act, needs to act, but he can’t do that. And so what we’re seeing is, in the words of my grandma, you don’t want to let that horse out of the barn. The horse is starting to...
    Members of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus elected Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry to be its next chair, the group announced late Monday. “For the past six years, I have stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the Freedom Caucus as we have tirelessly fought to hold the line to promote liberty, safety and prosperity for Americans,” Perry said in a statement Monday evening. “I am grateful to continue to carry the torch for these champions of freedom.” Perry is set to succeed Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs, whose leadership term expires on Jan. 1. Perry is a vocal defender of former President Donald Trump, and he voted to object to President Joe Biden’s victory in multiple states, including Pennsylvania. (RELATED: Pence Says He Was ‘Proud’ To Certify The Election On January 6) Rep. Andy Biggs speaks during a news conference outside the Capitol in July. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Perry beat out Republican Reps. Warren Davidson of Ohio and Ralph Norman of South Carolina in his bid to lead the caucus, according to Politico, which first reported...
    After the Jan. 6 insurrection, House Republicans appeared divided. Those who objected to the 2020 election results seemed at odds with the Republicans who strayed from the MAGA pack—the lawmakers who upheld President Joe Biden’s victory, supported a bipartisan investigation of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and, most treacherously of all in their minds, voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump. But you wouldn’t know it from the receipts. In the months since the attack, committees affiliated with 63 of the 139 House Republicans who objected to the election results (the so-called “Sedition Caucus”) have given more than $650,000 to GOP counterparts who certified Trump’s defeat, federal filings show. The recipients even include two GOP lawmakers who impeached Trump for inciting an insurrection—Reps. David Valadao (R-CA) and John Katko (R-NY), who got more than $100,000 combined. More than $200,000 of the total came from House leadership—Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who in May replaced MAGA pariah Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as party chair. McCarthy, Scalise, and Stefanik all objected...
                        House of Delegates Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) outlined Republicans’ legislative goals for when they take majority control of the House, governor, attorney general, and lieutenant governor’s seats. In a press conference Friday, he said that win did give Republicans a mandate but said he was also aware of the need to work across the aisle since the Senate remains in Democratic control. He said the issues that Republicans raised during the campaigns would drive their agenda, including schools, cost of living, and public safety. “We know we have a divided government now, and for lots of reasons, we think at least in terms of administration of the institutions, we will probably work better with the Democratic leadership than the House leadership did,” Gilbert said. “We do believe that we have something to fall back on in terms of a mandate. We believe that a number of things that were passed by the General Assembly under unfettered Democratic control actually played a large part in the outcome of...
    House Republican leadership announced they would whip votes against the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill negotiated by a bipartisan group of senators when it comes for a vote on the House floor. The move is a win for members in the hard-line conservative wings of the conference, such as the Freedom Caucus and Republican Study Committee, who have pressured House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for weeks to corral House Republicans against the bill. It could also be a key decision for him as he tries to shore up support from the conservative wing to become House speaker should Republicans take back the House after 2022. “It’s now clear that the tax and spend reconciliation bill and the Senate infrastructure bill are inextricably linked. Therefore, we will be whipping against both measures in an effort to stop Democrats from enacting $5 trillion in socialist spending,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s office in a statement on Wednesday. HARD-LINE CONSERVATIVES PRESS MCCARTHY TO WHIP VOTES AGAINST INFRASTRUCTURE BILL The move could also give the far-left wing of the...
                      by Andrew Trunsky  Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson announced Thursday that he would tap Rep. Liz Cheney as the vice chair on the committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a day after some GOP lawmakers called for the Wyoming Republican to be ousted from the House Republican caucus. “Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people,” Thompson said in a statement. “Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee, and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort.” Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger are the only two Republicans serving on the panel, which was established after Senate Republicans killed plans for a bipartisan commission back in May. The move comes a day after Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, circulated a letter to Republican leadership demanding the removal of the pair from the House GOP caucus entirely, accusing them of...
    Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson announced Thursday that he would tap Rep. Liz Cheney as the vice chair on the committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a day after some GOP lawmakers called for the Wyoming Republican to be ousted from the House Republican caucus. “Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people,” Thompson said in a statement. “Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee, and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort.” Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger are the only two Republicans serving on the panel, which was established after Senate Republicans killed plans for a bipartisan commission back in May. The move comes a day after Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, circulated a letter to Republican leadership demanding the removal of the pair from the House GOP caucus entirely, accusing them of being Democratic “spies.” CNN first reported Biggs’...
    Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert said both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should be impeached during the House Freedom Caucus press conference held Tuesday. “The blame starts at the top with Biden and his hand-picked Vice President who bragged that she was right there making the same bad decisions. And if not for her own dereliction of duty, she should be impeached for not demanding we invoke the 25th amendment. It is time for action. Impeach Biden. Impeach Kamala Harris,” Boebert said at the press conference. “And throw in the Secretary of State if you can get him back from vacation. Take a vote to vacate the chair to get Nancy Pelosi the heck out of here,” Boebert added. The comments came after Republican Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins introduced resolutions calling for the resignations of Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley prior to the press conference. The group of House Republicans slammed Biden and his administration, saying they failed at their job after at least 13 U.S. service members were killed in one...
    The House Freedom Caucus held a Tuesday press conference calling for the resignations of President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley. Republican Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins introduced resolutions calling for their resignations prior to the press conference. The group of House Republicans slammed Biden and his administration, saying they failed at their job after at least 13 U.S. service members were killed in one of the deadliest days for U.S. service members in Afghanistan in over a decade. The Republicans also pushed for a vote on a resolution to impeach Secretary Of State Antony Blinken introduced Friday by Republican Reps. Ralph Norman of South Carolina and Andy Harris of Maryland. They said Biden, and specifically, Blinken were solely responsible for the ongoing bloodshed in Afghanistan. “America faces a great division coming into this era of unspeakable grief as we look upon the failure of our executive branch to execute a well-planned withdrawal of American forces, citizens, allies, and weaponry in Afghanistan. This administration has abandoned its oath to the American people, and it is the right thing...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Senate and House Republican Caucuses are holding a joint press conference on special session agenda items on Tuesday, August 3. Heading into the last week of the special legislative session, Senator Larry Taylor (Chair, Senate Republican Caucus), Representative Jim Murphy (Chair, House Republican Caucus), Senator Jane Nelson (Chair, Senate Finance Committee), and Representative Greg Bonnen (Chair, House Appropriations Committee) will deliver remarks. The press conference takes place at the Texas State Capitol in the Senate Press Room.  
    Members of the House Freedom Caucus are upping the pressure on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to make tangible moves in retaliation to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger over the select committee to investigate Jan. 6. They have two proposals. The first is for McCarthy to make a privileged motion on the House floor to vacate the chair, aimed at ousting Pelosi and triggering a new election for speaker. The second is for the House Republican Conference to adopt a rule change that would automatically remove any member who accepted a committee assignment not from the Republican leader or from the Republican Steering Committee, which decides panel assignments. That would apply only to Cheney and Kinzinger, who sit on the select committee because Pelosi appointed them. Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative House faction, said Pelosi’s veto of two of McCarthy’s five picks to sit on the Jan. 6 committee was “intolerable.” Biggs suggested that Cheney and Kinzinger could essentially...
    Members of the House Freedom Caucus on Thursday called for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to boot Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney from the House Republican Conference, yet another chapter in the intra-party battle between anti-Trump Republicans and Trump's loyalists. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said that having Cheney, R-Wyo., and Kinzinger, R-Ill., in the conference, which is supposed to be an organization where Republican can plan their political strategy, is "antithetical" to its purpose because they sit in the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.  "It was antithetical to have sitting in your conference individuals who professed that they want to take out the minority leader and then they want to go join the Democrats on a witch hunt through the Republican Party," Biggs said.  He said Republicans should not tolerate "those who've chosen to support the commission… to go after Republicans." COPS BLAME TRUMP, REPUBLICANS FOR ALLEGEDLY INSPIRING JAN. 6 CAPITOL ATTACK "We've got two members... of our party who have switched teams," Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., said. "What if you had a football...
    They are demanding the House Republican Conference move immediately to 'vacate the chair.' The far-right wing of the House Republican caucus is demanding the party immediately mount a quixotic bid to remove Nancy Pelosi from her position as speaker of the House. They claim the California Democrat is too "authoritarian." In a letter dated July 23, the House Freedom Caucus asked Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the House Republican Conference to "bring up a privileged motion by July 31, 2021 to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi's authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House." They ask McCarthy (R-CA) to obtain authorization from the party conference to force a vote on a resolution to remove Pelosi. Formed in 2015, the Freedom Caucus is a group of hard-line conservative House Republicans. It claims to "support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans." While it does not disclose its roster, dozens of its members have...
    Some members of the group of Republican doctors are still spreading misinformation, however. As the COVID-19 pandemic has morphed into what Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called a "pandemic of the unvaccinated," the so-called House GOP "Doctors Caucus" will hold a news conference on Thursday and urge Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The GOP Doctors Caucus describes itself as "18 medical providers who utilize their healthcare expertise and backgrounds to develop patient-centered health care policy." In addition to planning a news conference, the group posted to its official Twitter account on Wednesday, "With the delta variant of COVID-19 emerging in the U.S., it's important to get vaccinated. Talk to YOUR doctor who you know and trust to get the facts." Rates of COVID vaccination have continued to fall around the country, with many people reluctant or outright refusing to get vaccinated. Some members of the GOP Doctors Caucus are trying to combat that reluctance, some of which can be attributed to...
    A group of nearly 40 House Republicans is launching a Conservative Climate Caucus on Wednesday. The initiative, led by Rep. John Curtis of Utah, marks the first time that Republicans have organized a group explicitly to address climate change. SEVERE DROUGHT IS WREAKING HAVOC ON CALIFORNIA, RISKING OUTAGES Members include Reps. Garret Graves of Louisiana, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Bruce Westerman of Arkansas, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, Michael McCaul of Texas, Lee Zeldin of New York, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, and more. An existing bicameral Republican Roosevelt Conservation Caucus lists public land access, water quality, and ocean pollution among its priorities and is focused more on enhancing the environmental profile of the GOP. The new climate caucus, however, aims to go beyond messaging and “educate House Republicans on climate policies and legislation consistent with conservative values,” according to a one-page summary shared by Curtis’s office. Members of the group acknowledge “the climate is changing” and that human industrial activity has contributed to global warming, the summary reads. Its creation comes after Curtis organized a summit in February attended...
    Arizona Republican Matt Salmon The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Matt Booker, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Programming Note: Daily Kos will be off Friday in observance of Juneteenth, so there will be no Morning Digest on Monday. Leading Off ● AZ-Gov: Former Rep. Matt Salmon announced Wednesday that he would seek the Republican nomination for governor of Arizona, the office he narrowly lost back in 2002. Salmon, who was a regular headache for party leaders during two separate stints in the House, quickly earned an endorsement from a like-minded organization, the radical anti-tax Club for Growth. Salmon got his start in politics in the state Senate in 1990, but he was soon elected to Congress in the GOP wave four years later when he flipped an open Democratic-held seat. Once there, he quickly became one of Speaker Newt Gingrich's loudest intra-party foes. Salmon, who pledged to serve just three terms, was disgusted after Gingrich and his allies...
    Rep. Byron Donalds, one of only two Black Republicans in the House, says that he has been snubbed by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).  Donalds' communications director Harrison Fields told Fox News that the Florida Republican has engaged with multiple members of the CBC, an influential and officially nonpartisan group, to tell them he’s interested in joining but still hasn’t gotten an invite. Other freshman lawmakers were inducted into the group six months ago.  "Since starting in Congress, our office and the Congressman have engaged with several CBC members expressing his interest in joining, but all we've got is the cold shoulder," Fields said. "The sad reality is although the Congressman and those in the CBC share the same race, the (R) behind his name disqualifies him from membership today."  A source familiar with CBC's plans confirmed Donalds' suspicions that he'd been shut out of the group, according to Buzzfeed, which first reported the news.  DONALDS: PEOPLE DON'T CALL ‘ACTIVISTS OR POLITICIANS’ WHEN THEY'RE IN DANGER, THEY CALL POLICE  Representative Byron Donalds, a Republican from Florida, speaks during a...
    A Black House Republican member is allegedly being blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus as one of only two Black Republicans in the House. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) and his staff have reached out to members of the CBC multiple times but said “all we've got is the cold shoulder,” Donalds’ spokesperson Harrison Fields said in a statement to The Hill. A source told BuzzFeed News that the caucus was blocking Donalds' membership. Donalds' office said he believes he is being turned away from the group due to his political party.  “The sad reality is although the Congressman and those in the CBC share the same race, the (R) behind his name disqualifies him from membership today,” Fields said.  A spokesperson for the CBC said would not comment on the matter. Donalds’ office pointed to his bipartisan efforts in Congress and willingness to engage with the caucus. Fields said Donalds had joined the Black Caucus in Florida when he served in the state House and that his "intention as a U.S. Congressman is the same." BuzzFeed reported that Donalds has spoken to three...
    Her latest comments are nothing new. Several House Republicans are distancing themselves from comments by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) comparing COVID-19 prevention efforts to the Holocaust. But faced with her long record of antisemitic and racist comments in February, the same lawmakers voted against stripping Greene of her committee assignments. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday that his caucus did not stand with Greene's latest rantings: "Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling. Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language." McCarthy was referring to a series of comments by the first-term representative opposing mandatory vaccination and wearing masks, which she said, "create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable." She likened this to Nazis forcing Jewish people to wear gold stars and then putting them into gas chambers. "I agree with @GOPLeader," responded Iowa Rep. Ashley Hinson. "There is no comparison to...
    House Republican and Freedom Caucus staffers told Breitbart News exclusively that Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) has sold out to the Washington, DC, “swamp” between his defense of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), pushing a bill that would empower establishment media outlets, and lobbying for a green card giveaway bill that would substantially benefit big tech. Freedom Caucus and Republican staffers denounced Buck as he continued to defend the controversial Cheney. Republicans have criticized Cheney for continuing to attack former President Donald Trump and his America First platform, contradicting House Republican leadership, and serving as a distraction from Republicans’ mission to take back the House during the 2022 midterm elections. Some House Republican and Freedom Caucus staffers say that Buck has recently run counter to Trump’s America First platform. The Colorado Republican has continued to lobby for the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), a bill that would allow establishment media outlets to form a cartel to pressure tech companies for more censorship and special favors. Buck is lobbying for the bill’s passage despite opposition from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep....
    The chairman of the Republican Study Committee said Sunday that Liz Cheney has 'failed' in her party leadership role by becoming a divisive figure rather than a uniting one. 'One of my jobs is to hold my Republican leadership accountable for being focused on the Republican ideals that we stand for and the single mission that we have to win back the majority,' Indiana Representative Jim Banks told 'Fox News Sunday.' 'She's failed in her mission as the chief spokesperson of our party,' he told host Chris Wallace. 'We shouldn't be talking about Liz Cheney, we should be talking about pushing back against the radical Biden agenda, and this is all a distraction from our ability to do that.' Cheney, the GOP Conference Chairwoman, is facing a slew of criticism from her party – and will likely be ousted in a vote next week – after she upped her criticism of former President Donald Trump in the months after becoming the highest-ranking Republican to vote for his second impeachment. Chairman of the Republican Study Committee Jim Banks said Sunday...
    The House Republican Caucus released a video Thursday urging Americans to receive the coronavirus vaccine in order to beat the pandemic and return to normalcy. The public service announcement, which featured several of the caucus’s physician members, was aimed at Americans who remain hesitant to receive the vaccine and was released as daily vaccination rates have slowed nationwide. “Each available vaccine is safe and effective,” said Florida Rep. Neil Dunn. “Each vaccine was tested on tens of thousands of people,” Pennsylvania Rep. John Joyce added. “To get these vaccines to Americans as quickly as possible, they cut red tape, not corners,” said Maryland Rep. Andy Harris. (RELATED: Trump Recommends Coronavirus Vaccine To Those Who Don’t Want It) People get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Hurricane, West Virginia on March 26, 2021. (Stephen Zenner/Getty Images) The GOP physicians featured urged American not yet vaccinated to consult with their local doctors, and said that vaccinations were the key to “getting back to things that are important to us.” “The one thing we can all agree on,” said Tennessee Rep. Diana Harshbarger,...
    (CNN)As Americans continue to get vaccinated daily, business is returning to normal on Capitol Hill — even though some lawmakers have not been vaccinated. Republican House members who are physicians are trying to persuade Americans who may be hesitant to get vaccinated in a new public service announcement released Tuesday. The PSA encouraging people to get the Covid-19 vaccine comes even as several members of their own conference have not disclosed whether they're vaccinated."Each available vaccine is safe and effective," Rep. Neal Dunn, a Republican from Florida, said in the PSA."To get these vaccines to Americans as fast as possible, they cut red tape, not corners," GOP Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland said.Read MoreProbably the most high-profile Republican who hasn't been vaccinated is House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who told a local Louisiana paper, The Advocate, that as of Friday he had not been vaccinated. Scalise does say he plans to get the vaccine. CNN has reached out to Scalise for comment.The PSA comes as vaccine hesitancy remains particularly high among Republican men.An estimated 75% of lawmakers on the Hill...
    Their caucus opted just days ago against rescinding its ban on congressionally directed spending. Two weeks ago, the Senate Republican caucus rejected an effort to lift their own ban on earmark requests. But several members of the caucus are already saying they will request them anyway. Six Republican senators so far plan to openly flout their party's rule against requesting congressionally directed funding for projects in their states, Politico reported Wednesday. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Richard Shelby of Alabama all say they plan to seek such funding. "If House Republicans are requesting individual projects and House Democrats are — and Senate Democrats are — it would seem to me there's a big gap there for the people we represent if we don't become part of that process," Blunt told the outlet. Another 10 GOP senators said that they are undecided about whether to break the rule — including Minority Whip...
    Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley slammed Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, saying Tuesday she has no support from her own caucus and that she does not speak for a majority of the GOP. Hawley was asked about Cheney, the House Republican Conference Chair, after she made news for not ruling a presidential run Monday at the GOP retreat in Orlando, Florida. Cheney, the House Republican Conference Chair, was asked if she was considering a run for president in 2024, which she said was not out of the question. “This is somebody who has no support in her own caucus, who has hung her own members out to dry over and over…I think she’s on an island,” Hawley told CNN. “Obviously she’s got to stand before voters, but I think that she certainly doesn’t speak for the vast majority of Republicans or people in my state,” Hawley added. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) listens during a press conference following a House Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Cheney has faced criticism...
    House Democrats are calling on the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and GOP leaders to return funds raised by Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (R-Ga.) following a reported attempt by her office to begin an "America First Caucus" that would focus on "Anglo-Saxon" political values.  "While they continue to dodge questions about Greene’s racist platform, the NRCC has refused to return the $175,000 in campaign cash Greene funneled into their coffers," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said in a statement.  The Hill reported this week Greene's since-scrapped plan for an "America First Caucus" has caused headaches for Republican House leadership.  “This is a modern, decaf version of the KKK — a group designed to elevate one race and ethnicity by diminishing all others. It should be summarily dismissed and condemned,” former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said.  Greene has emerged this year as among the most prolific fundraisers for House Republicans, raking in $3.2 million in the first quarter, despite...
    Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Matt Gaetz makes six-figure ad buy targeting CNN amid sex trafficking allegations Gaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN MORE (R-Ill.) blasted fellow GOP lawmakers who plan to join the "America First Caucus," saying anyone who becomes a member should lose their committee assignments. Kinzinger, a vocal critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE, tore into the caucus after it was reported that GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (Ga.)...
    Washington (CNN)Conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is launching a new "America First" caucus, her office confirmed Friday, bringing together a group of far-right lawmakers known for their controversial rhetoric. Punchbowl News obtained a flier promoting the new caucus, which calls for a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions" and pushes a series of conspiracy theories about election integrity. The flier also outlined a nativist argument warning that "mass immigration" poses a threat to "the long-term existential future of America as a unique country with a unique culture and a unique identity."A spokesperson for Greene, Nick Dyer, complained about the initial draft of the flier being leaked but confirmed to CNN in a statement that plans were in the works to form the group, which will be, "announced to the public very soon."Embattled GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who is under federal investigation over allegations involving sex trafficking and prostitution, tweeted Friday, "I'm proud to join @mtgreenee in the #AmericaFirst Caucus. We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote trade that is fair to American workers. This is...
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