In an email to supporters of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi encouraged readers to sign a petition to "declare your support" for Obamacare ahead of the House plan to hold a vote on repealing the unpopular health care law. The email, which had the subject line "this has gotten out of control,"claims that the vote to repeal is "worthless," particularly because "a real repeal would actually COST money rather than save it."
Read the whole email from Pelosi below:
This Republican circus has gotten out of control:
Led by Michele Bachmann, tonight Republicans will vote to repeal Obamacare for the 37th time.
We want to reach one million people standing behind Obamacare to show that Bachmann and House Republicans have lost the faith of the American people.
Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, his party's nominee for Senate in next month's special election, asked a former House colleague not to show up to a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. A Markey staff member reportedly called Ben Jones, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia who also starred as Cooter in the television show The Dukes of Hazzard, to disinvite him from a fundraiser.
Tom Price, a Republican congressman from Georgia, will not run for the U.S. Senate next year. Price told the Marietta Daily Journal that his "assessment at this point is the House is the battleground for politics in this country right now" and he will seek sixth term for his metro Atlanta House seat.
Fresh off of Wednesday's House hearing on the Benghazi attack, America Rising has a new video juxtaposing the statements of the whistleblowers to those then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made at an earlier hearing. Watch the video below:
House speaker John Boehner is requesting the Obama administration release unclassified emails between the White House and the State Department regarding the Benghazi attack of September 11, 2012. In a statement at the Capitol Thursday morning, Boehner cited Wednesday's House hearing with three whistleblower witnesses:
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, has won his old House seat back in a special election to succeed Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate earlier this year. The Associated Press reports:
President Barack Obama has campaigned for gun control legislation after lone gunmen killed innocent civilians last year in both Colorado and Connecticut. Yet, as Politico reported Tuesday morning, gun control legislation is in danger of not passing the Democratically-controlled Senate, let alone the GOP-controlled House.
Veteran Michigan congressman Dave Camp has all but ruled out running for an open Senate seat next year. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means committee told reporters Thursday morning at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that he is focused on getting Congress to pass comprehensive tax reform.
“I’m not taking a serious look at the race,” said Camp. When asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD about his interest in running, the Michigan Republican laughed.
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer was asked Wednesday morning to decribe what he considers President Obama’s "precepts" for getting things done in Washington. “There’s almost no characteristic more important than discipline,” Pfeiffer responded.
Republican congressman Bill Cassidy will run for Senate in Louisiana in 2014, the Associated Press reports. Cassidy will be the first major GOP candidate to enter the race to challenge sitting Democrat Mary Landrieu. The AP has more:
Cassidy, a Baton Rouge doctor elected to Congress in 2008, will release a video Wednesday announcing his candidacy.
Congressman Tom Price, a Republican, has said he will not announce a decision about running next year for the Senate in Georgia until May, but a pair of fundraising emails obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD indicate the GOP congressman may be leaning toward getting in the race. Here's an excerpt from Price's first email to donors, sent Thursday:
The first quarter FEC reporting deadline is fast approaching on March 31st! We are off to a strong start with fundraising this year, and we are extremely close to reaching our first quarter goal.