11:19 AM, Sep 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Representative Tom Cotton of Arkansas has introduced a bill which, if it were put to a national referendum, could not lose. The title alone makes it a sure winner:
No Special Deal for D.C. Insiders Act
Makes special “healthcare subsidies for representatives, senators, and their staff” illegal. They would, then, be thrown in the pit with everyone else who is not otherwise exempt or waived from the provisions of Obamacare.
(Heather Higgins and William W. Pascoe III make a case for the bill here.)
It will be interesting to see how the bill does in Congress. If, that is, it is not strangled in its crib and never voted on.
12:00 AM, Jul 9, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL AND RICH LOWRY
We are conservatives who have differed in the past on immigration reform, with Kristol favorably disposed toward it and Lowry skeptical. But the Gang of Eight has brought us into full agreement: Their bill, passed out of the Senate, is a comprehensive mistake. House Republicans should kill it without reservation.
12:29 PM, Jul 4, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
At a pre-Independence Day naturalization ceremony at the Treasury Department Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew used about one-third of his address to a roomful of newly sworn-in citizens to criticize the America’s immigration system and plug the current immigration legislation. According to prepared remarks, he told these newest Americans that "too many immigrants do not get a fair shot at the American dream.
12:46 PM, Jun 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking about Hong Kong's decision to let NSA leaker Edward Snowden leave, without handing him over to American authorities, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that "we find their decision particularly troubling." Carney added that their decision "unquestionably has a negative impact" on U.S.-Hong Kong relations, and called it a "setback."
"The last time we had major gun legislation it took six, seven, eight tries toget passed."7:18 AM, May 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama took a moment yesterday in Mexico to "editorialize just for a second about gun control," as he said at a joint press conference with his Mexican counterpart.
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:05 PM, Jan 3, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:
No signing ceremony.6:01 AM, Jan 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama's staff used an autopen (a machine that mimics one's signature) to sign the "fiscal cliff" legislation that Congress passed on New Year's Day. There was no ceremony or photo-op for the autopen bill signing.
12:57 PM, Nov 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harry Reid was against the filibuster rule change before coming out for it. In 2005, when Republicans threatened to change the rules to weaken Senate Democrats, Reid was a vocal opponent.
11:41 AM, Sep 24, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that independents overwhelmingly support the repeal of Obamacare — by 18 percentage points (55 to 37 percent) — which once again raises this question: How can an incumbent president hope to win reelection when his centerpiece legislation is this unpopular with swing voters?
12:00 AM, Apr 10, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
It looked so easy when the bipartisan JOBS Act cleared the Senate (73-26) and the House (380-41) and was signed into law by President Obama last week. But passage of a strong bill wasn’t a snap. Only the maneuvering of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell kept the measure from being delayed, angrily debated, and then watered down.
A contest.8:00 AM, Aug 14, 2010 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Democrats were in such a hurry to pass their latest giveaway to the public employees unions—$26 billion in “emergency aid” to the states—that they forgot to name the bill allocating the new stimulus funds. For a while, it seemed the legislation, passed by 247-161 in the House and 61-39 in the Senate, would be known as the “_____ Act of _____” (H.R. 1586).
Holy Grail.12:00 AM, Mar 4, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
President Obama confirmed the worst kept secret in Washington this week: Democrats will move health legislation forward in Congress without any Republican support, despite a bevy of polls saying slow down or start over.
Now the newest parlor games in Washington are the black art of vote counting and brushing up on arcane Senate procedures like “reconciliation” and the “Byrd Rule.”
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