Cruz Says We Must Keep the Internet Free
July 10, 2016
This is a transcript
of Senator Cruz given on 7/7/2016.
afternoon and welcome. Thank you for joining us this afternoon. It is
great to be with you to be discussing an issue I think of exceptional
importance to our country and to the future.
Internet has been one of those transformational inventions that has
changed how we communicate, how we do commerce, how we live our lives.
For many, especially young people here, it’s hard to even imagine life
before the Internet. But you look at what the Internet has done – it has
created an oasis of freedom.
of the great problems with someone trying to start a small business is
what are known as ‘barriers to entry.’ It’s often difficult to start a
small business because it’s expensive. It used to be, a few decades ago,
if you wanted to start a small business, you had to figure out a good or
service to sell. You had to figure out production facilities. You had to
figure out storage. And then you needed a distribution network. You
needed wholesalers. You needed retailers. You needed display space. And
you needed advertising. What the Internet has done is dramatically
reduce the barriers to entry for anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur.
You’re a man or woman somewhere across the country, or even a boy or
girl somewhere across the country, or across the world, and you have an
idea – a service you want to sell or a good you want to make – you can
put up a website and instantly you’ve got an international marketing
ability. You have a portal to communicate with people, and anyone can go
online and order whatever your good and service is, and between that and
FedEx or UPS you can ship it anywhere in the world. That is an
extraordinary and transformational ability. That freedom – that you
don’t have to go get anyone’s approval, you don’t have to go the Board
of Business Authorization if you want to create a new business, if you
want to take on, say, the existing taxi regimes, you start an Uber, and
with the power of a whole bunch of cellphones, you transform how people
get from place to place in one location – the Internet is democratizing
in that effect.
Commits Suicide in NYC and Leaves Note Revealing Government Plans
After writing a lengthy suicide note exposing terrifying plans the
government has for American citizens, a US Customs Agent walked onto a pier
in NYC and blew his brains out.
Sources inside the New York City Police Department have revealed to
SuperStation95, the contents of a suicide note found on the body and
they are utterly frightening.
The note, which says it was written over the course of a full week in
advance, outlines why the officer chose to shoot himself:
Perry Endorses Cruz
January 25, 2016
Rick Perry is a friend and a remarkable public servant,” said Cruz. “He
is a proud veteran who bravely served our nation, and he was an
extraordinary governor of
Texas. It was an honor to serve under him during
my time as Texas’ Solicitor General. I am thrilled to
have Rick join our campaign. With his principled leadership, we will
coalesce conservatives behind this campaign to win the White House in
Cruz advocates pro-growth policies
Cruz has fought to eliminate government-imposed barriers to opportunity
Cruz promotes a robust civil society
Cruz places a high priority on fighting the expansion of government
has been willing to pay a political price for taking on government
Cruz places a high priority on defending the nation’s security interests
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) yesterday introduced the Muslim
Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, urging the Secretary of State to
designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.
The U.S. has
officially listed individual members, branches, and charities of the
Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists, but has not designated the
organization as a whole. The Muslim Brotherhood poses a direct and
severe threat to U.S. national security through radical jihadist
attempts to eliminate and destroy America and its allies.
“This bill recognizes the simple
fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamic terrorist group.
For years, American presidents of both parties have correctly designated
the Brotherhood’s various affiliates, such as Hamas and Ansar al-Sharia,
as terrorist groups. They have designated individual Muslim Brotherhood
leaders such as Shaykh Abd-al-Majd Al-Zindani, who was complicit in the
2000 attack on the USS Cole, and Sami Al-Hajj, who was captured on the
Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2001 running money and weapons for al
Qaida, as terrorists. Now we can reject the fantasy that their parent
institution is a political entity that is somehow separate from these
violent activities,” Sen. Cruz said. “A number of our Muslim allies have
taken this common-sense step, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. As this
bill details, the Brotherhood’s stated goal is to wage violent jihad
against its enemies, and our legislation is a reality check that the United States is on that list as
“I proudly join Sen. Cruz to
introduce this bill in both chambers. This legislation codifies into law
something that is long overdue. The Muslim Brotherhood has a long
history of terrorism around the world. The group supports and stands
behind numerous terrorist organizations that are responsible for acts of
violence and aggression,” Rep. Diaz-Balart said. “It is time for
Congress and the Department of State to recognize and sanction them as
they deserve – as a foreign terrorist organization.”
Read the full text of Sen. Cruz’s bill here.
fresh approach to American foreign policy and
interviewed Cruz by telephone from the campaign trail earlier this week
about his views on the purpose of American foreign policy, US-Israel
relations, the Iran
nuclear deal and the Palestinian conflict with Israel.
The transcript of the conversation follows.
Upon the Republican leadership’s
passage of the Obama-Boehner Budget Deal, a backroom agreement to grow
our nation’s debt and bust responsible budget caps, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas) issued the following statement after voting against this
“Pay no attention to another roughly
$80 billion in debt. Pay no attention to the fact that it is the
Republican-controlled Congress giving an unlimited credit card to Barack
Obama, scheduling votes at 1 o’clock in the morning, and hoping that no
“How is it prudent to continue
bankrupting this nation? How is it prudent to have gone from $10
trillion to over $18 trillion in debt? How is it prudent to stay with
languishing economic growth from 2008 to today when the economy has
grown on average 1.2% a year? That’s prudent? How is it prudent to watch
as your children’s and my children’s futures are washed away? How is
that reasonable? How is that pragmatic? Why are we not instead trying to
fix these problems? And not even just fix them all, not even solve
everything with a perfect magical bow. Because leadership plays this
game, you can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Where’s the
good? Leadership’s position is we can’t do anything. Leadership’s
position is that with Republican majorities in both houses, we should
spend more, roughly $80 billion, than we did with the Democratic
majority, $63 billion.
“And let me note that for the
remaining 15 months, we are going to see a binge from this president
that makes the preceding six and a half years pale. I shudder to think
what President Obama for 15 months will do with an unlimited credit card
that the Republican majority in the House of Representatives and the
Republican majority in the Senate have handed over to him.”
abortion’s plot to shut down pro life-centers
Big abortion’s plot to shut down pro-life centers is unraveling.
The ACLJ is filing a major federal lawsuit to stop an unconstitutional,
anti-pro-life speech law that would force crisis pregnancy centers to
This new California
law essentially turns pro-life pregnancy centers – which help women in
need and save countless lives – into salesmen for the abortion industry.
It’s even worse than a New York
ordinance we recently defeated in court. The abortion industry is
colluding with pro-abortion legislators nationwide to silence, censor,
and shut down pro-life pregnancy centers.
These unconstitutional laws force pro-life centers to promote abortion
or face crippling fines that could shut them down.
The ACLJ will be directly defending numerous crisis pregnancy centers in
court and aggressively fighting in nearly a dozen pro-life cases across America.
The abortion industry is attempting to censor, silence, and shut down
the lifesaving work of pro-life pregnancy centers.
Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice
are conspiring with pro-abortion legislators all across America to stop
pro-life centers’ lifesaving work.
A new pro-abortion California
law forces crisis pregnancy centers to refer women for “free or low-cost
. . . abortion” or face crippling fines. Promote abortion or be shut
Earlier this month, California
enacted one of these bully bills. The new law actually requires
pro-life centers to promote abortion – a message that goes against
everything for which these organizations stand.
As unbelievably unconstitutional as that sounds, that is exactly what
the new law does. (You can read
more about the bill as we explained it
when it was first proposed here.) But here’s
how the new law works:
AB 775, known in the state legislature as The Reproductive FACT Act,
requires all pregnancy centers that are licensed as clinics to post the
“California has public
programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive
family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of
contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To
determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services
According to the legislation,
pregnancy centers that fail to disseminate this message “are liable for
a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for a first offense and
one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each subsequent offense.”
Essentially, this new anti-pro-life speech law co-opts the pro-life
centers as abortion salesmen. If they refuse, they will be slapped
with crippling penalties and eventually be forced out of existence.
It’s not only absurd; it’s unconstitutional.
The ACLJ has faced and defeated these unconstitutional anti-pro-life
speech regulations in the past, and we’re preparing to do so again.
If these pro-abortion laws stand, vital pro-life work will be silenced
and babies will die.
The ACLJ is preparing critical legal action to fight back.
October 14, 2015
Last week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas),
along with 24 House Republicans, sent a letter to the Director of the National
Portrait Gallery Kim Sajet, calling for the immediate removal of Margaret
Sanger’s bust from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The bust is on
display in the Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit.
Sanger, a founder of Planned Parenthood, believed in using contraceptives to
control the population of minorities, or people she deemed as “undesirables.”
Specifically, Sanger advocated for the extermination of African-Americans. The
letter, written by Sen. Cruz, Rep. Gohmert, and other conservative members,
echoes a recent petition of pastors and supporters affiliated with S.T.A.N.D.
who also demanded that Sanger’s bust be removed.
“There is no ambiguity in what Margaret Sanger’s bust represents:
God We Trust” on Police Vehicles
On October 12, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott joined in on the
support of the Childress Police Department's right to display "In God We
Trust" on their patrol vehicles.
In a letter to Attorney General Ken Paxton, he
the Childress Police Department chooses to continue this patriotic
display, it will have my full support."
week, Texas State Senator Charles Perry authored
a letter with Rep. Drew Springer asking the
attorney general to issue an opinion about the legality of displaying
"In God We Trust" on law enforcement vehicles. This opinion should
provide clarity for law enforcement across the state and ensure none are
discouraged from using our national motto.
a closing statement Texas
State Senator Charles
Perry said, “Our religious
liberty is under assault from all fronts. It is up to Texas to be the national leader on this issue
and ensure our state remains a place where citizens are free to express
their religious beliefs without fear of retribution.
I look forward to working with my fellow legislators throughout
the interim as we look at ways for Texas to exercise our Tenth Amendment
rights and stand up to the federal government on these and other
October 8, 2015
This week U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas) introduced as a lead cosponsor the Stop Sanctuary Policies and
Protect Americans Act. The bill would withhold federal funds from
sanctuary jurisdictions. The legislation also incorporates critical
elements of Kate’s Law, which Sen. Cruz introduced earlier this year, by
imposing a five-year mandatory minimum sentence on any alien who
illegally reenters the country after having been convicted of an
aggravated felony or two prior illegal reentry offenses. In addition to
Sen. Cruz, the original cosponsors of this bill include Sens. David
Vitter (R-La.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron
Johnson (R-Wis.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), David
Perdue (R-Ga.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and John
“In light of the threat criminal
aliens pose to the safety and security of our communities, we can no
longer allow states and municipalities to take federal taxpayer money
while turning a blind eye to the illegal aliens in their midst,” said
Sen. Cruz. “What happened to Kate Steinle is heartbreaking. And the
heartbreak is even more tragic given the circumstances. Clearly, our
laws are not adequately deterring those who have already been deported
from illegally reentering the country. I'm proud to join with my
colleagues in sending the message that defiance of our nation's laws
will no longer be tolerated. Of course, stiff penalties alone will not
suffice. Congress must hold this Administration accountable for its
failure-if not its outright refusal-to enforce federal immigration laws
and ensure the safety and protection of the American people.”
Sep 21, 2015
"Recently, the Israeli police have begun to ban the Hamas-sponsored
Morabtion and Morabitat instigators from the Temple Mount
during the morning hours. The move allows Jewish and Christian visitors
to ascend the Mount and visit the holy site unaccosted.
Cry For Zion
supports the Jewish people’s rights to sovereignty over
Zion (the location of the Temple
Mount) and freedom of worship by all peoples
on the site. The organization has publicly welcomed the new initiative
by the Israeli police, noting that it is effectively restoring order and
security for pilgrims and worshippers during the morning visitation
However, it has
expressed dissatisfaction that the Israeli police have not instituted a
complete ban against agitators on the Temple
Mount. According to Cry for
Zion, such a ban would enable people of all
faiths to enter and worship the site in dignity and freedom.
Zion’s aims include greater access for Jewish
worshipers and tighter restrictions on the Muslim Waqf, which currently
has control over the site. Their core demands from the Israeli
government and security bodies include opening the Temple Mount to
Jewish worshipers 24 hours a day, seven days a week; allowing Jews to
pray on the Temple Mount; allowing freedom of movement for Jews on the
Temple Mount; keeping the Waqf at a distance from Jewish worshipers;
curtailing illegal Waqf construction activities, including destruction,
unauthorized excavations and renovations; and preventing activities
unbecoming of a holy site, such as kicking a soccer ball." (Breaking Israel News, Raphael Poch, 2015-9-6).
Save the date! Thur Oct 1 in Jerusalem. Come to the Cry For Zion EVENT for the Temple Mt!
We invite supporters from around the world to join us in
for the special CRY FOR ZION
proclamation EVENT. If you are in Jerusalem
the morning of the annual "Jerusalem
March," come and show your support for the Jewish people’s rights to
sovereignty over the
Mount. Time and Place to
be announced very soon. Save the Date!
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday sent a letter to President Obama
calling for the release of the Department of Defense's (DoD) risk
assessment of Russia's violations of the
Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The letter explains that the
White House has blocked the release of the Pentagon report and is
preventing Congress from investigating
"Although the State Department formally declared Russia to be in
violation of the INF Treaty in 2014, additional reports indicate that
the United States has harbored doubts of Russian compliance since 2008
stemming primarily from the R-500 ground-launched cruise missile. But
these concerns were not shared with the Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations in September 2010 before the committee voted on the New START
Treaty," Sen. Cruz wrote. "Only in late 2011, long after Congress voted
in favor of the New START Treaty, did your Administration conclude that
the R-500 was an official compliance concern."
"The Senate's advice and consent power is a pivotal element of a
constitutional and prudent foreign policy, but it cannot be
exercised if your administration does not act in good faith...This
risk assessment report is necessary to determine a strategic
response to Russia's treaty violations, and I request that you lift
your embargo on this report immediately."...Read
and Cruz to hold joint event to blast Iran deal
presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are expected to
headline a Capitol Hill rally against President Obama's proposed nuclear
agreement with Iran, both candidates confirmed Thursday.
the Republican front-runner by far, announced the event during a
45-minute speech in South Carolina. Cruz
aides said the Texas
senator extended the invitation to the billionaire developer ahead of
Congress' vote on the accord in mid-September.
campaign statement said the event is sponsored by Tea Party Patriots,
the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of
America. The Cruz campaign did not
immediately offer other details, including the event date.
opposition to the Iran nuclear
deal is not the only thing Trump and Cruz have in common. They both
appeal to populists angry about the way
works and have made immigration one of the top issues of their
campaigns. Cruz has refused to join other Republicans in criticizing
Trump over the billionaire developer's comments that Mexicans in the U.S. illegally are "rapists" and
criminals. Trump has called Cruz "a nice guy."
they differ in key ways. Trump has nearly universal name recognition and
a blunt-spoken campaign style that reflects his background as a reality
show star. Cruz's megaphone, even as a U.S. senator from Texas, can't
match Trump's. But the Harvard-trained lawyer and former Supreme Court
clerk offers polish and a record on immigration policy that's based in
his personal background.
is expected to begin debate on the
accord when lawmakers return from recess Sept. 8.
Ted is leading the fight to end the war on Faith in America
In Des Moines,
IA, Ted hosted a Rally
for Religious Liberty calling
attention to the religious persecution of Christian business owners and
employees who have been sanctioned by their government because of their
religious beliefs. Joining Ted at the rally were: Dick and Betty Odgaard,
Barronelle Stutzman, Aaron and Melissa Klein,
Adamson, Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) Phillip Monk, Former Atlanta
Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, and Naghmeh Abedini.
Over the past few weeks, Americans have seen a series of videos come out
of Planned Parenthood that
are nothing short of horrifying. The footage shows senior Planned
Parenthood officials laughing, swilling chardonnay and casually,
callously, heartlessly discussing killing unborn children in order to
sell their body parts. These videos also force Americans to face the
grim reality of what happens to the babies’ remains.
While the sheer candor of these Planned Parenthood officials has shocked
most, what is more disturbing is the admission that these barbaric
actions are standard practice in some abortion clinics. Worse
still, Americans are currently forced to fund the organization that
commits these acts. This must end. An organization that generates
a large part of its revenue from terminating innocent human life should
not receive one penny of taxpayer money and those who engage in what may
be criminal activity must be held to account.
For this reason, Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell should not schedule
or facilitate the consideration of any legislation that gives federal
money to Planned Parenthood. Instead, the Department
of Justice needs
to investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood for any
potential criminal actions of commercial trafficking of fetal organs.
It is mindboggling that any individual who has seen or knows the
details of these videos could support continued taxpayer funding of
the abortion industry. Yet still, the billion-dollar Planned
Parenthood receives about 45% of its funding from government
sources. Planned Parenthood has performed more than...Read
MAJOR REFORMS IN BILL INCLUDE SEVERAL CRUZ AMENDMENTS TO STRENGTHEN U.S. MILITARY
READINESS AND CAPABILITIES
June 18, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding
today’s final vote on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act
(NDAA). Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments
that were successfully adopted into the bill.
“The 2016 NDAA will increase the military readiness and capabilities of
the United States
without increasing spending on programs entirely unrelated to our
national defense,” said Sen. Cruz. “And I am grateful for the support my
amendments received, including measures that will ensure the readiness
of our troops, support for our allies, and continued vigilance against
our adversaries. This bill reaffirms our commitment to the physical,
mental and financial health of the men and women in uniform who
volunteer to serve our nation. The reforms in this bill will provide
more of our service members with financial benefits upon leaving
military service, appropriate mental and physical health care, and
improved quality of life for them and their families. Despite these
laudable objectives, I could not vote for this bill because I made a
promise when I was elected to office that I would not vote for an NDAA
that continued to allow the President to violate the constitutional
rights of American citizens by indefinitely detaining them without due
Sen. Cruz sponsored the following amendments to the NDAA that were
adopted by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) during the markup
Mike Lee on Dangers of the Crony Ex-Im Bank
Hi, I am Senator Mike Lee.
Until recently, most Americans had never heard of the Export-Import Bank
– even though it’s one of the oldest government institutions in the
country, and even though it uses taxpayer dollars to subsidize and give
loan guarantees to foreign buyers of U.S. exports.
But that changed a few weeks ago, because for the first time in its 81
year existence, the Export-Import Bank – or just “Ex-Im” – is on the
verge of extinction.
So supporters and opponents of Ex-Im have launched advertising campaigns
to make the case for and against the
Last week, during my monthly tele-townhall from
Washington, I received a call from a
Utah resident who told me about a radio commercial she heard
that encouraged the people of Utah to support Ex-Im.
10 Things TPA
Is and Isn’t About
On April 28, 2015, the House Ways & Means
Committee approved H.R. 1890, the Bipartisan
Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA),
legislation strengthening the nation’s ability to secure the best
trade agreements for our workers and our economy.
Read the bill here,
and check out this top 10 list of things TPA is and isn’t about: Read
the List Here
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding votes on the
Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act:
"This bill was a missed opportunity.
If Congress had acted to defend our constitutional authority - if Congress had
adopted the Cruz-Toomey amendment - then we would be able to stop a bad Iran
deal. Instead, the odds are now overwhelming that under these ground rules
President Obama will negotiate, and Congress will acquiesce to, a terrible deal
that allows Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and will endanger the lives of
millions of Americans and our allies.
"I voted no on cloture because we
should have insisted on amendments to put real teeth in this bill. Ultimately, I
voted yes on final passage because it may delay, slightly, President Obama's
ability to lift the Iran sanctions and it ensures we will have a Congressional
debate on the merits of the Iran deal. I will continue to lead the fight to
prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and to
protect the national security of America and our allies."
spoke about this legislation on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side
effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for
food stamps. The AP is reporting West Virginia's food-stamp enrollment
increased 4 percent after a Medicaid expansion that was part of the health care
changes. Enrollment jumped because people were "more engaged with our systems
and more aware what they're eligible for," said Jeremiah Samples of the
Department of Health and Human Resources. National food-stamp enrollment
declined in 2013 and 2014. But in 11 states, demand rose between January 2013
and the end of 2014, the AP analysis showed.
Ten of those states expanded their Medicaid programs under the health
Six of the states employed new easy sign-up systems that helped people apply for
both Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as
food stamps, at the same time. Some used online calculators or click-the-box
features. While it's unclear exactly how much
growth can be attributed to the law and incentives it offered to states, the
increased enrollment could be expensive...
Happy to Permit Pro-ISIS Club
a few days after exposing the disturbing willingness of a Cornell
assistant dean to host a pro-ISIS club on campus, James O’Keefe’s
Project Veritas has done it again. This time, the target is
Barry University, a Catholic school with more
than 4,000 students. The college offers degrees in teacher education,
liberal arts, and nursing, but it is apparently also amenable to
offering students the chance to support terrorists with both activism
and actual supplies.
Unlike the Cornell video released by Project Veritas, where one could
almost excuse the administrator for something as benign as a lack of
attention, the undercover student at
University is completely
up front about her intentions. Meeting with the school’s coordinator for
Leadership Development and Student Organizations, Derek Bley, the
undercover student asks about starting a group called: “Sympathetic
Students in Support of the Islamic State of
Instead of throwing her out of his office, Bley notes that Barry University
is not “here to limit people and their clubs. If there is a demand or a
need, or an interest that students have to do this, we’re here to
support that. So, but I would recommend maybe coming up with one or two
other possible names just in case this one does not get through.”
Because that’s the problem with having a pro-terrorist club on campus.
The student – only identified as “Laura” – is eager to see how far she
can push Bley. She makes it clear that she’s not just interested in
raising awareness; she wants the club to actually raise funds to
send overseas to the Islamic State. “A lot of the fighters can’t see at
night, you know? So like people are attacking them and they can’t see at
night. And because like they are poor, they don’t have night vision and
stuff so they wanted flashlights so they could like better protect
It sounds like the making of a Saturday
Night Live sketch,
but Bley is unfazed by the absurdity of the request. University
officials merely nod, offering to help Laura figure out how much it
would cost to send bulk shipments of flashlights to
You would have to have made a nice, comfortable home under a rock for
the last year to not understand that ISIS
is American enemy #1. Barry University has yet to respond to the video,
but there is hardly an excuse for what transpired here. The big picture,
though, has little to do with one or two private universities and
everything to do with the disgusting liberal politics that have infected
American academia. It’s one thing to permit diverse viewpoints on
campus. It’s quite another to actively court a student who wants to send
aid to one of the most inhumane, brutal groups modern civilization has
LEGISLATION WILL CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY
BY EMBRACING THE AMERICAN ENERGY RENAISSANCE, REMOVING BARRIERS AND
March 18, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-OK-1, today
introduced the American Energy Renaissance Act to empower the private
sector to create good-paying American jobs, spur economic growth and
expand opportunity. The companion legislation, introduced in the U.S
Senate as S. 791 and in the House of Representatives as H.R. 1487, will
harness our nation's energy resources and remove federal impediments to
energy exploration, development and trade. The legislation will also
reduce American dependence on unfriendly nations for our energy needs,
and ensure the United States
will be able to exert its influence and support its allies around the
"Today America faces a pivotal question,"
said Sen. Cruz. "Will we lead the world into a new generation of
American prosperity led by the great American energy renaissance we're
experiencing, or will we instead shut off our borders, erect walls, and
allow our friends and allies to be dependent on tyrants like Vladimir
Putin or Nicolás Maduro? We need to come together in a bipartisan manner
to say we support jobs, we support economic growth, and we support
standing united alongside our friends and allies in defense of freedom.
This legislation is a win-win. The only thing the federal government
needs to do is get out of the way and let Americans do what they do
best: dream, innovate, and prosper."
"Oil and gas production on
private lands created the entire energy boom over the past few years,"
said Rep. Bridenstine. "Our proposed changes in law and policy will open
federal lands and reverse policies that cripple the free market and
inhibit innovation and private investment. Opening federal lands to oil
and gas development, allowing exports and infrastructure improvements,
and stopping regulatory overreach will greatly expand U.S. energy
We can enhance national security by using America's
resources to provide energy to our allies, particularly those in Eastern
Europe currently in thrall to Russian energy supplies, while we
simultaneously lower domestic energy costs, sustain the drive toward
U.S. energy security, and support a strong economy. The American Energy
Renaissance will be a win on all fronts."
American Energy Renaissance Act proposes the following:
House Republican leaders are considering a vote next week on legislation
that would abolish cuts to Medicare payments, a policy change that could
cost upwards of $174 billion to enact.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team are quietly
coordinating a bill, four sources say, in hopes of ending the
decades-long battle over how much doctors and healthcare providers
should be paid for treating Medicare patients.
But bringing up the legislation would be
a huge gamble because it could spark a revolt among fiscal conservatives
who are likely to balk at legislation that adds to the deficit.
A backlash on the right could force Boehner to
rely on Democratic votes, once again thrusting House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) into the role of deal-maker…Read
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AMNESTY IS HURTING LEGAL
March 6, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,
Citizenship and Immigration Services officials on whether the agency is
using funds from legal immigrants to subsidize President Obama's illegal
executive amnesty, and raised questions about the degree to which the
agency is complying with the recently issued federal court injunction.
Sen. Cruz inquired if there is any statutory measure that prevents
the USCIS from using fees from legal immigrants to fund President
Obama's illegal DAPA and DACA expansion programs.
representatives refused to answer, stating, "I'm not qualified to make
that kind of determination."
Sen. Cruz responded, "My first
concern [with the president's executive amnesty] is that it is contrary
to federal law and unconstitutional, and as I noted earlier a federal
district court has agreed that it is contrary to law and has accordingly
enjoined it. But another major concern is a question of fairness. That
executive amnesty benefits and in fact gives preferences to those who
are here illegally, and it does so to the detriment of legal immigrants,
of those who have followed the law and come here legally."
Cruz presented two examples:
· If an immigrant entrepreneur wants
to come to the United States and start a business, he must pay a fee of
· If an immigrant investor wants to use capital to create
American jobs, he is charged $6,230 under the immigrant investor pilot
And yet, those who broke the law and entered illegally
and are applying for DACA or DAPA will not be charged any additional
Sen. Cruz concluded, "I cannot think of any other fee
program, any rational fee program, that allows those who break the law
to be exempt from paying the fee, but if someone is foolish enough to
actually try to comply with our immigration laws, to wait at home, to
wait in line for years - sometimes decades - we smack them with a fee of
$1,500 or $6,200, but those who are here illegally pay nothing. That
strikes me as a program that is indefensible to the American people."
The segments of Sen. Cruz’s questions are available at here and here.
Citizens Will Be Cast Into The Shadows
The White House has plans to legalize more than 10 million illegal
Americans and have them form a “country within a country.”
The following Mark Levin interview with Susan Payne is shocking but
it also puts all the pieces into place.
Susan Payne is a
contributor to WCBM, Baltimore and Co-Host of the Pat McDonough
Radio Show, Unbeknownst to the Obama officials, Ms. Payne was
invited to listen in on conference calls at an immigration rally.
Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council,
and 16 members of the White House cabinet were on the first call.
White House officials were on all three calls. What Ms. Payne
learned needs to be immediately shared with congress and the public.
The “Task Force of New Americans” and the
“Receiving Communities” are part of a plan by the Obama
administration to develop a “country within a country” which will
eventually form a new, and instantly fundamentally transformed United States.
The conference calls and meetings surrounding the task force
made it clear Barack Obama is planning to legalize and protect 13 to
15 million illegal immigrants who will then be moved onto
When these “new Americans” come out of the
shadows, the communities in which they’ve been placed will be
designated as “receiving communities.”
The “new Americans”
are considered “seedlings” by the White House and the “receiving
communities” are the “fertile ground” to nurture them, according to
comments made during the meetings.
Citizens will then be
pushed into the shadows...Read
TO THE U. S.
Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address a
joint session of Congress to warn lawmakers of the impending danger to Israel and the
United States if the Obama administration moves forward in
to obtain nuclear weapons.
It appears that President Barack Obama and his
Secretary of State, John Kerry, have actually joined with those who seek the
"destruction of the Jewish state." There is no other option for American
Christians than to stand in opposition to the destructive actions and policies
of the Obama White House.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to our lawmakers next week will be a
clear warning to all of us about striking a deal with Iran, a nation whose
ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel and the United States. The rogue
nation will do anything or say anything to achieve that goal. The
Israeli Prime Minister told an Israel radio
station ...Read More
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino
is sick of President Obama blaming the Secret Service for his own poor
decision making, and he’s not afraid to speak out. In a recent interview
with The Daily Caller, Bongino blasted President Obama for
citing security concerns as the reason he did not attend the
anti-terrorism unity rally in
Paris. The Secret Service says it was not asked
to prepare for a presidential visit to
Bongino has a unique insider’s view into the workings of the White
House. He served in the Secret Service under presidents Clinton, Bush
and Obama before running for public office in
Maryland. He says Obama blamed his protective
detail because he knew they would not be able to rebut his account.
Bongino told The Daily Caller:
He knows there’s nothing the Secret Service can say. They don’t want to
hurt the relationship so as a matter of decorum they can’t say anything.
I imagine what they’re really thinking is, ‘Is this guy serious?’ It’s
not an easy job. After the fence-jumper, morale’s not great over there
now, but he still says something that is so obviously not true.
Just look at the Mandela funeral which was geometrically worse when it
comes to threat and he went to that because he wanted to go. If the
president wants to go he goes. The Secret Service doesn’t tell him he
can’t go. That’s only in movies.
It’s not the first time. We had the White House tours incident. I’m not
going to say he’s the first president to blame someone outside of his
own executive office, but does he take responsibility for anything?
Incorrigible is really the word for him. He acts like a child and no one
outside of conservative media holds him to account. These people are
forfeiting their lives for you… This guy is just acting like a petulant
Bongino went on to say Obama’s staff is “just amateur hour.” He says the
administration does not function like a responsible White House, and he
finds it “infuriating.”
When asked how other Secret Service agents feel about Obama, he says he
thinks they are so used to the dysfunction that they just do their jobs,
putting up a wall and blocking out all distractions. Bongino says the
President “tosses them around like a red-headed stepchild.”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz,
R-Texas, today joined Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and
Attorney General Ken Paxton for a press conference to present a united
front among Texas leaders against the President's illegal executive
A transcript of Sen. Cruz's
remarks is below.
"Thank you Governor Abbott, thank you
Lieutenant Governor Patrick. I'm very glad to be back home. This victory
this week, the decision from the federal court was a major victory for
the rule of law. All of us have reason to be proud that Texas led the way, standing up to President
Obama's illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty. All of us have
reason to be proud that our Governor Greg Abbott, and our Attorney
General Ken Paxton, led the way, standing up and fighting against
lawlessness. It's worth underscoring that the federal district court
order was very simple.
was that the President's amnesty order of November of last year was on
its face illegal. The federal court looked to the President's asserted
justification that it was ‘an exercise of prosecutorial discretion' and
the federal court quite powerfully concluded that, that was not an
accurate description of what the President's executive amnesty did
because it was not simply declining to prosecute some four and a half
million people who are here illegally but it was rather as the district
court said, an affirmative act of issuing work authorizations that are
flatly contrary to federal law. Printing up documents, in effect what
the Obama administration was doing, was counterfeiting immigration
documents because the work authorizations that the administration was
printing are directly contrary to the plain text of federal law that
says that those who are here illegally are not authorized to work.
"I want to note something
additionally, which is the President this week has rightly said he's
going to follow the court opinion, he's going to respect the judicial
injunction that is in place, but yet also this week the President made a
comment to the effect that preparations would continue ongoing to
implement this illegal amnesty. It is worth noting the District Court's
order was abundantly clear, the federal court enjoined any and all
aspects of the illegal amnesty order. Now it's been publically reported
that the Department of Homeland Security is in the process of opening
new office space and hiring 1,000 additional employees in order to
implement this illegal and unconstitutional amnesty, and I would note
that if the Department of Homeland Security continues moving forward,
that on its face is in violation of a federal court injunction against
implementing any and all aspects of this order.
"One final observation: next week
Congress will come back, and we have before us in Congress a funding
bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The House of
Representatives has passed funding for the Department of Homeland
Security, and we should fund the Department of Homeland Security.
President Obama has placed Senate Democrats in a very difficult, in
fact, in an impossible position. Right now Senate Democrats are
filibustering to try to kill funding for the Department of Homeland
Security in order to hold DHS hostage and force the President's
executive amnesty program onto the American people. That amnesty program
has now been declared illegal by a federal court, so Senate Democrats
should look very closely at this opinion and decide if they are willing
to jeopardize national security, which is both reckless and
irresponsible in order to try to hold DHS funding hostage and to try to
force implementation of an amnesty order that the federal court has now
concluded is illegal."
The proponents of a North American Union
have operated in plain view under the protections and at the behest of
the Rockefeller supported Trilateral Commission since 1973. They use the
derisive label of conspiracy theorist to minimize the public awareness
deflect criticism about their plans to destroy American sovereignty. The
creation of the European Union was a step along their path and now the
United States and Canada find
themselves squarely in the sights of the global fascists.
A group called “New America,” a
George Soros-funded political organization, is taking an aggressive,
anti-American posture in the furtherance of this destructive goal. The
spawn of Soros, his son Jonathan Soros sits on the board of directors.
The group, naturally operating as a tax-free foundation, is pressing for
the issuance of a unified North American passport...Read
Training Camp For Muslims
Wednesday on The
O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly was joined by
Ryan Mauro, National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project, which
studies extremism. Mauro discussed five top organizations linked to
Islamic extremism that are located in the
One such example is the hamlet of Islamberg in the Town of
Located 145 northwest of New
York City, the secluded community is home to an
unknown number of Muslims inspired by Sufi cleric Sheikh Syed Mubarik
Ali Shah Gilani. Mauro said the compound is spread across 60-70 acres.
He showed O'Reilly a video given to him by a law enforcement source that
shows members marching with rifles in apparent guerilla warfare
training. As the group, Muslims of the
Americas, is not designated as a foreign terrorist
organization, they are able to operate in the
with little more than FBI 'monitoring', Mauro said.
Another notable location is the Dar-al Hijrah mosque in the Seven
Corners section of Falls Church, Va. The mosque was once led by Anwar al-Awlaki,
an American citizen killed overseas after joining al Qaeda. The mosque,
near Washington, D.C., is now led by an imam who Mauro noted
has said 'Muslims shall be first in line for the arms for jihad."
Siraj Wahhaj, a radical imam whom O'Reilly discussed earlier this week,
runs the Masjid At Taqwa mosque in Bed-Stuy,
Brooklyn. Wahhaj will be speaking at an upcoming conference
in Texas. Mauro called him "one of the most
radical imams in the country."
The Islamic Circle of North America, a radical group which Mauro said is
legitimized by only 2 percent of American Muslims, has its headquarters
a few miles from Masjid At Taqwa in
New York. One of its leaders has
been indicted on war crimes charges in Bangladesh. Their 'teaching guide'
directs readers to 'engage in deception in order to promote the jihadist
Finally, Mauro discussed CAIR, or the Council on American-Islamic
Relations. One of its executives, Ibrahim Hooper, has appeared on FOX
News Channel, notably engaging in a heated
debate with Megyn Kelly in 2014 regarding
Ayaan Hirsi Ali's revoked privilege to speak at
University. The US
Department of Justice has classified CAIR as a 'political influence
organization of the Muslim brotherhood'.
Will Protect Its Southern Borders
July of 2014, Perry deployed 1,000 National Guard troops to the South
Texas border to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants flooding the
country through the Rio Grande.
out Thursday that 55 percent of all apprehensions of illegal
year occurred along the 1,800-mile border between
the reason we've asked the president and Washington so often to do their
duty, do their constitutional duty, send the resources, send the
aviation assets, send the drones to defend and secure that border," he
"It can be done. You put the boots on the
ground, the technology in the air, use the strategic fencing in the
metropolitan areas, and that border can be secured. And Americans will
sleep better knowing that their federal government is actually doing
their constitutional duty."
Perry suggests three courses of action
the president should take for
"Opening up the XL
opening up our federal estate to get the people working and getting out
country more energy secure," he said.
some corporate tax reforms that would give incentives to companies to
continue to really look at expanding their manufacturing in the
United States as these oil prices
continue to go down and shale prices continue to push down the cost of
electric power. There's no reason that
can't have a renaissance in the manufacturing side," Perry said.
"Then obviously, the third thing is
border security. We have to have Washington
doing its duty, but I tell people, I said listen, if
Washington's not going to do its duty to secure the
and Mexico border, Texas will. We're going
to send the resources that we need whether it's our law enforcement,
whether it's our National Guard, to continue to send the message that
Texas is going to do everything that it needs to do to keep its citizens
safe and an extension of that."
Perry characterized President Barack
Obama's absence at the Paris
unity rally last
week as a huge mistake and a missed opportunity to show the world,
especially Islamic terrorists, the West's solidarity.
message that was sent, when you see (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel,
when you see (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu, when you see
the other leaders of the NATO countries — and America to not be there,
for America's leader to not be there standing up and sending the clear
message that Western values are going to be defended, Western values
that the world needs to be strong about.
"For him not to have been there was a
huge mistake," Perry said. "Not only politically, it was a huge mistake
from the standpoint of sending a message to those in the Islamic
terrorist world that we are going to stand together, we are going to
defeat you and the Western values that the world needs are going to be
continued to be supported and defended."
Republican Writes Bombshell Handbook on Immigration
Lower wages, higher unemployment, and a heavier tax burden.
Those are the trio of “benefits” American citizens enjoy as a result of
President Obama’s executive amnesty, according to a new handbook written
by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions, one of the administration’s
fiercest critics on the subject of illegal immigration, delivered the
handbook on Monday to Republican congressman. Entitled “Immigration
Handbook for the New Republican Majority,” it is a 25-page roadmap
outlining what Sessions believes should be the GOP position on
“The largest untapped constituency in American politics are the 300
million American citizens who have been completely left out of the
immigration debate,” Sessions says in the handbook. “Speak to that
constituency—with clarity and compassion—and change the issue forever.”
Sessions’ argument is that Democrats...Read
Facebook Censors Grassfire
From the Desk of:
Steve Elliott, Grassfire
As you may know, Grassfire manages one of the largest
conservative Facebook networks in the country. Our pages connect nearly
2 million patriotic citizens, and our activity on Facebook generates
hundreds of thousands of interactions each week.
And we don't shy
away from the tough issues!
But that gets us into trouble with
the "thought police" at Facebook. A
few days ago, Facebook took the extraordinary move of suspending our
Eric Odom, stripping our site of what it deemed an unacceptable post,
and notifying me directly that if such actions continued, our largest
page on Facebook would be "permanently removed."
What was our
Grassfire dared to share a post that criticized radical Islam. As always, our critiques of Islam point
out the true danger that radical Islam poses to those who love freedom.
Facebook did not go after the site that originated the post, just us.
And this is the third time in recent weeks we have shared something
critical of Islam that resulted in Facebook censoring Grassfire's voice.
Interestingly, Facebook's censoring actions took place around the
same time that radical Islamic terrorists launched their shooting spree
in France -- a terror campaign that continued to
Friday and has cast a shadow of fear across all of
to Facebook, we are the one who should be feared and must be censored,
not the radical Muslims!
This latest attack by Facebook
comes just as Grassfire is getting ready to launch an entirely new
initiative that I believe will help re-invigorate how patriotic citizens
get involved in the key issues of our day. It feels very much like
"Grassfire 2.0" -- we are getting ready to announce a new model that
connects you even
more directly to the key points in the battle.
I'll be sharing
more in the coming days.
James J. Knights
had a doctor's appointment for a sore hip when a nurse asked him whether
he kept firearms at home. The 61-year-old retired special agent with the
FBI in Pittsburgh was taken
"It's really no
one's business. It's none of their business," said Knights, who refused
to answer the nurse's question.
The gun question
was part of a battery of inquiries into the Butler County resident's
health -- an increasingly common practice in doctors' offices across the
country as the medical profession attempts to get a handle on the varied
factors that can impact health.
But the issue can
stir strong emotions in
Florida, for example, the Republican-controlled
legislature in 2011 passed a law making it illegal for doctors to
inquire about guns in the home or record gun-ownership information in
Owners' Privacy Act, which became known as "Docs vs. Glocks," was hailed
by the National Rifle Association and upheld by the
Circuit Court of Appeals in
Dr. David Nash
said patients should get used to being asked about gun safety and many
other topics seemingly outside the realm of the typical visit to a
Nash is dean of
Thomas Jefferson University's School of Population Health in
Philadelphia and a proponent of the idea that 80 percent of a
population's well-being is determined by social factors such as where
they live, who their family is, their socioeconomic status and the
quality of their relationships.
to recognize that your ecosystem, if you will, is predictive of your
medical health," Nash said. "If you have a gun at home, you're more at
risk of gun-related violence."
But the questions
don't stop there. Doctors are frequently asking patients about their
marriages, work-related stress, whether they have working smoke
detectors at home or if they wear seat belts in cars.
medicine, we're really focusing on prevention and wellness," said Dr.
Wanda Filer, a family physician from
County. She is
president-elect of the
Academy of Family
Physicians, one of the many professional societies that recommends
health providers probe potential risks to a patient's health.
"We tend to look
at the whole context in which the patient lives," she said.
The American College
of Physicians recommends doctors counsel patients on the risk of having
firearms in the home.
profession has a special responsibility to speak out on prevention of
firearm-related injuries and deaths, just as physicians have spoken out
on other public health issues," according to a position paper the
organization published this year.
Many of these
questions have been part of physician training for years, Filer said.
But they're being asked more frequently now by more doctors for two
intertwined reasons. Greater use of electronic health record systems is
prompting doctors, nurses and other providers to ask. And the resulting
data is collected and analyzed by health systems to track improvements
in population health.
"The more I learn
about you, while it might be a little scary, it can help me better care
for you," Nash said.
While it may seem
unusual for a patient to discuss credit card debt with his doctor, for
instance, Nash argues that money troubles can lead people to avoid
medical care, such as diagnostic tests and prescription medications.
see it that way.
"Where do these
questions end?" he said. "Are they going to ask me if I have a swimming
pool? If I use a bath mat? I mean, it's crazy."
But Dr. Anthony
Fiorillo, a UPMC internal medicine physician who has helped direct the
rollout of electronic medical records at the hospital network, said
doctors ask about gun safety and other behavior -- including smoking and
diet -- because they want to keep their patients healthy.
"It's just like
making sure they have handrails on the stairs to prevent falls,"
Fiorillo said. "It's really a health and safety issue."
January 7 2015
Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) voted to fund President Obama's executive amnesty
during the lame-duck session contrary to his earlier statements. He was
one of several Senators who had come out against the president's
actions, but then voted much differently.
Senators, including Senator Johnson had an opportunity to back up their
rhetoric with action when Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) raised a "point of
order" challenging the constitutionality of the president's executive
action while the Senate debated the 2015 spending bill.
21 other Senators stood up and voted with Senator Cruz, 28 Senators who
had previously come out against executive amnesty voted in favor of
fully funding it.
the president announced his plans for executive amnesty, Senator Johnson
released the following statement:
President Obama declared a series of immigration actions through
executive fiat. He has dictated his own laws — cutting out the American
people and Congress — and then hypocritically declared he wants to
debate the issue in good faith. … Over the last two years, President
Obama has repeatedly stated that he does not have the constitutional
authority to change immigration laws unilaterally.
a full list of U.S.
Senators who voted for and against the Senator Cruz's point of order,
see the roll
No You Can Not Have It Both
If nothing else, 2014 proved to be the
year the media took off its mask of “unbiased” presentation. Instead, we
saw just how twisted a news narrative can be when the left decides they
have a story on their hands. We also saw how easily they can dismiss
those stories that don’t fit the narrative. They use the same technique
for both. By deciding which “bad guys” are lone wolves and which are
“examples of a system gone mad,” the left taught
what to think this year.
The Individual or the System?
When it came to the case of 22-year-old
Elliot Rodger, a spree killer who released a laborious manifesto against
women and the persecution of the white man, the media decided it was
time to talk about the larger picture. Rodger was a symptom of entitled
white privilege. One writer over at Salon said, “we seem wholly
uninterested in talking about pathological white masculinity, which
continues to assert itself in the most dangerous and deadly of ways.”
But when it came to the case of Alton Alexander Nolen, a radicalized Muslim who beheaded a
woman at his workplace in
Oklahoma, no such dialogue was needed. We didn’t
need to (once again) talk about the dangerous rise of Islamic extremism.
This was simply a sick individual criminal whose story should be handled
only by the justice system.
Racism or Criminal Behavior?
When it came to the story of Michael
Brown’s death in Ferguson, Officer Darren
Wilson was a symptom of police brutality against black men in the United States. This one case stood
for everything. President Obama himself jumped into the fray, claiming
that it was time for widespread police reform. The protests – driven by
this narrative – continue to this day.
But when it came to the story of Ferguson’s destruction in the wake of the
grand jury verdict, we were told that it was only a matter of a few
agitators in the crowd. Even while the news showed us hundreds of people
looting stores, rioting, and burning the city’s businesses, the media
held firm: the protests were largely peaceful. These were just a few bad apples who
made the trip from other parts of the country. We were also told to
believe the same when it came to the tragic story of Ismaaiyl Brinsley,
who shot two NYPD cops after making numerous social media postings
explaining his motives. He wasn’t part of our movement, said the media.
He’s just a criminal, nothing more. Nothing to see here.
For the liberals in our country, there
is no such thing as a dangerous movement as long as minorities are
involved. If a few fraternities have to shut down because a fake rape
story made the news, that’s just fine. If a few white cops have to go to
jail because of a fake “hands up, don’t shoot” story, so much the
better. If we have to sacrifice a few innocent people to make sure we
don’t offend Muslims, well, that’s just what we’ll have to do.
And if polls show that the majority of the American people aren’t
buying into these stories? That’s just proof that the problem is even
worse than we thought.
Boehner Ally Steve Scalise Rocked By White Supremacy Scandal
A member of John
Boehner’s inner circle is under fire even as the House Speaker is at his
most vulnerable: Exactly one week before the House GOP’s top official
will seek re-election to his post.
“Every member who
votes for John Boehner is vulnerable because not only is he unpopular
with the base after his lame duck deception, but now he’s exposing
members to the results of his poor judgement,” a senior GOP aide told
Breitbart News after news broke Monday from the Washington Post and
local Louisiana sources that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at
a conference of white supremacists back in 2002.
December 29, 2014
(AP) — Bracing to do business with a Congress run solely by Republicans,
President Barack Obama is serving notice he has no qualms about vetoing
legislation he dislikes.
would be a significant change in style for Obama, come January when the
new Congress will be seated with the GOP not only in command in the
House but also the Senate as well.
wielded the veto pen through his first nearly six years very sparingly.
Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice,
both in fairly minor circumstances.
haven't used the veto pen very often since I've been in office," Obama
said in an NPR interview airing Monday. "Now, I suspect, there are going
to be some times where I've got to pull that pen out."
added: "I'm going to defend gains that we've made in health care. I'm
going to defend gains that we've made on environment and clean air and
Obama's warning to the GOP that he'll veto legislation if necessary to
protect his agenda and laws like the Affordable Care Act came as he
sought to set the tone for a year in which Congress and the president
are on a near-certain collision course. Buoyed by decisive gains in last
month's midterm elections, Republicans are itching to use their newfound
Senate majority to derail Obama's plans on immigration, climate change
and health care, to name a few.
overturn Obama's veto, Republicans would need the votes of two-thirds of
the House and Senate. Their majorities in both chambers are not that
large, so they would still need to persuade some Democrats to defy the
Obama said he was hopeful that at least on some issues, that won't be
necessary, because there's overlap between his interests and those of
congressional Republicans. On that point, at least, he's in agreement
with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
"Bipartisan jobs bills will see the light of day and will make it to the
President's desk, and he'll have to make decisions about ideology versus
creating jobs for the middle class," McConnell said in response to
Obama's comments. "There's a lot we can get done together if the
president puts his famous pen to use signing bills rather than vetoing
legislation his liberal allies don't like."
Potential areas for cooperation include tax reform and global trade
deals — both issues where Obama and Republicans see at least partially
eye to eye. Conversely, the likeliest points of friction surround
Environmental Protection Agency regulations, the Keystone XL pipeline
and Obama's unilateral steps on immigration, which let millions of
people in the U.S. illegally avoid deportation and get work permits.
interview, recorded before Obama left Washington
earlier this month for his annual
vacation, Obama also offered his most specific diagnosis to date of why
Democrats fared so poorly in the midterms. He said he was "obviously
frustrated" with the results.
think we had a great record for members of Congress to run on and I
don't think we — myself and the Democratic Party — made as good of a
case as we should have," Obama said. "And you know, as a consequence, we
had really low voter turnout, and the results were bad."
Being uninsured in America will
cost you more in 2015.
It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue
Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as
required under President Barack Obama's law. Those who were uninsured
face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of
which involve financial hardships.