• Democrats Work to Reinstate Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

    Democrats Work to Reinstate Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

    Democrats are expected to vote this week to re-establish internet rules, commonly known as net neutrality, promulgated by President Barack Obama’s Federal Communications Commission.

    “This move by the Democrats threatens American ingenuity and the countless good-paying jobs created by internet startups,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal. “Some of America’s most innovative companies have resulted from an open and free internet. That’s why I support the FCC’s actions to restore internet freedom.” READ MORE...

  • Sen. Ted Cruz Warns Tax Dollars Going to ‘Anti-American Dictator’ in Nicaragua

    Sen. Ted Cruz Warns Tax Dollars Going to ‘Anti-American Dictator’ in Nicaragua

    Sen. Ted Cruz says a bill he introduced with colleagues will help put the corrupt government of Nicaragua on notice and give aid to the Nicaraguan citizens participating in protests around the country.

    “This bipartisan legislation directs U.S. officials to oppose international loans to the government of Nicaragua until the Ortega regime is held accountable for its oppressive, anti-democratic actions and the secretary of state certifies that Nicaragua is taking effective steps to hold free and fair elections,” Cruz, R-Texas, said Wednesday, speaking about the Nicaraguan Investment Conditional Act. READ MORE...

  • Trump Asks Congress to Cancel $15 Billion in Spending

    Trump Asks Congress to Cancel $15 Billion in Spending

    The Trump administration intends to ask Congress to cancel $15 billion in spending Tuesday, although some conservative lawmakers say more could be done to reduce government waste.

    “Tomorrow the president is going to be using his authority under the Impoundment Control Act to send up the largest rescissions package in history from a president,” a senior administration official said Monday evening on a conference call.

    This first package will be the first of several,” the senior official said. “It will be designed to go after unobligated balances, things that have not been spent and programs from prior years.” READ MORE...

  • Conservative Lawmakers' Blueprint Balances Budget in 8 Years

    Conservative Lawmakers’ Blueprint Balances Budget in 8 Years

    House conservatives propose to cut nondefense spending and balance the federal budget within eight years in a blueprint released Wednesday.

    The document produced by the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of GOP lawmakers in the House, includes a long list of policy goals such as repealing Obamacare, restoring power to states, making tax cuts “permanent,” reforming welfare programs, and “saving” Social Security and Medicare.

    The 169-page blueprint, called “A Framework for Unified Conservatism,” proposes to cut government spending by more than $12.4 trillion over the next 10 years, compared with current law. READ MORE...

  • Conservatives Want a House Speaker Who Will Deliver on Promised Reforms

    Conservatives Want a House Speaker Who Will Deliver on Promised Reforms

    Conservative lawmakers say they want the next speaker of the House to be committed to issues Republicans ran on, and to making important procedural reforms.

    “More important than who the speaker is next year is what Republicans do this year,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal.

    “And if we don’t get focused on and stay focused on what the American people elected us to do,” Jordan said, “then there’s not going to be a race for a Republican speaker. It will be a race for who is the minority leader. So that is what we have to be focused on.” READ MORE...

  • Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Says He Will Ask Congress to Cut Spending in ‘Coming Weeks’

    Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Says He Will Ask Congress to Cut Spending in ‘Coming Weeks’

    Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says his staff will soon be sending a package to Congress to rescind some of the planned spending in the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill signed last month by President Donald Trump.

    “[We] hope to have something here in the next couple weeks,” Mulvaney said Wednesday during a House appropriations subcommittee meeting, reports The Washington Times.

    Conservative lawmakers, such as Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., want Trump to send a rescission request to Congress to cancel nondefense spending that the legislators previously approved in the 2,000-plus-page omnibus bill. READ MORE...

  • Unhappy With Quick Vote on Spending Bill, Lawmaker Proposes Legislation to Give Lawmakers More Time to Read Bills

    Unhappy With Quick Vote on Spending Bill, Lawmaker Proposes Legislation to Give Lawmakers More Time to Read Bills

    One conservative lawmaker, upset by the $1.3 trillion spending bill last month, wants to pass legislation that would give lawmakers more time to read bills before they vote on them.

    “This isn’t a very big ask,” Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

    Garrett’s bill would amend House rules, requiring “any bill to be publicly available for a number of minutes that’s double the number of pages,” the website for Virginia radio station WVTF reported.

    The spending bill, which was signed by President Donald Trump, was 2,232 pages long. The House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers, said the bill was released fewer than 36 hours before lawmakers voted on it. READ MORE...

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