• New EPA Chief Implementing Trump’s Energy-Dominant, Environmentally Friendly Agenda

    New EPA Chief Implementing Trump’s Energy-Dominant, Environmentally Friendly Agenda

    Andrew Wheeler was confirmed by the Senate last week as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Wheeler previously served as deputy administrator before stepping into the role of acting administrator in July 2018. He visited the Conservative Political Action Conference last week and spoke to The Daily Signal. A lightly edited transcript is below.

    Rob Bluey: Although you were just confirmed by the Senate, you’ve been in the job as acting EPA administrator for several months. Can you share what it’s been like to have that experience to work in the Trump administration? READ MORE...

  • China Is Poisoning America With Fentanyl

    China Is Poisoning America With Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is now the leading cause of fatal drug overdoses. In 2017 alone, 49,000 Americans lost their lives to fentanyl.

    What is the source of the synthetic opioid, abuse of which leads to this senseless loss of life? China is the principal culprit.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has identified China as the primary source of illicit fentanyl and the painkiller’s analogues that enter our country.

    Drug traffickers use two primary techniques for delivering fentanyl manufactured in China: It is either is shipped directly into the U.S. via international mail or shipped into Mexico to be smuggled into America. READ MORE...

  • Trump Vows to Cut Funding to Colleges That Don’t Protect Free Speech

    Trump Vows to Cut Funding to Colleges That Don’t Protect Free Speech


    President Donald Trump prompted a thunderous chant of “USA, USA” from an audience of conservative activists Saturday when he announced actions to protect free speech on college campuses.

    Trump made the announcement after inviting Hayden Williams, 26, who says he was assaulted for his beliefs Feb. 19 at University of California, Berkeley, to come onstage and speak briefly at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    “He took a hard punch in the face for all of us, and we can never allow that to happen,” Trump said. READ MORE...

  • Mike Lee Hits Left for Double Standard on Federalism

    Mike Lee Hits Left for Double Standard on Federalism

    The government system known as federalism is what makes America great and guards against too much power in too few hands, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said in remarks Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    “What is making America great again, and what I believe will continue to make America great again, is our continued move in that direction toward rebalancing power, toward sending power back to where it belongs, which is with the people,” Lee said in his speech at CPAC.

    Lee described federalism, with its emphasis on powers reserved to the states, as the key to freedom. READ MORE...

  • Perry, Chao Call Out Schumer for Obstructing Trump Nominees

    Perry, Chao Call Out Schumer for Obstructing Trump Nominees


    The booming economy could grow even more if Senate Democrats would stop obstructing President Donald Trump’s nominees, two Cabinet secretaries said Thursday.

    “One thing that has slowed us up a little bit is getting the nominations [through the Senate],” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Our friends on the Democratic side have not been quite as helpful as we’d like for them to be from the standpoint of getting nominations through.”

    Perry said seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates the energy industry and approved projects, should be filled. READ MORE...

  • Congress Should Separate Debt Limit From Spending Battle

    Congress Should Separate Debt Limit From Spending Battle

    Two major issues will dominate the congressional budget debate over the coming months—the debt limit and the future of the Budget Control Act discretionary spending caps.

    If past is prologue, Congress may be tempted to deal with the two issues simultaneously as part of one broader debt and spending agreement.

    That strategy makes it easier for lawmakers to pass on an unpopular fiscal deadline like the debt limit if paired with massive spending increases to sweeten the deal.

    However, to combine the debt limit increase with a spending deal, without first adopting serious fiscal restraint, would undermine the seriousness of the nation’s ever-worsening debt crisis and be a major error. READ MORE...

  • Georgia Lawmaker Touts Nation’s ‘Greatest Economic Turnaround’

    Georgia Lawmaker Touts Nation’s ‘Greatest Economic Turnaround’

    A Georgia lawmaker and former business executive says the economy is seeing historic gains under President Donald Trump.

    “This is the greatest economic turnaround in U.S. history, 5 million new jobs … we’re growing the economy,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., told the Thursday morning crowd of conservatives gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    “The Obama administration … by the way, that was eight years [of] the lowest economic growth in U.S. history,” Perdue said.

    He said that all Americans, not just some, are seeing the benefits of the Trump economy, especially since the president signed Republican lawmakers’ tax cuts into law on Dec. 22, 2017. READ MORE...

  • Lindsey Graham Credits Trump for 'Tough' Leadership

    Lindsey Graham Credits Trump for ‘Tough’ Leadership


    When President Donald Trump first entered the Oval Office two years ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham was a little reticent to give him his phone number.

    “President Trump and I did not start well,” the South Carolina Republican said in remarks Thursday to hundreds of conservative activists. “But now I’ve given him my phone number.”

    Trump famously gave out Graham’s old cellphone number to the world when both men were seeking the Republican nomination for president.

    “We’ve got a lot in common. I like him, and he likes him,” Graham quipped, provoking laughter. READ MORE...

  • 2 Senators Don’t Want Taxpayers Paying for Pensions for Rich Lawmakers

    2 Senators Don’t Want Taxpayers Paying for Pensions for Rich Lawmakers

    With the federal debt now over $22 trillion, does it really make sense to provide “plush” pensions to federal lawmakers—many of whom are millionaires in their own right?

    Freshman Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., don’t think so, and they’ve introduced the End Pensions in Congress Act, legislation to phase out congressional pensions.

    On average, former members of Congress receive about $41,000 per year in pension benefits after having served about 16 years. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who has been in Congress 32 years, will receive a six-figure pension. READ MORE...

  • Alabama Shows How Law Enforcement Can Get Behind Asset Forfeiture Reform

    Alabama Shows How Law Enforcement Can Get Behind Asset Forfeiture Reform

    Alabama is taking important steps to bring greater transparency to civil forfeiture, the much-criticized practice that allows property to be seized even without evidence of a crime.

    On Thursday, lawmakers and law enforcement leaders in Alabama gathered in the State Capitol to announce a voluntary new reporting initiative, the Alabama Forfeiture Accountability System.

    Starting Friday, officials across Alabama will document crucial data on civil forfeitures. This data will ultimately be available to the public in a searchable report, providing the clearest picture yet of how Alabama law enforcement agencies are using their civil forfeiture powers. READ MORE...