• Andy Biggs, New Chairman of House Freedom Caucus, Vows to Fight for Conservatives

    Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., new chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, says he has some big plans for what he’ll accomplish in the role.

    “We must fight against increased government spending and for a balanced budget. We must fight for border security and the elimination of all loopholes that incentivize illegal entry into this nation,” Biggs said in a statement released Tuesday by his office.

    Biggs, elected earlier Tuesday by his colleagues in the conservavtive caucus, said he is committed to working with President Donald Trump to advance its priorities.

    “We must work to lower health care costs and improve access and quality for all Americans,” he added.… Read More...

  • 4 Things to Know About House Democrats’ ‘Dream and Promise’ Amnesty

    The House has passed legislation 237-187 that would grant citizenship to an estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, in a largely party-line vote.

    “America’s Dreamers represent the constant reinvigoration of our country. Today, the House will pass the American Dream [and] Promise Act—an historic step for immigrants and communities across America,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted Tuesday.

    “Americans see the wonderful contributions of America’s #Dreamers every day in communities nationwide,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., tweeted before the vote. “As the House passes the Dream and Promise Act today, we are taking a stand for these patriotic, inspiring young Americans.”

    The legislation would allow people who came to the country illegally as children under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and persons eligible for Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure to bypass deportation and obtain a pathway to citizenship.… Read More...

  • MLK’s Niece Applauds Clarence Thomas for Linking Abortion, Eugenics

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is right to call out some abortions as a form of eugenics, a niece of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. told The Daily Signal.

    Thomas’ concern, expressed in a Supreme Court opinion Tuesday, is not only relevant but “keeps truth, hope, and justice alive,” Alveda King said the next day in a phone interview.

    “It is so important and it’s so true that abortion is eugenics,” King said when asked about Thomas’ opinion. “And Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, basically said colored people were like weeds and need to be exterminated.”

    Thomas made his comments in a concurring opinion as the high court upheld an Indiana law requiring abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal remains, but declined to review another Indiana law banning abortions on the basis of sex, race, or disability.… Read More...

  • This Lawmaker Doubles as a Podcast Host to ‘Take Our Message to the American People’

    Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., is host of the House Freedom Caucus’ podcast, which made its debut in March. The Daily Signal recently spoke with him about a range of issues the Freedom Caucus hopes to unpack for that audience. Listen to the interview on today’s podcast or read a lightly edited transcript below.

    Rachel del Guidice: Congressman, thank you so much for being with us today.

    Jody Hice: Thank you so much for having me. I’m deeply grateful for what all you do and I’m glad to be on the program with you.

    del Guidice: I want to talk about your new podcast.… Read More...

  • Heritage Foundation Blueprint Would Balance Budget While Cutting Taxes

    Balancing the budget while reducing taxes and prioritizing national defense are the main goals in a blueprint for smarter government spending released Monday by The Heritage Foundation.

    The think tank’s new “Blueprint for Balance” “lays out an agenda both for our long-term governing vision [and] what our conservative policy priorities [are] that we want lawmakers to champion,” Romina Boccia, director of Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, said during a roundtable with reporters to introduce the plan.

    “Overall,” Boccia said, the blueprint specifies “what Republicans especially should be pushing for in the spending bills in order to realize conservative policy priorities and reduce spending in accordance with our values.”

    The Budget Control Act, passed in 2011, sought to curb government spending and control the growth of government programs, capping discretionary spending at $1.07 trillion for fiscal year 2018.… Read More...

  • Equality Act Would Impose Sexual Orthodoxy, GOP Leaders Warn

    Democrats’ “gender equality” bill, a priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, actually would harm Americans if passed and not promote equal rights, Republican opponents said Thursday.

    The legislation, called the Equality Act, is expected to be voted on Friday in the House.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a statement provided to The Daily Signal, called the bill “another mirage” created by Democrats.

    “The Democrats’ latest piece of legislation is another mirage, packaged with a deceiving title, that ultimately chips away at our religious freedoms, would jeopardize Title IX sports programs, and puts our children at risk by eliminating parental consent in life-altering medical procedures,” McCarthy said.… Read More...

  • Raising Budget Caps Is ‘Last Thing We Need’ With $22 Trillion Debt

    Republicans in the conservative House Freedom Caucus are opposing Democrats’ attempts to increase discretionary spending despite a national debt of more than $22 trillion.

    “Our country is $22 trillion in debt,” the group said in a statement released Friday. “The spending caps are one of the few tools left to slow down the runaway growth of the federal budget. We will oppose another deal to blow through these limits.”

    The Budget Control Act, passed in 2011, sought to curb government spending and control the growth of federal programs, capping discretionary spending at $1.07 trillion for fiscal year 2018, which began Oct.… Read More...

  • Would-Be Builder of Border Wall Ready to Do ‘Impossible’

    Would-Be Builder of Border Wall Ready to Do ‘Impossible’

    COOLIDGE, Arizona—The vice president of a family-owned construction company says his firm is competing for one of the nation’s most talked-about contracts because its leaders believe they can do what many say can’t be done.

    “Two years ago, when the president said he wanted to build a wall [from] sea to sea … many people said, ‘It cannot be built, it won’t be built,’” Grant Fisher, vice president of Fisher Industries, told The Daily Signal in an interview.

    But “build the impossible,” Fisher said, is “what we do.”

    Fisher said his company’s $3.3 billion proposal to the Department of Homeland Security is to construct 218 miles of border fence, plus roads and related technology, by June 2020.… Read More...

  • 4 Takeaways From House Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ Hearing

    4 Takeaways From House Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ Hearing

    Democrats pushed their “Medicare for All” legislation in a hearing Tuesday before the House Rules Committee, saying it would provide health care efficiently to all Americans.

    “Full room at the FIRST EVER hearing on #MedicareForAll today,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., tweeted Tuesday. “A tremendous step in ensuring every single person in this country has quality and affordable health care.”

    Jayapal is the House sponsor of Medicare for All legislation, while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the sponsor of a similar bill in the Senate.

    Sanders’ Medicare for All Act of 2019 could cost $32 trillion over 10 years and rob 181 million Americans of their private health coverage, asserted Robert Moffit, a senior fellow in domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, in a recent op-ed.… Read More...

  • New Jersey Parents to Rally Against LGBT Education Law

    New Jersey Parents to Rally Against LGBT Education Law

    A rally this weekend will give New Jersey parents an opportunity to oppose a new state law requiring public schools to teach children about the “political, economic, and social contributions” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

    The new law also requires schools to stress such contributions made by disabled persons, but it’s the LGBT education component that prompted organizers to plan the rally.

    “When you teach about George Washington, you don’t teach that George Washington had sex with his wife and what he did; we teach what George Washington did as a president,” Victoria Jakelsky, a political consultant and parental rights activist in New Jersey, told The Daily Signal in an interview Wednesday.… Read More...

  • A Mom’s Fight Against Illegal Immigrant Criminals

    A Mom’s Fight Against Illegal Immigrant Criminals

    Life hasn’t been the same for Mary Ann Mendoza since she lost her son Brandon in 2014 due to a car accident caused by an illegal immigrant. She shares her experience, and how she’d like our country’s border security polices to change. Read the transcript, posted below, or listen to the interview on the podcast:

    We also cover these stories:

    • ISIS is claiming responsibility for the Sri Lanka Easter attack.
    • The brothers allegedly involved in the Jussie Smollett hate hoax are suing his lawyers.
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces plans to name an area after President Donald Trump.

    Rachel del Guidice: We’re joined on The Daily Signal podcast today by Mary Ann Mendoza, who lost her son Brandon in 2014 after his police car was hit by an intoxicated driver who was in the U.S.… Read More...

  • ‘Something Wrong’ When House Must Debate Born-Alive Bill

    ‘Something Wrong’ When House Must Debate Born-Alive Bill

    A South Carolina lawmaker says it is unconscionable that legislation to force a House vote on medical care for babies who survive abortion is so controversial.

    “Something’s wrong in America when we’re dealing with this and having [to] even debate this,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., said on the sixth installment, published Thursday, of a new podcast from the House Freedom Caucus.

    Using a procedural tactic know as a discharge petition, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.,  Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., and other pro-life lawmakers are trying to force a floor vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

    The legislation would require medical professionals to give the same care to a baby who survives an abortion as they would to any other baby of the same age, as well as to take the baby to a hospital.… Read More...

  • $22 Trillion in Debt Not ‘Sustainable Trajectory,’ House GOP Leader Says

    $22 Trillion in Debt Not ‘Sustainable Trajectory,’ House GOP Leader Says

    Restoring fiscal sanity to Congress is a matter of national security, the chairman of the House’s largest Republican caucus says.

    “It’s not a sustainable trajectory,” Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said of a national debt that has topped $22 trillion.

    “It’s not when we have military officials, the Pentagon officials, the top brass come in and testify to Congress under oath,” Johnson said. “They always say when they’re asked the question, ‘What is the No. 1 threat to national security?,’ they say debt is not a sustainable trajectory for the country. We have to address it.”

    Johnson, joined by Rep.…

  • The Pivotal Gun Case Likely Going to the Supreme Court Explained

    The Pivotal Gun Case Likely Going to the Supreme Court Explained

    Could the manufacturer of the gun used in the tragic Sandy Hook shooting be sued? That’s what’s at stake in a new case that the Supreme Court has been asked to hear. Heritage Foundation legal expert Amy Swearer breaks down this case, plus what needs to be done to make our schools safe. Read the transcript, posted below:

    Rachel del Guidice: Remington, a gun manufacturer in North Carolina, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case after the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the manufacturer could be held liable for the deaths at Sandy Hook since the shooter used a Remington gun.… Read More...

  • Citizenship Question Used on Census for 175 Years, GOP Report Shows

    Citizenship Question Used on Census for 175 Years, GOP Report Shows

    A new report from House Republicans shows a citizenship question appeared on the U.S. census in one form or another for nearly 175 years, and argues that its addition to the 2020 census should not be controversial despite Democrats’ objections.

    “Every decennial census from 1820 to 1950 inquired about citizenship,” the minority staff report released Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform says, adding:

    From 1970 to 2000, the long-form census—sent to a segment of the population—inquired about citizenship. Since 2005, the Census Bureau has asked 3.5 million Americans about their citizenship every year.

    Those census appearances cover almost 175 of the 229 years since the first U.S.… Read More...