1. Congress Can Finally Reform Social Security. In Fact, There's No Choice - by Adam Brandon via The Hill
Every time Republicans talk about addressing the impending disaster
of Social Security, as its reserves dry up, Democrats characterize their
attempts to protect and preserve Social Security as attempts to cut
benefits. If they took the same tack in a medical situation, they might
say your oncologist is recommending cutting you open and removing part
of your body (namely, a cancerous tumor).
Back in 2005, when President George W. Bush broached the subject of
Social Security reform, congressional Democrats, House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), rallied against
any notion of sustainable reform at a statue of President Franklin D.
Roosevelt in Washington, D.C. “Democrats are unified, Democrats are
ready for this fight,” Leader Pelosi declared at the time.
When Congress passed the Social Security Act, a major part of FDR’s
so-called “New Deal,” an actuary from Travelers Insurance Company, W.R.
Williamson, warned the House Ways and Means Committee that it was
passing on a heavy burden to future generations. Read more here...
2. Senator Mike Lee Sits Down to Discuss the Congressional Review Act
3. Congress Moves to Cancel Obama-Era Regulations Under the Congressional Review Act - by Jason Pye
Since the Congressional Review Act became law in 1996 through the
114th Congress, more than 120 resolutions of disapproval have been
introduced to cancel regulations promulgated by federal agencies. The
Congressional Review Act gives Congress 60 legislative days after a
federal agency submits a rule for review. Between the 104th Congress and
the 114th Congress, only one resolution of disapproval canceling a rule
passed by both chambers of Congress and was signed into law.
The only resolution of disapproval that canceled a rule was
S.J.Res. 6. The resolution, signed into law by President George W. Bush
in March 2001, canceled the Department of Labor's ergonomics rule. The
rule would have cost employers $4.5 billion annually.
Other resolutions of disapproval received action in the past 21
years. Eight resolutions of disapproval have received votes in the House
and 18 have received votes in the Senate. Six have received votes in
both chambers and been presented to the president for consideration.
President Barack Obama has vetoed each of the five resolutions of
disapproval that landed on his desk. Read more here...
4. Old Confirmation Playbook May Not Apply to Gorsuch Nomination - by Curt Levey via The Hill
Strategy memos and talking points are flying around Washington as
Democrats and Republicans begin a fierce battle over the nomination of
Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. I am not on the Democrats' recipient
list, but a dozen years of watching these battles from up close tells me
a lot about how this contest will play out. Even so, the unique aspects
of this confirmation fight ensure surprises.
It was always a good bet that Democrats would focus this battle on
President Trump as much as on the nominee. Any doubt about that
disappeared on Friday, when the president's immigration order enraged his opponents and sent them looking to the courts.
At a minimum, Senate Democrats will use their questions during
Gorsuch's week-long confirmation hearings to indirectly attack the
president, as they have already done with his Cabinet nominees. Don't be
surprised if Democrats question Trump's legitimacy to make Supreme
Court nominations and hold Gorsuch's nomination hostage to extraneous
demands on the president. Read more here...
5. False Claim About Nominee Gorsuch Highlights Need for Rigorous Fact-Checking - via Competitive Enterprise Institute
People will believe silly things when it fits their ideological
preconceptions. Even when they have been debunked and are contradicted
by first-hand information and news reports.
A handful of mostly left-leaning publications repeated a British
tabloid’s wild claim that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch started a
“fascism forever club” in high school. This bizarre smear of Gorsuch was
debunked by Snopes. It was also debunked by teachers at his school, as
liberal-leaning America magazine noted. And it was also debunked by a
lawyer in National Review.
Neil Gorsuch is a well-respected judge on the Tenth Circuit Court
of Appeals, where he has been a judge for more than 10 years, without a
hint of scandal. He was unanimously confirmed to the Tenth Circuit by a
bipartisan vote, even as other, controversial judges faced filibusters.
Nothing in Gorsuch’s judicial opinions or writings is in any way
radical, nor does he have a history of saying radical things. Even
lawyers like Radley Balko who detest President Trump think that Gorsuch
is a well-qualified, judicious, and reasonable man who should be
confirmed. Read more here...
Director of Public Policy, FreedomWorks