House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy pulled a rare all-nighter, speaking from the House floor for a record eight hours and 32 minutes and managing to delay the vote on the Democrat’s Build Back “Bureaucracy” bill until this morning. Mr. McCarthy kept the House in session until 5 a.m., providing great detail about what’s in the 2,000-plus page bill and the impact it will have on … [Read more...] about It’s not over yet
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says he will oppose a gimmick-filled social welfare bill that hides trillions in spending behind the pretense that the new entitlement programs would be “temporary.” And on Wednesday, Manchin said Congress should cool its heels and wait until next year lest the spending further fuel inflation that is now growing faster than it has in 30 … [Read more...] about A Tipping Point
Sometimes you have to step back from the swirl of shocking, bureaucratic and intrusive vaccine mandates and the legislative wrestling match in Congress to see what is really going on. Here’s how I see it.Political control by one party is bad for our country because it shuts down an inclusive debate over ideas.Decades of gerrymandering have created too many congressional and state legislative … [Read more...] about A 30,000-foot perspective
Capitol Hill was abuzz yesterday morning as President Biden met with House Democrats to make an (unsuccessful) pitch for a legislative victory before leaving for meetings with European leaders. I happened to be on the Hill, at the invitation of Dr. Michael Burgess, R-TX, to meet with members of the terrific Doctors Caucus to discuss the health provisions in the radical social engineering and … [Read more...] about Jerry-Rigged Framework
Democrats in Congress are working furiously to rewrite their partisan spending bill that would transform America into a European social welfare state, without a single hearing or virtually any input from more than 330 million Americans who would be impacted. The bill is so massive and complex that targeting any one part seems like throwing a dart at a dinosaur, but there is one part that … [Read more...] about Putting a Price on Your Life
It may seem like things have quieted down in Washington, but don’t be fooled. Staffers are working around the clock to hammer into some twisted shape a reconciliation bill that can get support from the warring factions of their party to “transform America.” Prof. Chuck Blahous analyzed the 2,448-page $3.5 trillion+ reconciliation bill that Democrats in Congress are working … [Read more...] about Read the Bill!
Hugely consequential and transformative policy and spending decisions often are hidden from Americans behind the complex web of congressional procedures—and, of course, back-room deals. And this could not be more true right now. The ultra-liberal progressive caucus in Congress, with nearly 100 votes, is threatening to block passage of the $550 billion infrastructure bill that already has … [Read more...] about Faltering Agenda?
There are too many dreadful provisions in the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion monstrosity to count, but one is rising to the surface as especially destructive: Its prescription drug price control schemes. University of Chicago economist Tomas J. Philipson explained the details and the impact of the pending legislation in a Wall Street Journal op-ed yesterday. He … [Read more...] about Incalculable losses