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Hurray to Mike Simpson!

Mar4

By John Feehery

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“Mike Simpson, official Congressional photo portrait” by U.S. Congress – http://www.house.gov/simpson/portraits.shtml. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

When John Boehner needed a Member to step up and take a leadership role in bringing the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill to the House floor yesterday, his friend Mike Simpson volunteered.

Simpson, a former Speaker of the House in the Idaho State Legislature, knows about leadership.   He knows how hard it is to manage a sometime rambunctious legislative branch and he knows how doing the right thing is not always the same thing as doing the popular thing.

Simpson also knows how to communicate to his constituents about the importance of effective governance.  He has effectively used his perch on the Appropriations Committee to battle off the regulatory over-reach of the Obama Administration and its Departments of Interior and the EPA. (more…)

Sushi, Cheese Pizza and the House Freedom Caucus

Mar3

By John Feehery

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“Ted Cruz by Gage Skidmore 4″ by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

According to news reports, members of the House Freedom Caucus celebrated a victory over the Republican leadership last week with sushi, cheese pizza and alcoholic beverages in an office in the Cannon building.

They really know how to party, those crazy guys.

I don’t think all 52 of the Republicans who joined with Nancy Pelosi to kill the three-week continuing resolution (CR) to fund the Department of Homeland Security (the reason for the celebration) are the hardest of the hard core. Looking over the list, I see plenty of members who were worried about how their neighbors or their state’s senators voted and wanted to protect themselves against a possible primary challenge. (more…)

Our Own History To Live

Mar3

By John Feehery

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“John Boehner official portrait” by United States House of Representatives – http://republicanleader.house.gov/Bio/. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

It was a Speaker who pushed America into the War of 1812.

Henry Clay, a hero to Mitch McConnell, ascended briskly to the gavel as a 34 year-old newly elected Member of the House, and he wanted the Congress to authorize action against the British Empire, who were threatening commercial interests in the Western Part of the growing nation.

It would be perhaps the first, but not the last time that a Congressional leader would take a leading role in charting American foreign policy. (more…)

WWTCD

Feb26

By John Feehery

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“Ted Cruz by Gage Skidmore 5″ by Gage Skidmore – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The question that surrounds Congressional action on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations is not:  What would Jesus do?

Jesus famously said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

I don’t think that DHS fits under the God category, although defending America from terrorists who pray to a different God is certainly part of the responsibility for the Department.

These days the question is:  What would Ted Cruz do? (more…)

Congressional Democrats Want DHS to Close

Feb25

By John Feehery

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“Nancy Pelosi 2013″ by https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-t0secF_x6s8/Ua9BHjLT1LI/AAAAAAAAAGI/VzpqCPRHYwc/s1226-no/OFFICIAL+HEAD+SHOT+300+DPI.jpg. Via Wikipedia.

Congressional Democrats desperately want Congressional Republicans to get blamed for closing down the Department of Homeland Security, the longer the better.

So they are doing everything they can to make that happen.

They believe that a shutdown could help them to take back the Senate and possibly to take back the House. (more…)

 

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