Democrats want to unearth the forgotten power of inherent contempt. Here’s why they shouldn’t.

July 2, 2019

In their escalating attempts to make Trump officials comply with congressional subpoenas, some House Democrats are reexamining a power of Congress not used since 1935. This power is called inherent contempt, and it is one of three strategies that Congress can use to enforce its subpoenas. Since 1935, Congress has relied on the executive and […]

Sen. Jim DeMint: Drain the Swamp with Term Limits

June 19, 2019

Testimony of Sen. Jim DeMint Chairman Conservative Partnership Institute   Subcommittee on the Constitution Senate Judiciary Committee Keeping Congress Accountable: Term Limits in the United States June 18, 2019             Thank you, Chairman Cruz and members of the subcommittee, for the invitation to be here today. It’s extremely gracious of you, considering I’m going to […]

Federal Gas Taxes Hurt the Poor the Most

June 18, 2019

As President Trump and Congressional Democrats hash out an infrastructure plan for the country, questions have arisen about how the government plans to pay the two trillion dollar price tag. One proposal that always seems to rear its head anytime we talk about fixing the roads is raising the federal tax on the fuel that […]

National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorized for the 11th Time Without Reform

May 30, 2019

On May 23rd, Congress attempted to reauthorize the insolvent National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) without any reforms for the 11th time, as part of a larger disaster assistance bill.   The NFIP has long been the plague of fiscally-minded taxpayers and the homeowners who are supposed to benefit from it. It’s worth taking a look […]

Facebook & Twitter: Biased Against the Right?

April 23, 2019

Recently, representatives from Facebook and Twitter appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to claims that their companies are engaging in the censorship of conservative news and voices. For years, conservatives have lamented the power of Big Tech over political discourse and their bias against the Right. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) made sure to […]

Can Congress Legally Compel Trump’s Tax Returns?

April 11, 2019

This past week, House Democrats followed through on a long-touted promise to demand President Trump’s tax returns. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal is citing a little-used statue in the tax code that dates back to 1924 in order to obtain Trump’s taxes. This will surely set up a legal fight that may reach […]

Red Flag Laws, Firearms, & Due Process

April 4, 2019

Last week, Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee came together in a bipartisan move to express interest in extreme risk protection orders, or “red flag laws.” Members of the Committee, including the Committee’s chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), are hoping to create a federal level program that would incentivize states to adopt red […]

Overcoming Democrat Obstruction in the Senate

January 7, 2019

The past two years have seen record obstruction from Senate Democrats against the confirmations of President Trump’s nominees. Democrats continue to demand cloture votes — the 60 vote requirement — on nearly all nominees, even those that a majority of the Senate does not oppose. Invoking cloture adds an extra day to the consideration of […]

Senate Handcuffs Itself on Yemen Resolution

December 13, 2018

The Senate is considering Senate Joint Resolution 54, under the expedited procedures in 50 USC 1546(a) (the War Powers Act).  The statute provides for a fully open amendment process with no limitations.  Which would mean that, according to the statute, the Senate can pass literally any amendment (build the wall, Repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, […]

Senate Procedure For Considering a Message from the House

December 10, 2018

In Senate procedural terms, a “Message” is a bill that has been amended in the House and sent back to the Senate. The Senate can do several things with the amendment — Concur (i.e. pass the bill with the House Amendment) Concur with an Amendment (i.e. amend the bill and send back to the House) […]

The Senate Undertakes a War Powers Resolution. Now What?

November 30, 2018

In a surprising vote on Wednesday, the Senate moved forward debate on a resolution of disapproval on U.S. participation in the conflict in Yemen. The resolution, offered by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Ct.), was offered under the War Powers Act (WPA). Under the terms of the law, which was […]

The Process for Electing a Speaker of the House

November 20, 2018

As the incoming majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats are preparing to elect their next Speaker. Will Nancy Pelosi return to the post, which she previously held from 2007 to 2010, or will a younger generation of Members succeed her? More importantly, however, just how does a Speaker get elected? According to Democratic caucus […]

The Senate’s Missing Pro-Life Policy Riders

August 20, 2018

The Senate is in town for its first full work-week in August to address spending bills for Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD), the two largest executive agencies. Appropriations bills usually provide a forum for an open amendment process, where members have many opportunities to offer their ideas and have […]

49 Federal Judge Slots Aren’t Getting the SCOTUS-Style Limelight. They Should.

July 23, 2018

President Trump’s selection of his second Supreme Court appointment, the Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, is heralded as a Republican victory. The media and both parties are singularly focused on the confirmation of Kavanaugh’s appointment. But with all the focus on this nomination, the Senate itself is ignoring equally important nominations: judges for the lower courts. The […]

An Opportunity for Free-Market Ag Reform?

June 25, 2018

The Senate is taking up the Farm Bill this week, which provides conservatives numerous opportunities for amendments. Here are eight ideas for reform. Reduce subsidies by 15 percent the federal crop insurance subsidy for farmers with an adjusted gross income of $700,000. This amendment was offered by Sens. Coburn (R-OK) and Durbin (D-Ill.) in 2013, […]

The Holman Rule: Congress vs the bureaucrats

June 8, 2018

Arcane procedural maneuvers are usually reserved for the Senate. But this week in the House, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) resurrected a House rule from 1876 in a bid to take down a bureaucrat. On Thursday, the House considered Gosar’s amendment to reduce the salary of Mark Gabriel, the Administrator of the Western Power Administration, to […]

Conservative Calendar 2017-2018

May 1, 2018

Every year, groups within the conservative movement hold important conferences that help shape the debates, policies and messaging of freedom fighters on the right. Below are some important conservative events held around the country. If you have tips on events that should be listed, please email us at [email protected]. 2018 May 16-18: GOPAC Spring Leadership […]

The McConnell Senate’s weekly 30-hour fake-out must end

April 10, 2018

This week in the “Lazy Senate,” the spotlight is on the Senate’s pesky 30-hour rule — the one that Republicans constantly blame for the Senate’s slow pace of confirmations. But is it? The short answer is, no. It’s just another excuse by Republican leadership to be, you guessed it, lazy. Here’s why. In 2013 and […]

Why is the Senate’s Republican majority allowing Democrats to run roughshod?

The Senate’s arcane rules have never been more popular. The Senate’s 44 standing rules, usually  obscured by their more popular precedents or made irrelevant by routine waivers, are suddenly getting some love. The rules haven’t changed or made a sudden showy reappearance on C-SPAN. In fact, it’s the opposite. Conservatives are getting irritated with the Senate Republicans refusal to use […]

The Lowdown on Rescissions

April 4, 2018

After expressing unhappiness with the size of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill he signed last month, reports indicate that President Trump is working on a package of rescissions to cut some of the spending. What is a rescission? A “rescission” is the cancellation or reduction of budget authority (the ability of an agency to […]

The Lazy Senate

March 8, 2018

Congress loves to pretend to be working while not actually doing much of anything. It’s a Swamp specialty. This is particularly true in theUnited States Senate, where Republican leaders blame Democrat obstruction and obscure rules for their inability to get things done. CPI’s Policy Director, Rachel Bovard, has written extensively about how, in failing to do […]

How Much Amnesty?

January 30, 2018

NumbersUSA has put together a comparison of the amnesty give-aways and other policies contained in the President’s proposal, and various other proposals that are making their way through Congress. Take a look.

Conservative concerns with White House amnesty compromise

January 28, 2018

After Democrats shutdown the government over demands for amnesty for 800,000 young illegal immigrants who took part in former President Obama’s unconstitutional DACA program, the Trump White House recently proposed a compromise. The newly unveiled plan includes: Immediate amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrants, including path to citizenship after 10-12 years – 800,000 young illegals who […]

Marist Poll: Huge Majorities Support Pro-Life Legislation

January 24, 2018

A new poll of more than 2500 American adults conducted in the last few weeks found that 76% of Americans favor significant abortion restrictions and most find abortion morally objectionable. More from the press release: More than three quarters of Americans would limit abortion to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy, according […]