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  • Issue Brief posted July 28, 2015 by Curtis S. Dubay The Senate Can Use Tax Extenders as an Opportunity to Improve the Tax Code

    The tax extenders are a group of approximately 50 tax-reducing policies that expire regularly. Congress has traditionally extended them just as regularly as they expire. Late last year, Congress retroactively renewed them for 2014, which means they are currently expired. The Senate Finance Committee marked up its version of this year’s tax extender bill recently. In that…

  • Commentary posted April 16, 2015 by Arthur Milikh The Obama Constitution

    Sometimes the Left unwittingly throws gems our way. These come in rare moments of exasperation, rather than the usual poise the Left displays. The transformation of America, after all, requires quiet, subtle movements, coordinated with high-minded propaganda. That’s why moments of condescending contempt, accompanied by the Left’s sharpest weapon — mockery — are so…

  • Issue Brief posted April 16, 2015 by Michaela Dodge, Steven Groves, James Phillips Senate’s Iran Nuclear Bill Misses the Point

    Two days ago, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) unanimously passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, a bill that attempts to bolster the congressional role in the Obama Administration’s negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program. While the effort is well intentioned, the bill sets up Congress to allow the Administration to act as if it had…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Jim DeMint The Injustice of Amnesty

    President Obama looks set to embark on a power play that will usurp the legislative power of Congress. The lives of untold thousands rest on that decision as well;  if he opts to decree amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in this country, it will encourage millions more to risk a treacherous, unlawful journey across our borders for the same…

  • Commentary posted November 10, 2014 by Genevieve Wood A Big Republican Win: Now Show America Your Agenda

    The midterm elections boiled down to this: The majority of Americans want to checkmate President Obama’s agenda. The voters delivered that message clearly on Tuesday. But now that they’ve done their job, the question is: Will those they elected, the Republicans, do theirs? Most Americans are not happy about the direction of the country and how it is being led. Just a…

  • Commentary posted November 4, 2014 by Genevieve Wood What's Lurking After Election Day?

    In most of America, when someone gets fired for poor performance, they are not allowed to stay on the job another two months. But Washington isn't like the rest of America, and being a member of Congress isn't like most other jobs. On Tuesday, November 4, Americans will elect people to represent them in Washington. In the process, they will also un-elect some current…

  • Lecture posted January 7, 2014 by Mike Lee Defending the Senate’s Constitutional Duty to Advise and Consent to Presidential Appointments

    I’m very grateful for the opportunity to speak about the Recess Appointments Clause today. In the small town of Alpine, Utah, where I live, we speak of little else. It is of great interest to those of us who watch the Supreme Court to see this case get teed up. I was very happy, of course, when the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari to review this…

  • Commentary posted January 5, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. On immigration, start with what's doable to avoid lasting bitterness

    "Solutions to problems cannot be found in a pool of bitterness.” So proclaimed John Dennis "Denny" Hastert upon his swearing in as the 59th Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1999. Hastert was pledging to look for bipartisan solutions, but it had special meaning for rank-and-file Republicans in the House. As a means of avoiding ruinous bitterness, Hastert vowed…

  • Commentary posted November 24, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. U.N. disability treaty won't protect the rights of wounded veterans

    It has bounced around the Senate for more than a year without winning ratification. Yet supporters of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are back, pushing for yet another vote before senators head home for Christmas. Progressives embrace the treaty as another step toward creating a set of universal standards that will enable all…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2013 by Steven Groves The Shameful Selling of the Disabilities Treaty

    Perhaps the American people have come to expect less than straight talk from the White House. But blowing smoke that misleads Americans with disabilities -- including U.S. veterans badly wounded in combat -- crosses a red line even by today's standards. That is precisely what the White House and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are doing in their…

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  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Jim DeMint The Injustice of Amnesty

    President Obama looks set to embark on a power play that will usurp the legislative power of Congress. The lives of untold thousands rest on that decision as well;  if he opts to decree amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in this country, it will encourage millions more to risk a treacherous, unlawful journey across our borders for the same…

  • Commentary posted July 16, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Tuesday's First Strike on the Filibuster

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing hard to eliminate the filibuster for executive nominations, on the grounds that Republicans have stood in the way too many times and are refusing to confirm qualified nominees. What’s so striking about this reason is that it’s false. President Obama’s success rate with nominees is actually higher than that of his Republican…

  • Commentary posted November 4, 2014 by Genevieve Wood What's Lurking After Election Day?

    In most of America, when someone gets fired for poor performance, they are not allowed to stay on the job another two months. But Washington isn't like the rest of America, and being a member of Congress isn't like most other jobs. On Tuesday, November 4, Americans will elect people to represent them in Washington. In the process, they will also un-elect some current…

  • Commentary posted November 10, 2014 by Genevieve Wood A Big Republican Win: Now Show America Your Agenda

    The midterm elections boiled down to this: The majority of Americans want to checkmate President Obama’s agenda. The voters delivered that message clearly on Tuesday. But now that they’ve done their job, the question is: Will those they elected, the Republicans, do theirs? Most Americans are not happy about the direction of the country and how it is being led. Just a…

  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2012 by Brian Darling Tyranny in the United States Senate

    Abstract: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has regularly used a procedural tactic called “filling the amendment tree” to restrict Senators’ right to debate and offer amendments. While previous Majority Leaders have occasionally used this tactic, Senator Reid has used this tactic often—more than all of his predecessors combined. This tactic combined with another…

  • Backgrounder posted August 17, 2010 by Marion Smith Remember the Jay Treaty: START Behaving Like Senators

    Abstract: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration have touted the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) as a beneficial and necessary negotiation, and urged for its immediate ratification. However, the negotiating record of New START—which contains critical information—has not been released to the U.S. Senate. Because of the…

  • WebMemo posted February 7, 2012 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Alison Acosta Fraser Senate Initiative Would Block Blow to Military Readiness

    Last week, six U.S. Senators, including John McCain (R–AZ) and Jon Kyl (R–AZ), endorsed draft legislation that would block the automatic defense cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Under their proposal, those additional cuts to the Pentagon would be offset by targeting spending reductions elsewhere in the federal workforce. Finding…

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  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2012 by Brian Darling Tyranny in the United States Senate

    Abstract: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has regularly used a procedural tactic called “filling the amendment tree” to restrict Senators’ right to debate and offer amendments. While previous Majority Leaders have occasionally used this tactic, Senator Reid has used this tactic often—more than all of his predecessors combined. This tactic combined with another…

  • WebMemo posted February 7, 2012 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Alison Acosta Fraser Senate Initiative Would Block Blow to Military Readiness

    Last week, six U.S. Senators, including John McCain (R–AZ) and Jon Kyl (R–AZ), endorsed draft legislation that would block the automatic defense cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Under their proposal, those additional cuts to the Pentagon would be offset by targeting spending reductions elsewhere in the federal workforce. Finding…

  • Backgrounder posted August 17, 2010 by Marion Smith Remember the Jay Treaty: START Behaving Like Senators

    Abstract: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration have touted the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) as a beneficial and necessary negotiation, and urged for its immediate ratification. However, the negotiating record of New START—which contains critical information—has not been released to the U.S. Senate. Because of the…

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