House Republicans post regularly on The Hill's Congress Blog. Check out a selection of posts with excerpts here:
Iran's Poker Face by Rep. Ed Royce (CA)
On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency voted overwhelmingly to censure Iran over its nuclear program. The IAEA resolution called on Iran to confirm that it has no other plans to build nuclear facilities. Well, yesterday Iran answered loud and clear! It announced plans to build 10 additional uranium enrichment plants the size of its facility at Natanz.
The 10 additional plants could mean over 500,000 centrifuges enriching uranium, the key bomb ingredient. Reports estimate that this could produce 169 bombs worth of uranium each year. A top Iranian nuclear official noted that they would be built inside mountains. Whether or not all this is technically feasible is dubious, but it does give us insight into the dreams of Ahmadinejad. Iran has also threatened to pull out of the Nonproliferation Treaty, a step only North Korea has taken.
The Energy Debate's Missed Nuclear Opportunities by Rep. Darrell Issa (CA)
Next month, global leaders will gather in Copenhagen to demonstrate their commitment to reducing carbon emissions and creating ecologically sustainable solutions to power our economy in the 21st century. Indeed, a moment has arrived when the world is looking to the United States to set the tone and serve as a model worthy of emulation – to be, as it were, a carbon-free city upon an ever-green hill.
That is, if we can keep the lights on.
America’s economic strength was forged on the back of abundant, affordable, carbon-intensive energy. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels is undoubtedly important but it will take patience, prudence, and most important- money. Carbon-free energy, in all forms, comes with a significant cost.
Lessons Learned From the Pilgrims by Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN)
Credit to Scott Johnson at Powerline for a great Thanksgiving day post featuring the work of Professor Paul Rahe, "one of the academy's foremost authorities on the history of republics." Reflecting on Thanksgiving, Rahe points to the Pilgrims as an example of how we today can better understand how socialism thrwarts hard work and innovation while discouraging what should otherwise be a productive and fruitful society:
Obama Violates Osama Oath by Rep. Steve King (IA)
On December 18, 2007, then presidential candidate Barack Obama leveled the first of dozens of heavy criticisms against President George W. Bush. In a speech in Des Moines, Obama blasted President Bush for taking his “eye off the ball in Afghanistan." He continued: "It’s time to…increase our military, political, and economic commitment to Afghanistan. That’s what…I’ll do as president.”
This was Barack Obama’s first “eye off the ball” speech. It was the beginning of a barrage of campaign speeches accusing the Bush administration of “taking our eye off of Osama bin Laden” (Denver, 1/30/08).