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President Trump laid out an inspiring vision for American greatness during his widely-lauded State of the Union address.

But Democrats shocked the nation by spending most of the night sitting on their hands and scowling while the President announced overwhelmingly positive news…

Here are a few of the most shocking announcements Democrats refused to stand for:

“Reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good.”

“We are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”

Bottom line: These reactions show just how far left the Democrat Party has gone. They’ve fully embraced socialism and an obsession with taking power away from American families to give it to the federal government.

First 70%, now this…

Less than a week after claiming a majority in the House, Democrats are already announcing their plans to increase taxes and stop the historic economic growth ushered by GOP tax reform in its tracks. First it was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposing a 70 percent tax rate, and now this via Roll Call today:

“Rep. John Yarmuth, the new House Budget chairman, said his chamber’s budget blueprint will aim to claw back lost revenue by boosting the corporate tax rate from its current 21 percent to as high as 28 percent, with rate increases also possible for high-earning individuals.”

Lower tax rates have resulted in a booming American economy, with 312,000 jobs added in December and the highest wage growth in a decade. Businesses used their savings from the GOP tax cuts to invest in their workforces and hire new employees:

  • More than 6 million workers received bonuses, pay raises, or 401k contributions
  • At least 134 utility companies in all 50 states reduced rates for their customers, lowering energy costs for hardworking families
  • Companies invested hundreds of millions of dollars in their communities by vastly increasing their charitable contributions

Bottom Line: This is just the beginning. The far-left agenda of House Democrats will be driven by their desire to take more money from hardworking Americans and send it to bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.

70 percent tax? “call me a radical”

We all knew a self-described socialist like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would push for tax increases, but on her second day in Congress she’s already launching a full-blown assault on American taxpayers.

In an interview set to air Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez proposed a tax bracket of 70 percent:

“Once you get to the tippie-tops, on your $10 millionth dollar, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60% or 70%. That doesn’t mean all $10 million dollars are taxed at an extremely high rate. But it means that as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Asked if she considers herself a radical, Ocasio-Cortez replied, “Yeah, if that’s what radical means, call me a radical.”But that’s not the only “radical” proposal Ocasio-Cortez and her allies are embracing. Fellow socialist Rashida Tlaib’s unhinged comments about impeaching the President reveal exactly what they’re focused on.

This all begs the question: What really are the top priorities for House Democrats – and does their caucus support a 70 percent income tax?

House Republicans Will Continue To Fight For All The People Of This Great Nation From All Walks Of Life


Washington
– House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney delivered remarks on the House floor this afternoon to nominate Kevin McCarthy to be Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress.

In her speech, Congresswoman Cheney touted historical accomplishments that originated out of the House of Representatives, highlighted Congressman McCarthy’s unique qualifications, and noted that a conservative agenda will continue to offer policy victories for the American people. See below for a full transcript of her remarks and watch the video above.

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney: “Thank you, Madam Clerk. I would like to begin I think by thanking my colleague, the gentleman from New York, Mr. Jeffries, and welcoming all of the members and the families who are here with us today. Madam Clerk, we gather today in this magnificent place, in this body, a place where there is no other like it in the world, the United States House of Representatives. The People’s House.

“This is the place where the great battles and debates about human liberty and freedom have been waged since the beginning of our republic. It was on these grounds, Madam Clerk, that Abraham Lincoln sought to heal this nation in his second inaugural address. It was here that we passed the 14th Amendment to The Constitution, guaranteeing equal protection under the law. It was here, Madam Clerk, in this chamber, 100 years ago this year, that we passed the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. I would point out, Madam Clerk, finally catching up with my home state of Wyoming, the first place in all the world where women had suffrage beginning in 1869.

“Now, Madam Clerk, we have not always gotten it right. One legislator famously said, quote, we have the power to do any damn fool thing we want and we seem to do it about every 10 minutes. Madam Clerk, that was a senator…and a Democrat. On this ground, Madam Clerk, we have inaugurated presidents and mourned them. Declared wars and celebrated peace. Debated all the issues facing this great republic down through the years.

“Today, as we take our oath of office, Democrat and Republican alike, we inherit that legacy and that duty to defend and protect our constitution. Madam Clerk, it is my high honor today to have the great privilege to nominate the gentleman from California, Mr. McCarthy, to lead us in that work as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Leader McCarthy is the grandson of a cattle rancher. He’s the son of a firefighter. He grew up in a working-class family. He started and ran his own small business, Kevin O’s in Bakersfield. He paid his way through college and he learned first-hand that the government of the United States is more of a burden than a help to small businesses all across this country. No one has fought harder, Madam Clerk, for the rights and freedoms of American families, to ensure they get to keep more of what they earned so that the American dream is accessible to all.

“No one has been a greater champion of ensuring our government is limited, exercising its constitutional obligations to defend our rights, and resisting the urge that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle constantly seek to fulfill of empowering federal bureaucrats to tell us how to live. Leader McCarthy will always look for ways to work with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle when we can, but he will never compromise on our fundamental rights and freedoms. Leader McCarthy knows our rights come from God. They are enshrined in our constitution. He knows government is not the source of our liberty. Rather, it is instituted among men and women to secure our liberty. Leader McCarthy has led us through the 115th congress in unmatched historic productivity.

“Including passage of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, because we know — we know, madam clerk, that the American people know better than the government how to spend their money. Leader McCarthy led us in passage of the Support Act, providing important resources to help address the devastating opioid crisis across this nation. He helped work to pass the VA Mission Act, so that we could finally provide our veterans with the care that they deserve. Leader McCarthy led us in repealing historic numbers of Obama-era regulations that were strangling families, small businesses, and community banks all across our nation. He was the leader — he was the leader in the important fight to combat human trafficking and, Madam Clerk, Leader McCarthy led us in passing legislation to secure our borders, keep our nation safe, end the devastating practice of sanctuary cities and, yes, Madam Clerk, build the wall.

“Leader McCarthy also led to ensure we pass the American Health Care Act, to expand access and options and put patients and families in the driver’s seat, not government bureaucrats. And finally — Leader McCarthy made sure that we passed — on time and at a sufficient level for the first time in a decade — appropriations to fund the United States Armed Forces, to fulfill our most sacred and important constitutional duty. Madam clerk, because he will lead us in fighting for all the people of this great nation from all walks of life, because he will stand against the fraud of socialism, which strips power from the people and gives it to the government, because he knows that the most important words of our founding documents are the very first words, we, the people. as chair of the House Republican Conference, I am honored and directed by the vote of that conference to present for election to the office of the speaker of the House of Representatives for the 116th Congress, the name of the honorable Kevin McCarthy, representative-elect from the state of California.”

“New” House speaker elected

Democrats across the country promised they would not support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker because “new leadership” was needed in Washington.

Many of them broke that promise on their first day in office. Specifically: 
-Gil Cisneros (CA-39) – San Francisco Chronicle, 6/21/18
-Andy Kim (NJ-03) – New Jersey Globe, 6/23/18
-Haley Stevens (MI-11) – Detroit News, 7/31/18
-Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) – CNN, 8/9/18
-Jahana Hayes (CT-05) – NBC Connecticut, 8/8/18
-Linda Sanchez (CA-38) – CSPAN, 10/5/17
-Seth Moulton (MA-06) – Roll Call, 5/1/18
-Brian Higgins (NY-26) – Buffalo News, 6/14/18
-Tim Ryan (OH-13) – Dayton Daily News, 7/10/18
-Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) – NBC News, 8/13/18
-Filemon Vela (TX-04) – NBC News, 8/16/18

And there are a handful more who previously dodged the question entirely, before ultimately opting to support Pelosi today.

Here’s why Pelosi is the perfect leader for today’s Democratic Party:

  • She’s too liberal and completely out of touch
  • She’s already been rejected by voters in the past
  • She thinks building a border wall to protect our country from drugs and crime is “immoral

But is she really going to be calling the shots?

  • Pelosi is dealing with a full-on liberal revolt by some of the loudest voices within her own party
  • Their first day in the majority has been marred by public displays of infighting and division

Bottom line: The “new” face of the Democratic Party will be a constant reminder of their decades of failed policies and inability to connect with everyday Americans.

8 Ways House Republicans Have Fought to End Child Exploitation and Abuse

In the past several weeks, we’ve watched the reckoning and sentencing of Larry Nassar, athletic doctor to the USA Olympic gymnastics team. This man, sentenced to up to 175 year in prison, joined the long list of cases of sexual predators repeatedly abusing and silencing women and children.

“Larry is the most dangerous type of abuser. One who is capable of manipulating his victims through coldly calculated grooming methodologies, presenting the most wholesome and caring external persona as a deliberate means to ensure a steady stream of young children to assault.”

-Rachael Denhollander, gymnast.

More than 160 women testified against Nassar and the abuse they experienced while under his care. For far too long this sexual predator and child abuser had unlimited access to young and aspiring athletes at Michigan State University and elsewhere.

We have a unique opportunity, here in Congress, to fight against monsters like Larry Nassar.

And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

Here is what House Republicans have done to protect our children and punish those who abuse them.

8 ways the House has fought to end child abuse and exploitation:

  1. By ensuring that youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database.
    • Source: The Child Protection Improvements Act (H.R. 695)
  2. By protecting valuable information and evidence used to prosecute and convict child predators.
    • Source: The Targeting Child Predators Act (H.R. 883)
  3. By reauthorizing programs that help prevent child abuse by ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders who may live in their neighborhood.
    • Source: The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1188)
  4. By enhancing penalties for sex offenders who fail to register in the national sex offender registry when they have a prior state conviction for a violent crime.
    • Source: The Strengthening Children’s Safety Act (H.R. 1842)
  5. By combating global sex tourism by closing loopholes that allow child predators to go unpunished for their abuse of children overseas.
    • Source: The Global Child Protection Act (H.R. 1862)
  6. By providing training to prosecutors on investigating and processing cases with a trauma informed and victim-centered approach, and encouraging states to provide appropriate services to victims of trafficking.
    • Source: The Put Trafficking Victims First Act (H.R. 2473)
  7. By protecting child pornography victims by addressing a loophole in the law through adding additional bases of liability to the crime of child pornography production.
    • Source: The Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act (H.R. 1761)
  8. By preventing the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities among other things.
    • Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 534)

All of these actions, all of these bills, are about going after sex offenders and combating child pornography. Children are some of the most vulnerable and innocent among us and they deserve the highest protection of the law.

Together, we can and must fight child abuse and exploitation.

 

If you want to see how else Congress has been working for the safety and security of the American people, visit www.DidYouKnow.gov

To find out more about the specific legislation mentioned in this article, please visit www.congress.gov

 

This is about Health Coverage for Our Children

Imagine receiving a notice informing you that your health coverage has been suspended because government funding wasn’t authorized in time. That seems like a pretty ridiculous reason for you to lose access to your doctor.

And yet…

If Democrats don’t get on board with the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), this might become a reality for the nine million children who depend on it.

Before CHIP was created in 1997, 14 percent of American children couldn’t go to the doctor, get a flu shot, carry an inhaler, or cast their broken arms without footing a huge bill. This is why, more than 20 years ago, Democrats and Republicans came together to authorize a program that would serve as a safety net to those kids coming from low- and moderate-income families.

This was never a partisan issue.

This past year, House Republicans successfully voted to extend CHIP three times.

Each time we voted to get low- and middle-income kids the coverage they needed, nearly all Democrats in the House voted against it.

“We put together a package, we did our work, and we passed it. That’s in the Senate. We have been waiting ever since to get that passed and they can’t find Democrats in the Senate to get this done.”

-Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR):

If the Democrats do not join us on this issue, CHIP funding will soon run out in states like Washington, Kentucky, Alabama, and Virginia. Millions of children will wake up one day and be uninsured. Unprotected.

This is why House Republicans are voting to reauthorize this critical program for six years, the longest extension in CHIP’s history. And we are inviting our colleagues across the aisle to join us.

“There’s no good reason to punish children today by keeping Congress from passing CHIP reauthorization.”

-House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers

We are doing this to fulfill our commitment to children across America. With this vote, we are ensuring that children from low- and middle-income families will have access to critical health care in the years to come. They will have the prescriptions and immunizations they need. They will have access to a doctor when they have a cold. They will be safeguarded when they break a bone or skin a knee.

They will not go uninsured. We will not allow for the most vulnerable among us to suffer in such an unnecessary way. We will not allow partisan games to get in the way of the health and safety of our children.

Military Funding: Testimonies from our Troops

For months we have been talking about the readiness crisis our military is facing.

That’s right, crisis. Due to mammoth budget cuts to defense spending, military equipment, the same tools and weapons designated for our safety, are failing and endangering those who work to maintain them.

The unfortunate and unacceptable reality is that there are too many planes that can’t fly, too many ships that can’t sail, and too many soldiers that can’t deploy all while threats are mounting.

These are not just our concerns, but the expressed concerns of our military leaders.

Here’s exactly what they have to say about the readiness crisis that they are facing.

“We have become one of the smallest, oldest-equipped, and least ready forces across the full-spectrum of operations, in the Air Force’s history…”

-Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force

“If we have to fight tonight, I don’t want it to be a fair fight. If it’s a knife fight, I want to bring a gun. If it’s a gunfight, I want to bring in the artillery, and the artillery of all of our allies. But as I said during Congressional testimony last year, sequestration could reduce us to wielding a butter knife in this fight.”

-Adm. Harry Harris, U.S. Pacific Command Chief

“When you have these budget issues and essentially cut the water off a little bit, that stagnates our training which immediately influences our ability to react,”

– Cap. Frank Gilliard, U.S. Air Force Reservists

Do you agree that our military is facing a readiness crisis? Talk to us, tell us what you think about this issue! Let your voice be heard.

“Our modernization budget, which is how we build future readiness against the forces we will face in the future, is 50 percent of what it was in 2009.”

-General Daniel B. Allyn, Vice Chief of the United States Army

“The competitive advantage that the United States military has long enjoyed is eroding.”

-Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“We are stretching the force to the limit, and we need to start turning the corner on readiness”

-Hon. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force

“Our Navy faces increased demand without the size and resources required to properly maintain and train for our future. And every year we’ve had to make tough choices often choosing to sacrifice long-term readiness to make sure we be ready to answer the call today.”

-Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations

“Marines don’t get ready when the crisis occurs. We must prepare those next to deploy and maintain a ready bench to respond to crisis or contingency, with minimal notice…The instability of the current fiscal environment, compounded by current shortfalls in our Operation and Maintenance accounts, impact our ability to maintain a ‘ready bench’.”

-Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps

“Today we are outranged, outgunned, and outdated…An unintended consequence of current fiscal constraints is that the Army can no longer afford the most modern equipment, and we risk falling behind near-peers in critical capabilities.”

-General Daniel B. Allyn, Vice Chief of the United States Army

Freedom isn’t free. It never has been. Our servicemen and women risk everything to ensure our way of life. As they face unimaginable enemies, it is our duty as Congress to ensure that they are fully equipped to do their jobs as safely and effectively as possible.

We must restore military funding now.

This is why we need military funding…

“Today we are outranged, outgunned, and outdated.”

-General Daniel B. Allyn

Our servicemen and women are flying broken airplanes, cannibalizing equipment, and forfeiting training hours for maintenance work. Budget cuts to defense spending have created a readiness crisis for our troops. This is more than a disservice; it is an issue of safety for ourselves and for our heroes in uniform.

You might remember that on December 12, 2017, President Trump signed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. In short, this law specifies how much money is allotted to our military personnel and how it should be spent.

Now the next step is to get that money into the proper hands to start making much-needed changes. In other words, now it’s time to get the funding to the military.

Nobody would argue against the need to fund our military. We live in a dangerous world and our first defense is our men and women in uniform.

For far too long, our servicemen and women have been without the necessary equipment and training they need to keep themselves and our country safe (thanks in large part to the Obama administration’s mammoth cuts to our defense budget).

The numbers speak for themselves. See exactly why we need to increase military funding in 2018.

Why we need to increase military funding

  • A total of 185 service members lost their lives in non-combat accidents over the past three years (more than four times as many who were killed in combat).
  • The number of ground and aviation mishaps per 100,000 Marines in 2017 was 10.49, up about 60 percent from 2014.
  • Less than 50 percent of our Air Force’s planes are combat ready.
  • Navy and Marine Corps have just over 50 percent of the aircraft necessary for their training and operations.
  • More than 60 percent of the Navy’s F-18s cannot fly.
  • 80 percent of Marine aviation units lack the minimum number of ready basic aircraft.
  • Only five of the Army’s 58 brigade combat teams are ready to “fight tonight”.
  • The average age of Air Force plane is 27 years old.
  • The newest systems in U.S. nuclear forces are more than 20 years old.
  • A maintenance backlog has idled 15 nuclear-powered attack submarines for a total of 177 months.  
  • Cannibalization rates for Navy aircrafts have increased on 10 of the 15 airframes in the fleet.
  • The Army’s modernization funding has declined 74 percent from 2008-2015.

We cannot keep piling missions on our service members without ensuring they have the training and equipment they need to succeed. For six years, we have just been getting by — cutting resources as the world becomes more dangerous, asking more and more of those who serve, and putting off tough choices.

The numbers have to change.

Repairing and rebuilding our military is key to defending our country, but it’s also the number one way we can care for our troops —  men and women who have chosen to protect us.

It May Be Just “Crumbs” to You

How would you feel about a $1,000 bonus? Or an increase in your hourly wage?

Probably pretty good. Because to most everyday Americans, a bonus would allow you to send your kid to soccer, pay down your loans, or help you get ahead on your mortgage.

But to Washington, D.C. elitists like Nancy Pelosi, that’s “pathetic” or “crumbs.”

 

 

Clearly, she and the Democrats she leads are out of touch with reality.

Because of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, working Americans are already seeing some pretty great wins come in the form of bonuses, increased wages, 401(k) matches, benefit enhancements, and much more.

So, yes, of course we are celebrating these wins for the American workforce. Tax reform is literally putting money back in your pockets, just like we promised.

Less than a month after President Trump signed tax reform into law, more than 100 companies (so far) are paying their employees more!

With $1,578,260,000 (and counting) in employee bonuses!

And $1,662,400,000 (and counting) invested in the U.S. economy!

In fact, according to the Treasury Department, about 90 percent of American workers will see a boost in their take home pay come February when the new withholding tables are released.

And yet…

Defenders of the status quo are still touting their special interests and pessimist rhetoric. First, tax reform was armageddon. Then, tax reform was going to kill thousands of Americans. Now, the tangible, visible, and widespread benefits of tax reform are pathetic.

Perhaps to them, a $1,000 bonus is “pathetic”, but for a single working mom, that’s one month’s rent.

Perhaps to them, a $15 base wage is “pathetic”, but for the new hire with mounds of student debt, that’s a 20 percent increase.

Perhaps to them, a five percent wage increase is “pathetic”, but for everyone who is struggling to make ends meet, that can make quite the difference.

Perhaps to them, the hundreds of millions of dollars being added to charitable contributions is “pathetic”, but for the homeless, hungry, and hurt, that’s a life-changer.

So, yes, we will continue to celebrate the long overdue pay increases and rewards reaching hardworking Americans in our nation. We will continue to celebrate every dollar that is returned to the people who deserve it. We will continue to celebrate the success of the American Dream.

More jobs. Fairer taxes. Bigger paychecks. It’s already here.