Washington Weekly Review

March 10, 2017

House Majority Leader McCarthy & Chairman Black Op-Ed in NR: Conservative Repeal and Replace is Here

Our health-care system is broken. It was inefficient before Obamacare, and Obamacare’s Washington-knows-best-mandates made it many times worse. The American people have suffered as a result. We can’t return to the pre-Obamacare status quo, because Americans need more access to health care. But we also can’t leave the American people tied to a sinking Obamacare ship, forced to face higher annual premiums and fewer provider choices.

We need relief based on clear principles: Government shouldn’t dictate our health-care choices, health care should be driven by market principles, and we must help those who truly need our help.

This week, House Republicans introduced legislation rooted in those principles. Our market-driven, patient-centered reforms offer relief from Obamacare, providing a stable transition to a new and reformed health-care system. Big problems require big fixes, so we’ll take this opportunity to lay out clearly what our repeal-and-replace legislation does and why... (READ MORE)


The Obama administration funneled billions of dollars to activist organizations through a Department of Justice slush fund scheme, according to congressional investigators.

“It’s clear partisan politics played a role in the illicit actions that were made,” Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, told Fox News. “The DOJ is the last place this should have occurred.”

Findings spearheaded by the House Judiciary Committee point to a process shrouded in secrecy whereby monies were distributed to a labyrinth of nonprofit organizations involved with grass-roots activism.

“Advocates for big government and progressive power are using the Justice Department to extort money from corporations,” Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton told Fox News. “It’s a shakedown. It’s corrupt, pure and simple.”

There is a recent effort by Republicans to eliminate the practice, which many believe was widely abused during the Obama administration... (READ MORE)


Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee today sent a letter to Director James Comey calling on the FBI to follow all legitimate investigative leads regarding Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as leads regarding the mishandling of classified information. Members signing the letter also renewed their request for a briefing on these matters and allegations made by the President over the weekend that he and his associates were under surveillance during the presidential election.
Members signing the letter are: Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Crime Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Steve King (R-Iowa), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Ted Poe (R-Texas), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.), John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)... (READ MORE)


Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1301, the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations:

“Defense is and remains our government’s highest priority. If we don’t defend our nation, we can’t do anything else. Our nation faces an increasing number of threats abroad and we must be sure our military has everything necessary to overwhelm any challenge. This legislation funds a pay raise for our military personnel, supports readiness programs, and ensures our military has the resources it needs now and the technology it will need in the future. I would like to thank Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) for his work on this bill to get Democrats, Republicans, the House, and the Senate all together for the sake of our national defense”... (READ MORE)


JERUSALEM­ - for the Christian reader it’s a name that invokes the Psalms describing its beauty, its spiritual significance, and the importance of praying for its peace.  For others it stirs a wide spectrum of emotions and a quagmire of international disagreement. Here are several reasons for the multilayered controversy over Jerusalem.

Over the last 150 years, as Jerusalem expanded beyond the ancient walls of the Old City, Jews and Arabs lived interspersed on both the eastern and western sides. A complicating factor was introduced in 1947 when the United Nations drew up the Partition Plan, offering swaths of land for both Jewish and Arab states, and keeping Jerusalem separate as an internationally managed city. The Jews begrudgingly accepted the plan and declared statehood, while the Arabs rejected it outright and, instead of statehood, declared war on the new-found Jewish State... (READ MORE)



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