Offbeat The Key Question That Could Keep Congress Republican
Rep. Ron DeSantis resigns from Congress
The Republican congressman announced Monday, less than two months before Election Day, that he's immediately resigning from Congress to focus on his campaign for governor of Florida.DeSantis, 39, informed Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., about his decision in a letter to his office Monday and is resigning from the House effective immediately, a spokesperson to Ryan confirmed to NBC News.
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‘Are you better off now than you were two years ago?”
Republicans should ask voters this key question during the 2018 midterms. It would shift the debate from the childish and shrill Resistance to the mature and optimistic topic of Results. By nearly any measure, Washington’s unified Republican government has improved things for every American since the last election.
Chris Collins to ‘Actively Campaign’ and Serve if Re-Elected
Indicted Republican Rep. Chris Collins wrote in an email to supporters Wednesday that he would continue to serve in Congress if re-elected. The New York Republican had previously suspended his campaign after being indicted on charges of insider trading, but he reversed course Tuesday after GOP leaders attempted for weeks to find a way to remove Collins from the ballot. Local GOP leaders were reportedly blindsided by his decision to remain on the ballot. “Voters can be assured that with the recent turn of events, they can count on me to actively campaign for Congress, and to serve should voters re-elect me,” Collins wrote.
The economy is roaring, thanks to Republican public policy. Obama’s “You didn’t build that,” anti-business hectoring has been replaced by gratitude. For each new federal regulation, 22 asphyxiating rules have been scrapped. And $1.5 trillion in GOP tax cuts have supplied widespread levy relief and concrete incentives to work and produce — despite unanimous Democratic opposition.
The effects are stunning:
• Two years ago, the economy was gasping. GDP growth was 2.3 percent for the second quarter of 2016 and averaged 1.9 percent for that year’s. For 2018, the analogous figures are and 3.2 percent. This quarter’s expansion is exactly twice Obama’s eight-year, . Democrats urged Americans to resign themselves to Obama’s sluggish “new normal.” Two years later, the Democrats’ surrender to stagnation has succumbed to the Republicans’ restoration of robustness.
House Republicans seek permanent tax cuts as elections loom
House Republican leaders have unveiled their proposal to expand the massive tax law they hustled through Congress last year. They're aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026.With midterm elections barely two months away, the second crack at tax cuts outlined Monday is portrayed as championing the middle class and small businesses. Republican Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, who heads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is looking toward a vote on the legislation by the House this month.
• The capital markets are soaring, at or near record highs. Two years ago, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 18,066. On Sept. 13, 2018, the Dow closed at 26,145 — a 45 percent increase. Similarly, the NASDAQ is up 55 percent, and the S&P 500 has climbed 37 percent. So, millions of Americans with 401(k)s, IRAs, and other investment and retirement accounts are savoring trillions in new wealth.
• Average hourly wages two years ago were. For August 2018, that number reached $27.16 — up .
• Median household income was $60,309 in 2016. By 2017, as the latest Census Bureau data showed Wednesday, it reached a record— up an inflation-adjusted 1.8 percent.
• Unemployment in August 2016 was. Last month, it fell to . Joblessness also improved for adult women (4.5 percent versus 3.6 percent), blacks (8.1/6.3), Hispanics (5.7/4.7), teenagers (15.6/12.8), and those without high-school diplomas (7.3/5.7). For most of these groups, unemployment is at or near record lows.
GOP Lawmaker Thinks Congress Should Be Subjected To Random Drug Testing Too
At many workplaces across the country, employees are required to submit to random drug screenings. And now, one Republican lawmaker wants members of Congress to be mandated to do the same.Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) introduced a resolution last week requiring senators and representatives to undergo random drug tests once every term.“Elected officials in Washington, D.C. should be subject to the same kind of random drug screenings that blue-collar, working-class Americans have to endure,” Higgins said in a statement.“Congress shouldn’t get to live by a different set of rules,” he said.
• Two years ago, 263,000 applied for initial jobless benefits. For Sept. 1, 2018, that figure plunged to 203,000 — the lowest since December 1969.
• The poverty rate in 2016 was 12.7 percent. The latest, for 2017, was.
• According to the latest data, the number of Americans on food stamps fell from 43.5 million in June 2016 to 39.3 million in June 2018 —.
• The number of Americans with health insurance rose from 292.3 million in 2016 tolast year. Employers now cover many Americans who have returned to work. Since 2017, association health plans and other GOP reforms give Americans medical options beyond the smoldering ruins of Obamacare.
• The home-ownership rate has risen from 62.9 in the second quarter of 2016 to.
• The Consumer Confidence Index has climbed from 101.1 into 133.4 in August 2018 — its highest reading .
• Two years ago, the National Federation of Independent Business’s Index of Small Business Optimism was. In August 2018, it hit , topping its previous, Reagan-era peak of 108 in July 1983.
For now, Democrats won’t challenge Sessions again over proposed Trump-Putin meeting
A court filing from one of the president’s former campaign advisers, George Papadopoulos, has raised new questions about the attorney general’s testimony to Congress last year.Instead, Democrats told The Washington Post, they trust that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will sort out the discrepancy as part of his wide-ranging probe, which is examining whether any of Trump’s associates conspired with Russians to influence the election’s outcome.
Overseas, the GOP ditched Obama’s “lead from behind” policies of apology and appeasement. Two years later, Republican peace through strength advances American security.
• On Sept. 10, 2016, North Korea exploded its secondin that year alone. The Hermit Kingdom also test-fired a that August 24, at least the through that date in 2016. Two years later, Little Rocket Man’s atomic tests have stopped. His rockets neither fly across the Pacific, nor did they roll across Kim Il Sung Square during last Sunday’s . Instead, Washington and Pyongyang are negotiating the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Kim’s former U.S. hostages are back home, as are the remains of many GIs killed in the Korean War.
• Obama’s borderline-treasonousof to an Iranian-government jet at Geneva’s airport foreshadowed his unfreezing of another claimed by Earth’s No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism. Today, Iran struggles to finance radical-Islamic bloodshed, thanks to the GOP’s tough new sanctions. As the ayatollahs tighten their belts, the Iranian people ponder regime change — even as former secretary of state John Kerry violates the Logan Act by conducting his own freelance diplomacy with Tehran to rescue the wretched, vacated Iran-nuke deal.
Trump tells supporters it'll be 'your fault' if he gets impeached
President Donald Trump told supporters Thursday that if he is impeached "it's your fault 'cause you didn't go out to vote.""You didn't go out to vote -- that's the only way it could happen," Trump said during a rally in Billings, Montana.
• Two years ago, an Obama-tied group called One Voice used part of its $350,000 in “U.S. grant funds to support a political campaign” of Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a U.S. Senate report. This U.S. election meddling epitomized the rancid relations between Washington and Jerusalem under Obama. Today, the American–Israeli friendship could not be warmer, as confirmed by last May’s movement of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
• Obama let most of America’s prosperous NATO allies free-ride atop the Pentagon budget. Today, President Donald J. Trump’s tough-but-fair diplomacy finally has NATO members paying more of their fair share for collective safety — ultimately the 2 percent of GDP to which the alliance’s heads of state re-committed themselves at the end of their latest summit in Brussels. “I would like tofor his leadership on ,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said last July.
Democrats would rather discuss anything but this good news. From journalistic fabrications, widely refuted “quotes,” and anonymous opinions, they contend that President Trump is too mentally ill to govern. Rather than practice psychiatry without a license, the GOP should look past the unhinged, growingly radical, increasingly violent Democratic Left. Instead, they should remind voters how — in under two years — Republicans have made America great again.
Lawmakers react to Trump's tweet on Attorney General Jeff Sessions .
Democratic members of Congress are warning that the Justice Department is being targeted by President Donald Trump's tweet politicizing two investigations into GOP House members by the Justice Department, where Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains at the helm. "Our justice system is under attack," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, on Tuesday.Sen. Dick Durbin, the second ranking Democrat in the Senate, called Trump's actions, including firing former FBI Director James Comey and his tweets that criticized Sessions, "unprecedented in American history.
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