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House Republicans MTR on H.R. 1: No Federal Funds for Campaigns
Today, House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rodney Davis will offer a motion to recommit which would amend H.R. 1, which should be known as the “For The Politicians” Act, by removing provisions that would otherwise provide federal funding for political campaigns.
H.R. 1 would publicly fund political campaigns with federal fines on corporations. The bill creates a six-to-one funding match to any small donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign – meaning for every $200, the federal government will match $1,200.
The Truth Behind Democrats’ Election Bill, H.R. 1
In The News
The $1.9 Trillion Pelosi Payoff
Leader McCarthy issued a challenge to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer: remove Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Silicon Valley subway out of your $1.9 trillion bill. Do what House Democrats rejected three times: redirect that $140 million to kids’ mental health services.
And now, Pelosi’s train is out after the Senate parliamentarian determined the project is at odds with Senate rules.
Dear Chuck Schumer:
Take Pelosi's Silicon Valley Subway out of your $1.9 Trillion Dollar bill.
House Democrats had 3 chances to do the right thing and redirect that $140 million to kids' mental health services. Now it's your turn.
Do what they failed to do. pic.twitter.com/DfvRzv3MO4
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 2, 2021
Less than 9% of Democrats’ massive coronavirus “relief” is used to defeat the virus — so it’s no wonder the only bipartisan vote was against this Pelosi Payoff bill. Senator Susan Collins is questioning whether the Biden White House is interested in compromise.
Susan Collins says she's "increasingly convinced" the WH isn't seeking compromise on stimulus, per Hill pool.
"I don't understand how the WH can describe a bill that passed the House without a single Republican vote as being bipartisan. What was bipartisan was the opposition."
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) March 1, 2021
Across The Administration
Biden’s Brewing Border Crisis
About 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children are expected by May, 117,000 children by the end of the year, and there is a need for 20,000 beds to accommodate this massive influx of children at the border. Despite this reality, the Biden administration is outright denying that there is a crisis on the border.
When one reporter said that 117,000 children sounded like a crisis, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pushed back and called it “a challenge.”
What would you call 117,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border into the US?
Correct Answer: a crisis
The Biden Administration just calls it "a challenge." pic.twitter.com/WRxWh9bCAH
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) March 2, 2021
President Biden denied there was a crisis at the border and said he can “handle it.”
DHS says 117,000 unaccompanied migrant children are expected to cross the border this year – but Biden does not consider it a crisis:
Reporter: "Is there a crisis at the border, sir?"
President Biden: "No, we'll be able to handle it." pic.twitter.com/XTrAPQq8KI
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) March 2, 2021
On The Horizon
If you’ve noticed, gas prices have been rising around the country, and the last two weeks saw the national average gallon price increase by 18 cents.
Reports are summer prices will hit highs we haven’t seen in years. Some of it can be contributed to a basic increase in demand — that’s clear. But like the oil market is receptive to changes in demand, it also accepts signals from governments, current events, and other markets.
President Biden’s leasing ban and the Keystone XL pipeline cancellation are sure signals to the oil market that further discourage production — which was already down because of the pandemic. These and other expected regulatory actions on behalf of this administration can and will lead to more rising prices that will hit all of our constituents’ pockets — particularly those who can least afford it.