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03.13.17

The Magnificent Seven: The ‘Most Ambitious Regulatory Rollback Since Reagan’ Continues

'Republicans Are Moving Quickly To Dismantle Obama-Era Regulations' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Regulations aren't issued in a vacuum; they have real economic consequences that can harm the middle class. They can kill jobs, raise prices, depress wages, and lower opportunities. And yet, the Obama Administration went on a regulatory rampage at a time when we should've been looking to do just the opposite. On its way out the door, the previous administration continued to push … Continue Reading


03.10.17

The ABA ‘Gold Standard’

Top Dems: 'The ABA Evaluation Has Been The Gold Standard By Which Judicial Candidates Are Judged' SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman: "The ABA's ringing endorsement is no surprise given Judge Gorsuch's sterling credentials and his distinguished decade-long record on the Tenth Circuit. Former Chairman Leahy and Minority Leader Schumer have called the ABA's assessment the 'gold standard' in evaluating federal judicial nominations. In light of Judge Gorsuch's impeccabl… Continue Reading


03.10.17

‘Obamacare Is Failing’

'Deductibles Are Going To Get Even Higher,' 'Markets Could Collapse,' Insurers 'Exiting States' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "It's clear to just about everyone that Obamacare is failing. Costs are soaring. Choices are diminishing. Insurance markets are teetering. It would be easy to just sit back and watch this partisan law collapse under its own weight. Pass the buck to the next guy. That seems to be the Democrats' strategy. But Republicans think the middle class deserves… Continue Reading


03.09.17

‘There Is No Principled Reason To Vote Against Gorsuch’

'Liberals Should Welcome A Nominee Like Gorsuch - Who Is Honest, Principled And Committed To Safeguarding The Rule Of Law' DAVID C. FREDERICK, Board Member, Liberal American Constitution Society & Partner Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick Who Specializes In Supreme Court Practice: "As a longtime supporter of Democratic candidates and progressive causes… [Judge Neil] Gorsuch - my former law partner and longtime friend - is brilliant, diligent, open-minded and thoughtful. He… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Obamacare: The Middle Class Continues To Get Squeezed

Recent Obamacare Horror Stories: Premiums Increased '300%,' 'Not Able To Keep Our Doctor' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "In election after election, the American people have called for an end to Obamacare. In the last election, they made their voices clear once more. They elected a President and a Congress dedicated to bringing relief from this partisan law, and we're determined to do right by our constituents by doing so…. Americans were promised costs would go down. Am… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Repealing The Obama Administration’s Blacklisting Rule

'The Obama Administration's Blacklisting Rule Circumvents Congressional Authority, Harms The Economy And Efficiency Of The Federal Government's Acquisition Process' "The Senate voted Monday to repeal another last-minute regulation President Obama imposed before leaving office in January, one that would have required companies to report labor law violations or allegations while bidding for federal contracts." ("Senate Repeals Another Obama 'Moonlight' Reg," Washington Examiner, 3/6/17) "The r… Continue Reading


03.06.17

‘The American People Deserve A Functioning Government’

Flashback - SEN. SCHUMER: 'Who In America Doesn't Think A President, Democrat Or Republican, Deserves His Or Her Picks For Who Should Run The Agencies? Nobody' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Look, we all get it. Democrats are having a tough time coming to grips with the election results. They wish it had turned out differently. I understand their disappointment. I know their base is rioting against reality. I know the far left is demanding obstructionist tactics at any cost. I realize that Leade… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Seema Verma: ‘A Superb Choice’ To Lead CMS

'Seema Verma Has First-Hand Knowledge Of Health Policy Solutions Because She Has Helped Accomplish Meaningful Reforms' SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ORRIN HATCH (R-UT): "Over the last eight years, American middle-class families have struggled to find affordable care under Obamacare, making a repeal and replacement of the law a top priority for the new Republican Congress and administration. Through her solid health policy background, Seema [Verma] will play a significant role in that effo… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Hard At Work ‘Repealing Obama EPA Water Rule’

'Obama-Era Regulation … Was Just A Blatant Power Grab By The Federal Government To Regulate Every Pothole, Ditch, And Puddle In The Nation' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "President Trump should be commended for doing what he can to begin turning back this attack on middle class families in Kentucky and across the country. Although this Obama-era regulation claimed to protect this nation's waterways, it was just a blatant power grab by the federal government to regulate every pothole, ditc… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Beshear ‘The “Poster Child” For Obamacare's Failures’

In Kentucky, Premiums Have Skyrocketed By As Much As 47 Percent This Year 'Risky Pick For Response,' 'Beshear Could Disappoint Democrats' Steve Beshear "the 'poster child' for Obamacare's failures." ("McConnell Slams Beshear Ahead Of Trump Rebuttal," Politico, 2/28/17) "Dems Make a Risky Pick for Response to Trump's Big Speech to Congress" ("Dems Make A Risky Pick For Response To Trump's Big Speech To Congress," New York Magazine, 2/24/17) "Who, then, will the donkey party… offer … Continue Reading


02.24.17

CO LAWYERS: ‘Judge Gorsuch Has A Well-Earned Reputation As An Excellent Jurist’

'We All Agree That Judge Gorsuch Is Exceptionally Well-Qualified To Join The Supreme Court' "Norm Brownstein and Steve Farber, two giants in Colorado's legal and political world, joined with dozens of attorneys from the state this week in signing a letter to U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner urging them to support the confirmation of conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court." ("Prominent Colorado Attorneys Call For Neil Gorsuch To Be Confirmed," The Denver Post, 2/23/1… Continue Reading


02.17.17

The ‘Most Ambitious Regulatory Rollback Since Reagan’

'Republicans Are Moving Quickly To Dismantle Obama-Era Regulations' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This Republican-led Congress is committed to fulfilling our promises to the American people. … On its way out the door, the Obama Administration forced nearly 40 major - and very costly - regulations on the American people. Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to work with the new president to begin bringing relief from these burdensome regulations." (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 2/2/1… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Judge Gorsuch ‘Honest, Principled And Committed To Safeguarding The Rule Of Law’

FORMER CLERKS: 'If Confirmed, We Are Confident That Judge Gorsuch's Independence … Will Never Waver' JUDGE GORSUCH'S LAW CLERKS WEIGH IN 39 JUDGE GORSUCH LAW CLERKS: 'Our Political Views Span The Spectrum… But We Are United In Our View That Judge Gorsuch Is An Extraordinary Judge' 39 JUDGE GORSUCH LAW CLERKS: "Each of us has had the privilege of serving as a law clerk to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. We came to his chambers from si… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Obamacare: ‘It’s Getting Worse’

'Obamacare's Health Insurance Markets Are Flirting With Financial Disaster' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Let me begin with a statement of the obvious: Obamacare is a disaster. An absolute disaster... Americans were promised costs would go down but they skyrocketed. Americans were promised choice would increase but it shriveled. We've been warning that choices would continue their downward decline under the Obamacare status quo, and that's just what we saw this very week... … Continue Reading


02.14.17

Scott Pruitt: ‘An Ideal Nominee For EPA Administrator’

'Attorney General Pruitt Has Proven Over The Course Of His Career That He Has The Right Character, Experience, And Knowledge To Serve As The Administrator Of The EPA' JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY), SENATE ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: "Through six hours of questioning before our committee ... Scott Pruitt showed that he understands the need to return the Environmental Protection Agency back to its proper course. He showed that he is committed to working as a partner with Americans a… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Andy Puzder: A ‘Labor Secretary Who Actually Knows What It Is Like To Have Worked Behind A Counter’

Employees Praise Puzder's 'Employee-Centered' Philosophy Which Provides Opportunities And 'Flexibility,' 'It's An Awesome Place To Work' Puzder Is Credited With Turning Around Carl's Jr. And Hardee's, Allowing The Company To Now Employ Over 75,000 American Employees "Andy Puzder was raised in a working class community in Cleveland, Ohio. Andy's father took a job selling cars after returning from WWII where he served in the U.S. Army in Europe. Andy's mother was one of 9 children and earned h… Continue Reading


02.13.17

The ‘Grand Tradition’ Of The Ginsburg Standard

No Hints, No Forecasts, No Previews… And No Special Obligations THE GINSBURG STANDARD: 'Judge ... Are Bound to Decide Concrete Cases, Not Abstract Issues' JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: "You are well aware that I came to this proceeding to be judged as a judge, not as an advocate. Because I am and hope to continue to be a judge, it would be wrong for me to say or preview in this legislative chamber how I would cast my vote on questions the Supreme Court may be called upon to decide. Were … Continue Reading


02.07.17

Even The Legal Left Can’t Help But Praise Judge Gorsuch

'He Will Work Tirelessly To Get Each Case Right' LIBERAL LAW PROFESSORS: 'A Brilliant Mind,' 'A Kind, Sensitive And Caring Human Being,' '[H]e Follows The Law As Best As He Can Wherever It Might Lead' YALE LAW PROFESSOR E. DONALD ELLIOTT: "I have known him personally for more than a decade, since he was an attorney in the Justice Department. He is a brilliant mind, but more important he is a kind, sensitive and caring human being. Judge Gorsuch tries very hard to get the law right... [H]e fo… Continue Reading


02.07.17

There They Go Again…

Washington Post Fact-Checker: Senate Democrats' Are 'Being Slippery With Their Language,' 'Misleading,' There Is No 60 Vote 'Standard' For Supreme Court Nominees 'Democrats Are Being Slippery With Their Language' FactCheck.org: "A confirmation vote for a Supreme Court nominee requires only a simple majority, or 51 votes." ("Sanders On SCOTUS Filibuster, Factcheck.org, 2/6/17) "Democrats are being slippery with their language. Sixty votes is not 'a standard' for Supreme Court confirmations, as… Continue Reading


02.06.17

Cabinet Confirmations The Slowest Since George Washington

'Democrats … Are Slow-Walking The Installation Of Trump's Cabinet To A Historic Degree' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Look, we all get it. Democrats are having a tough time coming to grips with the election results. They wish it had turned out differently. I understand their disappointment. I know their base is rioting against reality. I know the far left is demanding obstructionist tactics at any cost. I realize that Leader Schumer in particular is under immense pressure from the radic… Continue Reading

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