Henry Rodgers


Democratic Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer is having a hard time concealing his contempt for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as she is set to become the next speaker of the House in January.

The two have long competed for top positions in the House of Representatives and have even campaigned against each other for top roles. In an interview with The New York Times released Friday, Hoyer said Pelosi is “not negotiating for me” when asked about the deal she is trying to make in order to become speaker, limiting terms for leadership.

The deal would force Hoyer out of his leadership position by 2023, a position he does not seem eager to leave. Hoyer has long wanted to be speaker and the agreement Pelosi made with senior party leaders and committee chairs in Congress would make it so he could no longer seek a leadership position.

House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer attend a House Rules Committee meeting as negotiations continue on funding the government to avert a shutdown. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Hoyer is the longest-serving Democrat in the House at age 79, but he does not think his age should drive him out of leadership, comparing himself to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in his NYT interview, saying, “is Tom Brady too old at 41 to be quarterback?”

Hoyer’s office did not immediately respond to a question from The Daily Caller News Foundation about his relationship with Pelosi and the deal she is trying to cut to become the next speaker.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Pelosi’s Number Two Can Barely Conceal His Contempt For Her

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed General Charles Brown as the U.S. Air Force’s next Chief of Staff, making him the first black Chief of any U.S. military branch.

Brown will be replacing Gen. Dave Goldfein. The vote was 98-0. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the confirmation in the Senate, a rare move due to the historic vote. Brown also joins retired Army Gen. Colin Powell as the only black men to sit on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Brown currently serves as the Commander of Pacific Air Forces.

Sen, Dan Sullivan(R), R-AR, talks to General Charles Q. Brown after his testimony at a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 7, 2020. (Photo by KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump nominated Brown in March for the position, but his confirmation was held up by Republican Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan.

Trump weighed in on the confirmation vote Tuesday afternoon saying:

Pence departed the Capitol shortly after Brown’s confirmation vote.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Senate Confirms Gen. Charles Brown As First Black Air Force Chief Of Staff

The House of Representatives passed a $484 billion coronavirus phase 3.5 package Thursday to help people and businesses struggling across the country.

The bill previously passed the Senate on a voice vote Tuesday. Congress and the White House reached an agreement earlier Tuesday. The legislation includes $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which White House officials told the Daily Caller will feature $60 billion carved out for institutions with less than $50 billion in total assets. The House passed the bill on a 388-5 vote.

Of that group, $30 billion is reserved for companies with less than $10 billion in assets, while the remaining $30 billion will be attributed to companies with assets ranging between $10-50 billion. Furthermore, the $60 billion reserved for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) will be split into loans ($50 billion) and grants ($10 billion).

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) hold a press conference on President Trump’s 2021 Budget Request on February 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Additionally, the bill includes $75 billion in relief for hospitals and $25 billion for more testing. Before the agreement was announced, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet with his approval of the bill, urging Congress to pass it.

The Senate passed the $2 trillion emergency relief package March 25 to address the coronavirus pandemic after debate from both parties. That package passed the Senate 96-0.

The latest legislation will now go to Trump’s desk for a signature.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: House Passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Phase 3.5 Bill

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised a record amount of money for quarter 1, nearly doubling their previous record, the Daily Caller has learned.

“The confidence the American people have in the Republican Senate Majority is reflected in yet another record-breaking fundraising quarter. Republican senators are working tirelessly on behalf of their constituents and the results show. Chairman Young, Leader McConnell, and the entire GOP conference is committed to ensuring Senate campaigns have all the resources needed to beat back the socialist agenda being championed by the Democratic Party,” NRSC Communications Director Jesse Hunt told the Daily Caller.

President Donald Trump, right, arrives for a Senate Republican policy luncheon with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

For quarter 1, the NRSC raised $30.3 million, the previous record was $16.4 million, showing a massive uptick in fundraising. The NRSC also has a total of $32.5 million cash on hand, another on year record. The previous record was $20 million.

The numbers come several months before the November election, as Republicans will try to maintain their control in the Senate and try to win back the House.

Senate Republicans have several key races they need to win in 2020 in order to keep a majority. Some Senate Republicans up for re-election include Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: Senate Republicans Raise Historic Number In Fundraising — Nearly Double Previous Record

A group of Republican congressmen sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding China be held accountable for the spread of the coronavirus.

“Misinformation from China over the past several months has severely crippled global action to combat the global pandemic and undermined efforts by the State Department to work with other nations around the world to bring a swift end to this crisis,” they wrote.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves a press conference at the State Department in Washington DC, on March 17, 2020. – (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

The letter was sent a day after U.S. intelligence confirmed that China falsified data related to the virus outbreak.

“Communist China lied about their data, destroyed evidence, and allowed the Wuhan virus to spread around the world. China arrested the very doctors who tried to warn the world about what was happening, and other whistleblowers have gone missing,” Republican Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar told the Daily Caller. “China’s deception and misinformation campaign cost the global community valuable time to mitigate the spread of the Wuhan virus, and they should be held accountable for unleashing this virus on the world.”

“For years people have speculated whether, in the long run, an open and democratic society like ours is truly better than a closed and authoritarian system like China’s,” Republican South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman told the Daily Caller. “Today the answer is once again evident; that transparency and accountability saves lives. With 50,000 worldwide deaths and counting, the price of censorship is unconscionable.”

The coronavirus pandemic has lead to nearly 5,000 deaths in the U.S. and has brought economic activity in the country to a halt.

“Our first priority in Congress is to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We also have an obligation to challenge China for their deceit and misinformation campaign,” Republican North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong told the Daily Caller. “We must ensure the Chinese Communist Party is not using this global health crisis to their advantage now or in the future.”

The Chinese Communist Party has also orchestrated a propaganda campaign attempting to place blame on the U.S. for the pandemic.

“The Chinese Communist regime has made this problem exponentially worse by not being truthful about the contagiousness and dangerousness of COVID-19, instead engaging in a campaign of blame-shifting, misinformation, and propaganda,” Republican Rep. Fred Keller told the Daily Caller. “It is imperative we learn more about the depth of China’s deceit to determine how best to hold them accountable for their part in exacerbating this pandemic.”

Author: Henry Rodgers And William Davis

Source: Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: Group Of Republican Congressmen Send Letter To Pompeo Demanding China Be Held Accountable For Coronavirus Spread

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise has donated millions of dollars to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and plans on doubling his commitment in an effort to win back the House of Representatives, the Daily Caller has learned.

Scalise has given $6 million to the NRCC this cycle and told the Daily Caller that he will be doubling his commitment to $12 million. He’ll start by giving another $2 million this week. Scalise has raised over $13 million online alone in small-dollar donations so far this cycle, and $7.8 million alone during impeachment; this is an unprecedented number and the highest amount raised by any GOP member.

The Louisiana Republican told the Daily Caller that he is “fully committed to winning the house back,” saying he has been “working very aggressively over the last year to travel around the country, to raise money through my leadership fund but also for my colleagues and we’ve already raised more than $4 and a half million dollars that’s been given directly to colleagues for their efforts to win their seats back but then directly.”

“I’ve already given $6 million dollars to the NRCC to go flip the seats we need to win the majority back. I’m not slowing down, in fact, we’re raising even more money and that’s why I made the commitment to double my assessment to give $12 million dollars to the NRCC because I’m all in to win the house back and make sure Nancy Pelosi is not Speaker,” Scalise added.

NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer, of Minnesota, told the Daily Caller “I think he’s been building this over a number of years. But the other thing is that Steve Scalise is a patriot, he’s a hero to a lot of people. I mean this is a guy who had the unfortunate experience of being shot for goodness sakes, and probably shouldn’t be with us today but for some amazing doctors and what a lot of people would call a miracle.”

Scalise, who was shot by a reported Bernie Sanders supporter during a congressional baseball practice in 2017, denounced any violence due to political beliefs, saying Democrats need to take a stronger stance on the issue.

Both Scalise and Emmer said they also see momentum picking up in their party due to the rise of 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

“The move by the democrats to the socialist left has definitely energized our republican base and our donors. They know what’s at stake, that it’s no longer a fight between moderates and liberals on the democratic side its a fight between socialists and the socialists have beaten the liberals now and they’re trying to change our country dramatically and frankly, the rest of the country is not there,” Scalise told the Daily Caller.

Emmer said “when you see the socialist that they’re about to nominate on the other side. We’ve been talking about this since last year and we got laughed at by a lot of people but here we are, that choice freedom versus socialism and with a messenger like Steve Scalise, it sells.”

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: Steve Scalise To Donate Millions To NRCC In Effort To Win Back The House

The Senate on Thursday passed President Donald Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The vote was 89-10. A change from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the USMCA is a bipartisan trade agreement that proponents think could benefit America’s farmers, ranchers, businesses, and workers. The White House and Congress worked out deals and it passed the House on Dec. 20.

In December, House Democrats generally praised Trump’s USMCA just moments after announcing articles of impeachment against the president.

“It is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said about Trump’s trade deal just an hour after introducing articles of impeachment against him. “It’s a victory for American workers, and it’s one that we take great pride in advancing.”

Once approved by Congress, the USMCA is supposed to help longstanding trade problems by giving American businesses more freedom to sell their goods and services throughout North America.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in September to discuss the future of the USMCA and told the Daily Caller that “Lighthizer sounded upbeat about the future of the USMCA, and for good reason: he and the White House worked tirelessly to strike a trade deal with Mexico and Canada that would benefit all Americans, from manufacturers in Michigan to wine producers in California.”

McCarthy also said that Mexico has already ratified the USMCA and Canada is also ready to move forward. McCarthy then called on Congress to act, adding that he was confident House Republicans would vote to pass the legislation if brought to the floor. He also claimed that passing the USMCA would add nearly 180,000 jobs and increase the country’s GDP by $68.2 billion.
Republican senators had been continuing to advocate that the House pass the USMCA so that the Senate can vote on it. Every Republican senator the Daily Caller spoke with in November said the USMCA needs to be passed, with many mentioning Democrats’ apparent continued focus on impeachment instead of passing legislation.

The House passed the USMCA with a vote of 385-41.

The USMCA now will go to Trump’s desk for a signature.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Senate Passes United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday said he might force a vote to bring in 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, in as a witness to the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

“I believe very strongly the president should be able to call his own witnesses,” Paul told reporters on Thursday, Politico reported. “The rules that are put forward will be amendable, so yes I will consider strongly that the president should get his full due process, which to me means bringing in his own witnesses.”

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday said he might force a vote to bring in 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, in as a witness to the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.
“I believe very strongly the president should be able to call his own witnesses,” Paul told reporters on Thursday, Politico reported. “The rules that are put forward will be amendable, so yes I will consider strongly that the president should get his full due process, which to me means bringing in his own witnesses.”

In early November, Paul said that he may out the whistleblower during House Democrats’ impeachment trial, saying he “probably will” decide to release the identity of the whistleblower, who has still not been named.

Paul has continued to defend Trump, as Democrats continue to try to impeach the president, saying Sunday that Trump “has every right to withhold aid” to Ukraine if he believed there was significant corruption present in the country.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the Senate cannot dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, meaning there will be a trial.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Rand Paul Might Force Vote To Bring Hunter Biden In As Impeachment Witness

Democratic House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Monday that President Donald Trump should be impeached in order “to vindicate the Constitution.”

“Personally, I think the president ought to be impeached,” Nadler said in an interview with WNYC.

“Impeachment is imperative not because he’s going to be removed from office. The Senate won’t do that. But because we have to vindicate the Constitution,” Nadler continued. “We have to show that this kind of behavior — trashing the Constitution, trashing all the norms which guarantee democratic government, aggrandizing power to the presidency and destroying the separation of powers and thereby leading the president to become more and more of a tyrant cannot be tolerated. And it cannot be normalized.”

“We have to make sure the next president or the one after him or her knows there’s a real penalty to be paid. That’s why the impeachment is necessary, even if we cannot get a vote in the Senate, in my opinion,” Nadler said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill September 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

Despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reluctance to push for impeachment, there are currently 126 Democrats who support impeachment or an impeachment inquiry, compared to the 109 Democrats who don’t support impeachment or impeachment inquiry, yet. Pelosi has said she believes Trump is “goading” Democrats to impeach him from office because he thinks it will help him fire up his base.

Many of Pelosi’s Democratic colleagues have continued to push for impeaching Trump, such as Democratic Texas Rep. Al Green, who broke with Pelosi when he vowed to force a vote to impeach Trump in late March. Green, who previously had several bills to impeach Trump overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, called for a third impeachment vote. Pelosi said impeachment was “just not worth it” in a March interview.

Nadler also requested a number of documents from the White House on March 4 and sent letters seeking information from people and organizations close to Trump.

Nadler sent the requests to 81 groups, people and organizations, searching for constitutional abuses and corruption by Trump. The New York representative said in March the requests for documents are to “begin investigations, to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, about corruption and abuse of power.”

Pelosi has still not said she believes Trump should be impeached.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Nadler Says Trump Should Be Impeached ‘To Vindicate The Constitution’

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff announced Tuesday.

Mueller will appear in an open session July 17 after being subpoenaed by two committees, lawmakers announced Tuesday night.

“The American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions,” Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said in a joint letter.

Mueller defended the report of his investigation into the Trump campaign at a press conference, saying he found no collusion between Russia and the campaign, and that he would be “formally closing the special counsel’s office” and “resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life.”

Mueller also said that “there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy.” He also clarified that, in the event Congress issues a subpoena for him to testify, “the report is my testimony.” It will be harder for Congress to get Mueller to appear since he has resigned and is now a private citizen.

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee July 26, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was held to examine whether the FBI have misused their power. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Nadler said in early April, after Attorney General William Barr addressed the media, that he wanted Mueller to testify before the committee as soon as possible.

The New York Democrat also called on Mueller to testify in front of the group, after earlier calls from Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee. Collins asked Nadler to “immediately” invite Mueller to testify before Congress. However, Mueller is not scheduled to testify.

After Barr announced there was no collusion or obstruction committed by Trump or the Trump campaign, Nadler said that the findings were still unclear and that Congress must hear from Mueller in order to better understand the results.

Regardless of the report’s findings, Nadler requested a number of documents from the White House and sent letters seeking information from people and organizations close to Trump on March 4.

Nadler sent the 81 requests to groups, individual people, and organizations, searching for any evidence of Constitutional abuses and corruption committed by Trump. The New York Democrat said the requests for documents are intended to “begin investigations, to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, about corruption and abuse of power.”

Democrats and cable news pundits have continued to say the Mueller report is a cover-up.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Mueller To Testify Before Congress

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