There Goes Mitch McConnell’s Talking Point

For the last week, Mitch McConnell has pushed a single talking point against defunding Planned Parenthood. He was saying repeatedly that no pro-life group thought it worth the risk of a government shutdown. Well, Chuck Donovan just blew up that talking point.

Donovan is President of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which is the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List. That’s important because SBA is one of the groups that Mitch McConnell has been pointing to as willing to keep the funding going to Planned Parenthood in order to avoid a government shutdown.

That’s not true of SBA, but McConnell has been using them as an example anyway.

Additionally, the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, both prominent pro-life groups, have been circulating Chuck Donovan’s piece at National Review. There are two more pro-life groups.

Ultimately, McConnell may only have the National Right to Life Committee on his side — a group that is far more interested in bipartisan street-cred (see e.g. Bart Stupak) and being a GOP team player.

I don’t know that the NRLC is going to stick with McConnell as more and more pro-life groups actually choose defending babies over defending the GOP. One way or the other, this is a significant piece because it gives the lie to McConnell’s talking point.

An Interesting Choice for Republicans: With Their Base or With Obama

The CROmnibus is in chaos thanks to so many Republicans opposing the rule. That exposed the underlying weakness and it showed the Democrats just how much turmoil the GOP leaders were causing for themselves.

Now Boehner is struggling to get it passed and wants Democrat votes to help get it passed.

This puts Republicans in an interesting position. With Barack Obama now coming out to endorse Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A‘s plan that funds Obama’s Amnesty, will Republicans stand with Obama or with the GOP base that just gave them their biggest majority since World War II.

That the GOP leadership is begging Democrats to support their plan should tell you all you need to know about how bad it is.

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The Beatings (By Obama) Will Continue Until Morale Improves

To state it plainly, our rock stars in the House are under intense pressure to go along with Boehner’s spending bill surrender to Obama.

And despite what you’ve heard, conservatives in the House have the power to stop this Cromnibus – this 1,603-page turd of a bill that funds amnesty, ObamaCare, and a whole buffet of unconstitutional programs. We know they have the power to stop this and they know it as well. But every hammer in GOP leadership’s arsenal is coming down on them right now telling them not to do it.

They are unlikely to use this power because Boehner, McCarthy, Scalise and the neutered RSC (now run by leadership ally Flores) are telling them to be team players, that they have grand plans to fight at some later date. But we’ve seen this movie before, and tomorrow’s fight never comes.

The time to stop Obama’s bullying tactics is now. Despite historic losses at the ballot box, Obama will continue doing whatever he wants because he knows that Boehner and McConnell lack the balls to do anything about it. He will keep defying the law on immigration, health care, IRS, EPA, you name it, because GOP leaders have been feckless for 6 years in stopping him.

But conservatives can take control today. In order to stop this bill, they need to vote against the rule scheduled for later today. In the House, you usually can’t vote on legislation without first voting on a “rule” that dictates how that legislation will be debated. Traditionally, the majority always votes yes for the rule, while the minority always votes no on the rule. So to defeat a rule, and thus, defeat the underlying legislation from even being considered, you only need a few Republicans to take down the rule.

This should be a no-brainer. It should be a lay-up. But it’s not because our rock stars in the House are wavering.

If you vote against the rule, leadership will get mad. They will yell and scream at you, threaten to kick you off committees, and – this has happened before – threaten to fund a challenger to defeat you in your next election.

These playground tactics actually work. Our rock stars are braver than most of the spineless folks in Congress, but they still wring their hands about getting re-elected and getting plush committee assignments.

Washington is a town that breaks people. It breaks their resolve and their commitment to country, duty, and honor. Some people call it “Potomac Fever” but it’s more insidious than a mere fever – it’s a plague.

And unfortunately, we are witnessing – you and me – the breaking of our rock stars. But they can reclaim their courage and become the leaders we know they can be if the act today.

The good news is that there are a few folks, like Reps. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Matt Salmon94%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard94%, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Thomas Massie76%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard76%, and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Tom McClintock90%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard90%, who recognize GOP leaders for who they are – self-serving snakes who only care about power. I suspect all three of them will vote against the rule today. And I bet they even vote against Boehner for Speaker early next year. They deserve our admiration and public support.

But our other heroes, our rock stars, they will likely break under the pressure.

We’ve got a country to save, and they are the only ones who can save it. Maybe there’s a chance I’m wrong. Maybe these rock stars will summon the courage and oppose the rule. I’ll be the first one to congratulate them if they do.

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Why Republicans Must Oppose the Rule on the CRomnibus

If Republicans who oppose the actual CRomnibus vote in favor of the rule, it will make it to the floor and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A can cut all sorts of deals with Democrats to ensure its passage.

If a Republican opposes the continuing resolution, s/he must oppose the rule.

Call your congressman and tell him to oppose the rule on the CRomnibus. Use our call center to make it easy.

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This is not complicated

According to the latest Fox News poll, 68% of Americans are concerned the President has exceeded his constitutional authority in his executive amnesty scheme. The President himself said it would unconstitutional before he did it.

Republicans members of congress agree. They too say the President’s actions are unconstitutional. They swore an oath to uphold, protect, and defend the constitution.

Therefore, should they fund the President’s unconstitutional actions they will be violating their oath to the constitution.

This is not complicated. The Republicans in the House of Representatives will either honor their oath of office or they will not. It is not hard.

Likewise, Republicans agreed in 2010 that thousand page pieces of legislation should have seventy-two hours of public spotlight. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A is now rushing a 1,600 page bill to the floor sight unseen.

It is not hard. They will either honor what they previously told the American public or they will behave like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi9%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9%. It is not complicated.

Finally, Republicans claim to be for smaller government, but their continuing resolution piles on pork, increases spending, and expands the power of Washington. Either the GOP will oppose it or the GOP will admit they are not committed to limited government. It is not complicated.

Republicans in Washington will either honor the truth and their oath of office or they will admit to being liars willing to fund an unconstitutional scheme. There really is no middle ground or gray area on this point.

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Understand This

The House of Representatives is a large body with diverse opinions. Without structure, nothing could get done. In order to both have debate and amendments while also not dragging processes on forever, legislation brought to the floor of the House of Representatives is accompanied by a rule.

That rule sets out the parameters for debate, timeframe for debate, and amendments to the underlying legislation. Legislation rarely goes to the floor of the House of Representatives without a rule. Killing the rule, which is voted on before the legislation, kills the underlying legislation.

Often, members of congress will vote in favor of the rule to get legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives, but then vote against the legislation itself. They enable the legislation to get to the floor, but are often promised that once the legislation gets to the floor, there will be enough votes from the other party to pass it that these members can vote no.

It is a con job. Members of Congress vote for the rule to ensure legislation gets to the floor. The votes are then lined up to pass it without those members’ votes. But for them, the legislation would have died. And now they can say with a straight face they opposed it even though, had they opposed the rule, the legislation would have died.

The House Republicans are going to do this with amnesty. They have loaded up a piece of legislation that is almost two thousand pages long. The legislation will spend a trillion dollars and will fund President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty. There are most likely not enough Republican votes to pass it because it betrays Republican principles.

But Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi9%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% have enough Democrats on board to pass it that it does not matter.

What does matter is the rule. Democrats will not support the rule. The minority party never does. The question becomes whether there are enough Republican votes for the rule. If your Republican congressman votes for the rule, that congressman is enabling passage of a continuing resolution that spends massive amounts of money and pays for President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty.

Call your congressman today and tell him to oppose not just the continuing resolution, but the rule as well. Defeating the rule is key and far too many members of congress put party loyalty ahead of the nation when it comes to supporting these rules.

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