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    by Published on 06-06-2018 10:30 PM

    From a press release:

    Dr. Rand Paul Holds Hearing on Effects of Unauthorized War

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, chairman of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management (FSO) Subcommittee for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), held a hearing entitled, “War Powers and the Effects of Unauthorized Military Engagements on Federal Spending.”

    Today’s hearing focused on the constitutional implications of open-ended war under both the existing Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the revised AUMF proposed by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).

    The FSO subcommittee heard testimony from Judge Andrew Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst at the Fox News Channel; Professor Jonathan Turley from The George Washington University School of Law; and Christopher Anders, Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office.

    In addition to FSO subcommittee members, Dr. Paul opened the hearing to other senators, with Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) asking questions of the witnesses.

    “[I]t is the job of Congress to declare or initiate war, and Congress has been negligent for over a decade now. Congress has not done its job. Congress has let president after president strip the war power from Congress and concentrate that power in the Executive,” Dr. Paul said in his opening statement.

    Regarding what the situation would look like under the Corker-Kaine AUMF, Judge Andrew Napolitano testified, “So a president with one-third plus one in either house can wage war on any target at any time the president chooses to do so. That is so contrary to what Madison intended, so contrary to the plain meaning of the Constitution, so violative of the separation of powers as to be a rejection of the oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, and none of you wants to reject that oath.”

    You can watch Dr. Paul’s opening statement HERE and the full hearing HERE.

    by Published on 03-09-2018 11:20 PM
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    From his Congressional digital newsletter:

    Dear friend,

    Within hours of the tragic Parkland, FL high school shooting, predictably, my colleagues began proposing gun control legislation.

    I am disappointed that so many Congressmen are offering unserious proposals that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms while doing nothing to prevent or stop another mass public shooting.

    I went on several TV shows last week to counter the liberal narrative that gun control is the solution. Gun control almost always fails for one simple reason: criminals don’t obey laws. On the shows, I offered some serious solutions, that don’t involve infringing your right to keep and bear arms.

    98% of mass public shootings take place ...
    by Published on 03-05-2018 12:30 PM

    From a press release moments ago:

    Rand Paul to Introduce ‘Audit the Fed’ as Amendment to Senate Banking Bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the U.S. Senate expected to vote on S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, this week, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today announced he will introduce his “Audit the Fed” bill, which would authorize the first-ever thorough audit of the Federal Reserve System, as an amendment to the financial reform legislation.

    “While we have made great strides in reviving our economy through curbing overzealous regulation and cutting taxes, lasting prosperity will escape us if we do not hold the enabler of big government and our astronomical national debt accountable. It’s time for the Senate to side with the American people by removing the shackles on congressional oversight and lifting the Fed’s veil of secrecy. It’s time for us to pass Audit the Fed,” said Dr. Paul.

    In January 2017, Dr. Paul reintroduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act (S. 16), widely known as “Audit the Fed,” to prevent the Federal Reserve from concealing vital information on its operations from Congress. A year earlier, a bipartisan Senate majority voted 53-44 in support of Audit the Fed, falling just short of invoking cloture.

    Audit the Fed would require the nonpartisan, independent Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a thorough audit of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors and reserve banks within one year of the bill’s passage and to report back to Congress within 90 days of completing the audit.

    The legislation would amend section 714b of Title 31 of the U.S. Code to allow the GAO to fully audit:

    · transactions for or with a foreign central bank, government of a foreign country, or nonprivate international financing organization;

    · deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters, including discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market operations;

    · transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or

    · a part of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System related to clauses (1)–(3) of this subsection.

    You can read Dr. Paul’s Audit the Fed bill HERE.

    by Published on 11-30-2017 09:03 PM

    From our friends at NAGR:

    A gun control bill just passed out of the Republican controlled House Judiciary Committee.

    The bill mirrors legislation sponsored by rabid gun grabber Dianne Feinstein in the Senate, and expands the already massive Brady-NICS gun registration database.

    The vote was overwhelming, only being opposed by the following Representatives:

    Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
    Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)
    Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

    Now it’s now off to the House Floor, where a vote could come at any time.

    That’s why we must fight back now, and stop this radical bill from moving any further.

    **** Please call your Representative right away, and urge them to oppose the Brady-NICS Gun Registration expansion bill, H.R. 4477. The main switchboard is (202) 224-3121 ****

    This bill is especially troubling considering the issues that Brady-NICS expansions have caused in the past.
    by Published on 09-13-2017 09:45 AM
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    Press release:

    Call your Senator at (202) 224-3121

    U.S. Senate Set to Vote on Sen. Rand Paul’s AUMF Repeal Amendment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will hold a vote on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force.

    This will mark the first Senate vote addressing an AUMF since 2002.

    Senator Paul’s amendment would take effect six months after the 2018 NDAA becomes law, giving Congress time to hear from the American people and thoroughly debate granting any new, specific authority. You can read his amendment HERE.

    Earlier today, Senator Paul spoke on the Senate floor
    by Published on 04-02-2017 07:55 PM


    President Trump brought Republican Sen. Rand Paul to Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday to play golf with him, a little more than a week after the party's healthcare bill failed.

    "They're discussing a variety of topics, including healthcare," White House deputy press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

    Budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former leading House conservative, also joined the two.[/QUOTE]


    by Published on 07-05-2016 09:29 AM

    Amash and Massie warns of Republicans pushing lite gun control legislation forward this week (HR5611)

    Here is his Tweet about it:

    Apparently this bill has a "pre-crime" provision allowing the government to suspend your right to keep and bear arms unless you can prove you aren't about to commit a crime. You can read his Twitter feed for more information.

    If you haven't called your Congressman's office, you need to before Wednesday!

    Here is the link to look up your Congressman's e-mail and phone number: http://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep
    by Published on 05-28-2016 11:30 PM

    Deirdre Shesgreen
    May 25, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Thomas Massie says early in his congressional career he got a startling lesson in the money-and-influence ways of Washington.

    Massie, a Republican who represents Northern Kentucky, said he was approached by a lobbyist who told him he could help the congressman raise enough money to get on the Ways and Means Committee. That's a powerful committe which oversees tax policy and is one of the most coveted panels in Congress. Massie declined to name the lobbyist but said he represents the medical device sector.

    “He pulled me and my chief of staff into a meeting,” Massie told The Enquirer. “He offered to raise the money that would be required to get me on Ways and Means. This is a lobbyist telling me he can get me on Ways and Means.”

    The unstated implication, Massie said, was that if the lobbyist succeeded in helping Massie get a seat on that panel, the congressman would return the favor with legislative goodies.

    “It was one of the scummiest meetings I’ve ever been in,” Massie said. “I left just reeling, thinking about the implications for how this place works, when you realize that the lobbyists pick who goes on which committee.”

    by Published on 05-13-2016 10:32 PM

    From a press release:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR), chaired by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), has announced it will consider Congressman Thomas Massie’s H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, also known as “Audit the Fed,” in a markup session on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A committee markup, where committee members offer amendments and debate whether legislation is ready for consideration by the full House, is the important step between introducing a bill and voting on it on the floor of the House.

    “This is a major step toward bringing this bill to the House floor. This bill could make it easier for Members of Congress to monitor the Federal Reserve,” said Congressman Massie, who is a member of the OGR Committee.

    "The Federal Reserve's loose monetary policy does nothing more than enrich Wall Street at the expense of the poor and middle class,” said former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), who has long championed this cause and originally introduced the bill in 2009. "Passing Audit the Fed will finally enable the American people to know what the Fed is doing to our economy and our money supply. OGR's markup next week of Audit the Fed is a huge first step in bringing Federal Reserve transparency. I'd like to thank Congressman Thomas Massie, Audit the Fed's lead sponsor, for his leadership on this important issue.”

    The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 would require the Comptroller General to conduct a full examination of the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve makes monetary decisions that affect the economy, and the elected officials who represent everyday Americans have limited insight into how the bank’s decisions are made.

    "The American public deserves more insight into the practices of the Federal Reserve,” Massie said. “Behind closed doors, the Fed crafts monetary policy that influences our currency and economy.”

    The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 currently has 197 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. Former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced a similar bill in the 113th Congress that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives, 333-92.
    by Published on 04-14-2016 07:09 PM

    From a press release -
    Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Protecting Gun Rights and Due Process Act

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today introduced the Protecting Gun Rights and Due Process Act, which would provide protection for gun owners by ensuring due process rights are upheld in the event an individual’s eligibility is questioned and reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

    “The Obama administration is at it again, and this time they are unilaterally stripping gun rights from our nation’s veterans and seniors. The Protecting Gun Rights and Due Process Act will provide necessary protection for gun-owning Americans, and ultimately ensure that the Second Amendment is not infringed upon,” Sen. Paul said.
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