• Matt Collins

    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.
    by Published on 04-09-2016 11:43 PM


    PHOENIX - The bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives came forward Thursday, admitting that a box spotted and removed from an SRP power pole on 21st and Glendale avenues belonged to them and was part of an ongoing investigation.


    SRP tells ABC15 they had no idea the box was installed on their power pole. They said ATF has to notify them or work with them if they have an object on their property.

    ATF tells ABC15 depending on the investigation and security they can put security measures in place without permission.

    They say in this case they "acted within their bounds" but would not elaborate. Video and more at link..
    by Published on 03-05-2016 12:41 PM

    Last year I played a major role in getting Constitutional Carry passed in West Virginia. I was the point man and "lobbyist" for NAGR working as WV Gun Rights. We had a few amazing legislators fighting like hell behind the scenes to get this bill passed too. The Governor vetoed it with cover from Manchin and Bloomberg. Since it wasn't passed until the last day of the legislative session the veto could not be overridden.

    This year it was passed with the help of the same legislators and my former protege who did a kick ass job mobilizing pro-gun supporters across the state with the help and backing of everyone at NAGR.

    As of July, it will now be legal to openly or conceal carry a firearm without a permit in the state of West Virginia!!!

    by Published on 01-08-2016 07:00 AM

    The best thing that can be done is for everyone to call their Senators and ask them if they plan to vote for Rand's bill to audit the Fed.

    Contact your Senators at 202-224-3121 and report back in the thread comments how they plan to vote!

    The bill is S2232 and is scheduled for a full vote on January 12th, 2016...

    - Campaign for Liberty write up
    - Official Senate Bill and Tracking Information
    - Senator Rand Paul's write up

    by Published on 11-06-2015 07:30 PM

    From a press release:

    Sen. Rand Paul Announces Legislation to Ban the Federal Reserve from Lobbying

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban the Federal Reserve (Fed), and all of its personnel, from lobbying Congress and the American people against legislation to bring transparency to the Fed or other matters. The legislation, known as the Bring Accountability Now to the Fed Act, prohibits anyone acting on behalf of the Fed from actively supporting or opposing legislation before Congress.

    “The Fed has used its immense power to bailout Wall Street and print money to finance our debt. When anyone rises up to challenge them, Fed officials use taxpayer dollars to lobby for more
    by Published on 10-31-2015 12:40 PM
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    Press release:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul delivered multiple speeches on the U.S. Senate floor regarding his opposition to the two-year federal debt and spending bill. In the dead of night, Senate leadership gathered the 60 votes needed to stop Sen. Paul’s filibuster and proceed to legislation raising the debt ceiling and breaking the spending caps promised in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Since coming to Washington in 2010, Sen. Paul has been an ardent opponent of Washington’s continued, reckless spending. Furthermore, Sen. Paul was opposed to any deal that gave the President an unlimited debt limit increase.

    After cloture was invoked, Sen. Paul concluded
    by Published on 10-26-2015 03:10 PM

    We Will Know Soon Where Republicans Stand on Cronyism
    by Veronique de Rugy - October 26, 2015

    At least 42 Republicans in Congress will vote today to revive the Ex-Im bank through a discharge petition which they initiated under the leadership of Tennessee’s Stephen Fincher. In this rare maneuver, they will be happily joined by almost all the Democrats in the House.

    Many of the same centrist Republicans who complained about conservatives stabbing the GOP in the back on congressional procedures are behind the effort to circumvent their own leaders and force a vote on the divisive Export-Import Bank. Forty-two Republicans — less than a fifth of the House GOP conference — joined 146 Democrats in signing a rarely used vehicle known as a discharge petition to
    by Published on 10-10-2015 11:05 PM

    Notice how they shamefully cut him off as soon as he brings up Daniel Webster as a possible choice for Speaker:

    by Published on 09-24-2015 06:45 PM

    From a press release:

    U.S. Senator Rand Paul issued the following statement today after voting against the FY2016 short-term continuing budget resolution brought before the U.S. Senate:

    Since coming to Washington, I have voted against every spending bill that continues to add to our nation’s mountain of debt. Spending at the levels in this bill will add $400 billion more new debt this year. Time and time again, the President and Congress fail to do one of their most basic jobs, which is to review and adjust federal spending and fund the government. While I support all efforts to stop federal funding of Planned Parenthood, this bill is a clear representation of business as usual in Washington - too much spending and too much debt. The American people deserve better,” Sen. Paul said.

    In July 2015, Sen. Paul began leading the fight to eliminate taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and was a lead cosponsor of S.1881, a bill to defund the organization, which was voted on earlier this year. Additionally, Sen. Paul urged Senate leadership to strip Planned Parenthood funding language from the continuing resolution, and hold a separate vote.
    by Published on 09-11-2015 02:45 PM

    Here is his press release:

    U.S. Representative Massie Issues Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Massie explained his votes on four bills related to the Iran nuclear deal:

    1. The “Corker-Cardin” bill that enabled the President’s deal with Iran, provided Congress had 60 days to review:I was one of 25 congressmen who, on May 14, 2015, voted “no” on this bill. The Iran deal is a treaty, and pursuant to Article II, section 2 of our Constitution, treaties require the approval of 2/3 of the Senate. Corker-Cardin turns the constitutional approval process for treaties on its head. Whereas the Constitution requires 2/3 of the Senate to actively approve the President’s treaty, Corker-Cardin effectively requires 2/3 of the Senate to disapprove the Iran deal. In addition, the Constitution gives no power to the House of Representatives to either approve or disapprove of a treaty.

    2. H. Res. 411, which expresses the sense of the House that, by withholding the “side deals” to the overall Iran agreement, the President was not complying with the “Corker-Cardin” bill’s framework:I voted “yes” because, given the limited information I learned in classified briefings, the side deals are relevant to the overall agreement, yet the President has refused to disclose the side deals to Congress.

    3. H.R. 3461, the bill to “approve” the Iran deal:I voted “present.” Pursuant to the Constitution, treaties must be approved by a “2/3 concurrence” of the Senate. As a member of the House of Representatives, I have no authority to approve a treaty. Even assuming the legitimacy of the Corker-Cardin bill’s framework, H.R. 3461 is a “show-boat” vote at best, since if a majority of the House votes “no” on approving the Iran deal, H.R. 3461 fails, nothing goes to the Senate, nothing is sent to the President for his signature, and the Iran deal proceeds on schedule.

    4. H.R. 3460, a bill which prevents the President from lifting sanctions on Iran during the remainder of his presidential term:I voted “yes.” The President should not be given authority to single-handedly lift sanctions that were implemented via legislation passed by Congress. The executive branch already has far too much authority and power. The Corker-Cardin bill passed the House 400-25 on May 14, 2015, and was signed into law. H. Res. 411 passed 245-186, H.R. 3461 failed 162-269-1, and H.R. 3460 passed 247-186. H. Res 411 and H. R. 3460 now go to the Senate.

    by Published on 08-26-2015 04:00 PM

    The FBI violently raided the house of the family of a former Ron Paul staffer who is being accused of campaign finance law violations. The FBI also made his teenage daughters stand out side on a busy street in their underwear in front of the whole neighborhood and passing traffic. Raiding the house with guns drawn at young kids is beyond what is acceptable for an alleged crime of this nature.

    Here is the full video of what happened, and write-up:


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