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12 Republican senators voted against Trump’s national emergency to build border wall

Bridget Bowman reports for Roll Call that yesterday, 12 Republican senators joined every Demonrat senator in voting for a resolution to block President Trump invoking a national emergency at the southern border so as to build the wall with defense funds. Trump had declared a national emergency last month after the Democrat-dominant House refused to appropriate his requested $5+ billion funds for a border wall.

See “The Trump Show” on Trump’s declaration of national emergency to build border wall, and “Ann Coulter: By signing the budget deal, Trump signs away his right as CIC to build the wall“.

The resolution passed the Senate, 59-41, after passing the House late last month.

The Gang of 12 Republicans includes so-called “moderate” senators — one of whom is up for re-election in 2020 — and so-called “conservatives”. 6 of the 12 serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Here are the 12 Republican senators who voted to thwart President Trump’s national emergency declaration:

(1) Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee: A 3-term senator and member of the Appropriations Committee said in a statement yesterday ahead of the vote that although he supports the president on border security, the emergency declaration sets a dangerous precedent: “His declaration to take an additional $3.6 billion that Congress has appropriated for military hospitals, barracks and schools is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution that I swore an oath to support and defend.” Alexander announced last December that he would not run for re-election in 2020.

(2) Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri: A senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Blunt is concerned about the precedent Trump’s declaration of emergency would set. Blunt was re-elected to a second Senate term in 2016. (He served several terms in the House before running for Senate in 2010.)

(3) Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: Not only is this POS pro-late term abortions, Collins actually co-sponsored the resolution ostensiblyout of concern for the precedent an emergency declaration would set for the powers of the executive branch. The four-term senator is likely to face her toughest re-election next year, with Democrats raising millions of dollars for a yet-to-be-determined challenger after she voted for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

(4) Sen. Mike Lee of Utah: First elected in 2010, Lee announced his support for the resolution Wednesday after Trump rejected Lee’s offer of a compromise to curtail future national emergency declarations through an amendment of the National Emergencies Act to include the automatic termination of future emergencies after 30 days unless Congress authorizes the emergency to continue. Lee said in a statement announcing his decision that “For decades, Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch.”  One of the most conservative senators, Lee is up for re-election in 2022.

(5) Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas: A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Moran tweeted that “I share President Trump’s goal of securing our borders, but expanding the powers of the presidency beyond its constitutional limits is something I cannot support.” Moran is up for a third term in 2022.

(6) Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: Another pro-abort POS, Murkowski said in a floor speech earlier this month: “Congress is a co-equal branch of government and as such Congress should stand up for itself.” She is not up for re-election until 2022.

(7) Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky: Earlier this month, Paul announced at a GOP Lincoln Day dinner that he would support the resolution because Congress did not appropriate the funds Trump was looking to use for the border wall, and “If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing.” A self-described libertarian, Paul was re-elected to the Senate in 2016 after a failed White House bid, and he will not face voters again until 2022.

(8) Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio: Portman had worked with Mike Lee on the compromise resolution. The two-term senator said that while he supported Trump’s request for border wall funding, an emergency declaration is not necessary to secure those funds, and that the declaration would set a “dangerous precedent” by opening “the door for future presidents to implement just about any policy they want.” Portman won re-election by more than 20 points in 2016 and won’t face voters again until 2022.

(9) Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah: Although Romney is a freshman senator, he entered the Senate with a high profile as his party’s 2012 presidential nominee and the former governor of Massachusetts. Critical of Trump in the past, even before Trump officially declared a national emergency, Romney said he “would also expect the president stay within statutory and constitutional limits.” Romney won the open Utah Senate race in 2018 by 32 points, and he is not up for re-election again until 2024.

(10) Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida: Like the others, Rubio too warned of the precedent set by Trump’s national emergency. A member of Senate Appropriations, he said in February that while he agrees there is a crisis at the southern border, “a future president may use this exact same tactic to impose the Green New Deal.” Rubio won re-election by 8 points in 2016 after an unsuccessful run for the GOP nomination for president. Trump carried Florida by just 1 point in 2016.

(11) Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania: A “conservative” Republican, Toomey had occasionally broken with President Trump in the past, particularly on Trump’s use of tariffs. Toomey told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he supports Trump’s effort to build a border wall, but the declaration of a national emergency was “a very important separation of powers issue.” Toomey narrowly won re-election in 2016 when Trump won Pennsylvania by less than a point.

(12) Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi: The two-term senator, who’s the chairman of the Commerce Committee and the second-highest-ranked Republican on the Armed Services Committee, also had “serious reservations” about what an emergency declaration would do to the separation of powers. Wicker said in a statement earlier this week: “The precedent we set this year might empower a future liberal President to declare emergencies to enact gun control or to address ‘climate emergencies,’ or even to tear down the wall we are building today.” Wicker, an Air Force veteran, won re-election comfortably last fall in a state Trump carried by nearly 20 points in 2016.

Today, President Trump used his veto powers for the first time to overturn the Congressional resolution, calling it “reckless”. He said: “Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it.” To override his veto would require two-thirds of the vote in both the House and the Senate, and the Senate doesn’t have the 67 votes needed for an override. (New York Post).

For all the Gang of 12’s concerns about the separation of powers and Trump setting a “dangerous precedent” by declaring a state of national emergency, one would think such declarations are rarely invoked.

Not so.

The fact of the matter is there have been 58 national emergencies declared by presidents since 1979 under the National Emergencies Act of 1975, 31 of which are still active national emergencies. Below are the number of national emergencies declared by President Carter and after:

  • Jimmy Carter: 2 — one of which is still active.
  • Ronald Reagan: 6 — none of which is active.
  • George H.W. Bush: 5 — none of which is active.
  • Bill Clinton: 17 — 6 of which are still in effect.
  • Barack Obama: 13 — 11 of which are still active.
  • Donald Trump: 3. (Source: CBS News, citing the Brennan Center)

H/t Kelleigh

~Eowyn

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Democrats, Party of Evil: Hillary Clinton & Eric Holder call for violence

Finally, a public figure is openly saying what so many of us have been thinking.

A week ago, in a discussion on Twitter on the despicable tactics deployed by the Left, Marjus Persson @notch, the 39-year-old Swedish self-made billionaire who created the Minecraft video game, tweeted his 3.7 million followers (h/t Infowars):

The latest example of the evil Left is a special-ed teacher in Rosemount, Minnesota who, as “Spooky Spam” on Twitter, urged that Justice Brett Kavanaugh be killed:

“So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”

As reported by LifeNews.com, the teacher, an instructor at the Intermediate School District 917’s Alliance Education Center, quickly deleted her tweet and even her Twitter account. But netizens captured her tweet and reported her to the FBI and U.S. Secret Service. The FBI in Minneapolis confirmed they are aware of her tweet (see below).

Intermediate School District 917, based in Rosemount, provides services to special education students in nine public school districts across the southeast metro area. The Alliance Education Center serves students ages 5 to 21 who have autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders and other disabilities.

The (Minnesota) StarTribune refuses to name the teacher “because she has not been charged with a crime.” Calls to a phone number listed for the teacher were not immediately returned.

On Oct. 8, two days after the homicidal tweet, in a statement on the school district’s website, ISD 917 Superintendent Mark Zuzek said that “Pursuant with the (Minnesota) Data Practices Act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter,” but that the teacher did not make the post on Twitter while at school, and that she had been placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of the investigation.”

The next day, StarTribune reported that the teacher had resigned.

Instead of chastising this teacher and the Democrat Party’s rank and file, leaders of the Party of Evil are openly calling for violence.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, speaking to a crowd of campaign volunteers at a rally in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in Stockbridge, Georgia, former Attorney General Eric Holder flatly rejected Michelle Obama’s call for civility. Holder instead urged Democrats to use violence against their political opponents:

“It is time for us, as Democrats, to be as tough as they are, to be as dedicated as they are, to be as committed as they are…. Michelle always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick ’em.”

Responding to Holder’s call to violence, the crowd cheered and chanted “Fight!”.

Two days later, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in an interview with Fake News CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Hillary Clinton, who during the 2016 presidential election called millions of Americans over whom she meant to rule “deplorables”, said:

You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”

Below is CNN’s tweet about the interview:

Here’s the link to the YouTube video of the interview, if you can stomach hearing Hillary’s grating voice and seeing her ever so self-satisfied face. It is noteworthy that the comments on YouTube are overwhelmingly anti-Hillary.

That same day, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) — who was attacked and beaten by a Democrat neighbor last Fall, and chased and verbally harassed by anti-Kavanaugh activists at Washington’s Reagan National Airport just last week — said what many of us have thought. He told a Kentucky radio show that heated political rhetoric has the potential to turn deadly:

“I fear that there’s going to be an assassination. I really worry that somebody is going to be killed, and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation … they have to realize they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence.

Senator Paul Paul was not being hyperbolic. He was at the congressional baseball practice last summer when a Bernie Sanders supporter, James T. Hodgkinson, opened fire, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) in the hip and injuring two Capitol police officers and an aide.

Paul’s wife, Kelley, revealed in a Breitbart interview on Friday that she sleeps with a “loaded gun by my bed,” has updated their home’s security system and has “deadbolts all around my house.” Kelley also wrote an op-ed published by CNN in which she called on Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to tone down his rhetoric. In June, Booker told his supporters “get up in the face of congresspeople.”

See:

See also these threats to assassinate President Trump:

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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Your tax dollars at work: Planned Parenthood threatens senators if they vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America, kills 320,000 unborn babies every year, 900 babies every day. Its most recent annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion — $400 million of which came from taxpayers. As Senator Rand Paul said in his speech on August 23 on the Senate floor:

“Planned Parenthood received over 400 million dollars of taxpayer money [a year], the government with a wink and a nod tells us that Planned Parenthood doesn’t spend the money on abortions but everybody knows that the taxpayers are really cross-subsidizing Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills.”

This is what Planned Parenthood Abortionhood is doing with your tax dollars.

Fearing that if confirmed, Kavanaugh would be the 5th Supreme Court vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, Planned Abortionhood has spent nearly $1 million in a campaign to “#StopKavanaugh”.

Yesterday, the abortion mill took a step further and is now threatening to go after senators (“we’re coming for you”) who’ll vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee U.S. District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Daily Wire)

This is what Planned Abortionhood tweeted yesterday morning:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Vote NO on #Kavanaugh
Or else we’re coming for you

Commenter Qackerjak on Voat has the best response to Planned Parenthood’s threat:

What’s PP think they’re going to do? Shove a pair of scissors into their skulls? Rip off their arms & legs? Cut up their bodies and sell them for parts? If they think they can, let them try. Conservatives are not tiny little defenseless babies… we’ll kick their asses from here to China.

Pro-aborts don’t just kill defenseless unborn babies.

They also assault adults.

Micaiah Bilger reports for LifeNews.com that on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at the annual Life Chain — a peaceful, prayer-filled event to publicly witness to the tragedy of abortion — in downtown Toronto, Canada, a pro-abort man wearing a pentagram necklace high-kicked a pro-life young woman, Campaign Life Coalition’s youth coordinator Marie-Claire Bissonnette.

Bissonnette said that the man first took out markers and defaced two of Campaign Life Coalition’s signs. Bissonnette took out her cell phone and began to record him, telling him that his defacing and destruction of private property was against the law. The man then roundhouse-kicked Bissonnette; her phone drops to the ground as she asks for someone to call the police.

After the video went viral and an appeal was made to the public to identify the pro-abort assailant, Toronto hair salon Noble Studio 101 posted a message on Instagram identifying the man as their employee Jordan Hunt, whom the salon had fired after seeing the video.

In the event that YouTube censors the video by removing it, I had this GIF made of Jordan Hunt’s assault on Bissonnette:

The Washington Free Beacon reports that Jordan Hunt also scribbled on several pro-lifers’ clothes, including those of a 10-year-old girl.

Bissonnette said she was not the only person targeted Sunday during the Life Chains. In Mississagua, someone walked up to a pro-life advocate from behind and poured paint over his clothes while he was praying. She wrote for LifeSiteNews:

“I’ve participated in many public pro-life activities throughout my life. This isn’t the first time I’ve been attacked. Rocks have been thrown at me. I’ve been spat upon multiple times and pushed. Men have aggressively asked how I would like it if they raped me and forced me to have an abortion. There is a media-driven narrative that pro-life activists are violent and a danger to women. This is a bald-faced lie. The only violence or aggression I’ve witnessed in my many years in the pro-life movement comes entirely from pro-abortion activists, and yet it’s rarely, if ever, reported.

You should know that on August 23, 2018, a pro-life amendment sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul to revoke taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood failed in the U.S. Senate by a narrow 45-48 vote.

Taxpayers and the 320,000 babies who are killed by Planned Parenthood every year have these four senators to thank, whose “no” votes ensure that the abortion mill continues to be subsidized by our tax dollars.

H/t Big Lug and Flanders

~Eowyn

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Sen. Rand Paul assaulted in his home by Democrat

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 22:32:12 +0000

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)

From The Hill, 3:33 PM, November 4, 2017:

Kentucky State Police have arrested a man accused of assaulting Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at his home in Bowling Green, the senator’s office confirmed on Saturday.

“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, said in a statement. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”

The suspect was identified as 59-year-old Rene Boucher of Bowling Green, according to a statement from police. The Warren County Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Boucher’s arrest shortly after the assault on Friday.

Police are investigating the assault, according to the statement. Boucher has been charged with 4th degree assault, causing a minor injury.

Spokeo says that Rene Albert Boucher, 59, lives at 582 Rivergreen Ln, Bowling Green, KY 42103, is unmarried and a Caucasian.

Confusingly, both U.S. News and World Report and Healthgrades says Dr. Rene Boucher is an anesthesiologist at Medical Center at Bowling Green, Kentucky, who is 59 years old and female.

According to Heavy.com:

  • Senator Paul’s attacker is a man named Dr. Rene Boucher, an anesthesiologist who retired in 2015.
  • Boucher is a registered Democrat, an advocate for gun control and healthcare reform who’s been severely critical of the Republican Party on Facebook since Trump became president.
  • Paul and Boucher are neighbors.
  • Boucher “ambushed” Paul while the senator was mowing his lawn.
  • Neighbors say Paul and Boucher “had an ongoing feud.”
  • Boucher is being held at Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he could face a year in prison of the Class A misdemeanor. Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken said Boucher could face extra charges, based on the injuries suffered by Paul.

Rene Boucher’s Facebook page is here.

~Eowyn

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