Steny Hoyer: ‘I have not read the bill’

Anger over the $1.3 trillion spending bill boiled over on the House floor Thursday with lawmakers admitting they had no chance to read the 2,232-page bill they're being asked to accept.

"I have not read the bill," thundered Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the chamber. "The only ...

Border Patrol agents want technology, not wall: Dem study

Border Patrol leaders and line agents say publicly that more fencing will help — but a new Democratic report Thursday says what they're really asking for behind closed doors is more manpower and technology.

Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security Committee reviewed assessments and resource requests filed by agents and ...

Steve Scalise: Donald Trump wants the spending bill on his desk

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Thursday that President Trump remains supportive of the spending bill.

"This is a bill President Trump said he wants on his desk to fund our military and it's going to get there today," Mr. Scalise, Louisiana Republican, said on Fox News.

He said there ...

Paul Gosar: Spending bill is ‘bad process’ that ‘builds bad policy’

Rep. Paul Gosar said Thursday that the spending bill shows everything wrong with the process. 

"This represents everything that's wrong with this process. Bad process builds bad policy builds bad politics, and there's enough blame to go all around," the Arizona Republican said on CNN.

The $1.3 trillion spending bill ...

Chris Stewart: Spending bill process needs to be reformed

Rep. Chris Stewart said Thursday that the spending bill process needs to be reformed to hold lawmakers more accountable.

"It's extraordinarily frustrating that when we've worked so hard for months and yet we don't seem to have input on the final product," Mr. Stewart, Utah Republican, said on CNN.

He ...

Rand Paul Mum on Whether He’ll Hold Up Spending Bill

Everybody knows that Sen. Rand Paul plans to oppose the funding bill and that he loathes last-minute federal budgets, but the Kentucky Republican hasn't said whether he'll hold up the $1.3 trillion omnibus package.

Stop Making Children Into Moral Authorities

Ben Shapiro, National Review
On March 14, high school students from Parkland, Florida, led a school walkout in favor of gun control. The media have already appointed student witnesses of the horror at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School untouchable moral authorities; their opinions are not to be questioned.

Troubling Signs for Trump w/Women, Independents

Brady & Parker, RealClearPolitics
Election results from Virginia, Alabama and last week’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District show that President Trump appears to have considerable weakness among women voters, particularly those with a college education. In addition, our August 24, 2017 RealClearPolitics analysisshowed Trump’s growing weakness among Independents. In this article, we look at the president’s job approval ratings, focusing on these same two segments of the electorate.

The Democratic Emergency

Paul Starr, The American Prospect
It is now clear that the most frightening threats to ordinary politics in the United States are empty or easily contained. … The sky is not falling and no lights are flashing red.” So wrote two distinguished historians, Samuel Moyn and David Priestland, in an article in The New York Times last August. With surprising confidence only a half-year into the Trump administration, they warned not against dangers to democracy, but against “tyrannophobia,” the irrational fear of tyrants.