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House Freedom Caucus Fights To Reform Secret FISA Courts

The House Freedom Caucus is gearing up for another political fight. This time, they are working to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. This is the secret court system that authorized ubiquitous federal surveillance on all Americans. “Government surveillance activities under the FISA Amendments Act have violated Americans’ constitutionally protected rights,” the Freedom Caucus said in a press release. “We oppose any reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act that does not include substantial reforms to the government’s collection and use of Americans’ data.” Although the Freedom Caucus has not been specific as to what reforms they will ultimately push for, watchdog groups have outlined what needs to be changed in order to restore proper justice to the courts. “The FISA Court must change in at least two ways: it needs a true advocate for privacy and civil liberties in the court and it must have institutionalized, systematic publication of significant opinions,” Dia Kayyali wrote in an Electronic Frontier Foundation article. Keep Reading

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Trump Administration Sides With Freedom Caucus To Oppose Paul Ryan’s Border Tax

Although the Trump administration and the House Freedom Caucus have been at odds this year, both factions are coming together against a new border tax. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin met with the Freedom Caucus on Tuesday to give words of encouragement to the hardline conservative legislators. Mnunchin allegedly told members of the Freedom Caucus that the Trump administration is unwavering in its opposition to a border adjustment tax, according to sources obtained for an Axios report. The border adjustment tax is currently being floated by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). On this issue, President Trump is apparently behind the Freedom Caucus 100 percent in opposition. “Secretary Mnuchin gave great insight into the thinking of the administration on tax reform,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said to Axios. Meadows is the current chairman of the Freedom Caucus. “We are well served by his leadership. It became apparent that there is a growing consensus in the administration that we must act soon to advance tax reform and BAT [the border adjustment tax]… Keep Reading

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House Freedom Caucus Member Mo Brooks Announces Senate Run

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is attempting to make the jump from the House over to the Senate. The ultra-conservative lawmaker officially kicked off his campaign today after making several pit stops throughout the state of Alabama. “America’s future is at risk because our country’s foundational principles are under daily attack,” Brooks said as reported by the Alabama Media Group. “Our republic is only as good as our elections process. America’s elections are threatened by those who support voter fraud and election theft by opposing voter identification laws while encouraging non-citizens to vote in American elections.” Brooks is competing for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate mid-term to serve in the Trump administration. Brooks will be competing against incumbent Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat back in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley. Bentley was forced to resign in disgrace following an embarrassing public sex scandal. He plead guilty to misdemeanor campaign-finance charges and resigned last month. His baggage may extend… Keep Reading

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House Freedom Caucus Members Introduce El Chapo Act

On Thursday, several House Freedom Caucus members introduced the El Chapo Act, the House companion bill to Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to fund Trump’s border wall without the use of taxpayer dollars. The El Chapo Act was introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks and cosponsored by Congressmen Tom Garrett, Steve King, and Louie Gohmert – all members of the House Freedom Caucus. Rep. Kevin Brady, who is not a member of the House Freedom Caucus, also cosponsored the bill. The introduction of the El Chapo Act in the House comes in the midst of debate in Congress about whether to fund the construction of Trump’s border wall and how it could be done. Last week, Congressional leadership stripped the budget of funding for the border wall. Keep Reading

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Rep. Thomas Massie Is ‘Excited’ About Trump’s Presidency, Sees ‘Great Opportunity’ Moving Forward

It has been a tumultuous start to Trump’s Presidency as the inexperienced outsider adjusts to life in Washington DC, but Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is impressed with what he has seen thus far. Massie thinks the 45th President is off to a great start mainly because of his choice of rule-of-law Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. “I’m excited for the wins that we got already, which includes Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch being confirmed and that’s going to last for decades,” Massie said to Breitbart News. “Neil Gorsuch was worth the entire election, everything else is a bonus.” Massie is also encouraged by the prospect of rolling back regulations during the Trump presidency using the Congressional Review Act. Massie said, “I lost track of how many we’ve done, and it was only used once successfully before Trump. and that was an OSHA rule with President George W. Bush that Bush was able to rescind a rule created during the Clinton era. I’m excited about all of those and more.… Keep Reading

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Trump’s Social Media Director Threatens Rep. Justin Amash With Primary Challenge

The Trump administration’s attacks on principled conservatives continue, as social media director has called for Rep. Justin Amash to receive a primary challenge to his House seat in 2018. “[President Donald Trump] is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. [Rep. Amash] is a big liability,” White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. said in a Saturday morning tweet. “#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary.” Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) is a stalwart of the House Freedom Caucus, who has frequently found himself at odds with President Trump on a wide variety of issues. Amash even went so far as to call for President Trump to step down after his now infamous remarks regarding grabbing women were leaked to the media last October. Keep Reading

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Trump’s Continued Assault On Conservative Legislators Sparks Social Media Backlash

President Donald Trump is continuing his assault on the House Freedom Caucus after ‘Obamacare 2.0’ failed to receive a vote last week. However, the President is receiving serious backlash on social media from legislators as well as concerned constituents regarding his comments. This morning, President Trump tweeted the following, “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” Keep Reading

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House Freedom Caucus, Sen. Rand Paul Score Political Victory As “Obamacare 2.0” Implodes

The House Freedom Caucus scored a big political victory yesterday, as their fierce opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) prevented the controversial legislation from even bring brought up for a vote on the floor. “I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people,” Senator Rand Paul said in a statement. In spite of legislating from a different chamber, Paul was in the corner of the House Freedom Caucus from the start urging members to stand strong and even giving them pointers from President Trump’s signature book The Art of the Deal in a well-received publicity stunt. Keep Reading

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New Leader For The House Freedom Caucus?

Welcome to American politics, where election season never really ends. By the time one election is close, the next year’s campaign is well underway. The battle for the soul of the House GOP is no exception. Republicans in the House of Representatives have been having it out internally since the day they took the speakership in 2011 after the 2010 Republican midterm gains. What makes this fight particularly interesting is that, unlike presidential nominations or the RNC, it gives us an insight into the Republican Party’s ability to govern. The speakership of the House of Representatives is the third highest office in the nation, and wields tremendous influence over national policy and spending, regardless of who is in the White House. It’s not just about what the GOP wants to do in theory, it tells us how they do govern in practice. That said, North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows’ recent announcement that he is seeking the most influential conservative position in the House is not too surprising. As a… Keep Reading

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