Last Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul objected to a unanimous consent request by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono (HI) to move a bill expressing the “Sense of the Senate” regarding whistleblowers. Senator Paul did this to seek a vote on his Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 2798). Senator Paul’s bill extends federal whistleblower protection laws to federal contractors and applies retroactively so it covers Edward Snowden. The bill also makes clear that the whistleblowing does not affect the Sixth Amendment right to confront one’s accusers, so whistleblowers would still be required to testify in a criminal or civil trial. The last part was added to address those claiming that President Trump does not have the right to face his “whistleblower.” As Senator Paul points out, many of those attacking him and others for daring to suggest that Donald Trump has the same rights to face his accusers as every other American have called for Snowden’s imprisonment or even execution. You can see video of Senator Paul’s remarks on the Senate floor here. You can see Senator Paul talk about the subject on Fox News—an interview that mentions Senator Paul and C4L Chairman Ron Paul’s speeches at our 2015 LPAC conference—here. Read Senator Paul’s op-ed on whistleblowers in The [...]
Wed, Nov 13, 2019
This Week in Congress The U.S. House is in from Tuesday to Thursday. Right now, the only scheduled rules bill is H.R. 4863, which reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank and renames it the United States Export Finance Agency. The bill also makes changes to the Agency, including establishing an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion as well as an office to promote renewable energy. The bill also prevents the Agency from doing business with: (A) The People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China. (B) The Ministry of State Security of the People’s Republic of China. (C) Those included on the Denied Persons List or the Entity List maintained by the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce. (D) Those included on the Nonproliferation Sanctions list maintained by the Bureau of International Security and Non-Proliferation of the Department of State. (E) Those included on the Arms Export Control Act debarred list maintained by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls of the Department of State. (F) Those included on the Specially Designated Nationals List, Foreign Sanctions Evaders List, Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List, Palestinian Legislative Council List, List of Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Part 561, or Persons Identified as Blocked solely pursuant to Executive Order 13599 maintained [...]
Tue, Nov 12, 2019
When the New York Federal Reserve began pumping billions of dollars a day into the repurchasing (repo) markets (the market banks use to make short-term loans to each other) in September, they said this would only be necessary for a few weeks. Yet, last Wednesday, almost two months after the Fed’s initial intervention, the New York Federal Reserve pumped 62.5 billion dollars into the repo market. The New York Fed continues these emergency interventions to ensure “cash shortages” among banks don’t ever again cause interest rates for overnight loans to rise to over 10 percent, well above the Fed’s target rate. The Federal Reserve’s bailout operations have increased its balance sheet by over 200 billion dollars since September. Investment advisor Michael Pento describes the Fed’s recent actions as Quantitative Easing (QE) “on steroids.” One cause of the repo market’s sudden cash shortage was the large amount of debt instruments issued by the Treasury Department in late summer and early fall. Banks used resources they would normally devote to private sector lending and overnight loans to purchase these Treasury securities. This scenario will likely keep recurring as the Treasury Department will have to continue issuing new debt instruments to finance continuing increases in in [...]
Mon, Nov 11, 2019
The House is in recess this week. Here is what happened last week. The House passed H.Res. 296, legislation recognizing the Armenian genocide committed by the Turks. The vote was 405-11. Some members voted for it because they felt it was important to call attention to the genocide of Armenian Christians even though they disagreed with the clear intent of House leadership, which was to embarrass the Trump administration by bringing this resolution to the floor at this time. This resolution was scheduled to be voted on once before—back in 2000—and was pulled from the House schedule after the State Department said that it would harm US relations with Turkey. There is some speculation that other factors played a role in that decision. Here is a link to the roll-call vote. The House also passed H.R. 4695, which applied new sanctions to Turkey, by a vote of 403-16. Here is a link to the roll-call vote. Congress also considered the following suspension bills last week (unless otherwise noted they passed by voice vote): HR 3942—Applies current federal law restricting the sale of tobacco cigarettes online to e-cigarettes. HR 2440—The Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act authorizes $10 billion in spending from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund [...]
Thu, Nov 07, 2019
Last week, the Senate passed H.R. 3055, Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, by a vote of  84-9. Here are the 9 Senators, all Republicans, who voted No; Marsha Blackburn (TN) Mike Braun (IN) Ted Cruz (TX) Ron Johnson (WI) Mike Lee (UT) Rand Paul (KY) Ben Sasse (NE) Tim Scott (FL) Pat Toomey (PA) You can see the vote here. The Senate also rejected the cloture motion on H.R. 2740, the omnibus appropriations bill funding the Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, State and Energy departments. Democrats Doug Jones (AL) and Gary Peters (MI) joined every Republican who voted except Rand Paul in voting for cloture. Democrats voted against cloture because of Republican failure to set specific allocation levels indicating how much spending each department gets, even though the Senate appropriators are already passing spending bills and the Senate actually voted on some of those bills last week as part of the first omnibus. The procedural objection is likely a smokescreen to get Republicans to increase spending above the already high amounts agreed to in this year’s budget deal. You can see that vote here. The Senate also rejected a Congressional Review Act measure [...]
Wed, Nov 06, 2019
Attorney General William Barr recently sent a memo to law enforcement officials announcing a new federal initiative that would use techniques and tools developed in the war on terror, such as mass surveillance, to identify potential mass shooters. Those so identified would be targets of early interventions, which would include the disregarding of Second Amendment rights, as well as the imposing of mandatory counseling and involuntary commitment. The program would likely match data collected via mass surveillance with algorithms designed to identify those with mental problems that would lead them to commit violent crimes. So, this program would deprive Americans of respect for their rights not because they committed, or even threaten to commit, a violent act but because their tweets, texts, or Facebook posts trigger a government algorithm. In order to enhance the government’s ability to conduct mass surveillance, Barr has been trying to force tech companies to allow the government to have a “backdoor” for accessing electronic information. This would allow the government to read all messages — even those that are encrypted, making it all but impossible to escape the government’s watchful eye. Many mental health professionals admit that diagnosing mental health issues involves a degree of subjectivity. So how [...]
Tue, Nov 05, 2019
Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul recently penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Times exposing an example of hypocrisy of the politicians and celebrities who want to take away our liberties in the name of fighting climate change. The article deals with the environmental damage the government-funded and elite-supported purple line project could cause in Los Angeles. You can read Dr. Pauls article here and below: Whether it’s celebrities or former politicians, nearly every “A-lister” lends their status to one cause or another. One of the most popular causes, made famous by people like former Vice President Al Gore, relates to supporting issues geared toward protecting the environment. In spite of celebrities and former politicians publicly stating the importance of combating global warming and other proclaimed “threats” against the globe, it has not stopped many people from raising the question: Are these celebrities and elites practicing what they preach? It appears, in many cases, they are not. Al Gore — former vice president, former Democratic nominee for president, and Al Gore, who produced “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary that highlights his beliefs as it relates to the importance of fighting climate change — has been caught leading a life of [...]
Fri, Nov 01, 2019
What's the scariest thing in the world to the Big Government statists in BOTH parties in Washington, D.C.? It's the idea of being forced by citizens like you to uphold and defend their Oaths to the Constitution of the United States. This Halloween, I say it's time to put a little scare into them. . . So if you'll sign up as a Patriot Club monthly contributor, I'll rush you a special Pocket Constitution -- which I'll personally sign for you. Patriot Club members’ ongoing monthly support ensures I’m able to anticipate the resources Campaign for Liberty will have on hand to fight back against the latest statist schemes and take advantage of opportunities in our ongoing fight for limited government, sound money, and individual liberties. As a token of our appreciation, Patriot Club monthly contributors receive exclusive gear not available anywhere else. But that’s not all! Patriot Club members get automatic entry into special giveaways like the recent one for a framed “COME AND TAKE IT” Gonzales Flag I personally autographed! So will you consider setting the candy aside for a minute and joining the Patriot Club? Remember, if you sign up today, my staff will rush you a copy of Campaign for Liberty’s limited-edition Pocket Constitution -- [...]
Thu, Oct 31, 2019
Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to H.R. 3055 (the omnibus appropriations bills), which cut spending by a mere 2%, failed by a vote of 24-67. With the federal deficit reaching 960 billion dollars, it is outrageous that only 24 senators would vote to cut 2% from federal programs. You can see the roll-call vote here. The Senate is expected to vote on passing H.R. 3055, which will serve as the vehicle for a House-Senate conference to work out their differences. The Senate will also vote on a Congressional Review Act measure overturning Trump Administration guidance for states that have received “Section 1332” waivers, which allow states relief from ObamaCare’s mandates in order to pursue their own health policies. Democrats object to the fact that the Trump administration would allow states to give individuals direct control over health care dollars by placing ObamaCare subsidies in a personal account for them. Even worse for ObamaCare, the Trump administration would allow states to let individuals choose to buy plans they find more affordable and better suited for their needs. Of course, Democrats deny they are opposed to individual choices, and instead claim that the Trump administration guidance somehow weakens the pre-existing condition mandate—even though nothing in the guidance weakens the [...]
Tue, Oct 29, 2019
Today, at approximately 5:30, the Senate will vote on an amendment to H.R. 3055--the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-FDA, Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Transportation  and Housing and Urban Development ”minibus” appropriations bill offered by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Senator Paul’s amendment reduces the appropriations contained in the bill by 2%. This is a modest reduction, but if Congress can’t even cut programs by 2% than what hope is there of ever actually getting rid of unconstitutional programs, balancing the budget, and restoring limited constitutional government in any area. Last week’s report from the Treasury showing that the federal government deficit now stands at $984 billion dollars should give every senator the incentive to Stand with Rand and begin making modest cuts in spending before the rise in federal deficits leads to an economic crisis. Campaign for Liberty members should call their Senators and ask them to vote for the Paul amendment to H.R. 3055. [...]
Mon, Oct 28, 2019


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