Senate advances spy legislation but law will lapse

Susan Ferrechio The Washington Examiner 5/31/2015

A bill to extend a controversial anti-terrorism surveillance tool cleared a key Senate hurdle Sunday evening, but not in time to prevent it from expiring at midnight.

The Senate voted 77-17 to bring the USA Freedom Act to the floor for debate. The bill would extend surveillance provisions of […]

Rep. Amash Skips House Recess to Make Sure Speaker Boehner Does Not Extend PATRIOT Act

With the USA PATRIOT Act’s bulk data collection authority set to expire at the end of the month without congressional action and most of Congress away for recess, civil libertarian Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) is remaining in town to attend the House of Representatives’ pro forma sessions to prevent Speaker John Boehner from taking advantage […]

Rand Paul's patriotic act

Jack Hunter Rare.us 5/23/2015

After Rand Paul’s ten hour long filibuster against a clean reauthorization of the Patriot Act Wednesday, the New York Times editorialized (emphasis added):

He may have annoyed Senate colleagues by seizing the floor for a marathon monologue on Wednesday, but Senator Rand Paul did Americans a singular service by forcing attention […]

Justin Amash a founding member of the new House Freedom Caucus

Matt Naham Rare.US 1/26/2015

A group of nine House Republicans are forming a new group called the “House Freedom Caucus,” whose mission statement is to “give a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them … support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies […]

Full Text of Joni Ernst’s Republican Response to 2015 State of the Union

Joni Ernst The Daily Signal 1/20/2015

Good evening.

I’m Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.

A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we […]

The House is adopting Justin Amash’s new rules and James Madison would be proud

Matt Naham Rare.US 1/15/2015

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is known for his constitutionalist approach to lawmaking and as being one of the more vibrant members of the House Liberty Caucus.

His latest accomplishment might be one that would make James Madison proud.

New rules introduced by Amash are being adopted by the House that make […]