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Speaker McCarthy, you have no excuse: You must lead fight to crush Dem agenda and save America

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During my time on Capitol Hill running the hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of federal appellate judges, I learned everything there is to know about contentious votes. I vocally opposed Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become the speaker of the House. I long thought he wasn’t tough enough on Big Tech, wouldn’t fight hard enough for conservative causes, and that someone else should be leading Republicans in the Biden era.  

Speaker McCarthy won fair and square, over the course of 15 ballots. While his victory disappointed me, I respected him for fighting and doing what it took to win. No compromise is perfect during a period of divided government. 

Yet Republicans achieved significant victories in the debt ceiling fight, such as cutting discretionary spending by more than $100 billion. Other Republican leaders have talked about cutting spending — for decades. But McCarthy actually delivered. That wasn’t easy, but I call a spade a spade.   


The debt-ceiling fight was just the first battle over spending and other issues McCarthy will have to wage. The next battle is much more important: appropriations in the upcoming budget. This is when McCarthy must really prove himself.  

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., fought hard to earn his position. Now it’s time for him to lead House Republicans and push back at the Democrat power grabs. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

There are two overarching goals that House Republicans must achieve. First, they must use the appropriations process to cut spending to pre-COVID-19 levels. Second, they must also implement appropriations riders to end federal funding of weaponized justice against political opponents, open borders, racial division, gender chaos, and other Marxist policies.

House Republicans need to pass the appropriations bills their voters want. Biden can take them or leave them. The Constitution entrusts the House of Representatives with the power of the purse, and the people elected Republicans to lead. Let Biden and Senate Democrats shut down the government to protect highly destructive and unpopular left-wing policies if that’s what they want.  

Shutting down the government is a completely different ballgame than defaulting on our debt, which we’ve never done. While Americans are not willing to destroy their 401(k) retirement savings in a debt-ceiling fight, they are certainly willing to put D.C. on a crash diet in an appropriations fight.  

Government spending has spiked to unsustainable levels after COVID-19. In fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018, the federal government spent an average of $4.73 trillion a year. In fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022, the federal government spent an average of $6.9 trillion a year. Supposed one-time pandemic spending hasn’t gone away.  

This ballooning federal spending is directly contributing to runaway inflation and spiking interest rates, both of which greatly harm American families. It’s also a way for Democrats to fund their allies and nonsense leftist pet projects.  

The billions on COVID-era school spending, for example, went to giving teachers union members bonuses, not helping students. Additionally, left-wing Nancy Pelosi riders that have existed on appropriations bills for the better part of the last decade must be removed in the upcoming McCarthy appropriations bill.  

You earn power by using power. There are no excuses for House Republicans to not use the power of the purse to crush the left’s agenda at every level of government and every other sector of America — public or private — that takes any federal dollars.   

Conservatives are rightly concerned about our fiscal trajectory. But the goal of fiscal conservatives shouldn’t simply be to limit spending. It should be to limit spending while using the federal dollars that are spent to advance conservative causes and crush leftism.  

President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, disgraced Special Counsel Jack Smith, Soros-funded Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Democrat Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, and Democrat New York Attorney General Tish James are running an unprecedented lawfare and election-interference campaign to destroy former President Donald Trump.  

Because they fear Trump will beat Biden on November 5, 2024. And it’s incredibly naive and dangerous to believe this Democrat lawfare will go away if Trump goes away. Trump is simply in their way. Just ask the pro-life Christians going to prison for protesting outside abortion clinics. Or the Loudoun County parents targeted by the FBI for raising concerns at school board meetings over gender chaos taught to their kids.  

So, it’s time for House Republicans to defund the Democrat prosecutions by passing two appropriation riders, advocated by the Article III Project and championed by U.S. House Representative Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., to stop the Democrats’ unprecedented election interference and Republic-ending lawfare:  

1. No federal funds may be used to prosecute, criminally or civilly, any major presidential candidate on or before November 5, 2024.  

Special Counsel Jack Smith

Jack Smith, U.S. special counsel, is part of an unprecedented lawfare and election-interference campaign to destroy former President Donald Trump. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

2. Any jurisdiction that prosecutes, criminally or civilly, any major presidential candidate on or before November 5, 2024, loses all federal funding.  

Let the American people — not Democrat plaintiffs’ attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and juries in the dangerous, Democrat-run cities of D.C., New York, and Atlanta — decide the next presidential election.  

No federal funds should go to any government body, organization or contractor that intentionally discriminates based upon race (including race-based affirmative action), provides “gender-affirming care” (pills or surgeries) for minors or prisoners, employs illegal immigrants, allows them to vote, refuses to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, censors political viewpoints, or implements COVID-19 vaccine mandates or lockdowns unless passed through new and explicit state legislative authorization.  


Congress has already shown that it can fight back against left-wing pro-crime policies when it overturned D.C.’s insane crime bill.   

This ballooning federal spending is directly contributing to runaway inflation and spiking interest rates, both of which greatly harm American families. It’s also a way for Democrats to fund their allies and nonsense leftist pet projects.  

House Republicans must continue and expand that fight. No federal funds should go toward any state or local government that reduces the headcount of armed police officers, has policies preventing the removal of homeless camps, or ends cash bail.   

Republicans must stand against chaos on our streets and in our cities. Black Americans trapped in dangerous, Democrat-run cities suffer the most from out-of-control crime. Safety and security have long been hallmarks of the conservative movement, and we must maintain that commitment to all Americans in every neighborhood.  


Speaker McCarthy can cement his legacy as a bold conservative leader who proved the skeptics — including me — wrong. I’m confident he can secure these crucial wins for Republicans in the upcoming appropriations fight.   

Before McCarthy lies an opportunity to make a dent in America’s debt crisis and roll back leftist policies that are contributing to our national decline. I hope McCarthy makes me regret ever opposing him.

Mike Davis is the founder and president of the Article III Project, which defends constitutionalist judges. As the former chief counsel for nominations to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, he served as the staff leader for Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. Davis served as a law clerk to Justice Neil Gorsuch, both on the 10th Circuit and Supreme Court. 



New York Gov Hochul wants to ‘limit’ who crosses border, says it’s ‘too open right now’

Democrat New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday called on Congress to “limit” who crosses the border, saying it’s “too open right now.”

Ironically repeating what congressional Republicans have long demanded from the Biden administration, Hochul made the plea during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

CBS host Margaret Brennan noted there were no border provisions in the federal spending deal struck by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy this weekend to avoid a government shutdown, asking Hochul what she would want Congress to get done in the next 45 days.

“Well, shame on Speaker McCarthy and the Republicans in Congress, including the nine from New York State, who are complaining like crazy about the migrants but refuse to work with President Biden and come up with a sensible border strategy. It can be done. This can be done in a bipartisan way. Comprehensive immigration reform,” Hochul began before Brennan interjected by asking what she was specifically wanting from Congress to address the migrant crisis in her state.


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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul demands “comprehensive immigration reform.” (Lev Radin / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images / File)

“Well, we want them to have a limit on who can come across the border. It is too open right now,” Hochul said. “People coming from all over the world are finding their way through simply saying they need asylum. And the majority of them seem to be ending up in the streets of New York. And that is a real problem for New York City, 125,000 newly arrived individuals. And we are being taxed.”

“We are always so proud of the fact that New York has the Statue of Liberty in our harbor. We are one of the most diverse places on Earth because of our welcoming nature, and it’s in our DNA to welcome immigrants. But there has to be some limits in place. And Congress has to put more controls at the border and not in this budget threat, shutdown threat, talk about eliminating positions for Border Patrol when we actually need to double or quadruple those numbers. So, get back to work and do your jobs,” the governor added.

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A migrant shows his documents to Army servicemen at the entrance to the Roosevelt Hotel, converted into a city-run shelter for newly arrived migrant families, in New York City on Sept. 27, 2023. (Selcuk Acar / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Several critics online unleashed on Hochul for apparently changing her tune since espousing New York as a sanctuary state and encouraging people to come in 2021.

More than 125,000 migrants have since arrived in New York City since last year, and Hochul recently secured a deal with the Biden administration to expedite work authorizations and delayed deportations for Venezuelans seeking asylum. Hochul activated an additional 150 National Guard members last week to address the migrant crisis and help with case management to get asylum seekers work permit. The move increased the total number of National Guard troops dedicated to the mission to 2,200.

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Migrants line up in front of the Roosevelt Hotel, converted into a city-run shelter for newly arrived migrant families, in New York City, on Sept. 27, 2023. (Selcuk Acar / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Yet New York City Mayor Eric Adams, whose relationship has soured with fellow Democrat Biden by repeatedly demanding more federal assistance on the migrant crisis over the past several months, has said the more new waves of arriving migrants are from African nations, China and even Russia, indicating a potential growing security risk compared to the initial influxes from Latin America. Adams is pushing a controversial “decompression strategy” to resettle migrants outside the city.

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Gaetz slammed for bailing out Dems in budget battle, giving them potential leverage in ousting speaker

A bid by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has earned scorn from some fellow Republicans, who fear the Florida lawmaker is handing leverage to Democrats in the continuing battle over the budget.

“The only way he can be successful is if he has 200 plus Democrats,” Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., said during an appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo. “Basically, Gaetz is going to work with Nancy Pelosi, Hakeem Jeffries, and the rest of the Democrats in order to remove the Republican speaker… If you remove a Republican speaker, that then puts the Democrats in power, these investigations will be done and stalled. That is unacceptable of Matt Gaetz.”

Smith’s comments come after the House passed a continuing resolution Saturday that will fund the government at current levels through mid-November, angering some Republicans who believe the measure is a violation of GOP promises to pass 12 individual spending bills that prioritize conservative polices.


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Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images | Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

One such Republican was Gaetz, who opposed the resolution and threatened to trigger a House-wide vote on whether to remove McCarthy from the speakership.

Under the terms of a deal McCarthy struck with conservatives during the vote that elevated him to speaker, any lawmaker is allowed to trigger a vote, known as a motion to vacate, and attempt to remove him from the speakership.

“The one thing everyone seems to have in common is no one trusts Kevin McCarthy,” Gaetz told reporters Saturday. “I’ve said that whether or not Kevin McCarthy faces a motion to vacate is entirely within his control, because all he had to do was comply with the agreement that he made with us in January.”

Rep. Mike Lawler, R-N.Y., called Gaetz’s comment on removing McCarthy a “diatribe of delusional thinking” during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, noting that the government is currently divided and any bill the House hopes to pass will have to gain support from both the Senate and President Biden.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


“When you’re trying to break the system, when you’re trying to reform it, it takes time,” Lawler said. “The only responsible thing to do was to keep the government open and funded while we complete our work.”

While Lawler acknowledged that he shares the Florida lawmaker’s concerns about current spending levels, he argued that putting a motion to vacate on the House floor would “delay the ability to complete” GOP efforts to pass a more conservative budget “over the next 45 days.”

Sen. MarkWayne Mullin, R-Okla., tore into Gaetz during a Sunday interview on “FOX & Friends Weekend,” saying the only thing he cares about is “self-promotion.”

“Well, Matt Gaetz is not a principle guy. He’s not a policy guy. He’s about self-promotion. It’s all about Matt Gaetz. And he’s accusing Speaker McCarthy of working with the Democrats, which the irony of this is the only way he can possibly remove Speaker McCarthy is that he has to work with the Democrats,” Mullin said. “And Speaker McCarthy will have 200 votes all day long and probably more from the Republicans. So that means the most he’s going to get is 20. So he’s going to have to work with 198 Democrats to remove the House Republican speaker.”

“Matt Gaetz is all about himself,” Mullin continued. “Remember, none of the networks would give him the time of the day after he was accused of sleeping with the underage girl and now all of a sudden he’s found his fame because he opposes Speaker McCarthy and he’s going to ride this horse as long as he can.”

Rep. Gaetz has repeatedly denied this allegation and the Justice Department “confirmed to Congressman Gaetz’s attorneys that their investigation has concluded and that he will not be charged with any crimes,” according to a statement previously given to Fox News Digital.

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Sen. MarkWayne Mullin, right, blasted Rep. Gaetz during a Sunday morning interview, saying the only thing he cares about is “self-promotion.” (Tom Williams/Al Drago)

Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to ask whether Gaetz is “secretly an agent for the Democratic Party.” 

“No one else is doing as much to undermine, weaken and cripple the House GOP,” he added.

Rep. Greg Landsman, D-Ohio came to the defense of the center right Republicans arguing that Gaetz was only attempting to make himself “the center of attention.”

“Every time we all work together, he loses his mind. He doesn’t want the center left and center right to work together because he has to be the center of attention,” Landsman said in a statement posted to X. “When we do, he creates chaos to grab attention back. Matt Gaetz has no interest in governing. This is all about TV appearances for him. If he says it’s for any other reason, he’s lying. Just let us govern, which is what most of us came here to do.”


Some Democrats struck a celebratory tone after the continuing resolution cleared the House Saturday, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., taking to X to boast the party had “stripped” GOP efforts to make cuts to Social Security.

“We just won a clean 45 day gov extension, stripped GOP’s earlier 30% cuts to Social Security admin etc, staved off last minute anti-immigrant hijinks, and averted shutdown (for now),” Ocasio-Cortez said. “People will get paychecks and MTG (Marjorie Taylor Greene) threw a tantrum on the way out. Win-win.”


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Tom Williams/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, McCarthy downplayed fears while speaking to reporters Saturday.

“I never fear of that. But if I lose my job over looking out for the American public, for taking a stand for our troops and our border agents, then I’m not quite sure what people want. Because this allows us the time to get the job done,” McCarthy said. “If somebody wants to remove me from putting Americans first, then so be it.”

During an interview on ‘Face the Nation” Sunday, McCarthy said he will “survive” and Gaetz is “more interested in securing TV interviews.”

“Let’s get over with it. Let’s start governing. If he’s upset because he tried to push us into a shutdown and I made sure government didn’t shut down, then let’s have that talk,” McCarthy said.


For his part, Gaetz argued in comments to reporters Saturday that he was not focused on removing McCarthy, instead saying he will continue efforts to pass conservative budget bills.

“Right now, my focus is not on the motion to vacate. My focus is on averting a shutdown by passing these bills,” Gaetz said. “And if we do have a shutdown, which may be the case, I certainly want it to be as short and painless as possible.”

The offices of Gaetz and McCarthy did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

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Rep. Bowman shocks media, conservatives with ‘garbage’ statement after pulling fire alarm

Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., stunned conservatives and members of the media on Sunday after releasing multiple statements about pulling the fire alarm in a congressional office building. 

Bowman pulled the alarm on Saturday while lawmakers were voting on a bill to avoid a government shutdown. Bowman said in a statement that he was rushing to cast his vote on the bill. 

Bowman’s chief of staff, Sarah Iddrissu, said that Bowman “didn’t realize” he would trigger an alarm. 

“Congressman Bowman did not realize he would trigger a building alarm as he was rushing to make an urgent vote,” Iddrissu wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “The Congressman regrets any confusion.”

Rep. Jamaal Bowman

U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman speaks at Grammys On The Hill: Advocacy Day on April 27, 2023, in Washington, D.C.  ((Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for The Recording Academy))


Bowman posted another statement to X Saturday evening and again said he believed it would have opened the door.

“I want to personally clear up confusion surrounding today’s events. Today as I was rushing to make a vote, I came to a door that is usually open for votes, but today would not be open. I am embarrassed to admit that I activated the fire alarm, mistakenly thinking it would open the door,” Bowman said, apologizing for any confusion. 

He said that he did not intend to delay the vote, insisting it was the exact opposite. 

Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., said the statement put out by Bowman’s chief of staff was “complete garbage.”

“He did not realize deliberately pulling a fire alarm would … trigger a fire alarm. This statement is complete garbage,” he wrote.

Another Republican member of congress said the statement was “proof” of how far Democrats were willing to go in order to force a shutdown, while others doubted the excuse Bowman gave. 


Real Clear Politics’ Mark Hemingway said the statement was a “blatant lie” and deserved to be treated as such.

Other commentators described it as the “worst statement ever” and questioned how Bowman could claim to have set the alarm off by “mistake.”

Florida GOP chair Christian Ziegler, the chair of Florida’s GOP, noted Bowman was a school principal and argued that his staff was lying. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., also attempted to explain the incident on Sunday during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, who said Bowman’s explanation made no sense. 

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Bowman appeared to pull the alarm on Saturday as Republicans began voting on the stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown. (U.S. Capitol Police)


“I think there’s something to be said that the government’s about to shut down, there’s a vote clock that’s going down, the exits that are normally open in that building were suddenly closed…” Ocasio-Cortez began to explain.

Tapper interjected and asked, “So he pulled the fire alarm?”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to suggest it was just a misunderstanding and said Bowman was cooperating with Capitol police. 


Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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