Grassley: With FBI Work Complete, It's Time to Vote

WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa issued the following statement about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

"I've now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI's supplement to Judge Kavanaugh's background investigation file. There's nothing in it that we didn't already know. These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations. There's also no contemporaneous evidence. This investigation found no hint of misconduct and the same is true of the six prior FBI background investigations conducted during Judge Kavanaugh's 25 years of public service.

"I trust that the career agents of the FBI have done their work independent of political or partisan considerations. That's exactly what senators from both sides asked for. Now it's up to senators to fulfill their constitutional duty and make a judgment.

"No one is on trial and the Senate is not a courtroom. But our nation's tradition of fairness still applies. A presumption of innocence is how the American justice system works, and it should remain our guidepost in the Senate. Abandoning that principle would cut a sad path for the Senate as an institution.

"Here is what we know: Judge Kavanaugh's former clerks, colleagues and friends from high school to the present acclaim his personal integrity and character. His neighbors and community members recognize his positive contributions to their schools and churches. And his fellow members of the legal profession know him to be a thoughtful and respectful jurist. His judicial record shows that he is fair and rules impartially and without prejudice.

"Fundamentally, we senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes. Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees to ever come before the Senate. He's served with distinction for twelve years on the nation's most important circuit court and dedicated himself to serving the American public. We know that he will be an excellent justice because he's been an excellent judge.

"It's time to vote. I'll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh."

October 04, 2018

Update: More CVF-Backed Candidates Win Primaries

With the primary season beginning to wind down and the vitally important November elections fast approaching, Conservative Victory Fund has supported solid conservative open seat candidates and incumbents in primaries across the country. An earlier report that can be found on this site listed some of CVF-supported candidates and incumbents who have already won their primaries.

Within the past few weeks, several more primaries have taken place. Among Senate primaries that CVF- backed candidates won in August are the following:

  • U.S. Senator John Barrasso, Wyoming
  • U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
  • MO Attorney General Josh Hawley, Missouri
  • State Senator Karin Housley, Minnesota

Each is now running for the U.S. Senate. Marsha Blackburn is running for an open Senate seat in Tennessee against a Democrat former governor.

Josh Hawley is running against liberal Claire McCaskill in Missouri where McCaskill said she was going on an RV tour of the state and later had to admit that she was using her private plane for part of the time. McCaskill also is known as a reliable vote for Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer and has been part of the effort to hamstring the Senate.

State Senator Karen Housley is known as a courageous conservative leader in the Minnesota legislature. Her opponent in November is the appointed and self-described "progressive" Tina Smith who is and promises to be one of the most liberal Senators in the U.S. Senate who opposes constitutionalist judges on all levels and is a willing participant in Chuck Schumer's obstructionism in the Senate.

President Barack Obama: He's Back

In addition to criticizing a number of President Trump conservative policies and repeal of Obama's overreaching regulations, former President Obama has announced that he's going to help the left-wing Democrat Party take back the U.S. House of Representatives and help make Nancy Pelosi Speaker again.

His first foray is to help 19 Democrats in the Obama mold to win Republican open seats or defeat Republican incumbents in states such as California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. It's expected that he will be offering fundraising help and other campaign assistance.

Obama promises that he is eager "to make the case for why Democratic candidates deserve our votes this fall." He also mentioned that each of the candidates he has endorsed supports "restoring opportunity" - perhaps by drastically slowing down the growth rate to that of Obama's days and raising unemployment of minorities to the levels during his Administration; and in his words "upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law." One only has to remember the overreaching regulations, the lack of transparency that resulted in dozens of lawsuits, the refusal to take responsibility for decisions made, and the craven foreign policy that strengthened our opponents throughout the world.

CVF-Backed Candidates Winning Primaries

Many primaries for the U.S. Congress have already taken place. Several states are still having their primaries like Minnesota, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

CVF supported solid conservative open seat candidates and incumbents in primaries across the country. Among primaries that CVF- backed candidates won are the following:

  • Michael Cloud, TX-27 (Open seat and special election due to resignation of incumbent)
  • Russ Fulcher, ID-1 (Open seat due to incumbent Raul Labrador running for Governor)
  • Greg Pence, IN-6 (Open seat due to incumbent Luke Messer ran in primary for U.S. Senate. Greg is also the brother of Vice President Mike Pence who was supported by CVF in each of his Congressional elections and is a good friend of CVF)
  • Dana Rohrabacher, CA-48 (Incumbent who had to run in the California "jungle" primary where all candidates who seek the office run against each other and the top two vote getters face each other in the November election)
  • Chip Roy, TX-21 (Open seat due to Lamar Smith's retirement)
  • Jay Webber, NJ-11 (Open seat due to incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen's retirement)

President Trump Nominates Constitutionalist for Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate with its Republican majority has approved more than 20 judges for the nation's second highest courts. President Trump's successful nomination and approval of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court also depended on the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.

Now President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the latest Supreme Court vacancy. Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer has already declared all-out war on this nominee. Schumer and his left-wing allies in the Senate and in the media are attacking with half-truths and some outright falsehoods as part of their attempt to take back the Senate in November. The result would be no more good nominees to the Supreme Court and other federal courts. That why this November's election is so important.

Below see some examples how Judge Brett Kavanaugh has already stood up against overreaching regulations.

Rejects Agency Overreach

Judge Kavanaugh has overruled federal agency action 75 times.

In White Stallion Energy Center LLC v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh rejected EPA's efforts to impose massive emissions regulations without considering costs.

  • In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court agreed.

In Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh argued in dissent from denial of rehearing en banc that the Obama EPA's burdensome greenhouse gas regulations for power plants exceeded its authority and that courts should "not lightly conclude that Congress intended" to "impose enormous costs on tens of thousands of American businesses, with corresponding effects on American jobs and workers."

  • In a decision authored by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court agreed.

In EME Homer City Generation v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh held that the Obama EPA's cross-state air pollution rule was unlawful and imposed excessive regulatory burdens on the states.

Respects Corporate Entities' First Amendment Rights

In U.S. Telecom Ass'n v. FCC, Judge Kavanaugh dissented from denial of rehearing en banc in a case upholding net neutrality. Judge Kavanaugh argued that the net neutrality rule exceeded the FCC's authority and violated the First Amendment, arguing that "the Government must keep its hands off the editorial decisions of Internet service providers."

In Emily's List v. FEC, Judge Kavanaugh struck down FEC regulations that limited independent political spending by non-profit organizations, ruling that the regulations violated the First Amendment "right of citizens to band together and pool their resources . . . in order to express their views about policy issues and candidates."

Mandates Accountability for Independent Agencies

In PHH Corp. v. CFPB, Judge Kavanaugh concluded that the structure of the CFPB-whose single director wields massive power but cannot be removed by the President except for cause-impermissibly invades the President's power to supervise the Executive Branch. He noted that independent agencies "pose a significant threat to individual liberty and to the constitutional system of separation of powers."

In Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB, Judge Kavanaugh concluded that provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act insulating the PCAOB from presidential control by making its members removable for cause only by the SEC violated the Constitution.

  • In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court agreed.

U.S. House Conservatives and Trump Administration Start Clawing Back Overspending

From the House Republican Study Committee:

President Trump transmitted a special message to Congress reporting 38 rescissions totaling $15.4 billion. This is the largest single rescissions package ever proposed.

RSC Members are commending the President and OMB Director Mulvaney for presenting this package to Congress. They believe it should be quickly passed through both Chambers and sent back to the President for signature. The Impoundment Control Act is just one of many tools conservatives can use to fulfill a promise to the American people and begin the process of getting federal spending under control. Many Members would like to see this as the first of many rescission packages.

In a recent poll of its members, 100% of RSC Members said the House should work with the President to pass a rescission bill and 71% said they would like to see rescissions reach over $60 billion.

What RSC Members are saying:

"When I saw the [$11 billion] amount reported this morning, my reaction was that it was a good start but it is certainly not enough. And [I] would hope that this effort would lead to a larger effort to overhaul significant federal spending in the months ahead before the end of the Congress. That is certainly what my district expects us to do & to rein in federal spending."
-Rep. Jim Banks

"Congress should pursue another rescission package that would cancel spending in the omnibus signed March 23 by Trump. There is nothing that stops them from delivering another rescission package in a month that includes money from this omnibus,"
-Rep. Ken Buck

"There's no denying it, Washington has a spending problem. I support President Trump's decision to cut wasteful government programs and roll back over $15 billion in spending."
-Rep. Kevin Brady

"Rescissions, Great tool to clean out the spending underbrush. Hasn't been used in almost 20 yrs. And it gets us around the Senate filibuster! A big win for the American people. Thanks @MickMulvaneyOMB & @POTUS"
-Rep. Tom Graves

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