Fri Mar 5, 2021 AT 10:52 AM EST
“That attack, that siege” of the Capitol, FBI Director Chris Wray told Congress, “was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior we at the FBI view as domestic terrorism.”
“Domestic terrorism,” said Wray, echoing his boss.
The phrase domestic terrorism conjures up events from our past far graver than a four-hours occupation of the Capitol. Nat Turner’s rebellion. John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry. Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma City.
Yet, in the “domestic terrorism” at the Capitol, no protester set off a bomb, toppled a statue, or fired a weapon. Of the four who died that day, all were protesters. Ashli Babbitt, 35, a 14-year Air Force veteran, was shot to death by a Capitol cop as she tried to force her way into the Senate chamber. Read Full Story
Tue Mar 2, 2021 AT 12:28 PM EST
H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” is a blatant attempt by Speaker Pelosi and Democrats to concentrate power in the hands of the federal government and separate the American people from democracy. I led the charge against H.R. 1 last Congress, and I will continue to fight the passage of this unconstitutional bill.
One of the reasons I remain adamantly opposed to H.R. 1 is that it nationalizes bad election laws, stripping states of the right to run their own elections. It expands mail-in voting, removes the requirement for a witness signature on absentee ballots, and prohibits voter ID laws. It also allows residents to vote in any precinct and forces states to adopt same-day voter registration. This direct attack on our states will destroy the precinct system and make our elections more chaotic and less secure. Read Full Story
Thu Feb 25, 2021 AT 9:41 AM EST
Democratic fury over the mob attack on the Capitol and its aftermath is spilling into nearly every aspect of life in the House, squashing hopes for comity and threatening even mundane legislative tasks like the naming of a local post office.
Democrats accuse Republicans of nothing short of sabotaging the nation’s democracy with claims that November’s election was “stolen” from former President Donald Trump. Read Full Story