Senator DeMint Not Endorsing In Primary

From Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC chaired by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC):

“I’m going to work on Senate races and let South Carolina decide for itself who they want to nominate,” DeMint said. “I want to help deliver a conservative Senate, otherwise it doesn’t matter who is in the White House.”

Interesting decision by the Senator, considering his voice carries a great deal of weight among Conservatives.  But he does make a great point in that without a conservative Senate it really doesn’t matter.  The GOP having control of the House the last two years shows that.

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Reversal of FCC “Internet Takeover” DeMint’s goal

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Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, says Federal Communications Commission should be renamed the “Fabricating a Crisis Commission,” following a vote by the panel’s three Democrats to approve proposed rules that amount to a hostile takeover of the Internet by a government agency acting illegally.

The proposal – misleadingly described by proponents as an attempt to insure “net neutrality” by guaranteeing equal access to the Internet – was introduced a year ago by Julius Genachowski, President Obama’s appointee as FCC chairman.

A federal court has ruled that the commission has no authority to regulate the Internet, and a bipartisan group of senators and representives warned Genechowski not to attempt to impose a regulatory regime on the Internet earlier this year.

The move’s legality was even questioned by FCC Commissioner Michael Copp, one of the Democrats who voted today with Genachowski, saying he considered voting against the proposal because it lacks a sufficiently defensible legal basis to survive a court challenge promised by major Internet Service Providers like Verizon, Microsoft, and AT & T.

But legal challenges by industry are likely to be much less of a problem for the Genachowski-led takeover than efforts in Congress to stop the FCC in its tracks. (Source: Washington Examiner)

DeMint hit the nail on the head regarding this illegal “takeover” by President Obama’s FCC.  Senator DeMint recognizes the harm, not only this takeover but an overreaching and power-hungry FCC could do.

“To keep the internet economy thriving, this decision must be reversed. Regulatory reform will be a top priority for Republicans in the next Congress, and I intend to prevent the FCC or any government agency from unilaterally burdening our recovering economy with baseless regulation.  In order to provide the stability businesses need to grow, I will work with my fellow Senators to see passage of my FCC Act, which would ensure that the FCC can only use its rulemaking powers where there is clear evidence of a harmful market failure, as well as the REINS Act, which would add the accountability of a Congressional vote before any government agency’s proposed major regulations may be finalized.”

Click here for Senator DeMint’s full statement.

Senator DeMint is a strong conservative leader who consistently shows he has something many in Washington don’t, a backbone.  More of his courage and willingness to fight back against the desire to expand government is needed.

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Standoff within the Senate GOP …

over earmarks.

Fresh off the tea party’s show of election might, GOP Sen. Jim DeMint said Tuesday he’ll force a showdown next week with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other old guard Republicans over “earmarked” pet projects that DeMint and other victors last week made a symbol of out-of-control deficit spending.

The South Carolina Republican, buoyed by support from six GOP freshman, is optimistic he’ll win a change in internal GOP rules to effectively bar any Republican from seeking earmarks.

“Americans want Congress to shut down the earmark favor factory, and next week I believe House and Senate Republicans will unite to stop pork barrel spending,” DeMint said.

DeMint won backing from 25 Senate Republicans, including McConnell, earlier this year to impose an earmark ban on Republicans and Democrats alike. Despite winning the support of a majority of Republicans, the proposal was easily defeated by Democrats and 14 pro-earmark Republicans. Thirty-three of 41 Senate Republicans then sought earmarks in this year’s unfinished roster of spending bills.

McConnell, however, isn’t enthusiastic about the idea of a ban now. And he finds himself caught in the middle of an unwelcome battle dividing his party and opening it to criticism from anti-pork tea party activists who helped Republicans take back the House and elect several anti-earmark senators.

Among the GOP freshman supporting Sen. DeMint’s proposal is Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson.

Cosponsoring DeMint’s proposal, to be unveiled at next week’s Senate Republican Conference, are Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) as well as Senators-elect Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), and Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire).

The proposal sets up a standoff between the Tea Party wing of the Senate GOP – Lee, Johnson, Paul and Rubio all got strong Tea Party pushes during their campaigns – and establishment Republicans in the Senate such as minority leader Mitch McConnell.

An early battle between the Tea Party and “The Establishment”?

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Jim DeMint: The Fired Congress

Some companies have a policy that once someone is fired, they aren’t allowed back on the premises out of fear they might do further damage to the company. It’s too bad Congress doesn’t have the same policy. Because before they’re replaced in January, all of the Democrats who are put out of a job in November will be able to come back and rob the nation blind.

More than a dozen senators will come back to Washington and decide how much more tax money to take from Americans, without being accountable to any of them. Higher taxes, cap-and-trade, amnesty, and card check will be top-priority items for the Fired Congress, otherwise known as the lame-duck Congress. They’re also likely to roll unfinished appropriations bills into a massive, pork-stuffed omnibus to snag every last possible earmark on their way out of Washington.

This must not happen. The only acceptable outcome of the lame-duck session is a continuing resolution to keep government operating at current levels of spending and taxation, as I pushed the Senate to do in 2006 after Republicans lost the majority to the Democrats. No last-minute earmarks, no add-ons, no tax increases, and no big deficit spending. (Source: National Review Online)

Considering the Democrats are about to get their hindside handed to them in three weeks, voters need to be vigilant.  As Senator DeMint points out in the rest of his article there is a lot of damage the Democrats could do if not held in check.

Will Congressman Steve Kagen and Senator Russ Feingold go on record promising not to support any attempts to cram spending and taxes through a lameduck session?  It’s important for voters to press them on this since they very well could be unaccountable to the voters after November 2nd.

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