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(RepublicanWire.org) – Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) criticized Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for testifying that abortion benefits the economy.

The Senate Banking Committee met on Tuesday, where Yellen made a questionable remark that provoked the reaction from Scott. Yellen was commenting on the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that is now expected to be struck down by the Supreme Court, saying the ruling legalizing abortion nationwide boosted women’s workforce participation.

“Just for clarity’s sake, did you say that ending the life of a child is good for the labor force participation rate?” Scott asked.

Scott stated, that while people can disagree on the issue of abortion rights, framing it in the perspective of labor force participation and economic considerations “just feels callused” and “harsh.”

Yellen replied by saying she didn’t mean to be harsh when discussing the effects of abortion on the economic system but said she was discussing the ability of women to regulate their “reproductive situation” in ways that enable them to plan their lives and seek fulfillment.

“And one aspect of a satisfying life is being able to feel that you have the financial resources to raise a child, that the children you bring into the world are wanted, and that you have the ability to take care of them,” she said.

Yellen pointed out that many abortions are obtained by teenagers, low-income women, and minorities.

“This is not harsh. This is the truth,” she told lawmakers.

Scott responded, “as a guy raised by a black woman in abject poverty,” he is thankful to be sitting at the hearing as a senator. He characterized Yellen’s remarks about abortion as “unusually piercing.”

The comments that brought about the exchange between Yellen and Scott came after Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) asked the treasury secretary about the economic effects of a decision reversing Roe.

She said eliminating abortion rights would have “very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades.”

Yellen said Roe v. Wade helped lead to increased labor-force participation, allowed many women to complete their education, and increased their earning potential.

“Research also shows that it had a favorable impact on the well-being and earnings of children,” she said. “There are many research studies that have been done over the years looking at the economic impacts of access, or lack thereof, to abortion, and it makes clear that denying women access to abortion increases their odds of living in poverty or need for public assistance.”

Yellen’s testimony was met with criticism on Twitter.

(RepublicanWire.org) – CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale looked in to President Joe Biden’s claim that he had reduced the deficit.

Since Biden’s has taken office, there has been record-setting inflation and still-rising gas prices. President Biden insisted last Wednesday that he had decreased the federal deficit. “Let me remind you again, I reduced the federal deficit,” Biden said.

On CNN “New Day” Monday morning, Dale did some digging to find out if Biden’s claim was true.

Dale started off by saying that the deficit had fallen in the first year of Biden’s presidency. However, he said it had nothing to do with anything Biden had done.

“There is no doubt that the deficit has fallen under President Biden so far,” he said. “It was about $3.1 trillion under President Trump in fiscal 2020, it was about $360 billion lower than that, so about $2.8 trillion, in fiscal 2021 mostly under President Biden.”

“Experts I spoke to still scoffed at the idea that President Biden is personally responsible for having reduced the deficit. In fact, one advocate of deficit reduction, Marc Goldwein of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, told me that this claim is almost bizarro world, a reversal of reality,” Dale continued.

Dale went on to note that the deficit was expected to fall by more than $360 billion anyway. He added that the Congressional Budget Office had predicted it would fall by more than $870 billion “if President Biden did not implement new policy.”

Dale’s conclusion was that the shortfall between the expected deficit reduction and the actual reduction was a direct result of policies that were implemented by the Biden administration. One of those policies was the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“Whatever you think of all those policies, they all cost money,” Dale said. “So there ended up being less deficit reduction than expected.”

Dale also consulted Dan White, a senior director at Moody’s Analytics, White told Dale, “The actions of this administration and Congress have undoubtedly resulted in higher deficits, not smaller ones. It is encouraging that the administration has proposed some initiatives to bring down the deficit, but so far none of those initiatives have been seriously considered.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – In a recent edition of “The View,” co-host Sunny Hostin accused Black and Latino Republicans of being traitors for their political beliefs, calling them “oxymorons.”

Co-host Lindsey Granger, a Black Republican defended her conservative values that Hostin really pounced. While Granger offered to talk about them, Hostin interjected to ask if she identifies as a Republican, which Granger affirmed that she did. 

The scene got particularly heated after Hostin said, under her breath, it’s an oxymoron for her to be a Black Republican. She also accused Granger of being a Trump supporter.

Granger fired back by turning towards Hostin, saying she is an oxymoron, as a Catholic who disagrees with abortion on religious grounds, though she still wants abortions to be legal. 

The heated exchange included accusations of how Hostin repeatedly claimed I don’t understand either of you,” as she specified “I don’t understand Black Republicans and I don’t understand Latino Republicans.”

Hostin also slammed Navarro and former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham for supporting the Republican Party while being “complicit” in causing division.

Following the segment, Republican women chimed in to take issue with Hostin’s remarks.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has taken aim at California Gov. Gavin Newsom after he chastised his party for being absent on abortion rights.

“Democrats have failed to target Republicans,” he said about his own party on Wednesday.

“Where is the Democratic Party – where’s the party?” he said. “Why aren’t we calling this out? This is a concerted, coordinated effort and, yes, they’re winning. We need to stand up. Where is the counter offensive?”

The Speaker spoke with “Face The Nation” on CBS on Sunday and pushed back on the governor’s comments.

“I have no idea why anybody would make that statement unless they were unaware of the fight that has been going on,” the Speaker said of the California governor.

“The fact is that we have been fighting for a woman’s right to choose – and that is to choose. We have been fighting against the Republicans in the Congress constantly,” she said.

“This is a constant fight that we’ve had for generations – decades I should say, in my case, in the Congress,” she said. “The science hasn’t changed, but the court changed.”

The host, Margaret Brennan, asked Pelosi why the Democrats never codified Roe V Wade into law when they could have.

“Back when Democrats held majorities in the House and the Senate in 2009 when you were Speaker, President Obama was asked about codifying Roe v. Wade and said ‘abortion is a moral and ethic issue’ and ‘not the highest legislative priority,” she said to the Speaker.

“Do you think it was a mistake for him – for other presidents – not to push harder when Democrats had the majority?” she said.

“I think that this is a waste of time. The fact is in 2009 we really did not have a pro-choice Democratic party,’ Pelosi explained. ‘I had to fight against some of the people who did not want to pass the Affordable Care Act because they were concerned it would enable more freedom of choice,” Pelosi hit back.

“Right now we do have a pro-choice Democratic Congress and we passed the law months ago,” she said.

But they did not pass a law. They passed a bill in the House that never had a chance to be passed in the Senate.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gives warning to the protesters who are furious at the leaked draft opinion that reported the end Roe V Wade protections for abortion.

The Associate Justice, who appeared on the majority in ending Roe V Wade, spoke at a judicial conference on Friday and said that the court cannot be “bullied” into doing what certain people want them to do.

The Justice warned that as a society, “we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like.”

“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that,” he said.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who spoke at the same conference said that the leak “absolutely appalling” and said that it would not effect the final decision.

“A leak of this stature is absolutely appalling,” he said. “If the person behind it thinks that it will affect our work, that’s just foolish.”

On Tuesday the Chief Justice confirmed in a press release that the leaked draft published by Politico was authentic and that he has instructed the court’s Marshal to take action.

“Yesterday, a news organization published a copy of a draft opinion in a pending case. Justices circulate draft opinions internally as a routine and essential part of the Court’s confidential deliberative work. Although the document described in yesterday’s reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case,” the press release said.

“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way,” the Chief Justice said.

“We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court. This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here,” he argued.

“I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak,” he said.

President Joe Biden also commented on the leak, but he did not address the severity of the leak, only the proposed decision which he disagrees with.

“We do not know whether this draft is genuine, or whether it reflects the final decision of the Court,” the president said prior to Chief justice Robert’s confirmation of the document.

“With that critical caveat, I want to be clear on three points about the cases before the Supreme Court.

“First, my administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v. Wade. We said that Roe is based on ‘a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions.’ I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned,” he argued.

“Second, shortly after the enactment of Texas law SB 8 and other laws restricting women’s reproductive rights, I directed my Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options for an Administration response to the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights, under a variety of possible outcomes in the cases pending before the Supreme Court. We will be ready when any ruling is issued,” the president said.

“Third, if the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.  At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law,” he said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The filibuster is a means often used to prolong debate on a bill or prevent a vote on a bill altogether. Debate in the Senate is ended through a cloture vote. A successful cloture vote requires 60 senators, and the current party breakdown of the chamber is 50-50.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats are calling for an end to the filibuster once again following a draft opinion of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization being leaked Monday.

Based on the draft, the high court plans to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide.

Schumer wants to codify Roe into federal law, but he would need to end the filibuster to do it, thanks to Republicans opposition.

Manchin told reporters he will not vote to end the filibuster.

“The filibuster is a protection of democracy,” he said, according to Axios.

Besides his opposition to ending the filibuster, Manchin voted against legislation to codify Roe earlier this year.

Sinema wants Roe to remain the law of the land, but is not willing to end the filibuster to do it.

“A woman’s health care choices should be between her, her family and her doctor. Overturning Roe v. Wade endangers the health and well-being of women in Arizona and across America,” she said.

But she noted that the filibuster has been used to protect women’s “health care choices” multiple times.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past 10 years, and are more important now than ever,” she said.

The senator further explained her opposition to ending the filibuster on ABC’s “The View” last summer, saying no one likes it when their party is in the majority.

“People seem to not like the filibuster when they’re the ones who want to pass the legislation,” she said. “But when we’re in the minority — we being either Democrats or Republicans — we use the filibuster a lot to force dialogue, to bring people together and to make changes.”

“So thinking about this from the long term rather than the just right-now term, I think it’s really important,” she added.

In other words, Sinema is looking down the road and seeing a time when Republicans will be back in the majority, perhaps as early as this November.

Further, if the GOP also regains the White House in 2024, the filibuster would potentially be the only tool Democrats have to block or to change legislation they don’t like.

Manchin and Sinema saved the nation from Build Back Better in the fall, which would have likely resulted in even greater inflation than Americans are experiencing now.

(RepublicanWire.org) – With Elon Musk’s recent $44 billion purchase of Twitter, some of the countries largest brands have faced calls to boycott the social media platform. The worry that the company’s new owner will rolls back content moderation policies which proponents say help limit hate speech and election misinformation.

Letters were sent to brands including Disney, Coca-Cola and Kraft. More than two dozen left-leaning organizations urged companies to secure commitments from Twitter to ensure that its user censorship policies are kept after Musk’s takeover and threaten to withdraw funding if Twitter refuses to comply.

“As top advertisers on Twitter, your brand risks association with a platform amplifying hate, extremism, health misinformation, and conspiracy theorists,” the letter said

“Your ad dollars can either fund Musk’s vanity project or hold him to account,” it added.

According to Media Matters for America CEO Angelo Carusone, negotiating forward-looking contracts with Twitter can help companies protect their brands against any changes made after Musk’s takeover.

“If Elon Musk comes in and gets rid of all the brand safety protections, I think Coca-Cola should be able to cancel their contract,” Carusone said. “It would be very revealing if Twitter refuses to or does not sign or does not give those cancellation options.” 

The letter’s signatories include Media Matters for America, Accountable Tech, the feminist group UltraViolet, the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the digital rights group Free Press, CNN reported.

Although Twitter said it has “no planned changes” to its “commitment to brand safety,” in an investor filing on Monday the company admitted it “cannot speculate on changes Elon Musk may make post-closing.”

Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday to respond to the letter, calling into question the business interests behind the groups involved.

“Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information? Let’s investigate…,” he tweeted.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Biden stated Wednesday that former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement is the “most extreme” political movement in recent U.S. history.

While bragging about his economic efforts and criticizing Republicans, Biden pointed to Florida Sen. Rick Scott’s recently related agenda nicknamed the “Ultra-MAGA Agenda.” Biden called the agenda “extreme,” before taking aim at the entire MAGA movement.

“This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history — in recent American history,” Biden said. The remark was the final thing he told reporters before walking away to meet Olympic athletes at the White House.

Biden said Scott’s plan was “a MAGA agenda all right,” adding, “Let me tell you about this Ultra-MAGA Agenda. It’s extreme, as most MAGA things are.”

“I don’t want to hear Republicans talk about deficits and their Ultra-MAGA Agenda.  I want to hear about fairness.  I want to hear about decency.  I want to hear about help on ordinary people,” Biden said.

Biden claimed Scott’s plan would raise taxes on Americans. Scott later said that is false.

Scott replied to Biden’s comments in an appearance on Fox News with Martha McCallum on Wednesday. “Almost every sentence was a complete lie,” Scott said of Biden’s claims.

“I’m the biggest tax cutter probably in the Senate right now. I’ve cut taxes a hundred times,” Scott said. “My plan is to reduce taxes, but let’s get everybody back to work.”

Scott said Medicare is set to go bankrupt in four years and Social Security in 12 years, and his plan is designed to fix the programs.

Last month, Biden was trying insult the Republican Party, saying today’s party “ain’t your father’s Republican Party” and has instead transitioned to a “MAGA Party.” He accused Republican politicians of being “afraid to act correctly.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Fox News’ Tucker Carlson unloaded on Joe Biden’s plan to create a taxpayer-funded thought police that so happens will be deployed ahead of the 2022 midterms.

Carlson said, “When Elon Musk first announced that he was buying Twitter, it was pretty obvious the Democratic Party would soon become unhinged, not just angry or annoyed in the way you’re very used to, but instead legitimately terrified and hysterical. Imagine how you’d feel if an armed intruder broke into your home at 3 in the morning. You couldn’t exactly know where things were going, but you’d be dead certain that everything was at stake. That’s how Democrats feel right now, because, in fact, everything is at stake.”

“Joe Biden cannot continue to control this country if you have free access to information. It’s that simple. Biden certainly is not improving your life. He’s not even trying to improve your life. So, the best he can do is lie to you and demand that you believe it, but to do that, he needs to make certain that nobody else can talk because if you were to hear the truth, you might not obey. How is Biden going to pull that off? It’s not easy. Well, one option would be to get men with guns to tell you to shut up. Most Americans probably haven’t thought of that because this isn’t Africa or Eastern Europe. This is America and we don’t do things like that here and never have. More precisely, we haven’t until now, but now Joe Biden is president and everything is different.”

“So today, to herald the coming of the new Soviet America, the administration announced its own Ministry of Truth. This will be called the Disinformation Governance Board. Laugh if you want, but just to show you, they’re not kidding around here. This board is not part of the State Department or any other agency focused on foreign threats from abroad. No, the Disinformation Governance Board is part of the Department of Homeland Security. DHS is a law enforcement agency designed to police the United States and that, by the way, has a famously large stockpile of ammunition. So, it’s not a joke at all. Here’s DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.”

“So Mayorkas told us that disinformation is a threat to homeland security. Now he’s the head of the Department of Homeland Security, so presumably he would know since assessing threats to Homeland Security is his job, but what he didn’t tell us is how he’s defining disinformation.”

“So here we have this new and terrifying thing that the Biden administration is so concerned about that it’s created a new agency to fight it, but Mayorkas never said or even hinted as to what it might be. So, the man in charge of the disinformation governing board never defined disinformation.”

Carlson went on to warn, “one of our biggest law enforcement agencies has men with guns around the country doing so many things to stop disinformation and false narratives. Those aren’t even lies. They’re just deviations from the approved script. Mayorkas told us again that men with guns planned to “identify individuals who could be descending into violence.” Could be descending. Not people who’ve committed violence or even been accused of any crime at all. DHS is instead using law enforcement powers to identify and punish people who think the wrong things.”

The test run for using these institutions began under Obama. The Department of Justice went after ex-Fox News reporter James Rosen for reporting a story on North Korea that contained classified information. The leak hunt named Rosen as a possible co-conspirator for simply doing his job. The Obama DOJ also obtained phone records of a dozen or so AP reporters. Then, there was the whole Russian collusion hoax. The IRS targeted conservative non-profits. And the FBI doctoring paperwork to obtain FISA spy warrants on Trump campaign officials. They also spied on Trump’s campaign as well. The Left’s long march towards weaponizing the state against its own people can be traced to the man who won the 2008 election. And now, in 2022, they’re going to deputize the DHS to go after conservatives for not thinking the right way. We all know this committee is going to go off the rails. We all know it will be staffed by people who are certifiably insane. 

(RepublicanWire.org) – During congressional hearings focused on the Biden border disaster, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas indicated that the Biden administration was considering diverting resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help illegal immigrants if and when the Title 42 controls ended.

Title 42 expulsions are removals by the U.S. government of persons who have recently been in a country where a communicable disease was present. Biden has slated to end them on May 23.

Republicans are slamming the administration for this proposal.

…Several representatives have sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas about the ‘mishandling’ of the border and called the possible usage of VA personnel at the border ‘deeply troubling’ as it is already hard for veterans to see doctors.

‘Moving VA medical staff away from our veteran’s healthcare needs to examine illegal immigrants is a recipe for disaster,’ the letter, written by Georgia Representative Jody Hice, said. ‘Wait times for a veteran to see their doctor can average 22 days and reach as high as 42 days. This is unacceptable mismanagement of federal government resources by the Biden administration.

‘Biden’s failed open border policies are no excuse to funnel resources away from our veterans. Our men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our liberties and our country’s sovereignty deserve the best resources for their health care needs.

‘The Biden Administration must provide the American people answers. Even the thought of abandoning our veterans’ care for the needs of illegal aliens is disgraceful.’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says he still hasn’t received an answer from Biden on these plans.

In his letter, Cruz urged the president “to secure our Southern border and immediately renew Title 42,” a public health authority that’s allowed federal agents to quickly expel illegal immigrants during a public health emergency. The Biden administration announced it was ending it May 23. Unless halted by the courts, border officials say ending Title 42 will result in roughly 18,000 people rushing the southern border a day, overwhelming Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement as a result.

“The Department of Homeland Security has been considering potential strategies for dealing with the anticipated influx of migrants when CBP’s Title 42 authority is revoked,” Cruz said in a statement. “Reportedly, one such strategy, according to a source from within CBP, includes diverting VA medical personnel and deploying them to the border. The CBP source went on to say ‘we’re going to take medical services away from people … who went to combat … to give free medical attention to illegal migrants.’”

This “is completely unacceptable,” Cruz said.

Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-IL) sent a letter yo Biden’s Veterans Affairs Secretary asking if any resources from the VA will be diverted from serving our nation’s veterans to deal with the crisis Biden has created on our southern border.

“We need to ensure that no money that was set aside to help our veterans is being diverted to the southern border,” Miller said. “VA resources should be used for our veterans, not to manage President Biden’s self-created crisis at the southern border. Instead of depriving our nation’s heroes of resources, the Biden administration should reinstate the effective border security policies of the Trump administration and complete construction of the border wall.”