Republicans’ values, not votes, are behind House failures

We always hear the same excuses. “House Republicans have the smallest majority in history.” Republican leaders, conservative pundits, and even Donald Trump have gone to great lengths to defend House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and his daily betrayal of conservative principles and policies. It has been advertised that there are some variations in the route.

That excuse is not only wrong, it’s dangerous. If Republicans expand their majority in November’s general election, it gives the impression that things will improve next year.

Republicans are unlikely to win a 60-seat majority in the House. At most, it would be a majority of 10 seats. And at least half of the Republican conference is not conservative at all.

mistaken. The problem with the Republican Party is not numbers; values. Unless conservatives participate in the current primary, we will be stuck with the same dishonest Republicans who sell us out over and over again.

Here are four points to consider when evaluating the House Republican majority’s performance after January 2023.

1) Republicans failed even though they won a majority.

They may have the smallest majority now, but they weren’t like that from the beginning. The session began with a 222-213 Republican majority. Sure, it’s small. But that’s also what Democrats argued in the last Congress. They passed nearly all of Joe Biden’s priorities and all of his budget proposals with little trouble.

Before Republicans lost their seats to retirement, they had a major leverage point: the debt ceiling. Both the debt crisis and the border crisis are much worse now than they were under Barack Obama, and Mr. Obama was a much better communicator than Mr. Biden. Still, the Republican House, led by former Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), was able to win concessions on border issues in exchange for raising the debt ceiling in 2011.

Who would have thought that the politician Mr. Beyner would disappear?in spite of The unity of the Republican Party as a whole In exchange for raising the debt ceiling, reckless Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) didn’t just concede on the Limit, Save, Grow Act. all republican demands But it also gave Biden an additional year of free debt spending – more than he asked for.

That betrayal had nothing to do with the limitations of the was a betrayal values. Most Republicans don’t believe in keeping their campaign promises when it matters most. In that respect, Johnson is little different from McCarthy. He would give up Republican influence and instead give Biden endless debt payments. for nothing at all.

2) Unprecedented budget sell-out

Republicans had enough votes by March 22 to unite behind a strong spending bill and could have demanded a halt to border incursions in exchange for funding. Mr. Johnson is not the first Republican leader to fear a government shutdown, but Mr. Biden is a very unpopular president pushing very unpopular policies. Not only did Prime Minister Johnson not have the guts to demand real action on the border issue, he also voted on his budget the same week that Georgia nursing student Laken Riley was murdered by members of an illegal alien gang. The deadline was approaching. All but Johnson and his few staunch conservatives switched sides anyway.

It is bad enough that Johnson has refused to fight for a single day on the illegal immigration issue. Worse, Johnson refused to accept automatic cuts in $76 billion in non-defense spending if he simply moved forward with a clean, continuing resolution. Ideally, conservatives would have pushed for a policy rider in the final funding bill. But even if all else failed, simply passing a clean bill would have resulted in “free” spending cuts thanks to the Debt Ceiling Agreement’s “Massey Clause.” Democrats didn’t have the power to shut down the government over a clean bill.

Alternatively, Johnson could have used the imminent threat of these cuts to demand concessions from Biden on border issues. But that’s not the case. He gave Democrats everything they wanted plus additional spending and a record number of budgets in January, largely waiving that option. In the process, Johnson manipulated the rules, as is his practice with all major legislation, bypassing the Rules Committee and blocking all conservative amendments.

3) Prime Minister Johnson failed FISA reform even with Democratic support

Tightening the rules for obtaining warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act may be the only major issue in modern times that garners broad bipartisan support. Mr. Johnson once again destroyed any chance of giving conservatives a victory, this time by excluding Democratic votes.

After stabbing conservatives in the back in December, passing the National Defense Authorization Act without the Republican anti-woke rider and adding an unnecessary short-term extension of FISA, Johnson pledged in April to fight for conservative reform. .

By the time April came around, 86 Democratic Party He voted in favor of an amendment by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) that would require a warrant before federal agents can collect information on Americans. Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself cast the deciding vote to reject the amendment, resulting in a 212-212 tie.

Again, this has nothing to do with the slim Republican majority. Johnson had a chance to do the right thing. He did the opposite.

4) Funding Ukraine and Hamas without giving anything in return.

Donald Trump recently opposed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s motion to step down as speaker, calling Johnson “a good person who is trying very hard.”

Oh, he’s doing his best, it’s okay. Johnson wisely and wickedly collaborated with House Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York to push back against Ukraine and Hamas, while ignoring conservative calls for strong border legislation. We made sure they got everything they wanted with billions of dollars in additional aid.

Johnson and his lukewarm Republican Party blocked their influence on any legislation that should have passed. But since the foreign aid bill had no deadline, they had a real chance to fight on it. It was essentially a Democratic wish list.

It’s true that Republicans may lack the votes to pass good legislation, but they certainly have no obligation to help pass a single Democratic priority. But Democrats wanted so much money for Ukraine that Johnson had a chance to dangle it in exchange for border security.

Remember what Johnson promised. be against Funding for Ukraine. In response, he promised to water down Schumer’s Senate bill in exchange for increased border security.

In the end, out of nowhere, Prime Minister Johnson agreed to pass the Senate bill in its entirety without the possibility of amendments. The bill included $60 billion for Ukraine, $9 billion for Gaza, $3.5 billion for the very refugee groups flocking to the border, and Biden’s capabilities. Direct Taiwanese aid to Ukraine.

Now, Biden is mocking Johnson and the Republicans by withholding arms shipments to Israel, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he sends arms to Ukraine.

So what happened to border security? Johnson could have easily tied HR2 together with other foreign aid bills, just as he passed each of the four aid bills separately and then stitched them together. He was not short on votes. In the end, all Republicans and five Democrats voted in favor of the border bill. But while the four bad foreign aid bills were packaged, the border bill was left out of the package. The bill became a meaningless standalone bill that the Senate could safely ignore while funding for Ukraine, Hamas, and border invasions proceeded.

Johnson reported that HR2 is a new border bill proposed by Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) as a way to protect himself from major challenges.Former Gonzalez Refers to House border bill He says he is “not a Christian” and “very anti-American.”

If we don’t change, nothing will change in 2025.

Rather than rehashing the past, it is important to set the record straight in order to prepare for the future.

Once again, Mike Johnson’s control of the House is not a math problem, it’s a values ​​problem. Trump and the establishment are trying to give the impression that they can wait until next year, when Trump (somehow) will be back in the White House and Republicans will pick up a few more seats in the House.

A majority is more important than who makes up that majority. The solution is not to increase the Republican majority, but rather to increase the conservative majority.

Instead of looking for better leadership, let’s sleep through the primaries, unite behind a phantom general election, and live happily ever after.

No, let’s stop. Even under the best of circumstances, Republicans are unlikely to win a 60-seat House majority. At most, it would be a majority of 10 seats. Given the lack of accomplishments and pointless fights with Democrats on unpopular issues, it’s a good bet that Republicans are unlikely to retain control of the House.

In fact, at least half of the Republican conference is not conservative. The 65 members of the Republican Main Street Caucus are To the left of the facility. In other words, the RINO caucus will be twice the size of the Freedom caucus.

Oh, and that’s before we even discuss Senate Republicans, which makes Mike Johnson look like Chip Roy.

So let’s imagine 2025. Suppose Trump were reelected and followed through on his promises to abolish birthright citizenship, cut spending, and slash foreign aid. Suppose Trump supporters push for a more transformative agenda, such as accountability reform for vaccine manufacturers, reining in the FBI, and eradicating transgenderism and environmental extremism from federal agencies.

Please select important issues.Then your Republican Opponent That number would significantly outnumber the Republican majority.

A majority is more important than who makes up that majority. More than half of House Republicans and a super-majority of Senate Republicans now believe that the debt ceiling bill, budget bill, defense bill, and other major programs should not be allowed to expire for even a second. Because they refuse to take advantage of it, they can never have the influence to force change, even on popular issues.

The solution is not to increase the Republican majority, but to increase the Republican majority. conservative majority.we need to focus on Congress primary election And we will replace every Republican who believes in protecting Ukraine’s borders better than our own.

Without active intervention in the primary, the general election would be largely meaningless. Sadly, if we continue to sleep through the primaries; Allow President Trump to support all incumbent RINOs We also oppose the current chairman of the Freedom Caucus, but we will never move our agenda forward even with agreement. historically large Republicans are the majority.

Again, if this continues, there will be no Republican majority at all. It’s not a problem. Because they never had a majority in the first place. Conservative influencers can’t care less about something as trivial as a primary.