Update from Capitol Hill

  • The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the right of police officers to enter citizens’ homes without a warrant if they believe evidence is being destroyed inside.  Justice Ginsburg was the only dissenting vote, asking “How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and, on hearing sounds indicative of things moving, forcibly enter and search for evidence of unlawful activity?”
  • Rep. Ron Paul issued a statement decrying the recent FDA raid of an Amish farmer who was selling raw milk, and reiterating the need to pass his bill, HB 1830, authorizing the sale of raw milk.
  • Sen. Rand Paul via his Facebook and Twitter pages called on President Obama to address the nation on the debt limit.
  • Sen. Paul spoke on the Senate floor about his proposed plan to lower gas prices by eliminating the gas tax.
  • Sen. Mike Lee spoke with Lou Dobbs about the need to pass a balanced budget amendment, not just statutory limits on spending.
  • Sen. Jim DeMint’s office released a study showing that states that have Right to Work laws do better economically than states that don’t.
  • Senators Paul, Cornyn, Coburn, DeMint, Johnson, and Lee wrote a letter to President Obama asking if he intends to comply with the War Powers Act and ask for Congressional authority for continued operations in Libya.
  • Rep. Justin Amash wrote an editorial calling on Congress to reassert it’s authority to declare war.
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