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Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson lands spot on 'weaponization' of federal government panel

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Republican Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson landed a coveted spot on the new select House Weaponization of the Federal Government Committee Tuesday, a high-profile assignment on a panel that the GOP says will scrutinize what it believes is an overreach of government agencies from the FBI to the IRS. Johnson, who represents the 4th Congressional District with Shreveport-Bossier City…

Kevin McCarthy names GOP members to serve on committees probing ‘weaponization’ of feds, COVID-19 origins

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced on Tuesday which Republicans will serve on politically charged select subcommittees that will investigate the “weaponization” of the federal government and the origins of COVID-19.  The House voted along party lines earlier this month to create the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government to investigate civil…

Lawmakers poised to renew push to criminalize Supreme Court leaks

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A Supreme Court report this week on the leak of a draft opinion has revitalized an effort from two Louisiana Republicans to criminalize leaking information from the high court, a step some experts say could get messy if it became law. Though the report Thursday from Marshal of the Supreme Court Gail A. Curley said officials did not find out who may have leaked the opinion last year, it…

Supreme Court leak: Conservatives react to court's inability to find leaker in historic abortion ruling

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Conservatives are reacting to a new report by the U.S. Supreme Court stating that it has been unable to identify the individual who leaked a draft opinion to Politico last year. The report, released by the U.S. Supreme Court Marshal on Thursday, states that an investigative team hasn't been able to "identify a person responsible by a preponderance of the evidence" who leaked the Dobbs…

House approves resolution to protect pregnancy centers, nearly all Dems oppose

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As one of their first votes in the new Congress, House Republicans passed a resolution Wednesday condemning political violence against pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, but nearly all Democrats opposed the measure. The House voted 222-209 in favor of a resolution introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., which "condemns recent attacks of vandalism, violence, and destruction against…

House to vote on bills to protect infants in failed abortions, condemn attacks on pro-life centers

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House lawmakers will vote Wednesday on a pair of abortion-related measures that would condemn the recent attacks on pro-life facilities and churches as well as protect infants born alive in failed abortion procedures. Republicans are urging their members to vote for both bills, while Democrats are telling their members to vote against both measures. Rep. Mike Johnson, Louisiana…

Louisiana's Steve Scalise, Mike Johnson setting Republican tone in Congress

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Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson continued the new Republican-controlled House's early march to address key conservative flashpoint concerns Wednesday with a bill condemning vandalism, violence and threats against anti-abortion rights advocates in the wake of last year's Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Johnson, who is among the to GOP leaders in the House as vice-chair of…

Republicans to condemn pro-choice activist violence after Roe rollback with resolution

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A group of over 100 Republicans has co-sponsored a House resolution to condemn the violence, vandalism and intimidation by pro-choice groups following last year's unprecedented leak of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.  Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., joined by about 100 GOP co-sponsors, announced the resolution Tuesday morning. The congressman intends to bring the…

House hunters: Six issues GOP will target in first bills of new Congress

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The Republican-led 118th Congress will establish six priorities in its first week fully up and running, with bills and resolutions tackling everything from oversight of federal agencies to shoring up domestic energy to investigating China. After a raucous first week delayed by a historic four-day election for House speaker, the bills include GOP priorities messaged extensively on the…

Mike Johnson slams $2 trillion spending bill as 'one of the worst' in US history

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House Republican Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson said following the passage of the earmark-laden "omnibus" spending package in the Senate, "This 4,155 page, $1.7 trillion 'omnibus' is one of the worst government funding bills in the history of Congress." In a statement, the Louisiana congressman said, "Instead of individual bills to fund each federal agency one by one with a roll…