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Amid immigration crisis, Bachmann to visit U.S.-Mexico border

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will visit the Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend to see firsthand where thousands of unaccompanied minors have crossed illegally into the country in recent months.

Bachmann and GOP congressman Steve King of Iowa plan to make stops in McAllen, Brownsville and Laredo and meet with Border Patrol agents to discuss the current immigration crisis.

A warehouse converted to process immigrant children who have entered the United States illegally opened last weekend in McAllen. There are also Border Patrol detention centers in Brownsville and Laredo.

“Although President Obama would prefer to play pool instead of visit the border, I want to see firsthand the impact of this administration’s immigration policies,” Bachmann said in a statement.

“I have deep concerns over the failure to enforce border security laws, and I look forward to meet with those tasked with the patrolling the border to hear their thoughts on the growing crisis.”

Kline, Bachmann applaud Supreme Court ruling on presidential recess appointments

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: June 26, 2014 - 11:34 AM

Republican U.S. Reps. John Kline and Michele Bachmann are cheering a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to the powers of the presidency.

The justices ruled unanimously Thursday that President Obama violated the Constitution when he circumvented the Senate to make appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.

“The president’s unprecedented action was one of many intended to further his own partisan agenda by circumventing the Constitution and side-stepping Congress,” said Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

“Thankfully the Supreme Court has helped rein in his abuse of power and restored some checks and balances to our system of government.”

Bachmann used her Twitter account to blast out this message to her 220,000 followers: “The Supreme Court upheld limits on executive power today. Finally someone said no to President Obama’s freewheeling unconstitutional style.”

To the dismay of Republicans, Obama invoked a constitutional provision that granted him the power to make temporary appointments when the Senate is in recess.

The Supreme Court ruled the Senate was not in a formal recess when Obama acted.

“Now the board will have to begin the process of reconsidering hundreds of decisions issued by the unconstitutionally appointed members,” Kline said. “The men and women who were thrown in limbo by the president’s unconstitutional overreach have waited long enough for the justice they deserve.”

Bachmann, Fox News host spar over GOP plans to sue Obama

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: June 25, 2014 - 4:45 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Fox News host Neil Cavuto tangled Wednesday during a debate on the House GOP plans to sue President Obama, alleging that he's failed to carry out laws passed by Congress.

Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that the Republican-led House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a lawsuit.

“Has the president overreached with his power? Absolutely he has,” Bachmann said. “The Constitution is a stop sign for the president … You can’t do anything you want.”

Cavuto called the proposed vote and lawsuit an “enormous waste of effort.”

Later in the five-minute interview, Bachmann suggested Republicans vote to defund the executive branch.

“Make it hurt,” she said. “If they don’t have money, they don’t have power.”

In response, Cavuto accused Bachmann of “being silly.”

“I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now. There are far more important things you guys have to be addressing than filing lawsuits past each other,” Cavuto said. “Think about what you are saying. The Democrats would be in their right mind to laugh you out.”

U.S. House votes to name Cold Spring post office for slain officer

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: June 17, 2014 - 2:39 PM

The U.S. House has voted to rename the Cold Spring post office in honor of slain police officer Thomas Decker, who was killed on duty in November 2012.

Written by Rep. Michele Bachmann, the bill would rename the post office the "Officer Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office." Every member of the state's House delegation co-sponsored Bachmann’s bill.

The bill must be approved by the Senate and signed by President Obama before the tribute is approved.

“It’s a fitting tribute to a life well lived and to a man greatly missed,” Bachmann said in a speech on the House floor Tuesday. “Though Tommy is no longer with us, his legacy and example of courage and compassion lives on.”

Decker’s killing remains unsolved. He was shot in the head outside a local bar moments after he arrived to make a welfare check on a resident.

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14 Red River Avenue North in Cold...

Cantor has donated $169K to Minnesota candidates in the past decade

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: June 11, 2014 - 12:05 PM

The leadership PAC of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset, has donated $169,500 to Minnesota candidates over the past decade, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Leadership political action committees take in money and donate it to like-minded campaigns.

During that time period, Cantor’s Every Republican is Crucial PAC has donated $40,000 to Rep. Erik Paulsen, $35,000 to Rep. Michele Bachmann and $34,500 to Rep. John Kline.

Cantor’s PAC has also donated to former congressmen Jim Ramstad, Gil Gutknecht and Mark Kennedy, who Cantor also supported during his failed 2006 U.S. Senate run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Former Sen. Norm Coleman’s 2008 campaign against Sen. Al Franken received a $5,000 boost from Cantor.

In 2010, he backed Randy Demmers’s campaign against Rep. Tim Walz in the First Congressional District with a $5,000 donation.

In 2012, he donated $10,000 to former Eight District U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack who lost to current congressmen Rick Nolan. This cycle, he’s donated $10,000 to Nolan’s challenger, Stewart Mills III.

Cantor has also donated $5,000 to state Sen. Torrey Westrom’s campaign in the Seventh Congressional District, marking the first time he's put money behind a candidate vying to unseat Rep. Collin Peterson.

Cantor has also been an ally to Minnesota’s Republicans in his role as Majority Leader.

This year, he’s helped Paulsen shepherd anti-sex trafficking legislation through the House.

A charter school advocate, Cantor has backed Kline’s efforts to enact school choice legislation and rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.

Cantor and Kline also are among a select group of Republicans tasked with developing a viable GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health care law.

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