What Mike Johnson Has Planned For Friday: FISA & Appliances

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Speaker Mike Johnson has the votes to pass the critical national security warrantless surveillance bill today. Despite strong opposition, especially on the right, the House looks set to reauthorize FISA for two years instead of four.

This will allow Trump to rewrite FISA if he wins. So, at least two more years of warrantless spying on Americans. However, there is hope for the near future.

Johnson is also running a bill by Donald Trump to make it illegal for non-citizens to vote. It is illegal now.

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Ana Cabrera Reports,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) stated that FISA reauthorization must get done because “it is a much more dangerous world today than it was five years ago. Terrorism concerns are up, China, Russia, Iran, North Korea.” To be accurate, he should have said since Biden opened the border in 2021. Single, military-age men from China are pouring in.

Ukraine

Senior GOP leadership sources told Punchbowl News they thought Johnson would release a Ukraine aid bill next week. Johnson says many conversations are taking place, although senior GOP committee and leadership aides want more progress.

Ukraine is the priority as our border goes unmanned during wartime.

A senior House GOP aide involved in these matters spoke to Punchbowl News about whether they’d seen any text for a Ukraine bill.

“The Senate bill,” the aide said, meaning the $95 billion Senate foreign aid package. “The White House and Hill Democrats believe Johnson will eventually relent and put that bill on the floor.” That’s according to left-leaning Punchbowl.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise insists conversations are ongoing over Ukraine — and the $95 billion Senate bill is out of the question.

“There’s been a lot of negotiations the speaker’s been having with the White House. We obviously have a number of things that we’re real concerned about and want to get addressed.

“The bill, as it came over from the Senate, is not the package that we’re going to go with. But there’s other things that we’re looking at that would have to be done.”

Appliances

Punchbowl subtly mocked the House Republicans trying to stem the tide of centralized government control over our appliances. Punchbowl posted the following bills as an example of how the GOP focuses on them instead of Ukraine.

Rep. Debbie Lesko’s (R-Ariz.) Hands Off Our Home Appliances Act prohibits the federal government from putting new energy conservation standards on household appliances.

Rep. Andy Ogles’ (R-Tenn.) Liberty in Laundry Act “prohibits” the government from “prescribing or enforcing energy conservation standards for clothes washers that are not cost-effective or technologically feasible.”

Rep. Mike Ezell’s (R-Miss.) Clothes Dryer Reliability Act is the same but for clothes dryers.

Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks’ (R-Iowa) Refrigerator Freedom Act is the same but for refrigerators.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s (R-Texas) Affordable Air Conditioning Act, ditto, but for air conditioning units.

And Rep. Nick Langworthy’s (R-N.Y.) Stop Unaffordable Dishwasher Standards Act which takes care of overregulating dishwashers.

Most of us think these bills are a great idea, but Democrats won’t allow the bills to pass. They have allowed agency rules to usurp Congress’s role. Democrats want centralized control of our appliances. It’s their bad.


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