Rep. Bill Pascrell: Teapot Dome Led to Congressional Authority to Examine President’s Tax Returns

Bill Pascrell

The legislative branch has the responsibility and the authority to check the executive branch in section 6103 of the Tax Code–in 1924 allows for an examination of his tax returns, the authority put in place specifically so Congress could examine the conflicts of interest in the executive branch of government following the biggest scandal of the 20th century, the Teapot Dome scandal.

—Rep. Bill Pascrell (D–NJ)

Notice of Intention to Offer Resolution Raising a Question of the Privileges of the House, House Floor, May 16, 2017

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Rep. Doug LaMalfa: Obama Placed More Acreage under Monuments Than All Presidents Combined

Doug LaMalfa

This week in the Natural Resources Committee, we conducted an important hearing and review on the Antiquities Act. This is the process for which these days the President unilaterally can declare national monuments, thereby placing acres that are deemed to be preserved into a monument, which then cannot be touched by human hands as it is interpreted and enforced these days. Under President Obama, twice as many acres were placed into that type of monument status as all other Presidents combined over the history of the country.

—Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R–CA)

Antiquities Act, House Floor, May 3, 2017

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Rep. Andy Biggs: Trump’s First 100 Days Most Productive Since Truman

In his first 100 days, President Trump has enacted more pieces of legislation than any other President since Truman, facilitated the earliest Supreme Court confirmation since 1881, eliminated many onerous regulations to restore economic optimism and opportunity, protected the sanctity of life, and driven illegal border crossings to a 17-year low. His accomplishments are truly remarkable.

—Rep. Andy Biggs (R–AZ)

First 100 Days of President Trump’s Administration, House Floor, April 27, 2017

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Rep. Lamar Smith: Trump’s Negative Press “Higher Than Any Other President”

Lamar Smith

A new report by the Media Research Center shows that coverage of President Trump by the broadcast networks has been 89 percent negative, higher than any other President.

—Rep. Lamar Smith (R–TX)

Media Bias Sets Record, House Floor, April 25, 2017

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Trump: “No Politician in History … Has Been Treated Worse or More Unfairly”

Look at the way I’ve been treated lately — (laughter) — especially by the media.  No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly.  You can’t let them get you down.  You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.  (Applause.)  I guess that’s why I — thank you.  I guess that’s why we won.