CAPITOL BELL – WHY THIS CONGRESSMAN WALKED OUT OF THE STATE OF THE UNION | Conservatives Outline Their Agenda | House Republicans Aren’t Backing Down on Prison Reform

CAPITOL BELL – WHY THIS CONGRESSMAN WALKED OUT OF THE STATE OF THE UNION | Conservatives Outline Their Agenda | House Republicans Aren’t Backing Down on Prison Reform

The Daily Signal

Jan. 13, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where two leading conservative lawmakers presented an alternative policy agenda to President Obama’s on the day after his State of the Union speech. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, spoke to our Philip Wegmann and other reporters hosted by The Heritage Foundation. Speaking of agendas, why did one congressman take a walk before the president spoke? And: Josh Siegel reports how the issue of criminal intent divides lawmakers on prison reform.
The surprising reason this congressman walked out of the State of the Union. Rep. Steve King walked out of the U.S. House chamber minutes before Obama’s speech, leaving his chair on the House floor empty. He also left his guest gallery seat open.
President Obama outlined his agenda. Here’s what conservatives have on theirs. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, outlined the policy issues conservatives plan to pursue in 2016. The Daily Signal’s Philip Wegmann has the story.
House Republicans are not backing down from “criminal intent” addition to prison reform debate. “I think a deal that does not address this issue is not going anywhere in the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Judiciary Committee chairman.
What we’re reading: “Is it any wonder that voters are angry and restive?” That’s the question Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez asks the day after President Obama’s final State of the Union address. Gonzalez says the presidential campaign comes at the right moment in history: It brings to an end the Obama experiment and offers an opportunity to refocus on assimilation in America. Read more at National Review.
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivered the Republican response to Tuesday night’s State of the Union. In addition to challenging President Obama, she also had advice for her own party. Watch her speech or read her remarks on The Daily Signal.
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