Monday, January 23, 2023

Meet Biden’s re-nominated judges one Republican called ‘extremists’ and ‘radicals’
President Joe Biden has re-nominated lawyers and judges that Ted Cruz labeled as 'extremists, partisans and radicals'

The Senate Judiciary Committee will reconsider several of President Biden's judicial nominees that Ted Cruz, R-Texas., said last year were "extremists, partisans and radicals" when they were nominated in the last Congress but failed to move.

The Senate will convene this week for the legislative work of the 118th Congress, and the Democrats' slim 51-49 majority is expected to make it much easier to confirm Biden's nominees than it was last year in the 50-50 Senate. In the last Congress, Republicans protested eight of these nominees by citing their records of approving lenient sentences for violent criminals and supporting left-wing causes.

Dale Ho has been renominated to be a judge on New York's Southern District Court, and in a hearing last year, Cruz said Biden has "made a pattern of nominating extremists, partisans and radicals" for administrative and judicial positions. Cruz said Ho's record "reflects that same pattern of finding someone who has been an extreme partisan" and "a radical." Read more and see video here.

Manchin looks to strike deal with McCarthy to rein in wasteful government spending                                         Taylor Penley / FOXBusiness
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said he is in the process of setting up a meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to rein in the federal government’s wasteful spending and to focus on possible permitting rules that could potentially open West Virginia’s Mountain Valley Pipeline.

“I think what we have to do is realize that we have a debt problem,” he told “Sunday Morning Futures” anchor Maria Bartiromo at the Davos 2023 summit.

“All we’re saying is, should we not make sure we all recognize how we got there? How we prevent from going further?”

Bartiromo noted that Republican lawmakers’ wishes to revert to 2022 spending levels could signal a $75 billion cut for defense funding, but Manchin remains “committed” to making sure Ukraine had the tools needed to wade through its war with Russia. Read more and see video here.