Exclusive – Elise Stefanik: Alvin Bragg Must ‘Testify Before Congress, Under Oath’

ORLANDO, Florida — House Republican conference chairwoman Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told Breitbart News exclusively that she believes Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg should be called to testify before the U.S. Congress as soon as possible under oath to explain his decision to pursue what she called “political” charges against former President Donald Trump.

“I think we should hear Alvin Bragg testify before Congress, under oath, about his vision and the fact that this is wildly political and the fact that this was not pursued by federal courts and the fact that the Department of Justice passed on this,” Stefanik said in an interview at the House GOP retreat. “I also want to hear his answers about funding from George Soros. I want to hear his answers about the crime crisis in New York. So, at the same time like I said that you have him lowering felonies to misdemeanors you have something that is beyond the statute of limitations and is a political witch hunt. So I absolutely want to hear Alvin Bragg testify before Congress.”

Stefanik, a member of the House Judiciary Committee’s select subcommittee on weaponization, is organizing the House GOP retreat here along with Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the rest of House GOP leadership. Her comments came during an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Monday morning, and represent a quick escalation from House Republicans in response to Trump’s announcement over the weekend that Bragg was going to indict him this week over a seven-year-old case that several of his predecessors had passed on as had federal officials.

McCarthy ordered relevant congressional panels to begin investigating possible federal dollars or assistance in Bragg’s highly politicized efforts, and the beginnings of that became clear on Monday as a letter from House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY), and House Administration Committee chairman Bryan Steil (R-WI), to Bragg demanded he produce communications and documents on the matter to their committees.

“This is the epitome of the weaponizing of the federal government against Democrats’ political opponents,” Stefanik told Breitbart News. “Being a native New Yorker, being from my home state of New York, Alvin Bragg is as radical and left-wing as they come. Over a million dollars funded by George Soros. This was a case that was considered a zombie case. Federal prosecutors did not pursue this case because there is no there there. Meanwhile, you have Alvin Bragg basically doing the bidding essentially of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party because they can’t beat President Trump at the ballot box. What is very frustrating is we think about New York State where we have a crime crisis, literally the epicenter of the crime crisis is because of Alvin Bragg’s soft-on-crime policies. So, at the same time you have this DA lowering felonies to misdemeanors, you have him pursuing a non-case just for political vengeance. Our intent just from a congressional perspective is there needs to be robust oversight and accountability and the way we do that is through the House Judiciary Committee, the select committee on weaponization. We’ll go after any federal funding and any communications between the Department of Justice and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office—making sure we uncover every communication in terms of how they politicized this effort to go after President Trump. I view this as another chapter in a very sordid and very un-American tale of Democrats going after President Trump going back to the 2016 Russia Hoax, going back to faulty FISA application, going back to whether it was Clapper and Comey lying before Congress. It’s not just President Trump they’re going after. They’re now going after parents and calling them domestic terrorists. This is part of again just this weaponization of the federal government against folks because they have different political beliefs and because they happen to be Republicans.”

Stefanik, Trump’s highest-profile supporter in the House and the only member of House GOP leadership who has endorsed Trump so far in 2024, said this proves America needs Trump back in the White House “now more than ever.”

“I think we need Trump now more than ever because he is uniquely able to clean out the swamp,” Stefanik said. “This is the depths of the swamp and we talk about the swamp—it’s political appointees, bureaucrats, Democrats going after Republicans, going after innocent Republicans because they have differing political beliefs. It’s truly the weaponization of the federal government. What I’ve found in my own microcosm in my own congressional district is the harder Democrats attack, whether it’s through the lies in the mainstream media or whether it’s raising millions of dollars from far-left donors, the stronger we get because people rally in support because they want to make sure their representatives work for them. The American people are going to rally behind President Trump in showing their strong support. I also believe we’re going to be more organized going into 2024 because not only have people seen the abysmal failure of Joe Biden but they’ve seen how a government that is slipping away by the day and becoming more and more like a third-world country that can be weaponized against innocent Americans. We need to save our country.”


Fury at Manhattan’s Bragg over Looming Trump Charges Dominates House GOP Retreat: ‘Stop Going After People Because You Have Political Differences’

Fury at Manhattan’s Bragg over Looming Trump Charges Dominates House GOP Retreat: ‘Stop Going After People Because You Have Political Differences’

ORLANDO, Florida — U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy lit into leftist Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg at a press conference as House Republicans gathered to discuss and formulate their 2023 agenda plans, with looming likely charges from Bragg against former President Donald Trump coming this week.

Asked by Breitbart News during the press conference, as the House GOP wrapped the first day of its three-day retreat, what he would say to the 75 million Americans who voted for Trump in the 2020 presidential election, McCarthy said his message is even broader than that.

“I wouldn’t just talk to 75 million Americans — I would talk to 330 million Americans,” McCarthy said. “I would say it doesn’t matter what side of the issue you’re on. It doesn’t matter if this was President Trump or if this was a Democrat. It should be equal justice in America. And stop going after people because you have political differences. I see people all the time who I have political differences with. I respect their opinion. I may disagree with it. But why would you ever try to use the law for it? It goes directly against everything this Manhattan DA has professed. He brags about lowering felonies to misdemeanors as a prosecutor. We’ve watched crime in New York where people are afraid to walk the streets. We’ve watched campaigns. I will tell you one of the reasons we won races in New York is based upon this DA, of not protecting the citizens of New York — and now he’s spending his time on this? The statute of limitations are gone. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on. This is the type of thing America hates and divides us and is wrong.”

Trump’s announcement on Truth Social on Saturday morning that he expects — based on what he said were “illegal leaks” from Bragg’s office to the media — to be indicted and arrested on Tuesday of this week has upended the news cycle and dominated American political conversation. McCarthy had, before this press conference, announced he was directing all the relevant congressional committees to begin investigating whether or not federal funds were misused by the Manhattan DA in this matter. McCarthy said that Bragg is “abusing his office,” and others in House GOP leadership, including Majority Leader Steve Scalise and Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, blasted Bragg for the looming move.

The only member of GOP leadership who had not yet weighed in on the potential charges against Trump, House GOP Whip Tom Emmer, did so at the press conference on Sunday evening outside at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando saying he thinks it is “outrageous.”

“Everyone in this country — Republican, Democrat, and others — should be outraged that people will actually use our justice system against their political adversaries,” Emmer said. “That’s not what this country is based on and that’s — it’s wrong and I disagree with it.”

McCarthy, in his comments to the assembled media, lit into Bragg for accepting money from a George Soros-backed organization in his campaign for district attorney, and for rising crime rates in New York that he is ignoring and perhaps exacerbating while instead focusing on Trump.

“Let’s walk through this. This is a DA that won a million dollars from Soros that actually funds, for political purposes, who becomes a DA,” McCarthy said. “This is a DA that has watched crime and prides himself on not prosecuting felonies, and actually lowering them down to misdemeanors, which has caused a lot of the crime and why people have risen up.”

McCarthy also ripped the legal basis for potential charges against Trump, arguing that it is “the weakest case out there” and that the statute of limitations had passed — and that the effort by Bragg to raise it from a misdemeanor to a felony smacks of political persecution.

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg participates in a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

“This is a DA who has watched two other DAs say this wasn’t a crime in passing,” McCarthy said. “You can go through lawyer after lawyer after lawyer after lawyer and they’ll tell you this is the weakest case out there, trying to make a misdemeanor a felony. The timeline doesn’t work because too long has passed — and doing it after a person for political purposes. So it’s interesting to me that he spent his whole time as a DA lowering felonies not to prosecute. I think Republicans and Democrats alike hate this type of justice. You know, you serve in Washington, so you see the Supreme Court and you see the statute out there: It’s a lady sitting there with a blindfold on and a scale. It’s supposed to be equal to all in America. The last thing we want or have is somebody putting their thumb on the scale simply because they don’t agree with somebody else’s political views. That is what’s wrong and that is what infuriates people. This will not hold up in court if this is what he wants to do.”

McCarthy called on the country, too, to remain calm no matter what happens. He said, “I don’t think people should protest this” and said Trump’s comments, in his view, were taken out of context by many even though he said he had not spoken to Trump about it.

“I don’t think people should protest this, no. I think President Trump, if you talk to him, he doesn’t believe that either,” McCarthy said. “I think the thing you may misinterpret when President Trump talks, when someone says you can protest, you’re probably referring to my tweet — educate people about what’s going on. He’s not talking in a harmful way. Nobody should. Nobody should harm one another in this. This is why you should really make the law even because if that is the case, nothing would happen.”

Later, he reemphasized this point of calling on the public to remain calm. “Nobody, let me be very clear, no matter what transpires — and this doesn’t mean this is going to happen but if this was to happen — we want calmness out there,” McCarthy said. “Nobody should put violence or harm to anything else. But what he’s saying here in this whole process here is we need equal justice in America.”

McCarthy argued with several reporters, too, even asking one if she was “proud” of Bragg’s actions and if she thinks what he is doing is “legally right.” The reporter replied by saying she is not an attorney, so she does not know.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., pauses during a break in the taping of an interview for the Hannity show with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, on Capitol Hill, Jan. 10, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California, pauses during a break in the taping of an interview for the Hannity show with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, on Capitol Hill, Jan. 10, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Another reporter asked McCarthy if Trump were to be indicted — and then convicted — on these potential charges from Bragg if that would disqualify him from running for president. McCarthy stood up for Trump and said he can absolutely still run no matter what. “The Constitution allows it. The Constitution allows it,” McCarthy said. “He has a Constitutional right to run.”

McCarthy said he has spoken to House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who also heads that committee’s subcommittee panel on the weaponization of government. “This is tied directly to that,” McCarthy said, referencing the weaponization subcommittee. “I think you’ll see action on that.”

Specifically, McCarthy said he has asked Jordan to investigate whether federal funds or resources were at all used in this case against Trump.

“That’s what I’m concerned about,” McCarthy told another reporter. “That’s why I have to investigate. Do you know the answer to that? Maybe you could help with that. I talked to Chairman Jim Jordan today and I think you’ll see some action on it.”


Kevin McCarthy Signs Bill Killing Biden’s ESG Rule For Retirement Plan Investments

Kevin McCarthy Signs Bill Killing Biden’s ESG Rule For Retirement Plan Investments
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“President Biden is prioritizing politics over his own people,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said at a signing ceremony for a bill that would nullify a Department of Labor rule that allowed retirement plan investment managers to prioritize environmental or social factors (ESG) over financial benefits when making investment decisions should it pass into law.

The rule in question, established in December 2022, undid a prior Trump-era protection that required fiduciaries to evaluate investments based solely on whether they enhance retirement savings. But now, investment plan fiduciaries can place retirement savings into ESG investments without the consent of employees. Even as ESG funds significantly underperform, expose investors to more risk, and charge higher fees than traditional investment funds, which can reduce participants’ retirement savings over time.

“Hardworking Americans don’t need a regulation from Washington that steers them into higher fee, lower performing, less diversified funds, and that’s what these so-called ESG funds are,” Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), who brought the bill to Congress, said. “Where people who are invested in ESG — unwittingly and without their consent in many cases — they suffer losses far greater than the average investor who is broadly and diversely invested across the board. And it’s true: these funds carry 43 percent higher fees which also eat their returns.”

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was also present at the signing.

“[American taxpayers] deserve to have the highest rate of return so that they can enjoy retirement to the fullest,” Scalise said. “And so President Biden’s got a choice. When Speaker McCarthy signs this bill and sends it over to The White House, President Biden’s got a choice. He’s gonna have to pick between billionaire elites and hardworking taxpayers who just want to have the best retirement possible after decades of working and paying into the system.”

House Joint Resolution 30 is the first bill to pass both the House and the Senate for the 118th Congress. The bill will now go to President Biden’s desk for approval, where it will likely be vetoed. The bill is part of Speaker McCarthy’s Commitment to America, a policy agenda for House Republicans that’s focused on a strong economy, a safe nation, and a transparent government.

Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.


At Election Integrity Roundtable, House Republicans Champion Early Voting

At Election Integrity Roundtable, House Republicans Champion Early Voting
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In a roundtable discussion Tuesday night, House Republicans and state election officials signaled their support of states expanding early voting procedures in states where Republicans can’t yet tighten election rules.

“Early voting is the most secure way of voting prior to Election Day because it is exactly like Election Day,” South Carolina Election Commission Executive Director Howard Knapp said. South Carolina established early voting for the first time last year, when its Republican supermajority legislature voted in favor of two weeks of in-person voting prior to Election Day. Knapp attributes early voting’s popularity among Republicans to South Carolina’s strict voter ID requirements.

“What really got early voting passed in South Carolina is that you have to have an ID,” Knapp said. “If there’s an issue with you as a voter it can be solved during the voting period prior to Election Day.”

The roundtable was hosted by the House Election Integrity Caucus and House Administration Committee, and led by Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., co-chair of the former caucus. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose echoed Knapp’s comments on the security of early voting.

“It’s unfortunately a false choice that is offered by folks sometimes on both sides of the aisle that you have to choose either a secure election or a convenient election,” LaRose said. “That’s not a real choice. You don’t have to choose one or the other. States like ours demonstrate that you can have both convenience and security. In Ohio we’ve got a whole month of early in-person voting which runs just like Election Day voting.”

After Republicans largely allowed Democrats to push huge changes to the election process after imposing widespread lockdowns, many Republicans and concerned citizens were skeptical of such overhauls. They’ve turned election day into a month of early voting, mass mail-in balloting, and unsupervised drop boxes.

Several of these changes were rammed through state legislatures or implemented by Democratic secretaries of states under the guise of protecting public health because sloppy voting rules and low-information voting is well known to benefit Democrat candidates. Following the 2020 presidential election, some states passed legislation making such changes permanent, while others repealed them.

In states where Republicans can, they should repeal these changes that weaken confidence in elections, prejudice elections towards Democrats, and help political parties pick and choose the electorate. Where Republicans currently can’t return voting procedures to pre-2020 expansions yet, they are working to match Democrats’ vote harvesting.

“My hope is that folks take advantage of it [early voting] because it is a great way to catch up,” LaRose said.

Tenney emphasized that Democrats use early voting to their advantage by targeting low-propensity voters and harvesting their ballots. Republicans, she noted, tend to spend their resources targeting high-propensity voters when they should be using early voting to also target low-information voters.

“If Republicans want to win, they have to start doing what Democrats do,” Tenney said. “They’re on top of this stuff. It’s not about winning votes, it’s about collecting ballots.”

Nowhere is this more true than in Pennsylvania’s 2022 midterm election results. Pennsylvania voters literally re-elected a dead man to state office, as well as an extremely ill man to federal office. John Fetterman was likely elected to the U.S. Senate not because of his opponent’s lackluster credentials, but because of the strength of the Democratic Party machine in Philadelphia.

“Democrats are really, really good because they use their resources well and are great at targeting people for votes,” Georgia Secretary of State Chief Operations Officer Gabe Sterling said. “We [Republicans] aren’t doing that. We’re trying to chase people we already have in the bank.”

According to LaRose, establishing early voting is helpful from a ballot chaser’s perspective because he knows which voters to target leading up to Election Day. Lengthy election seasons make it easier for campaigns to essentially buy elections by deploying expensive, targeted vote-harvesting efforts in close or key races. That’s because lengthy election seasons tip off political parties to the likely outcome of the votes that have already come in while the polls are still open.

“Both operatives on the Republican side and on the Democratic side really want people to vote early,” LaRose said. “Because then you take them out of the contact universe. So if you’ve gotten your data project and know that these are the 300,000 influenceable voters in this election and you see them voting early, then that narrows down your contact window for mailing, for social media, and for get-out-the-vote on Election Day.”

Forty-six states and the District of Columbia currently allow some form of early voting prior to Election Day. In January, the House Election Integrity Caucus released a report championing election integrity changes that passed in 2021 and 2022. One such bill was Georgia’s SB 202, which expanded early voting and required a valid ID to vote by mail.

Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.


House Republicans Press DOD for Answers on Vaccine Mandate Reversal and Damage Done

House Republicans Press DOD for Answers on Vaccine Mandate Reversal and Damage Done

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) are pressing the Pentagon for answers on its plan to implement the COVID vaccine mandate reversal, the damage the Biden administration’s mandate did to the military, and reinstatement of troops to the military.

Rogers and Banks said the administration has been “slow” to provide answers.

In a letter sent to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on February 8, 2023, Rogers and Banks said:

A letter of December 23, 2022, requested ‘your plan to implement this statutory requirement.’ Your four-sentence reply to the letter on January 26, 2023, failed to include any implementation plan. Additionally, staff has repeatedly asked for answers to many COVID-19 rescission questions critically important to the retention and recruitment of men and women in each of the armed service.

House and Senate Republicans were successful last year in using the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act to force the Biden Pentagon to reverse its COVID mandate, which required all servicemembers to be vaccinated or face being kicked out of the military. More than 8,400 troops were involuntarily kicked out.

Now, Republicans are trying to make sure the Pentagon is following through with the mandate reversal, amid stories that the DOD is still discriminating against unvaccinated troops.

Austin, in a memo rescinding his vaccine mandate, said commanders could still make decisions based on vaccination status, such as deployments, and left it unclear whether the DOD would force out members who did not apply for a religious or medical exemption when the mandate was in effect from August 2021 through January 2023.

“Are potential military recruits required to submit an accommodation request to avoid being forced to receive the COVID vaccine?” Rogers and Banks asked in their letter.

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 15: Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., arrives for the House Republicans leadership elections in the Capitol Visitor Center on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – NOVEMBER 15: Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., arrives for the House Republicans’ leadership elections in the Capitol Visitor Center on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

They also reiterated their request for other answers, such as how many discharges took place after the reversal was signed into law and the DOD formally rescinded the mandate.

They also asked for the number of troops discharged broken down by rank, years of service, and date discharged, as well as their discharge characterization (honorable, general under honorable, etc.).

They also inquired about whether servicemembers still had to pay back recruitment bonuses if they were forced out, and how much they have to repay, and how much has been repaid.

They also asked how many National Guard members missed drill time due to the mandate, and how much time they missed.

They also inquired about the policy at service academies and whether any students who were disciplined under the mandate would have their records cleared or be allowed to graduate.

They asked whether the DOD has reinstated any servicemembers forced out under the vaccine and its plan to ensure that reinstatement is offered to any separated servicemembers.

They requested answers by February 21, 2023.

“Please note, many of the questions or requests for information presented above have gone unanswered for weeks, if not months. The Department and the Biden Administration must no longer refuse to respond to requests for information from this Committee,” they said.

The letter is part of the Republicans’ efforts after retaking control of the House to hold the Biden administration accountable. With the House under their control, House Armed Services Committee Republicans will be able to exert more influence over the NDAA than last year.

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Report: Biden Administration Scrambles to ‘Likely’ Rewrite China Portion of SOTU After Spy Balloon Fiasco

Report: Biden Administration Scrambles to ‘Likely’ Rewrite China Portion of SOTU After Spy Balloon Fiasco

President Joe Biden and his speechwriters will “likely rewrite” the China portion of his State of the Union speech set for Tuesday night, following the Chinese spy balloon being shot down this past week after days of “violating” United States airspace.

As Biden’s speechwriters try to help the president emphasize a series of accomplishments during the State of the Union speech this week, Axios noted that the president will try to be “nimble” and would have to “likely rewrite” his portion on China, while the administration is also navigating Beijing’s threat of repercussions for downing the spy balloon.

American civilians first discovered the spy balloon floating over their homes on Thursday. After the news broke, a senior defense official said last week, “We are confident that this high-altitude surveillance balloon belongs to the [People’s Republic of China].”

Then, after days of floating around the continental United States, the military shot down the suspected Chinese spy balloon on Saturday morning while it was over the Atlantic Ocean off the Carolina coast.

South Carolina residents caught video footage of the spy balloon being shot out of the sky on Saturday by the United States military:

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“This afternoon, at the direction of President Biden, U.S. fighter aircraft assigned to U.S. Northern Command successfully brought down the high altitude surveillance balloon launched by and belonging to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over the water off the coast of South Carolina in U.S. airspace,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said in a statement on Saturday.

However, the Chinese spy balloon and the State of the Union speech come at a unique time in Biden’s administration.

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Chinese spy balloon, which received bipartisan outrage, will ultimately be added to the list of investigations the new Republican-controlled House hopes to have on the Biden administration.

The House Republicans have been planning a slew of investigations into Biden, in addition to China. So, the Chinese spy balloon ultimately adds fuel to the fire.

Despite all of this, Axios noted that Biden, who is reportedly preparing to run for a second term, will want to use the speech to try and maintain his administration’s ability to work with China after Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met last November and agreed to have more channels for their officials to communicate on a more regular basis.

John Kerry, Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) — a cabinet-level position that does not require a Senate confirmation — reportedly has been holding climate negotiations with his Chinese counterpart, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently held a meeting with her Chinese counterpart in Zurich.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


Exclusive: Chinese Spy Balloon Renews GOP Push for Foreign Land Purchase Ban

Exclusive: Chinese Spy Balloon Renews GOP Push for Foreign Land Purchase Ban

The news of a Chinese spy balloon floating through American airspace has bolstered Republican calls to focus on national security — including from Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), who is proposing a foreign land purchase moratorium to protect U.S. food security and stabilize housing prices.

Congresswoman Miller is set to reintroduce a bill on Monday entitled the ‘‘Saving American Farms from Adversaries Act.” The legislation would give the president power to prohibit the purchase of public or private real estate in the United States “by any foreign person,” including corporations and partnerships, for the five-year period after the enactment of the law. Breitbart News learned exclusively of the bill’s introduction on Friday, and was first to report the bill last year when Miller introduced it with now-retired Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

“Our adversaries continue to rob our country of wealth and prosperity under Joe Biden’s weak leadership. Congress must respond to the critical economic and national security threats China poses to our nation because Joe Biden refuses to put America’s safety and best interests first,” Miller said of the bill, which will be her first of the 118th Congress. 

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The bill points out that Chinese nationals have “led foreign investments in homes in the United States for the past seven years.” Miller’s bill notes that “foreign companies and individuals have purchased 853,813 acres of agricultural land” in her own state of Illinois, — purchases that are “worth approximately $6.3 billion.”

“We must put American farmers and consumers first and prevent China from buying up our farmland,” Miller told Breitbart News. “As a farmer, I know that foreign land purchases are especially an issue in rural America where the Chinese Communist Party is attempting to buy land in our country to gain strategic leverage over the United States and our food supply.”

Republicans at the state level have also been sounding the alarm on foreign land purchases, as Chinese companies continue to try to purchase land near U.S. military basesFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), and Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott have all said they are considering blocking China from buying American farmland. Former President Donald Trump has also made the issue part of his early 2024 presidential campaign by pitching a federal proposal to block China from buying American farmland.

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According to the legislation, foreign investors now account for almost one-third of institutional investments in single-family rental homes in the United States. Breitbart News previously reported how global investors are “gobbling up” middle-class suburban homes, “enriching wealthy investors and turning would-be homeowners into lifetime, no-equity renters.”

The legislation also states that increased foreign investment in urban areas has led to a rise in gentrification. This is “pushing many long-time residents out of their homes, including some of our most vulnerable and poor communities,” according to the bill. Additionally, “roughly 47 percent of rural renters pay a third or more of their income in rent each month. The Federal government has done nothing to help rural Americans deal with the rising costs in housing.”

Miller said the “misguided effort to attract foreign investment” is “destroying the American dream for millions” and pointed to other countries that have similar laws that limit foreign land purchases.

“For example, in Macedonia foreign citizens cannot purchase agricultural land and may only lease. In Poland, foreign individuals need permission from the Ministry of International Affairs to purchase land. Mexico too has restrictions in place that put limits on foreigners’ ability to purchase land. Vast foreign land purchases of American land hurts rural and urban communities alike,” she said. 

“We have an inherent responsibility to put our own citizens first, and Americans are clearly not benefiting from the current system. Again, our laws are currently designed in a way that benefits large multinational companies over everyday Americans,” she continued. 

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The bill further calls for the EB-5 visa system, which allows foreign nationals to obtain green cards if they invest in specific business ventures, to be made “more stringent,” and states that the rules of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) need to be “more strict.”

The Comptroller General of the United States would be required to submit a report to Congress six months after the enactment of the bill detailing the history of foreign public and private real estate purchases located in the U.S. The comptroller general would also be required to make recommendations as to how “to make it easier for United States citizens and harder for foreign persons to purchase real estate located in the United States, including farm land,” and to provide a percentage of real estate located in the U.S. that is owned by foreign persons. 

Miller ended by warning lawmakers to “take the threat of China’s provocation seriously” and called out President Joe Biden for pushing “his America Last Agenda.” 

“Biden continues to push his America Last Agenda with an open southern border, continuous funding for Ukraine, Chinese-manufactured batteries, and Green New Deal policies,” Miller said.

“Our country should be united on the issue of national security because we have an inherent responsibility to put our own citizens first. America is on a dangerous path of losing our self-sufficiency in farming, and we must take the threat of China’s provocation seriously by passing the Saving American Farms from Adversaries Act,” she concluded. 


What Did Election Integrity Laws Achieve In 2022? New Report Details What Worked And What Didn’t

What Did Election Integrity Laws Achieve In 2022? New Report Details What Worked And What Didn’t

In the interim between the major 2022 and 2024 election cycles, Republican lawmakers are focusing on how they can strengthen election laws to ensure key federal and state races are conducted securely and fairly. A new report released by the House Election Integrity Caucus highlights the successful election integrity reforms made this past cycle and makes future recommendations for policymakers.

“A look at what went right and what went wrong in election administration is the first step to securing our elections and restoring voter confidence,” Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., told The Federalist. “The Election Integrity Caucus’ 2022 Midterm Review is a look at the positive efforts of states like Georgia, Texas, and Florida, which are working to implement policies that promote fair, free, and transparent elections. It is also a look at what went wrong in states like New York and California, which implemented policies that encouraged chaos at the ballot box and undermined voter confidence.”

Tenney launched the House Election Integrity Caucus in 2021 to restore “faith in the democratic process,” especially as Democrats tried to diminish and destroy safeguards for administering elections through bills such as HR 1, which sought to federalize American elections, or the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which would overturn voter ID requirements.

The report documents several election integrity laws recently passed by Georgia, Texas, and Florida that strengthened the security of each state’s election process. Georgia’s SB 202 strengthened voter ID requirements and banned the private funding of elections. Despite Democrats’ characterization of the bill — which also expanded early voting — as “Jim Crow 2.0” and other slurs, the report notes that Georgia experienced “historic early turnout that rivaled presidential cycles,” especially among minority voters.

“The Lone Star State gets five stars for election administration!” the report declares, noting that Texas’ SB 1 gave poll watchers more access to “salient aspects of the elections process,” in addition to legalizing ballot curing.

The report also highlights Florida’s SB 90, which strengthened voter ID requirements, barred unsolicited mail-in balloting, and prohibited “ballot harvesting by political operatives.”

“Between Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, Florida organized and executed a safe and secure midterm election,” the report reads. “Preliminary numbers have Florida turnout of over 7.5M or 49.3% of their voting-eligible population.”

Next the report details problematic election-related legislation passed by both New York and California. New York’s SB 1046 is a state version of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, requiring “covered jurisdictions” to “preclear” any changes to election-related laws or policies that could potentially have a disparate impact on racial minorities. In California, automatic mail-in voting was established via AB 37, making California a permanent mail-in ballot state.

The report ends with several recommendations for policymakers on the national and state level, including strengthening photo ID requirements, maintaining accurate state voter rolls, ensuring Election Day does not become “Election Month,” and passing the American Confidence in Elections Act, “a comprehensive legislative package that would provide states with tools to boost election integrity, prohibit non-citizens from voting, ban Zuckerbucks, and end Biden’s Executive Order 14019 turning federal agencies into partisan get-out-the-vote operations.”

While the work of the House Election Integrity Caucus has just begun, Tenney told The Federalist she “applaud[s] the work of the legislatures, chief election officers, and executives who [before the 2022 cycle] got it right by prioritizing election integrity — guaranteeing our elections are secure by making it harder to cheat and more accessible by making it easier to vote.”

Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.



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