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Topic - Morgan Griffith
The revelation that the National Security Agency broke court-imposed privacy rules thousands of times a year in snooping Americans' phone and email records would have changed the outcome of last month's House vote to defund the program, according to one legislator who was part of the effort.
Law-abiding gun owners can run into serious trouble when on the move. Venturing into firearm-unfriendly states creates confusion about what individuals need to do to abide by a confusing maze of regulations. Congress should act to prevent honest citizens from winding up behind bars because police are misinformed.
When the Environmental Protection Agency announced new smokestack standards for coal-burning power plants this summer, former Virginia Gov. George Allen, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate, was quick to oppose the move.
The Senate late Friday rejected yet another House Republican proposal to stave off a looming debt crisis, acting just hours after the lower chamber had approved the measure and leaving the path to a deal still in doubt with just days to go before the Tuesday deadline.
Let the quacking begin. And the oratory. What with all the business-as-usual items on the Democratic wish list, the "tea party" will stand fast outside the lame-duck session that begins Monday in Congress.
Republican challengers unseated three Democratic House members, including a 14-term incumbent and a protege of President Obama, in a conservative whiplash election.
Mr. Griffith, the Virginia Republican, said he could not understand how -- if the NSA broad programs, according to controversial figures released by the administration, had provided leads or otherwise helped in only 54 different terrorist cases -- there could be so much erroneous collection.
“We only needed seven votes to switch and I think there were at least seven, probably more like 20-30, who had their concerns about the program but were prepared to give the intelligence agencies the benefit of the doubt," Rep. Morgan Griffith, Virginia Republican, told The Washington Times after the NSA rules violations came to light.