Congress has once again wasted an opportunity to address the runaway spending and growing government that add to the pervasive uncertainty many American families and job creators feel about the future. Instead, outdated leaders in both parties have heaped another massive sum of burdensome debt on the shoulders of our people and our free-enterprise economy. – Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio has a brutally honest assessment of the budget deal passed last night by the Senate (at 3 a.m.). You can read it here.

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“Only a truly functioning House can represent the people,” Paul Ryan, Speaker, House of Representatives, October 2015

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Secret Service all use a technology “sweeper” (called “Stingray”)to collect cellular metadata and cellular content. All of these agencies are required to obtain a court warrant to use the technology under current Federal executive rules.

The CIA and the NSA are also known use this spy tool, but are not required to seek warrants for use. This probably makes sense, given the nature of these agencies and their primary, overseas targets of investigation.

However, it has been revealed through a FOIA request that the Internal Revenue Service also has the “sweeper” tool. The IRS, who primarily investigates internal targets, i.e. US citizens and corporations, is not required to obtain warrants. In fact, it was not publicly known that the IRS was carrying out warrantless searches so there was no public oversight. Did the IRS use this illegal search method against their political targets? It seems likely. Read more here.

“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society”

(Full speech available here)

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We know former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied about her inappropriate, and possibly illegal, e-mail practices. In the Benghazi Committee hearing today, we learned that, in fact, she knew that the Benghazi violence was a planned terrorist attack and not a spontaneous reaction to a YouTube video. Details here.