People have had greater than a yr to expertise President Joe Biden’s administration.
If Biden’s slouching ballot numbers are any indication, People aren’t thrilled with the president’s efficiency.
Excessive inflation that includes rising meals and fuel costs, lacking child components, and a hyperfocus on race and gender ideology seemingly are starting to grate on the general public’s nerves.
Within the face of such points, the widespread chorus from the president has been that it’s not his fault.
To Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., that is simply par for the course.
“That is the Biden administration. They lie via their enamel,” Palmer says. “They’re mendacity to the American individuals about why gasoline costs are so excessive. They’re mendacity to the American individuals about inflation.”
We had a listening to yesterday on the power disaster, the value of gasoline. And I made the purpose [that] they first blamed it on the pandemic, then they blamed it on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, then they blamed it on power firm earnings. It’s not the pandemic. It’s not Putin. It’s not earnings. It’s Biden administration coverage. And so they’re not going to alter.
Palmer joins this episode of “The Day by day Sign Podcast” to debate the multitude of Biden’s failures and what Republicans plan to do to repair the mess.
We additionally cowl these tales:
- In a landmark resolution, the Supreme Courtroom overturns New York state’s strict hid carry gun legislation, ruling it unconstitutional.
- The Biden administration proposes vital modifications to Title IX rules based mostly on gender ideology.
- The Senate advances a gun management invoice, avoiding a filibuster with a 65-34 vote.
- Ukraine and Moldova develop into formal candidates for European Union membership.
Take heed to the podcast or learn the calmly edited transcript beneath.
Doug Blair: My visitor in the present day is Congressman Gary Palmer, who represents the nice state of Alabama. Congressman, welcome to the present.
Rep. Gary Palmer: Glad to be right here. I symbolize a part of the nice state of Alabama, the sixth [Congressional] District.
Blair: Positive. However Alabama is in truth an excellent state.
Palmer: It’s. No disagreement.
Blair: So let’s begin out with speaking concerning the Division of Well being and Human Providers and well being care typically.
You’ve been fairly attentive to what’s been occurring with well being care lately and it looks like Well being and Human Providers has had a tough going. First there was the pressured “anti-racism” coverage that you just launched laws to cease. After which there’s the continuing child components disaster.
How has Congress been trying to carry HHS accountable for these failures?
Palmer: Properly, we had a listening to again on April 27 with Secretary of Well being and Human Providers Xavier Becerra. And I requested him about this new rule that they put ahead that can incentivize medical doctors to implement what they name anti-racism packages. And actually what it can wind up doing is incentivize reverse discrimination.
And he denied that the rule existed. He claimed that I had misinformation. The very subsequent day within the Methods and Means Committee, Congressman Jason Smith requested him about it. He denied it once more regardless that it’s clear within the rule.
So it signifies to me that he was both making an attempt to mislead Congressman Smith and me, or he’s blind to what’s truly occurring below his watch at HHS.
However the rule is, it’s within the rule and would give incentives to medical doctors who implement what the HHS calls anti-racism packages that mainly would pay medical doctors a bonus to discriminate towards different individuals.
Blair: Have you ever been profitable in possibly pushing HHS and these different organizations to cease doing all these issues?
Palmer: No. I imply, that is the Biden administration. They lie via their enamel. They’re mendacity to the American individuals about why gasoline costs are so excessive. They’re mendacity to the American individuals about inflation.
We had a listening to yesterday on the power disaster, the value of gasoline. And I made the purpose they first blamed it on the pandemic, then they blamed it on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, then they blamed it on power firm earnings. It’s not the pandemic. It’s not Putin. It’s not earnings. It’s Biden administration coverage. And so they’re not going to alter.
Biden is utilizing the Protection Authorization Act to attempt to power the power corporations to supply extra fossil gas. On the similar time he’s doing that, Douglas, the opposite elements of the administration are utilizing rules to dam them.
In order that they’re saying one factor and doing one other and that is constant all through the administration. It’s intentional. And so when it’s intentional, I’ll introduce this invoice, nevertheless it’ll by no means get a vote. It gained’t even be introduced up in committee.
However what we’re making an attempt to do is to coach the American public about what’s actually occurring on this administration.
Blair: It appears like all of this stuff form of tie collectively. The failure of HHS and of different points of the Biden administration to come back collectively is creating increasingly more issues for the American individuals.
Palmer: Completely. I heard yesterday that we would see eggs at $12 a dozen. I imply, we’ve been speaking about $6 gallon fuel, properly, we’re there. And it’s going to proceed to go up.
The opposite factor that individuals have to find out about this and even on the well being care aspect, your insurance coverage premiums are going up. All the things’s going up. And there are issues that we may do on the well being care aspect that might clearly cut back the price of medical insurance, however they’re not going to do it.
There are issues that we’ve got proposed that might enable small corporations, unbiased contractors, to get medical insurance via affiliation group plans. They won’t try this.
For youthful individuals who don’t assume they should be paying $500 or $600 a month in premiums for insurance coverage as a result of they assume they’re invincible, may get short-term insurance coverage and purchase what they should shield them towards an accident or one thing like that. They gained’t enable that.
All of that might convey premiums down.
As I’ve already mentioned on the power aspect, we are going to by no means run out of pure fuel. We’ll by no means run out of oil. That’s how large the reserves are. If we proceed to make use of it on the similar charge that the world used it for the final hundred years, we’ve acquired one reserve in western Colorado, southwestern Wyoming, and northern Utah that comprises extra recoverable oil than your entire world’s used within the final hundred years. We’ll by no means run out.
However as an alternative of tapping into these assets to convey these prices down, they’re pushing insurance policies to power us into renewables when the grid gained’t help it, when renewables can’t generate the power capability that we’d like.
And I feel actually what it’s, they know they’re going to lose within the midterm, the Home, and I feel they’ll lose the Senate as properly. In order that they see this as a five- or six-month window to attempt to shove every part they’ll down the American individuals’s throat in these final 4 or 5 months after they have the bulk in each homes and the White Home. And the identical factor’s occurring over at HHS. That’s this complete thought of this rule.
Blair: Proper. Now, talking of crises that you just talked about, clearly, the power disaster that we’re going via, however we’re nonetheless going via a child components disaster.
Blair: Months and months after the very fact. You clearly talked about this listening to that you just went to, nevertheless it looks like not a lot has modified since then. As a result of I simply learn a report that indicated that People are actually having to import components from Mexico to bridge the hole. How is Congress planning to handle these points each earlier than with Democrat management of the Home and probably in November?
Palmer: Properly, once more, American individuals want to grasp that if you’re within the minority, you have got zero energy. You may’t even get a committee room to have your individual listening to with out the opposite aspect’s permission.
In order that they introduced in individuals from Abbott. That’s the place this complete factor began, as Abbott represents about 47% of the infant components market, and their plant in Sturgis, Michigan, produced 40% of that. So when that facility needed to shut down, you instantly had a provide disaster.
We had that listening to with the FDA and I introduced up the truth that the man who’s over the division that handles meals, the meals a part of FDA, the Meals and Drug Administration, the individuals who truly do the inspections and may have oversight of it don’t report back to him.
So that you had a scenario the place in 2019, there have been a number of experiences concerning the issues at that Sturgis plant in Michigan. There have been not less than 16 complaints by mother and father and medical personnel that there was an issue with the components popping out of that plant.
The FDA did an inspection. There have been quite a few violations, issues with the drying vessels and leaky roof and plenty of issues. After which COVID hit. And there was not one other inspection by the FDA, not one other inspection by the state of Michigan, and Abbott didn’t do something to repair the issues.
In 2021, after they lastly got here again and did inspections, the FDA notified Abbott forward of time, which is very uncommon, Douglas. They usually don’t try this. They simply present up. However they notified them forward of time, nonetheless discovered these issues, and didn’t embrace it of their report. It took a whistleblower inside Abbott submitting a report back to get motion on this.
So once we get the bulk again, we’re going to dig deeper into this. And I’ve already submitted inquiries to Abbott. I wish to know who the FDA contacted and knowledgeable concerning the inspection. I wish to know who they sat down with to find out what can be within the FDA report, if Abbott had any affect in that report. And I wish to know why Abbott, having recognized this for 2 and a half years, didn’t do something to appropriate it.
Blair: I wish to return to what you talked about on the earlier half, the place you questioned Frank Yiannas, who’s the FDA’s deputy commissioner for meals coverage and response, about how he was unaware that this was even occurring.
It looks like there’s this basic development of both someone’s not conscious or someone’s incompetent and one thing occurs. Do you see the Biden administration as having a repeated sample of one of these habits?
Palmer: I don’t know if this may be completely placed on the Biden administration within the context of what led as much as this. I feel the issue with the Biden administration is the response to it. And the truth that you have got an organizational construction the place the person who ought to finally be answerable for ensuring that this stuff don’t occur, the people who find themselves doing the inspections and have the knowledge don’t even report back to him.
And he, in response to The Washington Put up now, made an try to begin a restructuring course of and was informed to face down. He didn’t wish to reply to that after I introduced that query up within the listening to.
However to start with, I feel we’ve acquired to have a look at the construction of the FDA. And what I’ve been informed is that there’s extra emphasis on medication than on meals security. And the individuals who head up the FDA are usually medical medical doctors. So we’ve acquired to determine how we’re going to make the FDA work correctly.
However the different factor that we have to look into that you just simply introduced up is the Biden administration’s culpability on this. It’s a kind of, I hate to make use of the previous Watergate phrase, the fiftieth anniversary of Watergate, however what do you know and when do you know it? After which there’s the “why” query. Why didn’t you act? What took so lengthy? And that’s the place I feel the Biden administration has some culpability.
Blair: Now, it appears like, once more, that there are this stuff which might be popping out of the Biden administration which might be simply so antithetical to American values that it’s problematic.
As you talked about earlier than, there’s that invoice from final month that might ban well being care suppliers from adopting racially discriminatory insurance policies on the request of the Division of Well being and Human Providers. What’s the standing of that laws?
Palmer: It’s been filed. However like I stated earlier than, it’s by no means going to get to committee. I imply, if you’re within the minority, you’ll be able to introduce no matter you wish to, nevertheless it’s solely as much as the bulk to advance the laws.
Blair: And the bulk’s not .
Palmer: They’re apparently not . However I feel we as Republicans have to put down markers for the American individuals to allow them to know what we are going to do once we’re within the majority. And I can guarantee you that invoice will probably be reintroduced within the subsequent Congress. And I feel I can communicate with a fairly excessive diploma of certainty that it’s going to get a listening to and it’ll advance.
We’re going to put out for the American individuals what they’ll anticipate from Republicans within the majority. We’ll be rolling out our “Dedication to America” somewhat later, I feel the top of August, round September.
And once we get the bulk, in contrast to the Democrats—after they acquired the bulk, all of us acquired sworn in, after which they recessed for the remainder of the week so they may go have a retreat to determine what they’re going to do—once we get sworn in, we are going to begin dropping payments that day.
Palmer: And we’ll cross them.
Blair: Excuse me, you probably did point out on the high of the present that there’s some laws that you just had been going to introduce. What’s that laws?
Palmer: Properly, tomorrow I’ll be introducing a invoice that can enable states to require proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections. Arizona handed a invoice like that and the Supreme Courtroom struck it down as a result of they stated that the Nationwide [Voter] Registration Act doesn’t require that.
Now states can require proof of citizenship to vote in state and native elections, however not federal elections. So my invoice amends the Nationwide [Voter] Registration Act in order that states can now require proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections.
After which there’s two different payments. We’ve an enormous downside. And that is a part of what raised so many questions within the 2020 election concerning the integrity of the election. In 2012, the Pew Analysis Heart put out a report and stated that there’s 24 million People improperly registered. Nearly 1,000,000 of them are deceased. Nearly 3 million are registered in a number of states.
Properly, that may be a downside with the states not having correct voter information. Judicial Watch has filed quite a few lawsuits to attempt to power state and counties to scrub up their voter information. One go well with concerned Los Angeles County, the place they discovered that there’s 1.5 million extra individuals registered to vote in LA County than are sufficiently old to vote who stay within the county.
The state of Michigan, for example, is 105% registered to vote. Which means they’ve acquired 5% extra individuals registered to vote than are eligible to vote in that state, and the typical is 74%.
So that you see what an unlimited hole it truly is, as an alternative of evaluating it to 100% registered to what the nationwide common is. Sixteen counties in Michigan are over 110% registered to vote. One in all them is 119%. And all of the counties round Detroit are over 110%. Total, they’ve acquired 67 counties in Michigan which might be 100% registered or greater.
There’s over 800,000 inactive voters nonetheless on the voter information in Pennsylvania. The counties round Atlanta, over 100% registered to vote. It creates an enormous downside.
And there’s two payments that I’m introducing—one that can put necessities on the secretaries of states when it comes to reporting to Congress via the Election Help Fee on their progress in cleansing up their voter information.
After which the opposite one takes away the protected harbor that exists the place the secretaries of state can ship you a change of deal with card that it’s important to ship again to certify that you just’ve moved. Or if you happen to don’t ship it again, they only assume you’re nonetheless there. And so they declare that’s enough. Properly, it’s not.
There must be cross-referencing with the Division of Motor Autos, driver’s license. And I feel there must be cross-referencing with the dying knowledge. And possibly even by collaborating between the states and their dying knowledge and Social Safety. That might additionally assist us cut back the quantity of improper funds we ship out via Social Safety to useless individuals.
Blair: As we wrap-up right here, I do wish to mix all of this data. In order you’ve talked about earlier than, if you’re within the minority, it’s very troublesome to get issues executed. So that you’re introducing this invoice. You’re introducing these payments on well being care. You’ve all these things. If Republicans take again Congress in November, President [Joe] Biden will nonetheless be within the White Home.
Blair: What’s the plan then to counter a few of his worst instincts with laws?
Palmer: Properly, an important factor we are able to do is on the appropriation aspect. As a result of regardless of all efforts on the contrary, the Home nonetheless has the facility of the purse. That will probably be troublesome as a result of it may power us into conditions the place there could possibly be authorities shutdowns, and we will probably be pressured to barter with them.
What individuals want to grasp is that we may have a very large majority within the Home, and I consider the potential for that to occur is there. However we get the bulk again within the Senate, we’re not going to have 60, they usually’ll nonetheless have the flexibility to filibuster no matter we ship over, except it’s one thing executed via reconciliation, which isn’t topic to filibuster. And we’re not going to eliminate the filibuster. Thank God we’ve got it now.
However let’s simply say we do get some issues handed by each homes and ship it over to the White Home and the president vetoes that laws. We is not going to have sufficient votes in both Home or the Senate to overturn a veto.
So individuals want to grasp this little civics lesson about how issues work.
However I feel an important factor for us as Republicans—and [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy is all on board of this. He needs to have an election of distinction. That is what we’re for.
And as soon as we get the bulk again after which show our dedication to those issues by introducing these payments and getting them handed—as a result of once more, within the subsequent two years, the subsequent Congress, we’ve got to message to the American individuals what we are going to do when we’ve got the Home, the Senate, and the White Home to get our nation again heading in the right direction.
Blair: That was Congressman Gary Palmer, a consultant from the nice state of Alabama. Congressman, thanks a lot in your time.
Palmer: Thanks for having me on.
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