Even though he likes disco music more than he should, my brother, Thomas Lee, has some pretty good ideas on how we can bring greater rigor and transparency to textualism. If you're watching Judge Gorsuch's hearings and enjoying them as much as I am, it is because you are watching one of the country's preeminent textualists explain his approach to interpreting law. If you are a law geek, or if...
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Judging Ordinary Meaning by Thomas R. Lee, Stephen C. Mouritsen :: SSRN

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The attacks against Judge Gorsuch are unfounded. I think they will be disproven by the hearings this week, and they will be disproven by his excellent record of jurisprudence.
From my statement:
"I want to take a moment to address some of the criticisms that we’re likely to hear this week.

"I’m sure that during this hearing some of my colleagues will claim that you are outside of the mainstream. This will probably be the first time in your life that anyone has tried to attach that label to you. It certainly was not a description attributed to you the last time you...
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‪It should be an exciting week next week as the Senate begins the process to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.‬
"It's impossible to predict how many votes he'll get, but anyone who looks at Judge Gorsuch based on his record, his commitment to the rule of law, and his willingness to figure out what the law says rather than what some people want it to say will come to the conclusion they'll support him. When I hear my colleague, Senator Schumer, refer to Judge Gorsuch as one that would only favor...
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Over the past few months, elected officials and political leaders of foreign nations have been coming to me with disappointing news and reports of US activity in their respective countries. This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the US Government working to marginalize the moderates and...
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GOP Senators Call on Sec. Tillerson to Investigate State Department Meddling

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President Donald J. Trump released this executive order yesterday, which is a proposed plan to reorganize the executive branch to make it more efficient and accountable. It contains these lines to describe a factor that should determine whether agencies or programs should be eliminated or merged: "whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are appropriate for...
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Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

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For many Americans — everyone from farmers and ranchers to ordinary homeowners — the EPA’s evolving definition of “waters of the United States” has been a nightmare. If you’re required to obtain a permit from the EPA in order to lawfully fill a hole in your backyard with dirt, and if the EPA has the power to fine you tens of thousands of dollars a day for building a pond on your farm, are your...
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Cleaning up the Clean Water Act

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US Forces deployed to Syrian town to keep a NATO ally from forcefully taking it from another ally. Such contradictory Obama-era strategy has to end. Congress should consider measures like a new AUMF and my bill, the Military Humanitarian Operations Act. This legislation, which I introduced with Senator Rand Paul in February, would prevent the President from unilaterally deploying our military...
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Pentagon: U.S. troops play new role in Syria

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#Obamacare is compromising the structural integrity of our healthcare system. We have to repeal it first. Then we can fix the damage to the system.
I was not in Middlebury, Vermont, last Thursday to witness what happened at Middlebury College, but I’d like to share the accounts of two people who were. They were the targets of a mob’s violence – their names are Allison Stanger, professor of political science at Middlebury College, and Charles Murray, author of several groundbreaking books, including the controversial Bell Curve, and...
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It is false to claim that if we repeal #Obamacare now that millions will be left without insurance. The 2015 repeal bill that has already passed the House and the Senate contained a two year implementation provision that would give us more than enough time to figure out what comes next, which we can do through an open and deliberative process. The American people didn't elect Republicans so...
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"But there are three pieces of legislation that would go a long way toward reinvigorating the separation of powers at the heart of our constitutional system.

"First, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act) would help restore the balance between the executive and legislative branches by requiring congressional approval for any new regulation that would have a...
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Trump’s Historic Chance to Dismantle the Administrative State

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I have read several articles recently about the rise of traditionally ‘blue’ states filing lawsuits against the federal government because they have concerns with policies coming out of the Trump Administration. I plan to watch these cases closely, and I will be looking for any precedents that get set that will help states become stronger allies in the fight to decentralize power from...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated that he will recuse himself from investigations any time and every time it's warranted by the circumstances. I trust him enough to make these determinations.
This is a great event. I'm enjoying the good questions and good dialogue in Representative Stewart's tele-townhall. Utahns who want to engage with their members of Congress should tune in.