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Rep. Radel: Substance Abuse Never Interfered With My Work.


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By Courtney Coren

Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida says he plans to return to work after completing drug and alcohol rehabilitation, but emphasizes that his substance abuse never interfered with his work in Congress.

“It never interfered with my congressional obligations,” Radel wrote on Facebook on Sunday. “However, it led me down a path that chipped away at my relationship with my wife, my child, and God.”

The freshman congressman was arrested in October after purchasing cocaine from an undercover agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington.

On Nov. 20, he pleaded guilty to the charges against him and entered a voluntary rehabilitation program for treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse.

“My recovery is under way and ongoing,” he said. “I have and will continue to build a support system to rely on for the rest of my life. While in a voluntary rehabilitation program, I began a step-by-step process that will aid me in recovery one day at a time.”

He said his main struggle is with alcohol.

“To be clear, alcohol is the problem for me,” the Florida Republican said. “It was selfishly fun, but became an issue when it led to poor choices and missed opportunities.”

While he made it clear in his Facebook post that he plans to remain in office, Florida Republican leaders have said they want Radel to resign.

At least two Republican candidates have said they are ready to run in a special election if needed.

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McCain: Cut Foreign Aid to Egypt.


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By Audrey Hudson and Sandy Fitzgerald

Members of Congress are divided on what to do with Egypt’s $1.5 billion in foreign aid as U.S. law requires the suspension of taxpayer funding to countries where a democratically elected government is deposed by a military coup.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told “Fox News Sunday” that funding should continue, and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island said he is not anxious to kill the foreign spending.

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But Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is insisting the purse strings be cut in the wake of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi‘s ouster by the country’s military. And House Republican Mike Rogers says the fact that Egypt toppled its president in a coup cannot be ignored.

Florida Republican Rep. Trey Radel said that he also “agrees with Senator McCain” and that aid should be suspended until specific conditions are met, including the establishment of elections and a free press.

“I think we have to be very, very careful in terms of suspending aid or cutting it off,” Reed said.

“Will cutting off aid accelerate or enhance the opportunities and the chances to have a truly democratic government? I don’t think so,” Reed said.

Corker said Congress should not make any rash decisions on funding.

“It seems like Washington always wants to jump to something that really, in many cases, does not matter,” Corker said.

“The aid doesn’t flow on a daily basis. We’ll have plenty of time to assess that. It seems to me that what we should be looking at is how the military and how the country itself handles this transition,” Corker said.

McCain, appearing Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said pointedly that the military’s action was a coup.

“It was a coup, and it was the second time in two-and-a-half years that we have seen the military step in. It’s a strong indicator of the lack of American leadership and influence,” McCain said. “Reluctantly I believe that we have to suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election.”

However, McCain said doesn’t think aid can be pulled back because it’s “in the pipeline. But I hope that the pressure that it brings on the Egyptian military will make for a very rapid transition.”

Mohammed Morsi was a terrible president. Their economy is in terrible shape thanks to their policies, but the fact is, the United States should not be supporting this coup,” McCain said.

President Barack Obama has not declared Morsi’s ouster by the country’s armed forces a military coup, if such a declaration is made and recognized by the State Department, U.S. foreign end would be eliminated.

Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the United States should be involved in ensuring a stable Egypt, but it should not ignore the law requiring it to stop aid when a military coup occurs.

U.S. officials have been taking pains not to call the military’s ousting of Morsi a coup but Rogers says the law is “very clear,” and the United States should not act outside its own laws.

“I think the irony of us not following the law after the Egyptian crisis would be too much to handle,” Rogers said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Rogers suggested making an exemption to the current rule against aid after a military coup.

“The president needs to come to Congress,” Rogers said. “I would not try to circumvent the law by calling this something it is not.”

The Egyptian military is the one stable factor in the area, Rogers said. It did not overreact during the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubark a year ago, and in the current situation was reacting to calls of secularists and more liberal and moderate factions rather than acting on its own, he said.

Still, U.S. actions should be done in a legal way, Rogers said. The United States should help the military and then provide a way for multiple factions to participate in a newly elected government to allow for “a march toward true democracy.”

Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday the United States’ monetary investment in Egypt must lead to “an Egypt for all.”

Menendez told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the $1.4 billion in aid is intended to protect domestic interests while helping Egypt along a path to democracy.

“This country doesn’t have a history of democracy,” the New Jersey Democrat said. “The only way that Egypt will succeed is if it’s an Egypt for all.”

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U.S. leaders should insist on a swift transition to a civilian government, with all parties participating, new elections for the next president and the possibility of a new constitution, Menendez said.

“At the end of the day, while we have already made some obligations on that $1.4 billion, by no means have we made the overwhelming amount of that obligation,” he said. “This is an opportunity to have a pause and say to the Egyptians, ‘You have an opportunity to come together.'”

A column published in Foreign Policy magazine by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, shortly before the overthrow, accused the administration of staying on the “sidelines” during the latest protests.

“In what has to be one of the most stunning diplomatic failures in recent memory, the United States is — in both perception and reality — entrenched as the partner of a repressive, Islamist regime and the enemy of the secular, pro-democracy opposition,” he wrote.
Greg Richter and Amy Woods contributed to this report.

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Allen West: Impeachment Should Be Option for Obama.


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By Sandy Fitzgerald

All options, including impeachment, should be considered for President Barack Obama in the wake of numerous scandals affecting his administration, said former Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida.

West, in an interview with The Shark Tank, a Florida-based blog, said he agreed with Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida who said in January that Obama’s executive actions on gun control should lead to impeachment.

Since then, scandals including the seizure of phone records from journalists, the Internal Revenue Service‘s targeting of conservative organizations, and the administration’s response to the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi, have continued to unfold.

West said the administration’s actions following the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are reason enough for impeachment.

“We did something that is the most heinous thing that could ever happen, we abandoned Americans while they were under attack,” West said. “You know that’s right up there to ask someone, maybe you should not be the president. Guess what? Richard Nixon stepped down over breaking and entering.”

West agreed Radel was “absolutely right” when he said that the United States is at a breaking point.

“We have completely lost our checks and balances in this country, the Congress needs to hold the president accountable for the decisions that he’s making right now, and that’s why again, I would say that all options should be on the table,” Radel said in the earlier interview.

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Cantor Pledges Obamacare Repeal Vote.


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By David Yonkman, Washington Correspondent

House Republican freshmen will soon have their first opportunity to vote on repealing President Barack Obama’s 2010 signature health care law, as Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Friday that such a measure will come to the floor in the near future.

The House voted 36 times to fully repeal or replace Obamacare in the last session of Congress, but freshmen members have not yet had the opportunity to do so.

“I am pleased Eric Cantor has scheduled a vote to repeal Obamacare,” Republican freshman Rep. Trey Radel of Florida told Newsmax. “When even the architects of the bill are referring to it as a train wreck, it’s clear Obamacare is a terrible policy.”

The limited-government, free-market Club for Growth welcomed the upcoming House vote.

“We strongly support the full repeal of Obamacare and we hope that Congress acts to stop this disastrous, anti-growth monstrosity,” Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller told Newsmax.

As he released the House legislative schedule for May, Cantor said that the House will also vote on tying student loan interest rates to market rates for federal borrowing. The House voted to extend the current rate of 3.4 percent last summer when it was scheduled to increase to 6.8 percent. The current extension runs out at the end of June.

“In the near-term this is expected to provide an interest rate lower than the 6.8 percent fixed in law and over the long-term provide savings for taxpayers,” Cantor said, adding that it will take the politics out setting interest rates and provide a long-term fix.

The House will also vote on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, creating accountability with the Securities and Exchange Commission, responding to the U.S. hitting its limit on borrowing over the summer, a flex-time bill for private-sector workers, and funding pediatric research.

Cantor said that the House Republicans can expect a heavy workload after it returns from a Memorial Day recess at the end of the month.

“We have a busy legislative agenda planned this summer and our schedule will undoubtedly require further additions,” he said.

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