Tennessee Congressman Mark Green Discusses Double Standards in Congress and His Future Priorities

Tennessee Congressman Mark Green Discusses Double Standards in Congress and His Future Priorities

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) to the newsmakers line.

During the second hour, Congressman Green weighed in on last night’s vote to expel freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green from her committee duties while acknowledging the hypocrisy of the Democrats. He later discussed that he would be prioritizing legislation to win the House back, ensuring election integrity, and taking care of our veterans.

Leahy: Joining us now on the newsmakers line from the land of double standards in Washington D.C. our good friend Congressman Mark Green. Good morning, Congressman Green.

Green: Hey, good morning to you guys. Can you hear me okay?

Leahy: We can hear you. It’s a little crackly. But of course, why wouldn’t you expect it to be a crackly communication with you living in this very weird world of the 117th session of Congress. What happened last night with the land of double standards and the expelling of first-term Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committees in Congress? What happened there?

Green: Well, it’s pretty crazy. The hypocrisy from the left is I mean every day, I think it can’t get any worse, and then, of course, it does. She had made some comments in reference to the website QAnon, and this is all well before she was elected. She got up and talked a little bit about that of course on the floor and explained herself. Nothing compared to the riots that were incited by Pressley and others last summer. But here we are and we voted and it was barely passed because the Democrats barely have a majority in the House now. It’s just hypocrisy to the max now and it makes you sick to your stomach.

Leahy: Can you contrast this to I don’t know what you’d call the French Revolution-Kangaroo court session of the 117th session of Congress with the previous sessions in which you were a member of Congress?

Green: Well, I mean they have always been more than willing to bend the rules to fit their agenda. So even last Congress 116th when I was here my first term they’d bend the rules anytime and they would take stuff straight to the floor. Never going to committee. Bypassing rules. And they’re just doing more of that yesterday which was an excellent example totally against House procedure and took it straight to the floor of the House and was voted on just because they have a majority and can.

Leahy: What is on your personal agenda in this very weird situation where the left is exercising what Alexis de Tocqueville warned us about back in the 1830s? If you want to talk tyranny of the majority just take a look at what’s going on in the House of Representatives today. What’s your plan for the next couple of years?

Green: We could talk about legislative priorities. We could talk about overall priorities. Overall priorities being that we’ve got to retake control of the House because the House is a majority body basically meaning if you’ve got the majority plus one you rule. And you determine what goes to the committees and basically everything that gets done. So this is our number one priority.

And I think this is America’s number one priority and it should coalesce all of us together who love our country and that’s for the Republicans to retake control of the house. There is no other thing that comes close to that a part of that is election integrity. And that means two things. One, of course, doing everything we can with state legislatures across the country, and Republicans control 30 state legislators on both sides.

We’ve got to make sure that mail-in ballots and election integrity happens and that mail-in ballots never happen again and election integrity is reinforced. So those were probably the number one and number two. If you’re talking about legislative priorities, that gets more into the weeds, of course. But taking care of veterans. I’ve got some bills to do that. We have some specific needs at Fort Campbell in the Clarksville area.

That military base there needs new barracks. China. We have got to push back. China is the number one threat to our generation and I’ve got five bills to address that. I’m on the House Armed Services now and Foreign Affairs. I’m going to be the ranking member of one of the subcommittees there for our Western Hemisphere. So I’ll be meeting in National Security this Congress.

Leahy: Our listeners are hearing a little crackling on the line here and I want to explain what that crackling is. The crackling on the line is because Representative Mark Green is now in the land of double standards. That’s what the crackling is coming from. It’s that double standard that is emanating from the Democratic majority and Nancy Pelosi.

Let me shift the questioning here a little bit and I don’t want to catch you off guard but let me talk about some of President Joe Biden’s executive orders. Breitbart is reporting that yesterday he issued an executive order for this fiscal year to increase the number of refugees from the limit of 12,000 under President Trump to 125,000. Tell me what you think about this Congressman Green.

As I look at that executive order I believe that executive order is illegal. And here’s why. The Refugee Act of 1980 authorized the president to set a refugee limit once a year with a letter to Congress in September for the following fiscal year. The president at the time, President Trump issued such a letter and said the limit would be 12,000 for the fiscal year 2021.

As I read the law, there’s only one time in any year that the president can issue that letter and that’s in September in the last year of the fiscal year. President Biden’s executive order totally changes that law. Do I have that right? Would you agree with me or would you look into the idea that that executive order issued yesterday apparently by President Biden increasing refugee limits to 125,000 is in fact illegal? Have you had a chance to look at that?

Green: My team is already looking at it. I’m not an attorney so I have to rely on our staff for that. But they’re digging into that. I think it’s probably wrong on multiple levels and may be unconstitutional on more than one level. Unfunded mandates are I think unconstitutional when the federal government demands that the states do something. They can’t do that. It is fundamentally wrong to do that and not fund it.

When we take refugees into the state of Tennessee the education system and other services get taxed. And that’s why a lot of people push back on this. I actually thought that we should have locked the program in Tennessee. I’ve talked with the governor about that and he chose not to do that. But my thinking is we have a lot of people in Tennessee who have needs and we should take care of them first and then others second. I think the unfunded mandate piece of this is also a reason to say that it’s not constitutional.

Leahy: And I believe Congressman Green that you were in the state Senate in 2015, I think it was 2015 when the Tennessee General Assembly passed a resolution to sue the federal government on Tenth Amendment grounds about the refugee resettlement program. Governor Haslam didn’t sign on to that. That lawsuit was ultimately dismissed for lack of standing. Do I have that right? You were actually involved in that in the state?

Green: Yes I was. (Inaudible talk)

Leahy: Representative Green, the static from the Nancy Pelosi land of double of standards seems to be increasing.

Green: Sorry.

Leahy: It’s not you. I’m sure it’s the land of double standards. (Green chuckles) I want to tell you that I am saving something for you. In our studio today we have a big beautiful birthday cake for the Tennessee Star made by the Puffy Muffin in Brentwood. So I have a beautiful red velvet cake. It’s our fourth year anniversary of the online news site The Tennessee Star. We’re going to cut this cake. I’m going to save a piece for you. And then next time you’re in studio I’ll give you a piece of this cake and we will preserve it so it’s tasty.

Green: Sounds great. I love red velvet cake, and I’m excited about the accomplishments of The Tennessee Star.

Leahy: Oh well, thanks so much Congressman Mark Green, we really appreciate you joining us this morning. I know you have lots of busy things to do and look forward to having you here in studio again. Thanks for joining us.

Green: Sounds great. Thanks for having me on sorry about the static.

Leahy: Oh, that’s okay. We’re going to blame Nancy Pelosi and all the tyranny of the majority Democrats. Thanks so much, Representative Mark Green. Well, that’s a great interview but a little staticky there. But again, it’s the land of double standards. That will explain it all.

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Caller Karl Wins Bet with Leahy and Gives Political Advice to Republicans

Caller Karl Wins Bet with Leahy and Gives Political Advice to Republicans

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio and Caller Karl to the newsmakers line who suggested that Republicans could learn a thing or two from the Democrats’ relentless call action.

Leahy: Crom Carmichael is here. The original all-star panelist. There have been a lot of angry calls Crom. There have been a lot of unhappy and sad calls.

Carmichael: Sad calls?

Leahy: Sad calls from callers.

Carmichael: Is this a happy call?

Leahy: This caller is very very happy today. He is going to be delighted about what he’s about to tell us. Karl from Nashville. Karl welcome to The Tennessee Star Report.

Carmichael: What he’s about to tell you.

Leahy: Yeah, what he’s about to tell me. (Laughter) Karl, welcome to the Tennessee Star Report.

Caller Karl: In the words of the big guy in 48 hours, pay what you owe! That’s a classic scene. (Leahy laughs) The guy just ran his whole hand through the window and tried to grab Eddie Murphy through the whole window. That was a good scene.

Leahy: Karl, you and I have a bet don’t we?

Karl: We do.

Leahy: And the bet was who would be inaugurated president. How long ago did we make this bet?

Karl: It’s been three maybe four months.

Carmichael: It was before the election.

Leahy: It was long before the election. And Karl, the loser of this bet buys the other dinner. And you said, Joe Biden will be inaugurated president and I said Donald Trump would be. Do you have a message for me this morning? (Laughs)

Karl: You know what, I’m not going to gloat on that. I’m going to be a good caller and play to your format. And the question you asked earlier this morning about what do conservatives need to do? That’s a damn good question. And I’m going to answer it as a politician would answer it. I’m going to get really political with you here.

Carmichael: Let Karl answer.

Leahy: Carl answer. Go ahead. Answer the question.

Carmichael: I want to know what he says.

Karl: It’s twofold. Step number one. If you don’t like Stacey Abrams whatever. What she did was this. She was ticked off about what happened in the election in Georgia. But instead of pouting and taking her ball and going home, Stacey Abrams said you know what? I see a problem whether you think it’s a problem or not, I’m going to do something about it. So she did something about it.

Not only in Georgia but Stacey did something about it not only in Arizona but Nevada as well and Michigan and other states. She grew her organization and she organized and got disenfranchised people out there to vote. Number two, Republicans and conservative, you might not want to hear this. But you can’t depend on the Southern strategy anymore.

Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina in the old Deep South is waking up to a new reality. Black people are politically aware. And if you do not talk to people and try and get their votes and just try to depend on the majority of the country to push you over the top that’s not working anymore. That’s my two cents and my you know, my input here.

Karl: Do you have a political consulting firm? No this is a serious question.

Carmichael: Both of the things that Karl has just said are entirely accurate.

Leahy: Entirely accurate. Would you like me to introduce you to the people at the Republican National Committee?

Carmichael: He’s not interested.

Karl: They won’t listen. I mean if you see what they did and you know as well as I know for whatever reason midterm elections Black people tend not to show up. Special elections to be brutally honest they do not show up. But for whatever reason they are. And Stacey Abrams love her or hate her she has woken a sleeping giant. And there’s a lot of Black people in the South that do not get out and vote because the Democrats, I’m talking about their fault. Their ills.

They refuse to put people up for election in places that they think they’re going to lose. Jamie Harrison, The reason why he got so many votes in South Carolina is that he did something really really odd. He asked people for their votes in places that were not normally seeing a person like him as for a vote. And that’s what you have to do on the Democrat side.  They have to say you know, what? Why are we conceding Alabama, Mississippi, and Montana? Why? Ask for their vote and they may give it to you.

Leahy: Karl, I’m not joining but I think this is very sound advice that you are giving both parties. I think you nailed it.

Carmichael: He’s not giving the Democratic Party that advice.

Leahy: They are already doing it. It’s the Republicans that need your voice. (Chuckles)

Karl: The Democrats do need to go in other places in Tennessee to ask for the vote. You may be surprised that someone will give you their vote if you ask for it.

Carmichael: Do you think that Trump in 2016 did exactly what you are recommending now?

Karl: Listen, I’ve been paying attention to politics forever. What Donald Trump successfully did is that he said the quiet parts out loud and got people that normally say I’m not interested in this stuff. I don’t want to be involved in politics because they are all this that and the other. And you had regular politicians that will skate around things. Whether it was ugly, nasty, whatever you may think of what he said and how he said it. Right?

I always say this right here. There is no more conservative political person in this country than Mike Huckabee. And I’ve been listening to Republicans for 40-50 years that say they want a conservative. Stop putting RINOS in. we want a conservatives conservative. Well, Mike Huckabee was there running for president in 2015 throughout ’16. He didn’t get it. And there is nobody as conservative as that man.

Donald Trump beat them all because Donald Trump got out there and said the think the quiet Parts out loud. He didn’t use you know, the old dog whistle he used the bullhorn. (Leahy chuckles) A book that I read where a guy said and told the other guy to get out there and say something. You are allowed to be rambunctious. Sometimes you make sense. So go out there and say it and they might listen to you. He said the quiet parts out loud.

Leahy: Karl, we’ve got about a minute here. So you won the bet. You have won the bet! And I am going to buy you dinner. Now, do you want steak or hamburger? What do you want? You get to pick. Where would you like to go? We have to figure out when and where. But I am buying you dinner.

Karl: I am a patient man. I like steak.

Leahy: I’ll do steak.

Karl: Let’s get to the point where 4,000 Americans aren’t dying a day because of the pandemic.

Leahy: That’s a very good point. I have another bet that I have to pay off to a couple of friends. (Laughs) Some Ivy League friends that I will have dinner with. But we probably aren’t going to do that until the fall with those friends because they live out of state. What’s your favorite steakhouse by the way?

Karl: Remember when I told you when we made the bet. I’m not going to try and break the bank or be greedy.

Leahy: You won the bet. I like steak.

Karl: My favorite steak is a marinated rib-eye from Rafferty’s.

Leahy: Rafferty’s. Is that where you’d like to go then?

Karl: Absolutely.

Leahy: We’ll buy your favorite. I’m buying. But when do you think it’s likely? By the way, stay through the break because I want to make sure that Squeegy our producer gets your phone number. When do you think we’ll be able to do this?

Karl: You know what? When science says it’s safe. I can’t put a time on it. When science says it’s safe then we can do that. If we have to wait a year. Let’s keep breathing.

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