McConnell: Open Debate on Immigration Does Not Mean Unlimited Debate

McConnell: Open Debate on Immigration Does Not Mean Unlimited Debate

Senator Mitch McConnell is making one thing clear: it is now or never on immigration.  The Majority Leader has vowed to have an open debate policy when it came to an immigration bill this week, notably allowing an “opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom,” he said. But McConnell is making it clear that open-debate doesn’t mean endless debate.  And yesterday he said debate on an immigration bill will end this week, giving the Senate 2-3 days to come up…

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Trump Unveils Infrastructure Plan, Critics Worry It May Mean Higher Taxes for Taxpayers

Trump Unveils Infrastructure Plan, Critics Worry It May Mean Higher Taxes for Taxpayers

The White House has unveiled President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan which calls for 1.5 trillion new dollars in spending and investment.  The plan though, is light on actual investment from the federal government, with Washington only expected to contribute $200 billion of the price tag. The program calls for incentive programs that match federal grants with revenue streams from state, local and private sources.  The administration says this will encourage local stake holders to invest in projects in their communities….

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Senator Mike Lee: Budget Deal Betrayal of Limited Government Conservatism, I Will Be Voting No

Senator Mike Lee: Budget Deal Betrayal of Limited Government Conservatism, I Will Be Voting No

Senator Mike Lee announced his opposition to a budget deal put forth by Senate Leadership this week.  In a statement to ITN, the Senator said through a spokeswoman: “This budget deal is a betrayal of everything limited government conservatism stands for and I will be voting no.” The deal put forth by Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer would increase spending levels by roughly $300 billion over two years.  It would also lift the debt ceiling until after the…

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Pelosi Holds the Floor for a Record 8 Hours, Announces Opposition to Budget Deal Over DACA

Pelosi Holds the Floor for a Record 8 Hours, Announces Opposition to Budget Deal Over DACA

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held the floor yesterday for a record 8 hours and 7 minutes, in what was the longest floor speech in House of Representatives history.  Pelosi was announcing her opposition to a Senate deal on the budget that was reached earlier in the day. Pelosi’s opposition centers on that the budget deal reached between Senate Leaders Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Chuck Schumer, includes no solution for DACA recipients.  Pelosi spent much of the time on…

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House Freedom Caucus Announces Opposition to Budget Deal

House Freedom Caucus Announces Opposition to Budget Deal

The House Freedom Caucus, the influential group of about 30 or so conservative lawmakers has announced its opposition to the budget deal struck yesterday in the Senate.  Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Chuck Schumer announced a budget deal that would keep the government funded for two years and raise spending levels by about $300 billion. The caucus released their official position in a tweet yesterday evening, highlighting their main criticism – increased spending levels. House Freedom Caucus on…

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Senate Leaders McConnell and Schumer on Verge of Budget Deal That Would Avert Government Shutdown

Senate Leaders McConnell and Schumer on Verge of Budget Deal That Would Avert Government Shutdown

Senate Leaders Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Chuck Schumer have reached a deal on the budget that will keep the government funded for two years and avert a government shutdown.  The deal is expected to be announced as early as today. The agreement would increase domestic spending by $63 billion and military spending by $80 billion for the next two years.  It would also extend disaster relief, fund community health centers and opioid treatment, all Democratic demands. House Democratic Leader…

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Schumer and McConnell Hatch Deal That Would Keep Government Open, Funded Through 2019

Schumer and McConnell Hatch Deal That Would Keep Government Open, Funded Through 2019

Senate Leaders, Democrat Chuck Schumer and Republican Mitch McConnell announced that they are close to a deal on the budget that would keep the government funded for two years, Schumer said from the floor of the Senate today.  The deal would keep the government funded for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and would avoid the prospect of another government shutdown. The plan was laid out in this way: The senate will vote on a one year defense appropriations bill either…

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CIA Director Pushes Back on Schumer, Nothing “Untoward” About Meeting with Russian Counterparts

CIA Director Pushes Back on Schumer, Nothing “Untoward” About Meeting with Russian Counterparts

CIA Director Mike Pompeo responded to a letter from Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer raising concerns about a meeting Pompeo had with the head of Russia’s top spy agency. Pompeo said that Schumer implied there was something “untoward” about the meeting. “Let me assure you there is not,” Pompeo wrote.  “We periodically meet with our Russian intelligence counterparts for the same reason our predecessors did—to keep Americans safe.” Schumer was questioning a recent meeting between Pompeo and Sergey Naryshkin, the…

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President Trump, Chuck Schumer Negotiate Hard Over Border Wall

President Trump, Chuck Schumer Negotiate Hard Over Border Wall

Senator Chuck Schumer is withdrawing his offer to negotiate funding for a wall along the southern border as part of an immigration compromise, he said yesterday.  “We’re going to have to start on a new basis and the wall offer is off the table,” Schumer said, adding that the wall offer was initially part of a larger package. Schumer met privately with the president last Friday.  At that meeting, a deal was presented that Schumer hoped would avert a government shutdown….

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BREAKING: Senate Deal Reached – Government to Reopen

BREAKING: Senate Deal Reached – Government to Reopen

The Senate has reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the government. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will support a bill to reopen the government and fund it until February 8.  In exchange, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised that will put votes on the floor that will address the DACA program, immigration and other key issues Democrats have sought votes on, before February 8. “We will vote today to reopen the government to continue…

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