Immigration Reform Dies Again

Republicans made a last-ditch effort to pass a DACA solution this week only to have it thwarted by Democrats.  Are we seeing the beginning of a midterm election strategy by Democrats?  We discuss DACA and the failure of Congress to once again get an immigration bill passed in today’s episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/itn/p/content.blubrry.com/itn/Immigration_Reform_Dies_Again.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]

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McConnell Set to Open Immigration Debate with No Particular Bill in Mind, Wants to Let a “Thousand Flowers Bloom”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has moved to begin debate on an immigration bill in the Senate in an unorthodox way – by not starting with an immigration bill.  McConnell said that he will not use a bill as the starting point for negotiation.  Instead, he will let senators propose amendments straightaway, allowing, essentially, an […]

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The Federal Government Shuts Down for Five Hours Then Reopens Overnight

The Federal Government shut down for five and a half ours overnight, then reopened as Congress got a sufficient number of votes in line to pass a massive spending bill that will keep the government funded.  The deal increases spending on domestic programs, as well as defense, making it appealing to just enough members on […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Two Days Away from Another Government Shutdown, Lawmakers Have Yet to Make a Move

Two days away from a government shutdown, there is still is no indication how, or when, the debate over a sweeping immigration reform bill will begin.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to bring bills covering immigration, defense and other issues to the floor for votes if no solutions were set forth in the spending […]

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House GOP’s No. 2: We Can’t Pass Immigration Reform with Democratic Help

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said today that no comprehensive immigration reform package will be passed without Democratic votes.  “Whatever we do is not going to pass with one party or another. If you want to do it, that bill has a lot of merit to solving the problem,” McCarthy said. It was revealed last […]

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