Immigration Reform Dies Again

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 window | Download

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

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 immigration bill to be built from scratch. “The bill I move to, which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that…

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The Federal Government Shuts Down for Five Hours Then Reopens Overnight

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 either side of the aisle to get it passed.  It does not, however, include any provisions on immigration. Senator Rand Paul held a vote up…

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

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 bill that needed to pass before February 8 in order to keep the government open. Conservatives are pushing McConnell to bring the White House’s plan…

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

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 week that President Trump will call for a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in border wall funding…

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