Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children are left in limbo as immigration reform once again failed to pass in the Congress this week.  The fate of DREAMers is up in the air as Congress enters a week-long recess and a March 5th deadline for the DACA program, which protects those immigrants from deportation, looms. Republicans in the Senate put forth a plan last week that would have granted nearly 2 million…

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Urges President Trump to Keep Kelly

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Urges President Trump to Keep Kelly

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly advised President Trump to not fire Chief of Staff John Kelly in the wake of a scandal involving a White House staffer who was working under him.  According to sources, McConnell has told the President to avoid making any significant changes to his senior level staff, including letting John Kelly go. Kelly has come under fire in the last week after it was reported that White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter had physically…

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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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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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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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