Posted in Political Issues, tagged Dick Durbin (D-Ill), illegal immigrants, Illegal immigration, Immigration reform, Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), path to citizenship, Sen. Bob Menendez, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo) on January 28, 2013 |
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Didn’t know the US had an immigration problem? I know we have an illegal immigration problem.
A powerful group of senators from both parties has reached a deal on the outlines of a comprehensive immigration overhaul, a development that will drive an emotional debate on a hot-button issue unseen in Washington for more than half a decade.
The group is expected to unveil the basics of its proposal at a Monday news conference on Capitol Hill, essentially laying down a marker on the issue one day before President Barack Obama heads to Las Vegas to unveil more details about his own immigration proposal.
According to a five-page document provided to POLITICO, the sweeping proposal — agreed to in principle by eight senators — would seek to overhaul the legal immigration system as well as create a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s roughly 11 million illegal immigrants. But establishing that pathway would depend on whether the U.S. first implements stricter border enforcement measures and new rules ensuring immigrants have left the country in compliance with their visas. Young people brought to the country as children illegally and seasonal agriculture industry workers would be given a faster path to citizenship.
The broad agreement by the influential Gang of Eight senators amounts to the most serious bipartisan effort to act on the highly charged issue since George W. Bush’s comprehensive measure was defeated in the Senate in 2007.
It remains to be seen if Obama will embrace the Senate effort, or how closely his own proposal hews to the Senate one. But the Senate proposal is expected to take precedence on Capitol Hill, given that bipartisan backing will be crucial to getting anything through the Democratic-controlled Senate — let alone the Republican-controlled House.
The bipartisan coalition includes influential Democrats such as Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the No. 3 in the leadership. It also has the backing of Sen. Bob Menendez, the Cuban-American Democrat from New Jersey poised to be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. And it has the support of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, the new chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The same Bob Menendez who had the illegal immigrant sex offender working for him and who the FBI is investigating for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes.
Republican heavy-hitters also have signed onto the deal’s framework, including two veterans of the bruising 2007 effort: Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. But it also won the support of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a rising GOP star and possible future presidential candidate. And the freshman Arizona Republican, Jeff Flake, who endorsed similar comprehensive plans during his House tenure, has also backed the proposal.
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Another Obama “crisis” and another bill that has to be passed immediately. President Obama knew that neither Republicans or Democrats would pass his bill and it was his weak attempt to blame Congress in his upcoming reelection campaign.
The Hill reports:
President Obama’s jobs bill will likely need to be changed in order to win enough votes for passage, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday.
But…but…Obama wanted it passed like 3 weeks ago. We have an unemployment crisis and Obama wants to spend $447 billion on the same ideas he had with is $830 billion 2009 stimulus. That “stimulus” saw unemployment jump from 7.4% to 10.2% and 28 straight months of 9% plus unemployment.
Durbin said Democrats are still working to round up votes in the Senate for the $447 billion plan, but said the final proposal probably won’t be a carbon copy of the one Obama proposed in September.
“We’re also going to work on the number of votes to support it,” Durbin said Tuesday in a conference call. “It may not be the exact plan presented by the president.”
Those damn obstructionist Democrats. Why are they so heartless in trying to change Obama’s awesome jobs plan?
Durbin said last week that there aren’t enough votes to pass Obama’s American Jobs Act, but said there eventually will be.
House Republicans have already declared the president’s bill dead on arrival in their chamber, and said they will move forward only with pieces of it.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has chided the president for taking an “all or nothing” approach to the bill, saying it’s “unacceptable” for the president to ask Congress to pass his legislation as written.
Obama on Monday asked Congress to hold a vote on his bill by the end of October. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised the Senate would take up the jobs legislation this month.
By the end of October? Obama held several press conferences where he demanded passage of his unread bill NOW. Guess it’s not all that important since it was all political to begin with.
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This is why liberals-progressives-socialists hate the U.S. Constitution. It stops them from implementing their radical ideas.
(CNSNews.com) – Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said in a congressional hearing Tuesday that a young person who is an illegal alien in the United States today may someday become president.
“When I look around this room, I see America’s future, our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our congressmen, our senators, and maybe our president,” Durbin said immediately after having asked all young persons in the room to stand if they were currently undocumented aliens who would be eligible to become citizens if the DREAM Act were passed.
As a videotape of the hearing shows, a large portion of the audience in the room rose at Durbin’s request. Durbin also said in his introductory remarks that there were “hundreds” of young people in the room eligible to become beneficiaries of the DREAM Act.
The U.S. Constitution forbids the desires of criminal-loving Democrats…
As the U.S. Constitution now stands, even legal immigrants are not eligible to serve as president. Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution says: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
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When you can't defend...blame
What recovery are they speaking about?
Did they forget that Obama’s hand-picked DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, said ”we (Democrats) own this economy” and proclaimed they have “turned it around?” How can Republicans “sabotage” an economy that has been turned around?
They’ve made it explicit. Democrats are accusing Republicans of trying to sabotage the recovery — or at least stall it — by blocking all short-term measures to boost the economy, even ones they previously supported.
In a Capitol press conference Wednesday, the Senate’s top Democrats argued that Republicans don’t want to pass measures like a temporary payroll tax holiday for employers because they’ll improve President Obama’s re-election chances.
“Our Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are driven by putting one man out of work: President Obama,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).
The harshest denunciation came from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the man who crafted the Dems’ new “jobs first” message.
“We are also open to hiring incentives, perhaps in the form of a payroll tax cut for employers that was floated by the administration…. [T]hat might not be our first choice, that shows how willing we are to work with the Republicans to create jobs. It’s pro-business, it’s a tax cut, and many Republicans have been for it in the past. But now all of a sudden they’re coming out against it,” Schumer said.
What happened to the infamous liberal claim that tax cuts add to the deficit?
All this blame after the Federal Reserve revised the economic growth numbers down. What happened to that ‘summer of recovery’ and the promise that their $830 billion stimulus would keep unemployment below 8%? Do Democrats recall they had a super-majority during Obama’s first two years?
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It only took a little over 2 years for Democrats to remember that Obama is president and his policies have failed. Obama owned this economy since he and Joe Biden declared it the “summer of recovery” back in 2009.
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Tonight Obama is going to talk about his budget, deficit reduction and tax hikes. Democrats are living up to their party’s moniker of ‘tax and spend.’ Now a Democratic Senator wants to dig his hands deeper into the taxpayers pockets by calling for an internet sales tax.
A Democratic senator is preparing to introduce legislation that aims to end the golden era of tax-free Internet shopping.
The proposal–expected to be made public soon after Tax Day–would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the ability of Americans to shop at Web sites like Amazon.com and Overstock.com without paying state sales taxes.
Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second most senior Senate Democrat, will introduce the bill after the Easter recess, a Democratic aide told CNET.
“Why should out-of-state companies that sell their products online have an unfair advantage over Main Street bricks-and-mortar businesses?” Durbin said in a speech in Collinsville, Ill., in February. “Out-of-state companies that aren’t paying their fair share of taxes are sticking Illinois residents and businesses with the tab.”
This is why Democrats are viewed as anti-American and anti-business. This new tax will affect both, on top of giving Washington more o our money to waste. Taxing businesses will cause businesses to pass these added costs down to the taxpayers.
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