Once again, the Majority Leader is shutting down the voice of the people in the Senate. For seven long years, he’s refused to allow a truly comprehensive debate on energy in this chamber. He had a chance to change that yesterday. Dozens of Senators asked him to do it. We know the American people want us to do it. But he refused. Apparently, he doesn’t think the American people deserve a vote on a single energy amendment. Apparently, he doesn’t think the American Middle Class — which is being squeezed by rising energy costs and over-the-top government regulations — needs the kind of relief Republicans are proposing. . . . And let’s be honest: he doesn’t seem to think the people we represent deserve a say on much of anything anymore. Democrats over in the Republican-controlled House have received 125 amendment votes since last July. But here in the Senate, the Democrat Majority has allowed our constituents just nine — nine amendments since last July. It’s shameful. But it says a lot about which party is serious these days and which one is just playing games.
It also says a lot about how much Reid cares about his billionaire donors relative to how much he cares about his red state colleagues who will suffer at the polls. Their presence makes him majority leader and backs pro-energy amendments they and their constituents want. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mark Udall (D-Col.) and the rest would do much better with a GOP majority leader who would welcome their energy amendments.
The gridlock in Congress is artificial and caused by the White House and Reid. Instead of moving a bill that could draw widespread support, Reid thunders that the Koch brothers are among the “main causes” of climate change, a preposterous assertion and a telling sign that rank partisan politics takes precedence over everything else. Wash Post
Moron, congress passes hundreds of bills, half of them Harry Reid sits on and won't bring them up for a vote.
Scabbie's are very common with many of them. Of course, you consider them as an appetizer when meals on wheels delivers.
The Obama administration, scrambling for billions in emergency funding to address the surge on the U.S.-Mexico border, is facing yet another accusation that it was asleep as a crisis evolved -- this time, the influx of illegal immigrant minors.
Federal statistics show that the number of unaccompanied children making the dangerous trek from Central America -- specifically Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala -- began to pick up in 2012. It has steadily accelerated since. More than 50,000 total illegal immigrant children have crossed since last October, mostly from those countries. By one count, the estimated number of expected apprehensions this year would mark a 1,381 percent increase since 2011.
The administration is now elevating the response to a "crisis" level, tapping a central coordinator, sending Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with Latin American leaders and, now, requesting $3.7 billion in additional funding.
But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., claims the administration knew about the problem "for some time," and suggests the president should have been dealing with the governments of the Central American countries earlier.
"There is a lack of leadership, I think, on the part of the president in getting ahead of this issue, starting with dealing with the Mexican government and the governments of these three Central American countries and asking for their help," he told Fox News.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, in an interview with Fox News, even invoked the specter of Hurricane Katrina, and the George W. Bush administration's response to that disaster.
Reacting to Obama's decision, so far, not to visit the border during his trip to Texas on Wednesday, Cueller said he hopes this doesn't become his "Katrina moment."
The White House says the administration is now working closely with the Mexican and Central American governments involved to try and address the "root causes" of the problem and stem
President Obama reportedly will hold off seeking legal changes to speed up the deportation process for illegal immigrant children, when he submits his request to Congress on Tuesday seeking billions in emergency funding to deal with the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The administration insists it still plans to seek expanded authority to expedite deportations. But The Associated Press reported overnight that the request is moving on a separate track, amid objections from immigration advocates to the deportation proposal.
The blurry state of affairs reflects the political pressure the administration is facing from both sides of the debate.
From its left flank, advocacy groups oppose proposals to speed thousands of unaccompanied minors back home to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. But Republicans in Congress, and some Democrats, want the administration to get tough, and send a message that these illegal immigrants cannot get a free pass to stay in the U.S.
The AP reported that, according to unnamed Capitol Hill aides, the administration decided to submit the spending request apart from the policy changes.
But an administration official told Fox News they still intend to seek expanded authority to expedite removals.
"We already sent a letter to the Congressional Leadership last week on our desire for expanded authorities and we are still seeking those authorities and have made clear we will work with Congress to get those authorities," the official said.
The developments underscore the delicate position the administration finds itself in as it risks alienating allies by pursuing changes to turn the immigrant kids around more quickly. More than 50,000 have arrived since October, in many cases fleeing violence at home, but also drawn by rumors that they can stay in the U.S.
Obama tells congress just 'trust me'!
I don't see any facts in your post and I stand by my posted information. Unlike you, I don't have to make up "stuff" or lie like you do to make a point. Just because you say something, never means it's true. Past posts proves this 'fact' too. Now go to sleep, sun is coming up.
Economy added 9 million jobs, but also lost 4.6 million. The net increase is 4.4 million. Bush in eight years added just a bit more than 1 million jobs, however he didn't have the almost zero interest rates for his 8 years either. " inherited the worst economy in 80 years"! Total bunk!
House Democrats are urging their Senate counterparts to move their bills in the upper chamber this year.
Out of the 195 House-passed bills that are now stalled in the Senate, 31 were written by Democrats, and many have been awaiting Senate approval for close to a year.
Most of these Democratic bills are non-controversial. But House Democrats are stressing the importance of passing them.
GOP House leaders and Senate Democrats have engaged in a back-and-forth blame game on the gridlock in Washington.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has set up a website showcasing all bills “stuck in the Senate." President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), meanwhile, have criticized the House for not acting on immigration reform, which passed the Senate last year.
But the fact that House Democratic bills are sitting in the Senate gives GOP leaders political ammunition.
“Democratic bills, Republican bills, bipartisan bills — the House has moved scores of legislation to help hard-working families and build an America that works,” Cantor Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye said. “Harry Reid's do-nothing Senate must not have gotten the memo that President Obama declared 2014 a year of action.”
Reid's office did not respond to requests for comment.
Only half of the stalled Democratic bills have a companion measure in the Senate. All but one are being sponsored by Democratic senators. The exception is Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predator’s Act, which has a companion bill crafted by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
Three of the stalled Democratic bills deal with veterans and the military.
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has two House-passed bills awaiting action in the Senate. The Ruth Moore Act aims to improve the disability claims process for veterans with mental health problems due to sexual trauma experienced in the military.
Look at Harry Reid, not congress!
No Craigie, they are poor as a church mouse, have no education and no working skills. Many are sick with diseases that will require expensive treatments that states will end up paying for. In other words tax paying citizens. No one on this side of the boarder has any idea of the criminal pasts they have. This country cannot support mass influx of illegals that end up a drain on the country. We don;t have college professors jumping over the boarder to get here. "Most of these folks are hard working people"? You don't know that, as well as the facts people in age groups we are talking about have, had no jobs, skills. In other words, you really are a moron to think like you do. I can see how you relate to them though!!
Trying to to figure chart wise how your coming up with a sell signal? It's looking like NTI is still in a trading range and not breaking out on the down side. Am I missing something? Please explain. Not that I am a bull on NTI, but by same token we have no bear trend as of today.
Basham echoed recent comments from Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, the head of the U.S. Southern Command who's headed to Guatemala this week with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to talk to officials about the issue. Kelly argued that in the grand scheme of protecting the U.S. border, the resources allocated him have been unrealistically inadequate to curb the flow of migrants out of Central American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where amid thriving crime and poverty, a growing number of parents have dispatched their children to the United States in a blind shot at a better future.
"In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance," Kelly told Defense One over the weekend.
The Obama administration is launching a pricey public relations campaign to convince Central American children not to make the dangerous and illegal trek across the U.S. border -- but Washington's warning that those who cross will not get papers is belied by the reality on the ground.
While administration officials stress that children crossing the border will not get "permisos" to stay, statistics suggest they won't get deported any time soon, either.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, in an interview on Sunday, struggled to answer questions on whether the tens of thousands of Central American children who recently have entered the U.S. illegally will be deported or allowed to stay.
And the Los Angeles Times reports that deportations for illegal immigrant minors have dropped precipitously in recent years.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement data, according to the report, show that the number of minors deported or turned back at ports of entry fell to 1,669 last year, from 8,143 in 2008.
Fewer than 100 minors were deported from non-border states last year, according to the report.
Republicans say that recent Obama administration directives have fueled the latest surge, particularly a 2012 order allowing some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay. But the Obama administration points to a 2008 Bush administration-era law that made it difficult to send back minors from Central America who cross the border unaccompanied.
The Obama administration is now seeking additional authority to speed up such deportation proceedings, but until then is pursuing a multi-prong PR campaign whose results remain to be seen.
Announced last week, the $1 million media campaign will warn families in Central America that making the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border is not worth the risk. 'OH sure, they going to believe that one for sure'.
He also dismissed the narrative that the children are being sent unaccompanied to the U.S. border as a result of violence in their own country.
“The violence has existed for a long time,” Labrador said. “It's over the last two years that you've seen an increase in the children.”
While some of the children are living with relatives in this country, some remain in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Johnson declined to say whether Obama will visit the border while in Texas this week.
"The president can't be every place he'd like to be or should be," he said. Johnson also said he didn’t think the protests in Murrieta, Calif., about illegal immigrants being bussed from Texas to be housed in their city was representative of how fellow residents and the rest of America feel.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked by a reporter whether he could say “without ambiguity” if the children will be deported.
“What I can say without ambiguity is that the law will be applied and there is going to be a due process that they’ll all be subjected to,” Earnest replied. “So I wouldn’t stand here and say how those claims will be processed; it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to do so. But the law will be rigorously applied.” 'Obvious attempt at making a joke about laws being enforced!'
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson dodged pointed questions Sunday about whether the tens of thousands of Central Americans children who have recently entered the U.S. illegally will be deported or allowed to stay.
His responses on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and those of other Obama administration officials about what exactly they will do about the estimated 50,000 children who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months are being characterized as ambiguous, as officials try to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
Johnson said everybody who crossed the border faces a “pending” deportation proceeding but also repeated recent administration talking points about looking at ways to “create additional options.”
“There’s deportation proceeding pending against everybody coming illegally across the border,” he said, while also repeating the administration’s argument about dealing with a 2008 law that gives some protection to illegal immigrants from non-bordering countries.
Johnson also dismissed questions about not having enough resources at the border and expressed optimism the U.S. will stop the flow of illegals into the country, estimated in the hundreds of thousands since spring.
“Our border is not open for illegal immigration,” he told NBC. “And we will stem the tide.”
He also suggested that America’s first obligation is to the incoming children, over sovereignty.
“We have to do right by the children,” Johnson said.
His remarks were sharply criticized by Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who called the administration’s public response to the crisis “shameful.”
“The administration needs to deport these families and children,” said Labrador, who appeared on the show after Johnson. “I know it sounds harsh and difficult, but it's better for the children. Send these children back in a humanitarian way. We can do it safely and efficiently.”
We have thousands of crows here in SW Florida. I use to just shoot them from my garage with my pellet guns and drop them like a bad habit. Problem is when I did that, soon I had about 100 crows in my garage (about). Just ended up calling too much attention so I had to stop. We have quite a population of both common and fish crows. The latter give me fits in the spring when I have purple martins trying to get babies out. I always enjoyed pellet rifles and now just collect the English made Whiscombes. I have the only complete collection in the world of them. Nice hobby collecting air guns, plus no issues with firearms etc (yet).
One must always remember how loving and caring liberals like crymore & craigie are. The kindness and concern they share for others is to be admired. We all get to experience that love on a daily basis.