Tony Romm And Seung Min Kim Washington Post
WASHINGTON – The prospects for a bipartisan infrastructure reform deal dimmed even further on Monday, as Senate Republicans alleged the White House had agreed to narrow the scope of its $2.2 trillion plan – only to reverse course days later.
The dispute centers on President Joe Biden’s proposal to package new investments in roads, bridges and pipes with billions of dollars to help children and families. Republicans say that Biden agreed earlier this month to seek what they describe as “social” spending as part of another legislative effort, only to have his top aides take the opposite approach during the latest round of talks on Friday.
“We thought we had an understanding that social infrastructure is off – they didn’t take any of that off,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., the party’s lead negotiator.
Republicans similarly had made clear to Biden that they couldn’t support tax increases to pay for the infrastructure package, Capito added, only to have the White House reaffirm its plan to raise rates on corporations when its submitted its latest counteroffer. Days later, the senator said the move had left her and her colleagues wondering, “Are you not hearing us?”
Asked about the GOP’s characterization of Biden’s position, White House spokesman Andrew Bates said the president is not going to “negotiate through the press.”
“We understood he would try to do the rest of it without us if that was the way they needed to do the rest of it,” he added.
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Partisans Differ Over Whether Shutdown Is A Very Serious Problem
About six-in-ten adults say the government shutdown is a very serious problem for the country today, while 22% view it as a somewhat serious problem; just two-in-ten say that it is not too or not at all serious a problem for the country.
Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to view the shutdown as a very serious problem for the nation: Nearly eight-in-ten Democrats and Democratic leaners say this, compared with just 35% of Republicans and Republican leaners.
Only about a quarter of conservative Republicans and GOP-leaning independents see the shutdown as a very serious problem facing the country, compared with 47% of moderate and liberal Republicans. Ideological differences among Democrats are more modest: 85% of liberal Democrats consider the shutdown a very serious problem, while 73% of conservative and moderate Democrats say the same.
Democratic Views On A Border Wall
One of the most outspoken and controversial topics of Donald Trumps election campaign and subsequent time in office has been his stance on border control. Most notably, there was much contention surrounding Trumps goal of constructing a border wall between the US and Mexico. In the past, Democrats supported measures to create a physical barrier between the US and Mexican borders. However, the lines were clearly drawn when Trump made the proposal for his wall. While Democrats support border security, Trumps border wall concept was not the route they were hoping for. Democratic views on a border wall are overall negative, though some Democrats have seen the issue as a point of negotiation for other matters, such as Trumps battle against DACA and the Dreamers.
Here Are The 41 Republicans Who Voted Against Securing The Us Border
Forty-one House Republicans voted against a bill Friday that would have secured funding for President Donald Trumps border wall, addressed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and included E-verify, among other conservative provisions.
Members voted on an amended version of GOP Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Michael McCaul of Texass bill that provided more border security funding, only granted DACA recipients a temporary protected three-year legal status with no pathway for citizenship which moderate Republicans are fervently asking leadership to provide and included other features.
The bill failed in the House in a 193-231 vote Thursday.
Here the Republican members who voted against the bill:
Paul Gosar of Arizona Frank LoBiando of New Jersey Tom MacArthur of New Jersey Chris Smith of New Jersey Leonard Lance of New Jersey Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey Pete King of New York John Faso of New York Elise Stefanik of New York Tom Reed of New York John Katko of New York Michael Turner of Ohio Kristi Noem of South Dakota Louie Gohmert of Texas Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington David Reichert of Washington
Some of the members who voted against the bill did so because leadership altered the bill before the final vote, adding on amendments and provisions they deemed amnesty.
Medical Malpractice Law Reform
Paul has proposed radical changes in the way medical malpractice claims are handled. Under bills he has introduced multiple times beginning in 2003, a patient planning pregnancy, surgery, or other major medical procedures or medical treatment would be able to buy “negative outcomes” insurance at very low cost. If the patient were to experience a negative outcome in association with the medical procedure or treatment, he or she would then seek compensation through binding arbitration, rather than through a medical malpractice trial before a jury. Paul claims that “using insurance, private contracts, and binding arbitration to resolve medical disputes benefits patients, who receive full compensation in a timelier manner than under the current system,” as well as physicians and hospitals, since their litigation costs, and malpractice insurance premiums, would be markedly reduced.
Many Presidents Have Declared Emergencies But Not Like Trump Has
At stake is nearly $6 billion in federal funds that President Trump redirected in a Feb. 15 emergency declaration. The White House is seeking to take that money from accounts at the Treasury and Defense departments to build physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president made the order after Congress agreed on a bipartisan basis to provide $1.375 billion in wall funds for this fiscal year, but Trump said it wasn’t enough.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., initially counseled the president against invoking the national emergency out of concerns it would divide Senate Republicans and test the separation of powers, but he voted with the president on Thursday and defended his actions as lawful.
“He has simply operated within existing law, the National Emergencies Act of 1976, to invoke a narrow set of authorities to reprogram a narrow set of funds,” McConnell said. “If Congress has grown uneasy with this new law, as many have, then we should amend it.”
Democrats broadly oppose the wall, but have argued the resolution bends the intent of the law and the constitutional authority of Congress. “We’ve never had a president like this. We’ve had lots of presidents with lots of foibles but none of them seem to equate their own ego with the entire functioning of the government of the United States except this one. We can’t succumb to that,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Republicans Help Democrats Vote Against Trump’s Wall Funding Grab
The House voted Tuesday to revoke the national emergency President Trump declared in order to spend federal money to build a physical barrier on the southern border without congressional approval.
The joint resolution passed 245-182 with the help of 13 Republican votes. It now heads to the Senate, where many lawmakers predict it will pass with the help of at least four Republicans who oppose Trumps emergency declaration.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate would vote on the measure by mid-March.
Trump has vowed to issue the first veto of his presidency if the resolution reaches his desk, and the House vote indicates there are not enough votes to override his veto. Democrats would need to find 290 votes to override Trump, 45 short of the total seen Tuesday.
The 13 Republicans voting with Democrats were Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Mike Gallager of Wisconsin, Jaime Hererra Beutler of Washington, Will Hurd of Texas, Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Francis Rooney of Florida, Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, Elise Stefanik of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan and Greg Walden of Oregon.
Trump’s emergency declaration announcement came days after Congress appropriated $1.375 billion to erect physical barriers in the Rio Grande Valley. The money fell far short of the $5.7 billion Trump had been requesting.
Constitutional Rights: Limited Government
- Term limits, 1970s: Paul was the first member of Congress to propose term limits legislation in the House, one of several bills considered “ahead of their time” by Texas Monthly magazine.
- Market Process Restoration Act of 1999. H.R.Â 1789, 1999-05-13. Repeals United States antitrust law , with intent to restore market economy benefits.
- To repeal the Military Selective Service Act. H.R.Â 424, 2007-01-11, originally H.R.Â 1597, 2001-04-26, cosponsored since H.R.Â 2421, 1997-09-05. Abolishes the Selective Service System, prohibits reestablishment of the draft, and forbids denial of rights due to failure to register.
- See also the limited government and income tax abolition amendment.
Wall: Republicans Can Learn A Valuable Lesson From Democrats Rush To The Far Left
Since Joe Biden was sworn in as president, Democrats have taken advantage of their narrow majority in Congress and their control of the White House to ram through a radical agenda. From passing a $2 trillion socialist stimulus bill under the guise of pandemic relief, to enacting a flurry of job-killing executive orders, President Biden and his leftist allies in the House and Senate have abandoned their talking points urging unity in favor of pushing partisan legislation.
The policies promoted by Democrats in the few months have been extraordinarily destructive. President Biden and his allies have shown themselves to be catastrophically wrong on every important issue, ranging from tax policy to climate change, and Republicans can learn some crucial lessons from how the far left has governed.
Its clear that Democrats are attempting to consolidate as much power in the hands of the federal government as possible a goal antithetical to protecting individual liberty and the Constitution. While some of this change can be undone if Republicans regain their congressional majority, we know all too well that the GOP has failed to make good on promises to promote limited government and preserve freedom while theyve been in charge.
Noah Wall is an executive vice president at FreedomWorks.
Inflation And The Federal Reserve
In the words of the New York Times, Paul is “not a fan” of the Federal Reserve. In his own words, Paul advocates that we should “End the Fed“. Paul’s opposition to the Fed is supported by the Austrian Business Cycle Theory, which holds that instead of containing inflation, the Federal Reserve, in theory and in practice, is responsible for causing inflation. In addition to eroding the value of individual savings, this creation of inflation leads to booms and busts in the economy. Thus Paul argues that government, via a central bank , is the primary cause of economic recessions and depressions. He believes that economic volatility is decreased when the free market determines interest rates and money supply. He has stated in numerous speeches that most of his colleagues in Congress are unwilling to abolish the central bank because it funds many government activities. He says that to compensate for eliminating the “hidden tax” of monetary inflation, Congress and the president would instead have to raise taxes or cut government services, either of which could be politically damaging to their reputations. He states that the “inflation tax” is a tax on the poor, because the Federal Reserve prints more money which subsidizes select industries, while poor people pay higher prices for goods as more money is placed in circulation.
List Of Republicans Who Opposed The Donald Trump 2020 Presidential Campaign
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This is a list of Republicans and conservatives who opposed the re-election of incumbent Donald Trump, the 2020 Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. Among them are former Republicans who left the party in 2016 or later due to their opposition to Trump, those who held office as a Republican, Republicans who endorsed a different candidate, and Republican presidential primary election candidates that announced opposition to Trump as the presumptive nominee. Over 70 former senior Republican national security officials and 61 additional senior officials have also signed onto a statement declaring, “We are profoundly concerned about our nation’s security and standing in the world under the leadership of Donald Trump. The President has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.”
A group of former senior U.S. government officials and conservativesincluding from the Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43, and Trump administrations have formed The Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform to, “focus on a return to principles-based governing in the post-Trump era.”
A third group of Republicans, Republican Voters Against Trump was launched in May 2020 has collected over 500 testimonials opposing Donald Trump.
Proposal To Eliminate Medicare
Paul proposes that all government funding of medical care be eliminated . His Plan to Restore America budget proposal would begin a phase out of Medicare starting in 2013, when workers younger than 25 would be able to opt out of participating in the program. He says that during the transition period, the commitments for coverage under Medicare that have already been made to older workers could be honored by cutting other government spending, such as by closing all US military bases overseas and ceasing to engage in foreign military “adventurism.”
Public Disapproves Of How Shutdown Negotiations Are Being Handled
Most Americans offer negative evaluations of the way that the nations political leaders in both parties Donald Trump, Democratic congressional leaders and Republican congressional leaders are handling negotiations over the shutdown.
Overall, just 36% of the public approves of how Trump is handling negotiations over the government shutdown, including 23% who say they strongly approve. About six-in-ten disapprove of Trumps approach to the negotiations, including 53% who say they strongly disapprove.
Views of how Republican leaders in Congress are handling shutdown negotiations generally parallel evaluations of Trump. Six-in-ten Americans say they disapprove of the way Republican congressional leaders are handling negotiations, while just 36% say they approve. However, fewer Americans characterize their views of GOP leaders handling of negotiations as strong approval or disapproval than say this about the president.
Public views of Democratic leaders handling of the shutdown talks are somewhat more positive than views of Trump or GOP leaders. Still, more disapprove than approve .
The 147 Republicans Who Voted To Overturn Election Results
When a mob of President Trumps supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday, they forced an emergency recess in the Congressional proceedings to officially certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. The disruption came shortly after some Republican lawmakers made the first of a planned series of highly unusual objections, based on spurious allegations of widespread voter fraud, to states election results. The chambers were separately debating an objection to Arizonas results when proceedings were halted and the Capitol was locked down.
When the Senate reconvened at 8 p.m., and the House of Representatives an hour later, the proceedings including the objection debates continued, although some lawmakers who had previously planned to vote with the objectors stood down following the occupation of the Capitol. Plans to challenge a number of states after Arizona were scrapped, as well but one other objection, to Pennsylvanias results, also advanced to a vote. Here are the eight senators and 139 representatives who voted to sustain one or both objections.
Other Former Federal Government Officials
- Charles Fried, United States Solicitor General; Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
- David K. Garman, Former Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary of Energy
- Steve Baer, former president, United Republican Fund of Illinois
- Juan Hernandez, political consultant, co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of Texas
- Matt Higgins, former press secretary for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
- Stuart Stevens, political consultant and strategist
- Mac Stipanovich, strategist and lobbyist; former Chief of Staff to Bob Martinez
- Rick Wilson, political consultant and former Republican strategist.
How Americans See Illegal Immigration The Border Wall And Political Compromise
A standoff between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders over how to address unauthorized immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border has led to a partial shutdown of the federal government one that is now the longest on record.
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The United States was home to 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants in 2016, a 13% decline from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007, according to the most recent Pew Research Center estimates. This decade-long decline was driven almost entirely by a decrease in unauthorized immigrants from Mexico, even as the numbers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras increased. Meanwhile, a growing share of unauthorized immigrants were not people who had entered the country illegally, but had arrived legally and then .
More recent data from the federal government show that 2018 saw an uptick in border apprehensions . There were nearly 467,000 apprehensions at the southwest border last year, the most in any calendar year since at least 2012. Still, the number of apprehensions in 2018 remained far below the more than 1 million apprehensions per fiscal year routinely recorded during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
Note: This is an update of a post originally published Jan. 11, 2019.
Cabinet Members And Political Appointees
Richard Armitage: NAYArmitage, a former Navy officer who served as deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush and deputy secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, says he will vote for Hillary Clinton. If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton, he told Politico. He doesn’t appear to be a Republican, he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues. So, Im going to vote for Mrs. Clinton.
Condoleezza Rice: NAY George W. Bushs secretary of state blasted Trump in a Facebook statement and : Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw. As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.
Rice previously said she had no plans to get involved in the race or attend the GOP convention, a spokesman told Yahoo News. She also ruled out serving as Trumps running mate.
Brent Scowcroft: NAYThe retired lieutenant general and national security adviser, an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, has announced that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton. Scowcroft did not mention Trump in his statement.
Donald Rumsfeld: YEAIts now a known known: The former secretary of defense under George W. Bush is voting Trump. I’m a Republican, and there’s not any doubt in my mind how I’ll vote, he told the Daily Mail, adding that it was not a close call and I don’t believe Hillary Clinton is qualified to be President of the United States.
Republican Views On A Border Wall
It is a fairly well-known fact that the Republican party is in favor of protection, and therefore a Mexican border wall. In fact, 74 percent of Republicans support building a wall on the Mexican border. Promises to build this wall were a large part of President Donald Trumps campaign, and his supporters were front and center hoping that he stuck to this plan. More than just an immigration issue, the wall became Trumps signature promise and rallying cry during his campaign. The wall goes hand in hand with Republican views that border security should be heightened and that anyone crossing the border should be given a thorough background check. Republicans favor a far stricter immigration policy than Democrats, and want to take much stricter preventative measures against illegal immigration than have been taken in the past. Of course, this isnt to say that there arent differences within the party on this issue.
There’s Battle Lines Being Drawn
But what explains that nostalgic impulse in the midst of a revolution? It is the same emotion that animated the MAGA movement which, after all, stood for make America great, again. It is a desire to return to an earlier time that the members of the movement remember as better than today.
“There’s a feeling I sense across society that people want to go back to a simpler time,” LeGate said. “No one likes Covid. People don’t feel the economy is fair. Everything looks better in hindsight.”
And he argues that efforts to regulate trading will feel to Reddit traders more like suppression, and could fuel more anger.
“If someone on Main Street loses half their portfolio in a day, nothing’s going to happen. But if a hedge fund does, they literally stop the trading,” he said. “I myself question whether this is really about protecting the individual investor or protecting the hedge fund.”
Tax Credits For Healthcare Expenses & Children’s Health Insurance Program
Paul voted in 2007 and 2009 against reauthorization and expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program , which is a joint state-federal program to provide health insurance for children and pregnant women in low-income families who do not qualify for Medicaid.
He has been a consistent advocate for offering tax credits for healthcare expenses. In each Congress since 2000 Paul has proposed bills that would provide families with tax credits of up to $500 for the healthcare expenses of each dependent family member, and up to $3000 for the care of each dependent with a disability or serious disease such as cancer.
Since 2003, Paul has several times introduced into Congress proposals to provide tax credits for the cost of health insurance premiums, and to increase the allowable tax deduction for healthcare expenses . He has also advocated expanding the tax benefits of health savings accounts.
Academics Journalists Authors Commentators
- Reuel Marc Gerecht, writer
- Michael Gerson, columnist and speechwriter for George W. Bush
- Peter Mansoor, military historian
- Meghan McCain, commentator, daughter of Senator John McCain
- Charles Murray, political scientist and commentator
- Ana Navarro, strategist and commentator
- Tom Nichols, national security affairs scholar
- Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape; founder of Andreessen Horowitz
- Mike Fernandez, founder of MBF Healthcare Partners
- James Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International
- William Oberndorf, Chairman of Oberndorf Enterprises
Federal Power: We The People Act
- We the People Act. H.R.Â 539, 2009-01-14, originally H.R.Â 3893, 2004-03-04. Forbids all federal courts from hearing cases on abortion, same-sex unions, sexual practices, and establishment of religion, unless such a case were a challenge to the Constitutionality of federal law. Makes federal court decisions on those subjects nonbinding as precedent in state courts, and forbids federal courts from spending money to enforce their judgments.
Because it forbids federal courts from adjudicating “any claim involving the laws, regulations, or policies of any State or unit of local government relating to the free exercise or establishment of religion”, secularists have criticized the bill as removing federal remedy for allegations of state violation of religious freedom. As an example of potential for violation, of the Texas Constitution provides the requirement that office-holders “acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being”. The Democratic Underground online community published the holding that the bill would give state sexual-orientation laws special immunity.
New Poll: Senator Gardner Losing Colorado Independent Voters As Majority Of Voters Oppose Wall And Blame Shutdown On Republicans
If Elections Were Held Today, Majority of Colorado Voters Would Opt for Senator Gardners Unnamed Democratic Opponent
Washington, DC New polling from Public Policy Polling , commissioned by MoveOn and the Immigration Hub, shows that Colorado voters overwhelmingly oppose President Trump and congressional Republicans government shutdown and calls for the wall. In fact, the shutdown is hurting Senator Cory Gardners 2020 chances among critical Colorado voters.
With over 15,000 federal employees in Colorado are furloughed or working without pay, the majority of Colorado voters polled – including 62% of Independents – want Congress to vote to re-open the government without any funding for the wall. Other topline findings include
You can see the full polling memo here.
The 2018 elections clearly showed that Trumps immigration fear-mongering backfired — Mike Coffmans defeat was proof, said Tyler Moran from the Immigration Hub. Now Trump has backed himself into a corner with a shutdown that polling shows he and Republicans are overwhelmingly blamed for. If Senator Gardner doesnt move his colleagues past the tantrum and against a wall no one wants, 2020 results are going to look a lot like 2018.