Monthly Archives: February, 2018

Agreement near on Democrats’ Russia memo

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are “very close” to reaching agreement with the FBI and Department of Justice on redactions to a memo that seeks to rebut assertions of bias in the probe of U.S. President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Continue reading →
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Senate Republicans Scramble for Plan B on Immigration

Senate Republicans are scrambling to find an immigration bill that will stick after two big measures were shot down Thursday. The efforts to strike legislation that protects the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, “Dreamers” while also meeting President Donald Trump’s demands for the wall and border security have been fruitless so far. Continue reading →

Price of Bullets Slowly Rises as Firearms Industry Struggles

For the last couple of weeks, shooting enthusiasts may have been paying more for bullets without realizing it. Vista Outdoor Inc., which owns a variety of firearms and ammunition companies, recently announced that it had increased the price of ammunition last month. Continue reading →

Multiple immigration plans blocked in Senate, after Trump calls one proposal a ‘total catastrophe’

Thursday senators blocked all 4 plans dealing with immigration as President Trump torpedoed one proposal as “a total catastrophe” and his Department of Homeland Security lambasted it as the “end of immigration enforcement in America.”During a series of afternoon procedural votes, no immigration amendments crossed the 60 vote threshold that would have cut off debate and paved the way for final votes.

The effort to pass immigration legislation comes as Democrats insist on protecting young illegal immigrants brought to the country as children and Trump demands funding for a border wall.

Ahead of the votes, the Trump administration focused on the bipartisan agreement drawn up by a “Gang of 22” that would grant a 10-12 year path to the young illegal immigrants or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The amendment failed by only getting 54 votes. Forty five senators voted against it.

Face it folks, no one wants to touch immigration, because it’s a political hot potato.

The administration objected to the bill’s failure to address so-called “chain migration” — by which immigrants can sponsor a broad number of relatives to come join them in the U.S. Trump has said that he wants to limit sponsorship to children and spouses.

The bill also would not end the visa lottery system, which allows 55,000 immigrants into the country each year and has been dogged by accusations of fraud and abuse.

Ahead of the vote, the DHS warned the plan would mean the “end of immigration enforcement in America.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meanwhile, accused Trump on the Senate floor of trying to spike the deal.

“Why? Because it isn’t 100 percent of what the president wants on immigration? That’s not how our democracy works – you don’t get 100 percent of what you want in a democracy,” he said. “Maybe in a dictatorship.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, who supported the amendment, said “our proposal would represent the most significant change to immigration law in the past thirty-five years.” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., called it “the best chance to protect Dreamers against deportation from the only country they know as home.”

In two tweets, Trump said the “Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe.”

“It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa lottery, continues deadly catch-and-release, and bars enforcement even for FUTURE illegal immigrants,” Trump said. “Voting for this amendment would be a vote AGAINST law enforcement, and a vote FOR open borders.”

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…lottery, continues deadly catch-and-release, and bars enforcement even for FUTURE illegal immigrants. Voting for this amendment would be a vote AGAINST law enforcement, and a vote FOR open borders. If Dems are actually serious about DACA, they should support the Grassley bill!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Trump added: “If Dems are actually serious about DACA, they should support the Grassley bill!”

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Senators also blocked a plan by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., which would allow DACA recipients to qualify for permanent residency while directing agencies to control the border by 2020.

And another plan offered by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., that would block federal grants to sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal authorities on illegal immigration also failed to pass a test vote.

GOP rep unveils ‘Crumbs Act’ to make bonuses tax-free, in swipe at Pelosi

Now if any Demonrat votes against this it shows what a$$holes they really are. A Republican lawmaker is set to unveil legislation that would make most bonuses given out as a result of President Trump’s tax reform plan tax-free — and took a jab at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with the bill’s name. Continue reading →

Trump budget aims to end automatic pay hikes for federal workers, make firings easier

Monday President Trump put underperforming federal workers on notice including in his $4 trillion budget plan a major overhaul for how hiring and firing is done in the D.C. bureaucracy. Following on Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” the plan calls for several big changes. This includes ending automatic pay hikes that kick in “irrespective of performance,” changing retirement benefits and making it easier to fire bad employees and reward good ones. Continue reading →

Is it possible that Clinton attack dog Sidney Blumenthal involved in launch of Russia collusion investigation?

There’s a name long associated with the Clinton machine has surfaced as a behind-the-scenes figure in the Trump-Russia collusion story, prompting some to speculate that the investigation began at least partly as a dirty tricks operation. Continue reading →

Senators flag ‘unusual’ Susan Rice email on Russia probe from Inauguration Day

Monday 2 Republican senators said, ex-national security adviser Susan Rice sent an “unusual email” to herself the day President Trump was sworn into office documenting former President Barack Obama’s guidance at a high-level meeting about how law enforcement should investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race. Continue reading →

Trump wants $1.5T infrastructure spending boost, cuts to red tape

Sunday an official at the White House revealed that the White House will unveil a plan to increase infrastructure spending by $1.5 trillion that relies heavily on state and local governments. Continue reading →

Schiff lobs ‘baseless’ claim that Steele referral aims to bring down Mueller probe, Grassley says

Grassley and Graham said they found evidence that either Steele lied to the FBI, or classified documents supporting government surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page contained false statements. Continue reading →