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It Begins! Six Senators Send Barack Obama and Harry Reid a Letter that Has Democrats Scared

 

 

 

” The Republicans won on election day in a historic landslide victory. The “red” on America’s political map has a greater reach than Verizon’s cellphone coverage. Republicans took over state legislators, governor’s offices, and the United States Senate! It is an epic rejection of the misguided policies of our Campaigner-in-Chief Barack Obama.

  But the question for conservatives is now – what should they do now that they are in power? The answer for six Senators is: SECURE THE SOUTHERN BORDER, NOW!

  Republicans Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Mike Lee of Utah, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, and David Vitter of Louisiana all signed onto a letter that they will do everything in their power to stop Obama’s plan to grant Amnesty for illegal immigrants through executive order.

  We write to express our alarm with President Obama’s announced intention to take unilateral executive action by the end of this year to lawlessly grant amnesty to immigrants who have entered the country illegally. The Supreme Court has recognized that ‘over no conceivable subject is the power of Congress more complete’ than its power over immigration.

“ Therefore, President Obama will be exercising powers properly belonging to Congress if he makes good on his threat. This will create a constitutional crisis that demands action by Congress to restore the separation of powers.

“ As majority leader of the Senate, you have the responsibility of not only representing the citizens of your State, but also of protecting the Constitution through vigilant exercise of the checks and balances provided under the Constitution.

“ Therefore, we write to offer our full assistance in ensuring expeditious Senate debate and passage for a measure that preserves the power of Congress by blocking any action the President may take to violate the Constitution and unilaterally grant amnesty.

“ However, should you decline to defend the Senate and the Constitution from executive overreach, the undersigned Senators will use all procedural means necessary to return the Senate’s focus during the lame duck session to resolving the constitutional crisis created by President Obama’s lawless amnesty.” “

 

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Senate GOP Fails In Final Bid To Restore Military Pension Cuts To Budget Bill

 

 

 

 

” A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an amendment to the controversial budget bill.

  The two-year budget agreement, which cleared a key test vote earlier in the day, was expected to get a final vote no later than Wednesday.

  Ahead of the final vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tried unsuccessfully to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on the amendment, which he wrote to undo the cuts for military retirees.

  A provision in the already House-passed bill would cut retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years.

  Sessions wanted to instead eliminate an estimated $4.2 billion in annual spending by reining in an IRS credit that illegal immigrants have claimed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Torch Should Pass From The McCains To The Cruzes

 

 

 

” Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon filibuster against ObamaCare should be a turning point for the Republican Party. If its younger, non-establishment leaders don’t take over, it could — disastrously — spell third party.

Sept. 24 and 25, 2013, should live in infamy for GOP McCainiacs. The subtext of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour-long filibuster could be a paraphrase of JFK’s inaugural address:

“The torch has been passed to a new generation of Republicans, unwilling to permit the slow undoing of the constitutional rights to which this nation has always been committed.”

Where were “old guard” Senate Republicans as Cruz gave his heart on the Senate floor for nearly a full day? They were snoozing, counting the sheep they so closely identify with, instead of standing with Cruz and his allies, like Mike Lee of Utah, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

Cruz wasn’t long off the floor before Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a war hero, raised a white flag in one of the most disgraceful Senate speeches ever delivered.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., aptly called it “the Democratic response” to Cruz. It can be summed up in two of McCain’s own defeatist words: “We lost.”

Aged elephants like McCain make a Tea Party-based third party likely. That would cinch long-term Democratic dominance in D.C. McCain’s 2008 running mate, Sarah Palin, told Fox’s Neil Cavuto there already are three parties: the liberal Democrats, the GOP establishment, and Republican “good guys” like Cruz.

But this week, Ted Cruz gave America a look at the GOP future, in all its boldness and common sense. We hear Arizona has many fine retirement homes, Sen. McCain. Time to pass the torch.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill Allows 46 Million Immigrants By 2033, Says CBO

 

” The Senate’s pending immigration bill will pave the way for the arrival of 46 million legal immigrants over the next 20 years, increase the federal debt in the same time period and shrink Americans’ average wage, according Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Session’s critical reading of two new reports on the pending immigration reform bill provided by the Congressional Budget Office.

NumbersUSA, a group that wants to shrink he current immigration level per year, pointed to a section of the CBO report where officials said the new bill would only trim illegal immigration by 25 percent. The report concluded 1.6 million fewer illegals would arrive between 2013 and 2033, suggesting that 4.8 million illegal immigrants would begin living in the United States after the bill became law.

Session’s office pushed back against the supporters’ brief statements and extensively dissected the CBO report to highlight bad news for the bill’s supporters.

This bill guarantees three things: amnesty, increased welfare costs and lower wages for the U.S. workforce,” said Sessions, who leads the opposition to the Senate bill. “It would be the biggest setback for poor and middle-class Americans of any legislation Congress has considered in decades.” 

Sessions also highlighted the impact report’s conclusion that the bill “would raise the unemployment rate over the next five years by up to roughly 0.1 percentage point.” That’s because the bill would add a rush of 10 million new workers, plus at least eight million illegal immigrants, plus the current inflow of one million immigrants per year, to an stalled economy that is home to 20 million unemployed or underemployed Americans, according to Sessions.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sessions: Let’s Face It, This Immigration Bill Is Beyond Repair

 

 

 

 

 

” Washington is bickering over whether the Cornyn amendment to the Gang of Eight framework is a deal-breaking and onerous “poison pill,” or a totally inadequate “Trojan horse.”  The New York Times published a piece pondering that exact question on Friday.  It quoted Chuck Schumer panning the plan as a “nonstarter” and “deal-killer,” without specifying a single policy flaw.  How does any of this go “too far”?  One Republican Senator is having none of this entire show.  Alabama’s Jeff Sessions released a blistering statement Sunday morning preemptively rejecting any “cosmetic fixes” to the legislation (hyperlinks and emphasis his):

When the Gang of Eight first announced their immigration bill they declared it was the toughest enforcement plan in history. They declared enforcement would come before legalization. And they declared that anyone who suggested otherwise didn’t know what they were talking about. Now the bill has been reviewed and there can be no dispute: it weakens current lawundermines future enforcement and puts amnesty—not enforcement—first. So new promises of amendment ‘fixes’ to save the bill should be viewed with great skepticism: every time, on every issue, the promises have not matched with reality. They promised back taxes—but the requirement isn’t there; they promised tight restrictions on welfare benefits—but state and local benefits, as well as tax credits,will be available immediately and federal welfare access is granted to millions of illegal immigrants starting in five years; they promised to protect workers—but this bill would devastate workers by tripling the number of legal immigrants over the next decade and doubling the number of guest workers.

No small cosmetic fix can save this bill, with so many provisions clearly authored by special interests whose chief desires are lower wages and amnesty—rather than a lawful, rational system of immigration. As the ICE officers’ association warned: ‘instead of cracking down on the Administration’s abuse of powerS. 744 places unprecedented new restrictions on interior enforcement—making the current situation much worse and much more hazardous. It is as if S. 744 were explicitly written to handcuff law enforcement officials—binding their hands while giving virtually unchecked authority to executive branch officials to prevent future removals, including removals of criminal aliens.’ And as the USCIS adjudications officers warned: ‘the legislation was written with special interests—producing a bill that makes the current system worse, not better. S. 744 will damage public safety and national security and should be opposed by lawmakers.’ It’s time for the Gang of Eight to start being straight with the American public.” “

What the Hell do we pay them for ? 

 

  “To mark the 1,200th day since the Democratic-controlled Senate last adopted a proper budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions of Alabama issued a joint statement slamming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his actions in preventing a budget from being adopted.”