The Spring of Discharge Petitions

By: Friday February 14, 2014 8:12 am

With hopes for bipartisan legislation basically dead this year Democrats have decided to turn to a long strategy based on discharge petitions. If a majority of House members sign a discharge petition it is brought to the floor for a vote. Democrats are talking about circulating discharge petitions for both a minimum wage increase and [...]

Schumer Calls GOP’s Bluff on Immigration

By: Monday February 10, 2014 6:47 am

Since Republicans are trying to blame their refusal to move forward with immigration reform on the fact that President Obama is taking too many executive actions, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has a great offer for them. They can both pass immigration reform and prevent Obama from having any role in implementing the new law. They [...]

The Catch-22 That Killed Immigration Reform

By: Friday February 7, 2014 8:54 am

Congressional Republicans have refused to work with President Obama on almost anything. That includes things big, like immigration reform, to things small like fixing minor technical drafting problems and filling low level positions. As a result Obama has been forced to do what he can administratively. This includes things like recess appointments and a deferred action [...]

Rubio’s “Obama Gives Me No Choice” Defense of Immigration Reform

By: Tuesday August 13, 2013 11:40 am

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has seen his standing with conservatives drop significantly after he became one of the primary sponsors of comprehensive immigration reform. To try to get back in Republicans’ good graces, Rubio has come up a with a novel defense to use with the Republican base. From the Huffington Post: Sen. Marco Rubio [...]

Even Average Republicans Support Immigration Reform

By: Friday August 2, 2013 7:51 am

When the basic outlines of the Senate immigration reform bill are described to registered voters it receives overwhelming support. By a two-to-one margin it is backed by the American people. From Quinnipiac: 24. As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants [...]

Can Big Business Still Deliver Republican Votes?

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 8:52 am

President Obama’s new “grand bargain for middle-class workers” should more accurately be called the “grand bargain for corporate America.” Even the administration’s fact sheet makes it clear the proposal would be a big win for Big Business. Corporations would get some form of tax repatriation, which they have been seeking for year. It also seems [...]

Americans More Closely Align With Democrats on Immigration

By: Monday July 15, 2013 6:57 am

A plurality of Americans believe the Democratic position on immigration reform is more in line with their own. According to a new Gallup poll, 48 percent say their opinions on the issue are closer to that of the Democratic party while only 36 percent say their position on immigration more closely matches the Republican party. [...]

GOP House Leaders Call Senate Immigration Bill “Obamacare-Like”

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 6:41 am

Things are looking very bad for comprehensive immigration reform this morning. Both the President and the Senate want immigration reform so its fate rests with the Republican-controlled House. After a caucus meeting yesterday it is clear House Republican have decided to oppose sweeping reform. In a joint statement the House Republican leadership said they would [...]

The Contractors Almost Always Win

By: Tuesday July 2, 2013 12:02 pm

Whenever a major piece of legislation moves through Washington you can almost guarantee among the winners is going to be some group of government contractors and comprehensive immigration reform is no exception. It is the aggressive lobbying for this potential payday that helps get the legislation moving through a practically polarized Congress. As the bill [...]

Senate Passes Immigration Reform 68-32

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 1:22 pm

In a landmark vote the United State Senate overwhelmingly adopted a sweeping immigration reform bill, S. 744. The measure passed 68-32 with 14 Republicans joining to approve the measure. Some of the most important provisions in the bill would tighten boarder security, provide a potential pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants, significantly change our [...]

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