Senate Democrats Urge Obama To Sign Executive Amnesty

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Senate Democratic leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama Monday supporting his plan to pass major immigration reforms through executive action.

“Like you, we are greatly disappointed and frustrated that House Republicans failed to take up immigration reform legislation” stated the letter, which was signed by Sens. Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray, Bob Menendez and Michael Bennet. Reid, Durbin, Schumer and Murray are all part of the Democrats’ leadership team.

The letter claimed that the Senate-passed immigration reform bill would “easily” pass the House, but that Republicans have not acted.

“Because House Republicans have not acted, we fully support your decision to use your well-established executive authority to improve as much of the immigration system as you can,” the letter continues.

“Some Republicans are claiming that you do not have the authority to act, but we know that you, like previous presidents, have broad executive authority to shape the enforcement and implementation of immigration laws,” the Democrats wrote. “This authority includes exercising prosecutorial discretion to refine deportation policies, deferring deportations on a case-by-case basis, and streamlining the legal immigration system.”


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Revolt against Reid

By Steven Dennis and Humberto Sanchez
Posted at 9:27 a.m. today

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters Thursday she would not vote for Sen. Harry Reid as the Democratic leader as the party heads into the minority.

“I will not,” she responded when asked whether she will vote for the Nevada Democrat.

Her comments came as she was entering the Old Senate Chamber, where Democrats are holding their leadership elections.

She did not respond to reporters when asked why, but she has criticized Reid over the years for not doing more to reach agreements with Republicans.

Several other Democrats ran from Reid on the campaign trail, but no Democrat has emerged to challenge his leadership.

On Wednesday night, sources said Reid might add Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to his leadership team. Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland had urged senators to back Warren as a potential successor to Reid.

Obama’s A.G. Nominee: Voter ID Laws Were Passed by Racist Southerners, and Must be Stopped

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by Brian Hayes | Top Right News

Scalded by their sudden loss of the Senate, the Obama Administration is in full panic mode, trying to confirm as many nominees before Republicans take control of the upper chamber in January and shut this circus down.

One huge appointment is the replacement of disgraced (and potential Federal inmate) Attorney General Eric Holder, who resigned under an unprecedented cloud of scandal last month.

Obama knows that if he waits for a GOP Senate they will crush the new nominee with embarrassing questions about Fast and Furious, the AP and James Rosen spying scandals, and much more. So he is trying to slip in a so-called “moderate” nominee under the radar while Harry Reid still runs the show.

That nominee is Loretta Lynch, a U.S. Attorney in New York, whom the press has helpfully labeled “uncontroversial”, “moderate” and “respected” to present a narrative that she is the anti-Holder.

But a new video has surfaced that shows that Lynch is just as radical as Holder, and just as dangerous to American justice and electoral integrity.

In a speech given in Long Beach earlier this year, Lynch, specifically called out voter ID laws as passed by racist Southerners to deprive Blacks and Hispanics of the right to vote.

Said Lynch:

“50 years after the march on Washington, 50 years after the civil rights movement, we stand in this country at a time when we see people trying to take back so much of what Dr. King fought for. We stand in this country. People try and take over the State House and reverse the goals that have been made in voting in this country.

“But I’m proud to tell you that the Department of Justice has looked at these laws and looked at what’s happening in the Deep South, and in my home state of North Carolina has brought lawsuits against those voting rights changes that seek to limit out ability to stand up and exercise our rights as citizens. And those lawsuits will continue.”

Of course the very idea that voter ID is “racist” or “disenfranchises” anyone is preposterous. Would Lynch prosecute CVS and Walgreens for refusing to sell Sudafed to people without photo ID? Airlines for refusing to board anyone without a photo ID? Liquor and convenience stores for refusing to sell booze or cigarettes to those without ID? Why aren’t those restrictions also racist?

Because everyone knows that minorities have photo IDs too — and can get them for free from states if need be. This has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with facilitating mass voter fraud, the Democrat Party’s ace in the hole.

At the end of her speech, Lynch ridiculously tries to tie her battle to stop voter ID laws to Nelson Mandela. I guess she didn’t get the memo. Mandela supported and put into place strict photo voter ID laws in South Africa.

So when you hear about how “moderate” Lynch is from the mainstream media this week, trying to force the Republicans to confirm the “moderate”, “first African-American woman” as Attorney General, forget it. Lynch is just as radical as Holder, and just as dangerous.

Tell your Senator to stand firm, and refuse to even consider Lynch’s nomination until the new Senate in January.


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An offer by congressional Republicans to work on immigration reform in January was flatly rejected by President Barack Obama, reports said Friday

By Cathy Burke

An offer by congressional Republicans to work on immigration reform in January was flatly rejected by President Barack Obama, reports said Friday.

At a post-midterm election lunch and meeting that lasted two hours, House Speaker John Boehner warned Obama not to take executive action to stem deportations or allow a flood of new immigrants to enter the country, the Washington Examiner reports.

“The speaker warned that unilateral action by the president on executive amnesty will erase any chances of doing immigration reform and will also make it harder for Congress and the White House to work together successfully on other areas where there might otherwise be common ground,” a spokesman told the newspaper.

Instead, Boehner asked Obama to let Republicans work on reforming and modernizing immigration early in the new session, Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso told Reuters.

According to Reuters, an unnamed congressional source said Vice President Joe Biden asked Boehner how long he needed to pass a bill: “Feb. 15? March 15?” The source said Obama was visibly irritated and stopped Biden.

But a Democratic congressional source disputed that account, telling the news service, “At no time did the President cut off the Vice President.” The source described Obama as “courteous and firm” during the immigration discussion.

Afterward, Maryland Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer told CNN Obama’s right to move ahead with immigration reform, saying: “Families are being wrenched apart, children are being left without a parent or parents, and that is unacceptable. But he also made it very clear that if the Congress acted, that would be the law, that would be the preferable option that he wants.”

Reuters said the lunch with congressional leaders was “somber and slightly uncomfortable during a brief 4-minute photo op,” with Obama squeezed between Boehner and Nevada Democrat Sen. Harry Reid, who’ll give up his title as Senate majority leader in the new Congress because of the wave of Republicans who’ve swept Democrats from power.

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Corrupt politician works feverishly to implement agenda

By Alexander Bolton

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to confirm 50 of President Obama’s nominees and move an omnibus spending bill in a last hurrah before Democrats give up power in the Senate.

The nominees are part of a packed lame-duck schedule that Reid is furiously planning and that will be a topic at Friday’s White House lunch meeting between Obama and congressional leaders.

Reid also wants to move a package of expiring tax provisions, the annual Defense Department authorization bill and an extension of a tax moratorium on Internet purchases in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
That will be a challenge not only because of the tight schedule, but because of expected clashes between Democrats over what should be prioritized before Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) takes over the Senate’s agenda in January.

For example, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is about to lose his chairmanship, is pushing for consideration of a bill reforming the National Security Agency despite opposition from other Democrats.

One of the most pressing needs from the administration’s point of view is getting the Senate to confirm as many as 38 State Department nominees, but Reid will have to be judicious given the priorities fighting for precious floor time in the Senate.

Senate Democrats last year killed the Senate filibuster for most nominees, but it still takes up hours of floor time to move a nominee if there is a single objection.

Advocacy groups are pressing the leader to move judicial nominees as quickly as he can, knowing it will be much harder to move them when McConnell takes over.

“There are 16 [district court] nominees on the floor, and there are eight more district court nominees in committee, and the expectation is that all of them can and should be confirmed before the end of the year,” said Michelle Schwartz, director of justice programs at the Alliance for Justice.

There are a total of 24 judicial nominees on the executive calendar. Although there are seven circuit court vacancies, none of the pending nominees are for those seats.

Another wild card is that Obama is expected to nominate a candidate to replace Attorney General Eric Holder soon. This could trigger another time consuming fight, particularly if the president picks a controversial nominee.

Reid’s top lame-duck priority is to move a new bill to fund the government.

A senior Democratic aide said the Senate Appropriations Committee fully expects to pass an omnibus spending package that would run the government through September 2015 and asserted there is no talk of moving a short-term funding measure that would let the new Senate GOP majority renegotiate spending levels early next years.

“There’s no talk whatsoever about a short-term CR [continuing resolution],” the aide said in reference to a continuing resolution.

The House, however, will also have a say in whether Congress moves an omnibus spending package, a yearlong stopgap funding measure or a short-term continuing resolution.

It’s possible that Republicans will agree to a longer-term spending bill that would stick to the spending caps included in the two-year budget deal worked out by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) after the government shutdown.

That would put off a new fight over spending until the 2016 fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1.

House Republicans are debating internally over what their best strategy is.

“We’ll be talking with members all next week about what can and should get done — or not — in the lame duck,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (Ohio).

McConnell has signaled to GOP colleagues that he wants to start his reign as majority leader in 2015 with a clean slate.

He wants to avoid a messy fight over spending levels at the beginning of next year, which could derail one of his top priorities, passing a budget.

But he faces internal challenges as well.

Conservative Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), two Tea Party favorites, have vowed to object to any legislation that could be postponed until next year.

“By any measure, deliberately planning to reconvene the Senate in a lame-duck session to address major new legislation would subvert the will of the American people, lessen accountability, and do lasting damage to the dignity and integrity of this body’s proceedings,” they wrote in a letter to Reid.