Sen. Dick Durbin: I’m Working ‘Full Time’ for DACA Illegal Aliens

by JOHN BINDER 16 Jan 2018Washington, D.C.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says his sole focus in Congress is making sure illegal aliens are given amnesty to remain permanently in the United States.

In comments on Monday, Durbin said it is illegal aliens, not his Illinois constituents, who he is working “full time” and around the clock for.

Durbin said:

Listen, politics ain’t beanbag. When you get into tough, complicated, contentious issues, sometimes rhetoric gets very fiery. If you don’t have a tough skin, this is not a good business to get into. I know what happened. I stand behind every word that I said in terms of that meeting. I’m focused on one thing — not that meeting — but on making sure that those who are being protected by DACA and eligible for the DREAM Act have a future in America. I am focused on that full time. [Emphasis added]

In the statement, Durbin was referring to a meeting at the White House where President Trump allegedly asked lawmakers why the U.S. was admitting thousands of foreign nationals every year from “shithole countries,” though Trump and others at the meeting have denied the allegations.

Durbin, Democrats and the Republican establishment have scrambled together to negotiate with the White House on a deal where potentially millions of illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are given amnesty.

Under Durbin’s DREAM Act, working and middle-class Americans would be put in further competition for U.S. jobs against up to 3.5 million newly legalized foreign nationals. A recent report found that 1 in 5 illegal aliens given amnesty under the DREAM Act would end up on food stamps and nearly 1 in 7 would end up on Medicaid, further straining the social safety net for America’s poor.

“El Extorto” Durbin Threatens Govt Shutdown If Border Wall In Amnesty Deal

By Rick Wells

Sen Dick Durbin threatens to shut down parts of America’s govt to help illegal foreigners bully their way into amnesty. And no border wall, either, says the open borders globalist,

President Trump set the parameters for the negotiations on the Border Wall by offering the globalist Democrats the public illusion that he was open to some components of their open borders agenda, most specifically, legal status for DACA illegals.

They took the bait as they were forced to put off the battle until the third week of January, having felt the wrath of their illegal and liberal constituency that cares nothing about American sovereignty and has not concept of the meaning of fiscal or economic responsibility or of what it means to be an American citizen.

Now President Trump has laid out his position, including what will be required for him to violate a campaign promise and legalize 800,000 of the foreign nationals squatting here in our country.

President Trump wants, in exchange, full funding for the construction of the southern border wall, new authority to prevent a repeat of the illegal children invasion, restrictions on sanctuary cities, an end to chain migration, the end of the visa lottery and mandatory E-Verify in hiring.

President Trump sent his proposal to Capitol Hill on Friday and it was immediately dismissed by the open borders agitators, such as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and the usual crowd of Democrat suspects.

Durbin said Democrats are willing to risk a government shutdown to avoid giving up on their future constituency, the invaders from foreign lands.

DHS has asked Congress for $18 billion in funding for new border fence and wall construction. Also included along with their funding request was a crackdown on sanctuary cities, new authority to reject fraudulent asylum applications and permission to remove new illegal aliens in a more timely fashion.

Benjamin L Cassidy, an assistant secretary at Homeland Security wrote, “Effective border security will not be successful unless we close dangerous legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration and visa overstays. If these loopholes are not closed, and enforcement capabilities are not enhanced, our immigration system and border cannot be secured.”

That effectively laid out the objectives of Democrats who have no desire to secure this nation regardless of the threats posed.

Senator Durbin dismissed the Trump positions as being non-starters. Hethreatened, “President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall. With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction.”

Durbin said Democrats would consider “reasonable border security measures,” which means reasonably easy to defeat and ineffective, describing President Trump’s position as “outrageous.” It’s an outrage to want to keep foreigner out of our once-sovereign nation in the opinion of the globalist Democrats like Mr. Durbin, who are intent on our destruction.

Durbin noted he’ll continue to work with open borders Republican Lindsey Graham, who is a hawk on national security except where it comes to controlling access to our nation, and any other anti-sovereignty Republicans.

Pro-illegal groups were also upset with the thought of adding additional Border Patrol agents, for the same reasons, it makes it harder for their invading forces to enter the country.

President Trump is battling for the American people and for our nation. The Democrats are clearly our enemies. This is a fight Trump should be anxious to have, to remind the American people of what is at stake if the Democrats are somehow allowed to have their way or return to power.

That is, of course, in addition to a return to the selling of influence, secrets, assets and rampant pilferage that existed under Hussein Obama.

Nine Million American Men Pushed Out of Workforce by Cheap-Labor Policies, Says Obama Economist

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by NEIL MUNRO19 Dec 2017

Nine million working-age men have been pushed out of the workforce by the federal government’s salary-cutting economic strategy, says a former economist for former President Barack Obama.

The admission comes as some legislators in Congress renew their push for a huge ‘dreamer’ amnesty that would increase the number of low-wage foreign workers who can take U.S. jobs.

The nine million number comes from a new op-ed by Jason Furman, a top economic advisor to Obama. Without mentioning cheap-labor labor, Furman writes in the Wall Street Journal:

The U.S. has experienced a record 86 consecutive months of job growth. But some nine million men of prime age—that is, between 25 and 54—still are not working. Most have given up looking for jobs. Helping these men get back into the workforce should be a leading public-policy priority …

The largest issue facing American men is not that they are rewarded for remaining in a recliner, but that they cannot find rewarding work. The bulk of the decline in employment has been for men with a high-school diploma or less, who have seen their employment rates fall from 97% in 1964 to 83% today. This has coincided with a decline in their relative wages: High-school grads in the 1970s earned two-thirds what their college-educated counterparts took home. Today it’s around half.

Reversing the withdrawal of men from the workforce will require rising wages. This can be achieved by improving the skills of workers through education and training and improving the bargaining power of workers to raise wages. Direct steps like expanding the earned-income tax credit could also make a difference, though the policy is absent from the current tax-reform bill—despite Speaker Paul Ryan’s past support for it.

Furman carefully excludes immigration as a reason for Americans’ low wages, but his comments come amid a renewed push for amnesty by Congress.

The push comes from Democrats, including Sen. Richard Durbin, and also from some business-first Republicans, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and North Carolina’s Sen. Thom Tillis.

This week, for example, the Senators have been meeting to develop an amnesty plan that would offer token border-security measures against illegal immigration in exchange for legalizing more than 3 million illegals — plus their future chain-migration relatives.

Americans’ wages grew rapidly until the 1965 immigration rewrite expanded the inflow of foreign workers after the 1975 oil-price shock, according to data provided by the Census Bureau in 2017. Since then, wages have been flat, but that stagnation has been partly hidden by the rising quality and declining cost of many items, including coffee, entertainment, and Internet services.

Amid the wage stagnation and the government-managed huge inflow of foreign workers, the percentage of working-age Americans who are not in the workforce has fallen below the work rates in Japan and Germany.

Business groups say many Americans have quit the labor market because of easy welfare rules.

Furman says federal welfare policy is not pulling the nine million American men out of the job market, noting that ” the fraction of prime-age men receiving any federal cash assistance—including disability insurance and other cash payments—has fallen to 10% in 2016 from 20% in 1975. ”

House Speaker Paul Ryan recently admitted that many Americans have been pushed to the sidelines, as he sketched out a plan for welfare reform in 2018.

“When we have tens of millions of people right here in this country falling short of their potential, not working, not looking for a job, or not in school getting a skill to get a job, that’s a problem,” Ryan said December 14. He said:

Let’s change our welfare laws so we push and pull people out of poverty into the workforce … we’re going to be able to create an economy that produces good family-supporting jobs, higher wages, that will be there for people who are stuck in poverty and welfare to go to.

 

 

Despite his press-conference focus on Americans, in 2015 and 2017 Ryan successfully pushed for an expansion of the H-2B program, which allows foresty and landscaping companies to import foreign workers for seasonal jobs. Ryan’s cheap H-2B labor helps the companies cut their seasonal and full-year payrolls, but cuts average pay and reduces the ability of sidelined Americans to take seasonal jobs.

Immigration experts fear Ryan will again try to expand the H-2B program in the 2018 budget talks, which are due for completion in January.

Both Republicans and Democrats are under intense business pressure to grow economic consumption and Wall Street’s stock values by importing foreign consumers and workers, instead of by growing Americans’ productivity and wages.

In September 2017, for example, the business-funded Hamilton Project think-tank debated why Americans’ wages remain flat — but dismissed the impact of the federal government’s policy of annually importing roughly one immigrant consumer/worker for every four Americans who turn 18 each year.

The event was overseen by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, who helped found the Hamilton Project think-tank. He pushed a policy of immigration-boosted economic growth in place of immigration-restricted salary growth. He said:

If we are going to put in place a policy agenda that addresses [national economic] growth and addresses wage stagnation or sluggishness, effectively, it has got to start with a clear understanding of the facts over the last several decades, and a clear understanding of the causes … My own view as to causation is that it is a combination of the factors I have just mentioned — technological development, globalization, and decline of labor unions on the one hand, and also the abject failure of our political system to put in place an effective, inclusive growth agenda.

 

 

Subsequent panelists at the event, including Furman, dismissed the role of federal immigration policy.

Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

The Washington-imposed economic policy of mass-immigration floods the market with foreign laborspikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.

The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.

Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.

CNN: Four GOP Senators Negotiate Amnesty With Democrats

by NEIL MUNRO15 Dec 2017

A group of four business-first GOP Senators is meeting with Democrats to negotiate an amnesty for illegals which would trash President Donald Trump’s pro-American immigration principles.

According to CNN:

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, hosted a meeting of the Senate negotiators on Thursday afternoon, including Republicans Lindsey Graham, James Lankford, Cory Gardner, Jeff Flake and staff from Sen. Thom Tillis. But all exiting the meeting said while negotiations progressed, no break-throughs have been reached yet. And while some wouldn’t rule it out as a possibility, none expressed much optimism it could be done by the end of the year.

“It’s starting to take form, but we’re still negotiating,” Durbin said …

“What we’re trying to do is figure out where we have common ground there,” Tillis said. “But we’ll be reaching a point pretty soon to where we have to have a discussion about chain migration, which is very important, the President’s told us, and border security and other things. I would say when we talk about ‘we’re close to an agreement,’ we’re only talking about one half of the broader agreement, so maybe we’re a third of the way there.”

The CNN article also notes that Democratic legislators are admitting that they are not going to get the GOP’s agreement to extended the DACA amnesty for 690,000 illegals, or pass the DREAM Act for 3 million illegals.

Lankford is working with Tillis to promote their SUCCEED Act and has welcomed illegal immigrants as a benefit for companies.

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Colorado GOP Sen. Gardner is trying to keep a low profile in the amnesty talks.

Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski is expected to work with Durbin on an amnesty, amid calls from home-state employers for a greater supply of workers.

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The rival GOP immigration proposal — dubbed the SECURE Act — is being led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, in cooperation with Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Majority Lader Sen. Mitch McConnell. The GOP proposal includes some of President Trump’s immigration priorities.

An early draft of the SECURE Act would raise Americans’ wages by ending chain-migration and the visa lottery.

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However, some of the Senators in Grassley’s group want to change their draft proposal, for example, by delaying the end of chain-migration.

The SECURE Act also does not mandate all companies use the E-Verify system to verify that prospective hires are not illegals. That omission gives tacit approval for many companies to continue hiring wage-lowering illegal immigrants.

Legislators may try to combine the proposals in January or February.

House leaders have given little indication about how they will deal with the immigration issue in January and February.

Many polls show that the Democrats’ calls for amnesty are unpopular because they contradict Americans’ sense of fairness to other Americans.

Business groups and Democrats embrace the misleading, industry-funded “nation of immigrants” polls which pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants. The alternative “fairness” polls show that voters put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors, and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy.

The political power of the voters’ fairness priorities was made clear during the GOP primaries and again in November 2016. This year, groups such as FAIR and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC have deterred many business-first GOP politicians from openly supporting an amnesty.

Multiple polls show the public is strongly opposed to the Democrats’  threat to shut down the government if they do not get their DREAM Act amnesty by Christmas for 3 million illegals.

Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

The Washington-imposed economic policy of mass-immigration floods the market with foreign laborspikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.

The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.

Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.

DEM ST. LOUIS MAYOR: TRADE IN GUNS FOR FREE GROCERIES

Murder capital of America continues looking to liberal policies to combat violence

Infowars.com – DECEMBER 15, 2017

St. Louis’ Democrat Mayor Lyda Krewson is blaming guns for rising crime in the city and has a plan to offer free groceries to citizens who turn in their firearms.

Krewson is running out of solutions when it comes to the city’s homicide problem, admitting, “We can’t incarcerate our way out of this situation,” according to Newsweek.

Democrat State Rep. Bruce Franks of St. Louis criticized the mayor’s plan, saying, “I think she’s trying something she feels is going to be effective, but in reality we just know that [it’s] not.”

He pointed out the fact that most people will simply bring antique firearms or guns that don’t work anymore to trade-in for free groceries paid for by tax dollars while real criminals keep their weapons.

St. Louis will likely remain the murder capital of the country as long as they continue electing liberal politicians who push ridiculous  anti-gun policies such as the program proposed by Mayor Krewson.

(ONLY IN CHICAGO) – Woman pleads guilty to hate crime in beating of disabled teen live on Facebook and ONLY gets probation

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Brittany Covington, 19, who live-streamed video of the racially charged beating of a teen with mental disabilities in the home above, pleaded guilty Dec. 8, 2017, to a hate crime and was sentenced to four years of probation. (Phil Velasquez/ Chicago Tribune; Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

Do you think is she were white that she would of gotten only PROBATION?

BY Megan Crepeau

A Chicago woman who live-streamed video of the racially charged beating of a teen with mental disabilities (THE TEEN IS WHITE AND HAS MENTAL DISABILITIES)  pleaded guilty Friday to a hate crime and was sentenced to four years of probation.

Brittany Covington, 19, has been in custody since her arrest in January.

Calling the incident “horrific,” Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks banned Covington from social media over the four years, prohibited her from contact with two of her co-defendants and ordered her to do 200 hours of community service.

Hooks told Covington he could have imposed a prison sentence but added, “I’m not sure if I did that you’d be coming out any better.”

Hooks said he hoped the strict terms of probation would put Covington on a more productive life path, but he warned she would face prison time if she violated any of the restrictions.

“Do not mess this up,” Hooks told Covington, who stood quietly in a blue jail uniform with her hands clasped behind her back.

The 19-year-old also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and intimidation charges. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped additional charges, including kidnapping.

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The video, which sparked national outrage, focuses often on Covington’s face. She smokes what appears to be a blunt — a cigar stuffed with marijuana — while narrating some of the action.

Three others were charged in the incident: alleged ringleader Jordan Hill, 19, as well as Tesfaye Cooper, 19, and Covington’s sister, Tanishia, 25. Their cases are still pending.

The video, posted in January, shows the four — who are all African-Americancutting the 18-year-old white victim’s scalp with a knife, punching and kicking him and laughing as he was bound and gagged in an apartment on Chicago’s West Side.

The gruesome video drew condemnation from many, including then-President Barack Obama. Right-wing pundits used it as a rallying cry, tying it without evidence to the Black Lives Matter movement and blaming permissive policing.

Among the abuse seen on the Facebook video, prosecutors have said, is one of the women laughing as she punches the teen; a male foot on the victim’s head; the teen groaning in pain as a male pulls a cord around his neck; and the victim screaming in fear when a male approaches with a knife, saying, “Should I shank his a–?”

At one point, prosecutors said, Hill and Cooper ordered the victim into a bathroom and forced him to drink water from the toilet.

The teen was bound and gagged, a sock placed in his mouth and his lips taped shut. With the knife, Hill then cut a chunk of the victim’s hair, cutting his head, and stabbed him in the left forearm, prosecutors have said.

The victim, who prosecutors said has schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was able to flee the building when the four co-defendants left the apartment to confront neighbors who had complained about the noise, prosecutors have said.

He was treated at a hospital for cuts to his head, face and body as well as a stab wound to his left arm, authorities said.

 

 

 

DEM SEN: He shouldn’t have quit!

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By Elana Schor and Seung Min Kim

Sen. Al Franken said on Thursday that he would resign after seven women came forward in recent weeks and said he groped or tried to forcibly kiss them, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the Democratic Party’s most popular and high-profile politicians.

The second-term Minnesota Democrat, a prolific fundraiser once viewed as a possible White House hopeful, quickly lost support of most Democratic senators after a fresh set of allegations hit this week. Franken is the second Democratic member of Congress to quit — Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the longest-serving member of the House, also resigned this week — amid a heightened consciousness and debate across the nation about the heavy toll of workplace sexual harassment.

The 66-year-old senator, a famous comedian and talk show host in his former life who was first elected in 2008, needled President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore while announcing his departure “in the coming weeks.” An aide said Thursday that an exact resignation date has yet to be determined.

“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said, referring to Trump’s comments captured on tape about grabbing women’s genitals and to Moore’s multiple allegations of sexual assault or harassment of women in their teens.

“But this decision is not about me,” Franken added in his floor speech, which began shortly before noon on Thursday. “It’s about the people of Minnesota. It’s become clear that I can’t pursue the Ethics Committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator for them.”

About two dozen Democratic senators attended Franken’s address, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, fellow Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, and several of the female senators who triggered the flood of resignation calls. Many members of Franken’s staff sat behind him on the chamber, with a handful appearing very emotional — as did Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who removed her glasses at least twice to wipe her eyes.

Only one Republican was in the chamber for Franken’s speech (aside from Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, who was presiding at the time): Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, an outspoken Trump critic who called Franken a “friend” who “did the right thing.” Also watching the speech from the Senate gallery were Franken’s wife, Franni; longtime Democratic consultant Mandy Grunwald, a friend of Franken; and John Bessler, Klobuchar’s husband.

After he concluded his address, no one applauded, as usually happens during a senator’s farewell speech. No other senator stood up to make remarks about Franken’s tenure. Instead, Democratic senators walked over to Franken’s desk and lined up to embrace him, including women such as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, who demanded his ouster.

Not all Democratic senators agreed with Franken’s decision to step aside, however.

“You know, I just felt the process should’ve proceeded,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said after a long pause. “I thought that Al should’ve been able to go through the process and in the process, he would’ve been able to make the statement he had to make today [that] he was forced to make, without resigning.”

Franken’s popularity among his party’s liberal base has stoked some anxiety on the left over the party’s decision to push him out. His political stardom skyrocketed earlier this year as he emerged as one of the toughest questioners during confirmation hearings for top Trump administration officials, including now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

He was close with Schumer, who led the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during Franken’s 2008 Senate bid, which prompted a recount that left the former “Saturday Night Live” star victorious by just 312 votes and handing Democrats the all-critical 60th vote in the Senate.

Though a gregarious personality in the Senate, Franken tried to keep his profile down in some ways, eschewing the national press in favor of home-state media. But he was an outspoken force on several key issues, including on education and net neutrality.

For fellow Democrats however, particularly the women in the caucus, the tide of allegations against him became too great to ignore.

POLITICO reported Wednesday morning on the seventh woman to come forward about Franken, a former Democratic congressional aide who said he tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Within hours, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for his resignation, followed by a half-dozen fellow female Democrats and, eventually, a majority of the caucus.

Schumer quietly urged Franken on Wednesday to step aside following the publication of the POLITICO story, and other Democratic senators privately spoke with the embattled senator before he made his announcement on Thursday.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who spoke with Franken on the phone on Wednesday, said he told him that “it matters to me that you called me personally, and I will also do the right thing.”

“I said, ‘Look, I think this behavior, you’re a wonderful senator and you’ve done so much good for so many but I just think the behavior is wrong and resignation is really the only alternative now,'” Kaine recalled. “It was a hard conversation.”

Still, Franken offered no apology on Thursday to the seven women who have alleged sexually improper behavior. He noted in his speech that in responding to the women, he “wanted to be respectful” of the broader national conversation about sexual harassment “because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously.”

“I think that was the right thing to do,” he added. “I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that, in fact, I haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true, others I remember very differently.”

Franken’s seat may be in play in an expected special election next year, given that President Donald Trump lost Minnesota by an unexpectedly slim margin in 2016. The state’s Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, is expected to appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as a caretaker for the seat, paving the way for a potential open primary race in a 2018 special election to serve out the two years remaining in Franken’s term.

Pushing Franken out, after Conyers resigned on Tuesday amid misconduct allegations from several former aides, also puts Democrats on firmer political ground on the issue of sexual harassment the as the GOP prepares for Moore’s potential arrival in the Senate.

Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama’s Dec. 12 Senate special election, faces multiple allegations of sexual assault or harassment from women and girls as young as 14. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has signaled he plans to pursue expulsion proceedings against Moore, but the Alabaman’s endorsement by Trump is driving a wedge within the GOP.

“One of the serious issues we have to face is, what is the appropriate price to pay if you are guilty of such misconduct? To make every case resignation is not fair,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said. “To ignore the problem is certainly unacceptable. So we have to work this out as an institution, in terms of our ethics committee, its authority and the standards that we’re going to use to grade ourselves and others.”