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Jenny Beth Martin: Americans recently treated to ‘string of pleasant surprises’ related to immigration enforcement

Jenny Beth Martin in her latest opinion piece for The Washington Times writes the Trump administration is following through on its promise to enforce our immigration laws and not treat them as “mere suggestions” as former President Obama did. Read the commentary below: Over the past week, Americans have been treated to a string of pleasant surprises from the Trump administration related to the enforcement of our immigration laws. The overarching message from the Trump Administration recently is that U.S. immigration laws are going to be treated the way they should be - as the laws on the books, rather than mere suggestions that can be ...

President Trump slashes regulations, creating $60 billion in savings: report

President Donald J. Trump working alongside Congress has reversed burdensome President Obama-era regulations – an action one organization projects will save taxpayers more than $60 billion. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Tuesday documenting the most recent ways the administration and Congress have used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations. The report found the recent repeal and delay of regulations could lead to $86 billion in net fiscal effects for taxpayers from deregulation. "Congress has already passed 13 CRA resolutions, repealing ...

It costs lots of money to comply with federal tax law – here’s how much

Tax Day is approaching and Americans nationwide, in an effort to comply with federal tax law, lose $234 billion a year in man hours and direct expenses combined – and those figures are expected to climb even higher in the years ahead. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, said that tax compliance costs taxpayers $234 billion per year in direct costs and lost productivity. "The problem is the status quo—thinking that, well, if we don't do tax reform this year it will just be that bad," Sepp said. "No, the status quo is not the static quo—it's going to get worse." "The paperwork ...

AG Sessions pulling federal funding from cities that fail to comply with federal immigration law

Amid the controversy in Maryland over the alleged gang rape of a teenage girl by two young men, one of whom is an illegal immigrant who was detained and then released, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cracking down on cities that fail to enforce federal immigration laws by cutting off federal funding. The Daily Signal has the details: “The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with [U.S. Code 1373] as a condition of receiving those awards,” Sessions said. U.S. Code 1373 is a law stating that localities cannot prevent the federal government from enforcing the nation...

Sen. Mike Lee: Judge Gorsuch approaches the law with “fierce independence,” “rigorous opinions”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is calling out partisan Democrats who are threatening gridlock on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Despite the judge’s impeccable legal record and uncontroversial nomination and confirmation to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Democrats have questioned Gorsuch’s independence. Lee set the record straight in an op-ed for the Daily Signal, lauding Gorsuch’s record as a judge who applies the law neutrally and is not swayed by political influence. Sen. Lee wrote: In a former life, I had the good fortune of appearing before Gorsuch as a practicing attorney, so I know from personal ...

Rep. Massie’s tweet perfectly captures how Americans feel right now about GOP Obamacare replacement bill

Freedom Caucus member Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) Wednesday tweeted he is “changing” his vote on the proposed GOP Obamacare-replacement bill being negotiated between members of Congress and the Trump administration. But don’t worry – we think you’ll like what he did… NBC News Capitol Hill Producer Alex Moe this afternoon tweeted she was informed by a senior GOP aide that there will be no vote today on the GOP bill as originally planned. Both parties appear to be standing their ground — including members of the Freedom Caucus like Rep. Massie and Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who insist on a bill that fully repeals Obamacare, as promis...

House Freedom Caucus members say it’s time to slash entitlement budget

Members of the House Freedom Caucus are encouraging executive leaders in Washington, D.C. to do more to balance our budget, specifically encouraging them to make budget cuts to entitlement spending in an effort to balance our budget and better chip away at our national debt. The Daily Signal has the story: Reps. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho; Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; expressed support for entitlement reform at a monthly Capitol Hill gathering. Trump’s budget blueprint, released Thursday, introduces increases in defense discretionary spending with cuts to nondefense discretionary spending. However, the budget does not ...

House Freedom Caucus chairman: ‘We still have major concerns’ with Obamacare replacement bill

While House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows announced earlier this week that members of the caucus will not be bound to vote against the GOP Obamacare replacement legislation, he says a number of the members, himself included, have serious reservations about the bill. USA Today has the details: But just because they were given the OK to vote however they chose didn’t mean everyone was ready to vote yes. Several Freedom Caucus members, including Meadows, said late Monday they still expect most of the group will vote "no." "I think we still have major concerns with this bill," Meadows said after the Freedom Caucus met for their weekly ...

Amendments to House Obamacare Replacement Bill


AG Sessions: Law-enforcement personnel under President Trump have ‘our steadfast support’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an event in Richmond, Virginia earlier this week expressed a deep regard for America’s law-enforcement men and women, assuring them that they have the unwavering support of their commander in chief and those in the attorney general’s office. The Washington Examiner has the story: The attorney general, speaking to an audience filled with law enforcement, said the administration will work to support police. "In recent years law enforcement as a whole has been unfairly maligned and blamed for the unacceptable deeds of a few bad actors. Too many of our officers, deputies, and troopers believed the political ...