Rep. Newhouse: Democrats are now targeting farmers while trying to please ‘radicals’ – and it’ll cost us all

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Friday, October 8th, during the Republican Weekly Address, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) stated that the death tax proposed by Democrats would be horrible for families looking to pass their farms on to their children. 

The transcript is below:

“Hello, I’m Congressman Dan Newhouse, a third-generation farmer representing the 4th Congressional District of Washington State, and I’m honored to be delivering this week’s Republican Address.

Central Washington is made up of honest, hardworking, freedom-loving Americans who provide food and fiber for this nation, and my district is home to some of the most dedicated and innovative agriculture producers in the country.”

Newhouse continued:

“Washington’s farmers and ranchers produce more than 300 commodities, including high-quality hay, wheat, beef, dairy, and specialty crops like apples, hops, potatoes, cherries, mint, and winegrapes.

Bless with the conditions to produce such a diverse range of crops, Central Washington is proud to share its natural abundance in helping feed the country — and the world.”

He added:

“Those of us who live here have a deep appreciation for our nation’s farmers and recognize how important it is that we have a strong and domestic agriculture sector.

But lately, President Biden and his cohort of far-left Democrats are so focused on radically altering the country with their $4.3 trillion dollar spending spree that they’re blind to the impacts their own policies are already having on Americans across the country.”

Newhouse stated:

“Inflation is at a 13-year high and now they are looking to raise taxes on small businesses and family farms, all while hiring 87,000 more IRS collection agents.

As a lifelong farmer, former director of agriculture for Washington State, and current Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, I understand the vested interest we all have in supporting our agriculture producers – and I am proud to join my House Republican colleagues in advocating against burdensome regulations that impact rural communities.”

He continued:

“The Democrats’ proposed Death Tax would devastate Central Washington families looking to pass their farm on to their children. In fact, this provision alone is often the determining factor as to whether family farmers and ranchers can maintain their land from generation to generation – or if that land will be broken up, sold off, and paved over.”

Newhouse said:

“I always find it ironic that the same politicians who decry ‘Big Agriculture’ are also the ones who constantly advocate for policies and regulations that make it harder and harder for small family farms, like mine and those of my neighbors’ to stay afloat.”

He added:

“It’s not just Democrats’ disastrous policies we’re having to fend off.

That’s why I, alongside my Republican colleagues, am leading the effort to stop our foreign adversaries, like Communist China, from gobbling up American farmland and taking control of our food supply chain.”

Newhouse stated:

“Even as Congressional Democrats pile on regulatory burdens on rural Americans, President Biden continues to stretch the limits of his executive authority. His administration is trying to revive the single most overarching federal regulation in history: the ‘Waters of the United States’ or WOTUS rule.

This dangerous policy empowers federal bureaucrats to place every single body of water, every ditch, puddle, and stream, under federal regulation and as a result, the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities across the nation are at stake.”

He added:

“A farmer could be fined thousands of dollars by the EPA if they so much as rotate their crops without asking permission from the federal government. That is the real-world impact of these ridiculous policies.”

Newhouse concluded by saying:

“It is clear to me, just as I know it is clear to my constituents, that President Biden and Democrats in control of Congress are failing to display the leadership America needs and deserves.

Instead of continuing to cater to the radicals in their party, it’s time for them to take a look at what their policies are doing to us out here in Central Washington and in rural communities across the country. We deserve far better.”

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Senator issues urgent warning, says Biden administration pushing amnesty plan, dismantling of ICE

July 29th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Tuesday, July 27th, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) appeared on FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle” and warned viewers that the Biden administration, at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, was in the process of setting up amnesty for illegal immigrants in the United States and effectively dismantling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Hawley stated that such a plan was bad for the country. Host Laura Ingraham said:

“Senator, they won’t come out and say it, but you can’t convince me that this isn’t what the Democrats want, a massive influx of humanity into the United States.”

Hawley replied by saying:

“Laura, it’s exactly what they want. And I think one of the reasons that Secretary Mayorkas wouldn’t say that their plans weren’t working, he just wouldn’t answer that question, is because their plan is an open border. Their plan is amnesty and their plan is to dismantle ICE.”

He added:

“And by the way, they’re doing every single one of those things and they’re trying to call it different things. They’re trying to label it in different ways.”

Hawley continued:

“They’re trying to hide it. But, when you look at what’s happening, you see a border that is open. You see easy, effective amnesty for criminals and then you see them taking away ICE’s enforcement capability. This is their plan and they are executing on it. And boy, is it bad for this country.”

Fox News reported that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) also recently warned against Democrats’ pursuing an amnesty plan in their upcoming budget bill that will be an even bigger magnet for more illegal immigration. 

On his first day in office, President Biden rescinded the proclamation declaring a national emergency at the southern border. Shortly after that, he cut off funding for the border wall and virtually gutted all of the Trump-era policies that helped reduce illegal immigration.

The consequences of his actions are not surprising as record numbers of illegal immigrants from Central America and elsewhere are now streaming across the border, taking full advantage of the Democrats’ open-border policies.

In June alone, Border Patrol agents caught more than 180,000 illegal immigrants trying to sneak into the country. This is the highest number reported in more than two decades and with six months into 2021, more than one million illegal immigrants have crossed the southern border.

Thousands more are not recorded, which means they snuck into the country undetected along with untold amounts of deadly drugs like heroin and fentanyl that are killing Americans in record numbers.

If the Democrats actually wanted to stop this rising tide of illegal immigration and drugs and protect the American people, they would reverse course now and call this situation exactly what it is: a national emergency. 

They would build the border wall, reinstate the enhanced border protections put in place by the Trump administration and deport lawbreakers. Instead, Democrat lawmakers are doing absolutely nothing to stop this crisis that they themselves created. 

They are throwing fuel on the fire by trying to force a massive amnesty through the Senate by a bare, partisan vote. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) said he expects this amnesty to go into effect within just a “couple of months, if all necessary steps are taken.”

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Report: Democrats trying to hide amnesty in a $10 billion ‘border project’ – part of $3.5 trillion ‘reconciliation’ bill

July 27th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats are playing a shell game with the American taxpayer as they try to cover a $120 billion in amnesty funding with a $10 billion shell in their massive $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.

The funding is designed to appear as funds to increase border security.

The funds could be used toward facilities to handle asylum claims, expanding immigration courts to process a backlog of claims, fund alternatives to detention, and staff to support the influx of border crossers entering the country.

The Democrats’ plan is expected to set aside $120 billion for establishing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, as well as other groups that could include farmworkers, according to Senate aides.

The $10 billion is just one way the proposed spending bill is hiding amnesty.

Democrats are using the bill as a vehicle to bypass citizen concerns that such action would lead to fewer jobs for Americans, more welfare recipients, lower wages, and increased threats of crime and terrorism.

The reconciliation bill, designed as a method to set budget and spending, avoids the filibuster process, and requires only a majority vote in the Senate to pass. The normal process requires 60 votes to pass the 100-member Senate.

Avoiding the filibuster is important for this Senate, as the chamber is evenly split 50-50. Without going through filibuster, Vice President Kamala Harris could cast the deciding tie-breaking vote in favor of Democrats.

Passing the bill will not be an easy chore for Democrats with their amnesty program hidden within the funding. There are strict rules in place to ensure that the bill only deals with budget issues.

Senate rules require that the Senate Parliamentarian reject any portion of a reconciliation bill that involves policy rather than budgetary concerns.

Despite their hidden plan, the Left has leaked their true plans on several occasions. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said during an interview on NewsHour with Judy Woodruff:

“Well, we’re trying to cover people who have been in the forefront, among other things, of protecting our economy, critical care workers, dreamers, and others.

“I have believed for a long time, as I think almost all the members of the Democratic caucus and some Republicans, that the time is long overdue to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship.

“So, we can’t completely, the way I would like to do it, in a reconciliation bill. There are real constraints, in terms of policy, that you can do. We (are) going to do the best we can.”

Woodruff then asked Sanders if amnesty and a path to citizenship were in the bill. The Senator answered, “Yes.”

Another member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) tested effectiveness of the $10 billion smokescreen during an interview with Axios:

“I’ve consistently advocated for making smart, modern investments when it comes to border security, including requiring 100% of screening of passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles that come into the United States.”

Democrats also face the hurdle of moderate party members like Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who are concerned about the huge price tag of the bill.

Despite the hurdles, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) set Wednesday as the deadline for getting all 50 Democrats on board for the partisan bill. Schumer wants the bill passed before the summer break.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has suggested Republicans leave Washington in an attempt to block Democrats from passing the bill under reconciliation:

“If they put in amnesty in…that’s an assault on the system as we know it. We should use any tool in our box to stop it.”

Graham took his que from Texas Democrats who fled the state earlier this month to avoid a vote on stricter voting laws.

His plan is not generally accepted as viable by most Republicans.

Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) said Senate Republicans would face the same problem as the Democratic House members in Texas:

“Eventually they’re going to have to go back. So, all it does is delay it.”

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Democrats write letter to Biden: Illegal immigrants are ‘American heroes’ and deserve amnesty

April 16, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In a recent letter to President Joe Biden, a group of 22 Democrats, including Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) asked the White House to add amnesty for at least 5.2 million illegal immigrants in an economic relief and infrastructure package.

In their letter, the Democrats wrote:

“We write to urge you to prioritize the inclusion of H.R. 1909/S. 747, the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrant essential workers, as part of the American Families Plan and your legislative package on jobs and infrastructure.”

The letter added:

“If Republicans continue to refuse to advance immigration legislation supported by the overwhelming majority of the American people, the next reconciliation package on jobs and infrastructure should include citizenship for essential workers.”

They continued by saying:

“Speaker Pelosi has already indicated her support for including immigration legislation in legislative packages advanced through budget reconciliation given the clear ‘case about the budget implications if immigration,’ while the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and 100 members of the Democratic Caucus have also urged the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for essential workers in COVID-19 relief legislation.

The upcoming legislative package on jobs and infrastructure is the best opportunity to recognize and reward the sacrifices and labor of essential workers.”

Castro’s amnesty plan would all illegal immigrants to take American jobs in at least 20 different occupations to adjust status to become legal permanent residents, thus securing a green card to remain in the United States.

After that, those eligible illegal immigrants would then be able to apply for American citizenship after five years of living in the U.S. on a green card. Biden, himself, has also proposed an amnesty plan.

https://twitter.com/USSANews/status/1382714129278922755

However, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) quickly admitted that that proposal does not have support.

Biden’s amnesty plan would bring a foreign population to the U.S. close to the size of California by 2031, permanently resettling more than 37.3 million foreign nationals in the nation.

Recently, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Neil Bradley called amnesty for illegal immigrants “critically important. Corporate interests and donors have reportedly led lobbying initiatives to pressure Washington, D.C. lawmakers to back amnesty. 

Economist George Borjas called mass immigration the “largest anti-poverty program” at the expense of Americans working and lower-middle class. The biggest winners are corporations and investors who can keep the cost of labor low and have a steady stream of consumers to buy their products and services.

Other research has found that current legal immigration to the U.S. results in more than $350 billion worth of lost wages for Americans. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has also noted that mass immigration cuts Americans’ wages.

Back in 2013, a CBO analysis stated that the “Gang of Eight” amnesty plan would “slightly” push down wages for the American workers. A 2020 CBO analysis stated:

“Immigration has exerted downward pressure on the wages of relatively low-skilled workers who are already in the country, regardless of their birthplace.”

It is also reported that every year, about 1.2 million legal immigrants receive green cards to permanently resettle in the U.S. In addition, 1.4 million foreign nationals get temporary visas to fill U.S. jobs that would otherwise go to Americans. 

The Democrats amnesty plan would apply to illegal immigrants working in a broad array of sectors, including health care, emergency response, sanitation, restaurant ownership, food preparation, vending, catering, food packaging, meat processing, hotel or retail work, agricultural work, landscaping, construction, nanny services, and house cleaning and janitorial services as well as those operating laundromats. 

It would also apply to those who work in those industries but lost their job due to the coronavirus pandemic and illegal immigrant relatives of those who died of COVID-19. The plan includes an immediate adjustment to a green card, followed by a path to full citizenship, which would include the right to vote. 

 

 

 

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