House Passes State Fiscal Aid Bill

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 12:32 pm

With relatively few defections from the caucus, House Democrats passed a bill providing $26.1 billion dollars to states for their Medicaid programs and education budgets, by a count of 247-161. All Democrats but 3 supported the bill, and all Republicans but 2 opposed it. The specific tallies will be released shortly. Earlier, Democrats passed the [...]

Turnabout: House Democrat Calls for Senate to Return to Session

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 9:15 am

The House is meeting at this hour to consider the state fiscal aid bill and a border security funding measure. They came off a scheduled six-week break to do so, in part because the Senate handed them a bill and basically demanded that they return. However, the border funding bill that the Senate passed was [...]

Lightning Round: A Guide to the One-Day House Session

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 6:50 am

The House will open for business in just a few minutes, at 10am ET today, for consideration of the state fiscal aid bill, which the Senate passed last week. The plan is to vote on the rule for the bill (text here), then general debate, followed by a final passage “early in the afternoon.” It’s [...]

Schumer, McCaskill Want More Drones on the Border

By: Thursday August 5, 2010 3:02 pm

Democrats Chuck Schumer and Claire McCaskill introduced a $600 million dollar border security bill today. Funding for border security, of the kind that President Obama has asked for as part of his homeland security strategy, and of the kind that the President is already implementing along the border with Mexico, was initially folded into the [...]

John McCain Fighting the Last War

By: Monday August 2, 2010 8:26 am

I had the same reaction as San Stein when seeing this John McCain ad about border security: he’s consumed with fighting the man who denied him his birthright, the Presidency of the United States. You can argue that McCain is running harder against Obama now than he did in 2008, and certainly harder than he’s [...]

GOP Fish Ain’t Bitin’ on Immigration Reform

By: Friday July 2, 2010 8:09 am

Yesterday, President Obama made a speech about comprehensive immigration reform that placed the burden on Republicans for coming up with the necessary votes to pass it. Surely they would take that challenge with all the seriousness and sense of purpose you’d expect and immediately rush to the Senate floor to begin work on a bill. [...]

Obama’s Immigration Speech Assigns Blame to GOP

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 10:45 am

President Obama delivered a long speech today at American University, arguing for a comprehensive immigration bill in an address seemingly designed to put pressure on Republicans for opposing such reforms. The address began with the President listing the numerous accomplishments from immigrants throughout history, from “Andrew Carnegie’s U.S. Steel and Sergey Brin’s Google,” to the [...]

More Polling Confirms Mass Latino Flight Away from Republicans

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 11:35 am

The President engaging in security theater at the US-Mexico border notwithstanding, there’s no question that the Arizona immigration law has effectively stuck a fork in the Karl Rove-led project to entice Hispanics into the GOP camp. The latest survey of Hispanic attitudes showing them flocking to Democrats in droves: *** Latinos aren’t swing voters anymore: [...]

Obama Sending 1,200 National Guard Troops to Mexico Border

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:30 pm

I’m listening to John McCain, sounding like the racist guy from 12 Angry Men on the floor of the Senate, arguing for sending 6,000 troops to the US-Mexico border, because “those people” are coming over and causing bedlam. And Barack Obama, apparently, agrees with Ol’ Man McCain, at least 1/5 of the way. The government [...]

The Truth About Immigration, the Border and Jobs

By: Sunday May 16, 2010 5:06 pm

Former half-term Governor Sarah Palin defended Arizona’s immigration law today. That sentence is about as much attention to her views as is deserved. (UPDATE: Except for TBogg’s whack at it.) I would rather point to a series of new studies showing that the law was birthed in and supported by ignorance of the reality at [...]

New Immigration Bill Foregrounds Border Security, National ID Card

By: Friday April 30, 2010 7:40 am

The price of moving to a path to citizenship and bringing 12 million out of the shadows is quite high in the R-S-M outline (PDF – stands for Reid-Schumer-Menendez) released yesterday as a comprehensive immigration reform package. The country would have to hit multiple border security benchmarks before legalization processes could begin. DEA and ATF [...]

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