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Senator Behind Iran Letter Is Latest Freshman Republican to Stir Things Up

Senator Behind Iran Letter Is Latest Freshman Republican to Stir Things Up

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Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas is the youngest member of the Senate and had served as of Wednesday exactly 65 days there. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — First there was Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who held up bills, conducted an antidrone talk-a-thon and generally annoyed his colleagues. Next was Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who whipped up a campaign that shut down the government.

Now comes Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another Republican freshman, whose letter to the leaders of Iran warning against a nuclear deal with the Obama administration has caused an international uproar.

At 37, Mr. Cotton is the youngest member of the Senate and had served as of Wednesday exactly 65 days. A graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School, Mr. Cotton served as an infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq in 2006, one of the bloodiest periods of the war.

So while Mr. Paul and Mr. Cruz influenced the Tea Party, libertarian wing of their party, Mr. Cotton personifies a wave of Republican newcomers to the Senate who back a hawkish, interventionist foreign policy.

“Tom Cotton is ahead of the mainstream of Republicans on foreign policy thinking,” said Bill Kristol, the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard and an early supporter of Mr. Cotton’s political career. “Most of those running in 2016 will sound a lot more like Cotton than Rand Paul.”

If Mr. Cotton and others newcomers wish to lead on military and foreign affairs issues, then “more power to them,” said Senator John McCain of Arizona, who once referred to Mr. Paul and Mr. Cruz as “wacko birds.” “I was a bit of an upstart myself.”

The word most used to describe Mr. Cotton — by his admirers and detractors — is disciplined. A long-distance runner, he begins most days with a long workout and focuses relentlessly on his daily tasks. His seriousness is such that he was often dinged during his campaign as seeming more like a robotic agriculture display than a Senate hopeful.

Willowy and alpine, with a pronounced Adam’s apple and a mild Southern drawl, Mr. Cotton, who declined to be interviewed for this article, regularly sails past reporters in the Senate hallways in what appears to be a hypnotic trance. He is unflappable, even during a grilling by Megyn Kelly of Fox News about his letter, which was signed by 47 Republican senators and quickly dismissed in Tehran.

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“What’s the point in writing to the Iranian mullahs?” Ms. Kelly demanded of him on Tuesday. “They already dismissed it, like, ‘Whatever.’ ”

The Obama administration has similarly hammered Mr. Cotton. “My reaction to the letter was utter disbelief,” Secretary of State John Kerry said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, warning that the letter could embolden Iranian hard-liners.

Mr. Kerry did acknowledge one of the points of Mr. Cotton’s letter, that any deal would not be “legally binding” and that the next president could revoke it. But, Mr. Kerry said, no president would do that as long as Iran kept its part of the bargain and as long as the other negotiating partners — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — continued to support it.

“I’d like to see the next president, if all of those countries have said this is good and it’s working, turn around and just nullify it on behalf of the United States,” Mr. Kerry said sarcastically.

Mr. Cotton has a long history in conservative thought.

Raised on his parents’ cattle farm in Dardanelle, Ark., he stood out for — along with his basketball skills — his studiousness and curiosity about Republican politics, particularly in his Democratic family. He participated in a program that brought young students to Little Rock, the state capital, said his childhood friend, Michael Lamoureux, who is now the chief of staff to the Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson.

“I don’t know where he got his ideas,” Mr. Lamoureux said. “Probably from reading.”

At Harvard College, Mr. Cotton wrote a 92-page senior thesis on the Federalist Papers and later served as a clerk with the United States Court of Appeals before joining a private law practice in Washington.

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Cotton joined the Army and spent almost five years on active duty, including as a platoon leader on combat patrols in Baghdad. While in Iraq, Mr. Cotton reached out to Mr. Kristol to compliment him on his magazine, Mr. Kristol said, and began the cultivation of other conservatives.

That same year, reporters at The New York Times broke a story about the Bush administration’s tracking of terrorist financing, and Mr. Cotton wrote a letter to the paper expressing his anger: “By the time we return home,” he wrote, “maybe you will be in your rightful place: not at the Pulitzer announcements, but behind bars.”

The Times did not print the letter, but it went viral on conservative websites and helped give Mr. Cotton a national profile.

Back home, Mr. Cotton began to attend events at the conservative American Enterprise Institute and became closer to Mr. Kristol and others who saw his potential. After his military service, he took a job in 2009 as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and began pondering a run at a Senate seat back home against Senator Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat.

“It would have been a reach,” Mr. Kristol said, so Mr. Cotton deferred until a House seat opened in 2012. “He stayed genuinely close to people in Arkansas,” Mr. Kristol added. “A lot of this was generated from bottom up more than at the Mayflower Hotel bar in D.C.”

Leaders in the House noted Mr. Cotton’s intellect and the fact that he showed little willingness to compromise on legislation, even when the leadership wanted him to. In 2014, he campaigned in a camouflage-themed recreational vehicle against the Democratic incumbent, Senator Mark Pryor, and handily beat him.

 His latest moves have already endeared his home base: This week, State Senator Bart Hester introduced a bill that would permit Mr. Cotton to seek re-election and run for president simultaneously.

And while Mr. Cotton was broadly supported by Senate Republicans, his letter attracted many critics in his own party and beyond. “The idea of engaging directly with foreign entities on foreign policy is frankly a gross breach of discipline,” said Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton, who is retired and a senior adviser to VoteVets, a liberal political action committee consisting of veterans.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, declined to sign the letter. “Tom is a really nice person, and I know feels very strongly, especially about the issue of Iran,” he said. “And that’s all I can say.”

Michael R. Gordon contributed reporting.

Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi congressman, dies at 56

Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi congressman, dies at 56

Geoff Pender, Deborah Barfield Berry, Gannett News Service

Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Mississippi Republican and part of the historic 2010 GOP wave election that gave the party control of the House, died Friday, the family confirmed. He was 56.

Nunnelee, who was serving his third term, underwent brain surgery last June and had been in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers the past year.

Nunnelee’s family in a statement said: “Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus. He was well loved and will be greatly missed.”

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called Nunnelee, “the best man I have ever known.”

“Alan Nunnelee has been like a brother to me and was one of my dearest friends and companions,” Bryant said. “I will miss him greatly. Deborah and I are praying for Tori and their children.”

He was hospitalized again Dec. 28 in Mississippi and was unable to take the oath of office for the 114th Congress on Jan. 6 with other lawmakers. Nunnelee was sworn in a week later by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

A former Mississippi state senator, Nunnelee served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. He was vice chairman of the panel’s Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies.

In 2011, Nunnelee, a fiscal conservative, was one of three GOP freshmen given a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.

Nunnelee was “highly respected in the House,” former Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott said recently.

He unseated Democratic Rep. Travis Childers in 2010 to win the House seat.

“I’m deeply saddened by the news of Congressman Nunnelee’s passing,” Childers said. “On behalf of my family, I send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tori, and their children. Our love for North Mississippi is something Congressman Nunnelee and I always shared, and I thank him for his service to our state.”

Nunnelee, a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee, represented the mostly rural 1st Congressional District in northern Mississippi. Before that, he served in the state Senate from 1995 to 2011 and was chairman of the Appropriations Committee from 2008 to 2011.

Senator Sessions Develops Immigration Reform Road Map

Senator Sessions Develops Immigration Reform Road Map

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is explaining what he thinks the Republican Party position on immigration should be in a 25-page document delivered to all Republican members of Congress and all their key staffers on Capitol Hill.

Sessions staff tell Breitbart News that copies of the “Immigration Handbook For The New Republican Majority” were hand-delivered on Monday. Sessions is also planning to discuss the memo’s themes, they say, with his colleagues at the GOP retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this coming weekend. It will also be discussed during an immigration meeting with conservative offices on Tuesday. Sessions also is aiming to get the document printed as a handout or pamphlet that can be given to grassroots activists nationwide in an effort to empower their efforts to hold politicians in both political parties accountable on immigration.

“‘Immigration reform’ may be the single most abused phrase in the English language. It has become a legislative honorific almost exclusively reserved for proposals which benefit everyone but actual American citizens,” Sessions writes in the introduction.

Consider the recent Obama-backed “immigration reform” bill rejected by Congress. That bill—the culmination of a $1.5 billion lobbying effort—doubled the influx of foreign workers to benefit corporate lobbyists, offered sweeping amnesty to benefit illegal immigrants, and collapsed enforcement to benefit groups in the Democrat political machine that advocate open borders. But for American citizens, the legislation offered nothing except lower wages, higher unemployment, and a heavier tax burden.

Sessions explains it is an “incoherent question” to assert that anyone who opposes the particular policies in the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill—whether done in a comprehensive bill, or in piecemeal fashion—is against “immigration reform” in general.

“Nobody says opponents of tax hikes oppose ‘tax reform,’ or that opponents of cap-and-trade oppose ‘energy reform,’” Sessions writes, before providing one particular answer Republicans could give when asked that trap question about what their “immigration reform” position happens to be:

I am opposed to any immigration policy which makes it harder for the unemployed to find jobs and easier for employers to keep pay low. If by “immigration reform,” you mean helping the unemployed return to the workforce, limiting work visas so wages can rise, and establishing firm control over entry and exit in the United States, then I am for it. Which do you mean?

Democrats, Sessions notes, have already answered that question—aligning themselves entirely with special interests instead of the American people. “In the House and Senate, they were virtually unanimous in their support of the 2013 ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill,” Sessions says of the Democrats. “But their strategy—appealing to the interest groups, donors, advocacy coalitions, and media personalities who oppose any sensible immigration controls—rests on the assumption that Republicans will compete for the same audience. But we were not elected to clamor for the affections of Washington pundits and trendy CEOs.”

Instead of competing for special interests’ support, and support from illegal aliens, Sessions said Republicans should compete for support from the hundreds of millions of Americans who have been ignored by career politicians—especially Democrats—in the immigration debate.

“The largest untapped constituency in American politics are the 300 million American citizens who have been completely left out of the immigration debate,” Sessions said. “Speak to that constituency—with clarity and compassion—and change the issue forever.”

Sessions writes that Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election because, according to exit polls, voters believed the GOP was “out of touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today.”

Sessions writes that: “This is evidenced by the fact that Romney trailed Obama among voters earning $30,000 to $50,000 by 15 points and among voters earning under $30,000 by 28 points. Republicans cannot win in 2016 without these voters, and Republicans cannot win these voters unless they prove that they are willing to break from the donor class and defend the working class. Donors don’t win elections; voters win elections. And the voters need our help.”

Sessions points to recent jobs statistics from Obama’s own Department of Labor.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data, he writes, shows that “all net employment gains since the recession have gone to foreign workers while 1.5 million fewer U.S.-born Americans hold jobs today than did then—despite the total population of U.S.-born adults increasing by 11 million over that same time.”

Sessions questions, however, why those facts from BLS are “revealed” in plain sight.

On no issue is there a greater separation between the everyday citizen and the political elite than on the issue of immigration. For decades, the American people have begged and pleaded for a just and lawful system of immigration that serves their interests—but their demands are refused. For years, Americans have been scorned and mocked by the elite denizens of Washington and Wall Street for having legitimate concerns about how uncontrolled immigration impacts their jobs, wages, schools, hospitals, police departments, and communities. But those who do the mocking are often ensconced behind gated compounds, guarded private schools, chauffeured SUVs, and fenced-off estates.

Now six-pages deep into the manifesto against elitist immigration policies, Sessions begins walking Republicans through specific issues on immigration—providing statistics, polling data, explanatory information, and other details they need to effectively use the issue to help Americans, and beat Democrats.

Sessions starts with explaining the one part of immigration where Republicans solidly oppose Democrats: President Obama’s executive amnesty. In addition to quoting Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus’s pre-election promise that Republicans would do everything in their power to stop Obama, Sessions lays out why it’s bad—and what the GOP can do to stop him.

The 114th Congress opens under the shadow of President Obama’s recent immigration orders. President Obama has declared null and void the sovereign immigration laws of the United States in order to implement immigration measures the Congress has repeatedly and explicitly rejected. His order grants five million illegal immigrants work permits, Social Security, Medicare, and free tax credits—taking jobs and benefits directly from struggling American workers. U.S. citizens have been stripped of their protections they are entitled to under law. President Obama himself once admitted that only an Emperor could issue such edicts. Yet here we stand today in 2015, living under imperial decrees that defy the will of the people, the laws their government has passed, and the Constitution we took an oath to uphold. How Congress responds to this emergency will define its legacy.

Sessions worries, as National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru does, about “under-reacting” to Obama’s actions.

“We are already well down this road,” of under-reacting, Sessions wrote. “The most emphasized public priorities for the new GOP Congress cover everything from the Keystone Pipeline to enacting Trade Promotion Authority, while funding DHS is treated more as a hurdle to clear than a line in the sand.”

Sessions notes that Congress “has the power” to stop Obama “by denying funds for its implementation.”

Surely, Congress must not allow the President a single dime to carry out an illegal order that Congress has rejected and which supplants the laws Congress has passed. A constitutional breach of this magnitude demands nothing less than a vigorous, public, disciplined campaign to rally the nation behind a Republican effort to deny the President the funds he would need to carry it out. Yet presently no such public campaign exists: we receive more talking points about the trade bills and a pipeline than about saving the American worker from the dissolution of our borders. Is our goal to win this fight, or just to “move past” it?

Sessions then walks Republicans through how they can win against Democrats on more aspects of immigration, laying out what the GOP position should be.

The document details how former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton issued the Morton Memos bearing his name. These memos led to an “enforcement collapse.” Sessions then shifts into how immigration is intricately connected with the economy, in that the numbers of foreign workers imported into the country hurt American workers.

From there, it details how the welfare state—which Republicans are supposed to be opposed to—thrives because of open borders immigration policies. And Sessions provides polling data and messaging suggestions for Republicans who seek to represent their constituents rather than special interests such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s lobbying firm FWD.us. Sessions’ document then turns to what it calls the “hoax” Silicon Valley perpetrates on the political debate, in which lobbyists for high tech companies argue—incorrectly—there is a shortage of workers in America available to do such high-tech jobs.

Sessions’ document concludes by asking three “essential questions.”

“Is America a sovereign nation that has the right to control its borders and decide who comes to live and work here?”

“Should American immigration laws serve the just interests of the country and its citizens? And do those citizens have the right to expect and demand that the laws passed by their elected representatives be enforced?”

“If we believe the answers to these questions are ‘yes,’ then we have no choice but to fight—and to win,” Sessions concluded. “Why were we elected, if not to serve the people who sent us here?”

Krauthammer On Obama, Dems: ‘The Days Of Hiding Under Harry Reid’s Desk Are Over’ [VIDEO]

Krauthammer On Obama, Dems: ‘The Days Of Hiding Under Harry Reid’s Desk Are Over’ [VIDEO]

With Republicans set to take over both chambers of Congress on Tuesday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday he cannot wait for the GOP to take the reigns and show that “the grown-ups are now in control.” Krauthammer also laid the wood to the Democrats in the minority and President Obama, telling host Bill O’Reilly their “days of hiding under Harry Reid’s desk are over.”

The conservative commentator also responded to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Sunday comments on the Keystone XL pipeline, in which he suggested adding language to any bill that all of the oil used in the pipeline should be used in America. Krauthammer blasted the New York Democrat, calling his plans “so idiotic, it’s almost unworthy of talking about.”

KRAUTHAMMER: ”It sounds like Schumer is saying that, for the first time in living memory, we’re going to have amendments introduced in the U.S. Senate, which is a remarkable constitutional achievement and it’s because Harry Reid is gone. The grown-ups are now in control of the Congress. This idea that we should be using American oil in America is so idiotic, it’s almost unworthy of talking about. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to use the Canadian oil and if we export it, which we will because we have a surplus, we’re going to substitute gallon by gallon American oil, it makes no sense at all.”

“Look, I think what’s really important here is that Republicans are going to have a chance to show how retroactively for the last six years everything has stopped in the Senate. Democrats stopped it, Harry Reid stopped it and they effectively acted as a shield to make Obama look as if he wasn’t the one stopping stuff. Well now he’s going to be exposed because he’s going to have to exercise the veto. Schumer and the others could prevent a few of the bills from landing on the president’s desk with these ridiculous amendments on Keystone, for example. But I think it will expose them. But the days of hiding under Harry Reid’s desk are over.”

Krauthammer Criticizes Ted Cruz For Enabling Obama’s Gun Control Agenda

Krauthammer Criticizes Ted Cruz For Enabling Obama’s Gun Control Agenda

Senator Ted Cruz Texas
Senator Ted Cruz Texas (Rep)

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer appeared on Special Report tonight and took aim at a surprising target: Sen. Ted Cruz.

Krauthammer noted how Cruz wants people to “stand” with him — and against the President by implication. The Senator made his own “stand” last week by using a parliamentary maneuver to keep the upper chamber in session over the weekend.

But Krauthammer was not impressed with Cruz’s call for people to “stand” with him.

“His idea of patriotism is standing with, making a statement, rather than — I think the conventional idea is doing something,” he said.

Krauthammer went on to say that there was “no way” that Cruz’s objection was going to do anything to stop the President’s executive order on amnesty.

“But what it did do, it gave Harry Reid the opening to use procedural tricks that today have given us a Surgeon General that believes that gun control is a health issue,” he said. “So that’s his achievement thus far…”

Have a look at the video below:

Arrest Warrant Issued For Democrat Senator’s Husband Caught Stealing

Arrest Warrant Issued For Democrat Senator’s Husband Caught Stealing

“My husband is the man depicted in the video…”

by MIKAEL THALEN | INFOWARS.COM

Delaware State Senator Bethany Hall-Long
Delaware State Senator Bethany Hall-Long
Police issued an arrest warrant for the husband of Delaware State Sen. Bethany Hall-Long Wednesday after Republican volunteers captured him stealing political campaign signs on video.

Local members of the First State Liberty PAC and Republican Party, who posted video of the incident to Youtube, stated that repeated sign thefts in the city of Middletown prompted several members to begin monitoring the area after dark.

At around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, only two hours after the group arrived, a man was seen collecting signs and attempting to load them into his vehicle. Caught in the act, the man, later identified as Dana Long, began justifying the theft by falsely claiming that the signs had “no names” on them.


“Property of the Republican Party!” one volunteer said, reading from the sign.

“We got you, brother! We got the license plate, your face, and everything,” another volunteer added.

After reporting the incident, the group was informed that the license plate and description of the suspect matched that of State Sen. Long’s husband.

Unable to locate the suspect, Middletown Police issued a warrant for Long’s arrest, charging him with Class A misdemeanor theft. If convicted, Long could face up to a year in prison and a fine of $2,300.

Although Long refused to speak due to the “advice of counsel,” Long’s wife issued a short statement following the video’s release.

My husband is the man depicted in the video. The video shows him removing a handful of signs this morning. He turned them over to the Democratic Party and asked that they be returned to the Republican Party about six hours after they were taken up.

Sadly, this race has become tough and personal. My husband is my high school sweetheart and he loves me very much. I was not aware that he had allowed his frustration over the campaign attacks to get the better of him. Of course I’m disappointed and wish that it had not happened.

John Fluharty, the state’s GOP executive director, argued that the encounter merely reflected the Democratic Party’s continued corruption and failure.

“When you only have a track record of high taxes, unemployment and lower wages for private sector employees to stand on, the Democrats must resort to breaking the law to win elections because they are scared of being held accountable for their dismal performance,” Fluharty wrote.

Whether the incident will sway the upcoming election remains to be seen.

Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll again, Biden finishes ahead of Christie

Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll again, Biden finishes ahead of Christie

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Sept. 26, 2014: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. (AP)

Sen. Ted Cruz has for the second straight year won the Family Research Council Action’s 2014 Values Voter Summit Straw Poll.

The first-term senator on Saturday received 25 percent of the votes, ahead of Dr. Ben Carson (20 percent) and former Arkansas GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee (12 percent.)

“I’m optimistic because I’m convinced God isn’t done with America yet,” Cruz, R-Texas, said during a speech Friday at the summit.

Former Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum finished fourth. And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Republicans, tied for fifth.

Carson, an Independent, won the vice presidential straw poll with 22 percent of the vote. Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, finished second with nearly 14 percent of the vote, and Jindal came in third with roughly 11 percent.

“Values Voter straw poll reveals that the path forward for the GOP to engage Republican-leaning voters is to put forward true conservative candidates” said Tony Perkins, president of the 31-year-old conservative Christian and lobbying group.

Only those who attended the summit in Washington were eligible to vote. And roughly 2,000 people had registered to attend the event, the group said.

Florida GOP. Sen. Marco Rubio finished 6th, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney finished 8th, Democratic Vice President Biden finished 18th, New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie finished No. 19 and presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton finished No. 23 out of 25, according to the group.

World’s on fire, but hey, Obamacare for pets!, ‘This a joke?’

World’s on fire, but hey, Obamacare for pets!, ‘This a joke?’

by  bizpackreview.com

pet meds Senator Chuck Schumer
Senator Chuck Schumer

Is Senator Chuck Schumer really suggesting Obamacare for pets?

Not exactly, but he’s pushing a bill that plants the government’s nose firmly into the veterinarian health care industry.

The unpopular New York senator and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., are announcing legislation that would mandate veterinarians write prescriptions to pet owners instead of forcing the owners to purchase from the doctors themselves, often at a higher cost than pharmacies.

It’s not like there is anything really important going on in the world right now, so let’s find out how well the announcement tweet went for the “clueless” liberal senator:

@SenSchumer Glad you have time to screw around with this rather than dealing with the collapse of border security.

Blue DuPage @BlueDuPage
Thanks for not losing sight of our Veterinary health crisis despite the distraction of the genocide in @SenSchumer

So if I put Dog on my VA Paperwork I will be able to get my Medications? @SenSchumer

nannid62 @nannid62
@SenSchumer Please tell me that this is a joke?

Jalen @GOPMommy
Our southern border is being swarmed. Iraq. Israel. Putin. And THIS is your concern?!? Are you trolling?!? @SenSchumer @SenBlumenthal

Jimbo Maukee @connmarkey
@SenSchumer @SenBlumenthal you two jmokes are embarrassing. World’s on fire but hey! ObamaCare for pets!

 

Senator Warns Congress: Obama Threatens our Republic!

Senator Warns Congress: Obama Threatens our Republic!

“When did we forget that a nation owes its first allegiance to her own citizens?”

 

Jeff Sessions
Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama

In a recent op-ed in USA Today, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions said regarding the massive illegal alien invasion of the U.S. border and the Obama administration’s response to it, “When did we forget that a nation owes its first allegiance to her own citizens?” He continued his criticism of President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in aid to deal with what the president has referred to as a humanitarian crisis.

Today President Obama says he needs $3.7 billion from Congress to handle the crisis his lawless policies are creating. Amazingly, the funding request further advertises his administration’s amnesty efforts and our fraud-riddled asylum programs, while explicitly omitting any request for expedited deportation authority. The request is also not paid for. The administration wants to borrow every penny.

Sessions is also making it abundantly clear that not only does Obama’s lawlessness, which has led to this crisis at the border, one that bears a financial strain on the country, it is also one that could destroy America as we know it.

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Known for his strong support of a secure U.S. border, Senator Sessions had a letter penned by him on the subject of the illegal alien invasion hand-delivered to all 535 members of Congress on Monday. He cut to the chase from the very beginning by opening the letter with the statement, “I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic.”

Breitbart obtained a copy of the letter that details Sessions grave concerns about the impact of the lawlessness of the Obama administration regarding illegal migration into the United States.

“As you know, over the last five and a half years, the President has routinely bypassed Congress in order to suspend enforcement of our immigration laws,” Sessions wrote. “The most dramatic of these lawless directives was the President’s 2012 Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), in which the president implemented by executive fiat legislation that Congress has three times rejected.”

Sessions wrote that the president’s DACA program “has led to catastrophic results,” because it was “declaring to the entire world that America will not enforce its immigration laws against those who enter the country as minors” and that the U.S. will “freely grant them access to work permits and taxpayer resources.”

Sessions wrote that Obama’s DACA policy and other policies “unleashed a flood of new illegal immigration into the country” and that this is “the disaster that he created.” As such, Sessions argues that politicians should not just pass new legislation or throw money at the problem; they should work to reverse the president’s executive overreaches.

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He also made clear his belief, based upon the Constitution, that standing strong against any funding requests by Obama is imperative. To approve the requests for additional funding to care for those who have entered the country illegally in massive numbers would be to aid and condone Obama in his failure to uphold and enforce the law.

Standing strong against this funding request transcends politics, says Sessions. He closes by stating, “Congress cannot surrender to this lawlessness. Acting in defense of Congress, our constituents, and their communities, we must stand firm. This transcends politics. It is about our duty as constitutional officeholders. It is about the solemn oath we all took as Members of Congress.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions on immigration policy: