The ‘Donald Trump Act’ Just Passed The House By A Landslide, And Obama Doesn’t Like It One Bit

The House passed a bill Thursday which would punish cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration law.

H.R. 3009 passed easily in the lower chamber 241 to 179, The Hill reported. The bill would force local law enforcement agencies to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they have an illegal immigrant in custody; otherwise, certain federal law enforcement grants would be withheld.

“I think we can all agree that any state or locality must comply with the law—and they are required to coordinate and cooperate with the federal government,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who sponsored the legislation. “If an arrest is made, the federal government should be notified. The fact that San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities disagree with the politics of federal enforcement doesn’t mean they should receive a pass to subvert the law.”

“And if they do, there needs to be consequences—and the way we impose those consequences is by hitting them where it hurts. In the pocketbook,” Hunter added.

The bill was passed after 32-year-old Kate Steinle was murdered earlier this month, allegedly by an illegal immigrant who was deported from the U.S. multiple times and convicted of several felonies.

Hunter’s bill was voted on largely across party lines. Reps. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Bob Dold of Illinois, Dan Donovan and Peter King of New York, and Dave Reichert of Washington were the only GOP members of Congress to vote against the measure. Six Democrats voted for the bill: Reps. Ami Bera of California, Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Bill Keating of Massachusetts, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Krysten Sinema of Arizona.

Opponents of the bill have tied it to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who in a statement earlier this week labeled the proposal the “Donald Trump Act.” Pelosi went on to call the bill a “wildly partisan, misguided bill that second-guesses the decisions of police chiefs around the country about how to best ensure public safety.”

“Just a few weeks into his campaign and Donald Trump has a bill on the floor of the House. That is better than some of the senators he’s running against,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a fierce opponent of conservative immigration measures, told The Hill Thursday.

Meanwhile in the upper chamber, Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., introduced legislation comparable Tuesday to what has been passed in the House. The legislation, entitled the Protecting American Lives Act, goes a step further with language that includes a mandatory five-year prison sentence for any deported illegal immigrant who re-enters the U.S. illegally.

h/t: ABC News

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Watch: Kate Steinle’s Brother Just Revealed What Obama Has Done To His Family

On Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File Wednesday, Megyn Kelly spoke with Brad Steinle, whose sister Kate Steinle was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant earlier this month. Kelly asked Steinle about Democratic reaction to Kate’s Law, and if his family has heard from the White House.

Kelly asked Steinle about remarks made by White House press secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday that the Obama administration doesn’t take proposals like Kate’s Law “particularly seriously.”

“It’s hard to hear,” Steinle said. “We put forth our best effort, we came to D.C. and tried to make a change that we think is logical. It’s a matter of keeping felons off the streets, and instead of tackling the problem and being proactive, I feel like there is a diversion and people aren’t taking it seriously.”

Kelly then read part of a statement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., whose district includes San Francisco, labeling Kate’s Law the “Donald Trump Act.” Pelosi called the proposal “a wildly partisan, misguided bill that second-guesses the decisions of police chiefs around the country about how to best ensure public safety.”

Steinle blasted San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and how he has handled immigration enforcement in his city. “Mirkarimi has obviously done a horrible job and the fact that you let a seven time convicted felon with five deportations – bring him to your city, roll out the red carpet, let him go on to murder my sister – you’re not doing a good job. You need to have some strict guidelines on how to cooperate with the federal government,” Steinle answered.

Having been a week since Kelly last interviewed him, she asked if Steinle has heard from the White House. “We have not. We have not,” Steinle said.

We’re not really expecting a call. It’s just like what happened in Chattanooga. You wait four days to lower the flags to half staff. We’ve sat and waited two weeks for our call. It seems as though you need to go out and protest, and people need to be angry in order to get something done. I’m not gonna be angry. My parents aren’t gonna get angry. We’re gonna try and take a proactive and positive way to get change done.

Kelly noted it’s “hard to believe” the White House hasn’t contacted the Steinles after they said they would’ve liked to hear from Obama following Kate’s death. “It is,” concurred Steinle. “With government and people’s agendas, people have blinders on. And there’s a blinder on many people in the White House.”

They don’t see Kate. They don’t see her death as something that’s meaningful. But we’re going to keep pushing. We’re going to keep on trying to find like-minded people that understand what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re trying to keep people from having to deal with what we’re dealing with today.

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Stunning: Nancy Pelosi Just Stood Up And Defied Obama In A Way He’ll Hate

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rebuked President Obama trade proposal by announcing she would not be backing the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would fast-track trade agreements through Congress.

Ahead of the votes Friday, Pelosi said she would vote against the extension of the Trade Assistance Adjustment program (TAA), nullifying the validity of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). This came despite a rare visit from President Obama to Capitol Hill Friday to whip Democratic votes in his favor.

“[W]hile I’m a big supporter of TAA, if TAA slows down the fast track, I am to vote — I am prepared to vote against TAA,” Pelosi said on the House floor. “Because its defeat, sad to say, is the only way that we will be able to slow down the fast track.”

Now I understand there will be some manipulations here one way or another what bill comes first, what can come up, what can’t, but the fact is this. The facts are these, actually, that the — if T.A.A. Fails, the fast track bill is stopped.

TAA failed 126 to 302, with TPA passing shortly thereafter. A second attempt at passing TAA is likely to take place on Tuesday. If TAA does not pass, the TPA is rendered null and void and must go back to the Senate for consideration.

Still, many conservatives were dumbfounded by finding themselves agreeing with one of the staunchest liberals in Washington:

h/t: The Hill

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Breaking: House Votes To Give Obama More Power

The House passed sweeping legislation Friday that will give the executive branch “fast-track” authority on trade negotiations.

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) barely passed 219 to 211 Friday. Once signed into law, it would force Congress to cast an up or down vote on trade agreements without adding any amendments, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. President Obama huddled with House Democrats in an effort to whip as many votes as possible ahead of Friday’s session, The Hill reported. The Senate passed the bill last month.

One of the most surprising “yea” votes was cast by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, after a deal was brokered to insert an immigration provision he proposed in the TPA legislation:

None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to negotiate or finalize a trade agreement that includes provisions relating to visas issued under section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)).’

“This amendment is the foundation of my language that will be enrolled with TPA,” King said in a statement. “My language tells the executive branch that they cannot negotiate changes in our immigration laws or use visa programs as a negotiating tool. Further, my language keeps immigration out of all future trade agreements negotiated under TPA. I am confident this has improved TPA and it gets me to a yes on the final bill.”

But documents in the Trade in Services Act (TiSA), another one of the deals that would be presented to Congress once TPA is enacted, names 37 industries where U.S. visa processes must be expedited, requiring no more than 30 days for a temporary worker visa to be approved, as pointed out by Breitbart.

The news outlet also mentioned that only an “[X]” is given where the number of years would be filled in for the length of entry or temporary stay.

Conversly, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., came out against TPA. “[W]hile I’m a big supporter of TAA, if TAA slows down the fast track, I am to vote — I am prepared to vote against TAA,” Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of the vote. “Because its defeat, sad to say, is the only way that we will be able to slow down the fast track.”

The House failed to pass an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA), 126 to 302, which gives aid to workers displaced by trade agreements–but was proposed again by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, with a vote scheduled Tuesday. It was suspected that had TAA failed, TPA would not be brought to the floor for a vote.

TPP, one of the trade deals which will be presented to Congress, has been criticized from both the left and right and shrouded in secrecy, as Edward-Isaac Dovere noted in Politico last month. “If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.”

The lower chamber also passed Trade Enforcement legislation, which includes language tightening restrictions on trade manipulation and “make[s] permanent the tax deduction for charitable contributions of food by any trade or business.”

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John McCain: Lap Dog Of Barack Obama, The Saudi Royals — Or Both

Senator Rand Paul, at one of his many campaign stops for his presidential run, referred to Senator John McCain as a “lap dog” to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Many believe the proper description of Senator McCain’s relationship to Barack Obama should have been “yelping lap dog.” When Obama bows to Saudi royalty, Senator McCain is there to hold his hand.

On January 27th of this year, Senator McCain dutifully traveled with President Obama to Saudi Arabia to pay his respects to the newest Sunni despot, King Salman. McCain brought support for President Obama’s homage to the new despot in the form of two former Secretaries of State who served in Republican administrations, James A. Baker III and Condoleezza Rice.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined with Senator McCain and President Obama and other high American officials in the rather feudal ceremony of celebrating the lordship of the new King of Saudi Arabia, who apparently outranks all other world leaders. (Vice President Joe Biden showed up to slobber over the King a week later.)

Standing by President Obama on his pilgrimage to show reverence for King Salman was not enough; the yelping lap dog keeps pressing President Obama to be even more faithful to the wishes of the Sunni King. In Iran, for example, Senator McCain wants the military strikes favored by Saudi Arabia, regardless of the cost in American lives or the resulting chaos and war in the Middle East. Iran has a population of nearly 80 million, and cannot be so easily defeated or toppled as was the government of Yemen in the “Arab Spring” at the request of King Abdullah.

McCain has also done some yelping about Syria, arguing that President Obama has not moved fast enough to follow the wishes of the Saudi royals in toppling the secular government there. McCain wanted American airstrikes in Syria, and ground forces if needed, to bring the Sunni rebels to power.

McCain went beyond backing President Obama’s efforts to overthrow secular governments in the Middle East and replace them with Sunni puppet governments favored by the Saudi royals. He actually entered Syria illegally, with the help of President Erdogan of Turkey, to foster violence and revolution. While there, he proudly posed for photos with terrorists wanted for crimes in Lebanon.

John McCain just doesn’t get it. The United States doesn’t have the money or the military strength to actually occupy every nation in the world who has a leader who is regionally problematic.  Syria was not a threat to the United States or to a single American citizen, and still isn’t. Gaddafi in Libya had become an ally of the United States; but thanks to the McCain/Obama intervention in that nation, the place is in chaos and is an exporter of terrorists who are a real threat.

The beheadings of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians on the beaches of Libya are a direct result of the McCain/Obama Middle East policies. The Christians who lived in Libya would still be safe in their homes had it not been for Senator John McCain’s demands to murder Gaddafi and hand over control of the government to al-Qaeda linked rebels. And in Syria, tens of thousands of Christians whose families have ancestry back to the time of the Apostles of Jesus have been forced to flee their homes. Currently, mortars are being supplied to the rebels who are firing on Christian churches in Damascus, the roots of which run back to the time of the Apostle Paul.

This April, Senator John McCain announced that he will run for a sixth term in the Senate. He was first elected to the House in 1982 and then to the Senate in 1986. He was sworn in to the Senate in January 1987. As of 2015, he has been on Capitol Hill a total of thirty-two years.

During that time, McCain has been the leading hawk on Capitol Hill, voting for every military intervention anywhere, regardless of who the president was at the time. He sided with President Bill Clinton in bombing Christian Serbia back to the dark ages to protect Muslim extremists, and he endorsed President Obama’s drone campaign that has killed hundreds of innocent civilians in four different nations. He even endorsed the killing of American citizens abroad with no trial, even if they are not armed, should a president consider them a threat.

Senator McCain has on numerous occasions supported the overthrow of the governments of sovereign nations, even those with democratically elected governments. McCain traveled to Kiev in 2014 and led a rally of Ukrainian nationalists in Independence Square calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government of that nation. With the support of Senator McCain, President Obama, and CIA funding, the democratically elected government in Ukraine did fall, causing the intervention of Russia to protect its own naval assets in the Crimea. McCain’s influence as a powerful Senator sitting in the corner of President Obama has brought Russia and the United States back into a Cold War relationship. Had he been elected, we may well have found ourselves in a hot, rather than cold, war with Russia.

Last year, I attended a GOP fundraising event near Capitol Hill that included two congressmen. The subject of Senator McCain came up, and someone present said: “We can fix the damage done by Obama; just thank God that John McCain was not elected president because we can’t fix what is left after a nuclear war.” Virtually everyone in the room said “Amen” simultaneously.

Sadly, Senator McCain does not realize how much practically everyone on Capitol Hill, except Senator Lindsey Graham, dislikes him. Because of his long captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and the torture he endured there, he is treated with respect even by those who can’t stand to be in the same room with him. McCain takes this to mean that everyone agrees with him, even with his angry rants which echo down the halls of Congress on a regular basis.

I am no psychologist, but I have a sense that the torture and isolation McCain endured while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam has much to do with his violent tendencies and eagerness to take military action just about everywhere in the world, for what he believes is even the slightest affront to our nation.

We live in a competitive capitalist world. Attempting to isolate and economically punish competitors we disagree with politically only hurts us. Dozens of American companies have been devastated financially by the “sanctions” on Russia, which only temporarily affected that nation because it is the seventh largest economy in the world. Every nation in Central and South America, as well as Africa and Asia, ignored the American and European “sanctions.” The Russian ruble took a dive last year, but has risen 35% so far this year. What exactly was gained for Americans? The CIA plan so loved by John McCain to take over Russia’s only warm water port failed, and now nuclear-equipped bombers are stationed in the Crimea instead of antiquated naval vessels. Meanwhile, the economy of the Ukraine has been destroyed.

The 1960’s are over. It was easy for the CIA to overthrow leftist governments in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile back then; but that strategy just hasn’t worked well recently in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, or Libya. The world is more complex, and men such as McCain who can only think in terms of black and white are not an asset.

Just as the 1960’s are over, it is time for John McCain’s political career to be over. There is just no place in the Senate for a Republican, bellicose, ‘war is always the answer’, yelping lapdog for the Saudi royals and Barack Obama. John McCain needs to be sitting in front of a TV in a room with pastel walls in Arizona, not on Fox News promoting world disorder.

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