House Won’t Allow ‘Dreamers’ To Enlist In Military

The House rejected a provision Thursday that would have allowed illegal immigrant “Dreamers” to enlist in the military.

The lower chamber voted 221 to 202 to not add the Dreamer language in a comprehensive defense spending bill. All of the ‘no’ votes came from the GOP, though 20 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the measure, The Washington Times reported.

“It makes no sense to me that, at the same time the Army is downsizing and issuing pink slips to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, there are Congressmen who seek to help illegal aliens deprive American citizens and lawful immigrants of military service opportunities,” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said in a statement after the vote. Brooks led the charge against against the language:

I’m pleased the House chose to stand up for American citizens and protect the Constitutional duty of Congress to set immigration law.

Today’s vote was the fourth rejection of the President’s unconstitutional DACA program, with Republicans overwhelmingly standing up for the will of the American people and the citizens and lawful immigrants who want to serve our country.

The language was presented by Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a former Marine who served in Iraq. While he acknowledged the measure had little chance of clearing the Republican-controlled House, he attacked his opponents in a press release Thursday:

DREAMers are talented and patriotic; they are Americans in every way except on paper, and our country would benefit from having them as part of our Armed Forces.

The strength of our military isn’t just measured by the size of our arsenal or by the sophistication of our weapons but by the quality of our people. I would have been proud to serve beside these young men and women.

“This is yet another example of an anti-immigrant attitude on the part of House Republicans,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,” D-Calif. The $612 billion defense bill was approved 269 to 151 Friday. The Hill breaks down the details of the bill:

The bill keeps ceilings on defense spending in place under the 2011 budget deal that introduced sequestration spending limits, but would increase funding to the Pentagon’s war fund.

The legislation authorizes roughly $523 billion in base Defense Department spending. Another $90 billion is included in the war fund, formally known as the Overseas Contingency Operations fund.

It includes $38 billion more for the war fund than had been requested by the White House. The extra spending is not offset by spending cuts or tax hikes.

The White House also opposes language in the bill meant to prevent the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

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Even The House Dems Want To Give Pelosi The Boot

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Massachusetts Democratic Representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch joined WGBH’s Greater Boston to discuss what they think must happen if the Democrats want to regain control of the House. They both agreed that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi must go.

Capuano told the host that under Pelosi, the Dems are losing seats–and added that something may have to change moving forward.

“I think we need leadership that understands that if something that you’re doing is not working, change what you’re doing,” he said, noting that she could also be replaced.

Lynch piggybacked off of Capuano, adding definitively that she wouldn’t be the person to bring Democrats back into the majority.

After Democrats lost seats and control in the Senate last November, the nation’s eyes are set on 2016.

h/t: National Review

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Top Liberal Meltdowns Of 2014

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Whether made by politicians, cable news commentators, or civil rights activists, there was no shortage of controversial remarks and full-blown rants captured on video this year. Western Journalism compiled some of the more memorable moments of leftist punditry from 2014.

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Ex-CIA Official: Democrats Were Fully Aware Of Interrogation Methods

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On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace interviewed the former director of the National Clandestine Service of the CIA, Jose Rodriguez, who oversaw the agency’s interrogation program.  Rodriguez said that Rep. Nancy Pelosi “knew every one of our enhanced interrogations” and was briefed on specific methods like waterboarding, sleep deprivation, pushing, and slapping just after Congress’ summer break.

“We briefed her specifically on the use of the enhanced interrogation techniques on Abu Zubayda.  So she knew, back in September of 2002, every one of our enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The former CIA Director told the Fox News host:

“These people were fully aware of all of the techniques that were given to us and approved by the Office of Legal Counsel at Justice.”

Rodriguez added that Nancy Pelosi “never objected to the techniques at all.”

He said that California congresswoman Jane Harman (D) was the only person who ever objected to the CIA’s practices when she cautioned the director in 2003 that “the perception will be in the future that you did this to hide something.”

Rodriguez went on to say that Jay Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was well-informed with the Agency’s tactics and requested specific information from the 2004 Inspector General’s report.

“So, all of these people knew exactly what we were doing.”

(h/t: Townhall)

Image credit:  Fox News Sunday screenshot

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What Americans Just Said About Gun Rights Vs Gun Control Is A Huge Setback For Pelosi & Company

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Just days after Democrats on Capitol Hill — California’s Nancy Pelosi among them — signaled their intent to push once again for congressional action on greater gun control, along comes a new poll that provides their opponents with powerful ammunition.

The Pew Research Center says that, for the first time in more than twenty years of surveys, the American people express more support for gun rights than gun control.

Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.

Pew says these new numbers show a significant shift in the public’s attitude since the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown almost two years ago.

The balance of opinion favored gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, and again a month later.

Since January 2013, support for gun rights has increased seven percentage points – from 45% to 52% — while the share prioritizing gun control has fallen five points (from 51% to 46%).

Further findings in the new Pew Research survey support the argument of those who say that recent street violence, looting and destruction in the wake of the Ferguson and New York City police incidents have prompted the public to think more favorably about gun ownership for personal protection.

Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) say gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, while 38% say it does more to endanger personal safety.

This new poll would certainly appear to show the American public would not be supportive of a handful of Democrat lawmakers who, according to thehill.com, will push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Republican-controlled Congress.

Background check legislation failed to gain traction in the outgoing Congress despite a string of high-profile school shootings that gun control advocates had hoped would turn the political tide in their favor.

“When you don’t pass background checks, it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined her fellow Democrats in their renewed call for enhanced gun control measures. But a key constituency for Pelosi & company — the African-American community — is also showing a big shift in attitudes about gun rights vs. gun control. According to Pew:

Currently, 54% of blacks say gun ownership does more to protect people than endanger personal safety, nearly double the percentage saying this in December 2012 (29%).

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