Ted Cruz Obliterates AG Nominee Loretta Lynch And Republican Senate Majority For Allowing Her Nomination

Early Thursday morning, ahead of Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ranted about current Attorney General Eric Holder, the likelihood of having Lynch as his successor, and the Republican Senate majority. He argued that as bad as Eric Holder has been as the attorney general, Lynch would be just as bad, if not worse.

Cruz, who is running for president, posed a tough question to the Senate: what difference would it make whether Republicans or Democrats dominate the Senate, if someone arguably promising to be just like Holder is nominated as AG?

Cruz concluded his speech by saying that any senator who votes in favor of Lynch would ultimately violate their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution–and would have to explain said vote to their constituents.

Just recently, as Western Journalism reported, the Senate approved Lynch on a 56-43 vote. 10 Republicans disregarded Cruz’s advice and supported her nomination: Kelly Ayotte, (N.H.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (Ohio), and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

h/t: Right Scoop

Is there a difference between a Republican or Democratic majority? Why didn’t these ten Republicans heed Cruz’s advice? Will Lynch be just as bad as Holder? Let us know what you think.

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Breaking: What These 10 Republicans Just Did Gives A HUGE Boost To Obama’s Executive Amnesty

After a wait of more than five months since President Obama nominated her to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch has been confirmed by the Senate as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. The vote Thursday afternoon saw more Republicans than expected giving their approval to the controversial nominee, with ten GOP senators joining all Democrats in the upper chamber to propel Lynch into the top Justice Department post.

Still, as Fox News reports: “The vote total for Lynch was the lowest for any attorney general since Michael Mukasey won confirmation with 53 votes in 2007 after Democrats decried his refusal to describe waterboarding as torture.”

In Lynch’s case, a number of Republicans had decried her endorsement of President Obama’s executive order on amnesty. Western Journalism reported on her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, in which Lynch said she had reviewed the legal rationale behind Obama’s unilateral action to bypass the Congress and change immigration rules for millions of illegals, and she found the president’s actions to be proper and justified.

Curiously, in the same hearing, Lynch told the panel that the U.S. Constitution would be her “lodestar” in making decisions if she were to become attorney general. Many conservatives have contended that Obama’s actions on immigration, as well as Lynch’s expressed support of those executive orders, are not in line with the constitutionally mandated separation of powers.

The Senate vote to confirm Loretta Lynch clears the way for her to be sworn in as the nation’s first African-American woman to head up the Department of Justice. Lynch currently serves as a federal prosecutor in New York state.

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Image Credit: Wiki Commons

The Hill provides a list of Republican senators who voted in favor of confirmation — a list that, surprisingly, includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had earlier indicated he was inclined to vote against Lynch.

“Ten Republican senators broke ranks and sided with Democrats to get Lynch over the 50-vote threshold: Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Mitch McConnell (Ky.).”

The Hill points out that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had indicated he would stand against Lynch and even delivered a floor speech earlier today opposing her nomination, missed the vote. The reason, as of this writing, is unclear.

In speaking out against the confirmation prior to the vote, one passionate GOP senator called for the confirmation of a nominee who would vow to uphold the Constitution and not support Obama’s executive action that many claim violates both the letter and the spirit of the law.

“Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) added that senators should [not] confirm someone who has ‘publicly committed to denigrating Congress [and] violating the laws of Congress.’”

It has not yet been announced when Loretta Lynch will take the oath of office to replace Eric Holder.

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Watch The Shocking Confrontation Where A California Congressman Threatens To Do…What?

Protestors upset with their congressman for what they believed to be his support of President Obama’s executive amnesty were gathered, signs in hand, ready to confront Republican Rep. Stephen Knight of California. The sidewalk encounter almost escalated into more of a confrontation than anyone likely expected.

In a YouTube video posted by a group called We The People Rising, the freshman lawmaker is seen and heard threatening a protestor named Mike who had patted Knight twice on the shoulder after charging that the lawmaker had lied about his votes dealing with complex legislation impacting Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

Knight, an Army veteran and former Los Angeles police officer, was visibly upset when he moved aggressively toward Mike the protestor, put his hand on his chest, and said, “If you touch me again, I’ll drop your a**.”

After the threat, Rep. Knight backed away and took a few minutes to try to explain to the crowd his votes on the bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, H.R. 240, that passed back and forth between the House and Senate. By clicking on the video above, you can watch the extraordinary incident on a California sidewalk where a GOP representative is caught on camera threatening a constituent who challenged his integrity.

h/t: The Hill

Do you think the congressman was justified in his actions, or did he go too far? We invite you to weigh in by commenting below.

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Senate Panel Comes To Agreement On Iran Deal, Could Be Voted On Tuesday

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A bipartisan deal struck Tuesday by members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would give Congress the final say in green-lighting a nuclear deal with Iran.

“We have reached an agreement that absolutely keeps the integrity of the process in place,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Bloomberg TV according to The Hill.

According to the publication, Congress will have a shorter time frame to review a final deal with the Islamic Republic: 52 days instead of 60. The president will have to submit the deal to Congress no later than July 9. The Hill explains it from there:

Congress would have 30 days to review an agreement with Iran and pass a resolution of disapproval. The president would have 12 days to act on that resolution. Congress would then have an additional 10 days to respond to an expected veto.

The senior Democrat on the committee, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., was also optimistic about the deal. “We’ve reached an agreement and I’m confident that it will carry out the two major purposes of the bill: an orderly way to review the agreements when they’re submitted and the timing… in the event that there’s material breaches,” Cardin said.

In a briefing with reporters Monday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said he will make every effort to move the deal if given the chance. “If [Corker] is able to get his agreement and get it out of the Senate, it is my intention to bring it to the floor of the House and move it,” McCarthy said.

Even the White House said they would jump on board. “The president would be willing to sign the proposed compromise that is working its way through the committee today,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday. “We’re going to have to see how this works its way through the process.”

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote on the proposal sometime Tuesday, according to The Hill.

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Bi-Partisan Group Of Senators Investigates Guest Worker Program Being Used To Take Americans’ Jobs

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Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., are among a group of 10 senators seeking answers about the apparent abuse of the H-1B guest worker program by corporations.

The program is apparently being misused to lay off thousands of Americans and, in some instances, corporations are adding insult to injury by forcing workers to train their replacements.

In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, the senators called for a probe into the hiring and firing practices of companies taking advantage of the H-1B visa program.

In addition to Sessions and Durbin, the other senators who signed the letter include Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, David Vitter, R-La., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and James Inhofe, R-Okla.

Among several questions the signatories have for the department heads is whether the companies involved with replacing American workers participated in illegal “citizen discrimination,” and whether these companies maintained an employer-employee relationship or used the H-1B program to hire contract employees at a lower rate.

The H-1B program is designed to bring in highly-skilled workers on a temporary basis to fill in a shortage in the American labor market. The visa holders can stay for up to six years, but must get paid the equivalent of American workers.

The senators cite Southern California Edison (SCE) as an example where hiring abuse using H-1B visas appears to be practiced. Former IT workers with the second largest utility company in the Golden State wrote testimonials to the senators about being fired and replaced with lower-paid guest workers, who they were forced to train.

As reported by Fox News:

“We had no choice in this,” one anonymous worker, who claimed to have been one of those let go from Southern California Edison, said. The worker described how, when the two vendors were picked – Infosys and TCS, both major Indian companies – SCE employees were told to “sit with, video chat or do whatever was needed to teach them our systems.”

One worker added, in a letter to the senators, “we would be fired and not receive a severance package” if they failed to train their replacements.

“Not one of these jobs being filled by India was a job that an Edison employee wasn’t already performing,” another worker told Computer World.

SCE countered the complaints about replacing Americans with guest workers by stating that the company reduced its IT department by over 500 employees (from 1,400 to 860 workers), and of these, 97 percent are California residents and 3 percent are H-1B visa holders.

According to ComputerWorld, 65 percent of H-1B visa holders approved last year came from the computer-related fields.

A bi-partisan senate bill was introduced in January which would increase the H-1B visa cap from 65,000 per year to 195,000.

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