CPI’s Weekly Compass for September 5, 2017
Here are the top stories conservatives are following this week:
- How Congress made Harvey worse.
- Irma more dangerous than Harvey?
- The conservative case to stop lawmaking in secret.
- Haley: Trump could hold Iran in violation of nuclear deal.
- Trump: Tax reform can create millions of jobs.
- Job Creators Network launches multimillion dollar campaign for tax reform.
- Push for balanced budget amendment in debt debate?
Conservative Godfathers – Interview with Don Devine – Part 2:
Don Devine is one of only a handful of people in Washington who truly understands The Swamp – what makes it tick, how it operates, and how best to move it in the direction set by the people in the preceding election… “Without political supervision, career people run the government, and run it in their agency’s interest without looking at the larger democratic picture. That bigger vision can only be provided by the president and the political appointees he brings with him.”
What’s Really Happening
Debt Disaster: Up to this point, Republican control of Congress has yielded few conservative legislative victories and little hope has been given for a breakthrough as the House and Senate return to work on debt and spending issues. Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare, cut taxes and cut spending. However, according to the latest reports, they plan to increase the $20 trillion debt by trillions more by combining it with new disaster relief spending related to Hurricane Harvey, which could total more than $100 billion. Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-North Carolina) has had enough:
“This looks like or appears this is a backroom deal between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. Just a few months ago we were asked to swallow a new spending bill. I was at a dinner one evening where Democrats basically said, ‘hey, we got everything we wanted.’ For Republicans, we have to be willing to hold the line when it comes to the out-of-control spending. Right now, there’s $145,000 dollars of debt per household. If not now, then when?”
A majority of the House Freedom Caucus also opposes the leadership plan. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky): “A $20 trillion debt is really our no. 1 security risk so to just keep raising the debt I think is a huge mistake.” Conservative groups are also crying foul. Club for Growth President Dave McIntosh: “Instead of reserving emergency funds for those in greatest need of assistance, opportunistic politicians are using this tragedy as a blank check to fund pet projects all over the country. They are exploiting victims to hand out pork — it’s despicable.”
Trump Ends DACA: President Trump announced today he would end Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty for children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. As Steven Camarota of Center for Immigration Studies has pointed out, DACA is “a program that is illegal, over broad, and likely to lead to a more extensive amnesty.” The President’s action gives Congress six months to pass legislation to deal with the issue, however Trump is insisting they don’t simply send him a targeted amnesty bill, as Politico reports: “White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Tuesday that Trump won’t settle for ‘just a one-piece fix,’ suggesting the president would refuse to sign a standalone bill on DACA.”
The President has continually called for building a border wall between U.S. and Mexico and earlier this year endorsed a larger immigration reform bill authored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia). The RAISE Act would “trim the broad range of family relationships that qualify for immigration and inject a government screen for needed skills and English proficiency into employer immigration… [and] nix the diversity visa lottery that annually doles out some 55,000 green cards — signaling legal permanent immigration — based purely on chance.”
- Mercatus: The Economic Situation
- R Street: A Beginner’s Guide to Senate Rules
- Cato: The Proper Federal Role in Natural Disasters
- AEI: Public Opinion Study – The State of the American Worker
- Heritage: September Action Guide for Congress
- Sept 8, Heritage: 16 Years After 9-11, State of Islamist Terrorism
- Sept 11, Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group: Congressional Procedure & Policymaking
- Sept 16, CEI: Securing a Safe & Sound Environment (Myron Ebell)
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