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House Republicans hope to pass $659 million in supplemental spending for the border crisis before leaving for the August recess, Two-thirds of the funding will be for border security.
LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE SOUTHWEST BORDER CRISIS
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced legislation to provide funding to address the current immigration crisis on the Southwestern border.
The bill, H.R. 5230, contains a total of $659 million for border security, enforcement of immigration and customs laws, humanitarian assistance, and illegal immigration prevention. -- Rep. Hal Rogers (KY)
Small businesses create two out of three new jobs, and employ more than half the nation’s workforce. They have training programs specially for minorities, women, Native Americans, and veterans. When small businesses succeed, America succeeds. -- Rep. Rick Nolan MN
Of the many revolutionary ideas that our country’s Founders included in the Constitution, the inherent rights to privacy and due process are truly unique. Our Founders witnessed firsthand the ruin and terror that a distant, unresponsive, and ultimately tyrannical government could inflict on peaceable people as individual liberties were curtailed. They could not tolerate such abuses, and neither should we today. -- Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ)
America’s southern border states have recently suffered a surge of over 52,000 unaccompanied children, teenagers, and families from Central America who are attempting to illegally immigrate. In response to the ongoing border crisis... -- Rep. Ralph Hall (TX)
“There is no doubt costs for raising children are increasing every year. The current law for child tax credits is outdated and fails to recognize how difficult it can be to have a family. My legislation indexes the credit and the limitations to inflation to help parents keep more of their hard earned money to use for the mounting expenses of parenting...." -- Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS)
“The humanitarian crisis at the southern border demands to be treated with the seriousness that it deserves. Despite the President’s claims, this is not about immigration reform, this is about managing the immediate humanitarian crisis that this country faces at the Texas-Mexico border. This is about making a priority the thousands of children who have made a horrific journey based on false hope that they will be able to stay in the United States." -- Rep. Kay Granger (TX)
I wanted to give you a quick update on my efforts to protect citizens' Constitutional rights and privacy from government overreach.
Last night, the Email Privacy Act obtained its 218th cosponsor, meaning it is now supported by a majority of House members and has increased chances of moving this year.
I cosponsored this bill back in April because after spending years working in the technology sector, I know the importance of protecting the privacy of electronic communications from government overreach. -- Rep. Steve Daines (MT)
SENATORS REACT TO USPS $1.9 BILLION SECOND QUARTER LOSSES
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released the following reactions to the announcement that the U.S. Postal Service lost $1.9 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014...
BILL ALLOWING PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTS FROM CANADA
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have revived a congressional effort to allow individuals to import cheaper prescription drugs for their personal use.
The Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act is billed as legislation that would rein in drug costs and stimulate greater competition within the pharmaceutical industry. -- Sen. Amy Kolbuchar (MN)
Too often we hear about corporations that evade taxes, ship jobs overseas, or do not pay their employees enough to support themselves or their families. These are the companies that are given millions of dollars in tax breaks under our current system. -- Sen. Dick Durbin (IL)
REPUBLICANS WANT TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT ON “REAL STUDENT DEBT PROBLEMS”
“Republicans want to work with the President on the real student debt problems: overly complicated loan repayment programs, mostly caused by the Obama administration itself, and excessive borrowing, mostly caused by a very small percent of graduate students. Ninety percent of all loans over $100,000 are graduate loans—and these loans are just 6% of all graduate loans and less than 2 percent of all student loans. -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN)
FEINSTEIN, BOXER, CAPPS INTRODUCE BILL TO HELP FAMILIES PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE
Washington—In response to the recent mass shooting in the Isla Vista community near Santa Barbara, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both D-CA) today introduced The Pause for Safety Act—legislation that will encourage states to empower families and others with new tools to prevent a tragedy if someone they are close to poses a threat of gun violence. -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued the following statement on the proposed rule released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposal aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The draft rule will now will now go through an extensive public comment period and stakeholder feedback process before being finalized... Sen. Tom Harkin (IA)