The Best of the Forge
Last year, the Senate passed the “Gang of 8” amnesty bill (S. 744), which created a framework to legalize the estimated 11 million people currently living in the country unlawfully. In the aftermath of the Senate vote, House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) pledged he would never enter into conference negotiations on amnesty, but recent congressional activity (such as the Ryan-Murray budget deal) has cleared the calendar for the Speaker to engage. Recently he announced that he and several other top House Republicans are preparing to release a set of “principles” and “standards” by which the GOP can proceed on the path to full-scale reform. This, along with his recent hiring of a well-known amnesty proponent, has Washington anticipating the rollout of House immigration bills. On January 29th, the House Republican Conference will begin its annual retreat to discuss agenda items for the year, the Speaker’s plans for immigration reform and amnesty undoubtedly front and center among them.
Today, The Federalist published an article by Sen. Lee, in which he describes why we should be exited about his bill, and when I say “we,” I mean every American.
This legislation will certainly affect college students, struggling to pay off their bills, because it will make education more affordable. It will change the higher education system so that the accreditation process is tailored to needs of students and those seeking to employ them, rather than the whims of federal government bureaucrats.
January 22, 2014 will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that along with an accompanying ruling Doe v. Bolton allowed abortion on demand in all 50 states. Since then, about 55 million babies have been killed by abortion. Since then, pro-life America has fought to protect life both at a cultural and political level.
Obamacare was a setback for the unborn and those working to protect their lives.
The Heritage Foundation’s Sarah Torre explains:
Obamacare requires that, as of January 1, 2014, all individuals obtain qualified health insurance through their employer, on an exchange, or elsewhere. Consequently, millions of Americans have been looking to purchase health plans through state and federally run health insurance exchanges.
Ostensibly all members of Congress want to help Americans “make ends meet” and more than that, to prosper. Sadly, liberal policies have failed to facilitate job creation. Look no further for proof of this than last month’s abysmal jobs report showing more and more Americans are giving up the job search altogether. In December, a mere 74,000 jobs were added to the economy.
Today, the Senate is still grappling over extending emergency unemployment benefits.
Christmas may have been last month, but the House of Representatives just jammed through a $1.111 trillion appropriations bill and it looks as if it’s preparing to pass another trillion-dollar bill in the coming weeks in the form of the much-maligned food stamp and farm welfare bill. The two bills have much more in common than their trillion-dollar price tag, though. They are intimately connected by an obscure program known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT).
Although most Americans have never heard of PILT, it provides payments to counties that are suffocated by the massive amounts of federal land within their borders. Because the Federal estate is so huge and predominately in the western states, counties there are hamstrung in their ability to generate taxes and provide for basic services like firefighting and emergency medical services.