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McConnell Cools on Immigration Reform:


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By Elliot Jager

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said that differences between the House and Senate on immigration reform are too big to bridge in 2014, The Hill reported.

The Senate passed a comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill in June that would set a path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.

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McConnell said the differences between the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House are “irresolvable,” the Hill reported.

“I don’t see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such a different place,” said McConnell.

McConnell is facing off against tea party opponent Matt Bevin in Kentucky’s GOP primary. Bevin has taken a hard-nosed anti-immigration stance.

Republican strategists including William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, and Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of RedState, have argued that this is not the time to tackle immigration. Doing so, they say, would call attention to divisions within the party and take attention away from the failures of President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

House Republican leaders led by Speaker John Boehner had issued a statement of principles on immigration, in conjunction with the recent House retreat, that would revamp the country’s immigration laws a little at a time and in a way that non-tea party conservatives could live with.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who helped to craft the principles, said he does not know if an immigration law can be passed. “That is clearly in doubt,” he told ABC’s “This Week” and depends on whether Democrats were willing to “secure the border,” and “agree to not having an amnesty,” The Hill reported.

Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California who supports immigration reform, said that the House leadership has not given up,  according to Breitbart. 

“I think leadership’s focus and my focus is to get [immigration] done as early as possible. It’s part of our conference agenda right now. It doesn’t go on the agenda without scheduling bills and scheduling time on the floor,” Denham said.

Meanwhile, Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who backed the Senate immigration bill, said that McConnell was probably right about prospects for immigration reform.

“The Democrats want amnesty and the Republicans would like to solve this problem, but in the House they’re not about to give amnesty,” he said.

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Rubio: Congress Should Use Spending Debate to Defund Obamacare.


Image: Rubio: Congress Should Use Spending Debate to Defund Obamacare

By Melanie Batley

Sen. Marco Rubio said that Obamacare is a “failed experiment” and that Congress should seize the chance during the September spending debate to defund the healthcare program.

In an op-ed piece for Red State, the Florida Republican says everyone will be hurt by this “rapidly imploding program.”

Rubio includes in his list seniors who will lose health plans they prefer; the working class who may be pushed from full-time workers to part-timers; and small businesses who will face higher costs and less productivity. In addition, Obamacare will dramatically increasing the cost of health insurance for everyone, Rubio says.

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“With all these problems, why would anyone want to continue with this failed experiment?” he writes.

“Only in Washington do people double down on their mistakes. In the real world, Ford stopped producing Pintos. Coke dropped New Coke and went back to its original formula,” Rubio writes. “Washington should be no different. When politicians and their ideas fail, they should be thrown out of office come election time. In the meantime, their bad ideas-like Obamacare should simply not be funded.”

Rubio added, “Defunding Obamacare is a critical first step to preventing all this, and this September, we need the American people to stand with us in demanding that not another cent be spent on implementing Obamacare. At that point, the president will have a decision to make; sign it and keep the government open, or veto it and shut down the government.

“That’s the decision that should ultimately come to the president’s desk. But to get there, we need to stand together now to make defunding Obamacare a reality,” Rubio said.

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Priebus Suggests Democrats ‘Endorse Infanticide’.


Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus chided Democrats Wednesday saying they “endorse infanticide” because of their support of Planned Parenthood, reports the Hill.

Priebus asked the question in an op-ed piece posted on the conservative web site RedState.

The op-ed highlights a Florida legislature hearing last week that attempted to create legal protections for aborted fetuses that show signs of life.

Priebus singled out testimony from a Planned Parenthood representative.

When asked about the necessity of treatment for an aborted fetus showing some signs of life, the Planned Parenthood representative was indecisive when answering, saying that the decision to provide treatment “should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”

Priebus said that response shows “Planned Parenthood doesn’t believe [babies] have rights” and demanded voters hold Democrats accountable for supporting the women’s health provider.

“The President, the Senate Majority Leader, the House Democratic Leader, and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (in whose home state this hearing occurred) made funding Planned Parenthood an issue in the 2012 campaign,” Priebus wrote.

“They should now all be held to account for that outspoken support. If the media won’t, then voters must ask the pressing questions: Do these Democrats also believe a newborn has no rights? Do they also endorse infanticide?”

With a new push to restrict abortion rights making headway in a number of states, the GOP sees opposition to Planned Parenthood as an argument they can potentially win in this election cycle.

Priebus said Republicans should hold Democrats liable for their support of abortion rights.

“In the last election, Republicans were repeatedly asked about whether they supported cutting funding to Planned Parenthood,” he said.

“It’s time Democrats are asked whether they still support funding an organization that refuses to care for a newborn.”

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