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The House and Senate spent much of the week organizing their party and committee leadership. Much of the week was spent speculating and responding to the President’s scheduled announcement related to immigration. According to supporters, the executive order would allow those here to remain, provided they complete a number of requirements. Some of those requirements include reprioritizing deportation and compelling proper registration, i.e. coming out of the shadows, paying substantial fines, etc. As was widely reported, the Senate did hold a vote on a key priority of ASA and millions of Americans, the Keystone XL pipeline, but the vote failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to advance. To see how your senator voted, click here.
The House and Senate are in recess.
Item of Interest
Following the President's announcement of his executive order on immigration, the House majority took their next steps toward suing the President of the United States. At issue is the President’s perceived unilateral action in rewriting the Affordable Care Act. According to supporters of the suit, the lawsuit specifically challenges two changes Obama has made unilaterally to the 2010 health care law: (1) twice delaying the implementation of the "employer mandate" to offer health insurance to employees, and (2) a cost-sharing program between the administration and insurance companies, which Republicans say Congress never approved. Following the immigration announcement, its being reported that discussions are underway to file suit on this subject as well.
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Businesses Give Obama's Immigration Plan a Chilly Reception
Business leaders who have long clamored for immigration reform say they are unsatisfied with President Barack Obama's move this week to give legal status and work permits to millions immigrants in the United States illegally.
Top business groups in Washington say Obama may have "undermined" any faint hope of meaningful measures to overhaul the nation’s immigration system by going around Congress to delay deportations.
Obama Would Veto Any Bill Undoing Immigration Executive Action
President Barack Obama would veto any legislation hatched by Republicans to undo his immigration executive action granting relief to millions, according to a senior administration official.
The official left no doubt that the White House is prepared for a shutdown standoff if Republicans attach a rider to the upcoming spending bill needed to keep the government open past Dec. 11.
Obama's Immigration Order is Done — Now he has to Make it Work
The White House took months to carefully craft unilateral action on immigration that it believes — despite strong criticism from the GOP — falls within the executive branch's powers. This long-awaited plan has been announced, analyzed and commented on in a barrage of tweets, press releases and stories. But that's just the beginning.
For the administration, it means really digging into the program's specifics, hammering out the nitty gritty of exactly of how to apply for relief.
Anatomy of a Comeback (or a Few)
Most white voters, in Washington, D.C., and nationally, often winced and wondered how on earth Marion Barry kept getting re-elected. But viewed in a broader historical and cultural context, it really isn't much of a mystery at all. American political scandals featuring deviant personal behavior are not a new phenomenon.
Ted Cruz: Republicans Shouldn't Fear a Government Shutdown Over Immigration
Sen. Ted Cruz is threatening to reprise his role as a catalyst to a government shutdown, arguing recently that Congress should use spending bills to block President Barack Obama's recent executive action on immigration.
Cruz rebutted suggestions that holding government funding hostage in order to prevent Obama's plan halting the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants from taking effect would hurt the GOP.
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