Pro-migration Democrats and business allies got President Joe Biden to quickly overrule a Friday announcement by his top staff that would have capped the 2021 inflow of refugees at 15,000. “The President’s directive today has been the subject of some confusion,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in an afternoon statement . “We expect the President to set a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15,” she added. The Psaki announcement came a few hours after Jake Sullivan, Biden’s National Security Advisor, tweeted: America needs to rebuild our refugee resettlement program. We will use all 15,000 slots under the new Determination and work with Congress on increasing admissions and building back to the numbers to which we’ve committed. The scale of the reversal may not be known until May 15, when the final 2021 number is scheduled for release. But pro-migration groups are hoping that Biden will announce a 2021 goal of importing … [Read more...] about Joe Biden Overrules Staff Plan, Raises Refugee Inflow
close Video Progressive Democrats introduce legislation to expand the size of the Supreme Court House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she is open to expanding the size of the Supreme Court, but has no plans to bring a bill sponsored by House and Senate Democrats to the floor for a vote. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., proposed legislation Thursday that would expand the Supreme Court to 13 seats. There are currently nine seats on the court. That number has remained the same since 1869. REPUBLICANS SLAM 'ASSAULT' ON SUPREME COURT BY DEMS' COURT-PACKING BILL During her weekly press conference Thursday, Pelosi, D-Calif., would not commit to bringing that bill to the floor. "No," she said, noting that she supports President Biden’s commission to study "such a proposal." "I think it is an idea that should be … [Read more...] about Pelosi says she’s open to expanding the size of Supreme Court but has no plans to bring Dem bill to the floor
( CBS DFW ) — A fourth stimulus check has been suggested, even as the third round of economic relief is still reaching eligible Americans. Around 159 million payments of up to $1,400 per person have been issued over the last few weeks. That’s most of the $422 billion allotted in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Paper checks and EIP cards continue to arrive by mail. These relief payments are part of a larger effort to cushion COVID’s economic impact on households and support the economy while the pandemic recovery continues. The stimulus package also extends unemployment benefits, strengthens the child tax credit, and much more. The recent round of checks follows the $1,200 CARES Act payments at the pandemic’s outset and the $600 payments in early January. READ MORE: Restaurants Reopening: Where Do They Stand, And How Do They Recover From COVID? How Does The Economic Recovery Look? Many households are far from where they started last year. … [Read more...] about Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Back in the day, it felt as if I lived on airplanes, especially during my time at the Pentagon. Unfortunately, those collective hundreds of hours may have contributed to pressure-related issues in my ears. After experiencing hearing loss and severe balance issues, which led to multiple visits to specialists along the East Coast, it was determined that I should avoid flying to be on the safe side. That advice taken — especially after temporarily losing my hearing again by simply going up to the 60th floor of a New York City skyscraper — I have not boarded an airplane in 15 years. Because of that, those who knew I loved to travel thought I would be miserable. But it’s just the opposite. I rediscovered the joy, camaraderie and mental relaxation of train travel, here in the United States and across Europe. ADVERTISEMENT In the late 1980s when I worked in the White House, I took Amtrak often between Washington and New York City, a route that makes a stop in Wilmington, Del. … [Read more...] about A conservative sides with ‘Amtrak Joe’ on train travel
The majority of the California Congressional Caucus sent a letter Thursday to President Joe Biden to urge the President to repeal the State and Local Tax (SALT) Cap limitations President Donald Trump signed into law. The group of Democrats wants there to be a repeal of the limitations in the infrastructure package. Forty-one of the California Democrat House members signed onto the letter, led by Reps. Mike Levin, Josh Harder, and Katie Porter. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has received a copy of the letter but did not sign onto the letter, according to the Hill . “We urge you to address the $10,000 cap President Trump placed on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which has hurt our constituents and people across the country since long before the COVID-19 pandemic began,” the group of California Democrats wrote in a letter. “The removal of this arbitrary cap is necessary and prudent as we seek remedies to help the American people during this time of recovery.” … [Read more...] about Majority of California House Democrats Push Biden For Repeal of SALT Cap Limitations