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U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Shinsuke Sugiyama display their signatures after signing the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement | October 7, 2019
President Donald J. Trump Has Secured a Tremendous Victory For American Farmers and Businesses With New Japan Trade Agreements
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Kevin Pham / October 04, 2019 Daily Signal
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday intended to protect and improve Medicare benefits in a broad range of provisions designed mostly to increase choice and flexibility.
The order’s statement of purpose took direct aim at the “Medicare for All” proposal supported by several Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 nomination for president:
“Medicare for All” would take away the choices currently available within Medicare and centralize even more power in Washington, harming seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. […] It would be a mistake to eliminate Americans’ health care choices and to force them into a new system that is effectively a government takeover of their health care.
Medicare for All would indeed severely restrict options for patients, making all but the most specialized health coverage plans illegal.
Under Section 107 of the Democrats’ bill, “it shall be unlawful for a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act” or for an employer to offer such coverage.
By contrast, Trump’s executive order dictates that “the secretary [of health and human services] shall identify and remove unnecessary barriers to private contracts that allow Medicare beneficiaries to obtain the care of their choice.”
As almost 60 million Americans are enrolled in the Medicare program, giving them more choices to direct health care dollars will significantly strengthen the provider market. The administration expects that this will “facilitate the development of market-driven prices” that should benefit not only Medicare beneficiaries, but all Americans.
The executive order seems to have been informed in large part by the strengths and successes of Medicare Advantage, the market-driven counterpart to traditional fee-for-service Medicare.
In remarks introducing the executive order, Trump spent some time discussing Medicare Advantage and its popularity. The president cited the 24 million senior citizens enrolled in an Advantage plan and noted that “there are nearly 1,200 more Medicare Advantage plans today than there were just two years ago.”
Medicare Advantage should certainly be a model for health care reform, as average premiums have been declining. According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the expected average premium this year should represent a 6% decrease from 2018 while simultaneously increasing benefits.
The decrease in price over the history of the program has been even greater.
“Premiums have plummeted by 28%,” Trump said. “They’ve gone down. And they’re now at the lowest level in over 10 years.”
The administration also hopes to streamline the development and approval process for new drugs, an area that has long needed reform.
Currently, preclinical science research that yields a promising drug must undergo three phases of clinical research before the approval process. The executive order merely directs the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to study opportunities for streamlining, so it remains to be seen whether any such efficiencies may be realized.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently revised payment policies to incentivize the development and use of critical new drugs, which—when added to potential reforms from the executive order—may dramatically reduce the time and costs of bringing needed drugs to market.
Section 5 of the executive order addresses one of the most pressing issues in health care; namely, the regulatory and bureaucratic burden that takes a doctor’s attention away from the patient. Regardless of where one stands on how to provide health care coverage, the patient-doctor relationship must be fixed.
The executive order directs the HHS secretary to propose reforms that “would eliminate burdensome regulatory billing requirements, conditions of participation, supervision requirements, benefit definitions, and all other licensure requirements […] that are more stringent than applicable federal or state laws […] .”
As Medicare is the single largest payer for health care in the United States, the administrative requirements for Medicare already affect the medical field at large.
The evaluation and documentation manual for billing Medicare has become the standard form of documentation in America and an enduring government footprint in the exam room. It’s largely unchanged since 1997, when pen-and-paper documentation was the norm, and has not transitioned gracefully into the electronic age of the mouse and keyboard.
As Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, wrote in a tweet:
Right now, clinicians recording office visits to bill Medicare have to wrestle with guidelines from the ’90s. But CMS is bringing their lives into this century by proposing to adopt coding guidelines up to date with today’s medicine.
As it stands now, physicians are all too often spending twice as much time with their computers as they are with their patients. That does not include the extra time spent after the workday completing clerical work.
Careful and thoughtful reforms here that reflect clinical workflow, rather than just billing requirements, will have a significant and wide-ranging effect on the availability of providers and the cost of their practices.
The president’s executive order comprises a broad range of reforms and directives that, taken together, have the effect of lightening the burden of government on the practice of health care.
We shall see what proposed revisions and reforms may come out of this. But the effort of “protecting and improving Medicare” offers an alternative vision to that of Medicare for All—one in which patients can choose what is best for them and where doctors are free to treat them.
Both the Dems and the Repubs are happy with this deal. This budget is for 2 years and pushes the debt/deficit past the 2020 election. There are NO provisions to pay down the debt and will add $385 Billion to the $22.5 TRILLION debt in 2020 and at least that much in the 2021 budget. This MUST be a strong campaign issue--ED
Charlie Sperling Breitbart, August 2, 2019
President Donald Trump signed Friday the massive two-year budget agreement rushed through Congress before their August vacation, according to the White House.
The bill, dubbed The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, suspends the debt ceiling and funds the government from 2020 to 2021.
The agreement was negotiated between Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before it was brought to the floor.
Republicans defended the $1.3 trillion agreement as the best deal they could get, despite the increased spending of $320 billion over two years. Pelosi demanded equal domestic increases in spending for any increase in military spending.
The bill passed the Senate on Thursday with a vote of 67-28, despite some Senate conservatives opposing the deal.
The president did not bring in the media to cover the bill signing event.
Trump indicated on Thursday that Republicans could always cut the bloated budget after the 2020 elections.
“Two-year deal gets us past the Election,” he wrote on Twitter. “Go for it Republicans, there is always plenty of time to CUT!”
By Emel Akan The Epoch Times July 25, 2019
WASHINGTON—More than 300 companies and organizations said they would support the White House’s workforce initiative, committing to train over 12 million Americans to help them gain new job skills over the next five years.
Company executives and workers on July 25 joined the president at the White House to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the “Pledge to America’s Workers,” an initiative to address the workforce skills shortage problem in the country.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in July last year to kick-start a national strategy to train and re-skill the U.S. workforce.
“The president’s call to action for the pledge has become a full-blown national movement,” Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, said during the event. She and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross are spearheading the workforce development initiative.
Over the past year, more than 300 companies and organizations—large and small—have signed the pledge to train, and “today, we celebrate reaching 12 million pledged commitments,” she said.
Historic labor-market tightness, combined with years of underinvestment in technical jobs training, has made it very difficult for businesses to fill job openings. As of the end of May, there were 7.3 million unfilled jobs while the unemployment rate stands at 3.7 percent, near the lowest level in 50 years.
Businesses are now competing to attract workers and drawing more people off the sidelines into the workforce.
Ivanka Trump said the program will help not only students but also mid- to late-career workers who need to learn new skills “because of the consequences and effects of automation in this rapidly changing technological environment.”
Speaking at the event, Trump said, “Companies have stepped up to the plate and so many companies have done thousands and thousands of jobs and the training for these jobs.”
“Companies can train so much better than governments. Governments get into that and they really don’t have a clue as to what they’re doing and it costs a lot of money.”
Big Commitment From Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers on July 25 announced that it would offer training opportunities to 1.2 million manufacturing workers.
“This is really just a start. We think that’s a conservative number,” Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, said at the event.
“We have 500,000 open jobs in manufacturing today,” he said, adding that the association sought to attract more workers to the sector and also retrain and up-skill existing manufacturing workers.
A report by Deloitte Consulting and the Manufacturing Institute, earlier found that about 2 million positions in the manufacturing sector would go unfilled in the next 10 years unless the skills-gap problem is resolved.
Other big contributions to the pledge have come from companies such as Walmart and Salesforce.com, each pledging to train a million Americans within the next five years.
As the U.S. economy continues to expand, investment in workforce education and training have never been more important to sustain growth, according to the National Skills Coalition. Nearly 80 percent of jobs require some form of education or training beyond high school.
Foreign companies are also jumping on the bandwagon. In June, executives of more than 65 foreign firms from 12 countries signed the “Pledge to America’s Workers” at an investment summit in Washington, committing to train and re-skill nearly 930,000 Americans.
Among them was a German company, CompuGroup Medical, which provides IT solutions for the health care industry. The company has so far invested $150 million for its operations in the United States and hired 200 Americans. The IT firm, which has offices in four U.S. states, pledged to invest and hire more people in coming years, said Oliver Bruzek, CompuGroup’s chief communications officer.
The United States is full of “innovative people” and “innovative ideas,” Bruzek said.
A piece of American History comes home
The American Flag that Flew Aboard Ship Carrying Service Men Landing in Normandy
On behalf of our country, President Trump receives a piece of American history
The White House Press Release July 18, 2019
President Donald J. Trump welcomed Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte to the White House today, where the President accepted an incredible gift.
“Today, on behalf of the American people, I will receive an American flag that flew aboard a ship carrying the first waves of United States service members to land in Normandy,” President Trump said. “Seventy-five years after that momentous day,” this great piece of American history is “back home where it belongs.”
This 48-Star banner is an important symbol of perhaps the most storied military victory for the free world. On June 6, 1944, the flag President Trump received today flew aboard Landing Craft Control 60 as it approached Normandy. The ship was commanded by a young Navy lieutenant, two days shy of his 27th birthday, named Howard Vander Beek.
“Amid treacherous German minefields, raging winds, and rough seas, Lieutenant Vander Beek and his crew led an astonishing 19 waves of American troops and equipment to those very, very dangerous beaches,” the President explained. “Through it all, this flag soared proudly above the waters of the English Channel, announcing the arrival of our American warriors.”
After the D-Day mission was complete, Lt. Vander Beek carried the flag with him through the end of the war. It stayed in his possession until he passed away in 2014.
Today, this same flag—which still bears scars from German gunfire and stains from American blood—is being returned home, where it will be on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
“It will always be a reminder of the supreme sacrifice of our warriors, and the beautiful friendship between the Dutch and the American people,” President Trump said.
That close partnership continues today, as the United States and the Netherlands work to meet security challenges head-on. Whether it’s efforts to defeat ISIS or support NATO's forward presence in the Baltics and Poland, both nations’ forces stand together.
This Trump Achievement Makes American Safer
President Trump is chiefly responsible for pressuring increased defense spending on the part of European countries within NATO, says John Bolton. Fox News reports:
WASHINGTON — National Security Adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that an increase in defense spending from NATO allies, after pressure from President Trump, marked a significant victory for the United States and made the alliance stronger.
“The statistics that the NATO secretary general has given us indicate that the Trump push, and that’s what it is, to get NATO members to spend more has resulted in, based on his calculation, over the past two years in $100 billion more being spent by our European allies on defense,” he said. “This is an unequaled triumph and I would argue it makes NATO stronger and that’s exactly what we should be doing.”
Bolton spoke at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, in a wide-ranging question-and-answer session on topics spanning U.S. foreign policy, sovereignty and national borders.
Arguing that an “America First” policy can lead to stronger results abroad, he pointed to Trump’s repeated public calls for NATO members to meet their commitment to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense. The U.S spends approximately 3.5 percent.
Rearming Europe to contain Russia and fight radical Islamic terrorism in the Middle East is critical, and this increase will enable all allied members to enjoy greater security.
NY State weaponizes Tax returns of private citizen Trump
Nate Church, Breitbart, July 8, 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Monday that allows congressional committees to access President Donald Trump’s state tax returns.
The bill requires state officials to hand over the tax returns for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose” by the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Senate Bill S5072A is effective immediately, though it could still be challenged by the Trump administration. And while Trump’s federal tax returns remain off-limits, much of the information sought could be just as easily found within the records of his home state.
Cuomo said the bill would help Congress to “fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law.” But Republicans describe the new bill as a “bill of attainder,” unconstitutional because it is intended to target a specific individual.
“Our legislation isn’t about one person,” New York State Senator Brad Hoylman disagreed. “It’s about assisting Congress in its oversight abilities.” Cuomo echoed this sentiment, agreeing that “tax secrecy is paramount,” with “the exception being for bona fide investigative and law enforcement purposes.”
The bill finally takes effect after an internal six-week delay. Cuomo spokesperson Dani Lever explained that they allowed the time to ensure every detail of the bill and its amendments was sound. “Any responsible government would thoroughly review this bill, just as we will with more than 930 bills passed this session,” she said.
Of course, Lever admitted “how high the stakes are of this particular legislation.”
On Twitter, Trump has expressed his doubt in the motives behind this bill and the investigations of the state’s Attorney General Letitia James, saying she is “harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible.”
Cuomo’s response? “If [Trump] is worried about law enforcement, he shouldn’t break the law.”
Jeff Cox, CNBC.com, July 5, 2019
Nonfarm payrolls rose 224,000 in June, well above market expectations of 165,000, according to the Labor Department.
The unemployment rate edged higher to 3.7% but was still near 50-year lows.
Wage growth was 3.1% year over year, one-tenth of a point below market expectations.
Stocks opened lower on the news and government bond yields surged.
Payroll growth rebounded sharply in June as the U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs, the best gain since January and running contrary to worries that both the employment picture and overall growth picture were beginning to weaken. The unemployment rate edged up to 3.7% as labor force participation rose, according to the Labor Department.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had expected nonfarm payrolls to rise by 165,000 and the unemployment rate to hold steady at 3.6%. May’s initially reported growth of 75,000 had raised doubts about the durability of the record-setting expansion that began a decade ago. The May count was revised lower to 72,000.
Federal Reserve policymakers have been watching the jobs numbers closely.
Markets have been widely anticipating that the central bank will cut its benchmark interest rate later this month, regardless of what the June payrolls count showed.
The stock market opened lower as investors contemplated what the report might mean for expectations that the Fed will be cutting interest rates later this month in an effort to stave off a widely expected economic slowdown through the year. Government bond yields surged, with the benchmark 10-year note up nearly 10 basis points to about 2.05%.
The report “would seem to make a mockery of market expectations” for a quarter- or half-point cut at the July 30-31 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, said Andrew Hunter, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics. The level of job growth, he added, “is still much stronger than the levels that have usually prompted the Fed to cut rates in the past and, although we do still expect the weakening economy to prompt the Fed to loosen policy, the first rate cut will probably be delayed until September.”
Market reaction shifted abruptly after the Bureau of Labor Statistics release. Traders moved the possibility of a 50-basis point cut to 8% from nearly 30% though 100% expectations for a quarter-point cut remained firmly in place.
President Donald Trump has been sharply critical of the Fed and repeated his previous sentiments later in the morning.
“We don’t have a Fed who knows what they’re doing,” Trump said, adding, as he has in the past, that the economy would take off like a “rocket ship” with lower interest rates.
Professional and business services led the job gains with 51,000, while health care added 35,000 and transportation and warehousing contributed another 24,000. Construction also added 21,000 and manufacturing, despite teetering on contraction recently, saw another 17,000 jobs added, above the 8,000 per month average in 2019 and getting closer to the 22,000 a month in 2018.
The closely watched average hourly earnings number disappointed, rising 0.2% on a monthly basis against expectations for 0.3% growth. Over the past 12 months, wages were up 3.1%, also a notch below market estimates of 3.2% and indicative that significant inflation pressures remain at bay. The average work week was unchanged at 34.4 hours.
As the unemployment rate edged higher, a more encompassing measure that counts discouraged workers as well as the underemployed nudged up to 7.2%, still around its lowest level since early 2001. The labor force participation rate increased one-tenth to 62.9%, its best since March, pushing up the headline and “real” unemployment rates. The total labor force increased by 335,000 to just under 163 million while those counted as not in the labor force fell by 158,000 to 96.1 million.
Overall, the jobs report allayed fears that the labor market was weakening significantly; a release earlier this week from ADP and Moody’s Analytics had indicated private payroll growth of just 102,000, which was well below the government’s count of 191,000. Government job gains of 33,000 accounted for the balance of June’s rise.
Manufacturing activity of late has been showing signs of contracting as corporate executives complain of increased prices due to tariffs the U.S. has imposed against its trading partners.
“Today’s jobs report shows the U.S. economy continues to create jobs at a strong pace even as we enter the longest period of economic expansion on record,” said Tony Bedikian, head of global markets at Citizens Bank. “The bounce back in the June jobs number may splash cold water on the notion of an imminent Fed rate cut. We will have to see whether the equity markets can shrug that off when balanced against other macroeconomic factors, such as the hope of a China trade truce.”
In addition to the downward revision for the May report, April’s count fell to 216,000 from 224,000.
A St. Louis Fed economist recently wrote a report suggesting that housing trends are consistent with a looming recession, and the bond market for months has been sending signs of a slowdown ahead. The stock market, though, was encouraged by results from G-20 negotiations last week that ended with the U.S. and China promising no additional tariffs.
G-20 SUMMIT 2019
TRUMP AND KIM STEP INTO HISTORY
The White House Press Release June 25, 2019
Generations of Palestinians have lived without ever knowing peace. The West Bank has fallen into a state of prolonged crisis. And throughout much of Gaza, families must subsist with barely a few hours of working electricity each day.
The Palestinian story will not end here, however. Although failed by a long line of violent “leaders” who seek perpetual war and terror over peace and prosperity, most Palestinian people want to build a real future for both themselves and their children.
🎬 Jared Kushner: “We want to see peace, security, and prosperity.”
A few hours ago, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner addressed world business leaders alongside key Middle East officials in Manama, Bahrain. He laid out a remarkable “opportunity of the century” economic plan, which would constitute the most ambitious and comprehensive international effort for Palestinians to date.
“The conventional wisdom about the fate of the Palestinians is remarkably consistent,” Kushner said. “In meeting after meeting, and conference after conference, I hear the same broken record of negativity about why progress is not possible.”
Yet “while politicians pay lip service, the world moves forward, and the Palestinian people continue to be left behind,” he added.
Peace to Prosperity is President Donald J. Trump’s political and economic vision for a vibrant, free Middle East. Today, Kushner laid out the economic half of that plan. The goal is to allow the Palestinian and Israeli people an opportunity to see what a prosperous Middle East looks like before discussing a political roadmap to peace.
The economic plan rests on addressing three crucial pillars of Palestinian society: the economy, the people, and the government:
Unleash economic potential by providing investors with confidence that their assets will be secure with improved property rights, rule of law, fiscal sustainability, capital markets, and anti-corruption policies
Empower the Palestinian people through education, workforce development, and an improved quality of life
Enhance Palestinian Governance by encouraging the Palestinian public sector to provide the services and administration necessary for a better future
“My direct message to the Palestinian people, is that despite what those who have let you down in the past say, President Trump and America have not given up on you," Kushner said.
Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner June 19,2019
Presidential Trump brought in nearly $25 million in the first 24 hours of his official reelection efforts, according to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel — more than the combined totals of five of his major Democratic rivals.
" @realDonaldTrump has raised a record breaking $24.8M in less than 24 hours for his re-election. The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen! #trump2020 #KeepAmericaGreat," McDaniel tweeted Wednesday.
McDaniel's message followed Trump's official kick-off rally in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday night. Trump's campaign on Tuesday sent out a fundraising memo asking supporters to raise at $7 million before midnight.
The $24.8 million sum is several magnitudes higher than the leading Democratic candidates seeking the chance to challenge Trump in 2020. Former Vice
President Joe Biden's campaign said in April it pulled in $6.3 million during the 24 hours after he announced his third White House run.
At a Manhattan fundraiser Tuesday evening, Biden suggested his campaign raised over $19.8 million in the current quarter of the campaign season, with bank accounts closing at the end of June.
All 24-hour fundraising numbers come directly from the campaigns themselves or party committees, rather than the Federal Elections Commission. Fundraising figures reported by the campaign will be publicly available by July 15 and will offer more detail, including amounts of money spent, and cash-on-hand totals.
The closest to Biden in opening day fundraising appears to be former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, whose campaign said he raised $6.1 million. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders used his grassroots network to deposit $5.9 million in his campaign bank account.
California Sen. Kamala Harris's campaign reported less impressive numbers, reportedly raising $1.5 million in its first 24 hours. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is currently benefiting from a surge in the polls, scraped together $300,000 from supporters after she announced her candidacy.
Full Video of The Orlando Rally, in case you missed it
Mary Beth Sheridan Washington Post June 19, 2019
MEXICO CITY — Mexico on Wednesday became the first country to ratify the new North American free-trade agreement, as its Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the deal updating the rules for one of the world’s largest trade blocs.
Senators voted 114 to 4 to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which needed only a simple majority to pass. Mexico’s Senate has sole responsibility for approving international treaties negotiated by the country’s president.
Mexico has been a strong proponent of the pact, which builds on NAFTA, the free-trade accord that has transformed this nation’s economy over the past 25 years. Mexico sends about 80 percent of its exports to the United States, and the two countries’ manufacturing processes have become increasingly intertwined.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the treaty would be good for job creation, trade and foreign investment.
“We once again reiterate our determination, our conviction to maintain relations with Canada and the United States of friendship and cooperation in enhancing development,” the leftist leader said in a video statement.
While the new treaty sailed through the Mexican legislature, it faces a rougher road in the United States. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hasn’t set a date for a ratification vote. Democrats, who hold a majority in the House, say they want stronger enforcement mechanisms for the pact’s labor and environmental rules.
If the pact isn’t ratified this year, it risks getting bogged down in the U.S. presidential campaign next year.
In Canada, meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to get the deal through Parliament, but the timing is tight. He is scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House on Thursday, and then with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.
If the Trump administration can reach an agreement with the Democrats, the Canadians will probably press ahead on a vote this summer — even if it means calling members of Parliament back from their summer break.
In Mexico, there has been little opposition to the new agreement. Mexico’s congress passed a labor law in April that strengthens independent unions, addressing concerns raised by U.S. Democrats.
Mexico this year became the No. 1 trade partner of the United States. Census data released in April showed that Mexico’s trade with the United States rose to $97.4 billion for the first two months of 2019, lifting it above Canada, at $92.4 billion, and China, at $90.4 billion.
“Obviously, we are hoping [ratification] helps to reduce the constant uncertainty we’ve faced since President Trump entered the White House,” said Juan Carlos Baker, a former subsecretary of foreign trade who helped negotiate the pact.
Mexico has been buffeted by constant threats from the Trump administration to disrupt trade. After Trump took office in 2017, he suggested ripping up the existing North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it was unfair to American workers. He later agreed to renegotiate the pact, producing the current agreement.
More recently, Trump threatened to impose stiff tariffs on all Mexican imports if the country didn’t halt the growing number of Central Americans crossing its territory to reach the United States.
After days of negotiations in Washington, Mexico agreed to step up enforcement of irregular migration, deploying a militarized national guard to its border with Guatemala, arresting thousands more migrants per week and accepting busloads of asylum seekers turned away from the U.S. border daily.
But the clash left business leaders and politicians uneasy about the strength of their nation’s trade relationship with the United States.
In Mexico, passage of the new treaty — known here by its Spanish initials, T-MEC — was never in doubt. López Obrador’s party holds a majority in the Senate. Opposition parties declared in recent days they would back the new accord — although some senators did so reluctantly.
“It’s not the best treaty, but it’s the one we’ve got,” Antonio García Conejo, a senator from the leftist Revolutionary Democratic Party, said during the debate. He added: “We have to keep seeking alternatives and diversify our commerce.”
The new agreement is essentially an updated version of NAFTA. Among its changes are a requirement that more components for autos be produced in the three countries and a provision that about 40 percent of each vehicle be produced by workers who earn at least $16 an hour.
President Donald J. Trump addressed Americans from the White House Rose Garden this afternoon, unveiling his Administration’s plan to create a fair, modern, and lawful system of immigration for the United States of America.
The President’s plan, once adopted by Congress, would achieve two crucial goals. First, it will stop illegal immigration for good by fully securing our border. Second, it establishes a new legal immigration system that will protect American wages, promote American values, and attract the best and brightest talent from across the globe.
“This plan was not developed by the politicians,” President Trump said. “It was designed with significant input from our great law enforcement professionals.”
Here is a rundown of the most important proposals from the President’s speech:
Create a permanent, self-sustaining border security trust fund for law enforcement, financed with fees collected at the border crossings themselves
Restore integrity to America’s broken asylum process by expediting relief for legitimate asylum seekers—and sending those who abuse the system home
Modernize the dysfunctional legal immigration process by increasing the number of legal immigrants selected based on skill or merit from 12 percent to 57 percent
Prioritize the immediate family of new immigrants—spouses and children—by moving them to the front of the line over distant relatives who use family claims as a tool to get ahead in the queue
Establish a standard, universal, points-based criteria for admission to the United States, no matter where you are born or who you are related to
The big idea in President Trump’s plan is that “pro-America” and “pro-immigrant” are synonyms, not opposites. Illegal immigration hurts everyone. A random, unfair entry process hurts everyone. And underfunded law enforcement hurts everyone.
The only ones opposed to a safer, stronger immigration system are the special interests profiting off the status quo. That includes everyone from the corporations who exploit cheap, illegal labor to the politicians who benefit from never resolving the issue.
“Many of the Democrats have claimed to be for these concepts at different times in their careers and, in many cases, in very recent history,” President Trump said today. “And I hope that they will end up joining me and all of the people gathered together today in putting politics aside, putting security and wages first, and pursuing these historic reforms. It’s time.”
TRUMP POLICY CHANGES
Without Democrat Congress
During the Bush Administration there was a record of 900,000 "No Match" letters sent to employers by the IRS because the name did not match the name on the Social Security records, or, the numbers were for dead people, or they were fictitious. None of the responses to those letters were sent to ICE. There were no fines to employers for not using the I-9 form, as required by law, upon hiring of employees. If there had been repercussions then, we might not be facing the mess we have today--ED
Issued on: February 15, 2019
Today, I have signed into law H.J. Res. 31, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019” (the “Act”), which authorizes appropriations to fund the operation of a number of agencies in the Federal Government through September 30, 2019.
Certain provisions of the Act (such as Division F, under the heading “Contribution for International Peacekeeping Activities”) would require advance notice to the Congress before the President may direct certain military actions or provide certain forms of military assistance. In signing the Act, I reiterate the well-established understanding of the executive branch that these types of provisions encompass only military actions for which providing advance notice is feasible and consistent with the President’s constitutional authority and duty as Commander in Chief to ensure national security. In addition, Division C, section 527, and Division A, section 516, both restrict the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States. I will treat these, and similar provisions, consistent with the President’s constitutional authority as Commander in Chief.
Numerous provisions could, in certain circumstances, interfere with the exercise of the President’s constitutional authorities to negotiate international agreements (such as Division C, sections 509, 518, and 530; and Division F, sections 7010(c) and 7013(a)), to articulate the position of the United States in international fora (such as Division F, sections 7025(c), 7029(a), (b)(1), 7031(d)(2), 7042(h)(1), 7043(g)(1), 7047(b)(3), 7054(b), and 7060(c)(2)(D), (3)), to receive ambassadors (such as Division F, section 7031(c)), and to recognize foreign governments (such as Division F, section 7047(b)(2)(A)). My Administration will treat each of these provisions consistent with the President’s constitutional authorities with respect to foreign relations.
Division C, section 537, provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistent with the President’s constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.
Editor's Note: It is apparent that the reason the Committee took so long to produce this bill is because they were inserting all sorts of "land mines" that extremely restrict the Constitutional duties of the Office of the President. Several Republicans were part of this committee and they allowed these stipulations to be included in the bill. This is the swamp in action. With this statement the President has told them all to go to hell and that he is not going to let them usurp his duties as President. While he is ignoring these edicts he needs to go a step farther where the restrictions on Homeland Security are concerned. The Committee attempted to micro-manage the everyday operations of both Customs and Border Patrol and ICE. These restrictions are in violation of law and open the borders to illegal aliens, drugs, trafficking and fake asylum claims. Congress has drawn a line in the sand against the American people and elevated illegal aliens above the safety and security of US citizens. We cannot stand for this.
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675 Days, $35,000,000 Cost to Taxpayers
A federal judge in Florida ordered the release of depositions by former British spy Christopher Steele and a longtime associate of late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain in a lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed regarding Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.
Why would anyone make a plea deal then continue to lie?? Has Mueller ever lied to convict someone? OH YES!! Remember Arthur Anderson? --ED
This is a stretch just to make headlines. NO real "collusion" (which is not a crime)
But federal prosecutors still recommended a stiff prison sentence for Cohen, citing his "extensive" criminal conduct.
Corsi claimes Mueller tried to make him lie for plea deal
Former federal prosecutors contacted by NBC News said they believe Corsi's claims have no merit.
Mueller fishing expedition targeting Roger Stone again. "Probe" coming to an end???
No Russian collusion yet.... still waiting.....
Flake is violating the separation of powers defined in the Constitution with his bill in spite of the fact that Trump has never said he wanted to stop Mueller. Flake said he would't be pushing this issue if he were running again. Makes you wonder how many other times he lied about his positions on issues.... just for spite he will not vote on ANY Judicial nominees until his bill is heard... Grassley stopped the nomination process to thwart Flake.--ED
Still no Collusion Between Trump and Russians..... Without the DNC Servers, Computers How Did Mueller Get this Info??
"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime," Rosenstein said at a news conference. "There is no allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result."
Reporters invited to meet with FBI and DOJ to talk about Grand Jury for Manafort
This interview will never take place-- there are no "facts!"
More Mueller Witch Hunt Against Manafort, Really Looking to Revoke $10,000,000 Bail
FBI Timeline Not Adding Up as More Info Comes to Light - Collusion Between London and DC Backed Up to May 2016, Long Before Official Investigation Began. Who Is In Charge??
June 5th (10:00 am Eastern, 7:00 am AZ Time)Has Been a Long Time Coming.... The Truth Will Finally Come Out. Make a Pot of Coffee …..
5 Eyes= Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, US Share Intelligence Info
Mole Exposed -- Paid $1,000,000 by Obama DOD for Inside Info-- Corruption Chronicles
Another DOJ Leak
Well, this is embarrassing.....
Lawmakers Make Criminal Referral on Clinton, Comey, McCabe, Lynch, Strzok, Page to DOJ on Steele Dossier and Citing Specific Statues the Were Broken
School Boards this year, Presidential Election in 2020
We All Know This, What Are You Going to Do??
White House Fact Sheet
End of Catch and Release?
BREAKING: President Donald Trump Signs Memo Ending ‘Catch and Release’ Policy
The RAISE Act Trump Unveils Merit Based Immigration Reform