Does Our Border Look Secure?

23 Sep

President Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Congress, “the border is secure,” on Wednesday.

That was a LIE.

The Biden administration has worked to open the southern border, not secure it. Our communities are less safe because they stopped building the wall, brought back Catch and Release, and got rid of the Remain in Mexico policy.

Numbers don’t lie, and they tell us that this is President Biden’s border crisis.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • There were 208,887 border apprehensions in August – a 317% INCREASE from last year.
  • Border apprehensions remain at a 21-year high with 208,887 in August.
  • August was the second straight month with over 200,000 apprehensions.
  • Over 1,200,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the border since February 1, 2021.
  • In August, Joe Biden released 43,941 illegal immigrants into the U.S.
    • In President Trump’s last full month in office, only 17 illegal immigrants were released into the U.S.
  • Fentanyl seizures in 2021 have nearly doubled 2020 numbers, according to records quietly released by Customs and Border Protection.

Despite border apprehensions being at a two-decade high, the Biden Administration is actively working to stop using Title 42 to expel migrant families at the southern border who are attempting to enter from countries with a high COVID-19 infection rate.

Fortunately, Republican Representatives Chip Roy and Yvette Herrell are leading a discharge petition for H.R. 471, allowing for Title 42 to continue to be enforced at our southern border.

This is critical to stemming the current flow of migrants with a potentially communicable disease (COVID-19) and preventing CBP from becoming even more overwhelmed.

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House Democrats Ram Through A Continuing Resolution For Short-term Government Funding

22 Sep

House Democrats rammed through their Continuing Resolution for short-term government funding last night despite the fact that it cannot pass the Senate. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats yielded to the anti-Semitic wing of their caucus, known as the Hamas Caucus, when they removed $1 BILLION in funding for Iron Dome, Israel’s missile defense system.

FACTS ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS’ CONTINUING RESOLUTION:

  • Democrats suspended the debt ceiling until December 2022 and refused to drop their demands that Republicans give them a blank check debt limit increase to fund their massive and unprecedented spending binge.
    • In March, Democrats alone passed a $1.9 trillion “Covid relief” bill, even though $1 trillion was still unspent from previous bipartisan bills.
    • Currently, Democrats are moving forward with their $3.5 trillion tax and spend spree, again without any Republican support.
  • Yet yesterday, Speaker Pelosi expected Republicans to bail Democrats out and green light their out-of-control spending.
    • This is a problem created by Democrat spending. Democrats have total control of the government and the unilateral ability to raise the debt ceiling. Democrats will have to accept sole responsibility for their reckless tax and spend policies.

Let’s be clear – the only reason we considered a Continuing Resolution is because the House Democrats failed to do their job. Earlier this year, rather than work together to fund the government, House Democrats forced through their partisan appropriations package which significantly increased funding for their Far-Left spending priorities but didn’t even bother to fund our military, secure our border, or support programs to fund law enforcement.

Now, House Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling to pay for their $3.5 TRILLION tax and spending spree, and other Socialist wish list policies. Democrats are responsible for the spending – they need to take responsibility for the borrowing.

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House Democrats Side With Radical Islamic Terrorists Over Our Ally Israel

21 Sep

House Democrats have yet again sided with the radical Islamic terrorist organization Hamas over our ally Israel, this time by pulling $1 BILLION in funding from Israel’s missile defense system known as the Iron Dome.

Israel’s Iron Dome has saved countless lives from Hamas’ rocket attacks. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats’ have yielded to the demands of the anti-Semitic wing of their caucus, or as they are becoming known as, the Hamas Caucus.

HOUSE DEMOCRATS’ HISTORY OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND SIDING WITH HAMAS: 

  • House Democrats have refused to unequivocally stand with our ally and friend, Israel, despite Hamas’ terrorist attacks.
  • Far-Left Democrats blocked security funding from going to Israel but refused to question U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority.
  • 217 House Democrats voted against providing emergency funding for the Israeli Cooperative Programs to ensure that Israel has the defense systems it needs to defend itself against continued attacks.
  • In February of 2019, Democrat Rep. Omar tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” in reference to American politicians’ support for Israel.
  • Democrat Rep. Omar was voted 2019’s anti-Semite of the year, according to stopantisemitism.org.
  • In May of 2021, Democrat Rep. Omar accused Israel of committing “war crimes” following days of conflict between Israel and Hamas that saw thousands of missiles fired indiscriminately at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
  • Speaker Pelosi has refused to take any action against Democrats who unapologetically attack the Jewish community.

While House Democrats capitulate to the anti-Semitic influence of their Hamas Caucus, House Republicans will always stand with our ally Israel.

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President Biden Will Continue To Show The World What Failure And Weakness Looks Like

21 Sep

Today, President Biden will address the United Nations General Assembly and will desperately attempt to portray strength on the world stage.

Our adversaries in Beijing, Tehran, and Moscow will be watching President Biden’s address closely, and America can’t afford to show weakness. Unfortunately for Americans, we know the truth, Biden is a failed and weak leader.

BIDEN’S NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS: 

  • President Biden has been WEAK on the world stage. He has been unable to stand up to our foreign adversaries or with our allies in times of need.
  • Because of President Biden’s weakness, our adversaries are stronger today.
  • AFGHANISTAN FAILURE: 
    • President Biden is to blame for the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. No one else.
    • President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan led to an unknown number of Americans being abandoned behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.
    • The Taliban are now in possession of American weapons, including helicopters, airplanes, tanks, Humvees, and other military-grade weapons.
  • FAILURE TO HOLD RUSSIA ACCOUNTABLE: 
    • President Biden’s weakness and inability to hold Russia accountable for their cyber attacks resulted in the largest ransomware attack in HISTORY.
    • In June, President Biden shared a list of critical infrastructure which he reportedly told Putin should be “off-limits” from Russian-backed cyberattacks.
    • ALL of America should be off-limits from Russian-backed cyberattacks.
  • FAILURE TO HOLD CHINA ACCOUNTABLE FOR COVID: 
    • President Biden and his administration have proven that they will not hold Communist China accountable for its lack of transparency and mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Despite the mounting evidence that COVID-19 originated from a Chinese lab, House Democrats have not held a single hearing on the origins of COVID-19 despite House Republicans’ numerous requests for investigation.
    • It’s simple. China lied, and Americans died. They must be held accountable.
  • FAILURE TO STAND WITH ISRAEL:
    • In March, President Biden quietly gave $75 million of US taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority despite their “Pay to Slay” program.
    • The Biden Administration is begging the Iranian terrorist regime to rejoin the failed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal.
    • Biden called for a ceasefire in the fight between Israel and Hamas, when Israel was fighting to defend itself from Hamas bombings.
    • President Biden has praised Far-Left Members of Congress for their “passion” after they called Israel a “terrorist” and “apartheid” state
  • FAILURE TO STAND WITH THE CUBAN PEOPLE:
    • The Biden Administration has refused to stand with the Cuban people in their fight for freedom.
    • After 62 years of oppressive communist tyranny, the Cuban people are demanding an end to the murderous communist regime. The Biden Administration remained silent.
    • We must stand in solidarity with the Cubans people’s fight for freedom, rally worldwide support, and lead on this issue.

It’s simple: We need a leader that puts America FIRST, not our foreign adversaries. Russia, China, and radical Islamic terrorists are all stronger today because of Biden’s actions.

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Biden’s Border Crisis Continues To Rage On; Over 200,000 Apprehensions In August

16 Sep

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced 208,887 border apprehensions at the southern border in August. That is a 317%% INCREASE from last August and the latest sign that President Biden and the Democrats’ open border policies have created one of the worst border crises in history.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • There were 208,887 border apprehensions in August – a 317% INCREASE from last year.
  • Border apprehensions remain at a 21-year high with 208,887 in August.
  • August was the second straight month with over 200,000 apprehensions.
  • Over 1,200,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the border since February 1.
  • In August, Joe Biden released 43,941 illegal immigrants into the U.S.
    • In President Trump’s last full month in office, only 17  illegal immigrants were released into the U.S.

NUMBERS DON’T LIE. President Biden inherited a southern border that was secure from President Trump. Unfortunately, the Biden administration has worked to open the southern border, not secure it. Our communities are less safe because they stopped building the wall, brought back Catch and Release, and got rid of the Remain in Mexico policy. It’s simple border security is national security.

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House Democrats Push Largest Tax Hike In History

14 Sep

Nancy Pelosi is attempting to push through the largest tax increase in American history—and even some Democrats are frustrated that they haven’t seen the bill.

This crippling tax hike comes at a time as American families are dealing with a stagnant economy, skyrocketing inflation, and higher prices triggered by Democrats’ out-of-control spending.

DEMOCRATS’ TAX HIKE BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Democrats are proposing almost $3 TRILLION in tax increases, the largest tax increase in most of our lifetimes. These crippling tax increases—particularly the corporate tax increase—will be shouldered by the middle class and small businesses, will send jobs and businesses fleeing overseas, and advantages America’s competitors:

  1. America’s middle-class families shoulder the burden of Democrats’ corporate income tax hike from 21 percent to 26.5 percent. 

    • Workers bear an estimated 70 percent of the corporate income tax in the form of wages and employment.

    • The Joint Committee on Taxation found that over 66 percent of the tax increase will be borne by middle- and lower-income earners.

    • The left-leaning Tax Policy Center agrees that the middle class will be hit by Democrats’ tax increases.

    • Increasing the corporate income tax rate results in higher utility bills for Americans.

  2. Democrats’ taxes hit small businesses at the worst possible time—just as they’re recovering from the pandemic.

    • Millions of Main Street job creators will be left shouldering the burden of Democrats’ small business tax hike.

    • Democrats are expanding the death tax to hit more small businesses and to take more from them. This trojan horse for a supercharged second death tax will force family-owned businesses to sell off assets in order to pay a massive tax bill to the IRS. Eventually, these tax changes will cost 1 million jobs over the long term.

    • The Biden Administration has claimed that the majority of small businesses will be exempt from his tax hikes – but the Tax Foundation has said that’s “misleading.” In fact, almost 900,000 small businesses could be hit with Democrats’ limitation of the passthrough deduction based on 2018 IRS data.

    • The majority of the more than 30 million small businesses in the U.S. are pass-through entities in which tax obligations are passed to the owners. Pass-through businesses also account for over half of all private-sector workers. More than half of all pass-through income would be taxed at this new, higher rate.

  3. Democrats’ economic surrender makes it better to be a foreign company or worker than it is to be an American one.

    • Democrats increase our corporate taxes higher than Communist China with a combined state-federal rate of 30.9%

    • According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the Biden Administration’s global minimum tax would destroy up to 1 million U.S. jobs.

    • American companies would pay this higher global minimum tax for operating abroad while also paying Democrats’ higher corporate rate for operating at home—making America even less competitive and driving jobs, manufacturing, research, and investment overseas.

    • The Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act stopped the Obama-Biden signature trend of losing jobs and headquarters overseas by making America’s corporate tax rate competitive with the rest of the world. The Democrats’ tax increases will reverse that success.

  4. Democrats are providing special tax breaks for the wealthy. 

    • For example, these tax breaks would be given to a family earning $800,000 in income in 2022:

      • $11,100 tuition savings – more financial aid so high-cost universities can avoid endowment tax

      • $12,500 tax credit – Tesla model 3 for college freshman ($49,990 MSRP)

      • $12,500 tax credit – Tesla Model Y for parents ($60,990 MSRP)

      • $1,350 tax credit – “home energy audit,” designer doors and windows

      • $18,000 tax credit – hydrogen fuel cell system for home ($60,000 cost)

      • $10,000 tax credit – geothermal heat system for a second home ($30,000 cost)

      • $52,550 tax savings – additional deduction by restoring the SALT tax shelter (promised by Chairman Neal)

      • $118,000 – TOTAL SAVINGS

    • By comparison, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act led to the wealthy paying a larger share of taxes than before while resulting in historic revenues.

  5. The House Democrats’ proposal provides $80 BILLION over the next ten years for the Internal Revenue Service to hire 87,000 new agents.

It’s simple: These crippling tax increases—particularly the corporate tax increase—will be shouldered by the middle class and small businesses, sending jobs and businesses fleeing overseas, and giving an advantage to America’s competitors.

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Inflation Is Taxation, And It Continued To Surge In August

14 Sep

President Biden and House Democrats’ out-of-control spending caused inflation to surge again in August, according to the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures a basket of goods and services as well as energy and food costs. 

CPI jumped 5.3% in August, which is nearly the fastest pace in almost 13 years. August’s CPI numbers follow the August jobs report, which was a “big disappointment,” missing economist expectations by nearly 500,000 jobs. These are just the latest signs that the Biden Economic Crisis is continuing with no end in sight. 

BIDEN’S ECONOMIC CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Inflation is taxation, and it has increased every month of Joe Biden’s presidency.
  • Because of Democrats’ out-of-control spending, Americans are paying more for just about everything:
    • Car and truck rentals are UP 52.6%
    • Gasoline is UP 42.7%
    • Used cars and trucks are UP 31.9%
    • Propane is UP 22.6%
    • Hotels and motels are UP 19.6%
    • Bacon is UP 17.0%
    • TVs are UP 13.3%
    • Beef and veal are UP 12.2%
    • Living room, kitchen, and dining room furniture is UP 12.0%
    • Women’s dresses are UP 11.9%
    • Steak is UP 11.3%
    • Fish and seafood are UP 10.6%
    • Eggs are UP 9.9%
    • Salad dressing is UP 8.7% 
    • Public transportation is UP 8.4%
    • New vehicles are UP 7.6%
    • Sporting goods are UP 7.6%
    • Chicken is UP 7.2%
    • Airfare is UP 6.7%
    • Men’s pants and shorts are UP 6.6%
    • Apples are UP 5.6%
    • Lettuce is UP 5.2%
  • The August jobs report fell well short of economists’ expectations adding only 235,000 jobs in August compared to an expected 720,000. 
  • This is the weakest jobs report of Joe Biden’s presidency. 
  • 8.4 MILLION Americans remained unemployed in August.  
  • There are 10.5 MILLION job openings.

IT’S SIMPLE: Inflation is taxation, and it has increased every month of Joe Biden’s presidency. Instead of addressing the root cause of inflation (out-of-control government spending), Biden and House Democrats are ramming through a crippling $3.5 TRILLION tax hike and spending bill, which will only add fuel to America’s skyrocketing inflation.

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President Biden’s Authoritarian, Unconstitutional, and Un-American Vaccine Mandate

10 Sep

House Republicans were quick to condemn President Biden’s forced vaccine mandate that will impact over 100 million Americans. 

Make no mistake: Biden’s forced vaccine mandate is an unconstitutional, unlawful, and authoritarian power grab that has become a hallmark of Biden’s failed Presidency.

REACTION TO BIDEN’S AUTHORITARIAN VACCINE MANDATE:

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Key Inflation Indicator Hits A New Record High

10 Sep

President Biden and House Democrats’ out-of-control spending has caused a key inflation index to hit a new record high. The producer price index (PPI) climbed at the fastest annual pace on record for the fifth consecutive month in August.

BIDEN’S ECONOMIC CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Inflation is taxation, and it has gone up every month of Joe Biden’s presidency.
    • PPI jumped 8.3% year over year, according to the Labor Department in August, a new record high.
    • This is the largest jump since 12-month data was first calculated in November 2010.
  • The record high PPI numbers come just a week after the August jobs report fell well short of economists’ expectations.
    • The U.S. economy added only 235,000 jobs in August compared to an expected 720,000.
    • CNN called the August report a “big disappointment” while CNBC said it was “terrible news” for the American economy.
    • This is the weakest jobs report of Joe Biden’s presidency.
    • 8.4 MILLION Americans remained unemployed in August.
    • There are 10.5 million job openings.
    • The number of unfilled job openings has remained far above the 48-year historical average of 22%.
    • The black unemployment rate jumped from 8.2% to 8.8% in August.

It’s simple: Inflation is a tax on every American, and it has gone up every month of Joe Biden’s presidency. What are Biden and House Democrats doing to gain control of our skyrocketing inflation that is caused by their out-of-control spending?

They are ramming through Biden’s reckless $3.5 TRILLION tax and spending spree that will kill American jobs, increase taxes on Americans, and increase inflation even more.

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Meet The New Afghanistan Government, It’s Filled With Radical Islamic Terrorists

8 Sep

President Biden and his Administration continue to showcase their weak and failed leadership when it comes to Afghanistan. They are now refusing to condemn Afghanistan’s new government, which is filled with radical Islamic terrorists.

Just days before the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Taliban announced that Sirajuddin Haqqani would be Afghanistan’s first minister of interior. This is nothing short of a slap in the face to the United States and our allies.

Haqqani is a U.S.-designated terrorist with close ties to al Qaeda, the group responsible for the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands of Americans. Unfortunately, Haqqani isn’t the only radical Islamic terrorist in Afghanistan’s new government.

MEET THE NEW AFGHANISTAN GOVERNMENT:

  • Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the Taliban’s founders who is on a United Nations Security Council sanctions list, was named prime minister.

  • Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani Network — a US-designated terror group in Pakistan and Afghanistan with close ties to al-Qaida — was named interior minister. He is currently on the FBI’s most-wanted list, and there is a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head.

    • The FBI’s most-wanted list says Haqqani is wanted for “questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed six people, including an American citizen.”

  • Four of the Guantanamo detainees whom former President Obama released in exchange for former U.S. Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 now hold senior positions in Afghanistan’s government: Khairullah Khairkhwa, Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Mohammad Fazl.

    • On Tuesday, the Taliban announced that Khairkhwa would serve as acting minister for information and culture, Noori would serve as acting minister of borders and tribal affairs, Wasiq would serve as acting director of intelligence, and Fazl would serve as deputy defense minister.

    • Wasiq will reprise his role as the Taliban’s intelligence director, previously serving in the role prior to 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.

    • Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), has noted that Fazl will also return to his role as deputy defense minister, stating, “U.S. officials found that Fazl worked with senior al Qaeda personnel, including Abdel Hadi al Iraqi, one of Osama bin Laden’s chief lieutenants.”

  • Despite the growing list of radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan’s new government, President Biden and his Administration have refused to condemn them.

    • When asked what makes the Biden Administration think the Taliban has somehow changed? National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “Well, it’s hard to put a label on it…In part because we have yet to see what they are going to be now that they’re in control.”

    • Other U.S. officials shockingly raised the possibility of coordinating with the Taliban to conduct counterterrorism strikes against ISIS-K.

It’s simple: The Biden administration must take immediate action and denounce the appointment of Sirajuddin Haqqani, refuse to recognize the new Taliban government, and prohibit aid to the Taliban from the U.S. or international financial organizations.

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