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West Wing News August 1, 2017

“For the sake of economic and employment growth, tax reform needs to get done”

– Raymond J. Keating in The Hill
In The Hill, Raymond Keating, the chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, argues it is time for comprehensive tax reform. America’s corporate tax rate is “one of the highest in the world,” deterring businesses from “putting down roots in the United States,” he writes. The SBE Council estimated there are some “3.4 million missing businesses in our economy, and that our economy has suffered a dearth in economic growth, investment, productivity, and job creation,” because of our overly burdensome tax code. He writes “transformative changes” to our Nation’s tax code will help small businesses flourish and now is the time for Republicans to act.
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The Daily Signal reports on Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s statement that he is confident that tax reform will be accomplished this year, saying “this is one of the things that President Trump was elected to do, and we will follow through.”

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In Obamacare news, the Heritage Foundation’s Ed Feulner writes in The Washington Times, that Members of Congress cannot back down from their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying “we must continue to press to completely roll back the damage caused by Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered health system that works better for all Americans.”

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In The Federalist, Phil Kerpen writes how the President should end Obama’s bailout of Congress’ health care – worth about $12,000 per year for each lawmaker – that was designed to exempt them from the law they created.

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Arguing “free-trade is a two-way street,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross writes in The Wall Street Journal, that “the Trump administration believes in free and fair trade” but will also work “to restore a level playing field” for America, “a true free-trade agenda.”

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In caring for our veterans, The Denver Post editorial board praises legislation to continue funding the VA’s Choice program, writing that the President “has promised to make reforming the VA a top priority, and the Choice program gives his administration room to move.”

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Trump News August 2, 2017

As part of American Dream Week, President Donald J. Trump will introduce the RAISE Act, which will address our current outdated immigration system which fails to meet the diverse needs of our economy.

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President Trump, Senator Cotton, and Senator Perdue Introduce the RAISE Act 
Today, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue will join President Donald Trump at the White House to introduce The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act). The RAISE Act is aimed at creating a skills-based immigration system that will make America more competitive, raise wages for American workers, and create jobs. Americans deserve a raise.
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President Trump Celebrates Small Businesses, “The Engine of the American Dream” 
Yesterday, the White House hosted small business owners from around the country, “The Engine of the American Dream.” President Trump delivered remarks, and then SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and Advisor Ivanka Trump held a question and answer session with the attendees, discussing tax reform, growth resources, and regulatory relief.
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Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks to Noble Partner Participants in Georgia
Yesterday in Georgia, Vice President Pence addressed American and Georgian troops, saying, “The strategic partnership between the United States and Georgia is stronger now than ever before, and this joint exercise is a tangible sign of our commitment to each other to make it stronger still.”
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PHOTO OF THE DAY

Advisor Ivanka Trump and Administrator Linda McMahon | August 1, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

POTUS AND VP TODAY

Today, President Trump will make an announcement with Senator Tom Cotton and Senator David Perdue from the Roosevelt Room. Watch live at 11:30am EST. The Vice President is in Montenegro, the final stop in his trip abroad strengthening American partnerships. He delivered remarks at the Adriatic Charter Summit this morning.

COMING UP THIS WEEK

Tomorrow, the President will participate in a Veterans Affairs Telehealth event at the White House. On Friday, he will head to FEMA Headquarters for a Hurricane Briefing.

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West Wing Reads August 2, 2017

“The Cotton/Perdue Immigration Plan is a Great Start”

– Robert VerBruggen, National Review
Robert Verbruggen argues in the National Review that the RAISE Act championed by the White House, and introduced by senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, addresses two problems in our immigration system: “One, it focuses too little on skills, and two, the part of it that does focus on skills is poorly designed.” He cites an estimate that just 6.5 percent of U.S. immigrants are given their green cards based on their economic merit. “The new RAISE Act would take a sledgehammer to this system, dramatically reducing low-skilled immigration and revamping our system for skilled immigration. It would cut immigration by more than 40 percent immediately, and by half in a decade,” Verbruggen writes.
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In Investor’s Business Daily, President of the Townsend Group Red Jahncke writes that “illegal immigration on the southern border has plummeted” under President Trump as “the deterrent effect of actually enforcing immigration law” has taken effect.

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In Obamacare news, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that insurers on Illinois’ Obamacare exchange have proposed raising rates “by up to 43 percent for Illinois customers” next year. And the New Hampshire Union Leader editorial board writes that the reason insurance companies are lobbying Congress for “bailout” money to prop up Obamacare’s exchanges is because of the law’s “utter failure” to do what it promised.

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The Washington Times reports on the positive economic news since President Trump took office, saying the stock market is continuing to hit “all-time record” highs, corporate earnings are “beating forecasts at the highest rate in at least nine years,” unemployment is “near historical lows,” “wages are rising,” and U.S. GDP has improved to “a solid 2.6 percent.”

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The Weekly Standard’s Andrew Egger reports on the Senate’s 92-5 vote to confirm new FBI Director Christopher Wray, noting that only five Democratic Senators opposed “the bipartisan vote.”

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Trump pushes merit based immigration reform

President Donald Trump today joined with two GOP Senators to introduce his merit-based immigration reform, which is designed to help millions of Americans hurt by the nation’s current cheap-labor immigration policies.

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The RAISE Act “will reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars,” Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first, and that puts America first.”

The current immigration system, said Trump:

has placed substantial pressure on American workers, taxpayers and community resources, and among those hit the hardest … are minority workers competing for jobs against brand new arrivals. It has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers … [this RAISE act] will give Americans a pay raise by reducing immigration… [and] it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens.

Democrats and their ethnic pressure groups are expected to oppose the immigration reform because they wish to increase the inflow of unskilled foreign migrants. Business groups also oppose the measure because it would raise wages and reduce the inflow of new welfare-aided consumers.

However, many polls show strong public support for cutting the annual inflow of immigrants and temporary blue-collar and white-collar foreign workers. That foreign inflow now adds up to almost 4 million people per year. The inflow has a huge economic impact on the 150 million Americans in the workforce, but especially on the 4 million young Americans who join the workforce each year.

 

The bill was drafted and is being pushed by Georgia Sen. David Perdue and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton. It is formally titled the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act.”

The nation’s immigration system “should help American workers to achieve a pay raise and have a higher standard of living,” he said. The new RAISE act “would raise economic growth and help America get more competitive,” said Cotton. “Our current system simply doesn’t do that … it puts great downward pressure on people who work with their hands and on their feet … it is a symbol that we are not committed to working-class Americans.”

Each year, only one-in-15 of the 1 million green card immigrants is accepted because of their ability to grow the economy, said Cotton.

“It is imperative that our immigration system focuses on high skilled workers who can add value to our economy and ultimately achieve their own version of the American dream,” said Perdue.

To help the bill survive opposition from media and business groups, the bill focuses only on green card legal immigration. It does not raise or lower the number of green card workers, such as H-1Bs, or constrict the annual award of work permits, dubbed “Employment Authorization Documents.”

Each year, the federal government provides green cards to roughly 1 million people. It also provides work visas to roughly 500,000 foreign workers, such as H-2Bs and H-1Bs, and it provides work permits to roughly 2 million people, including refugees and foreign graduates of U.S. colleges.

But if the RAISE act becomes law, Democrats and their business allies would lose the huge annual inflow of immigrants whom they expect will soon bring them national political dominance. That loss will pressure Democrats to compete for votes from working-class Americans by offering to slash the very unpopular inflow of visa-workers.

The proposed immigration reform was applauded by pro-American reformers. Roy Beck, the president of NumbersUSA said:

The RAISE Act introduced today by Senators Cotton and Perdue will do more than any other action to fulfill President Trump’s promises as a candidate to create an immigration system that puts the interests of American workers first.

Our recent polling confirms that American voters overwhelmingly want far less immigration because they know mass immigration creates unfair competition for American workers.

Seeing the President standing with the bill’s sponsors at the White House gives hope to the tens of millions of struggling Americans in stagnant jobs or outside the labor market altogether. NumbersUSA stands with these Americans in wholeheartedly endorsing the RAISE Act.

According to a statement from Perdue, the RAISE Act would:

• Establish a Skills-Based Points System. The RAISE Act would replace the current permanent employment-visa system with a skills-based points system, akin to the systems used by Canada and Australia. The system would prioritize those immigrants who are best positioned to succeed in the United States and expand the economy. Applicants earn points based on education, English-language ability, high-paying job offers, age, record of extraordinary achievement, and entrepreneurial initiative.

• Prioritize Immediate Family Households. The RAISE Act would retain immigration preferences for the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents while eliminating preferences for certain categories of extended and adult family members.

• Eliminate the Outdated Diversity Visa Lottery. The Diversity Lottery is plagued with fraud, advances no economic or humanitarian interest, and does not even promote diversity. The RAISE Act would eliminate the 50,000 visas arbitrarily allocated to this lottery.

• Place a Responsible Limit on Permanent Residency for Refugees. The RAISE Act would limit refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 per year, in line with a 13-year average.

Click here to read the full text of the legislation. Additionally, click here for a section by section summary and here for a fact sheet on the legislation.

 

Source: Will County News

Discount code for Joe Walsh with Benson and Hewitt August 22nd in Bolingbrook

There is a discount code, all those purchasing tickets can use the promo code WALSH (all caps) to get $5.00 off the $17 tickets so their ticket would be $12.00.

Here is a link to register and buy tickets:

http://www.560theanswer.com/common/page.php?pt=summer&id=1401

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