Saturday, April 29, 2017

President Trump 'proud' to be 1st president to address the NRA in 34 years VIDEO

President Trump today said he is "proud" to follow in the footsteps of "our wonderful Ronald Reagan" by speaking at a National Rifle Association event.
 

Watch Speech
An Excerpt of White House transcript of Trump’s remarks:
We have news that you’ve been waiting for a long time: The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. (Applause.) You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. (Applause.) No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans. Instead, we will work with you, by your side. We will work with the NRA to promote responsible gun ownership, to protect our wonderful hunters and their access to the very beautiful outdoors. You met my son — I can tell you, both sons, they love the outdoors. Frankly, I think they love the outdoors more than they love, by a long shot, Fifth Avenue. But that’s okay. And we want to ensure you of the sacred right of self-defense for all of our citizens.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Arizona Has Cut a BILLION Dollars From Education Funding Now A Call To Add A Sales Tax to Fund Salaries


Knowing that a Republican led legislators have cut school funding since 2008, why would anyone be in favor of an increased tax for salary increases. School Superintendent Diane Douglas thanks you should (see article below).

Arizona has cut over $1 billion from education funding every year since 2008. Arizona is ranked last or near the bottom in per-student funding and teacher salaries. This has led to historic teacher shortage and high class size. Arizona’s parents, community leaders, and business owners need to ask themselves what kind of schools do we want for our children and our future workforce and do your elected officials share your priorities around public education. The cuts are only a drop in the bucket Arizona still owes schools $3.8 billion under a Maricopa County Superior Court judge’s reading of the law – a reading that came after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled last year that the Legislature has been ignoring a voter mandate to fund inflation. Has Arizona paid this debt to schools?

Arizona schools Superintendent Diane Douglas calls for sales-tax hike to fund major raise for teachers
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is calling for a state sales-tax hike to fund an immediate 11 percent teacher pay raise — five times the amount Gov. Doug Ducey proposed in his budget — and an additional $100 million a year for school repairs.
Douglas is proposing to ask voters to permanently expand the Proposition 301 sales tax to a full cent. Prop. 301 currently taxes sales at six-tenths of a cent and brings in about $600 million a year for education. It's set to expire in 2021.
“My proposal would generate $400 million annually for teacher salaries and school buildings,” Douglas said in a statement. “By setting aside the majority of this funding for teacher salaries, we will provide close to an 11 percent raise for teachers in the first year, which means nearly $5,000 more in take-home pay. Using the remaining funding for school facilities can help address another looming crisis, which is the depreciation of our school buildings and infrastructure.”

Douglas made the announcement Thursday morning alongside the Arizona Business Education Coalition and other education leaders.

Trump Revealed A Blueprint For A Tax Cuts Not Actual Legislation Verbiage

President Trump plans to unveil a tax cut blueprint — not an actual bill —that would apply a vastly reduced, 15 percent business tax rate not only to corporations but also to companies that now pay taxes through the personal income tax code — from mom-and-pop businesses to his own real estate empire, according to several people briefed on the proposal. Unless you can read the actual verbiage in a bill there could be a lot of negatives hiding between the lines.
The package would also increase the standard deduction for individuals, providing a modest cut for middle-income people and simplifying the process of filing tax returns, according to people briefed on its details. That proposal is opposed by home builders and real estate agents, who fear it would diminish the importance of the mortgage interest deduction. And it is likely to necessitate eliminating or curbing other popular deductions, a politically risky pursuit.
According to sources the plan does not include Mr. Trump’s promised $1 trillion infrastructure program, two of the people said, and it jettisoned a House Republican proposal to impose a substantial tax on imports, known as a border adjustment tax, which would have raised billions of dollars to help offset the cost of the cuts. 
At a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer casually announced that Trump’s tax plan will not protect tax deductions for 401(k) retirement savings accounts:
“The current plan right now both protects charitable giving and mortgage interest, and that’s it.”

Spicer was doubling down on a statement from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at yesterday’s briefing where he said, “we are going to eliminate on the personal side all tax deductions other than mortgage interest and charitable deductions.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017

115th US Congress The Leader's Daily Schedule - 4/28/17

Leader's Daily Schedule
FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
One Minute Speeches

H.J.Res. 99 - Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)

Special Order Speeches
Take note ONE HOUR to debate a mega dollar budget, that is said to fund planned parenthood, but not the wall or does not include Mr. Trump’s promised $1 trillion infrastructure program, two of the people said, and it jettisoned a House Republican proposal to impose a substantial tax on imports, known as a border adjustment tax, which would have raised billions of dollars to help offset the cost of the cuts 

CONGRESS’S ELECTILE DYSFUNTION ON REPEALING ACA “AKA OBAMACARE”

Either repeal Obamacare in full and start over or sit down and shut up. No More lying to the American people.

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Every Republican including the President that ran for election or re-election in the 2016 promised to repeal Obamacare, now we know they have no intention of keeping their promise.
Reports are that the Paul Ryan proposal WILL NOT repeal Obamacare in full, the new version of the ACA is a watered down version of Obamacare.
The Republican have had 7 (seven years) to implement a plan, in 2015 they sent to then President Obama a full repeal and it was vetoed. Of course they knew it would not be signed, however if gave them talking points to campaign on. be
Reported-The New American Health Care Act is not much different from the one that was pulled from being voted on. The new bill still lets special interests line their pockets with billions of dollars while sticking ordinary Americans with huge premium hikes.
The bill includes an "age tax" that would force Americans age 50 to 64 to pay thousands more for health care. It weakens Medicare and could open the door to turning the program into a voucher system, cutting benefits for those who can least afford it. It would even let insurance companies discriminate against people with preexisting conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Between the age tax and the premium hikes low and middle income Americans could be forced to pay a total of $13,000 more just to keep their same coverage.
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. still opposes the bill it does not meet his key concerns. After noting that he hasn’t seen any legislative language, Dent said, “Based on what I’ve read, it does not change my position. I was a no, and I remain a no.”

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), another Freedom Caucus member, stopped short of vouching support for the bill, but said “it seems to me it is going in a very good direction.” He said he needs to see the legislative text before making a final decision.

ICYMI: Senator Ted Cruz Adocates the "El Chapo Act" To Pay For Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss the EL CHAPO Act – legislation he introduced on Tuesday that would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of “El Chapo” and other drug lords for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Sen. Cruz also discussed his visit with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) midnight muster earlier this year during a tour of the Texas border. 
“The EL CHAPO Act provides that if El Chapo, the famed Mexican drug lord, is convicted, that his criminal assets go directly to building a wall and securing the border. I got to say that there is justice in that. These cartels are the ones crossing the border with impunity, smuggling drugs, smuggling narcotics, engage in human trafficking. They are the ones violating our laws. It is only fitting that their ill-gotten gains fund securing the border.” Sen. Cruz told Carlson. “Back in [February], I was down on the Texas border, I joined the midnight muster with the USCBP. I visited with about 150 Border Patrol agents, and the relief they had at the election results was palpable. They were so frustrated having spent eight years risking their lives apprehending violent cartel traffickers, and having an administration process them through and then release them. Now what’s astonishing is in the first couple of months of this new administration, illegal immigration has already dropped more than 50 percent. The cartels understand that we now have an administration that will enforce the law. That matters.”
Additionally, last night National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd praised Sen. Cruz’s EL CHAPO Act in an appearance with Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs Tonight.
“To get back to your earlier question about Senator Cruz. He's a senator that is very intelligent and conscientious,” Brandon Judd said. “And for him to come up with that idea, any money that is made through criminal enterprise is subject to government forfeiture. And his idea to use that money to build the wall is an amazing idea.”

Video of the Senator’s appearance may be viewed here.                          

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

AZ GOP Chairman Lines Congratulates LD 22's New State Representative

 
STATEMENT: AZ GOP Chairman Lines Congratulates LD 22's 
New State Representative  


PHOENIX (April 26) -- Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines today congratulated Legislative District 22's new state representative, Ben Toma, on his appointment to the Arizona State Legislature.

"Ben Toma is well-qualified to serve Legislative District 22," Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines said. "I'm excited to see what he does for his constituents in this new leadership role and I'm looking forward to working with him through the Republican Party. Congrats, Ben!"

Toma was one of the three people nominated by LD 22's precinct committeemen to replace Representative Phil Lovas in the Arizona House of Representatives. The three names then went to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and the Board picked Toma to replace Lovas.
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YOU’RE INVITED: Join President Trump For a Rally This Saturday in Harrisburg,PA

The President chose Pennsylvania because he wants to celebrate with the thousands of Keystone State volunteers and voters that gave him the opportunity to Make America Great Again. 
 
What: Rally with President Trump to celebrate his first 100 days in office 
 
Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, New Holland Arena, 2300 North Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA 17110
 
When: Saturday April 29 at 7:30 pm, Doors open at 4:30 pm 
 

Hope to see you there Saturday night! 
 
Sincerely,
 

The PA GOP Team

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Shut Down the Democrats: The Time For Excuses Is Over

Republican leaders will have an opportunity this week to cut liberal spending and advance conservative priorities. For years, these leaders said they needed control of the White House to win spending fights with the Democrats, and now they have it.
The time for excuses is over.
Congress will consider legislation this week to extend government funding beyond April 28th, and Republicans should use this bill to advance conservative reforms and protect American taxpayers.

Republicans should include the $1.4 billion President Trump requested for the border wall. This was a major campaign promise and it’s central to controlling our borders.
Republicans should also defund Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities, refugee resettlement, the Iran nuclear deal, and Obamacare – all things they say they oppose but refused to defund while President Obama was in office.

Democrats have threatened to block government funding and cause a shutdown if they don’t get their way in this debate, but Republicans should not surrender the power of the purse.
Punting on these priorities will break promises made to taxpayers and embolden the Democrats to block them in the future. Now is the time for Republicans to draw a line in the sand.

Americans did not elect Republicans to the House, Senate, and White House so Democrats could continue to control government funding. If Democrats cause a shutdown to block these reforms, that’s a debate Republicans should welcome and do everything they can to win.
Now is not the time to surrender.
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Speaker Paul RYAN DELAYS Wall Funding 'TIL 2018 #FirePaulRyan

If President Trump adgenda still includes building a wall on th southern border during his term in office, he needs to get rid of Paul Ryan as Speaker. It's obvious that Ryan will thwart Trumps's agenda at every opportunity. be
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL RYAN DELAYS 'TIL 2018

WASHINGTON — President Trump reportedly backed off his demand that Congress include a down payment for a wall spanning the entire U.S.-Mexico border in a crucial spending bill that must pass by Friday night to keep the government funded.
Republican lawmakers have urged the president to focus on border security in general instead of the wall, which Democrats have called a poison pill that would cause them to reject the bill and shut down the government.
Trump told a group of conservative reporters he invited to the White House on Monday that he was open to getting funding for the wall in September when Congress debates the 2018 budget, the Associated Press reported. This is a sharp reversal from his position over the weekend and early Monday, when he doubled down on his demand for the wall. Trump tweeted repeatedly that the wall is necessary to stop the flow of drugs into the United States.
“If the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be!” Trump exclaimed Monday, adding: “#BuildTheWall.”
On Tuesday morning, the president claimed he had not changed his position on the wall as the “fake media” was claiming, but he didn’t specify whether he still believed he would get the funds in this week’s spending bill, which increasingly looks like a political impossibility.