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Political Stalemate

More of the same!! Washington is broken politically. Read this and see what the future holds( or doesn’t hold).

The Washington Examiner

GOP Agenda Up Against the Midterms
Susan Ferrechio
Happy New Year from Capitol Hill. The House is still in recess but the Senate is back to work today. Here is your weekly insight. America’s gain from the recent tax reform victory could soon be squandered if lawmakers fail to control spending before the end of the month. Heritage experts explain why. Also, you can count on amnesty for “Dreamers” being a sticking point in the upcoming budget battle. Heritage has research that proves amnesty doesn’t work. Plus, as protests continue in Iran, our experts know how Washington should respond. Take notes, we have your conservative policy solutions right here.

How Republicans can squander tax reform gains.
Lawmakers passed a short-term spending bill right before Christmas, averting a government shutdown, but the current patch expires on Jan. 19. “Now that Congress and the president have achieved significant tax reform, they must work together in 2018 and beyond to realize fundamental budget reform. If they fail, the gains just realized on taxes could be too soon undone,” says Romina Boccia, deputy director of Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Grover M. Hermann research fellow. Read five key facts about federal spending in 2017 as Congress moves toward a new deal.

The reality behind America’s “Dreamers.”
It’s very likely that providing amnesty to illegal aliens, who benefited from President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, will be a sticking point when Congress resumes its budget battle this month. Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow in Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, says lawmakers should stand strong against amnesty. “Amnesty will encourage even more illegal immigration—just as the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act did,” writes von Spakovsky. “That bill provided citizenship to 2.7 million illegal aliens. Yet by 1995, another 5.7 million illegal aliens were residing in the U.S.” Read von Spakovsky’s latest commentary on cutting through the media’s falsehoods about “Dreamers.”

What the United States should do as protests escalate in Iran.
The people of Iran have taken to the streets to protest the economy and the country’s rulers. Iran hasn’t seen this type of unrest since 2009’s “ green movement.” Twelve people have been killed in demonstrations so far. President Trump tweeted out his support for the protests Saturday morning, calling out Iran for spending the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Jim Phillips, a senior research fellow in Heritage’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, says Trump’s tweet was right on. “Washington must continue to drive up the long-term political, economic, and military costs of Iran’s military interventions in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. It should underscore that the regime’s economic mismanagement, corruption, and support for terrorism and Islamic revolution, which provoked sanctions, have exacerbated Iran’s economic problems.” Keep reading Phillips’ op-ed on what the Trump administration should do next.

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