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BY MARY KATE HOPKINS AND ALAN NGUYEN, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS – 04/24/17 12:45 PM EDT
With Congress returning from Easter recess next week, the debate over the border adjustment tax (B.A.T.) rages on. The most recent claim by supporters is that it’s unfair to focus on the 20 percent tax hike on all imports—including finished products, intermediate parts, or raw materials—without also accounting for the benefits of other proposals included in the House Republican tax reform plan.
In other words, pay no attention to the new, trillion-dollar tax behind the curtain.
In reality, Americans simply can’t afford to ignore the impact this devastating proposed tax would have on their businesses and family budgets.
For starters, the border adjustment tax is laser-focused on importing businesses. This means that, even though there are other tax cuts in the plan, importers would face higher—and in many cases substantially higher—tax bills. These targeted companies would bear the large burden of paying for the rest of tax reform and at a price they can’t afford.Take a state like Texas. A recent analysis from our organizations found Texas importers could owe $30 billion in new taxes, even taking a partial currency adjustment into account—an outcome that supporters suggest will happen but that many economists have rejected. That’s nearly the entire amount that all Texas businesses paid in all federal business taxes in 2014. The average Texas importer could owe an additional $1.3 million in import taxes alone.
BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY – 04/23/17 03:05 PM EDT President Trump and top administration officials emphasized the necessity of funding the president’s proposed wall along the country’s southern border on Sunday, as talk of a possible government shutdown ramps up. Members of the president’s administration said they expect the government to remain open — and are skeptical that lawmakers would shut down the government over the proposed construction.
Trump administration officials and GOP lawmakers warned of the consequences of a government shutdown — even as Democrats have come out strongly against passing a bill that would allot funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday led the Sunday show charge, expressing confidence the border wall would be funded.
“I can’t imagine the Democrats would shut down the government over an objection to building a down payment on a wall that can end the lawlessness,” Sessions said on ABC’s “This Week.” He said he doesn’t expect the Mexican government to “appropriate money” for the wall, but added there are ways “we can deal with our trade situation to create the revenue to pay for it.”
“We’re going to get it paid for one way or the other,” Sessions said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked if there is any evidence Mexico will pay for the wall as Trump promised on the campaign trail. Sessions said the administration’s goal is to put an end to illegality and “create a lawful system of immigration where people apply to come here, they wait their turn.”
Building a wall along the country’s southern border will help the president to fulfill his promise to the American people, he said., “That’s what they want,” he said. “And I believe Congress will eventually deliver.” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the president will likely be “insistent” that an upcoming spending bill includes funding for his wall.
“I think it goes without saying that the president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall,” Kelly said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “So I would suspect — he’ll do the right thing for sure — but I suspect he will be insistent on the funding.” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said he thinks the government can avoid a shutdown and expressed confidence a bill that is “satisfactory” to the president will pass.
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BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY – 04/24/17 08:47 AM EDT
President Trump on Monday said building a wall on the Mexican border will stop drugs from coming into the United States. Trump offered the argument on Twitter the same day lawmakers return to Washington with a week to fund the government. The White House would like to see money for the wall in the funding bill. “The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!” the president tweeted.
✔ @realDonaldTrump The two fake news polls released yesterday, ABC & NBC, while containing some very positive info, were totally wrong in General E. Watch!
✔@realDonaldTrump The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!
The president and top administration officials on Sunday talked up the importance of the border wall. The government will shut down at midnight on April 28 if Congress cannot agree on a spending bill. Democrats and some Republicans have voiced strong opposition to using the spending bill as a vehicle to begin funding the border wall. Democrats have noted repeatedly that when Trump promised to build the wall, he also promised that Mexico would pay for it.
FBN’s Lou Dobbs on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political agenda.
PRESIDENT TRUMP KEEP YOUR WORD GET OUT OF THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL -YOU KNOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOAX!
Burnett: White House Faction Pushing Trump to Stay in Paris Climate Deal Despite Campaign Promise
Environment and Energy Policy research fellow at the Heartland Institute, H. Sterling Burnett, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday regarding President Trump’s position on the Paris Climate Agreement. The Heartland Institute has called for the United States to withdraw.
The press release reads in part:
The Paris Climate Treaty puts America last, the exact opposite of what candidate Trump and now President Trump has promised. The treaty would require the United States to make massive reductions in emissions and pay billions of dollars in ‘climate reparations’ to Third World dictators, while requiring no emission cuts from developing countries including India and China. Why should the United States pay hundreds of billions of dollars to developing countries at a time when the U.S. government is running massive debts, when economic growth is slower for a longer period of time than at any time since the Great Depression, and when American workers are losing out to lower-paid workers in China and India?
Burnett said Wednesday, “Trump rightly said he was going to withdraw from this, but … there are two factions in the White House. There are those like Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, like Steve Bannon, his adviser, that say keep your campaign promise. Withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement. Let America grow.”
“But then there’s the other faction,” he continued, “that’s led by Rex Tillerson, who has a lot of influence … as secretary of state, who said we should stay in the agreement. It’s led by his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. … She wants to make climate change her signature issue. So he’s got powerful interests trying to keep him in the agreement, saying not [to] leave it as it is, but renegotiate it. Cut a better deal.”
Pence: ‘All Options’ Considered for Dealing With North Korea
By Steve Herman April 18, 2017
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday the international community should be applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to get that country to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Speaking during a visit to Japan, Pence said the U.S. “will not relent” until it achieves the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula, and that “all options are on the table.” He cited past international efforts to negotiate with North Korea on its nuclear program, including the most recent six-party talks that broke down in 2009, saying the North Korean side has repeatedly responded with “broken promises and more provocations.”
Pence again stated that “the era of strategic patience is over,” advocating as the best way forward dialogue among the U.S., Japan, South Korea and China in order to isolate and pressure North Korea. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hosted Pence for talks in Tokyo, said he appreciates the Trump administration’s “all options” approach. Abe added that he hopes for peaceful dialogue with North Korea, but that “dialogue for the sake of dialogue” has no value. The comments came a day after North Korea tried and failed to launch a missile from its submarine base at Sinpo.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the failed missile launch a reckless provocation. “The leader in North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile,” Mattis told reporters Tuesday aboard a U.S. military aircraft while en route to Saudi Arabia. Back in Washington, White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated tolerance for a bit more patience on the U.S. side during a briefing with reporters Monday. “I think that we’re going to continue to work with China in particular to help find a way forward,” Spicer said.
The press secretary characterized “the era of strategic patience” as an Obama administration policy of “basically wait and see” that is not prudent for the United States. But, he added, as a result of the recent talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the current administration is giving Beijing time to use its economic and political influence on Pyongyang. The vice president, speaking to reporters Monday near the Korean Demilitarized Zone, said “President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.”
At a hastily called news conference Monday in New York, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the United States of pushing the Korean peninsula “to the brink of a war,” warning that a “thermo-nuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula.” Referring to the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its strike group to waters off the Korean peninsula, Kim said if Washington “dares opt for a military action,” calling it a preemptive strike, “the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.” globalsecurity – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
President Donald Trump is abruptly reversing himself on key issues like NATO, China and Russia. As he
approaches 100 days in office he appears to be increasingly embracing what he describes as his “flexibility.” (April 14)
President Trump is suddenly winning positive reviews from a Washington establishment that has often feuded with the White House.
Trump has evolved — or flipped — on a series of economic and foreign policy issues, including relations with Russia, NATO’s relevance, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen’s future, whether China is a currency manipulator and the usefulness of the Export-Import Bank. The changes have generally warmed the hearts of former critics, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Washington Post columnists David Ignatius and Charles Krauthammer.
Just as important as the policy reversals is the sense that White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is losing influence in the West Wing at the expense of a more centrist group of advisers led by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. “Donald Trump is finally doing what we’ve been hoping and America has been hoping he would do,” Scarborough declared on his Thursday broadcast. “You can tell, the National Security Council is not Steve Bannon’s play yard.”
National security adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis have also seen their stock rise. Both men were involved in the decision making over last week’s airstrikes in Syria, another departure for a president who previously had signaled a reluctance to get involved in that conflict. THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
What an uplifting sight to see people actually praying again in the White House.
“If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 1 Chronicles 7:14
Not Seen in the White House in Eight Years!
President Trump, his two eldest sons, Vice President Pence and wife Karen, Reince Priebus, and Justice Scalia’s widow Maureen and son Fr. Paul Scalia, among others, praying with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his wife Marie Louise in the White House.
The time taken to publicly pray for the Senate confirmation and future career of man who may become one of America’s top decision-makers for decades to come is a momentous occasion for Christians who considered Trump’s Supreme Court pick to be a primary reason for voting for him.
As the Supreme Court, and lower circuit courts, have increasingly pulled America away from Biblical principles, it is refreshing to see a presidential administration’s focus turned back toward God in helping lead our country.
THE RINO OPENED HIS MOUTH AGAIN BLAMES SECRETARY OF STATE FOR GAS ATTACK – ANOTHER McCAIN SHOT AT TRUMP ADMINSTRATION
Administration is “partially to blame” for Syria chemical attack, McCain says
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said comments made by people in President Donald Trump’s administration are “partially to blame” for encouraging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s apparent use of chemical weapons on his people last week.
McCain responded to remarks that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made at the end of March, before the attack, including comments that the Syrian people would determine Assad’s fate, and that removing him from power isn’t a top priority.
“I think it probably was partially to blame,” McCain said. “And Secretary Tillerson basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy. As I said again, taking this action I support and was important.” MSN – CLICK HERE FOR REST OF THE STORY
Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight
President Trump is escalating his feud with the conservative House Freedom Caucus, with his $1 trillion infrastructure package hanging in the balance.
The conservative caucus is sure to play a role in the legislative fight over rebuilding the nation’s roads, bridges and highways, something Trump promised to deliver during his campaign.
Massive federal spending on transportation has long given fiscal conservatives heartburn.
And Freedom Caucus lawmakers who support Trump’s infrastructure push may have to work extra hard now to convince fellow members to support the president’s proposal, especially after Trump stepped up his attacks on some lawmakers in the group this week.
But transportation leaders warn it would be a mistake to count out the support of the Freedom Caucus on infrastructure, assuming the measure is fully paid for with a palatable offset. Numerous members sit on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and some are even lead sponsors on infrastructure investment bills — including one related to tax reform that appears to be gaining steam.THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>