Lame Duck (December 2010)

A broken immigration system and a dishonest debate

The DREAM Act is a smart, targeted, and modest proposal to get immigrant children who were raised in the U.S. headed towards fully integrating into our society.  It would help around 800,000 or so young people get legal immigration status.  Only those who are currently present in the US, were brought here before they turned 16 years old, graduated from a U.S. high school, lived in the U.S. for five years and who take steps to earn legal status by attending college or serving in the armed forces, will qualify. It is common sense that young people who already live here, were raised here, and will most likely spend the rest of their lives here, be allowed to do so within the law. 

The deadline draws near to finish this tax business

The congressional majority has had almost four years to process a long list of expiring or already expired tax provisions, yet it seems no closer to movement as key expiration deadlines approach. 

DREAM Act carries some harsh realities

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring the DREAM Act to the Senate floor.  The bill’s name sounds harmless, so it’s important to know the facts. It subsidizes education for illegal immigrants, grants them mass amnesty, encourages more illegal immigration and inevitably takes jobs from American workers. Simply put, the DREAM Act is a nightmare for the American people. 

Let’s get back to work with Russia: We need New START treaty in force

By midnight on Dec. 4, 2009, the last U.S. inspector had to be out of the Russian Federation — at that moment, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was going out of force. Nearly a year has passed since that day, and in all that time, we have had no data exchanges on Russia’s strategic forces and no opportunity to inspect Russian strategic nuclear bases. Our inspectors are poised to resume their important work, but they can only do so after New START — now awaiting a Senate vote to approve ratification — enters into force.

Nuclear pact would make America safer

Next Sunday will mark a full year since the original START expired, removing our ability to monitor the Russian nuclear forces. At last week’s NATO Summit, the 27 member countries expressed their desire to see New START ratified by the U.S. Senate, adding their voices to a broad coalition of U.S. national security experts and former senior Republican officials who favor this important pact. Our military officers do not take these pronouncements lightly, and their unambiguous support should serve as a wake-up call — without New START, our national security is at risk.

Stopping START

On Oct. 26, 2010, one-ninth of the United State’s land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) went offline at F. E. Warren Air Force base in Wyoming.

Economic prosperity and national security through the DREAM Act

Even in tough times, Americans have used their freedom, common sense and respect for one another to do the right thing for the nation. Today, we face one of those times. There are thousands of hard-working, patriotic, young people who are leaders in their communities and who are looking for an opportunity to attend college or serve our country in the military, but they cannot, through no fault of their own. Congress has the opportunity to offer them and our country a brighter future by coming together in a bipartisan way to pass the DREAM Act.