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Nunnelee Lands Spot On Appropriations

December 10, 2010
tags: Alan Nunnelee, Bennie Thompson, Congress, Gregg Harper, Roger Wicker, Thad Cochran
by Brett

Alan Nunnelee, who gave up his post as the chairman of the Appropriations committee in the state Senate, has landed a very plum seat on the Appropriations committee in the House when the new Congress convenes in January. Nunnelee looks to be one of three freshman Republicans tapped for the powerful committee, and one of just 11 freshman to be placed on an “A” committee.

Here is a statement from Nunnelee: “I appreciate the show of confidence from Leader Boehner, Congressman Cantor and the Republican Steering Committee. In these tough economic times families are making difficult decisions and they have every right to expect the same from their government. We’ve made the tough choices in Jackson and now we need to do the same in Washington. It time to roll up our sleeves and find ways to stop the out of control spending in our nation’s capitol.”

** Among other assignments, Gregg Harper will get a seat on the Energy and Commerce committee.

Here is a statement from the sophomore legislator: “As the son of a former petroleum engineer, I have always been interested in energy policy. I support an all of the above energy strategy that harnesses new technologies and increases American energy production ultimately leading to an energy independent America. Mississippi has an opportunity to lead the nation in renewable technologies through projects like the Kemper County clean-coal plant.”

Note: These committee assignments must be ratified by the full Republican conference, which is expected to happen next week.

Lame duck happenings. While a lot of attention is paid to the incoming Congress, there is still a session going on. Among some of the more controversial items, the DREAM Act passed the House this week with Bennie Thompson being the lone supporter of the measure among the Mississippi delegation. It is DOA in the Senate.

Also in the Senate, Democrats failed in their attempt to repeal the military’s ban on gays yesterday, with Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran joining most Republicans in voting against the legislation. This bill may come back. Another key bill- one called the Public Safety Employee-Employer Cooperation Act which would have forced Mississippi (and others) to use collective bargaining with public safety workers- died as well. Wicker and Cochran also opposed it.

Also, on unions, Bennie Thompson- still chair of the House Homeland Security committee- recently wrote a letter to the head of the TSA urging collective bargaining rights for passenger and baggage screeners.

** One bill that Wicker is supporting is legislation giving states the right co challenge federal regulations. He introduced the bill yesterday and spoke on the Senate floor about the legislation. Here is a clip of that speech.

And here is a line from the end of the speech you may enjoy: “It’s late in this Congress but there is another one looming with reinforcements coming from the people.”

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  1. Francis permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:50 pm

    The major problem that once immigrants–either legal or of illegal status over how many years, they could bring in a whole spectrum of family. Chain migration has silently snowballed from the 1986 Immigration bill. Since that law was passed the Congress has quietly passed six amnesties, without any explanation, while at the same time admitting over a million new legal immigrants a year through a lottery of specific working visas. The Dream Act if passed is just another stealth type back door amnesty. Hopefully in our future—the TEA PARTY—will put an end to this serious pretense of each administration supposedly working for the populace. Don’t give any Senator or Representative breathing room, and should get a cordial call the Washington Switchboard 202-224-3121 Until the Dream Act is amended–it must not be voted on–as is.

    Any Student–come to that any illegal alien can join the military in time of conflict. One does not need the Dream Act to be recruited into the armed forces, using 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months?

    It should be remembered for every legal or illegal immigrant who settles here, brings many more immediate family groups. Every year millions come to America who already has a legal or illegal family component, who offers either a safe haven or an affidavit of support; who they sponsor. When an illegal alien is caught along the border, the US agents ask that individual where are they are going. The majority answer I have a brother, or uncle in Denver, Salt Lake City or other major hub, who has a job for me. This is almost a perpetual loop of the same story over and over again. Alas, there is not enough room to explain what is happening around America in regards to this issue. It has become paramount quandary in so many ways and is just as urgent as the Start treaty, the tax conundrum, “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” and other issues. In fact the illegal immigration problem has got so out of hand; because of astronomical costs it’s threatening the livelihood of every American. IT’S A FINANCIAL catastrophe, which has grown out of control. The illegal immigration problem has been caused by years of neglect and now the only way the federal authorities can tamper down the burning fuse, is some kind of mass amnesty. Why should US citizens have to compete with foreign nationals? Why should legal construction workers or a laborer in any other job, have to compete with Contractors who hire foreign workers? When is this injustice to the American population going to end?

    Remember that–CHAIN MIGRATION–puts the United States in serious peril, even more so than the original sponsors. Learn much more about the OVERPOPULATION and its risks to the environment, infrastructure and quality of life at NumbersUSA The Dream Act in itself not a menace, although at least a 800.000 students would be eligible if they abide by the law? The only immigration law that should be demanded is to make illegal entrance into the United States a felony, with no excuses and no exceptions. This includes businesses that are twice caught hiring illegal workers, should be subject to a harsh fine, confiscation of business assets and after the second conviction—prison! It’s blatantly obvious to me, that for years Washington has deceived the American people of both political parties. There has been no intention of enforcing immigration laws and this is proven without doubt. If illegal immigration had severe consequences, such as the above penalties the only enforcement program needed would be E-Verify mandated for every business owner. The majority of other restriction tools needed to halt the free flow of desperate, destitute people would radically decline; knowing that you would be convicted of a class “A” felony would collapse the ongoing flow.

    This would be huge disincentive to economic foreign nationals crossing our borders, or using the excuse of being a tourist, fully aware they are not leaving once their visa runs out. No! There has been no true intention of halting illegal aliens coming here for work, or to commit crimes. Both Democrats and Republicans have remained impassive to the invasion, whether its 13 million or 20 million foreigners who have skirted our laws; of course that’s according which side of the Washington pecking order you are inclined to believe? Over thirty years of government neglect has brought this nightmare upon us, of incessant crimes against lawful citizens and permanent residents. Americans land owners living in constant fear along the 2000 miles of mostly unprotected border. Both political parties irrationally forget who pays their salaries and pensions while American find their wages sinking and the majority of Social programs of having to share these entitlements with illegal labor and their families.

    Around the country, we have activist judges who ignore the US constitution and instead construe the law according to personal political orientation. Even now Arizona is under bombardment from open border radicals, or pro business entities, who do not want this Border States policing laws to be upheld. Then again the IRS is complicit in allowing illegal aliens to squat here, by issuing ITIN numbers, as foreigners cannot possess a real Social Security card. Over the last ten years we have seen an escalation in ID theft, with the courts saying this is not classed as a felony. Another concealed point is that illegal alien workers are collecting billions of dollars in income tax refunds, for children who don’t exist or filing for the same child twice by each parent. For those people who believe that this is an embellishment, one only has to Google key words–illegal alien costs; illegal alien income tax refunds.

    There are highly regarded reports on the expenditures of federal, state and county support of foreign nationals that you as the taxpayer is erroneously paying. Sanctuary States like California under Liberal progressive control in Sacramento is depleting the state of billions of dollars, as they subsidize the millions in just Los Angeles County alone? The schools are in turmoil from overcrowding of children of illegal families, who by mandated law must be educated. In understaffed county hospitals have become places of last resort, for the multitudes of foreign nationals who live below the poverty line, so they are dependent on taxpayers. California has become an incubator for hundreds of thousands of illegal pregnant females, who collect under their new citizens-babies, namely billions of more dollars soaked from you and me.

    Their children are a valuable commodity, because our 14th amendment law has been with intent compromised, so that children of illegal aliens are issued food stamps, low income housing and a large profusion of cash payment and other freebies. All these entitlements should not be going to people who should not be here? These illegal women are already aware that once the stand on our soil, that the US taxpayer will support them and all their children. Until we halt the illegal immigration occupation of this country, we a steadily heading for a irrevocable overpopulation. The only way anything will ever get accomplished is by Americans pressing incessantly their Senator or Congressman. As the Tea Party grows this organization has a commitment to the people—because they are THE PEOPLE. They owe no favors to left wing Unions, big corporations or the open border zealots. They are the TEA PARTY. They are AMERICA.

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