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Graham says adding amnesty to infrastructure bill could be ‘dumbest idea’ in history of the Senate, WH

Graham says adding amnesty to infrastructure bill could be ‘dumbest idea’ in history of the Senate, WH

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News on Monday that the Democratic push to add amnesty to the multi-trillion-dollar “infrastructure package” is a “power grab” that may be the dumbest idea in the history of the White House and Senate while there is a border crisis unfolding.”If you give one person legal status there will be a run on our border like you have never seen before…the dumbest idea in the history of the Senate, the history of the White House. It will lead to the breakdown of law and order beyond what you see today,” Graham told “The Ingraham Angle.”He laid into Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for attempting to pass — without any Republican support — a monsterous $3.5 trillion budget resolution that he said has not even been written.”It’s a power grab,” Graham said. He said the package doesn’t have a “damn thing to do with infrastructure.”Republicans have been trying to raise the alarm about what they say is an effort by Democrats to sneak amnesty for millions in a bill that is ostensibly intended to fix potholes. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, tweeted last week, “Democrats are trying to sneak mass amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants through Congress under the cover of their budget scheme. They hope you won’t notice.”KQED, a public radio station for the Bay Area, reported that top Senate Democrats have made it clear that they want immigration reform as part of the budget plan because they consider immigration part of the infrastructure.Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, was quoted in the report, saying, “Citizenship is essential infrastructure for immigrant families. For many, it’s a gateway to a driver’s license, to health care, to higher education.”The report said that he hopes the spending bill will provide citizenship to Dreamers, essential workers and other undocumented individuals.Last week, the White House said it would back efforts to include a pathway to U.S. citizenship in the reconciliation bill, but called on lawmakers to determine just how far the provision should reach, Reuters reported.Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Monday that the White House will “let Senate leaders put out the specifics in the reconciliation bill. We certainly support the — using the reconciliation package as a — as a platform and a forum for moving immigration protections forward, but we’ll let leaders in Congress speak to what’s included,” according to the transcript. The White House did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.BIPARTISAN BILL WILL NOT INCLUDE IRS REFORMSenate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressuring lawmakers to reach an agreement this week on the pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to push ahead aggressively on President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar agenda. Schumer hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill that comes with a $1.2 trillion price tag and a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that will likely only receive Democrat support. Specific details of the 10-year resolution are not clear. Democrats say the resolution aims to tackle climate change, education and an expansion of Medicare.AOC SAYS PROGRESSIVES WILL ‘TANK’ INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WITHOUT BOLD CLIMATE CHANGE PROVISIONSGraham said the bill is going to be a massive tax increase on business, and it’s going to expand the size and role of government. He said granting amnesty to millions while the border crisis continues would be a devastating blow to the country.The Associated Press contributed to this report

Sixth Texas Dem comes down with COVID-19 and is isolating: report

Sixth Texas Dem comes down with COVID-19 and is isolating: report

A sixth Texas Democrat who fled the state over a GOP voting bill has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is self-isolating, according to a report Monday.The Dallas Morning News, citing a Texas House representative, reported on the diagnosis. The Texas House Democrats did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.NBC News reported that the Texas Democrats released a statement on Monday that said there will be no more daily updates on new cases.”We’re focusing on our daily testing, following and going beyond CDC guidelines, social distancing and wearing masks as much as possible. We’re just not going to release daily counts,” a spokeswoman told the network.More than 50 Texas lawmakers arrived in Washington last week after leaving their home state on a private charter flight. They received criticism from Republicans and others after a photo showed them maskless on the plane, though federal pandemic guidelines don’t require masks to be worn on private aircraft.Supporters see them as defending democracy itself, while their critics see their D.C. jaunt as an exclusive summertime sightseeing tour of Washington. The situation unfolding in Texas has little gray area. Republicans — like Gov. Greg Abbott — see the bill as a common-sense approach to voting. Abbott appeared on Fox News earlier this week and blamed President Biden and Democrats for spreading “misinformation” about the sweeping elections overhaul bill.REP. RONNY JACKSON HITS TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON MASK HYPOCRISY, SAYS THEY SHOULDN’T BE TAKE SERIOUSLYHe insisted that the bill in Texas is “making it EASIER to vote & harder to cheat.”The small outbreak has raised concerns in D.C.Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative for COVID-19 after meeting with several Texas House Democratic lawmakers, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I think the vice president’s office put out that she was tested and there was no detection of COVID-19,” Psaki said. “They also put out some specific details about their proximity to the individuals who tested positive as well. We take these precautions incredibly seriously and abide by the guidance of our help and medical experts.”Fox News’ Thomas Barrabi and the Associated Press contributed to this report

House Dems unload on bipartisan infrastructure negotiations in private call: report

House Dems unload on bipartisan infrastructure negotiations in private call: report

Some House Democrats expressed dismay over the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure talks on Monday during a private phone call– further underscoring divisions within the party just days before a procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday.Politico, citing three sources on the call, reported that the conversation was described as “fiery.”Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, who was on the call, seemed to take comfort that the negotiations were limping along. He said the “whole thing falling apart is probably the best thing.”AOC SAYS PROGRESSIVES WILL ‘TANK’ INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WITHOUT BOLD CLIMATE CHANGE PROVISIONSRep. Salud Carbajal, D-California, told Politico that he was also on the call and said “the whole process seemed like [bulls—].”Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressuring lawmakers to reach an agreement this week on the pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to push ahead aggressively on President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar agenda.Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, expressed her gratitude for Schumer’s effort in a late Monday tweet, crediting him for pushing “for progress in the Senate on bi-partisan legislation that will rebuild our nation’s infrastructure.”BIPARTISAN BILL WILL NOT INCLUDE IRS REFORMSchumer hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill that comes with a $1.2 trillion price tag and a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that will only receive Democrat support. Specific details of the 10-year resolution have not been ironed out. The bill aims to tackle climate change, education and an expansion of Medicare.Schumer said if you include the two plans you get to “$4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden has asked us for.”The Politico report pointed out that while Biden has endorsed the infrastructure framework, some House Democrats have accused the president of icing them out of these discussions with Republicans.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSchumer hopes to land an agreement before August recess. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Sunday called Schumer’s push an “arbitrary deadline.”The Associated Press contributed to this report

Russia warns US over hypersonic missiles in Europe, could lead to ‘inadvertent conflict’

Russia warns US over hypersonic missiles in Europe, could lead to ‘inadvertent conflict’

The Russian Embassy in the U.S. did not mince words in a tweet late Monday warning Washington not to deploy hypersonic missiles in Europe. The tweet begins with a red exclamation point and reads: “We would like to remind @PentagonPressSec that potential deployment of any [American flag] hypersonic [missile] in Europe would be extremely destabilizing. Their short flight time would leave [Russian flag] little to no decision time and raise the likelihood of inadvertent conflict.”The tweet comes as the U.S. reportedly turned its attention away from a railgun to hypersonic technology.John F. Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, held a press conference on Monday and was asked by a reporter about Russia’s claim that it successfully tested a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile. Reuters reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin said the weapon has no equal in the world. Of course, in a military conflict, the country that can strike first and most decisively has the upper hand. While the U.S. is believed to have the world’s fiercest submarine fleet, Russia’s hypersonic advancement seems to have been noticed, especially since these missiles are apparently being designed to have nuclear capabilities.BIDEN TELLS PUTIN TO ‘DISRUPT’ RANSOMWARE GROUPS OPERATING OUT OF RUSSIA”We’re certainly aware of President Putin’s claims,” Kirby said, according to a transcript from his press conference. “And while I won’t be getting into specifics or providing any kind of an analysis on his claims, it’s important to note that Russia’s new hypersonic missiles are potentially destabilizing and pose significant risks because they are nuclear-capable systems.”
In this photo taken from video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is launched by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov of the Russian navy from the White Sea, in the north of Russia, Russia, Monday, July 19, 2021.
(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)Kirby said the U.S. is working “closely with allies and partners, including NATO, to try to check those destabilizing activities.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Pentagon did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News shortly after the Russian embassy tweet.Al Jazeera reported that the missile was fired from a warship in the White Sea. Russia claimed that the missile traveled seven times the speed of sound and nailed a target about 217 miles away.The Associated Press contributed to this report 

Haiti’s president pleaded with top officer during raid: ‘Come save my life’

Haiti’s president pleaded with top officer during raid: ‘Come save my life’

For about 10 minutes, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse attempted to call security forces to counter the early morning raid that unfolded at his home earlier this month before he was assassinated, according to a report.The Miami Herald reported that Moïse called the Haitian National Police commissioner, and urged him to, “Mobilize people.”The report said that about 10 minutes passed and there were no signs of any security reinforcements at the scene. At one point, he called a “tactically trained officer” from the national force.BIDEN TO BOLSTER SECURITY AT US EMBASSY IN HAITI, WON’T SEND TROOPS TO STABILIZE COUNTRY”I need your assistance now!” he said, according to the paper. “My life is in danger. Come quick; come save my life.” There was silence and then the sound of an assault rifle, the report said. When it was over, Moïse lay sprawled on his bedroom floor. He had been shot in the forehead, chest, hip and stomach, and his left eye was gouged.The suspected assassins were made up of Haitians, Haitian-Americans and former Colombian soldiers. The shooting occurred at Moïse’s Port-au-Prince home on July 7.The attack on the 53-year-old “was carried out by foreign mercenaries and professional killers — well-orchestrated,” and that they were masquerading as agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Bocchit Edmond, the Haitian ambassador to the U.S., said.WIFE RETURNS TO HAITI AFTER MEDICAL TREATMENT The paper said it along with the McClatchy Washington Bureau spoke to “at least three people” who received calls from the president’s house on that morning. The paper said it is still a mystery how the team managed to get past several layers of security at the home.None of the president’s security guards were hurt.”When I send you to protect a president, I don’t send you to live, I send you to die protecting him,” one member of the security detail told the paper.So far, police have detained more than 20 suspects they say were directly involved in the killing, including a contingent of former Colombian special forces soldiers. Other suspects were killed by authorities as they closed in.The Associated Press contributed to this report

Jeb Bush appeals to Biden to ‘tear down’ Cuba Cyberwall

Jeb Bush appeals to Biden to ‘tear down’ Cuba Cyberwall

Jeb Bush, the former GOP presidential candidate, took to Twitter on Sunday to appeal to the Bide administration to employ the needed technology to restore internet service in Cuba amid the unrest that was sparked a week ago during anti-government protests. “Technology exists to tear down Cuba’s cyberall (sp) and aid dissenters if President Biden is willing to use it,” he posted. “Please do so, President Biden.”Bush retweeted an editorial from the Wall Street Journal that pointed to Havana’s attempt to stem protests by limiting internet access in certain areas of the country. The tactic is not a new one and has been used by other regimes facing unrest. The paper said the question really is not if the U.S. has the technology; the question is if the Biden administration has to political will to make such a move.”Biden may be wary of upsetting the left and its romance with the Cuban regime, but the 2020 election showed that’s a losing strategy in Florida,” the paper said. Biden said Thursday that he is considering establishing an internet source for the Cuban people after the government shut off access amid mass protests.The Cuban government ended the internet shutdown Wednesday, allowing videos and images to surface that revealed suppressive efforts by police forces to quell the protests, but service has been unreliable. The White House did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News.In 2015, when he was considering a run for president, he was critical of the Obama administration’s approach to Cuba. GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Ninety miles to our south, there is talk of a state visit by our outgoing president,” he said, referring to President Obama. “But we don’t need a glorified tourist to go to Havana in support of a failed Cuba. We need an American president to go to Havana in solidarity with a free Cuban people, and I am ready to be that president.”Fox News’ Caitlyn McFall contributed to this report

Utah man who killed his wife on Alaska cruise in front of children found dead in prison cell

Utah man who killed his wife on Alaska cruise in front of children found dead in prison cell

A Utah man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating his wife to death on an Alaskan cruise in 2017 was found unresponsive Wednesday in his Juneau prison cell, a report said.Fox13Now reported that corrections officials at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center do not suspect foul play and the death was not related to COVID-19. Kenneth Manzanares, 43, pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder in connection with Kristy Manzanares’ killing aboard the Emerald Princess.The pair got into a heated argument in front of their daughters inside a cabin, prosecutors said. She told him that she wanted a divorce and that he should get off the cruise when the ship reached Juneau. Kenneth Manzanares ordered his daughters to leave the room, prosecutors said. But after the girls heard their mother scream, they tried to re-enter. The door was locked, so the girls went around on a connected balcony and witnessed their father “straddling Kristy on the bed, striking her in the head with closed fists.”Her two brothers and father “arrived on scene and observed Kenneth Manzanares grab Kristy’s body and drag her toward the balcony. One of Kristy’s brothers then grabbed her ankles and pulled her back into the cabin,” prosecutors said, according to the affiliate. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Fox13Now report said Kenneth Manzanares served just weeks of his sentence. He was found unresponsive at 6:59 a.m. and pronounced dead at 7:42 a.m., after responders tried to revive him.Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report

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