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Democrats’ Filibuster Blocks Senate Immigration Debate

Democrats are blocking GOP Senators from debating proposals sought by GOP voters during the Senate’s debate on immigration, and are demanding the Senate only discuss the terms of an amnesty for millions of illegals.

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Sen. Flake Trades Tax Vote for Promise of Amnesty Debate

The immigration concession won by departing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in exchange for his vote on the tax bill is both a taken prize and warning flag for what promises to be a brutal and high-stakes debate over amnesty, corporate subsidies, and immigration reforms.

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Sen. Shelby Curbs Crony Capitalism at Revived Ex-Im Bank

Sen. Richard Shelby, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is successfully blocking the appointment of a third board member at the unpopular Export-Import bank, according to a report from the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal site.

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The Senate GOP Plan to Surrender Debt Control to Obama

Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are reportedly planning legislation allowing President Barack Obama to lift the nation’s debt ceiling on his authority, according to sources on Capitol Hill. Under the Senate Republican plan, Congress would merely retain the right to “disapprove” of the President’s action to lift the nation’s debt limit. But disapproving the action would require a hard-to-reach two-thirds vote of both chambers of Congress.

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Obama, GOP Leaders, May Delay Free-Trade Debate Until 2016 Lame Duck Session

Top congressional staffers say Congress will delay approval of the unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal until the lame-duck session after the 2016 election, according to Politico. A delay until November or December 2016 would allow companies and progressive groups their best opportunity to persuade retiring politicians, and the legislators who had just survived an election, to back the controversial deal.

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Carly Fiorina Challenges Boehner, McConnell Leadership

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “should go” if they don’t pass conservative legislation when Congress reconvenes this week, says former businesswoman Carly Fiorina.