The Chatter: Paul lays out immigration plan; McConnell and Yarmuth have opposite takes on budget

03/19/2013 04:51 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul kept his name in the news cycle Tuesday, this time with a speech on the nation’s immigration system during the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce meeting in Washington.

He also called on the Republican Party to recognize that the Hispanic community shares their same views and should be a “natural and sizable part of the Republican base.” And he said needed immigration changes won’t happen without Republicans leading the way.

“The Republican Party has insisted for years that we stand for freedom and family values. I am most proud of my party when it stands for both. The vast majority of Latino voters agree with us on these issues but Republicans have pushed them away with harsh rhetoric over immigration,” Paul said at the meeting Tuesday.

Speaking in Spanish at multiple points during the speech, Paul recounted growing up near Latino families in Texas and learning the importance of becoming a documented citizen.

Paul called for expanding legal immigration and outlined a more extensive plan for a path to legal citizenship than the bipartisan group of eight senators has proposed.

Shockingly, McConnell and Yarmuth have different takes on competing budgets

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the ideas in the budget presented by the Senate Democrats are unbalanced and destructive to the economy and it is time to make divided government work to get a budget.

Senate Democrats have proposed a 2014 budget and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that they will force a vote on it before leaving for Easter recess at the end of the week.

But today on the Senate floor, Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said that the Democrat proposal will have a devastating effect on the middle class.

“Here’s what we’d get with a democrat budget: a massive tax hike and thousands less for middle class families, #2 half a trillion dollars more in big government spending, and 42% more debt with each American owing $73,000 and more that 600,000 jobs lost,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

But Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville said on Pure Politics on Monday that it was the budget proposed by House Republicans that was more destructive to the middle class.

He offered a similar take on MSNBC on Tuesday.

Massie introduces legislation to prevent drone strikes on American soil
Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, is cosponsoring a bill called the “Life, Liberty, and Justice for All Americans Act” that aims to prevent the executive branch from authorizing military strikes upon U.S. citizens on American soil.

Massie and his close ally, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, signed on as cosponsors to legislation introduced by Congressman Trey Radel, R-Florida. The bill is inspired by the same questions behind the recent 13-hour filibuster by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. He focused on the administration’s policy about use of drones.

The bill states that the president may not use lethal military force against a citizen of the United States who is located in the United States, unless the president determines that the person is an imminent threat, according to the text of the legislation .

“The federal government does not have the authority to execute Americans on U.S. soil without the Constitutional right of due process,” said Rep. Massie in a press release. “Constituents in my district are deeply concerned about the privacy, safety, and constitutionality of government drones in U.S. airspace.”


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