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Republicans gear up to inflict maximum pain on Democrats

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  • Republicans are set to hinder Democrats’ efforts to stave off a government default.
  • It seems likely Democrats will need to lift the debt ceiling on their own, via a reconciliation bill.
  • Some Republican senators are prepared to draw out the process to inflict pain on Democrats.

Republicans are blocking attempts by Democrats to renew the US’s ability to pay its bills, pushing the US closer to the precipice of default.

Congress has just 16 days to raise or suspend the debt ceiling to dodge what could be a catastrophic hit to the economy, ranging from delays in Social Security checks to seniors, turmoil in financial markets, and cuts to safety net programs like unemployment insurance and Medicaid. The world’s trust in the dollar would fade. Interest rates would soar, lifting mortgage, car loan, and credit card payments. Ratings agency S&P would cut its rating to the worst-possible rank of D.

Raising the debt ceiling allows the US government to pay back what it owes, and the limit had to be lifted this year regardless of Biden’s spending plans. Democrats are pressing Republicans to help raise it, arguing both parties racked up another $7.8 trillion in new debt under the Trump administration. Republicans also raised or suspended the debt limit three times under President Donald Trump.

Now that Biden is in office, the GOP is reversing course and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is spearheading the GOP drive to demand Democrats lift the limit on their own, escalating efforts to undermine President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.

Democrats’ attempts to shame McConnell into caving have failed so far. At the same time, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that Democrats “cannot and will not” use budget reconciliation to solve the problem.

The clock is ticking with no signs of a resolution to the impasse.

Republicans ready a salvo of time-consuming amendments

Even if Schumer changes his mind, some Republicans are preparing to drag out the process to inflict maximum pain on Democrats as they start negotiating changes to a $3.5 trillion social spending package. They will have many opportunities to do this, since Democrats’ best bet for lifting the ceiling on their own is reconciliation, an arduous, time-consuming procedure governed by strict budgetary rules. It also allows certain bills to be passed with just a 50-vote majority.

Some experts say it would require at least two weeks for a party-line debt-limit hike to succeed. Part of it includes the so-called vote-a-rama, which forces lawmakers to take politically uncomfortable votes back to back in an event that can last for over 12 hours.

Some Republicans already expect to delay a Democrat-only debt limit increase with amendments of their own.

“We plan to use the rules and also to slow down a lot of really bad policy that will forever transform the country,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a close McConnell ally, told Insider. “I don’t mind seeing them burn up some floor time on reconciliation so it makes it less likely they can pass their reckless spending bill.”

“If we do have another vote-a-rama, I’m sure I will have some amendments at that point. I don’t at this stage. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah told Insider.

Others are less certain but still don’t plan to make reconciliation any easier. If Democrats proceed with a reconciliation effort, “there will be amendments as there always are,” Sen. Ted Cruz told Insider, adding Democrats will inevitably “be able to pass whatever they can get 50 votes to do.”

“My personal interest is not in making the process more difficult. I don’t want to make it any easier, because [Democrats] already have all the tools and authorities they need to do it themselves from start to finish,” Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota told Insider.

Another rule in the process could reap political benefits for Republicans and make some Democrats squirm in next year’s midterms. Reconciliation would likely require Democrats to attach a specific debt ceiling figure to demonstrate it has an effect on the federal budget.

“[Democrats] need to put a number to it,” Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told Insider. “They need to show the American public how much they’re gonna have to increase the debt ceiling to accommodate their deficit spending. That’s why they have to use reconciliation.”

The threat of a prolonged vote-a-rama probably wouldn’t be enough to kill Democrats’ effort. A wave of amendments would likely only delay the final vote, and Schumer is unlikely to bring a bill to the floor if he isn’t positive Democrats are unified in raising the ceiling.

Some are already breaking with Democratic leaders and urging their party to take unilateral action perhaps as soon as next week.

“Dems have all the levers. Even if [Republicans] wants to flirt with default, we’re not gonna allow it,” Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told Insider, arguing Democrats shouldn’t wait until the 11th hour and should “just do it” on their own.

Still, that could cement the debt ceiling as more a political bludgeon than a tool to meet financial obligations. Raising the limit had long been a bipartisan effort, and has been successfully pulled off 78 times since 1960. Republicans even enjoyed some Democratic support when they moved to suspend the ceiling in 2017.

That precedent now seems to be on its last legs. And with the debt ceiling still intact, Congress risks another last-minute showdown with grave stakes.

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President Biden’s approval rating in free fall, new public survey shows

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Most Americans don’t want Trump to run for president again in 2024, but three-quarters of Republicans do: poll

Previous President Trump experienced negative survey numbers during his four-year residency in the White House, and presently his replacement is experiencing a similar destiny, with another public survey showing that President Biden’s remaining among Americans stays well submerged.

Only 37% of Americans addressed in a Quinnipiac University overview say they support the work Biden’s doing as president, with 52% giving him a disapproval. The survey was led Oct. 15-18 and delivered Tuesday.

Adding to Biden’s political risk, only 28% of enlisted free thinkers offer the president a go-ahead on his work execution, while 56% don’t. The Quinnipiac study demonstrated that Republicans, by a 95%-3% edge, objected to how the president’s taking care of his obligations in the White House, with Democrats supporting 80%-11%.

The president’s numbers are essentially unaltered from Quinnipiac’s past public survey – directed toward the beginning of October – when Biden remained at 38%-53% endorsement/objection.

Biden’s endorsement rating floated in the low to mid 50s during his initial a half year in the White House. In any case, the president’s numbers began hanging in August in the wake of Biden’s tremendously reprimanded treatment of the violent U.S. exit from Afghanistan and following a flood in COVID cases this mid year among essentially unvaccinated individuals because of the spread of the exceptionally irresistible delta variation as the country keeps on combatting the Covid, the most exceedingly awful pandemic to strike the globe in a century.

The dive in the president’s approval was additionally compounded by the most recent flood of migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. along the southern line with Mexico, just as the rise in inflation, which has filled a leap in gas and food costs.

Biden’s approval among the marginally smaller pool of enlisted electors was 40%, with 51% objecting.

The president remained at half 49% endorsement/dissatisfaction in the latest Fox News public survey, which was led Sept. 12-15. Fox News will deliver another public survey Wednesday.

An average of all the latest public overviews on the president’s endorsement rating gathered by Real Clear Politics demonstrated Biden at 42%-51%.

Just 38% of Americans hold a positive assessment of Biden, with half seeing the president in a horrible manner.

Assessments of Trump were similarly as negative, at 39% favorable and 52% unfavorable.

Nine months removed from the White House, Trump stays exceptionally famous with most Republican citizens and incredibly powerful with GOP lawmakers.

A greater part of Americans addressed in the survey – 58% – said they would prefer not to see Trump run for president again in 2024, with 35% preferring such a move. Yet, among Republicans just, support for one more Trump White House bid took off to 78%.

By a 49%-43% edge, those studied said Trump’s contrarily affected the GOP. 51% of Americans said Trump’s been subverting vote based system since the 2020 official political race, with 39% saying he’s been protecting democracy.

Different discoveries in the survey: By a 52%-41% edge, Americans say the nation’s more terrible off today than a year prior, and resistance to a divider along the country’s southern boundary with Mexico remains at 49%, down from a high of 64% in 2017. The overview additionally shows that 59% considered the dangerous raging of the U.S. Legislative hall on Jan. 6 by conservative fanatics attempting to overturn legislative accreditation of Biden’s political race triumph over Trump an assault on the national government.

The Quinnipiac University survey addressed 1,341 Americans, with a general inspecting mistake of give or take 2.7 rate focuses.

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Illegal immigrant apprehensions at border are higher than ever before under Biden

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a record breaking number of illegal immigrant apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border ever recorded in the last year, as per a report.

At this point, a not yet published CBP info reported by the Washington Post shows more than 1.7 million border apprehensions were made in the 2021 fiscal year, which finished in September. The flood of illegal immigration started last year but arrived at its peak in July and August, when more than 200,000 migrants were arrested by U.S. law enforcement every month.

Apprehensions made in the last fiscal year break a record set in 1986, when President Ronald Reagan signed a broad immigration reform bill that conceded amnesty and a pathway to U.S. citizenship for migrants who came to the country illegally before 1982. In that year, Border Patrol made 1.69 million apprehensions, as per the Post.

The most Border Patrol arrests were made in the Rio Grande Valley area, where 549,000 apprehensions were made. Another 259,000 illegal immigrants were captured in the Del Rio area.

This record-breaking flood of illegal immigration started after President Biden took the White House, vowing on the campaign trail to turn around previous President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration strategies. After taking office, Biden halted the construction of Trump’s border wall, stopped the “Remain in Mexico” policy for refuge-seekers, and declared a 100-day stop on most removals.

Republican critics of the president say turning around Trump’s policies and vowing to pass widespread amnesty for illegal immigrants has boosted the flood in migration from Central and South America. Republicans have again and again tried to have Biden administration officials call the increase a “crisis,” without any result.

Recently, Biden’s CBP director nominee Chris Magnus, the police chief of Tucson police, Arizona, was pressed by Republican senators on the flood of migrants crossing the southern border. Though Magnus said the flood was a “significant challenge” and the numbers were “very high,” he would not use the word “crisis.”

“If we spent a little less time debating on what the terminology is and perhaps a little more time trying to fix a broken system and working together, we could address what I’ve already acknowledged is one of the most serious problems that we face right now in our nation,” Magnus said.

Biden selected Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the organization’s endeavors to get the border secure and address the “root causes” of illegal immigration, yet the Post recognized her technique has “had little to no measurable effect.”

Most migrants captured last year were Mexican nationals, which represented 608,000 of the captures. The second biggest gathering of transients were from outside Mexico and Central America, which included Haitians, Venezuelans, Ecuadorians, Cubans, Brazilians, and travelers from many different countries, representing 367,000 captures.

Captures of travelers from Honduras (309,000), Guatemala (279,000) and El Salvador (96,000) made up the leftover apprehensions.

The Post detailed that more than 1.3 million unlawful foreigners have been arrested since Biden accepted office in January.

In the mean time, the Biden organization is confronting legal challenges to its turn around on Trump’s strategies. The organization is at present haggling with Mexico to briefly reestablish the “Stay in Mexico” strategy after a not really settled Biden had acted wrongfully in finishing the arrangement. The president’s endeavor to stop extraditions was likewise hindered in government court.

One Trump strategy Biden has kept on authorizing is the Title 42 general wellbeing strategy to quickly “expel” grown-up line crossers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Be that as it may, the organization is enduring an onslaught from migration activists enraged by the approach, who arranged a virtual walkout last end of the week during a gathering with White House strategy counselors.

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DeSantis says ‘we have to protect the jobs,’ promises to sue Biden over vaccine order: ‘You are trying to plunge people into destitution’

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed President Biden this week over the federal COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

The Republican governor of Florida promised to sue the Biden admin over the vaccine requirement, and declared that it is “fundamentally wrong to be taking people’s jobs away,” particularly after they worked during the lethal pandemic.

“Let’s not have Biden come in and effectively take away — threaten to take away — the jobs of people who have been working hard throughout this entire pandemic,” DeSantis said during a Thursday press conference.

“I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job.”

DeSantis said, “We have a responsibility at the state level to do whatever we need to do to protect Floridians from mandates that could result in them losing their jobs. We have to protect the jobs of Floridians.”

DeSantis featured the healthcare workers who dealt with the cutting edges during the pandemic — the very specialists that Biden recently called “heroes” — who might lose their positions as a result of Biden’s vaccine order.

“I just think its fundamentally wrong to be taking people’s jobs away particularly given the situation that we see ourselves facing with the economy where you need people in a lot of these key areas,” DeSantis commented.

“What’s going to happen with these hospitals if these mandates are allowed to go in, where they already need more nurses?”

At a different news meeting on Friday, DeSantis kept on piercing Biden’s vaccine requirement. DeSantis dissected Biden’s remarks from this week, where the president said the vaccine requirements should not “divide us.”

Biden stated on Thursday, “Let’s be clear: Vaccination requirements should not be another issue that divides us. That’s why we continue to battle the misinformation that’s out there and companies and communities are stepping up as well to combat this misinformation.”

DeSantis stated that taking away individuals’ occupations creates divisiveness.

The Florida governor attested, “Just think of Biden, he says, ‘Don’t make the vaccines divisive.’ Don’t make the vaccines divisive? You are trying to take peoples’ jobs away over this issue. You are trying to plunge people into destitution.”

“You are taking away their livelihoods. Nobody else is doing that. You are the one that’s being divisive about this,” he expressed.

“No one should lose their job over these shots,” DeSantis stated. “I think we want to protect people’s jobs. These are folks that have been working throughout this whole time. They were put in situations where they were exposing themselves to risks knowingly to help others, and they did that, and we considered them heroes just a year ago. Now you’re going to let them go by the wayside?”

DeSantis promised to sue the Biden administration over an approaching guideline requiring private companies with a hundred employees or more to demand their workers to get the vaccine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration-enforced rule would apparently affect more than 130,000 U.S. companies and apply to about two-thirds of the private sector workforce.

“We are going to contest that immediately. We think the state of Florida has standing to do it and we also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it,” DeSantis said. “I think the mandate is going lose in court.”

DeSantis said that Florida-based claims against government immunization commands will be documented in the eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gov. Greg Abbott gave a executive order on Monday that denies required COVID-19 immunizations in Texas.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the White House focused on that the Biden organization would push for a cross country immunization command notwithstanding Texas and Florida restricting them.

“These requirements are promulgated by federal law, so when the president announced his vaccine mandates for businesses — that, of course, we’re waiting on OSHA regulations for as a next step — that was pursuant to federal law,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“Our intention is to implement and continue to work to implement these requirements across the country, including in the states where there are attempts to oppose them,” she added.

“Governor Abbott’s executive order banning mandates and, I would also note, the announcement by Gov. DeSantis this morning essentially banning the implementation of mandates, fit a familiar pattern that we’ve seen of putting politics ahead of public health,” Psaki claimed.

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