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    Sen. Jeff Sessions Rips ‘Weakening’ Enforcement of Immigration Laws, Warns of ‘Open Invitation’ to Violators

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R–Ala.) slams the Obama administration’s loosening of already lax enforcement of immigration laws in a report revealing that almost no illegal immigrant faced deportation last year in the absence of a criminal record. In fact,  “99.92 percent of illegal immigrants and visa overstays without serious crime convictions … More

    Index of Economic Freedom in Action During a Senate Budget Committee Hearing

    Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) recently asked David Rosenberg, chief economist at a Canada-based global wealth management firm, at a Senate committee hearing: Mr. Rosenberg, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, Canada is more economically free than the United States.… Would you say that [the progress Canada] has made … More

    Let’s Work Toward Energy Subsidy Independence

      Why are taxpayers propping up struggling energy firm SolarCity? The company’s dependence on subsidies is a great illustration of why policymakers should remove subsidies for all energy sources. Company executives outlined how dependent the company is on the taxpayer in the company’s IPO document: “Our business currently depends on … More

    White House Report Ignores That We Need a Better Economy, Not Amnesty

    The White House yesterday released a report with state-by-state projected impacts from “commonsense immigration reform” that is “like the Senate bill.” It is the latest in a series of reports from various governmental and private firms that show that the economy will be bigger with increased immigration. On its face, … More

    Shh! Obama Administration Puts Brakes on XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project

    Let’s call it former Transportation Secretary Ray H. LaHood’s eleventh-hour pardon of federal and California taxpayers. Once positioned by the Obama Administration as its transportation pièce de résistance, the XpressWest high-speed rail (HSR) line from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, has been derailed. Today, Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and … More

    Morning Bell: Congress Is Trying to Fool You on Immigration

    Congress is trying to fool you. Here’s how they do business. A piece of legislation is going to cost trillions of dollars, but Members of Congress don’t want the public to see that. Instead, they have the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look at the bill for just the first 10 … More

    Congressional Budget Office Should Forecast Long-Term Cost of Amnesty

    With the Congressional Budget Office preparing to release a cost estimate for the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill in the coming days, a key Republican lawmaker yesterday insisted that any projection look beyond the 10-year budget window to fully understand the magnitude of granting amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking member … More

    Uncle Sam Wants You... on Food Stamps?

    Across the country, states are courting participants for food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) even has a webpage dedicated to helping states create “SNAP Outreach Plans.” The argument from the USDA is that “Food Stamps Make America Stronger” … More

    Food Stamps Participation Hit Record Highs in 2012

    A record number of Americans received food stamps in 2012. Citing the latest statistics released by the Department of Agriculture, the Weekly Standard reported food stamp participation was at an average of 46,609,072 people every month of 2012. In December of last year, 47,791,996 people received food stamps, or one … More

    Sessions and Ryan to LaHood: Halt the High-Speed Train to Vegas

    Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) sent a letter yesterday to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, urging the Department of Transportation to reject a $5.5 billion gamble on high-speed rail. The train, called XpressWest, would run from Victorville, California, to Las … More