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Inside the Beltway: Democrats reject common sense solutions

Republican members of the House Homeland Security Committee shared a demanding list of 18 “common sense” amendments they had proposed to strengthen US border security, as part of the $ 3.5 trillion spending plan.

All were rejected by the Democratic majority.

“While Democrats have refused to allow a transparent process or support common sense solutions, Homeland Security Republicans have offered reasonable amendments to secure the southern border, mitigate threats from al Qaeda and ISIS, improving our cybersecurity and transportation security infrastructure, and supporting the frontline workforce in unprecedented ways – all critical homeland security efforts that the Speaker of the House lacks Nancy Pelosi‘the committee said in a statement on Wednesday.

The refusals come at a turning point. The Republican National Committee reports that since February, there have been more than 1.2 million “encounters of illegal immigrants” at the southern border.

These rejected amendments included proposals to hire 2,000 more U.S. Border Patrol officers and provide more funds for physical barriers and border security infrastructure, as well as wage increases and bonuses for frontline workers. such as transportation security officers and federal air commissioners. The panel is also seeking multiple improvements to tackle transnational criminal organizations as well as an amendment that prohibits the use of Department of Homeland Security funds to purchase any unmanned aircraft system made in China.


There is potential political change underway in the Lone Star State, particularly among the Tejanos – Texans of Mexican descent.

“Democrats are losing Texas Latinos. The party assumes that people of color will turn the state blue. But most Tejanos consider themselves white. And others vote for Republicans, ”wrote a freelance journalist Jack herrera, in a new analysis for the October edition of the Texas Monthly.

Voter outreach based on the identity deployed by Democrats in the 2020 election, he said, would have played well with Latinos in New York – but not in Texas.

“Republicans, on the other hand, have recognized that Southern Hispanic Texans share many of the same values ​​as white non-Hispanic voters elsewhere in Texas and have made a speech about defending gun rights, promoting the oil and gas industry, abortion restriction and support for the law. enforcement. Republicans have been more convincing, ”Herrera noted.

“Hispanic residents of our state are much more likely to identify as white than Hispanic residents of cities elsewhere in the country. With deep roots spanning generations in lands that were annexed from Mexican control to that of the United States, many also actively reject immigrant status. In 2020, ignorance of these facts embarrassed state and national Democrats. While South Hispanic Texans are proud of their Mexican heritage, many do not see themselves as “people of color” at all, ”he continued.

“All of this means that, despite the gleeful assurances from Democrats, demographics are not fate. Texas will indeed soon have a Hispanic plurality. However, “Hispanic” does not describe a race or political loyalty. When it comes to race, Texas will remain predominantly white, with over 75% of its residents identifying themselves as such. And if Democrats continue to undermine votes in places like McAllen and Laredo, Texas could turn even redder, ”he said.


CBS, NBC and ABC were elated when California Gov. Gavin Newsom won his recall election on Tuesday. It was declared a “vindication” on CBS, a “resounding claim” on ABC and “a victory for the Democrats” on NBC, wrote Scott Whitlock – an analyst for, a watchdog for the conservative press.

A certain Republican, however, did not receive such treatment.

When then-Gov. Scott walker of Wisconsin won its own recall in 2012, the networks launched a “tantrum,” Whitlock said. MSNBC correspondents said they were “shocked and stunned” by Mr Walker’s victory while CBS suggested that wealthy donors played a role in the victory.

“The contrast between 2012 and 2021 shows that journalistic standards seem to be whatever the Democratic talking point of the day,” Mr. Whitlock observed in his analysis.

And by the way, Fox News was the most-watched cable news network in the California election with an audience of 3.3 million prime-time viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.


Americans still have a place in their hearts for the Hollywood titan Sylvester stallone, notably for his iconic films “Rocky” and “Rambo”. Certain items worn or used by the star in these films are auctioned.

Julien’s Auctions, based in Los Angeles, told Inside the Beltway that they expect a mouthguard worn by Mr. Stallone in “Rocky” to fetch $ 8,000, the boxing gloves he has. used earns $ 20,000.

“Rambo” collectibles and their expected prices include a collection of knives ($ 20,000); a sweatshirt worn by the actor ($ 20,000); a stunt assault rifle ($ 20,000); a personal banner ($ 10,000); an original working script ($ 10,000); an arrow quiver ($ 5,000); and combat boots ($ 300).

An auction in December is scheduled, which auction house CEO Darren Julien says will be “epic.” Take a look at the Stallone event – and other auctions – at


• 61% of US adults say changes to public health recommendations during the COVID-19 outbreak “made sense because scientific knowledge is always up to date”; 39% of Republicans and 80% of Democrats agree.

• 55% overall say that the evolution of guidelines has caused them to question whether public health officials are withholding important information; 74% of Republicans and 39% of Democrats agree.

• 53% overall say the changing recommendations have confused them; 64% of Republicans and 44% of Democrats agree.

• 51% of them say that the evolution of the guidelines reassured them that public health officials were keeping up to date with new information; 27% of Republicans and 72% of Democrats agree.

• 51% of them say that these changes made them less confident in the recommendations of managers; 75% of Republicans and 32% of Democrats agree.

SOURCE: A Pew Research American Trends Panel survey of 10,328 American adults conducted August 23-29 and released September 15.

• Follow Jennifer Harper on Twitter @HarperBulletin.

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