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DAILY CALLER: GOP Senators Urge McConnell To Block Massive Spending Package

Four Senate Republicans on Wednesday urged Mitch McConnell to block an omnibus spending package to fund the government for next year and, instead, push for a continuing resolution (C.R.) to give the GOP more negotiating leverage with a House majority in the next Congress.

Congressional leaders of both parties are currently negotiating a permanent appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the 2022-23 Fiscal Year, with the government currently being funded by a previous continuing resolution that runs to Dec. 16. The four senators said in their letter that they will “not accept anything less” than a C.R., heralding a potential filibuster.

“I’m completely against negotiating with Nancy Pelosi,” said Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana to the DCNF on Wednesday, stating that he and colleagues would work to ensure an omnibus does not pass before the year’s end. Braun was joined by Republican Sens. Rick Scott of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah in the letter calling for a C.R. to “avert a government shutdown and take us up to the House being sworn in on Jan. 3.”

“We believe it would be both imprudent, and a reflection of poor leadership, for Republicans to ignore the will of the American people and rubber stamp an omnibus spending bill that funds ten more months of President Biden’s agenda,” the letter read.



The comments from GOP members appear to contrast with those of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who has voiced his preference for an omnibus resolution before the year’s end rather than another continuing resolution.

“I think there’s widespread agreement that we’d be better off with an omnibus than a [continuing resolution],” McConnell said at the White House on Tuesday, after negotiating with President Joe Biden on the subject.

In an appearance on Newsmax on Wednesday, Cruz rejected McConnell’s approach.

“Why on earth would we pass Nancy Pelosi’s omnibus bill when, in just a few weeks, we’re going to have a Republican House?” adding that “the Republican leadership in the Senate is trying to emasculate the incoming GOP House majority.”

There is a considerable division within the Senate GOP Conference on the approach, however.

“This is a miserable way and, frankly, an embarrassing way for Congress to do business, and it is potentially dangerous, too,” Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said to the DCNF, suggesting that national security may be risked with a C.R.

Were Senate Democrats to bring an omnibus bill to the Senate floor, it would require at least 10 Republican votes in order to overcome a filibuster, assuming all Democrats vote in favor. If neither an omnibus bill nor a C.R. pass, there will be a government shutdown on Dec. 17, the first of Biden’s presidency.

McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s offices did not respond to a request for comment.


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LAW 360: Citizens United Asks High Court To Can ICE Curbs

Conservative nonprofit Citizens United has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Biden administration guidance narrowing deportations to national security threats and other "priority" immigrants, alleging the policy was part of a scheme to open the nation's borders.

Citizens United, Citizens United Foundation and the Republican-oriented Presidential Coalition LLC pressed the high court to view the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's September 2021 guidance in light of President Joe Biden's other immigration policies, including his repeal of the national emergency declaration allowing defense funding to be used to construct a border wall and his termination of the "Remain in Mexico" policy requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims for protection are processed. These policies show that the Biden administration is attempting to frustrate immigration enforcement and "throw" the borders open, they said.

"As with other Biden immigration 'reforms,' the Final Memorandum was implemented not because [DHS Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas had scarce resources or different enforcement priorities from the prior administration, but because he and President Biden have been working hard to maximize open borders by minimizing enforcement of our nation's immigration laws," they said in an amici brief filed Oct. 25.

The disputed guidance marks the Biden administration's most recent effort to focus immigration arrests and deportations on recent border-crossers and immigrants deemed to pose a national security or public safety risk — a change from immigration enforcement under former President Donald Trump, who pushed to target nearly all unauthorized immigrants for removal. There are roughly 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S., and DHS lacks the resources to go after all of them, Mayorkas has said.

The memo has been deeply criticized by Texas and Louisiana, which filed suit seeking to strike it down. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton ultimately vacated the guidance in June, agreeing with the states that the administration had violated its obligations under the Immigration and Nationality Act's Sections 1226(c) and 1231(a) to detain noncitizens with serious criminal convictions or final deportation orders.

The Fifth Circuit has blessed Judge Tipton's ruling. But the Sixth Circuit, while reviewing a separate, similar legal challenge, upheld the guidance, saying it "merely" told employees what to prioritize.

In their Oct. 25 amici brief, the conservative organizations referred to Judge Tipton's ruling, saying that the Immigration and Nationality Act imposed a "blanket rule" that DHS was violating. Nineteen Republican states, led by Arizona, also came out in support of Texas and Louisiana the same day.

The Arizona-led states coalition argued that the September 2021 memo was "functionally identical" to interim guidance released in February 2021 that they said led to a reduction in removals. If the Supreme Court allows the memo to go into effect, it would force them to cover the health care, public safety and education costs of a population that would otherwise be detained, the states said.

However, New York, California and more than a dozen other Democratic-led jurisdictions have defended the memo in their own filing to the Supreme Court, saying the broader context of the immigration act "makes clear" that Sections 1226(c) and 1231(a) don't impose mandatory detention obligations. Interpreting those provisions otherwise would intrude on the Executive Branch's broad discretion over immigration enforcement, they said.

They further argued that the Supreme Court risked letting immigration officers make "unprincipled" and "random" enforcement actions that could threaten the stability of the states' immigrant communities if the justices nixed the guidelines.

"Immigrants add billions to federal, state, and local budgets by paying taxes and spending their income. Amici thus have a significant interest in supporting the federal government's judgment to devote its limited immigration enforcement resources toward the subset of removable immigrants who pose a substantial threat to public safety in their communities," they said.

Representatives for Citizens United and the federal government did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

Citizens United is represented in-house by Michael Boos and Daniel Jorjani and by William Olson, Jeremiah Morgan and Robert Olson of William J. Olson PC and Rick Boyer of the Integrity Law Firm.

The federal government is represented by Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Louisiana is represented by Elizabeth B. Murrill and Joseph S. St. John of the Louisiana Department of Justice.

Texas is represented by Judd E. Stone, Lanora C. Pettit and Benjamin D. Wilson of the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

The case is U.S. et al. v. Texas et al., case number 22-58, in the U.S. Supreme Court.


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CU Releases Polling In MI & NY

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Michigan: Democratic Gov. GRETCHEN WHITMER leads Republican nominee TUDOR DIXON, 48% to 41%. Seven percent were undecided.

New York: The race in the Empire State is incredibly tight, with Democratic Gov. KATHY HOCHUL at 46% and GOP Rep. LEE ZELDIN at 45%, and 5% of voters undecided. Zeldin’s at 34% in NYC."

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CU Releases New Poll In Washington Senate Race

Which party will control the US Senate and its agenda is the big question on the ballot next month. Washington is not on the list of “swing states,” yet Republican insurgent Tiffany Smiley continues to lodge a respectable challenge against 30-year incumbent and reliable vote for the unpopular Biden agenda Democrat Senator Patty Murray.

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