Inside the Beltway: Feisty conservatives demand Congress skip lame duck session

A large feisty group of conservatives are advising Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to forego a lame duck session at the end of this year

THINKING AHEAD

A large, feisty group of conservatives are advising Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House SpeakerPaul Ryan to forego a lame duck session at the end of this year. The 75-member group warns that voters are wary of sly deals and last minute melodrama, advising in an open letter, “At a time when the American people’s trust in their government is near an all-time low, the Republican-led Congress should demonstrate exemplary behavior by completing its work before the November elections so that voters can judge all the legislators on the basis of the votes they have cast.”

The signers to the lengthy letter include Reagan stalwarts Ed Meese and Becky Norton Dunlop, media watchdog Brent Bozell, Citizens United president David Bossie, Less Government president Seton Motley and American Values president Gary Bauer, among many. They have anther point.

“The Republican-led Congress must not provide President Obama with an additional opportunity to enact his agenda of progressive social engineering programs and job-killing economic policies before he leaves office,” they write. “A lame duck session would be his swan song: he can be expected to leave no arm untwisted, no threat unmade, no quid un-quod, to get his dream-policies enacted, his liberal judges confirmed, and his international agreements approved.”

The missive was organized by the Conservative Action Project, founded in 2008 by the aforementioned Mr. Meese.

“By making it absolutely clear that there will not be a lame duck session, the Republican leaders in Congress will encourage all members of Congress to complete the people’s work in an orderly manner before the elections, putting an end to the unfortunate practice of recent years of governing by manufactured ‘cliffs and crises’ at the end of the year,” they reason.

Find the entire letter here.

SENDING THEM HOME

Welcome aboard? “American taxpayers are forking out more than $300,000 every day to deport illegal immigrants on commercial flights and even on private jets. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spent $116 million in 2015 to transport 235,413 people in the United States illegally back to their home countries,” reports Wills Robinson, a Daily Mail reporter who obtained the numbers through a Freedom of Information Act request. “More than 40 per cent of those who had violated visa restrictions were convicted criminals while more than 1,000 were identified as gang members,” he notes.

In addition, Mr. Robinson found the average cost of every immigrant in 2015 was $12,213, which includes apprehension, detention, court appearances and deportation. “To remove an illegal immigrant costs an average of $1,962,” he says. The cost includes both ground and air fares via commercial flights or private hired jets — including a fancy Gulfstream IV.

“This is insane,” David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, told the Mail.

TRUMPVILLE: MARYLAND AND PENNSYLVANIA

Back-to-back Monmouth University polls released Thursday have voter news in two states.

“Donald Trump’s sizable lead in Maryland’s GOP primary puts him on track to claim all 38 delegates available,” predicts one poll, which found that 47 percent of likely Republican primary voters in the state support him, compared to 27 percent who favor Gov. John Kasich and 19 percent who intend to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz.

Meanwhile, a second Monmouth poll reveals that Mr. Kasich — who was born in Pennsylvania — still loses to Mr. Trump in the state. “Native son status amounts to zilch for Kasich,” the survey declares. It found that 44 percent of likely GOP primary voters in Pennsylvania support Mr. Trump, 28 percent back Mr. Cruz and 23 percent Mr. Kasich.

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