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Boehner rips right for raising money by ‘just beating the dickens out of me’
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is blaming conservative groups in Washington for turning him into a human pinata to raise money.
In an interview to air on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” on CBS, Boehner said he doesn’t disagree that much with conservatives on policy, but that the groups beat “the dickens out of me” in order to line their own pockets.
“The issue with the Tea Party isn’t one of strategy. It’s not one of different vision,” Boehner said, according to excerpts released by CBS.
“It’s a disagreement over tactics, from time to time. Frankly, a lot is being driven by national groups here in Washington who have raised money and just beating the dickens out of me,” Boehner said in the joint interview with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“It works. They raise money, put it in their pocket, and pay themselves big salaries,” Boehner added.
Boehner has faced his share of rebellions from conservative members. This year, he had to contend with a brief attempt to oust him as Speaker. Members in the right wing of the party frequently say he is too lenient on the Obama administration. In the CBS interview, Boehner said his “voting record is as conservative as anybody here.”
In recent days, conservative lawmakers have criticized House leadership because they believe Boehner and others have backed down from confronting the administration over the president’s executive order on immigration.
Boehner has hit at conservative groups before, criticizing the Heritage Foundation and Club for Growth in 2013 after they opposed a bipartisan budget deal from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
“Frankly, I just think they’ve lost all credibility,” he said at the time. “I don’t care what they do.”
This story was updated at 5:30 p.m.
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House immigration plan slammed, spends $10B and deports no illegals | WashingtonExaminer.com. http://tiny.iavian.net/3y1i
Critics including Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions are slamming a House GOP border security plan set for debate Wednesday, claiming it will spend $10 billion on new equipment and border security tricks, but not send one single illegal home.
Sessions, the influential Center for Immigration Studies, and the head of the association of former Border Control agents all slammed the H.R. 399 being marked up in the House Homeland Security Committee today as unfocused on the No. 1 issue: U.S. sanctuary to illegals.
“As long as sanctuary cities, welfare, education, and jobs and principally lack of enforcement and enabling by the federal government, are made available to the undocumented alien, we will not be able to secure the physical border,” said Zack Taylor, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers.
“Until lawmakers end the catch-and-release policies of the Obama administration,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, “any infrastructure improvements, new strategies, and better metrics are pointless.”
Sessions, the key conservative immigration strategist in the Senate, added, “it does not end catch-and-release; it does not require mandatory detention and return; it does not include worksite enforcement; it does not close dangerous asylum and national security loopholes; it does not cut-off access to federal welfare; and it does not require completion of the border fence. Surprisingly, it delays and weakens the longstanding unfulfilled statutory requirement for a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system.”
The plan pushed by House Homeland Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul would devote billions to new technologies, added border agents, fencing, and surveillance strategies to the border. He said securing the border is his No. 1 goal. The bill, the first of several piecemeal proposals on immigration, is expected to win GOP and some Democratic support.
But critics claim that the first focus should be shutting down the Obama revolving door and let agents capture illegals and quickly deport them.
“It falls far short of what is needed to slow the flow of illegal immigration and prevent the entry of terrorists and criminals. It proposes to spend $10 billion of taxpayer money without ensuring that a single illegal alien will be sent home,” said Vaughan on her blog.
Other critics said while they welcome more border fencing, adding chain link has not been the answer, especially today when illegals can present themselves at border gates and be welcomed in. For example, said one, Congress in 2006 mandated 700 miles of double-layer fencing but only 36 miles were ever built and the McCaul bill seeks another 27 miles, totaling 63 of the previously-mandated 700.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Another Murder in Salisbury, N.C.! Oscar Miquel Aguilera, 24, Gunned Down at Lakewood Apartments Monday
♦ The body of an apparent murder victim Oscar Miquel Aguilera, 24, was found lying on the ground between two apartment buildings at the Lakewood Apartments at approximately 7 a.m. on Monday. The apartment complex is situated near Statesville Blvd. in Salisbury, N.C.. The murder victim, who was shot, lived on the 500 block of Lakewood Drive. Multiple gunshots were reported in the area around 3 a.m. Monday.
This morning the scene was cordoned off as Salisbury Police and investigators poured into the area in search of evidence and persons who might talk. As yet no suspects have been developed or motives for the killing are known.
Anyone with information should call the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.
***This story will be updated as more information arrives.***