Democrats are out of excuses

Representative Tom Cole (R-OK-04). Cole is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and is the Ranking Member of House Rules Committee.Photo courtesy: cole.house.gov

President Trump demonstrated willingness to negotiate on two separate occasions; Democrats refused to meet him halfway

Tom Cole

With the partial government shutdown recently ended, I wanted to provide a recap of the turn of events. The past several weeks were certainly frustrating and inconvenient for all Americans, but the shutdown was especially painful for those who went without pay for more than a month. Like others, I am grateful to the hundreds of thousands of federal workers for their commitment and dedication despite the hardship. But I am also disappointed that Democrats prolonged that hardship by playing political games rather than coming to the table to negotiate with Republicans and President Trump.

To review, Congress fully funded 75 percent of the government at the end of September, which marked the first time in 22 years this had occurred before the start of the fiscal year. To provide additional time for negotiation on the remaining 25 percent of annual funding, Congress passed and the president signed into law a short-term continuing resolution. Unfortunately, despite great success earlier in the fall, agreement could not be reached when that short-term measure expired on December 21, 2018. The sticking point of disagreement was the issue of border security, including the president’s funding request for some physical barriers and security improvements at the southern border.

While Republicans in both chambers supported the president’s modest funding request to strengthen border security, it was only the House that successfully passed legislation to fulfil it—before the partial government shutdown began. Considering that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged fixes are needed to better secure the border, it is ridiculous that Democratic Senators refused to commit their votes when the opportunity came to provide for those improvements.

The president was vocal about his position all along, making it clear he would only sign legislation to fund the government which also included money to strengthen border security. However, President Trump has not been unwilling to compromise. In fact, he demonstrated willingness to negotiate on two separate occasions. Before the shutdown took effect, he proposed a lower number he could accept. Democrats refused to meet him halfway.

While the shutdown was going on, the president further sought to compromise and negotiate in good faith with Democrats. On January 19 during a televised address, he laid out a proposal to reopen the government and solve problems both sides agreed on. This included provisional status for current DACA recipients—something Democrats have long demanded. It also included money for physical barriers, technology, infrastructure and personnel to secure our southern border. Unfortunately, Democrats chose to oppose the president’s plan before they even heard it.

Since the shutdown extended into January, it also extended into a new Congress and an era of divided government. Upon the shift in majority control of the House, Democrats quickly initiated a failed strategy that needlessly wasted time that could have been spent negotiating. Week after week, House Democrats brought up appropriations bills to reopen the government, but each effort failed to address the crisis at our southern border.

Along with wasting time on nonstarter legislation, House Democrats repeatedly promised that they would only negotiate on border security after the government was back open. Even with majority control in the House, Democrats must reach across the aisle. Republicans still control the Senate and the White House. In order to get things done for the American people, bipartisan and good faith negotiation is critical. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have already failed their first test.

While Republicans in both chambers supported the president’s modest funding request to strengthen border security, it was only the House that successfully passed legislation to fulfil it—before the partial government shutdown began. Considering that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged fixes are needed to better secure the border, it is ridiculous that Democratic Senators refused to commit their votes when the opportunity came to provide for those improvements.

Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, is currently serving in his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was identified as “one of the sharpest minds in the House,” by Time Magazine and “the hardest working Member of Congress,” by Newsmax. In 2017, Cole was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

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David Hollenshead
David Hollenshead

Representative Tom Cole is failing to consider why the Democratic Party won't support Trump's stupid wall, which is due to: supporting Native Nation's Land Rights, protecting animal and plant species, and opposing Fascism in general. Trump's wall won't end the flow of desperate refugees from seeking a better life, nor will it have much effect on drugs being smuggled to the US & American Cash and Guns being smuggled into Mexico...

lxmacuahuitl
lxmacuahuitl

The folks populating the d-rat party at the higher levels, not the average party members, are self-serving elitists that are too concerned with their own power and prestige and plundering of the public till, that and importing a new servant, dependant class of tax slaves to keep their statist scam going for as long as possible.

The new servant class is needed to replace the ever awakening former minority voters that are abandoning the d-rat party in favor of the r and I parties. Time to wake up people, the govt apparatchiks are taking your money, your civil rights and are coming for your freedom.

This will help in stemming the rising socialist/statist tide, cheers

The Constitution under Article 1, section 9 prohibits "capitation" taxes and other direct taxes without apportionment: "No capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken "

The Supreme Court has declared the meaning of "income" to be fixed and confined to objects proper to an excise. Objects proper to an "income" excise are privileges--which is to say, activities not of common right--and even then only to the extent that such activities are profitable and fall under the taxing authority's jurisdiction.

Consequently, the only lawful objects of the "income" tax are activities for which one is paid by the federal government or federal agency or instrumentality for activities effectively connected with the performance of the functions of a public office (as an "employee" earning "wages") or a federal instrumentality, or federally chartered "State" worker, or activities as a paid officer of a federal corporation.

Private sector non-federally connected activities and business earnings and receipts are not subject to the federal "income" (excise) tax. This includes the medicare, social security and most of the 50 union state taxes. Why pay out 20-30 percent of your annual earnings or receipts for a tax to which you are Constitutionally not subject into entitlement programs projected to be bankrupt by 2033, if not sooner, to a govt that overspends the unlawful public skim an average of 1 trillion annually to pay for career politician's virtue signaling promises, endless wars and the deep state's global enslavement agenda?

Learn the truth. Keep what is lawfully and morally yours and uphold the law while simultaneously scaling back the size, scope and corruption of the government and defunding the criminals in DC.

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