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Democrats Shut Down GOP Amendment to Block Stimulus Payments to Illegal Immigrants

Republicans wanted to require a social security number.

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House Democrats shut down a Republican amendment to require a valid social security number for a second round of stimulus payments to individuals on Friday. The amendment would’ve prevented the payment of stimulus payments to illegal immigrants in a similar fashion to the first TrumpBux $1,200 check, which was restricted to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

The vote to dismiss the social security number requirement for stimulus funds passed by a margin of 11. Thirteen Democrats voted with the GOP to add the provision to the recession package.

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The Democrats shut down the amendment to their Round 4 stimulus legislation, which advanced through the House on Friday. The legislation entails more than $3 trillion in economic relief spending, much of it funneled to state and local governments.

It seems unlikely that the House Democratic coronavirus package, which is chock-full of progressive policy goodies, has any chance of being taken up by the Senate and passed into law. President Trump said that the legislation was “dead on arrival,” citing the uniform mail-in ballot voting provision included in the bill that experts are describing as a nightmare scenario for voter fraud.

The bill also contains a whopping provision that would extend amnesty to millions of illegal aliens deemed by the Democrats to be essential workers. Employees of any establishment that serves food and drink would be designated essential workers by the legislation, and would receive an amnesty from immigration law.

Senate Republicans and the White House have signaled their willingness to consider additional coronavirus economic relief legislation, but fortunately it appears the plan to extend stimulus payments to illegal immigrants isn’t going to get anywhere.

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As Biden Eyes “Transition Away” From Fossil Fuels, Pennsylvania is Second-Largest Natural Gas Producer in US

Destroying Pennsylvanian jobs.

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Joe Biden’s announcement that he plans on a “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels as an energy source may not go over smoothly with the people of Pennsylvania- a state that has scored as the second largest producer of natural gas anywhere in the country.

Joe Biden admitted at the Thursday debate that he plans to “transition away from the oil industry,” citing pollution.

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The United States Energy Information Administration identifies a considerable 20.0% of national natural gas production as coming from the state of Pennsylvania, making it the second biggest producer behind Texas. The state punches well above its weight in doing so, producing almost as much natural gas as Texas despite having less than half of its population.

Biden has sought to dismiss his track record of support for the banning of fracking oil extraction, employing a similar thinly veiled rhetorical trick by stating he’d only decline to allow any new fracking.

The energy industry continues to be a source of gainful, family-supporting employment for over ten million Americans. It’s not an option to “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels in the immediate future- a fact Biden tacitly admitted to after the debate suggestion, perhaps indicating that he realized the political folly of the statement.

A study from the American Petroleum Industry indicates that more than 322,000 Pennsylvanians are employed by the natural gas industry that Biden wants to transition away from.

Pennsylvania is shaping up as the most critical swing state in the election, and in nearly every plausible election night scenario the winner of the state’s 20 electoral votes secures the 270 needed to win the election.

Perhaps Joe Biden should transition away from national politics, and leave policy answers relating to carbon emissions, the environment and a strong energy industry to those more considerate of the role of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and around the country.

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