A New Jersey Democratic member of Congress is preparing to leave his party and join the GOP in reaction to the ongoing impeachment hoax targeting President Donald J. Trump.
Jeff Van Drew, who represents New Jersey’s Second Congressional District, is reportedly in ongoing negotiations with congressional Republicans and the White House about joining the Republican Party.
Talks between Van Drew and Republicans began earlier this week. He informed his staff that he’s planning on making the switch to the GOP on Saturday. A personal meeting with President Trump apparently provided the final motivation he needed to change his party.
CONFIRMED: Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew has informed staff he is SWITCHING PARTIES and will become a Republican, following a lengthy meeting w/ Trump.
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) December 14, 2019
Democrat leaders have mounted a last-ditch effort to keep him in their party that has failed.
Van Drew is a first-term member of the House who was elected in 2018. He’s made noise in the House Democratic Caucus by vocally opposing attempts to impeach President Trump for withholding foreign aid to Ukraine. He’s one of the two House Democrats who voted against opening the doomed impeachment inquiry against the President.
Members of Congress don’t often change their parties while in office. A defection would represent an embarrassment for House Democrats and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
As the demand for a highly unlikely impeachment consumes the Democratic Party, it appears that the broader American public is largely ignoring the dramatic proceedings in the House, led by Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff. American voters overwhelmingly oppose impeaching the President and it appears unlikely they’re even closely following the spectacle.
Having now lost one member of their caucus as a result of the impeachment hoax, congressional Democrats stand poised to lose even more of their members in the next election should they continue to ignore everyday pressing political issues in favor of pseudo-dramatic impeachment plots.
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Arizona’s McSally Introduces Resolution to End Senate Salaries Until Stimulus Passes
If the people won’t get paid, neither will their legislators.
Arizona Senator Martha McSally has introduced a Senate resolution that would withhold pay from all U.S. Senators until the chamber passes the eagerly-awaited Coronavirus stimulus, termed as ‘TrumpBux’ by some for the one-time payments of $1,200 to almost all American adults.
Americans have been largely cut off from everyday economic life by the governmental response to an act of God. It’s all too obvious that federal compensation is required.
“If Americans aren’t getting paid, then neither should the Senators failing to support the workers and families who need help making ends meet,” said the freshman Arizona Senator.
“Today, I introduced legislation to have Senators’ pay withheld until relief is passed. It is despicable that millions of Americans are without a paycheck in this time of crisis, while the Senate wastes precious time playing political games. The Senate must pass this relief package now in order to get cash straight to the people.”
Fortunately for Senators that would prefer a path of continued political grandstanding, the planned stimulus may be sent to the President’s desk on Wednesday after negotiations between Chuck Schumer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
The final estimate of the stimulus cost has been gauged at $2 trillion dollars, a sizable package that will be distributed in a combination of TrumpBux and loans to small and big businesses.
There are some similarities between the TrumpBux proposal and universal basic income. The former isn’t ‘universal-‘ individuals who reported more than $75,000 in income on their 2018 tax return will get less money and those who reported more than $100,000’ won’t get anything.
McSally’s proposal ultimately could prove to be the final metaphorical poker stick to the feet of obstructionist Democrats seeking to delay the stimulus package with feckless political gamesmanship.
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