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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://news.yahoo.com/democrats-push-to-make-voting-rights-a-2020-issue-005733217.html

Democrats push to make voting rights a 2020 issue
Jon WardSenior Political Correspondent,Yahoo News•March 4, 2019
Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., left
House Democrats unveil a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package, Jan. 4, 2019. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
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WASHINGTON — With an eye toward making the reinstatement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act an issue in the 2020 election, Democrats are pushing ambitious new legislation they hope will lay the groundwork for increased voter participation.

House Democrats plan to pass House Resolution 1 this week, a mammoth proposal with three main planks: campaign finance, ethics and voting rights. But even if the measure succeeds, the Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to take it up for a vote.

HR 1’s voting rights components — which aim to increase voter registration and access to the polls — have so far received more attention than its other provisions, but the details of the bill have less to do with reinstating the VRA than a subsequent bill, HR 4, which was introduced last week.

In its 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act, and HR 4 aims to lay the foundation for a new VRA standard that will withstand legal challenges once it becomes law.

“Getting the Voting Rights Act updated and strengthened again is key,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., a key proponent of HR 4, which was introduced last week by Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.

HR 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, will give the Democrats a vehicle to conduct field hearings and hear expert testimony over the next several months to amass what Sarbanes called a “strong, robust record” for why the VRA needs to be reinstated after Shelby.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, one thing they've already done is proving that they can't even handle Fox News, let alone Russia and Putin or our REAL threat, China. "Boo hoo ... we're so afraid of Fox News that we won't let our candidates debate on it".

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/nearly-halfway-congress-only-passed-17-laws-114740288--abc-news-topstories.html

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So far this year, more than 100 bills have passed the House but have not made it through the Senate or onto the president’s desk, including a voters’ rights bill, a climate bill, and the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace, housing, service and public accommodations.


https://www.yahoo.com/gma/nearly-halfway-congress-only-passed-17-laws-114740288--abc-news-topstories.html

House of Representatives approves 100 new immigration judges


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LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The influx of migrants at the border is leaving the immigration court system with a lot of work and in need of help.


Last week, city officials discussed the possibility of an immigration court coming to the downtown area.

With the City of Laredo working hard to create a local immigration court to help ease the workflow, all they would need is immigration judges to fill the courtrooms.

Congressman Henry Cuellar says he has emphasized to the administration that they need to put judges on the border.

This year, the House of Representatives has approved the hiring of 100 new judges, which will start in 2020.

Congressman Cuellar is part of that committee who since 2016 has hired more than 300 judges; however, none of them are here in Laredo.

Cuellar says many immigration judges have been assigned to major cities such as New York or Miami.

He believes if judges are sent to the southern border, it can help speed up the backlog.

For example, they can give migrants their assigned hearings and then immediately return those who need to be taken back to their country.


Cuellar says out of 100 people, about 80 percent of them are going to get rejected.

Another thing Congressman Cuellar has been pushing for is to house immigration judges at the former federal courthouse.

The city has been in talks with his office and is working on making the idea a reality.

Another option the city is looking into is using the general service administration building which is also located downtown.

Cuellar is looking to bring three judges to Laredo so they can help put a dent in the backlog of asylum cases that are in the hundreds of thousands.

The congressman also secured funding for the judges to have an appropriate court space to conduct immigration proceedings.

The judges will help ease up the wait times on current cases stuck in the courts for more than two years.

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