US Senate panel approves immigration bill
Reuters: The US Senate’s Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that could bring about the biggest changes in the country’s immigration policy in a generation.
By a vote of 13-5, the panel approved the bill that could put 11 million on a 13-year path to citizenship while further strengthening security along the southwestern border with Mexico.
The full Senate will tackle the issue next month.
US Senate passes bill that would allow states to tax Internet purchases
The US Senate has passed a bill that could end tax-free shopping on the Internet for many shoppers.
The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass the bill, sending it to the House where it faces opposition from some lawmakers who regard it as a tax increase.
Under current law, states can only require retailers to collect sales taxes if the merchant has a physical presence in the state. As a result, many online sales are tax-free.
Hey, Republicans--Wonder Why?...
…people think your party is filled with crazed ideologues who don’t give a flying crap about the poor, the weak and the vulnerable people in society?
Here’s a hint: 38 of you in the US Senate voted against ratifying a treaty that would encourage the rest of the world to follow EXISTING US STANDARDS for public access and legal protections for disabled persons, all on the grounds that ratifying a treaty that would encourage the rest of the world to follow EXISTING US STANDARDS would harm home schooling parents’ abilities to teach their children, and/or because it would undermine US sovereignty.
That might be one reason people wonder about you.
Details of US Senate immigration plan revealed
NBC News: A bipartisan US Senate group on Tuesday will reveal sweeping legislation to overhaul the country’s immigration system. The plan outlines an emphasis on shifting legal immigration towards more skilled workers, sets goals for surveillance and security along the country’s southern border, and offers undocumented immigrants a process towards legalization and eventual citizenship.
The proposal, drafted by four Democrats and four Republicans, represents the first major attempt to comprehensively address the subject since a bipartisan bill stalled in the Senate in 2007.
Who Won the War on Women?
…If it hadn’t been for those antediluvian attacks on contraception, we’d be calling this the Year of the Woman. If there was a war on women this year, it looks like the women are winning.
Margaret Talbot on the female candidates in yesterday’s Senate races, and the “war on women” narrative in this election cycle: http://nyr.kr/RfWGw4
Photograph by Josh Reynolds/AP.