Sessions slams GOP leadership for caving to Obama and ‘open-borders billionaires’ on executive amnesty
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, issued a statement Tuesday condemning the GOP Senate leadership’s retreat in the effort to defund President Obama’s executive actions on illegal immigration.
“Essential to any sovereign nation is the enforcement of its borders, the application of uniform rules for entry and exit, and the delivery of consequences for individuals who violate our laws,” Sen. Sessions said in his statement. “President Obama has nullified those laws, rules, and borders, and replaced those consequences with rewards.”
The House joined the Senate Tuesday afternoon in approving funding for the Department of Homeland Security through the remainder of the fiscal year—including funding for President Obama’s executive immigration program. 75 GOP members of the House joined with every Democrat member to approve the measure.
Senator Sessions, along with several other Republicans who stood firm against the President’s actions, insist the move sets a precedent of executive power trumping Constitutional responsibilities specifically given to Congress. Some members of Congress are confident the court system will ultimately find the President’s actions unconstitutional, but the White House has signaled it will make a case for their legality, all the way to the Supreme Court.
Republican congressional leadership, however, has signaled their desire to move on to other issues.
“[We cannot] allow the President to dismantle the constitutional powers of Congress,” Sen. Sessions said, “ceding our status as a coequal branch, on the hope the Judiciary intervenes to restore some fraction of that lost authority. When it comes to defending our sovereignty there is no ‘moving on.’ Now is not the time for recrimination; now is the time for renewed determination.”
Senator Sessions has long been among the most vocal opponents of the President’s immigration plan. Last week conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh hailed the Senator for being one of the only Republicans not “scared to death” to speak out, even in the face of media scrutiny.
“The will of the American people cannot be forever denied,” said Sessions. “Republicans will have to come to realize that it falls on their shoulders to give voice to the just demands of the American people for a lawful system of immigration that serves their interests, defends their jobs, protects their security.”
“What motivates and excites a small group of open-borders billionaires has no connection to the hearts and lives of the working people of this country,” Sen. Sessions concluded. “They have been silenced for too long. Those who think this fight is over could not be more mistaken; it is only beginning. When the power of the American people is finally leveraged, people will be astonished by the results.”
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The Hillary Clinton email controversy intensified after it was revealed that she ran her own computer server out of her Westchester home.
Like a salmon returning to its home stream, the Hillary Clinton email controversy, in which the former secretary of state exclusively used a private email address to conduct government business throughout her stint at Foggy Bottom, traced its way back to a private server that Clinton was running out of her Chappaqua home.
“The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message archives,” the AP reported on Wednesday.
Adding a new conspiratorial flourish was the revelation that the service was registered to someone named Eric Hoteham, a name, which the AP noted, “does not appear in public-records databases, campaign-contribution records or Internet background searches.” This curious detail was quickly pounced upon by conservative commentators on social media.
Like the private email address itself, the routing of correspondence through what is being characterized as a “homebrew server” appears more bizarre and surreal than definitively illegal. Clinton has not directly addressed the issue, but her team dismissed the controversy: “Like Secretaries of State before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any Department officials,” said a Clinton spokesperson. “For government business, she emailed them on their Department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained.” (Historians and archivists begged to differ.)
“The mechanics matter a lot,” John Wonderlich of the Sunlight Foundation said about Clinton’s homebrew server on Wednesday. “The difference is that she created her own infrastructure that she privatized entirely and put under her own personal control.”
In some ways, having her own server could ensure that the information is more secure since, as the AP report noted, “an email server there would have been well protected from theft or a physical hacking,” as the Secret Service guarded Clinton’s home. But the isolation could also shield Clinton’s correspondence from Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests, inhibiting transparency and limiting the ability of others to pursue legal cases.
“For me, a huge question is if FOIA officers could do their job?” Wonderlick asked. “Would those FOIA requests be sent to a Clinton staffer?”
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McDonald’s is promising to get human antibiotics out of its US chicken supply
McDonald’s is asking chicken suppliers to its US locations to phase out the use of antibiotics important to human medicine, addressingconcerns that current practices (pdf) in animal husbandry increase the risk of dangerous, drug-resistant infections.
The company also released a separate set of guidelines (pdf) as to which antibiotics are and aren’t acceptable across its supply chain worldwide, based on World Health Organization recommendations. These guidelines, which cover all food animals, include some loopholes that permit the continued use of human antibiotics in livestock, but are substantially stronger than previous global policies.
The new policies mark the first major changes to the McDonald’s supply chain since the embattled company began a marketing push to sell consumers on the integrity of its ingredients, and come less than one week into the tenure of new CEO Steve Easterbook, who took over from Don Thompson on March 1.
The stricter US policy could be a testing ground for McDonald’s in other countries with falling sales. For instance, in Asia, sales have suffered amid concerns about food quality (paywall) and antibiotic use. (Asked whether the US standards will be rolled out elsewhere, a company spokesperson would say only that “the US [policy] is a specific market policy that is supported by the global vision.”)
It’s a potentially significant move, as the company has around 14,000 stores in the US and gets about a third of its sales from there. But it’s difficult to tell how much of the company’s chicken supply will be affected by the changes, or how rigorously the standards will be enforced. Large suppliers like Tyson and Perdue have reduced the use of human antibiotics with the goal of eliminating their use in hatcheries, and Tyson says it will work with McDonald’s to eliminate the practice with adult chickens as well. Meanwhile, a Reuters investigation published in December found that antibiotics are still routinely used by large poultry producers, including Tyson.
Even if McDonald’s eliminates the use of human antibiotics in its chicken supply, it will still buy from producers that “responsibly use” ionophores, antibiotics that aren’t used to treat humans. The justification for this, McDonald’s says, is that it keeps chickens healthier in general and reduces the need to use antibiotics important to humans. Chains like Chipotle and Panera don’t allow the use of ionophores by chicken suppliers.
Steve Roach, a senior analyst at the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign, which wants to end antibiotic overuse, says the large-scale use of ionophores presents potential problems. But the more pressing issue he’d like to see McDonald’s address, he says, is the large-scale use of human antibiotics in species other than chicken.
“When most feedlot cattle are getting critically important antibiotics in their feed for liver abscesses caused by their diet, that needs to be the area of focus,” Roach says.
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