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  1. Northeast Gubernatorial candidate Sergey Lewinsky (R-MA) held an event in Albany, NY, promising action against the Opioid epidemic. "The Northeast region is the epicenter of the nation's opioid epidemic," Lewinsky said. "Almost every single state in our region, including New York, has an opioid death rate above 15 per 100,000 people, which is the highest bucket there is. Thousands of people each year in our region are dying because of an opioid addiction, so many that it's actually lowering the average life expectancy in the United States, which no other drug epidemic has done before. And statistics about death don't capture the many other kinds of harm that the opioid epidemic does to this region. Even when people hooked on opioids don't die of an overdose, entire families are destroyed, entire neighborhoods fall apart, entire local economies are devastated." "This is a real crisis in our region. You shouldn't take any gubernatorial candidate seriously unless they have a real, detailed plan to fight the Opioid epidemic. As your next Governor, I won't wait for Washington to take action. I will drive full steam ahead and implement my own Opioid Action Plan, designed to wipe this epidemic from our region once and for all." "First of all, I will increase funding for treatment and recovery. Fixing this epidemic needs to be a high budgetary priority, and I will treat it like one. We will provide local law enforcement with more training and tools to deal with opioid overdoses. We will provide them with funding that allows them to hire more staff, including paramedics, to fight this problem. And we will help build new clinics and treatment centers across the region, especially in rural areas and small towns, so that people can find help and treatment for their addiction right where they live." "Second of all, I will increase funding for research. This means research into how to treat victims of the epidemic, this means research into things like predictive modeling so that we can predict where overdoses might happen and who is at risk. But this also means research into alternatives, into painkillers that are less addictive and can get some of these dangerous opioids off the market. We have fantastic research universities in our region, from MIT to Carnegie Mellon to Cornell. I will take advantage of that by increasing funding for medical research, allowing the incredible scientific talent we already have to help solve a big problem facing their home region." "Third of all, I will increase criminal penalties for people who are breaking the law by trying to profit from the epidemic. If you are a doctor who is giving out opioid prescriptions like candy because it makes you money, I will increase the amount of time you'll spend in jail for that. If you are a dealer who is stealing opioids to sell on the streets, I will lock you up for a long time. When thousands of people are dying because of these criminals, we need to crack down on them." "Finally, I will not be afraid to go after the drug companies. From Theodore Roosevelt on, this region has never been afraid of going after big money, big name corporations. As Governor, I will launch an investigation into whether or not big drug companies have been encouraging doctors to give out opioid prescriptions like candy, or if they knew they were profiting from a fatal drug epidemic. And I will not be afraid to follow this investigation up with criminal charges, or to throw drug executives into jail. Nobody is allowed to profit at the expense of the lives and families of the Northeast."
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  3. Northeast Gubernatorial candidate Sergey Lewinsky (R-MA) spoke in Arlington, VA about his plan to fix the DC Metro "It is an embarrassment that in our National Capital Region, we have one of the least functional public transit systems in the United States. Millions of people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia rely on the Metro to commute to school or work. Yet the Metro is in a death spiral. There are constant track fires, as in literally the tracks frequently light on fire and fill the tunnels with smoke. Poor service leads to fewer people using the Metro. Then, WMATA uses fewer people riding the metro as an excuse to cut service. Then, more people stop using it, and you can see where this ends up if we don't stop it. The DMV region needs a public transit system that works and provides good service, and you shouldn't take any Governor candidate seriously unless they have a plan to stop it." "For a long time, we were told that more funding was the magic bullet. If only we could get dedicated funding, they said, then all of Metro's problems would be fixed. Well, in 2017 dedicated funding finally happened. Virginia, Maryland, and DC all agreed to give more taxpayer money to Metro each year. And the result? Still a ton of delays, still poor maintenance, still declining ridership. And meanwhile, there is less money for other public works projects in this region. Arlington, for example, will be unable to build a much-needed fourth high school because a lot of that money went to Metro instead. And Metro didn't have the courtesy to use that money effectively." "No, throwing money at the problem won't work. We need real reform at Metro, and as your next Governor that is what I will fight to do." "Here's a dirty little secret: 77% of Metro's operating budget, which should be used for improving the tracks and buying new trains, actually goes to paying pensions for workers. This is unsustainable. We need to realign the pension plan to make it more in line with what is realistic and practical. We need to look at what roles and responsibilities we can shift to contractors that do no have a pension cost for the taxpayer. And we need to reform rules that allow Metro employees to shirk their duties. For example, current rules allow the union to reinstate workers who have been fired for glaring safety mistakes, which can lead to the deaths of dozens if a train derails or catches fire. Current rules allow senior, experienced escalator repairmen to pick which stations they work at, which means the escalators that need the most work end up being worked on by the least experienced workers. These rules need to change. We need to make the rules more merit-based, making it easier to promote or give raises to good workers and easier to demote or fire bac workers. Metro workers have the right to unionize and negotiate better pay and benefits, but they do not have the right to endanger or bankrupt the public." "Democrats might call me anti-labor. But what does that word mean? Is it anti-labor to say that millions of workers in the DC area deserve a clean, safe, and timely ride to work? What about all of the restaurant and retail workers who get fired if they arrive late to work: is it anti-labor to say that they deserve a train that gets them to work on time? We can't put the interests of a small group of union bosses ahead of the interests of all of this region's workers." "As your next Governor, I will put the region's workers and commuters first. I will fix the reasons that Metro can't effectively get any value for taxpayer dollars. And by fixing that problem, I will allow Metro to actually move ahead with track work and improvements. We will repair the tracks and make the constant fires go way. We will expand service and reduce the amount of time you spend waiting for a train. And we'll also have money left over to improve bus service, such as by adding dedicated bus lanes on major transit corridors like the Columbia Pike in Arlington or 16th Street and Georgia Avenue in the District." "Want a better transit system? Elect a better Governor."
  4. Northeast Gubernatorial candidate Sergey Lewinsky (R-MA) spoke in New York City about his plan to fix the New York subway. "New York City is our region's most important metropolitan area. And New York City simply cannot function without the MTA subway, a system that has made life and work in New York possible for over a century. Yet all around us, that subway is failing. People are late to work, trains are stuck in tunnels for hours, and you could buy a small country for the cost of expanding the system. Given that the subway is the Governor's responsibility, that means that you shouldn't take any candidate for Governor seriously unless they have a plan to fix the subway. A real plan, not just platitudes." "Lots of people will tell you that you just need to throw more money at the subway. So you have candidates who use the city's subway crisis as a way to promote their favorite kind of tax. They'll say, oh, you just need to tax the rich more and the subway will get fixed. Or, you need to enact a congestion tax for cars entering Manhattan, then the subway will get fixed. These people are, at best, ostriches with their heads in the sand and, at worst, trying to exploit the subway crisis to get their preferred tax policy enacted. The reality is that because doing any kind of work on the subway is incredibly expensive, raising taxes won't do anything. That money will just get wasted when subway projects invariably go way over budget and way over schedule. It shouldn't cost $2.5 billion per mile to expand the subway. It shouldn't cost the GDP of Los Angeles to do a small track improvement project. Fixing the subway starts with making subway repairs and improvements less expensive. We can't fix the subway if we can't afford to fix the subway." "Sometimes, you hear the excuse that subway work in New York has to be expensive, because New York has special problems. You'll hear that work has to be expensive because the subway is so old, or because the city is so dense, or because the water table, etc. New York is an exceptional city in many ways, but these excuses are just a bunch of hot air. Paris has an old subway system and is very dense, yet subway work in Paris costs nearly six times less than subway work in New York, and Paris is also a union town that pays track workers very well. Hong Kong is near the water, yet Hong Kong's subway actually makes a profit, unlike the MTA which loses $6 billion per year." "The reason work costs so much more in New York City is a lack of transparency and accountability. So I will restore that transparency and accountability. As one of my first acts as Governor, I will introduce a bill to overhaul the way New York subway work is governed. I will make sure that the regional government is involved in all negotiations between subway contractors and labor unions, so that the taxpayers of the Northeast are not being charged inflated rates. I will make sure that we use a design-build process for all subway projects, so that we are not forced to constantly add scope and cost to projects. This is not rocket science, this is stuff they do in other cities all around the world that get better results than New York, we simply need leaders willing to take ownership and do it. I will make sure that when we do need to shut down a train line or station to do work, that the people of New York are notified well in advance, and that alternatives like shuttle buses are provided." "I will drive down the cost of expanding the subway, of upgrading the subway, of improving the subway. Once we do that, the government will suddenly be able to afford all sorts of projects, including upgrading the switches, buying newer rail cars, and expanding service areas. We don't need any exotic new taxes to do it, we just need better government. That starts with a better Governor."
  5. FROM THE OFFICE OF SERGEY LEWINSKY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Northeast Gubernatorial candidate Sergey Lewinsky (R-MA) outlined his plan for affordable housing in the Northeast. "Let's admit it: the Northeast is facing a housing crisis, especially in our largest cities. In places like New York, Boston, and the DC metro area, the rents are extremely high and the cost of buying a house are even higher. And the folks who are lucky enough to be able to afford a house often find that their bank accounts are being eaten up by property taxes, which are higher in this region than anywhere else in the country. This crisis is hitting our young people especially hard. High rents mean that kids just out of college have to pay half of their paycheck to their landlord and can't afford to save for retirement. High housing prices mean that millennials are delaying having a family. And high property taxes mean that parents often can't save for their children's education, because they have to give tens of thousands of dollars per year to the government. This needs to stop." "Some have called for rent control. I believe that is wrong-headed. Rent control sounds good in a speech, but the reality is that it simply reduces the number of homes and apartments available. We know this first hand in our region. New York City and Boston both experimented with rent control, and the experiment failed. Both cities repealed it. In fact, in Massachusetts, rent control failed so hard that the people of that state banned it by constitutional amendment. We are not going to go back to failed experiments." "Others call for more public housing. While the government does have a role to play in ensuring our poorest residents are not out on the street, public housing can't solve the fact that working and middle class families also can't find affordable places to live. And the government simply isn't good at building or maintaining homes, nor can the government build the millions of new homes that our region needs." "No, the problem is one of supply and demand, and the solution is one of supply and demand. If more homes can be built in our region, the cost of paying rent or buying a house will go down. I believe there are many places where the government is preventing new homes from being built. If we can get the government out of the way in those places, we will see affordable housing." "Onerous regulations and lengthy approval processes make it very expensive for developers to build new homes or apartments in our region. This means that developers build fewer homes, and it means that when they do build them, they prefer to build high-end, luxury homes and apartments. How many of you have noticed that all that seems to be built in your town are luxury apartments? Nobody builds a Kia house or a Hyundai house, everyone tries to build a Cadillac house. That's because developers right now can only profit if they build homes with extremely high profit margins. If we made it easier to get new housing approved and built, we would see more developers building affordable homes, just like there are car manufacturers that build affordable Kias and Hyundais." "Other times, developers can't build new homes even if it would be profitable for them, because the zoning rules simply don't allow it. I believe our regional zoning laws need to be overhauled to make it easier to build new homes, especially near public transportation. If we build more apartments and condos near train and bus lines, not only will it allow thousands more people to live closer to their jobs, but it will get thousands of cars off our streets, reducing congestion and pollution." "As for property tax, I think it is time for the people of this region to have some relief. As Governor, I will freeze regional property tax rates, so that it doesn't cost a few thousand dollars more each year to keep your house. And I will cap local property tax rates too. Our homeowners need a break, and as your next Governor I will provide them with one. They can use that money to save and invest for their futures instead."
  6. Sergey Kirov Lewinsky FROM THE OFFICE OF SERGEY LEWINSKY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Northeast Gubernatorial candidate Sergey Lewinsky (R-MA) outlined his plan for affordable housing in the Northeast. "Let's admit it: the Northeast is facing a housing crisis, especially in our largest cities. In places like New York, Boston, and the DC metro area, the rents are extremely high and the cost of buying a house are even higher. And the folks who are lucky enough to be able to afford a house often find that their bank accounts are being eaten up by property taxes, which are higher in this region than anywhere else in the country. This crisis is hitting our young people especially hard. High rents mean that kids just out of college have to pay half of their paycheck to their landlord and can't afford to save for retirement. High housing prices mean that millennials are delaying having a family. And high property taxes mean that parents often can't save for their children's education, because they have to give tens of thousands of dollars per year to the government. This needs to stop." "Some have called for rent control. I believe that is wrong-headed. Rent control sounds good in a speech, but the reality is that it simply reduces the number of homes and apartments available. We know this first hand in our region. New York City and Boston both experimented with rent control, and the experiment failed. Both cities repealed it. In fact, in Massachusetts, rent control failed so hard that the people of that state banned it by constitutional amendment. We are not going to go back to failed experiments." "Others call for more public housing. While the government does have a role to play in ensuring our poorest residents are not out on the street, public housing can't solve the fact that working and middle class families also can't find affordable places to live. And the government simply isn't good at building or maintaining homes, nor can the government build the millions of new homes that our region needs." "No, the problem is one of supply and demand, and the solution is one of supply and demand. If more homes can be built in our region, the cost of paying rent or buying a house will go down. I believe there are many places where the government is preventing new homes from being built. If we can get the government out of the way in those places, we will see affordable housing." "Onerous regulations and lengthy approval processes make it very expensive for developers to build new homes or apartments in our region. This means that developers build fewer homes, and it means that when they do build them, they prefer to build high-end, luxury homes and apartments. How many of you have noticed that all that seems to be built in your town are luxury apartments? Nobody builds a Kia house or a Hyundai house, everyone tries to build a Cadillac house. That's because developers right now can only profit if they build homes with extremely high profit margins. If we made it easier to get new housing approved and built, we would see more developers building affordable homes, just like there are car manufacturers that build affordable Kias and Hyundais." "Other times, developers can't build new homes even if it would be profitable for them, because the zoning rules simply don't allow it. I believe our regional zoning laws need to be overhauled to make it easier to build new homes, especially near public transportation. If we build more apartments and condos near train and bus lines, not only will it allow thousands more people to live closer to their jobs, but it will get thousands of cars off our streets, reducing congestion and pollution." "As for property tax, I think it is time for the people of this region to have some relief. As Governor, I will freeze regional property tax rates, so that it doesn't cost a few thousand dollars more each year to keep your house. And I will cap local property tax rates too. Our homeowners need a break, and as your next Governor I will provide them with one. They can use that money to save and invest for their futures instead." View full PR
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    Lewinsky holds Town Hall in Pennsylvania

    Well the government doesn't create jobs - businesses do. So the question really is, how can we attract businesses to the Northeast? First of all, we can attract businesses by having highly skilled workers. As our next Governor, I will focus heavily on education. I want to improve our public schools so that they teach critical math and science skills to all children, preparing them for good jobs in the 21st century. I want to freeze tuition at public colleges in our region, so that the cost of giving your kid a good future doesn't go up every single year, outpacing your savings and your college fund's growth. When employers see that the Northeast is full of recent graduates with solid, in-demand skills, they will want to come here. That will create more jobs for everyone. Second of all, you have to make sure that the government isn't chasing employers away. The government can chase jobs away by over-taxing or over-regulating. As your next Governor, I will keep taxes low to keep and attract job creators. And I will make sure that regulation is streamlined and efficient, so that we can keep consumers and the environment safe without sending people to the unemployment line.
  8. FROM THE OFFICE OF SERGEY LEWINSKY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Northeast Gubernatorial candidate Sergey Kirov Lewinsky (R-MA) praised the new DACA compromise in the House of Representatives, calling it a "triumph of common sense over partisanship." "This bipartisan compromise lets us keep hundreds of thousands of good immigrants, and keep bad immigrants out", Lewinsky said of the legislation, which would grant permanent status to so-called "Dreamers" while significantly improving border security. "The folks who will receive legal status under this bill are all good Americans who don't remember living anywhere but here, and are already contributing to our society and our economy in positive ways. We welcome their contributions, and the Northeast at least is glad we'll get to keep them. On the other hand, the Northeast has been hit hard by violence from gangs like MS-13 that can today easily sneak over our poorly defended border. I think that Sarah Fitzgerald, one of the architects of this deal, has done a great job representing our region in the House of Representatives and I look forward to this compromise becoming law." Lewinsky, who has pledged to eliminate MS-13 from the Northeast as Governor, said that the bill would make it "much easier" to accomplish that goal. "If they can't sneak over the border, it means they can't replenish themselves. I believe a future in which our neighborhoods are safe from incredibly violent gang crime is within our grasp."
  9. Sergey Kirov Lewinsky FROM THE OFFICE OF SERGEY LEWINSKY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Northeast Gubernatorial candidate Sergey Kirov Lewinsky (R-MA) praised the new DACA compromise in the House of Representatives, calling it a "triumph of common sense over partisanship." "This bipartisan compromise lets us keep hundreds of thousands of good immigrants, and keep bad immigrants out", Lewinsky said of the legislation, which would grant permanent status to so-called "Dreamers" while significantly improving border security. "The folks who will receive legal status under this bill are all good Americans who don't remember living anywhere but here, and are already contributing to our society and our economy in positive ways. We welcome their contributions, and the Northeast at least is glad we'll get to keep them. On the other hand, the Northeast has been hit hard by violence from gangs like MS-13 that can today easily sneak over our poorly defended border. I think that Sarah Fitzgerald, one of the architects of this deal, has done a great job representing our region in the House of Representatives and I look forward to this compromise becoming law." Lewinsky, who has pledged to eliminate MS-13 from the Northeast as Governor, said that the bill would make it "much easier" to accomplish that goal. "If they can't sneak over the border, it means they can't replenish themselves. I believe a future in which our neighborhoods are safe from incredibly violent gang crime is within our grasp." View full PR
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    Lewinsky holds Town Hall in Pennsylvania

    People look to regional and local government for bread and butter services: good public schools that give our kids the skills they need to succeed, trains and buses that run on time, services that are easy to sign up for. Government generally does a poor job at these, and I'm running to modernize government. I want to set high standards for our schools, hire the best teachers and retain them. I want to make it easier to fire bad government employees and promote and give raises to good ones. I will not be an ideological or partisan governor, I will be a results governor.
  11. FROM THE OFFICE OF CHARLES TALLEYRAND FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Congressman Charles Talleyrand (R-LA) backed the Reducing Illegal Immigration Act introduced by House Minority Leader Paul Vang. "The United States cannot secure its cities and future if we cannot control our own border. An immigration bill is absolutely needed. What I like about this bill is that it addresses the issues that are relevant in immigration reform today," Talleyrand said. "We have this image in our head of what illegal immigration looks like: people swimming the Rio Grande and rushing over an unguarded border. That kind of illegal border crossing still happens, and it's why we need a big, beautiful wall, something I still fully support. But the fastest growing kind of illegal immigration today is asylum fraud. Illegal immigrants report themselves to the border patrol at a border checkpoint and say that they plan to file for asylum. The government then briefly detains them before letting them go. Many of them then disappear into America, and never file that asylum claim, because they don't have a legitimate case for asylum in the first place. This is what 'catch and release' is all about. That is the loophole that the migrant caravans try to exploit, and why they have no fear of revealing their location to the border patrol. This bill closes that loophole, and will prevent tens of thousands of illegal border crossings per month, preventing people from sneaking into the United States in order to commit crime here, steal government benefits from those who are here legally, and work for illegally low wages under the table, stealing jobs from natives and legal immigrants alike." "The bill also strengthens and mandates E-Verify, a successful government program to make sure that only those who have the right to work in the United States can work in the United States. E-Verify simply makes it possible for us to enforce laws that already exist, but that are being widely ignored by greedy businesses who put profits over patriotism. When illegal immigrants work under the table, not only does it depress wages and reduce employment opportunity for everyone, but it leads to the exploitation of the illegal aliens themselves. When their employer can threaten to report them to immigration authorities, their employer gains the ability to extort them. The current illegal immigration situation is hurting everybody except a wealthy few, and this government must take action on this issue. Paul Vang has led the way forward, it is now on Congress to follow his lead."
  12. Charles Talleyrand FROM THE OFFICE OF CHARLES TALLEYRAND FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Congressman Charles Talleyrand (R-LA) backed the Reducing Illegal Immigration Act introduced by House Minority Leader Paul Vang. "The United States cannot secure its cities and future if we cannot control our own border. An immigration bill is absolutely needed. What I like about this bill is that it addresses the issues that are relevant in immigration reform today," Talleyrand said. "We have this image in our head of what illegal immigration looks like: people swimming the Rio Grande and rushing over an unguarded border. That kind of illegal border crossing still happens, and it's why we need a big, beautiful wall, something I still fully support. But the fastest growing kind of illegal immigration today is asylum fraud. Illegal immigrants report themselves to the border patrol at a border checkpoint and say that they plan to file for asylum. The government then briefly detains them before letting them go. Many of them then disappear into America, and never file that asylum claim, because they don't have a legitimate case for asylum in the first place. This is what 'catch and release' is all about. That is the loophole that the migrant caravans try to exploit, and why they have no fear of revealing their location to the border patrol. This bill closes that loophole, and will prevent tens of thousands of illegal border crossings per month, preventing people from sneaking into the United States in order to commit crime here, steal government benefits from those who are here legally, and work for illegally low wages under the table, stealing jobs from natives and legal immigrants alike." "The bill also strengthens and mandates E-Verify, a successful government program to make sure that only those who have the right to work in the United States can work in the United States. E-Verify simply makes it possible for us to enforce laws that already exist, but that are being widely ignored by greedy businesses who put profits over patriotism. When illegal immigrants work under the table, not only does it depress wages and reduce employment opportunity for everyone, but it leads to the exploitation of the illegal aliens themselves. When their employer can threaten to report them to immigration authorities, their employer gains the ability to extort them. The current illegal immigration situation is hurting everybody except a wealthy few, and this government must take action on this issue. Paul Vang has led the way forward, it is now on Congress to follow his lead." View full PR
  13. FROM THE OFFICE OF CHARLES TALLEYRAND FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Congressman Charles Talleyrand (R-LA) blasted Democrats and Speaker Calvin Ward for choosing political activism over governance. "Spider-Man famously said that with great power comes great responsibility. The American people handed Calvin Ward and the Democrats great power, control of half of Congress and power over the government purse. That power came with the responsibility to govern rather than obstruct, to think about the interests of all Americans and not just the Democratic base." "So far, Speaker Ward and the Democrats are failing spectacularly on this point. The Democrat budget is proof of this. Whereas the last Congress approved new military spending by huge bipartisan majorities because both parties realized that a modern and powerful military is critical to keeping the peace worldwide, Calvin Ward and his cronies now propose to slash that bipartisan Pentagon budget. They are trying to throw away the last Congress's bipartisan accomplishment so they can look good to extreme anti-war activists in Berkeley." "But worse, Speaker Ward instead proposes to spend billions of dollars on illegal immigrants who are only in this country because they broke our laws, and are in many cases stealing government benefits and jobs from Americans who are here legally, including law-abiding immigrants who played by the rules. This is a radical act which, again, pleases left-wing activists but ignores the economic interests of working Americans." "And even more comically, Speaker Ward is now trying to use the budget as a vehicle to legalize marijuana nation-wide. This is an extreme position. There may be merits to the pro and anti sides of marijuana, but something like that should be carefully considered as its own bill, not rammed through with a budget." "Speaker Ward constantly talks about making sure the budget works for working American families. But so far, his budget is working only for left-wing activists and far-left liberals. If he wanted to show off for his base, he should have stayed in opposition. If he wants to be a real Speaker, if the Democrats want to be a real governing party, they better get serious about working with Congressional Republicans, working with President Trump, and finding common sense solutions that work for all Americans, not just soundbytes that play well on Chapo Trap House."
  14. Charles Talleyrand FROM THE OFFICE OF CHARLES TALLEYRAND FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Congressman Charles Talleyrand (R-LA) blasted Democrats and Speaker Calvin Ward for choosing political activism over governance. "Spider-Man famously said that with great power comes great responsibility. The American people handed Calvin Ward and the Democrats great power, control of half of Congress and power over the government purse. That power came with the responsibility to govern rather than obstruct, to think about the interests of all Americans and not just the Democratic base." "So far, Speaker Ward and the Democrats are failing spectacularly on this point. The Democrat budget is proof of this. Whereas the last Congress approved new military spending by huge bipartisan majorities because both parties realized that a modern and powerful military is critical to keeping the peace worldwide, Calvin Ward and his cronies now propose to slash that bipartisan Pentagon budget. They are trying to throw away the last Congress's bipartisan accomplishment so they can look good to extreme anti-war activists in Berkeley." "But worse, Speaker Ward instead proposes to spend billions of dollars on illegal immigrants who are only in this country because they broke our laws, and are in many cases stealing government benefits and jobs from Americans who are here legally, including law-abiding immigrants who played by the rules. This is a radical act which, again, pleases left-wing activists but ignores the economic interests of working Americans." "And even more comically, Speaker Ward is now trying to use the budget as a vehicle to legalize marijuana nation-wide. This is an extreme position. There may be merits to the pro and anti sides of marijuana, but something like that should be carefully considered as its own bill, not rammed through with a budget." "Speaker Ward constantly talks about making sure the budget works for working American families. But so far, his budget is working only for left-wing activists and far-left liberals. If he wanted to show off for his base, he should have stayed in opposition. If he wants to be a real Speaker, if the Democrats want to be a real governing party, they better get serious about working with Congressional Republicans, working with President Trump, and finding common sense solutions that work for all Americans, not just soundbytes that play well on Chapo Trap House." View full PR
  15. FROM THE OFFICE OF CHARLES TALLEYRAND FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Congressman Charles Talleyrand (R-LA) defended Voter ID laws, saying they were necessary to protect democracy. "Voter ID laws are controversial in Congress right now. They are not controversial among the American people, who overwhelmingly support them. Even in today's highly polarized age of partisan fighting, strong bipartisan majorities support voter ID at the polls. And why not: our democracy is the most precious thing we have, and voter ID laws make our democracy stronger by ensuring that our elections are honest and reflect the will of the people." "You need to show ID to do virtually anything in the United States. Buy cigarettes, buy alcohol, drive a car, go to the airport. Voting is more important than any of those things. Why shouldn't elections be protected the same way?" "Democrats spread a number of lies about Voter ID. They claim that African-Americans can't afford a drivers license. That's flat out false - states with voter ID laws typically make a drivers license free to obtain, or allow people to vote with other forms of identification, including student IDs or Social Security cards, which everyone has." "Democrats also like to claim that voter fraud is rare. All of the studies they point to, suspiciously enough, are done by left-wing universities or think tanks who have a vested interest in covering up voter fraud by Democrats. And how can we really know if voter fraud is happening or not unless we actually check if people are eligible to vote when they come to the polls." "Voter ID is a popular idea because it is a good idea with many upsides and no downsides. Be suspicious of anyone who tells you otherwise: what exactly are they trying to pull off?
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