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  1. Morgan Johnson

    Border Security and Immigration Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank this body for unanimously passing the amendment I introduced. I would like it to be noted that 2/3 of all illegal immigrants actually enter this country by legal means and simply overstay their visas (source). This has been true since 2007 and continues to trend in this direction. Therefore, the bill as amended, with more visa security and without a "wall," will do more to curb illegal immigration than the original bill would have. To my Republican colleagues I say, "You're welcome." I yield.
  2. Morgan Johnson

    Revenue Neutral Corporate Tax Reduction Act

    Mr. Speaker, Under current law, the lowest rate of tax on business is 15% of any income between 0 and $50,000 annually. Then the marginal rate increases to at least 25% for each further increment of income, strangely bouncing around between 35% and 39% at higher levels (meaning that in some cases the marginal rate is higher at lower increments!)(source). Speaking for myself, I am fine with keeping the very lowest rate of 15% as it exists under current law, and at no more than 25% for every other corporation. Therefore, I propose this amendment: SECTION. 2. ACTIONS. (a) 26 U.S. Code § 11 (a) is amended to read as follows: "(a) Corporations in general A 25 percent tax is hereby imposed for each taxable year on the taxable income of every corporation, except for income up to $50,000, which shall be subject to a 15 per cent tax."
  3. Morgan Johnson

    Revenue Neutral Corporate Tax Reduction Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am unfortunately unable to support the amendment offered by the gentleman from Nevada. The purpose of the bill under consideration is to provide a significant reduction in the top marginal tax rate for businesses. In other words, no business should be expected to pay more than 25% of its annual income to the federal government. This means that no business will pay a higher rate than it presently does. The amendment offered is not well considered and dilutes the bill to meaninglessness. I yield.
  4. Morgan Johnson

    Border Security and Immigration Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, Permission to revise and extend my remarks. I offer this amendment because studies have shown that individuals overstaying their visas has become a larger contributor to illegal immigration than illegal border crossings. While we debate whether to build a wall on our southern border, we are missing a larger problem. I yield.
  5. Morgan Johnson

    Border Security and Immigration Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, I move the following amendment to this billl, to be added to Title I: Section 4: VISA Security 4.1 Electronic passport screening and biometric matching (a) In general Subtitle C of title IV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 231 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new sections: 4.2 Electronic passport screening and biometric matching (a) In general Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this section, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall— (1) screen electronic passports at airports of entry by reading each such passport’s embedded chip; and (2) to the greatest extent practicable, utilize facial recognition technology or other biometric technology, as determined by the Commissioner, to screen travelers at United States airports of entry. (b) Applicability (1) Electronic passport screening Paragraph (1) of subsection (a) shall apply to passports belonging to individuals who are United States citizens, individuals who are nationals of a program country pursuant to section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187), and individuals who are nationals of any other foreign country that issues electronic passports. (2) Facial recognition matching Paragraph (2) of subsection (a) shall apply to individuals who are nationals of a program country pursuant to section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. 4.3. Continuous screening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall, in a risk-based manner, continuously screen individuals issued any visa, and individuals who are nationals of a program country pursuant to section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, who are present, or will soon be arriving, in the United States, against the appropriate criminal, national security, and terrorism databases maintained by the Federal Government. . 4.4: Reporting of visa overstays Section 2 of Public Law 105–173 (8 U.S.C. 1376) is amended— (1) in subsection (a)— (A) by striking Attorney General and inserting Secretary of Homeland Security; and (B) by inserting before the period at the end the following: , and any additional information that the Secretary determines necessary for purposes of the report under subsection (b); and (2) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows: (b) Annual Report Not later than June 30, 2018, and not later than June 30 of each year thereafter, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate a report providing, for the preceding fiscal year, numerical estimates of— (1) for each country, the number of aliens from the country who are described in subsection (a), including— (A) the total number of such aliens within all classes of nonimmigrant aliens described in section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)); and (B) the number of such aliens within each of the classes of nonimmigrant aliens, as well as the number of such aliens within each of the subclasses of such classes of nonimmigrant aliens, as applicable; (2) for each country, the percentage of the total number of aliens from the country who were present in the United States and were admitted to the United States as nonimmigrants who are described in subsection (a); (3) the number of aliens described in subsection (a) who arrived by land at a port of entry into the United States; and (4) the number of aliens described in subsection (a) who entered the United States using a border crossing identification card (as such term is defined in section 101(a)(6) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(6))). . 4.5. Student and exchange visitor information system verification Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that the information collected under the program established under section 641 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1372) is available to officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducting primary inspections of aliens seeking admission to the United States at each port of entry of the United States.
  6. Morgan Johnson

    Revenue Neutral Corporate Tax Reduction Act

    Mr. Speaker, This bill does exactly what I said it needed to do to win my support. I will vote for it because cutting rates in a financially responsible way is good for businesses and workers. I yield.
  7. Morgan Johnson

    The Way It Is: This Week With David Kronkyte

    Announcer: The Way It Is: This Week with David Kronkyte. From Washington, DC, here's David Kronkyte. Announcer: "The Way It Is: This Week With David Kronkyte." Kronkyte: Good afternoon. Unified government in Washington. Specifically, unified government with Republicans occupying the White House and both Houses for Congress ... for the first time since 2004. What does it mean? How will they govern? And how will Democrats respond with new leadership in the House? Our guest today is .. Evelyn Vanderfleet. She represents California in the House of Representatives, and has achieved considerable prominence in recent days as the newly named Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Congresswoman, welcome to The Way It is. Vanderfleet: Thank you, David. It is a pleasure to be here. Kronkyte: My first question is that while you personally have come a long way in politics, your party ... has not. Democrats are shut out of the White House and are in the minority in Congress. They are in the worst position for their party since 2004. So ... what's the problem? Why did your party lose up and down the ballot? Vanderfleet: First, I am new to politics. I would like to be clear, I am not an experienced politician. In politics, I am a novice. The Washington game is not something I am as familiar with. From my years with Apple, to my various venture capitalist experiences, I am an expert problem solver, team leader, and brander. I have been a lifelong Democrat. Post-1960, we saw the Democratic party stand for equal rights, stand for the everyday American, and stand for more opportunities. I could not believe how the Democratic values were so right, but the democrats themselves were so disorganized and screw it up time and time again. I had enough of it and ran for congress myself. Hillary Clinton was the far superior candidate in 2016 over Speaker Macmillan; however, the democrats were poorly organized and blew the whole thing. The reason our party lost up and down the ballot was due to a poor delivery of our message and how we can solve the problems of every day Americans. When the people know what we stand for, there is no doubt that what we say is what they think and believe. Kronkyte: So, Madame Chair, you seem to be saying that your party is entirely right and does not need to rethink any of its stances, it's all just a matter of mis-communication or disorganization? Vanderfleet: Nothing is ever 100% right as when new information gets presented, things are bound to change. To clarify, the party’s values of equal opportunity, worker’s rights, affordable healthcare, affordable college and education, public education, environmental awareness, women’s rights, economics, and much more tend to work better when Democrats call the shots rather than conservatives. If you would indulge me, let’s talk about the economy. During President Bill Clinton’s leadership, we saw budget surpluses from 1998-2001 under Clinton economics*. The deficit reappeared with President George W. Bush’s budget in 2002. We have yet to recover from those Bush era economics. President George W Bush left President Obama with a 7.8% unemployment rate; whereas, President Obama has left President Macmillan with a 4.8% unemployment rate. President Barack Obama insured millions of Americans with health insurance. He also had the longest stretch of job growth in American history. The only Republican president who lowered unemployment during his term in the last 70 years was President Ronald Reagan while President Obama, President Clinton, President Kennedy, President Johnson, and President Truman all lowered the unemployment rate**. The Democrats are not always 100% correct on every issue, but we are right on economic issues. Kronkyte: So what are your party's priorities in this coming Session? Vanderfleet: Being in the minority, we plan to enact common sense bills and address the specific problems every-American can support. Our priorities include combating human trafficking, addressing the opioid epidemic, and a focus on jobs and job growth. We will also stand firm on any assault to women’s health care, women’s rights to choose, LGBT rights, extreme immigration policies, and the ACA. We will oppose any huge corporate tax breaks as well. We want to see a balanced budget and a reduction of the deficit, something that President Barack Obama was unable to do; however, you cannot blame him too much due to the obstruction by conservatives. Being in the minority, our agenda is clear. Unite on what we can to serve the American people, defend our core values from Republican attack to protect the American people, and if the Republicans choose to listen, hear our ideas for affordable college, improved health care, minimum wage increases, and equality advancements. Kronkyte: Alright, well thank you for your time today, Congresswoman. My closing thoughts: It seems that there will be real ideological clashes in the new Congress.
  8. Morgan Johnson

    @MorganJohnson

    @MorganJohnson: Attempting to cut through the static to put forward my concerns for immigration reform and border security:
  9. Amidst the partisan back and forth on the issue of immigration reform and border security, Democratic Congressman Morgan Johnson offers these thoughts for what would make a proposal he would consider ideal to support: "I have not been able to commit to either party's "official" bill on immigration reform and border security, because, while both proposals have helpful elements to them, it would be even better to combine the most helpful aspects into one bill, and to add other vital provisions. Fundamentally, a comprehensive bill must include a permanent DACA resolution and guard against the danger of families being separated at the border. The provision of temporary visa for agricultural work is also a high priority. At the same time, e-verify is absolutely necessary to prevent businesses from taking advantages of illegal, low-cost labor. In addition, more attention needs to be paid to the problem of individuals who overstay their visas. In recent years that has been a greater source of illegal immigration than border crossings. Therefore, a system of biometric visas needs to be implemented, which can also be linked to e-verify. I have a great concern for the status of refugees in the world, particularly in areas where religious minorities, often Christian minorities, have been terrorized, and sometimes as an indirect result of our own actions (for example the displacement of Christians in Iraq after the end of the second Gulf War). For that reason I am calling for an increase in the number of refugees permitted to stay in this country, subject, of course, to the appropriate vetting. I am more flexible on the issues of the diversity lottery for visas and the increase of physical barriers on the southern border, as well as to how we finance a bill. It is my hope that both parties can come together on a plan to reduce illegal immigration and to act in the best traditions of our country's welcoming legitimate immigrants and refugees."
  10. Morgan Johnson Amidst the partisan back and forth on the issue of immigration reform and border security, Democratic Congressman Morgan Johnson offers these thoughts for what would make a proposal he would consider ideal to support: "I have not been able to commit to either party's "official" bill on immigration reform and border security, because, while both proposals have helpful elements to them, it would be even better to combine the most helpful aspects into one bill, and to add other vital provisions. Fundamentally, a comprehensive bill must include a permanent DACA resolution and guard against the danger of families being separated at the border. The provision of temporary visa for agricultural work is also a high priority. At the same time, e-verify is absolutely necessary to prevent businesses from taking advantages of illegal, low-cost labor. In addition, more attention needs to be paid to the problem of individuals who overstay their visas. In recent years that has been a greater source of illegal immigration than border crossings. Therefore, a system of biometric visas needs to be implemented, which can also be linked to e-verify. I have a great concern for the status of refugees in the world, particularly in areas where religious minorities, often Christian minorities, have been terrorized, and sometimes as an indirect result of our own actions (for example the displacement of Christians in Iraq after the end of the second Gulf War). For that reason I am calling for an increase in the number of refugees permitted to stay in this country, subject, of course, to the appropriate vetting. I am more flexible on the issues of the diversity lottery for visas and the increase of physical barriers on the southern border, as well as to how we finance a bill. It is my hope that both parties can come together on a plan to reduce illegal immigration and to act in the best traditions of our country's welcoming legitimate immigrants and refugees." View full PR
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    @MorganJohnson

    @MorganJohnson: GOP control of government means being governed by a basket of mediocrities.
  12. Announcer: The Way It is: This Week with David Kronkyte. From Washington, DC, here's David Kronkyte: Kronkyte: Elections have consequences. As a result of our national elections, we have a government under unified Republican control for the first time since 2004. Many things have changed. Barack Obama and Joseph Biden ... are gone. Dylan MacMillan is President, and our guest today, Kyle Fitzgerald, is Vice President. He has risen fast in politics, spending a few years as a State Senator and then ... another few as the Lieutenant Governor of Texas before becoming the new Vice President. He has the least federal experience of any Vice President since ... Spiro Agnew. Mr. Vice President, welcome to "The Way It Is." Fitzgerald: Thank you David. That's an ominous comparison. I hope I'll turn out better than Agnew. Kronkyte: Time will tell, Mr. Vice President. Time will tell. Mr. Vice President, the Republican Party controls the White House and Congress. So the question is ... how will the Republican Party govern? Will you try to drive through a strongly ideological agenda while you can, or will moderation and compromise be your approach? Fitzgerald: I think it really has to be a mix of both, David. There are some things Dylan and I campaigned on in 2016 that you might view as more conservative. But there are other issues where it's easier for both parties to reach agreement. I think America is generally a center-right nation, and that's how I think we'll end up governing the country. Kronkyte: Can you give our viewers some examples of where you will advocate more conservative policies? Fitzgerald: I think it's all in the eye of the beholder, David. I think we proposed a very reasonable immigration bill that fixes some very serious problems facing our country, but to someone like Arnold Vinick, maybe it's too conservative for him. Kronkyte: So that sounds like something you would categorize as more conservative? What is specifically "conservative" about it? Fitzgerald: While increased border security is something broadly popular among the American electorate, it is something that conservatives have specifically asked for at the grassroots level for a long time, especially the construction of physical barriers. Kronkyte: And you have advocated for limiting legal immigration as well, is that not correct? Fitzgerald: David, I believe we need to transition to a more merit based immigration system. One that emphasize quality and not just quantity. In the 19th century, we brought in large numbers of immigrants, mostly from Europe, to fuel the industrial revolution and provide manpower for the military. Our needs in the 21st century are radically different, and we're not going to remain the world's undisputed superpower in the 21st century with a 19th century immigration system. Automation is a very real phenomenon, and it's going to ultimately eliminate a lot of blue collar, working class jobs. That's why it doesn't make sense to let people into the country just for winning a lottery or because they're somebody's second cousin. We need to prioritize people with the special skills and abilities America needs to stay on top. Kronkyte: Thank you for your response Mr. Vice President. Are there other priorities that the MacMillan Administration will pursue out of the gate? Fitzgerald: I don't know about out of the gate, but I know we're looking to tackle a number of issues. We want to create jobs for the American people. We want to invest in our country's infrastructure. We want to lower taxes and reform our tax code. We want to make education local again. We want to rebuild our military. I think if we get those things done, it's a successful session. Kronkyte: Ambitious goals, Mr. Vice President. How much will they cost? Fitzgerald: That's the million dollar question, David. Dylan and I both have experience balancing budgets at the state level. We want to get our country back on a solid fiscal track. That might not happen overnight, but we intend to be as responsible as we can and find ways to finance our priorities. Kronkyte: Is there any chance you will reveal any of those ways to our audience today? Fitzgerald: There's a lot of waste in the federal government, and there are a lot of loopholes in our tax code that are abused by wealty elites and multi-national corporations. Kronkyte: We will certainly be looking forward to hearing more about proposed cuts to loopholes and waste. As I am sure you know, being in politics, it is much easier to promise "nice" things like increased spending and lower taxes than to describe how these things are to be paid for. I have one final question, concerning foreign policy, which has suddenly raised its head. Leading Congressional Democrats are calling for the U.S. to leave Afghanistan. They don't give any particular reason for doing so, other than "it's taking too long." How will the President respond to this move by Congressional Democrats? Fitzgerald: I think he'll talk to people at the pentagon and the generals about the best way forward. They're the experts. Kronkyte: Alright. Well, again, Mr. Vice President, thank you for appearing here today. I know we will be hearing a lot from you as the session continues. Fitzgerald: Thank you, David. Kronkyte: And now for some closing thoughts: The Vice President went into some detail about border security and immigration, obviously a concern for someone from Texas. Eyebrows will be raised at the call to reduce legal immigration. While everyone it seems says they oppose illegal immigration, it is unusual for a major political figure, much less an entire Administration, to want to reduce legal immigration. The Administration also has big plans to spend more money on ... pretty much everything a government does. Jobs programs, even in a time when we approach full employment anyway. More money for infrastructure. More money for the military. And all that with lower taxes ... and a deficit over half a trillion dollars with a national debt of $20 trillion. Savings to be specified ... later. Next Sunday, my guest will be the new Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Evelyn Vanderfleet, to give her thoughts on where her party stands now and what it should do in the session to come. Thank you, and good day.
  13. Morgan Johnson

    Morgan Johnson (Democrat)

    Narrative Bio: Morgan Johnson, a moderate Democrat, was elected to represent North Carolina's 13th Congressional District in 2016, running ahead of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Johnson is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has also practiced law as a District Attorney. His politics are considerably more moderate than other North Carolina Democrats in the North Carolina Congressional delegation. He is cautiously conservative on social issues, moderately hawkish in foreign policy, and a hardliner on fiscal policy, opposing even popular tax cut and spending proposals because of his concern for the annual budget deficit and national debt. He is not especially folksy, breaking the mold for current Southern Democrats.
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