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Immigration | Arizona

These 12 GOP Senators Jeopardized $2.6B in Military Funding for Their States to Build Trump’s Wall

By Chad Smith on March 19, 2019.

The Pentagon on Monday released a list of $6.8 billion worth of military-construction projects that could be scuttled to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall, posing political issues for Republican senators who could see bases in their home states lose hundreds of millions of dollars. More than $2.6 billion of that funding would come from 12 states where Republican senators who supported Trump’s declaration are facing re-election next year.

Immigration

Pentagon Refuses to Confirm McSally’s Claims That Border Wall Won’t Undermine Funding for Arizona Projects

By Chad Smith on March 18, 2019.

Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., defended her vote against blocking President Donald Trump from diverting billions of dollars toward a wall on the southern border, saying the Pentagon assured her it wouldn’t impact military projects in her home state. But by Monday the Pentagon and the White House had not said which projects would be bumped in order to build the wall, raising the political stakes for McSally and other Republicans who will run for re-election next year after voting to take money from military projects.

Accountability | Iowa

Fellow GOP Senator Skewers Joni Ernst’s Paid-Leave Bill As ‘Raid’ on Social Security

By Chad Smith on March 15, 2019.

A fellow Republican senator described Sen. Joni Ernst’s new plan for paid parental leave as “raiding” Social Security, a potentially crippling condemnation as more and more Americans rely on the program.

Accountability

Trump Named 356 Lobbyists to His Administration As His Promise to Ban Them Goes Down the Drain

By Chad Smith on March 8, 2019.

President Donald Trump has named more than 350 federal lobbyists to posts in his administration, a figure much larger than previously reported and an indication of how far afield Trump is from his vow to “drain the swamp.”

Accountability | Maine

Susan Collins, Who Voted Over 20 Times to Gut the ACA, Wants Credit for Saving It

By Chad Smith on February 22, 2019.

Sen. Susan Collins — who has long cultivated an image as a centrist — recently pointed to her votes against repealing the Affordable Care Act to play up her moderate side, ignoring her 20-plus votes to repeal, delay or defund the law.

Accountability | North Carolina

Mark Harris’ Son Shreds Claim There Were No Red Flags About Felon Campaign Consultant

By Chad Smith on February 21, 2019.

Mark Harris’ repeated claims that he had no reason to suspect his campaign consultant’s absentee-ballot scheme was illegal were blown apart Wednesday after his son, an assistant U.S. attorney in North Carolina, testified that he raised red flags with his nearly two years ago.

Accountability | Mississippi

Mississippi’s GOP Senators Quiet About Reeves’ Racist Fraternity Photos

By Chad Smith on February 15, 2019.

Mississippi’s two most powerful leaders in Washington declined to weigh in on reports that the state’s lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, belonged to a fraternity whose members dressed in blackface and Confederate uniforms.

Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, both Republicans, have yet to comment on the revelation, which has drawn...

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