Congress who is proposing to spend less money on infrastructure over the next 10 years.”
The question, they argue, is whether that spending will be covered by borrowing money from China or finding a way to pay for it now.
Congress last raised the gas tax in 1993.
Corker said he avoids violating Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge by pairing the gas tax hike with other tax-relief legislation, such as a proposal to renew certain expired tax provisions indefinitely.
Corker said he vetted his proposal with the anti-tax group, which is led by Grover Norquist.
“We’ve done some work and had some phone conversations with them,” he said.
Americans for Tax Reform told The Hill in an email that it does not endorse the outline of the Corker-Murphy plan.
“The highway trust fund does not have an under-taxing problem.
Some lawmakers and allies have worried the Senate’s draft doesn’t do enough to prevent similar attempts to circumvent the law and the proposal has drawn some prominent criticism.
Democratic elections lawyer Marc Elias penned a blog post last week raising concerns that the law’s expedited judicial review process could place extraordinary power in the hands of some judges with extreme views. He also suggested that the current language could allow a rogue governor to certify an illegitimate slate of presidential electors.
Matthew Seligman, a fellow at the Center for Private Law at Yale Law School, said he agreed with Elias’ assessment that the legislation‘s timeline for challenging a governor’s certification is too short.
The Senate’s immigration bill creates a new category of merit-based green cards for individuals who meet certain criteria—for example, education level, language skills, employment, and family connections—that are determined to be in the national interest. It expands the number of green cards for highly skilled, advanced-degree professionals, creates a new lesser-skilled visa category, and establishes a bureau tasked with analyzing economic, labor, and demographic data to help set annual limits on each type of visa.
9. It enhances national security. Differentiating between who is in our country to do us harm and who is here simply to make a better life for themselves and their families makes our nation more secure in the long run.
January 7th of 2025 in a brave new world. And once we’ve crossed that Rubicon, after a stolen presidential election, I don’t think we can go back,” Seligman said.
Importantly, there’s still some common ground between the chambers. A January report on reforming the Electoral Count Act from the House Administration Committee, which Lofgren chairs and several other members of the select panel also sit on, called for the vice president’s role during the electoral count to be significantly narrowed and for the election-objector threshold to be raised.
The select panel has also repeatedly cited testimony from Pence counsel Greg Jacob, who told the panel both publicly and privately that the former vice president had no legal authority to return the election to the states or reject Biden’s electors.
El Salvador’s president rebuked several U.S. senators on Wednesday for introducing legislation targeting the Latin American country’s adoption of bitcoin as legal currency, referring to the lawmakers as “boomers.”
“OK boomers… You have 0 jurisdiction on a sovereign and independent nation,” El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, 40, tweeted. “We are not your colony, your back yard or your front yard. Stay out of our internal affairs. Don’t try to control something you can’t control.”
The tweet was in response to legislation proposed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) and Sen.
This allows undocumented new Americans to work lawfully in the United States while they wait to be able to apply for lawful permanent residence and eventually U.S. citizenship, and it prevents unscrupulous employers from underpaying them, which drives down the wages and working conditions of all workers. The bill also contains important wage and employee protections for future immigrant workers, keeping them safe from exploitation.
3. It preserves family unity. The bill removes the limitations on the number of visas that legal permanent residents can request for their spouses and minor children, ensuring that families are not separated for years while awaiting legal status.
It creates a process to aggressively clear the estimated 4.4 million-person backlogs in the family- and employment-based visa systems within the next 10 years.
It levels the playing field for all employers. The Senate’s immigration proposal mandates the use of E-Verify, the government’s electronic employment-verification system, for all employers to ensure that the workers they hire are authorized to work in the United States. This mandatory program will protect the integrity of the employment system by ensuring that employers and workers are held accountable and, paired with the legalization provisions, will make sure that no undue burdens are placed on those currently without legal status. The mandate includes a five-year phase-in period to allow small businesses more time to comply with the requirements.
She noted that Senate Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and top Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri “provided advice and counsel throughout this process” and that she is speaking with both of them “about potential improvements ahead of the August Rules Committee hearing.”
“The focus of our bipartisan group has always been to draft legislation to fix the flaws of the archaic and ambiguous Electoral Count Act of 1887 that can receive more than 60 votes to pass the Senate, and that is exactly what our bill would achieve,” Collins added.
The Senate’s bipartisan Electoral Count Act reforms include several major changes to the law that are intended to prevent another misuse of the Jan. 6 certification rules.
Further, the bill allows these long-term residents to apply for citizenship three years after securing their green cards.
5. It protects DREAMers and farmworkers. The senators’ proposal acknowledges the unique circumstances confronting individuals who were brought to the United States as children and provides them with an accelerated five-year path to earn permanent residence and citizenship, unlike the 10-year path for most unauthorized immigrants. Likewise, it recognizes the high percentage of farmworkers who are undocumented and their importance to the industry.
To stabilize the agricultural industry, the bill authorizes farmworkers who continue working in agriculture to apply for permanent residence five years after the bill’s enactment.
It raises the wage floor for all workers. The bill allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before December 31, 2011, to apply for status as a registered provisional immigrant, or RPI.
It boosts economic growth. The bipartisan legislation enables eligible undocumented immigrants to realize their full earnings potential by providing them with a pathway to legal status and the ability to work legally, including the ability to pursue higher-paying legal jobs that match their skills. Legal status also provides an incentive for workers to further their education and training. On average, undocumented immigrants will increase their earnings by 15 percent over five years under this bill, leading to a cumulative $832 billion in economic growth and $109 billion in increased tax revenues over the next 10 years.
It will also create an estimated 121,000 jobs each year, benefits that accrue to all Americans.
8. It modernizes our immigration system.