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Undocumented Immigrants Rush Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge Hours Before Congressional Visits
With three separate congressional delegations visiting the Rio Grande Valley on Friday, 47 undocumented immigrants in 3 waves rushed the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge early Friday morning in an attempt to “bridge-running” into the United States.
Sixteen individuals were taken by CBP for processing and deportation. Mexican officials took the rest.
- KGBT-TV Link: https://valleycentral.com/news/local/pharr-international-bridge-closes-following-immigrants-attempt-to-rush-port-of-entry
Of the three congressional delegations visiting the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas on Friday, the most interesting, honest and bipartisan of the 3 is the delegation from the House Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC).
This caucus, currently made up of 48 members, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, was the group that successfully broke the partisan gridlock for the emergency funding for the southern border last month.
The PSC convinced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to accept the Senate-amended H.R. 3401 emergency southern border funding bill as-is, which created the uproar among progressives and the emergence of “The Squad”.
The PSC is the most honest assessment of what was seen at the border, and their bipartisan press conference was recorded in its entirety by KGBT-TV.
Congresswoman Underwood and Congressman Casten both need to take a lesson from the PSC, just as they did last month with their votes on H.R. 3401 on June 27, and quickly SOLVE the border crisis.
To review the PSC’s impact on H.R. 3401, the initial House vote on H.R. 3401 on June 25 is below, pretty much on party-lines:
The Senate followed-up the next day, and with the approval of a gut & replace amendment, the final Senate passage :
The twelve members of the PSC who travelled to south Texas addressed the press in a roundtable press conference for nearly 25 minutes on Friday evening.
Please note the cooperative, conciliatory and humble tone both the Democratic and Republican members share.
None are grandstanding.
The PSC simply wants to bring a legislative end to the border crisis as soon as possible.
From the Illinois delegation, only Congressman Dan Lipinski is a member of the PSC and he did not accompany the PSC to the border on Friday.
The link below contains the video about halfway down the page:
- KGBT-TV Problem Solvers Caucus Roundtable Link: https://valleycentral.com/news/local/watch-live-problem-solvers-caucus-roundtable-in-mcallen
- House and Senate vote grids from California Target Book, highlighting of Casten, Duckworth, Durbin and Underwood by McHenry County Blog
Democratic Senators and House Homeland Security Committee Delegations
The Senate delegation led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was composed of all Democrats and accompanied by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.
Prior to leaving the Rio Grande Valley on Friday afternoon, the Senators held a press conference which is broken down into 2 videos.
Senator Bob Menendez (D, NJ) speaks Spanish during the part 1 video which you can skip over to Senator Schumer when he takes back the mic.
Senator Durbin addresses the press in the press conference, too.
The House Homeland Security Committee delegation, which included Congresswoman Underwood, had a story, too.
The House delegation did not speak to the press.
The video you catch a glimpse of Underwood.
At this point, Underwood has not released anything in social media about her visit to the border. No press releases have been released.
- KGBT-TV Multiple Congressional Delegations Link: https://valleycentral.com/news/local/members-of-congress-acting-secretary-of-defense-visit-rio-grande-valley-for-visits
President Wins a Round in Court on Health Care
A Washington D.C. federal judge ruled in favor of the Trump Administration to expand the sale and availability of short-term medical insurance plans that do not meet the Affordable Care Act compliance.
Congresswoman Underwood tweeted on Saturday renewing calls how .H.R. 1010 to end the sale of the short-term plans, or “junk plans” as she calls them. The Bloomberg link is below:
- Bloomberg Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-19/trump-s-short-term-health-insurance-rule-survives-lawsuitH.R. 1010 Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1010/text
Sue Rezin Candidacy Prompts New Fundraising Appeal from Underwood’s Campaign Twitter
Early Saturday afternoon, Lauren Underwood’s campaign issued this tweet:
State Senator Sue Rezin is the 6th candidate to enter the race for the 2020 Republican nomination for the 14th district.
When the House’s August recess begins this Friday, Underwood is heading to California, where she has one public appearance planned.
One would guess that the Monday early evening appearance in the Mission District in San Francisco is not the only political event she will be attending during her California trip