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Gaetz requests Judiciary Committee start each hearing with Pledge of Allegiance, Nadler calls it ‘unnecessary’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Thursday suggested to the House Judiciary Committee that each hearing should be commenced with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, but the committee chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), said such a proposal was “unnecessary.”

“I just think that it would be nice if—in the spirit of national unity and national pride, which I know we all aspire to do to a greater extent—that at the beginning of each meeting the chair, or one of the designees of the chair, would have the opportunity to lead us in the pledge of allegiance,” the Florida Republican said to Nadler.

Citing the turbulent times right now in the United States, Gaetz said that “it’s important for the country to see members of Congress working together on some things, and while I know that we can deal with divisive issues in the committee, it would be my hope that we could start every committee with a great, unifying, patriotic moment.”

Nadler responded by saying that reciting the pledge before each hearing was “unnecessary,” adding that the House of Representatives “begins every day with the Pledge of Allegiance” and that “we’re covered by that.”

“There’s no necessity to say the Pledge of Allegiance twice during the same day,” the New York Democrat added.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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