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Rep. Mike Gallagher’s Departure Leaves GOP in Tight Spot: One-Seat Majority in the Balance

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Rep. Mike Gallagher, a prominent Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House select committee on China, has made a significant announcement that will reverberate throughout Congress. On April 19, Gallagher will bid farewell to his congressional duties, marking an unexpected turn in his political trajectory.

According to reports from Fox News, this decision, revealed back in February, caught many by surprise, especially given Gallagher’s standing as a respected figure within the GOP. His departure will undoubtedly leave a void in the Republican ranks, as he has been a steadfast voice on critical issues, particularly regarding China.

With Gallagher’s impending exit, House Republicans will find themselves navigating a delicate balance, holding only a slim one-seat majority until his replacement is determined.

Gallagher’s departure comes at a crucial time for House Republicans as they navigate a narrow majority and crucial legislative battles. With only one seat separating the parties, every vote takes on added significance, particularly on contentious issues such as spending, immigration, and healthcare. The timing of Gallagher’s exit adds an extra layer of complexity, requiring careful strategizing to ensure Republican priorities are advanced effectively during this period of transition.

Furthermore, House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana will face the challenge of maintaining party unity in critical votes, knowing that each member’s presence is crucial until the special election on May 21, which aims to fill the vacancy left by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California.

 

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BREAKING: White House announces mass-amnesty plan for illegal immigrants married to U.S. citizens

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An estimated 1.1 million illegal immigrants are married to United States citizens, and President Joe Biden just gave them a path to amnesty. The administration announced Tuesday that the sweeping executive action will provide legal protections in an effort to “keep families together” known as the “parole in place” program.

Eligible individuals will be protected from deportation and be provided with work permits if they have lived in the U.S. for at least a decade. They have three years to apply for permanent citizenship.

“President Biden believes that securing the border is essential,” the White House said in a statement. “He also believes in expanding lawful pathways and keeping families together, and that immigrants who have been in the United States for decades, paying taxes and contributing to their communities, are part of the social fabric of our country.”

National Review reports an estimated 500,000 people could benefit, and that Biden is expected to celebrate the executive action at a White House event celebrating the 12-year anniversary of former president Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields illegal-immigrant children from deportation. The new order will also make DACA recipients eligible for Obamacare.
The Biden administration is also crafting a plan to streamline the process for undocumented students and other illegal immigrants to receive temporary work visas, according to National Review which also notes that “although DACA has survived legal challenges up to this point, it’s unclear if Biden’s new executive action will have a similar fate, particularly given the composition of the Supreme Court.”

 

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