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Sen. Rand Paul says massive reconciliation bill could lead ‘ us to become Venezuela’

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As negotiations continue for the Democrats’ $3.5 reconciliation bill, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) warns that the extraordinary spending could eventually “destroy the currency.” Paul appeared on the latest episode of The Sara Carter Show to talk about the implications of massive federal spending.

“This is sort of Democrats saying ‘hey, free college, free daycare won’t cost you anything.’ But what they don’t tell you is the price of gas is going up the price of your groceries is going up,” Paul said. “And ultimately you pay for this by higher prices. You pay for this through inflation.”

Host Sara Carter pointed out that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claims the bill was born out of the GOP’s lackluster COVID-19 relief bill. “Democrats are working to bring this GOP-manufactured default crisis to a swift end and avoid irreparable economic harm to people and families,” Schumer tweeted Wednesday.

However, Paul says all sides are in some way to blame. He said the Democrats also share the blame for the origin of the massive spending bill.

“Both parties do deserve blame for that,” Paul admitted to Carter. “But we have to talk to the American people, because I think we’re in the process of getting to the point where we might even destroy the currency. You don’t want us to become Venezuela. I don’t want our currency to be worthless, right? And when our currency becomes worthless, it means chaos for the world.”

“We’re living in a time where everything is changing,” Carter said. “But we cannot get lazy. We need to pay attention to what is going on here. We need to ask our lawmakers to do their job to do their job and to stop this.”

So far, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) refuse to advocate for a bill at $3.5 trillion. They both claim they would support a bill that didn’t involve that large a budget. Listen to the full podcast here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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