Do Your Job
President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty by announcing his Supreme Court nominee this week. In nominating Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama has chosen a respected jurist who embodies wisdom, judgement, and dedication to justice for all Americans. Judge Garland has dedicated his life to upholding the Constitution.
As the Chief Judge for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Garland has the experience and the legal acumen to serve on the highest court in the land. He has a powerful command of the law and a deep respect for its impact on the lives of hard-working Americans.
The American people expect the United States Senate to do their job and give Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and timely vote.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives opposing an anti-immigrant amicus Supreme Court brief.
A Nation of Immigrants
House Republicans are doubling down on their own radical assaults on hard-working immigrant families across America. This week, they passed a resolution authorizing the Speaker to file an anti-immigrant amicus brief with the Supreme Court – but they won’t tell the House or the American people what they’re planning to say in it.
Here’s one thing that won’t be admitted in their amicus brief: the President’s Immigration Executive Actions follow the same constitutional and legal precedent used by every Administration – Republican and Democratic – since President Eisenhower. Just as Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did before him, President Obama took executive action to make our immigration system better meet the needs of our country and better reflect our values as Americans.
House and Senate Democrats stand for restoring sense to our utterly broken immigration system – so that we stop tearing apart families and separating parents from their children. Last week, we filed our own amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the Immigration Executive Actions.
My office recently assisted an organization in my district that receives charitable donations in order to assist individuals who are experiencing eviction. The organization contacted my office when its 501(c)(3) tax exemption was suddenly revoked by the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) automatic revocation system despite the organization providing documentation showing that it should remain tax exempt. This prevented the organization from collecting any donations for its eviction defense program. My staff promptly brought the issue to the attention of the IRS, shortly thereafter, the IRS agreed that the tax exempt status had been erroneously revoked due to an administrative error. The organization can now continue to provide legal support to individuals in need.
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