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The CEOs of multiple Big Tech companies testified before Congress over their alleged role in helping spread misinformation. One America’s Kendell Kadesky has more.

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Pelosi: Biden’s $2T American Jobs Plan ushers in ‘reconstruction’ period for U.S.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Biden’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan represents a “renewal of reconstruction” period for the U.S.

The Reconstruction-era in U.S. history refers to the period after the Civil War and abolition of slavery.

“The joy of the season is marked by another renewal, renewal of reconstruction that President Biden put forth yesterday in his presentation. He promised when he took the oath of office that we would build back better,” Pelosi said during a news conference.

“Again, more to come in the next package but right now, what the President is doing is creating communities of opportunity, giving communities of color and rural communities, giving more opportunity there,” she added, referring to Biden’s forthcoming American Family Plan.

Pelosi said she expects the formal legislative language reflecting Biden’s American Jobs Plan to be drafted at some point in May.

“We look forward to writing a bill, maybe much of it in the first week of May for the infrastructure piece of it and we’ll see when the Senate then will act upon those proposals and then we go either to conference or just amending each other’s product,” she said. 

Wrapping up the news conference, Pelosi told reporters that “whatever you observe or don’t, have the joy of springtime, enliven your spirits, it’s a good time of renewal and a time of reconstruction.”

The White House released a fact sheet on Wednesday that summarizes key parts of Biden’s jobs and infrastructure plan. Biden has proposed raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21% and increasing the top income tax rate for individuals and families to fund the jobs plan.

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Sen. Blackburn asks Biden admin why U.S. spending $284K per migrant family to keep them in hotels

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn has done the math.

The Tennessee Republican’s interest was piqued after the Biden administration announced its intention to spend nearly $87 million to house 1,200 foreigners who illegally cross the border in hotel rooms in the U.S.

“As the current contract stands, the cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person,” Blackburn wrote in a letter Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting Director Tae Johnson. “For a family of four, that amounts to a shocking $284,000 – enough to buy a small house.”

Earlier this month, the administration awarded ICE an $86.9 million contract through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors, which will provide hotel rooms near the border for temporary shelter. But Blackburn also questions how the group spends its money.

She said Endeavors in 2018 collected more than $38 million in contributions and grants but noted that “IRS filings show that nearly $22 million or almost half of those contributions went to salaries.”

“This raises questions if half of the $86.9 million in ICE contract proceeds will likewise be allocated toward employee and executive compensation instead of migrant services or housing,” Blackburn wrote in her letter.

She also expressed concerns that Endeavors’ CEO Jon Allman has not provided “specific details about the contract.”

“It is unclear whether this nonprofit has ever previously managed a contract of this magnitude, housed a migrant population of this size or served vulnerable children without putting them at further risk,” Blackburn wrote. “DHS and ICE must provide commitments to assure Congress and the American public that Endeavors is up for the task of securely and efficiently housing illegal immigrants without resulting in waste or abuse of taxpayer dollars, or worse, harming vulnerable migrant children.”

Blackburn asked for answers by April 15.

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GOP congressman: It’s racist to suggest voter ID requirements hinder African-Americans

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Rep. Mo Brooks, the Alabama Republican now running for U.S. Senate, says the “socialist Democrats” who argue that requiring a photo ID to cast ballots would hinder African-Americans voters are actually racist.

Brooks, an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, said that everyone, regardless of race, has an equal ability to obtain photo identification in America.

“They, the socialist Democrats, are arguing that Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Caucasian Americans, somehow have the ability to vote, have the ability to get photo ID, but the socialist Democrats are in effect arguing that somehow or another African Americans are inferior and unable to do what other races are doing, therefore, African Americans need to be protected in some fashion and should not be subject to voter identification,” Brooks told the John Solomon Reports podcast on Monday.

“That’s wrong. All of us are created equal in the eyes of God. All of us have the equal ability to get photo identification,” Brooks said.

As the U.S. faces a surge of migrants along its southern border, Brooks added the “consequences of the socialist open borders policies are horrific,” noting that according to federal crime data, about 2,000 Americans yearly “are killed on American soil at the hands of illegal aliens.”

The congressman also said that more than 30,000 Americans per year die from overdoses on drugs that are smuggled through the nation’s southern border, and he said that a massive pool of illegal alien workers that depresses American wages and leaves fewer job opportunities for Americans. He also said that illegal aliens on welfare create a massive financial cost to American taxpayers.

During the podcast Brooks was critical of lawmakers he described as “debt junkies” who support massive government spending and said that such big-spenders exist in both major political parties.

“The Communist Chinese Party is the threat of the century to the United States of America,” Brooks declared during the interview.

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