Senator Jeff Flake Reviews KOLD Covers Sen. Flake’s Boots on the Border Act

Published on Mar 10, 2017U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) – chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee – introduced the Boots on the Border Act. The legislation would help address hiring shortfalls at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by waiving onerous and duplicative CBP polygraph hiring requirements for applicants with qualifying law enforcement or military experience.

 

KOLD Covers Sen. Flake's Boots on the Border Act 

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Full Court Press: Sen. Flake spoke on the Senate floor to highlight his letter urging President Donald Trump to support the congressional ban on earmarks, and to veto any bills containing earmarks that reach his desk. Sen. Flake was joined on the letter by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). Read some of the extensive coverage of Sen. Flake’s letter to the president fromCNNRoll CallThe HillPolitico, and The Washington Times.

  • Key Takeaway: Flake, McCain, Cruz, Lee, Paul, and Sasse said in their letter to Trump that with the national debt to soon top $20 trillion, ‘processing thousands or even hundreds of pork requests will only distract and delay addressing pressing national needs and push spending decisions once again into the murky shadows.’” – Roll Call

Hiring Vets and Cops: The Arizona Republic reports on Sen. Flake’s bill to increase border security by eliminating onerous and duplicative hiring requirements for qualified applicants with military or law enforcement experience. Read the full story here.    

  • Key Takeaway: “Flake’s bill would also help President Donald Trump fulfill his executive orders on immigration enforcement and border security calling for the hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, and 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.” – The Arizona Republic

Getting Heard on Earmarks: Americans for Tax Reform applauded Sen. Flake’s speech on the Senate floor in defense of the congressional earmark ban. In his speech, Sen. Flake highlighted his recent letter to President Donald Trump urging him to veto any legislation containing earmarks that reaches his desk. Read the full story here.   

  • Key Takeaway: “Earmarks are the ‘broken windows’ of federal overspending, the currency of congressional corruption, and the price of bad votes for more spending. I commend Sen. Flake for his continued leadership on behalf of the American taxpayer.” – Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Standing TogetherTucson News Now reports on Sen. Flake signing of a unanimous, bipartisan letter urging federal law enforcement departments and agencies to take swift and decisive action to keep Jewish communities safe. The letter comes in response to numerous bomb threats and acts of vandalism against Jewish communities and organizations around the country in recent weeks, including at the Jewish Community Center in Tucson. Read the full story here.   

  • Key Takeaway: “These threats against our Jewish neighbors are disheartening and unacceptable, and I was pleased to join the entire Senate in condemning them. I hope our effort will bring a swift and decisive response from federal law enforcement agencies.” – Sen. Jeff Flake via Tucson News Now

Unclogging the Drain: The Daily Signal reports on Sen. Flake’s 2017 Wastebook: PORKémon Gohis annual catalog of some of the most outrageous and wasteful examples federal spending. Read the full story here.

  • Key Takeaway: Despite the new Republican president’s calls to ‘drain the swamp,’ it appears that swamps are still en vogue – and breeding more and more bad behavior.” – The Daily Signal

BAT-Signals Bad Policy: The Arizona Republic reports on Sen. Flake’s speech on the Senate floor this week urging caution on the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). The editorial explains Sen. Flake’s concerns about rising costs for middle class families as well as possible disruptions of global supply chains and international trade relationships. Read the full article here.   

  • Key Takeaway: “When we increase barriers to trade, nobody wins.” – Sen. Jeff Flake via The Arizona Republic 

BAT-tling for the Middle ClassThe Hill reports on Sen. Flake’s cautious tone regarding the proposed Border Adjustment Tax. Sen. Flake took to the Senate floor to highlight the harmful impacts a 20 percent import tax could have on Arizona’s middle class families and businesses. Read the full story here.   

  • Key Takeaway: “There will always be winners and losers in a robust debate on reforming the tax code. We ought to make sure that the middle class isn’t in the losing column.” – Sen. Jeff Flake via The Hill
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