Summer Passage of USMCA Looking Doubtful

first_img Facebook Twitter Key lawmakers in Washington, D.C., cast significant doubt on the possibility of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement getting passed through Congress yet this summer. This comes in spite of the fact that political pressure is ramping up. Congress has a long summer recess rapidly approaching. Politico says it’s looking like Democrats are sticking to their ideas that the agreement needs more changes. That may push a vote on the House floor at least into the fall. Waiting that long will only increase the risk of the much-needed bill getting swallowed up in the politics of the 2020 presidential campaign.Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon is Chair of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, who talked about the prospects of a vote on USMCA in the next few weeks. At an event last week in Washington, his response was a simple one, saying, “It’s not going to happen. I think it’s very unlikely that something is going to happen before Congress heads out of town on the August recess.”Just over half the nation’s governors co-signed a letter to Congress asking for rapid ratification of USMCA. In a letter dated Thursday, June 20, it says, “Nearly 25 years after passing the North American Free Trade Agreement, it’s time to update our trade policies with two of our most critical trading partners.” The governors, all Republicans, say the USMCA is a “comprehensive, twenty-first-century trade agreement” which will protect trade secrets and intellectual property, prevents corruption, prevents importation of goods produced by forced labor, and expands the agricultural market by lowering trade barriers for farmers and ranchers.The Jamestown, North Dakota, Sun says the letter also reads, “As chief executives of our states, we urge Congress to pass the USMCA quickly so American workers can begin reaping the benefits of improved trade with our North American neighbors,” The letter also says. “Passing the agreement quickly will give our small and large businesses the stability and predictability they need to expand, invest, and create more jobs.” North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, one of the co-signers, says, “American producers are among the world’s best and can compete with anyone on a level playing field. The USMCA represents a tremendous opportunity to advance free and fair trade.” Summer Passage of USMCA Looking Doubtful SHARE By NAFB News Service – Jun 23, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Summer Passage of USMCA Looking Doubtful SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleU.S. Trade Rep Looking for Deal with Japan Within WeeksNext articleCommentary: Know Your Enemy NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

80 years on, Dolly O’Brien is reacquainted with Congress Bell

first_imgNewsLocal News80 years on, Dolly O’Brien is reacquainted with Congress BellBy admin – November 10, 2011 550 ‘It was like nothing I’d ever seen in Limerick – thousands and thousands of people with different accents….MARIE HOBBINS meets Dublin Road lady who attended Eucharistic Congress in 1932Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ON Monday evening last, a Limerick lady who has lived all her married life on the Dublin Road, accompanied the Diocesan Administrator, Fr Tony Mullins to St John’s Cathedral, where they officially welcomed to Limerick city the National Eucharistic Congress Bell. The bell, which has been on a pilgrimage from diocese to diocese since last St Patrick’s Day, as part of the build-up to next year’s Eucharistic Congress, arrived in the city from the neighbouring diocese of Cashel and Emly.There to welcome it, Dolly O’Brien of the Dublin Road, accompanied by members of her family, renewed her acquaintance with the bell, which she first saw when as a 12-year-old, she was brought to Dublin by her “big brother” to witness one of the biggest ecclesiastical events that Ireland has ever hosted.That was in 1932, when intense religious fervour was at its height in IrelandPeople from every city, town, village in the country made their way by train, car, bike or horse and cart to Dublin to take part in the open air ceremonies which were attended by high-ranking clergy from the Vatican and bishops, priests and religious orders.‘I remember being woken up very early – it was still dark and even though I was jaded because I’d been too excited to sleep the night before, I was up in a jiffy,” she told the Limerick Post.“I have a vivid memory of being told by my mother not to let go of my brother, Pa-Joe’s hand, and I can also recall walking up to the station to get the train – the streets were packed with people all making their way to get the train”.Dolly said she has no memory of what exactly she was wearing, except that it was a “nice dress and coat.“I do remember though, that we had a picnic with us and we had to find a place to sit down and eat it when we got to Dublin – there were thousands of people all doing the same thing.“It was like nothing I’d ever seen in Limerick – thousands and thousands of people with different accents. “There were processions and everyone was singing hymns and there were thousands of priests and nuns and a lovely scent of incense”.Dolly’s big moment came when her brother, Pa-Joe lifted her up to kiss the Congress Bell as it was passing through the streets of Dublin and on Monday night, the mother of 10 children, grandmother and great-grandmother, whose husband, Tom O’Brien died in the 1960s, had the honour of again ringing the Bell on its first visit to the Diocese of Limerick.Fr Alphonsus Cullinan, Diocesan Delegate for the International Eucharistic Congress, which takes place next June in Dublin, said it was an ideal opportunity for the people of Limerick to begin preparations for, and understanding of what the Eucharistic Congress means.‘“The Bell is a key symbol for the Eucharistic Congress. It begins preparations and raises awareness for the Congress, which will be the biggest celebration of our faith on this island since Pope John Paul II visited here in 1979.“The Congress will attract thousands from abroad and tens of thousands of Irish people so everyone in the Catholic Faith needs to understand the unique experience that’s ahead of us. The Eucharistic Congress Bell’s arrival here will help spread that message and understanding. “As such, its stay here is an invitation to the Eucharistic Congress and we would urge as many people as possible to visit it as it is taken around the diocese”.After St. John’s, the Bell went north of the river on Tuesday to St. Munchin’s Holy Rosary, Cratloe/Parteen Pastoral Area where it was also presented at the Grotto in Cratloe, built to mark the Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 1932.On Wednesday, November 16, it crosses into the Kerry Diocese. Email Twitter Print WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Linkedin Previous articleHuman remains reburied at St John’s SquareNext articleWest Limerick farmer to be imprisoned indefinitely admin Advertisementlast_img read more

Buttigieg: No milage tax, no middle class tax hike to pay for infrastructure bill

first_img Google+ IndianaLocalNews Twitter (Screenshot) A tax increase for the middle class will not be a part of a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure bill that is expected to be introduced by the Biden Administration this week.The bill is part of a package of two bills that would cost roughly $3 trillion to $4 trillion dollars on infrastructure and the climate. The theory is that the White House has split these proposals in two because they expect to a lot of push back on Capitol Hill on the climate portion.Transportation Secretary Pete Buttgieg, the former Mayor of South Bend, had floated the possibility of a mileage tax to help fund the bill in the last few weeks, but he told CNN that will not be the case.“No, that is not apart of the conversation about this infrastructure bill,” he said. “But, you will be hearing more details in the coming days on how we envision being able to fund this.”Buttigieg would not elaborate on any of the details that are being discussed on how to pay for the bill, which is being asked for by the White House just weeks after a $3 trillion COVID relief bill passed Congress and was signed into law.Buttigieg said the infrastructure bill is much needed.“These are carefully thought through, responsible ideas, that ultimately are going to be a win for the economy and need to be compared to the unavoidability of the status quo,” Buttigieg said.He also reiterated that households making less than $400,000 a year will not see an extra tax to help pay for the bill. Facebook Google+ Buttigieg: No milage tax, no middle class tax hike to pay for infrastructure bill Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleJackie Walorski visiting vaccine clinics in Mishawaka on WednesdayNext articleCitywide Classroom South Bend partnership expanding eligibility Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – March 31, 2021 1 110 WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more