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WORKFORCE: Wages Growing and Workers Continue to Move Off the Sidelines and into the Workforce December 7, 2018 – The White House

TODAY, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – President Trump invited Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to the Oval Office to discuss the border wall, immigration, CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, amongst many topics.  During the televised heated encounter, Rep. Nancy Pelosi MISINFORMED the public by saying that people are losing their jobs.  This prompted me to write this short little note to PROPERLY INFORM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC with information straight from the THE COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS.

As shown below, the unemployment rate has remained at 3.7% for the third consecutive month and payroll employment continued its historic streak of positive jobs gains.  These gains from the thriving labor market are widespread across many demographic groups.

SO it means, all Americans, all demographics (demographic: statistical characteristics of human populations (age, income) are benefiting from what President Trump is doing:  getting jobs back to America.

JUST wanted to set the record straight.  President Trump is working day and night for this Country and to help fix all that has been left broken by the last 4 presidents.  It’s America First don’t you know!



The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Employment Situation Report, which showed continued evidence of a strong American economy. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent for the third consecutive month and payroll employment continued its historic streak of positive jobs gains. These gains from the thriving labor market are widespread across many demographic groups.

The unemployment rate remains at its lowest since December 1969, and this is the fifth consecutive month that the unemployment rate has been below 4 percent. This is only the 12th time since 1970 that the unemployment rate has fallen below 4 percent, with seven of these occasions occurring under President Trump this year.

Workers are also taking home bigger paychecks, with wages growing under this Administration. According to the BLS survey of employers, also released today, nominal average hourly earnings for all private workers in November rose 3.1 percent over the past 12 months, the 2nd straight month that year-over-year wage gains exceeded 3 percent. Prior to the previous month, nominal average hourly wage gains had not exceeded 3 percent since April 2009. Real wages, which take inflation into account, are also rising. Based on the most recent Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index data from October, inflation in the past year was 2.0 percent (November data will be available later this month).

In addition to the nearly 50-year low for the unemployment rate overall in the BLS household survey, the unemployment rate also reached a historic low for African Americans—falling by 0.3 percentage point (p.p.) in November to match a series low of 5.9 percent (last achieved in May 2018). The African-American unemployment rate has only been under 6 percent twice since the series began in 1972 and both times have been this year. Recent lows were also achieved for the unemployment rate among individuals with a high school degree but no college, whose November unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent—the lowest since December 2000. Also, the unemployment rate for adult men (ages 20+) fell to 3.3 percent—the lowest it has been since October 2000.

Though the unemployment rate remains at a historically low 3.7 percent, there are plenty of potential workers on the sidelines who could contribute to employment growth in the future. A key measure of employment is the share of prime-age adults (ages 25-54) who are in the labor force, as these individuals are typically not in school or retired. Relative to the 83.0 percent prime-age labor force participation rate prior to Great Recession in 2007, the current 82.2 percent rate reflects the continued non-participation of 1 million prime-age Americans. So far in Q4 (October and November) of 2018, 73.2 percent of adults entering employment are coming from out of the labor force rather than from unemployment (see figure). This suggests that firms are finding workers who are not currently in the labor force and that those adults who are currently out of the labor force remain relevant for understanding further increases in employment.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 155,000 jobs in November, continuing a historic streak of positive job gains, the BLS employer survey found. Despite being lower than recent months and lower than expectations, job gains remain strong in 2018. Including November and revisions to September and October, employment growth averages 206,000 jobs per month in 2018—exceeding the average monthly gains in 2016 (195,000) and 2017 (182,000). So far in 2018, the economy has added at least 100,000 jobs every month and is on track to do so for a full calendar year for just the second time since 2000. Since President Trump was elected in November 2016, the U.S. economy has created 4.6 million jobs.

Job gains were apparent in most industries, including significant gains in transportation and warehousing (25,000) and in manufacturing (27,000). Overall manufacturing has added 468,000 jobs since the election. The average monthly manufacturing job gains since President Trump’s election is 20,000 per month compared to 8,000 per month in the four years prior.

This month’s employment situation report is a continuation of the strong jobs growth that has been a staple of the economy under this Administration. The low unemployment rate and the consistent employment gains which have exceeded 100,000 jobs every month this year are testaments to the effectiveness of the Administration’s economic policies.

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Here is more information regarding Key U.S. Economic Assessments:  Strong and Stable by Jeffrey M. Jones of GALLUP


  • Economic Confidence Index at +31 in November
  • Fifty-five percent rate current economic conditions positively
  • Record-tying 68% say it is a good time to find a quality job

Bottom Line

Americans’ assessments of the U.S. economy have trended upward over the past decade as unemployment has registered nearly 50-year lows, the stock market has reached record highs and the economy has had one of its longest sustained periods of expansion. Americans are not as exuberant about the economy as they were during the late 1990s and early 2000s, perhaps because the pace of economic growth has not been quite as fast as it was back then, with annual increases in the gross domestic product consistently below 4% compared with increases of 4% or better from 1997 through 2000. Additionally, at that time the U.S. federal budget had surpluses rather than deficits. Americans’ memories of the Great Recession, or Democrats’ concerns about President Donald Trump and his policies, may also be holding their present optimism about the economy in check. Even so, it has been nearly two decades since Americans have been as positive about the U.S. economy as they are now, and the recent volatility in the stock market so far appears to have done little to shake their confidence.



President Trump is Working Hard for Border Security – Funding for The Wall – Enter Stage Right: Nancy Pelosi…Chuck Schumer – 12/11/2018 – President Trump Keeps HIS Promises!

President Trump is a Fighter for America! He met with Two formidable Opposing Leaders – He is willing to Work with the Democrats!

President Trump and Vice President Pence met with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi – live while the world watched.  President Trump made it clear to the world that HE is willing to Shut Down the Government if America does not get funding from the Democrats for the WALL to protect America and ALL U.S. Citizens.

The Democrats keep talking about a Continuing Resolution (CR) but not the amount that President Trump needs for the Wall and Border Protection.  President Trump conveyed to Chuck and Nancy that:  Without the Wall, there is No Deal! Democrats are not willing to give President Trump the sum of money necessary to continue building the wall.

This country needs border security and we will get the wall done.  We need to have effective all security.  We need the wall in certain parts.  President Trump

President Trump told Chuck Schumer:

Yes! If we don’t get what we want one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through our military, through anything you want to call it, I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut down the government for BORDER SECURITY CHUCK.  Because the people in this country don’t want criminals and people who have lots of problems, and drugs pouring into our country. I will take the mantle of shutting down…..And I am going to shut it down for border security.

Oval Office11:40 A.M. ESTTHE PRESIDENT:  Okay, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have Nancy Pelosi with us and Chuck Schumer with us.  And we’ve actually worked very hard on a couple of things that are happening.  Criminal justice reform — as you know, we’ve just heard word — got word that Mitch McConnell and the group, we’re going to be putting it up for a vote.  We have great Democrat support, great Republican support.  So, criminal justice reform, something that people have been trying to get — how long, Nancy?  Many years.


THE PRESIDENT:  Many, many years.  Looks like it’s going to be passing, hopefully — famous last words — on a very bipartisan way.  And it’s really something we’re all very proud of.  And again, tremendous support from Republicans and tremendous support from Democrats.  And I think it’s going to get a very good vote.  And we’ll see soon enough.  But it will be up for a vote very shortly.  A lot of years they’ve been waiting for it.

The other thing, the farm bill is moving along nicely.  And I guess they’ll be voting on Friday or so.  But pretty close.



THE PRESIDENT:  And we think the farm bill is in very good shape.  A lot of good things are happening with it, and our farmers are well taken care of.  And again, that will be quite bipartisan and it will happen pretty soon.

And then we have the easy one, the wall.  That will be the one that will be the easiest of all.  What do you think, Chuck?  Maybe not?

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  It’s called “funding the government,” Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  (Laughs.)  So we’re going to see.  But I will tell you, the wall will get built.  We’ll see what happens.

It is not an easy situation because the Democrats have a different view, I think, than — I can say — the Republicans.  We have great Republican support.  We don’t have Democrat support.  But we’re going to talk about that now.  We’re going to see.

One thing that I do have to say is: Tremendous amounts of wall have already been built, and a lot of — a lot of wall.  When you include the renovation of existing fences and walls, we’ve renovated a tremendous amount and we’ve done a lot of work.  In San Diego, we’re building new walls right now.  And we’ve — right next to San Diego, we’ve completed a major section of wall and it’s really worked well.

So, a lot of wall has been built.  We don’t talk about that, but we might as well start, because it’s building — it’s being built right now, big sections of wall.  And we will continue that.

And one way or the other, it’s going to get built.  I’d like not to see a government closing, a shutdown.  We will see what happens over the next short period of time.  But the wall is a very important thing to us.

I might put it a different way.  Border security is extremely important, and we have to take care of border security.  When you look at what happened with the caravans, with the people, with a lot of — we shut it down; we had no choice.  We shut it down.  But it could be a lot easier if we had real border security.

I just want to pay my respects to the Border Patrol agents and officers.  They’ve been incredible.  The ICE agents and officers, they’ve been incredible.  And very importantly, our military.  Our military went in and they did an incredible job.  They have been really, really spectacular.

A lot of the people that wanted to come into the country, and really, they were to come in no matter how they wanted to come in — they were going to come in even in a rough way — many of these people are leaving now and they’re going back to their countries: Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and other countries.  They’re leaving.  If you noticed, it’s getting a lot less crowded in Mexico.  And a lot of them are going to stay in Mexico, and the Mexican government has been working with us very well.  So we appreciate that.  But they haven’t been coming into our country.  We can’t let people come in that way.

So that’s pretty much it.  We’re going to talk about the wall.  I wanted to talk about criminal justice reform, just to let you know how positive that is.  I want to talk about the farm bill, how positive that is.  And I want to talk about the wall.  And I will tell you, it’s a tough issue because we are in very opposite sides of — I really think I can say “border security,” but certainly the wall.

But the wall will get built.  A lot of the wall is built.  It’s been very effective.  I asked for a couple of notes on that.  If you look at San Diego, illegal traffic dropped 92 percent once the wall was up.  El Paso, illegal traffic dropped 72 percent, then ultimately 95 percent, once the wall was up.
In Tucson, Arizona, illegal traffic dropped 92 percent.  Yuma, it dropped illegal traffic 95 to 96 percent.

I mean — and when I say “dropped,” the only reason we even have any percentage where people got through is because they walk and go around areas that aren’t built.  It dropped virtually 100 percent in the areas where the wall is.  So, I mean, it’s very effective.

If you really want to find out how effective a wall is, just ask Israel — 99.9 percent effective.  And our wall will be every bit as good as that, if not better.

So we’ve done a lot of work on the wall; a lot of wall is built.  A lot of people don’t know that.  A lot of wall is renovated.  We have walls that were in very bad condition that are now in A1 tip-top shape.  And, frankly, some wall has been reinforced by our military.  Our military has done a fantastic job.  So the wall will get built, but we may not — we may not have an agreement today.  We probably won’t.  But we have an agreement on other things that are really good.

Nancy, would you like to say something?

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Well, thank you, Mr. President, for the opportunity to meet with you so that we can work together in a bipartisan way to meet the needs of the American people.

I think the American people recognize that we must keep government open, that a shutdown is not worth anything, and that you should not have a Trump shutdown.  You have the White House —

THE PRESIDENT:  Did you say “Trump” — oh, oh.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  A “Trump shutdown.”  You have the White House —

THE PRESIDENT:  I was going to call it a “Pelosi shutdown.”

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  You have the Senate.  You have the House of Representatives.  You have the votes.  You should pass it right now.

THE PRESIDENT:  No, we don’t have the votes, Nancy, because in the Senate, we need 60 votes and we don’t have it.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  No, no, but in the House, you could bring it up right now, today.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, but I can’t — excuse me.  But I can’t get it passed in the House if it’s not going to pass in the Senate.  I don’t want to waste time.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Well, the fact is you can get it started that way.

THE PRESIDENT:  The House we can get passed very easily, and we do.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Okay, then do it.  Then do it.

THE PRESIDENT:  But the problem is the Senate, because we need 10 Democrats to vote, and they won’t vote.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  No, no, that’s not the point, Mr. President.  The point is —

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s sort of the point.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  — that there are equities to be weighed.  And we are here to have a conversation —


HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  — in a careful way.  So I don’t think we should have a debate in front of the press on this.  But the fact is, the House Republicans could bring up this bill, if they had the votes, immediately, and set the tone for what you want.

THE PRESIDENT:  If we thought we were going to get it passed in the Senate, Nancy, we would do it immediately.  We would get it passed very easily in the House.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  No, that’s not the point.  That’s not the point.

THE PRESIDENT:  Nancy, I’d have it passed in two seconds.  It doesn’t matter, though, because we can’t get it passed in the Senate because we need 10 Democrat votes.  That’s the problem.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Well, again, let us have our conversation —

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  — and then we can meet with the press again.  But the fact is, is that legislating — which is what we do —


HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  — you begin, you make your point, you state your case.  That’s what the House Republicans could do, if they had the votes.  But there are no votes in the House, a majority of votes, for a wall — no matter where you start.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  That is exactly right.  You don’t have the votes in the House.

THE PRESIDENT:  If I needed the votes for the wall in the House, I would have them — in one session, it would be done.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Well, then go do it.  Go do it.

THE PRESIDENT:  It doesn’t help because we need 10 Democrats in the Senate.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  No, don’t put it on the Senate.  Put it on the negotiation.

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, let me ask you this.  Just — and we’re doing this in a very friendly manner.  It doesn’t help for me to take a vote in the House, where I will win easily with the Republicans —


THE PRESIDENT:  It doesn’t help to take that vote because I’m not going to get the vote of the Senate.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Well, don’t blame it on the Senate, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  I need 10 senators.  That’s the problem.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Mr. President, you have the White House, you have the Senate.

THE PRESIDENT:  I have the White House.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  You have the House of Representatives.

THE PRESIDENT:  The White House is done.  And the House would give me the vote if I wanted it.  But I can’t because I need —

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  But you can’t — you can’t —

THE PRESIDENT:  Nancy, I need 10 votes from Chuck.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  All right, let me say something here.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Mr. President, let me — let me just say one thing.  The fact is you do not have the votes in the House.

THE PRESIDENT:  Nancy, I do.  And we need border security.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Well, let’s take the vote and we’ll find out.

THE PRESIDENT:  Nancy.  Nancy.  We need border security.  It’s very simple.


THE PRESIDENT:  We need border security.


THE PRESIDENT:  People are pouring into our country, including terrorists.  We have terrorists.  We caught 10 terrorists over the last very short period of time.  Ten.  These are very serious people.  Our border agents, all of our law enforcement has been incredible what they’ve done.  But we caught 10 terrorists.  These are people that were looking to do harm.

We need the wall.  We need — more important than anything, we need border security, of which the wall is just a piece.  But it’s important.

Chuck, did you want to say something?

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Yeah.  Here’s what I want to say: We have a lot of disagreements here.  The Washington Post today gave you a whole lot of Pinocchios because they say you constantly misstate how much the wall is — how much of the wall is built and how much is there.

But that’s not the point here.  We have a disagreement about the wall —

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, the Washington Post — (laughs) —

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  — whether it’s effective or it isn’t.  Not on border security, but on the wall.

We do not want to shut down the government.  You have called 20 times to shut down the government.  You say, “I want to shut down the government.”  We don’t.  We want to come to an agreement.  If we can’t come to an agreement, we have solutions that will pass the House and Senate right now, and will not shut down the government.  And that’s what we’re urging you to do.  Not threaten to shut down the government —



THE PRESIDENT:  You don’t want to shut down the government, Chuck.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Let me just finish. Because you can’t get your way.

THE PRESIDENT:  Because the last time you shut it down you got killed.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Yeah.  Let me say something, Mr. President.  You just say, “My way, or we’ll shut down the government.”  We have a proposal that Democrats and Republicans will support to do a CR that will not shut down the government.  We urge you to take it.

THE PRESIDENT:  And if it’s not good border security, I won’t take it.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  It is good border security.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  It is very good border security.

THE PRESIDENT:  And if it’s not good border security, I won’t take it.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  It’s actually what the border security asked for.


THE PRESIDENT:  Because when you look at these numbers of the effectiveness of our border security, and when you look at the job that we’re doing with our military —

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  You just said it is effective.

THE PRESIDENT:  Can I be — can I tell you something?

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Yeah, you just said it’s effective.

THE PRESIDENT:  Without a wall — these are only areas where you have the walls.


THE PRESIDENT:  Where you have walls, Chuck, it’s effective.  Where you don’t have walls, it is not effective.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Wait a second.  Let’s call a halt to this.


HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Let’s call a halt to this.  We’ve come in here as the first branch of government: Article I, the legislative branch.  We’re coming in, in good faith, to negotiate with you about how we can keep the government open.


THE PRESIDENT:  We’re going to keep it open —


THE PRESIDENT:  — if we have border security.


THE PRESIDENT:  If we don’t have border security, Chuck —


THE PRESIDENT:  — we’re not going to keep it open.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  I’m with you.  We are going to have border security.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  And it’s the same border –

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Effective border security.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  You’re bragging about what has been done.


SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  We want to do the same thing we did last year, this year.  That’s our proposal.  If it’s good then, it’s good now, and it won’t shut down the government.

THE PRESIDENT:  Chuck, we can build a much bigger section with more money.



SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Let’s debate in private.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:   We have taken this conversation —




HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  — to a place that is devoid, frankly, of fact.  And we can dispel that.

THE PRESIDENT:  We need border security.  And I think we all agree that we need border security.


THE PRESIDENT:  Is that right?


THE PRESIDENT:  See?  We get along.

Thank you, everybody.

Q    (Inaudible), Mr. President.  You say border security and the wall.  Can you have border security without the wall?  There’s a commonality on border security.

THE PRESIDENT:  No, you need the wall.  The wall is a part of border security.

Q    Are you re-defining what it means to have border security?

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  We need border security.  The wall is a part of border security.  You can’t have very good border security without the wall, no.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  That’s simply not true.  That is a political promise.  Border security is a way to effectively honor our responsibilities.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  And the experts say you can do border security without a wall, which is wasteful and doesn’t solve the problem.

THE PRESIDENT:  It totally solves the problem.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Again, but I don’t want to take this —

THE PRESIDENT:  And it’s very important.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Unfortunately, this has spiraled downward from — we came at a place to say, “How do we meet the needs of American people who have needs?”  The economy has — people are losing their jobs.  The market is in a mood.  Our members are already (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we have the lowest unemployment that we’ve had in 50 years.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Sixty people of the Republican Party have lost — are losing their offices now because of the transition.  People are not — the morale is not —

THE PRESIDENT:  And we’ve gained in the Senate.  Nancy, we’ve gained in the Senate.


THE PRESIDENT:  Excuse me.  Did we win the Senate?

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  — is not (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT:  We won the Senate.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  When the President brags that he won North Dakota and Indiana, he’s in real trouble.



THE PRESIDENT:  We did win North Dakota.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  This is the most unfortunate thing.  We came in here in good faith, and we are entering into this kind of a discussion in the public view.

THE PRESIDENT:  But it’s not bad, Nancy.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Let us — no, but it’s —

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s called transparency.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  I know.  But it’s not transparency when we’re not stipulating to a set of facts.  And when we wanted to have a debate with you about saying we’d confront some of these facts  —

THE PRESIDENT:  You know what?  We need border security.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  — without saying to the public, “This isn’t true.”

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s what we’re going to be talking about: border security.  If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government.  This country needs border security.


THE PRESIDENT:  The wall is a part of border security.


THE PRESIDENT:  Let’s have a talk.  We’re going to get the wall built and we’ve done a lot of wall already.

Q    Mr. President, how big a part of border security is the wall?  Is that the —

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a big section.  It’s a big part of it.

Q    Is it everything that you need?

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a big part of it.  We need to have effective border security.  We need a wall in certain parts — no, not in all parts — but in certain parts of a 2,000-mile border, we need a wall.

Q    How much money, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT:  We are doing it much under budget.  We’re actually way under —

Q    (Inaudible) this conversation.

THE PRESIDENT:  — budget on the areas that we’ve renovated and areas that we’ve built.  I would say if we got —

Q    Do you still need the —

THE PRESIDENT:  — if we got $5 billion, we could do a tremendous chunk of wall.

Q    Is that mandatory?

Q    Would you accept less though?  And are your guests conversely willing to offer more?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’re going to see.  We’re going to see.  Look, we have to have the wall.  This isn’t a question; this is a national emergency.  Drugs are pouring into our country.  People with tremendous medical difficulty and medical problems are pouring in, and in many — in many cases, it’s contagious.  They’re pouring into our country.  We have to have border security.  We have to have a wall as part of border security.

And I don’t think we really disagree so much.  I also know that, you know, Nancy is in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now, and I understand that.  And I fully understand that.  We’re going to have a good discussion and we’re going to see what happens.


THE PRESIDENT:  But we have to have border security.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Mr. President, please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the Leader of the House Democrats who just won a big victory.  But let me —

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Elections have consequences, Mr. President.


THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.  And that’s why the country is doing so well.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  Let me say this: What the President is representing in terms of his cards over there are not factual.  We have to have to an evidence-based conversation about what does work, what money has been spent, and how effective it is.

This isn’t about — this is about the security of our country.  We take an oath to protect and defend, and we don’t want to have that mischaracterized by anyone.  And we are —

THE PRESIDENT:  I agree with that.


THE PRESIDENT:  No, no I agree with that.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  — we are (inaudible).

So let us have a conversation where we don’t have to contradict, in public, the statistics that you put forth but instead can have a conversation about what would really work and what the American people deserve from us at this uncertain time in their lives, where they have apprehension.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  The one thing I think we can agree on is we shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute.  And you want to shut it down.  You keep talking about it.

THE PRESIDENT:  I — no, no, no, no, no.  The last time, Chuck, you shut it down —


THE PRESIDENT:  — and then you opened it up very quickly.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Twenty times.  Twenty times.

THE PRESIDENT:  And I don’t want to do what you did.  But, Chuck —

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Twenty times you have called for, “I will shut down the government if I don’t get my wall.”  None of us have said —

THE PRESIDENT:  You want to know something?


THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, you want to put that on my —


THE PRESIDENT:  I’ll take it.


THE PRESIDENT:  You know what I’ll say: Yes, if we don’t get what we want, one way or the other — whether it’s through you, through a military, through anything you want to call — I will shut down the government.  Absolutely.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  Okay.  Fair enough.  We disagree.

THE PRESIDENT:  And I am proud — and I’ll tell you what —


THE PRESIDENT:  I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country.  So I will take the mantle.  I will be the one to shut it down.  I’m not going to blame you for it.  The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work.  I will take the mantle of shutting down.


THE PRESIDENT:  And I’m going to shut it down for border security.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER SCHUMER:  But we believe you shouldn’t shut it down.

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  Thank you very much everybody.  Thank you.

HOUSE SPEAKER-DESIGNATE PELOSI:  (Inaudible) shut down the government.

Q    Chief of Staff?

Q    Have you picked a Chief of Staff, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Yeah, we’re interviewing a lot of — we have a lot of great people for Chief of Staff.  A lot of people want the job.  A lot of people want the job.  And I have some great people.  A lot of friends of mine want it.  A lot of people that Chuck and Nancy know very well want it.  I think people you’d like.  We have a lot of people that want the job — Chief of Staff.  So we’ll be seeing what happens very soon.  We’re in no rush.  We’re in no rush.

Q    Why?  Why no rush, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT:  Why?  Because we have a wonderful Chief of Staff right now.  Just no — we are in no rush.  Over a period of a week or two, or maybe less, we’ll announce who it’s going to be.  But we have a lot of people that want the position.

Thank you very much everybody.  Thanks.


11:58 A.M. EST

This heated debate shows us, President Trump’s base, that He means what He says and He keeps his Promises.  American Patriots are so Proud of You Mr. President.  It is an amazing view into what you are doing for America.  God Bless Your Plans Sir!

President Trump speaks after meeting with Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.  President Trump stated that they made a lot of progress. One of the important subjects discussed is Criminal Justice Reform, a bill that will be voted on very shortly.  This coming Friday.


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LIVE: G20 SUMMIT – Buenos Aires, Argentina – 11/30/2018

Live: President Trump Participates in the “United States, Mexico & Canada Agreement” (USMCA) Signing Ceremony – Buenos Aires, Argentina – 11/30/2018

This morning we will watch President Trump, Live from Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He will sign the United States, Mexico & Canada Agreement (USMCA).  This trade agreement will terminate NAFTA.

The president argued the USMCA focuses on fairness and reciprocity. The deal sets new protections for labor, the environment, and intellectual property.

He added, the deal will close job-killing loopholes, which he says will be a great victory for American farmers, manufacturers and autoworkers.

Despite the agreement, President Trump confirmed U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will remain in place.  President Trump said the deal will terminate NAFTA, which he criticized as one of the worst trade deals ever made.

He plans to sign the deal next month before sending it to Congress for approval. (Source:  One America News Network)

USMCA a Trade Deal for the 21st Century


One of the core promises that swept President Donald Trump into office was that he would renegotiate better deals for the United States with our traditional trading partners. With the announcement of a new trade pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada, we welcomed the tremendous news that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be, if approved by Congress, replaced by a much stronger agreement. Known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the package will be important for American workers and our economy as a whole, including the agricultural sector, which counts Mexico and Canada in our top three trading partners.

I have long said that I believe our country is located in the best neighborhood on Earth – North America – with valuable allies to our north and south. Though the old NAFTA agreement was considered a generally positive compact for agriculture, there was certainly room for much-needed improvement. Under USMCA, we have created new rules to help our farmers, ranchers and workers better face the challenges of the 21st century economy, which will secure greater access to the Mexican and Canadian markets and maintain and improve the highly productive integrated agricultural relationships we have as nations.

The agreement with Mexico came first, near the end of August, and includes a number of provisions sought by the United States. Importantly, 21st century innovations in agricultural biotechnology are addressed for the first time, including cutting-edge processes like gene editing. These innovations serve as a template for agreements in the future. And we mutually pledge to work together to reduce trade-distorting policies, increase transparency and ensure nondiscriminatory treatment in grading of agricultural products. In addition, the United States and Mexico agreed not to use so-called “geographic indicators” to restrict the marketing of certain cheeses under common names, such as provolone, Swiss, or ricotta, which the European Union had wanted to restrict.

The second piece of the USMCA puzzle was the negotiation with Canada, where key sticking points centered on dairy issues and were among the last to be cleared. Notably, as one of the president’s top goals, the new agreement will eliminate Canada’s unfair “Class 6” and “Class 7” milk pricing schemes, in which Canada has used low-priced products to undercut United States dairy sales in Canada and other international markets. The deal will also crack open additional access to United States dairy into Canada, including products like fluid milk, cream, butter, skim milk and cheese, and will also preserve and expand critical access for United States poultry and egg producers. America’s wheat farmers also get a big win. A reform of Canada’s discriminatory wheat grading process will help United States wheat growers along the border become more competitive. These are all significant victories for American agriculture.

As we celebrate this breakthrough, it is worth noting that there were many detractors who said it could not be done. But the emergence of an agreement is further proof that President Trump’s trade negotiation strategy is working. To strike the best deals possible for the United States, the president has shown that he is willing to walk away from the bargaining table if he feels our country is being unfairly treated. In the case of USMCA, the president’s approach resulted in earnest negotiations among the three nations and a final package which is beneficial for all three countries.

This is not the first major step forward in international trade under the Trump administration, nor do we feel it will be the last. Before President Trump successfully concluded USCMA, he made good on his promise to revise and improve KORUS, the trade pact with the Republic of Korea. Add to these achievements the president’s recent announcement of his intention to negotiate a trade deal with Japan – a significant market for United States agriculture exports that, until recently, had rejected talks of a bilateral agreement with the United States – and growing optimism for a successful trade deal with the European Union, and it is easy to see the dominoes falling. The president is committed to achieving good trade deals for America – including our current issues with China, which I believe we will surmount as well.

The bottom line is this: Free, fair and expanded trade among nations is good for the American economy and our highly productive farmers, ranchers, foresters and producers. The newly minted USMCA goes in the win column for President Trump and his negotiating team, led by our United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. Our economy, and American agriculture, will be better off for it.

This article appeared in The Spokesman-Review on October 17, 2018. 

The new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement includes key victories for American manufacturers, agriculture, businesses, and workers.

BUSINESS INSIDER: Trump’s New Trade Deal with Canada and Mexico is Winning Early Praise

“Early reviews of President Donald Trump’s new trade pact with Mexico and Canada are positive … The refreshed version of NAFTA will include increased labor protections for workers, increased standards for duty-free auto shipments, increased access to the Canadian dairy market for US farmers, and a slight tweak to the deal’s dispute-resolution system.”

FOX BUSINESS: US Stocks Surge as US, Canada, Mexico Reach Trade Deal

“Stocks surged Monday as Canada and the U.S. reached a trade deal that also includes Mexico, and key changes at the top of major corporations boosted investor sentiment.”

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Trump Trade Deal with Canada, Mexico Gets American Farmers’ Stamp of Approval

“The Trump administration’s new three-way trade deal to replace NAFTA got a thumbs-up from American farmers. Americans for Farmers & Families spokesman Casey Guernsey, a seventh-generation farmer, said the three-way deal showed Mr. Trump remembered his promise ‘to stand up for rural America. … After years of declining income and months of trade uncertainty, farmers desperately needed a win, and today the Trump administration delivered it,’ he said. ‘While eager to learn the details, I hope that Congress will use this positive momentum to bring this important agreement over the finish line.’”

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Canada Gave Ground on the Key Issue of Dairy in New Trade Agreement

“Canada gave ground to the U.S. in the North American Free Trade Agreement replacement deal agreed to Sunday by rolling back protections for its domestic dairy industry, providing a victory to American farmers on one of the key points of negotiation.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: New NAFTA Shows Trump’s Trade Strategy for Balancing Labor, Business Interests

“The Teamsters have nice things to say about the new North American Free Trade Agreement. Big banks can also claim a victory. … Many labor officials say they’ve been pleasantly surprised with strong language in the agreement pushing Mexico to bolster its unions, including protecting ‘the right to strike.’ American unions have argued that the lack of such provisions in the original NAFTA meant the pact encouraged factories to relocate south of the border in search of cheaper workers.”

NEW YORK POST EDITORIAL BOARD: NAFTA 2.0: Trump Delivers on Another Big Promise

“[I]t’s hard to argue with the result: Trump has once again delivered on a campaign promise that his rivals called a fantasy. A politician who does what he says he’ll do: Imagine that.”


“Apparently those hard-line tactics worked, and the president appears well within his right to chalk this up as a victory. Though details were still being finalized for release, it appears that American farmers will secure greater access to Canadian dairy markets…”


“Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or an independent, you should welcome President Trump’s announcement of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, on Monday. A replacement for NAFTA, the USMCA will increase U.S. access to Canadian markets and ensure greater centering of the car industry in North America.”


“The USMCA framework showcases the practical genius of our negotiator and entrepreneur-in-chief, President Trump.  Unlike the lawyers and bureaucrats who dominate most high political offices, as a global businessman Trump implicitly understands the predicament that American workers and firms face competing against a commercially abusive China.”

CHRISTIAN WHITON ON FOX NEWS: Trump Has Just Revolutionized Global Trade by Replacing NAFTA with USMCA

“Trump administration negotiators reached a major agreement with Canada on trade over the weekend.  The breakthrough, which came on the heels of an earlier deal with Mexico, vindicates President Trump’s tough approach to reforming trade and will mark a fundamental turning point for American jobs and global power.”

LIZ PEEK IN THE HILL: Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Scores a Big Win with New NAFTA Deal

“The new NAFTA, which will be called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), secured some advantages for the U.S. while also giving in to certain Canadian priorities. … More broadly, the new NAFTA shows the world that the Trump White House may succeed in bringing home better trade pacts.”

President Trump and First Lady Melania Participated in the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Washington, DC – USA – 11/28/2018 – MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Remarks by President Trump at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  And, Ryan, I want to thank you for doing such a beautiful job all throughout the season.  And welcome everyone.  Merry Christmas.  Special time of the year.

Melania and I are thrilled to be here today as we celebrate one of the nation’s most cherished traditions: the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

Tonight’s ceremony is only possible because of the hard work of the many talented individuals.  They were working late at night.  They were working early in the morning.  They were working all the time.  And my sincere thanks to everyone at the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.  Thank you very much.  Appreciate it.  (Applause.)

And let me also extend my deep appreciation to all of tonight’s wonderful entertainers.  There’s great talent.  They’re going on to big things, many of them.  I’ve seen them and they are something very special.  Thank you very much.  That was a great job tonight.  (Applause.)

And this includes one very special group that has topped Billboard charts multiple times: the Dominican Sisters, who I met backstage, from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Applause.)

And a very special recognition to the students who designed stunning ornaments to decorate 56 different Christmas trees here in President’s Park.  Thank you, students.  I hear you out there.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

And in — when they were doing the 56 trees, there were one for each state and the territories in our magnificent country.  We have truly a great, great country.  We’re very proud of it, and we love it deeply.  (Applause.)

For Christians all across our nation, around the world, this is a sacred season that begins 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ was born.  An angel declared to the shepherds tending their flocks, “Behold, I bring you good tidings, great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is a born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  (Applause.)  There in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph held in their hands the son of God; the light of the world; and, through Him, the promise of eternal salvation.

No matter one’s faith or beliefs, the Christmas season reflects all that is best in the American spirit.  This is a time of the year for rejoicing with our family and friends, for spreading charity and goodwill in our commitment all over this country in all of our communities, and for giving thanks for all of the blessings in our lives.

We are especially thankful for the countless Americans who have given their time and passion to help those in need.  Here in the audience today are a number of extraordinary foster families and guardians joined by the beautiful children they have welcomed into their homes.  And beautiful children they are.  Your devotion inspires us all.  To every child in foster care: You are the precious loved one and gift of God.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Very, very special.

At this time of the year, we renew the bonds of affection between our fellow citizens, and we awaken the faith in our hearts that calls each of us to action.  As we gather loved ones, our thoughts turn to those who are rebuilding their lives after devastating wildfires, destructive hurricanes, and terrible tragedy.

We are one American family.  We hurt together, we heal together, and we will always pull through together.  This is the United States of America.  We are the best in the world, and there’s nobody close.  (Applause.)

Tonight, we honor the first responders who risked their lives to save the lives of others.  And all of America sends our profound gratitude to the incredible men and women of the United States Military. (Applause.)  And I’m proud to say our military right now is stronger than ever before.  (Applause.)

Their families are all our families, and we thank them so much for their greatness and for the incredible job they do.  Thank you to the United States Military.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

We ask God to watch over this nation’s heroes, and to shed his almighty grace upon our nation.  And we pray that America’s light will shine more brightly and stronger than ever.  And it will.

On behalf of Melania and myself and the entire Trump family — many of whom are with us tonight — I want to again wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas.  May this Christmas season bring peace to your hearts, warmth to your homes, cheer to your spirit, and joy to the world.  Merry Christmas, everyone.  Merry Christmas and God bless you.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)


6:30 P.M. EST

President Trump Talks About Illegal Immigration – 11/26/2018

President Trump holds a press conference on the White House lawn before departing for the Mississippi rallies.  He is not happy with G.M.’s decision to lay off 14,000 employees in North America and put five plants up for possible closure.  

The planned employee reduction includes 8K white-collar employees (15% of GM’s N. America workforce). G.M. also announced plant closures in Gunsan, So. Korea.  The factories that may be closed include:  Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario; Warren Michigan and Baltimore.

G.M. received record tax breaks as a result of the GOP’s tax bill last year. They eliminated jobs instead of using the tax windfall to invest in American workers.

Source:  The Denver Post 

LIVE: MAGA RALLY NUMBER 2 – President Trump Holds a Second MAGA Rally – Biloxi, MS – 11/26/2018

BY:  RRM Trump Supporter

I want to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season! I have been ill – between breaking my ankle and getting almost pneumonia – it’s been a joy! Thank you Jesus for healing me! 

But here I am again – Glad to Share the many accomplishments of Our Patriot! President Donald J. Trump!  We ALL VOTED for him in 2016 – 64,000,000 million of us – We Will VOTE #TRUMP2020.  And, Hillary, It was not the Russians who elected President Trump! We wanted a Patriot in Office after Obama and you were not it!   We ELECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP – Thank GOD for President Trump! 

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE will be joining President Donald Trump on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.   He will speak before President Trump at the MAGA Rally in support of Senatorial candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith who is running against Democrat Mike Espy.  

President Trump and VP Pence will participate in a Roundtable on the First Step Act, a bipartisan criminal justice legislation currently moving through the U.S. Senate. This bill will improve the lives of 200K incarcerated men and women, if it is passed.  (Source:  WDAM7)

Comments by President Trump (Source USA Today)

“Cindy Hyde-Smith is a spectacular woman. She’s a great senator,” the president said as he embarked on a trip to Florida for the holidays. “She came in and she’s done a fantastic job in a short period of time.”

Trump was asked about the controversy surrounding Hyde-Smith. She has been criticized for both her recent comments that she’d be glad to attend a “public hanging” for a friend and a video that appeared to show Hyde-Smith supporting voter suppression. 

“She made a statement, which I know that she feels really bad about it, and was just sort of said in jest,” Trump said. “She’s a tremendous woman and it’s a shame that she has to go through this.”

God Bless President Trump, God Bless Mississippi and God Bless Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and all involved.

MAGA RALLY – President Trump Holds a Rally in Tupelo, MS – 11/26/2018

By:  RRM – Trump Supporter

President Trump Shows the Crowds at Tupleo, MS – via Right Side Broadcasting – 

Monday, November 26, 2018:

President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally at the Tupelo Regional Airport in Tupelo, MS, in support of Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.  A special election is being held tomorrow.  


“FIRST STEP ACT” – President Trump Calls on Congress to Take Action & Support for [Bipartisan] Prison Reform Legislation – 11/16/2917

President Donald J. Trump Calls on Congress to Pass the FIRST STEP Act


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CALLING FOR BIPARTISAN ACTION: President Donald J. Trump is calling on Congress to take action and support the bipartisan prison reform legislation, the FIRST STEP Act. 

  • President Trump supports the FIRST STEP Act, which will help improve our Nation’s criminal justice system.
  • The FIRST STEP Act enjoys widespread support across the political spectrum.
    • Many of the reforms included in this legislation passed the House in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 360–59 in May 2018.
    • Republicans and Democrats in the Senate worked with the White House to craft a bipartisan sentencing reform compromise, which has been added to the legislation.
    • So far, seven major police organizations, more than 2,700 faith and evangelical leaders, and hundreds of conservative organizations and leaders support this legislation.

MAKING AMERICA SAFER AND FAIRER: The FIRST STEP Act will reform America’s prisons to make our communities safer and our justice system fairer.

  • Nearly all incarcerated Americans will one day leave prison, and the goal of this legislation is to make sure they do not return.
    • The FIRST STEP Act uses a targeted approach toward a specific population of Federal prisoners who will eventually be released.
  • The FIRST STEP Act will promote prisoner participation in vocational training, educational coursework, or faith-based programs, and in turn help them successfully reenter society.
    • Prisoners will be able to earn credits that reduce the amount of time spent in prison.
    • As a result, prisoners will gain job skills, drug treatment, and education that prepare them to reenter American communities as productive members of society.
    • The legislation also seeks to place Federal inmates closer to their communities in order to facilitate family visitation.
  • This is a true first step in creating a fairer justice system by reforming mandatory minimums, which have created racially discriminatory outcomes and increased overcrowding and costs.
    • The legislation reduces the enhanced penalties for certain non-violent repeat drug offenders and eliminates the three-strike mandatory life provision.
    • Certain nonviolent offenders will be able to petition courts for a review of their sentence, which can be reduced only after the judge reviews all circumstances, including public safety, criminal history, and the nature of the offense.

IMPROVING THE PRISON SYSTEM: Taking steps to better prepare inmates for reentry into our society and communities will help reduce recidivism.

  • We can improve society for all by better equipping prisoners being released for successful reintegration into society.
  • Today, one in three American adults has some type of criminal record and more than two million Americans are in prisons, including 181,000 in Federal prison.
    • More than 95% of these prisoners will eventually leave prison and face the challenge of restarting and reintegrating their lives.
  • Our prisons can do much more to prepare inmates for release, addressing the fact that roughly 77% of State inmates and 38% of Federal inmates are rearrested within five years of release.

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Remarks by President Trump on H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act (WH)

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Thank you very much for being here.  Appreciate it.  And thank you very much, everybody.  I’m grateful to be here today with members of the House and Senate who have poured their time — and they really have — their heart, and energy into the crucial issue of prison reform.

A very respected man — Chairman Chuck Grassley — and my friend.  Where’s Chuck?  Chuck?  Thank you, Chuck, very much.  You’ve worked hard on this.  And Bob Goodlatte.  I saw Bob here.  Thank you, Bob.  Great job.  Senators Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Rand Paul, and Doug Collins — fantastic people who’ve worked so hard and we appreciate very much what you’ve done.  We really do.  Thank you all very much.

Working together with my administration over the last two years, these members have reached a bipartisan agreement.  Did I heard the word “bipartisan”?  Did I hear — did I hear that word?  (Laughter and applause.)  That’s a nice word.  Bipartisan agreement on prison reform legislation known as the FIRST STEP.  And that’s what it is; it’s the first step.  But it’s a very big first step.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time.  So important.

And I have to tell you, I was called, when I announced and when we all announced together this news conference, by some of the toughest, strongest law enforcement people — including politicians, by the way — who are so in favor of it.  And I was actually surprised by some.  Like, as an example, Mike Lee — (laughter) — and Rand Paul, and others.  No, it’s got tremendous support at every level.  It’s really great.

And we’re all better off when former inmates can receive and reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens.  And thanks to our booming economy, they now have a chance at more opportunities than they’ve ever had before.  It is true.  Our economy is so strong, that when people are getting out of jail, they’re actually able to find jobs.

And I have three instances of companies that hired people coming out of prison, and they are so thrilled by the performance of these people.  And now they’re doing it more and more and more.  And a lot of people are seeing this.  It’s great.

They wouldn’t have had the opportunity, frankly, except for the fact that the economy is so strong.  And our job market is the lowest and best it’s been in over 50 years, and seems to be getting even better.

Our pledge to hire American includes those leaving prison and looking for a very fresh start — new job, new life.  The legislation I’m supporting today contains many significant reforms, including the following:

First, it will provide new incentives for low-risk inmates to learn the skills they need to find employment, avoid old habits, and follow the law when they are released from prison.  These incentives will encourage them to participate in vocational training, educational coursework, and faith-based programs — and I want to thank Paula White, very much, because I know you very much wanted that — thank you, Paula — that reduce their chances of recidivism, and, in other words, reduce their chances of going back to prison substantially.

Second, this legislation will allow federal inmates to be placed closer to their home communities in order to help facilitate family visitation — so important — because we know that maintaining family and community ties is key to successful reentry into our society.

Third, the bill includes reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping dangerous and violent criminals off our streets.  In many respects, we’re getting very much tougher on the truly bad criminals — of which, unfortunately, there are many.  But we’re treating people differently for different crimes.  Some people got caught up in situations that were very bad.

I give an example of Mrs. Alice Johnson, who served 21 years.  And she had, I think, another 25 or so to go.  So she would have been in there for close to 50 years for something that other people go in and they get slapped on the wrist — which is also wrong, by the way.  Which is also wrong.  But I’ll never forget the scene of her coming out of prison after 21 years and greeting her family and everybody was crying.  Her sons, her grandsons — everybody was crying and hugging and holding each other.  It was a beautiful thing to see.  It was a very much tough situation.

Among other changes, it rolls back some of the provisions of the Clinton crime law that disproportionately harmed the African American community.  And you all saw that and you all know that; everybody in this room knows that.  It was very disproportionate and very unfair.

Throughout this process, my administration has worked closely with law enforcement.  Their backing has ensured that this legislation remains tough on crime — it’s got to remain very tough on crime — and supports the tremendous work of our police and the tremendous job that law enforcement does throughout our country, our communities.  They do an incredible job.  We have great respect for law enforcement.

We’re honored that seven of the major police organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Police Chiefs, have fully endorsed this bill.

We could not have gotten here without the support and feedback of law enforcement, and its leaders are here today — two of them — especially Chuck Canterbury of FOP and Chief Paul Cell of IACP.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  I appreciate that very much.  And these are two tough cookies.  (Laughter.)  They want what’s right.  They want what’s right.

And interesting — if you look at Texas, if you look at Georgia, if you look at Mississippi and Kentucky and some other states that are known as being very tough — these are big supporters of what we’re doing.  And some of it has been modeled after what they’ve done.  They’ve done a tremendous job.

My administration will always support the incredible men and women of law enforcement, and we will continue to pursue policies that help the heroes who keep us safe.  They are truly heroes.

We also thank the more than 2,000 leaders in the faith community who have signed a letter of support.  We have tremendous support within the faith community.  Unbelievable support.

Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption.  So if something happens and they make a mistake, they get a second chance at life.

Today’s announcement shows that true bipartisanship is possible.  And maybe it’ll be thriving, if we’re going to get something done.  When Republicans and Democrats talk, debate, and seek common ground, we can achieve breakthroughs that move our country forward and deliver for our citizens.  And that’s what we’re doing today.  And I have great respect for the people standing alongside of me.

I urge lawmakers in both the House and Senate to work hard and to act quickly and send a final bill to my desk.  And I look very much forward to signing it.  This is a big breakthrough for a lot of people.  They’ve been talking about this for many, many years.

I want to thank Jared Kushner for working so hard on the bill.  Thank you, Jared.  (Applause.)  He worked very hard.  He really did.  He worked very hard.  He feels very deeply about it.

And it’s my honor to be involved and it’ll be an even greater honor to sign.

So good luck, Chuck and Mike and Rand and everybody — Lindsey, everybody back here.  Go out and see if you can get that done.  And if you can, I’m waiting.  I’ll be waiting with a pen.  And we will have done something — (laughter) — we will have done something that hasn’t been done in many, many years.  And it’s the right thing to do.  It’s the right thing to do.

Thank you all very much.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)


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