Brexit is finally here, a good reality for America
52% of the Brits wanted out of the European Union. Would you blame them? Their courts are influenced by French-speaking Belgians out of Brussels, their laws and social lives are dictated by EU bureaucrats, and they can’t even tell illegal refugees to stop at their borders. For decades, Europe attempted to melt the dozens of various cultures and their langues and people into one country, one law, one system under the umbrella of “European Union”. That fantasy is over with Brexit. Thanks to the British flag.
The European Union is falling apart. It’s good for America. Why? The structure of a single union in Europe defies history: Not a single time in human history has Europe ever been united. Union has always been an American ideology. It’s just not an European thing.
“Brexit is the right choice for the UK. Congrats to the Brits for their courage, wisdom and common sense.”
Many seem to be shocked like “deer in the headlights.” On this Brexit day, this is what Congress is actually doing in Washington – minding America’s business. Let’s take a look at Congress’s actual legislative agenda:
- In a surprise result, voters in the United Kingdom (UK) elected to leave the European Union (EU) yesterday, sending shockwaves throughout global financial markets. With polls ahead of the election suggesting a result within the margin of error, the highly anticipated referendum – known as “Brexit” – was officially decided overnight in favor of “Leave” on nearly 52% of the vote. The result is a resounding victory for the so-called Leave campaign – including former London Mayor Boris Johnson and United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage – while dealing a fatal blow to Prime Minister David Cameron, who has already announced his resignation. Although negotiations for the UK to formally leave the world’s largest economic and political union will take years, the referendum’s result is likely to have cascading effects on both sides of the Atlantic and could play a role in November’s general elections in the United States.
- In Washington next week, the Senate will aim to complete work on the fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill (H.R. 2578) and could move to consider two House-passed items: a conference report that would fund Zika containment, and legislation to address Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis. The Senate will first consider the nomination (Executive Calendar #358) of Robert Rossiter to be U.S. District Judge for Nebraska before moving to the remaining differences on the C-J-S spending bill. Senate Democrats are still looking to utilize the political capital gained through Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) extended filibuster and the 25-hour sit-in conducted by their colleagues in the House, and will be pushing for an up-or-down vote on moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-ME) compromise proposal to prevent individuals on the “no-fly” list from purchasing firearms. A motion to invoke cloture on that amendment received only 56 votes earlier this week, meaning Sen. Collins will need to flip at least four more of her Republican colleagues in order for the proposal to pass.
- A cloture vote on the Military Construction-VA spending bill (H.R. 2577), which is the vehicle for funding to fight the Zika virus, has been set up by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for Tuesday. The Zika funding plan includes $1.1 billion of the $1.9 billion President Obama requested to fight the mosquito-borne virus, with about half of that total paid for by budgetary offsets. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) has signaled that the report may struggle to reach the 60-vote threshold due to both funding levels and contentious policy riders, including pesticide provisions and restrictions on birth-control funding. Moreover, the White House has already announced its intentions to veto the bill, taking issue with the use of Ebola cleanup funds as an offset for the Zika package.
- Senate Republican leaders will also be looking for some support from Democrats to help move Puerto Rico legislation (H.R. 5278) before the island territory’s next debt payment is due on July 1. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has pledged to do everything procedurally possible to ensure that Democrats can offer amendments to the bill, which passed the House with significant bipartisan support. Other work in the Senate next week could include floor action for a compromise Senate bill that would create the first nationwide standard for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO). The bill (bill text) would cover grocery items from corn flakes to cooking oil, but exclude some animal products such as beef, pork, poultry, and eggs.
- The House has already recessed for the Independence Day holiday due to the dramatic sit-in launched by Democrats earlier this week. The chamber expects to return on Tuesday, July 5.
There you have it. The real legislative agenda for U.S. Congress. As always, they are all about domestic issues. Why?
Americans are some of the most blessed people on earth: We are rich, enthusiastic and hardworking. We enjoy watching stupid late night shows and we are insulated from all the miseries in the world.
“When the world almost got itself completely destroyed in the two world wars, what did America do? We did business with the world and made money off their misery!”
In times of global crisis, America has always been smart: We sold them goods, weapons, supported democracy and got the world permanently hooked on material things – borrow from America to spend on purchasing American products. Americans have always lived in a U.S. centric world with Washington DC, New York or LA as the epitome capital of the world. There is nothing wrong with that.
“America first. It’s just about time. Thank you Donald Trump.”
With Brexit now a new world reality, let’s predict Scotland, Northern Island and even Wales will try to break away from the United Kingdom. Shall we take England as the 51st American state? Nothing should surprise us. Who wouldn’t want to include those highly educated mates or blokes in London as some of us? Let’s not forget those pubs and their beer in central London…
Let the messes get under way in Europe. The messier the world becomes, the better it is for America. Trump will have a lot of work to do when he’s done golfing in Scotland.
It’s time to vote for Donald and show the world America’s “Art of the Deal.” Let’s own them all.