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Appearances: Mornings with Maria – Senate Immigration Debate; Budget Deficit Impact on the American

Andy weighed in on the immigration debate yesterday, stating that President Trump’s proposed immigration deal is spectacular and will offer 1.8 million DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said there were 689,800 active DACA recipients as of Sept. 4, 2017, so President Donald Trump’s proposal to make the DACA program permanent amounts to be two and a half times more than those currently covered.

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This deal will also aid in ending chain migration, limit diversity visas and address border security. If Democrats want an immigration deal, there is a reasonable proposal being offered that will be great for businesses, promising for the country, and will improve many of the current immigration issues. “They should take it, they should get it passed and they should do it soon,” said Andy.

Also discussed was the president’s budget proposal that could add an increase in deficits over the course of the next 10 years. A main reason Trump agreed with the proposal, Andy stresses, was to address defense spending needs after years of massive underfunding and aging infrastructure. While presidential budget proposals are often dismissed by Congress, the budget plan remains a crucially informative and important document – a way to know what the administration’s priorities are and a conversation starter on how to reduce the country’s deficits. The new budget proposal is a rational recommendation that commits to restraint while prioritizing funding to rebuild our national defense and strengthen America’s borders.

“This morning’s National Federation of Independent Businesses survey on business optimism reports historic highs. 2017 was the highest average business optimism index we’ve ever had and January is up two percent,” said Andy. “We want to see GDP growth and we want to see wage growth. Per the survey, two percent more businesses will invest in capital expenditures, plants, and equipment. Businesses planning to increase inventory climbed four points and we haven’t seen this many businesses saying they will increase wages since 1989.”

Lastly, Andy addresses the potential increase in interest rates and overall inflation. He argues that wages were stagnate for eight years during the Obama administration and there is room for wages to continue to go up. “That’s what we need to reduce income inequality in America,” Andy says.

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