House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a set of legislative promises in an effort to rally support for ousting Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The “Commitment to America” contains 17 agenda items and resembles the eight-point Contract with America that in 1994 helped Republicans retake the House for the first time in 40 years.
“Republicans helped build the greatest economy in a generation and the American way of life was thriving. We will do it again. That is our commitment to you,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a press release.
McCarthy is likely to be House speaker if Republicans can reclaim a majority of seats. Democrats currently hold a 34-seat advantage.
Republicans commit in the document to “bringing high-speed internet to every household in the United States, launching a five-year plan to fix our roads, bridges, and airports, while cutting the permitting process time in half.”
Republicans also commit to “opposing efforts to defund the police while increasing funding by $1.75 billion for better police training, community policing, and equipment, including 500,000 more body cameras.”
The document comes amid gridlock on Capitol Hill on new coronavirus stimulus legislation and on police reforms following the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
In one item, Republicans commit to “extending the $2,000 child tax credit and making permanent Opportunity Zone credits that generate $10 billion each year in poor communities.”
The document commits to tripling COVID-19 testing and funding efforts to modernize medical supplies for future pandemics.
Other agenda points are less detailed, such as a pledge to uphold First and Second Amendment rights, and to allow students to change schools.
On Tuesday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House will remain in session until new stimulus legislation is passed, although that’s unlikely to happen, with Senate Democrats blocking a “skinny” GOP plan and Senate Republicans declining to spend $2 trillion as pitched by Democrats.
Milwaukee immigration attorney shot dead in dispute with cyclist
A beloved immigration attorney, Army veteran and father of two has been shot dead in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when a traffic dispute with a bicyclist turned deadly, according to reports.
Jason Cleereman, 54, was in the passenger seat as his wife, Evanjelina, was driving home Tuesday night when they encountered the cyclist, who was riding recklessly on the Holton Street bridge, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, citing the victim’s sister, Vanessa Maldonado.
Cleereman’s wife “got nervous” and thought she was going to strike him, Maldonado told the news outlet.
“At some point there were words exchanged between this guy and my brother,” she said.
The cyclist approached the car and punched Cleereman in the face and then gunned the attorney down when he stepped out of the vehicle, Maldonado said. The shooter then fled on a bike path, she added.
Police said the shooting occurred about 7:45 p.m. near the bustling Brady Street, where people sat outside and enjoyed food, drinks and an NBA playoff game during the mild evening,
“We’re all just really shocked and confused,” Maldonado told Fox 6 Now. “I have so much pain for my sister-in-law, her children, my niece and my nephew. I mean, that has to be the most painful thing to be going through right now.”
Evanjelina Cleereman called the shooting a “senseless act.”
She told Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV that her husband was a kind man who worked tirelessly for the community as an immigration attorney.
“He was a very generous kind man with his time and attention very giving man,” Evanjelina said.
In his career, Cleereman had helped advocate for families navigating the immigration process, three members of the city’s Common Council said in a joint statement, according to the Journal Sentinel.
“Anyone who met Jason instantly knew how much he cared about his family, friends and the community,” José Pérez, Nik Kovac and JoCasta Zamarripa wrote.
“He worked tirelessly in service of others, left a positive impact on those around him, and will surely be missed,” they added.
Cleereman also helped organize a local farmers market, was a member of the South Side Organizing Center and a leader in the Walker Square Neighborhood Association, according to the outlet.
Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Pedro Colón called the slain lawyer “a great neighbor, lawyer and family man” in a Facebook post.
“All those of us practiced law with him experienced his passionate advocacy and dedication to his clients and the law,” Colón said.
Shaleigh Fitzpatrick, who said she had known Cleereman for more than 20 years, on Wednesday afternoon brought flowers to the bridge where he was killed.
“I came out here today because I just wanted to say my goodbyes. I spoke to him a few days ago and I’m pretty sad that that’s the last time I’m going to get to talk to him,” Fitzpatrick told WTMJ-TV.
Police said the homicide remains under investigation.
Cleereman was one of two people killed in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
In a separate incident, 57-year-old Kirt Davis was also shot and killed along Greenfield Avenue in circumstances that remain under investigation, according to the station.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said that 2020 is on track to be one of the deadliest in the city. If the homicide rate continues, it could see more than 200 homicides by the end of the year.
Woman hit by chair falling off NYC roof sues 76ers co-owner
A company controlled by a Philadelphia 76ers co-owner was negligent when it allowed a lounge chair to fly off a Manhattan roof and hit a woman, leaving her with brain injuries, a new lawsuit alleges.
Annabel Sen had been on her way to lunch with her boyfriend on Jan. 25 when she “was struck by a heavy wooden lounge chair that fell from the terrace of the 12th-floor penthouse” of the 15 Union Square West Condominium building, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Thursday.
“How [the chair] didn’t kill her is a miracle honestly,” Sen’s lawyer Benedict Morelli told The Post. “She is very damaged but she is not dead.”
The then 23-year-old Midtown West resident — who was heading to lunch at Xu’s Public House nearby — “suffered a severe, life-threatening, traumatic brain injury, among other injuries, that required emergency brain surgery. [Sen] has since had two more brain surgeries,” the court papers claim.
Sen, who worked for a private equity firm and was slated to get her masters at Harvard this fall, says the lounge chair should have been secured on the terrace — especially since it “was a rainy day with very windy conditions,” the suit says.
Sen is suing the penthouse owner, GR Realty Holdings LLC, which is owned by Michael Rubin — the co-owner of the 76ers basketball franchise and the New Jersey Devils hockey franchise, the court papers say.
“Sen has been unable to attend to her usual vocation and activities,” and she’s been forced to pay for medical bills, the court documents claim. “[Sen] has suffered and will necessarily suffer in the future additional loss of time and earnings from employment.”
The suit also blames the building owner and management companies and penthouse residents Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi, who are both co-founders of startup company Brex — which Forbes valued at $2.6 billion in 2019, the court papers say.
“There was really no reason for this to happen,” Morelli said. “You either bring the furniture in — especially if you’re not going to be there for a long time — or you tie it down. There are a number of people who could and should have done that.”
Morelli said that Sen, now 24, had to leave Manhattan and move to Connecticut to live with her parents.
Sen — a graduate of Ivy League Brown University — no longer works at her job and won’t be attending Harvard this fall, the lawyer said.
“She is not doing anything now. She is just seeing doctors and recuperating. She has cognitive deficits,” the lawyer explained. “This was a young woman who was very gifted before the accident and we are hoping she gets back all of her faculties.”
“Hopefully she will be able to regain enough to have a productive life going forward. We just don’t know yet,” Morelli said adding that in the coming months they will begin testing her to see what she has lost physically, psychologically, emotionally and cognitively.
Rubin did not immediately return a request for comment. Dubugras and Franceschi did not immediately return a message left with Brex. Management company Brown Harris Stevens Residential Management, LLC — which is also named in the case — declined to comment.
Trump-Nixon letters reveal previously unknown relationship
Letters exchanged between President Trump and former President Richard Nixon in the 1980s and 1990s show a relationship between the two that is not previously known.
The letters were shared with the Associated Press ahead of their debut as part of an exhibit at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., Thursday.
In the earliest letter reviewed by the outlet ahead of the exhibit’s opening, dated June 1982, the current commander-in-chief lavishes praise on the then-president.
“I think that you are one of this country’s great men, and it was an honor to spend an evening with you,” Trump wrote to Nixon after the two were spotted together at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan.
The then-real-estate-developer was writing to thank the former president for forwarding him a photograph of the two.
In another letter, dated October of that year, the future president wrote to the former one that “One of my great ambitions is to have the Nixons as residents in Trump Tower.”
Nixon and his wife, Pat Nixon, eventually toured the Fifth Avenue property. In his letter back, he wrote that while Pat “was impressed as I was” with the building, they felt “at this time she should not undertake the ordeal of a move,” given her stroke that August.
The existence of the letters was confirmed by President Trump in the days after winning the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking to TMZ’s Harvey Levin, he showed off one of the letters, dated December 1987, in which Nixon congratulated Trump for an appearance on a television show.
“I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great. As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner,” the former president wrote.
“It was just amazing that he wrote it,” Trump said while showing off the letter, adding that it was not the only one.
He said that while he did not know Nixon well, “he would write me letters. It was very interesting. He always wanted me to run for office.”
Jim Byron, executive vice president of the Richard Nixon Foundation, touted the letters to the Associated Press as “perhaps the best documented relationship that our current president has with any of his predecessors,” as well as “an invaluable contribution to the ever-evolving group that we know as the presidents club.”
The White House did not respond to The Post’s request for comment on the newly released letters.
With Post wires
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