Ben Carson: Martin Luther King’s Message Is ‘Urgently Needed to Heal the Divisions’ Now

Ben Carson praised Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy Friday at the White House, where a proclamation was  signed by President Donald Trump honoring the civil rights leader.

“I thank you for signing legislation to designate the birthplace, church, and tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King as a national historic park,” Carson said at the White House ceremony. “His monumental struggle for civil rights earned these places in his life, faith, and death, the same honor as Mount Vernon and that famous, humble log cabin in Illinois.”

Carson, now the secretary of Housing and Urban Development,  said King’s life and death impacted him as a young person.

“This April, we will observe the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination,” Carson said, adding:

I remember so vividly that day, as a high school student in Detroit. Far from silencing his dream, death wrought him immortal in the American heart. His message of equality, justice, and the common dignity of man resounds today, urgently needed to heal the divisions of our age.

The legacy of the civil rights leader should shape the character of society today, Carson said.

“Today we honor the legacy of the man who marched on Washington, for jobs and freedom, achieving both for millions of Americans of all races and backgrounds,” Carson said. “But his legacy also calls us to remember, where these ideas, equality, freedom liberty, get their power. Our good efforts alone are not enough to lend them meaning.”

Carson reinforced King’s stance of the importance of character for equality in humanity.

For what shall I be called equal to another man? It cannot be by wealth, for there will always be one richer than me, it cannot be by strength, for there will always be one stronger than me, it cannot be by success or happiness or beauty, or any other pieces of the human condition which are distributed through providence. So perhaps providence alone is the answer.

He quoted the Declaration of Independence to illustrate the importance of providence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

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Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece: ‘My Uncle Would Have Been Very Pro-Life’

Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece says her uncle’s legacy as a civil rights leader has a strong impact on the pro-life movement today.

“As the niece of the Rev.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and I emphasize the Reverend because history has not always recorded his spiritual aspects…I have been mostly impacted by his messages of unity, of racial reconciliation, of course non-violence, and the strongest has always been and will always be for me the agape love message,” Alveda King told The Daily Signal in an interview Friday. “One of the things that we would say [is], ‘We must learn to live together as brothers,’ and I’ll add, as sisters, ‘or perish together as fools.’”

King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life,  said her uncle’s words show his commitment to respect for life.

“He said the negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety,” Alveda King said. “Abortion, of course, forces us to do exactly that.”

Alveda King, who formerly served in the Georgia State House of Representatives and was a college professor, said that she had two abortions herself.

“I actually had a miscarriage that was related to those abortions during my younger life, and so of course through the years I have become a born-again Christian, repented, and been healed and delivered, but I always think about those words from my uncle,” King said.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, Coretta Scott King, received an award from Planned Parenthood in 1996 on behalf of her husband, but Alveda King says she knows her uncle would not have believed in the mission of Planned Parenthood:

His wife accepted that in his stead, because she was like me, she had accepted that agenda without understanding, I believe, but my uncle would have been very pro-life today.

The 31st annual March For Life in Washington, D.C., will be on Jan. 19, and Alveda King said her uncle’s crusade for civil rights applies to the pro-life movement today.

“I really believe that if my uncle were here today, he would encourage us to find solutions to the problems, even women’s problems and all problems without having to do violence to babies in the womb. I am just convinced that he would agree with that,” Alveda King said.

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This Conservative Lawmaker Explains Why the Embassy Move to Jerusalem Matters

President Donald Trump’s administration is working to build peace in the Middle East, and a big part of that process is the administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, one lawmaker says.  

In the Arab world, if you are acting swiftly and with strength, that is something that makes a big impression on a lot of those leaders, even if you are acting against those interests,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said in a speech Thursday at The Heritage Foundation, adding:

If you are the strong horse, that is something they respect. When you show yourself to be backing down and be a weak horse, even if you are doing it in a way and taking a position that they agree with, that causes them to wonder whether you can keep your word or not, and so I think for Trump’s personal prestige, it was important. I also think it was good for the country.

DeSantis, who chairs the House subcommittee on national security said Trump’s Dec. 6 reaffirmation recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his order to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem showed a resolve to leaders of countries in the Middle East not seen before.

Speaking about the embassy move, DeSantis noted that Trump isn’t the first president to commit to it. “Bush promised it and didn’t do it, Clinton promised it and didn’t do it, Obama—although I find it hard to believe he actually meant it when he promised it, … he obviously was never going to move the embassy to Jerusalem or recognize it.”

In March, DeSantis went to tour possible embassy sites in Jerusalem, expecting that the president would make good on his campaign promise to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We identified all the sites, potential sites where you could establish an American embassy,” the Florida lawmaker said. “And I am engaged in this now about what sites they are choosing and I think that we might find out very, very soon some very positive news about one of the sites we profiled.”

DeSantis said he thinks Trump’s leadership will inspire other Middle Eastern countries to work with the United States toward stabilization in the region.

“This is a president who understands the threat posed by Iran and posed by the Iran nuclear deal,” DeSantis said, adding:

That is music to the ears of the gulf states, places like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, they fear Iran’s influence … Do they want our embassy moved to Jerusalem? No. But are they going to cry a river over that when they need to work with us, and work with Israel, to combat Iranian influence? Of course not. Their interests are to align with the United States and with Israel to combat the Iranian threat.

Elliot Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, spoke on a panel after DeSantis’ remarks and said he thinks the road to stability in the Middle East is often misrepresented.

“Frequently, the question is asked is, how do we get to the two-state solution? And that is not the right question,” Abrams said. “The right question is how do we get to peace, the two-state question is a derivative of [it]. If it helps peace, it is a good thing. If not, it needs to be rethought.”

Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, joined Abrams on the panel discussion and said bringing peace to the Middle East will be a process of changing hearts.

“By my analysis over the past century, 80 percent of Palestinians have been rejectionists, and 20 percent have accepted Israel, and the goal must be to expand that 20 percent to 40-60 percent,” Pipes said. “My goal is encourage an increasing number of Palestinians to recognize that the conflict is over, I am less focused on leaders … I think [if] you want a change of heart, you want a people to recognize that it is no longer worth their while to engage in, say, suicide attacks, because it is futile.”

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Conservatives Warn Trump Not to Revive Earmarks If He Wants to Drain the Swamp

Some conservatives are sounding the alarm over reinstating earmarks in Congress, as President Donald Trump voiced support Tuesday for reviving a budgetary practice that critics say feeds cronyism and corruption in government.

“I hear so much about earmarks and how there was a great friendliness [among lawmakers] when you had earmarks,” Trump said Tuesday in a bipartisan meeting on immigration with House and Senate members.

“Of course, they had other problems, but maybe all of you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks,” the president said.

“The time is right” to reinstate earmarks, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, said, The Washington Times reported Sunday.

In a statement provided Wednesday afternoon to The Daily Signal, Culberson said earmarks could help his district recover from Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston, among other areas, with flooding.

“Hurricane Harvey changed everything for my district, and it’s my job as a representative to be an advocate for my constituents,” Culberson said.

Conservatives long have opposed earmarks, which direct taxpayer money to lawmakers’ special interests and projects through the budget without competition based on merit. Lawmakers banned earmarks under House rules in 2010.

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the House’s largest GOP caucus, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview that bringing back earmarks isn’t an option for him.   

“My position on earmarks hasn’t changed,” Walker said, adding:

I think it’s a very slippery slope to bring back something that has been abused by so many, so much of the time. … Members [have] to grovel to work out bills and be influenced to vote for legislation they may or may not have even supported at some point. So I think it’s a legitimate concern; I worry that earmarks would allow the algae-infested waters to start filling up the swamp.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, told The Hill about bringing back earmarks: “I don’t know that I’m opposed to it.”

“Since Congress holds the power of the purse, members of Congress should be able to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to move more rapidly on a flood control project,” Culberson told The Daily Signal.

The Texas Republican, whose district includes parts of Houston, said earmarks would be a way to help his district recover:

I’m proposing that we restore the ability of members of Congress to direct money toward flood control or highway projects when we receive a request from a local or state unit of government. We would submit the request at the subcommittee level, and the request would then go through the entire legislative process, out in the open, so that the public can see it and debate it. Most importantly, these projects would not increase spending. It’s good public policy.

A reporter for The Washington Post tweeted that Marc Short, Trump’s director of legislative affairs, is not as keen as the president on reinstating earmarks:

The White House did not respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment.

One conservative House staffer told The Daily Signal in an email Wednesday that reinstating earmarks would go against Trump’s pledge to drain the swamp.

“If you’re going to drain the swamp, reinstating earmarks is the last thing you should do. Congress banned earmarks because members were wasting taxpayer dollars and illegally enriching themselves,” the aide said. “Restarting that practice is not what everyday Americans sent us here to do.”

Other conservatives with influence on Capitol Hill are not happy with the development, either.

“I think [Trump] is getting bad advice on this and basically I think he has been frustrated that Congress hasn’t passed much of his agenda other than tax reform, and somehow believes that if they were able to reinstate earmarks, the rest of his agenda would get passed,” Wesley Denton, senior communications director at the Conservative Partnership Institute, told The Daily Signal in an interview.

“The truth is, what it would simply bring back is corruption and bribes and more big spending bills,” Denton said.

In a statement emailed to The Daily Signal, David McIntosh, president of the free-market group Club for Growth, decried the talk of reviving earmarks.

“If Republicans bring back earmarks, then it virtually guarantees that they will lose the House,” McIntosh said. “Bringing back earmarks is the antithesis of draining the swamp.  Earmarks will only benefit the special interests that grow government at the expense of working men and women.”

Mike Needham, chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America, the lobbying affiliate of The Heritage Foundation, said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal that resurrecting earmarks should not be an option.

“It is nearly unthinkable that after President Trump ran a historically successful election to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, D.C., Congress would consider reinstating one of the most egregious examples of cronyism on Capitol Hill,” Needham said, adding:

President Trump should continue to work with conservatives in Congress to drain the swamp and stop any congressional efforts to reinstate earmarks. Heritage Action is dedicated to working alongside President Trump to end cronyism and pass real conservative solutions that actually help hardworking Americans.

The House Rules Committee will hold a hearing  for members on reinstating earmarks on Jan. 18, and another hearing Jan. 19 with outside organizations, Politico reported.

This article has been modified to identify Walker correctly as chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

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Trump Backs Bill to Require Online Merchants Collect Sales Tax, Lawmaker Says

A North Dakota lawmaker says President Donald Trump has promised that her bill requiring online merchants to collect sales taxes will be signed into law in 2018.

“They all committed to me that we were going to get my bill passed in ’18 here,” Noem said, according to The Rapid City Journal, referring to the president and members of his administration. “I told them that I would remind them of that daily.”

Noem’s bill would allow all states to tax retailers that don’t have a physical presence in their state, Adam Michel, a tax-policy expert at The Heritage Foundation told The Daily Signal in an email Monday.

Currently, according to Supreme Court precedent in Quill v. North Dakota, states can only collect sales taxes on businesses that have a physical presence in the state, such warehouses or offices, according to a report by James Gattuso, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and Michel.  

“The case currently under review by the Supreme Court to overturn Quill, and congressional proposals to similarly expand states’ ability to tax beyond their borders, are ill-conceived,” Michel said. “Such proposals would upend a quarter-century of precedent on sales taxes, and put consumers–especially customers of small, internet-based retailers–at risk of higher taxes.”

A senior aide to a conservative member of Congress told The Daily Signal in an email that a vote for Noem’s bill wouldn’t be popular.

“Conservatives would be broadly opposed to it, but we haven’t heard anything about this coming to the floor [of Congress] in the near future,” the aide said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared to signal possible support for the tax in July, when he said during a hearing that such a tax “could be a very important means for the states to fund infrastructure.”

Instituting out-of-state sales taxes would be counterproductive to the tax-reform bill that passed Congress on Dec. 20, Michel said.

Congress just passed [the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act] with the aim of cutting tax for millions of Americans. Allowing states to tax business outside of their borders will undermine the victory of tax reform by raising taxes on unsuspecting consumers.

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5 Key Numbers From Planned Parenthood’s New Annual Report

Planned Parenthood’s recently released annual report shows the organization is providing significantly more abortions than adoption referrals.

According to its 2016-2017 annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 321,384 abortions but only 3,889 adoption referrals.

Planned Parenthood also provided 7,762 prenatal services in 2016-2017, down from 9,419 in 2015-2016.

The abortion giant’s excess revenue increased from $77.5 million in 2015 to $98.5 million this past year, and received $543.7 million in taxpayer dollars in 2016.

Melanie Israel, a research associate for the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that the organization should not be receiving money for its services from the government.

“Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report underscores why taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the abortion giant. Planned Parenthood performs 83 abortions for every one adoption referral,” Israel said, adding:

Meanwhile, fewer and fewer women are turning to Planned Parenthood for care like cancer treatment and prevention services, contraception, and prenatal services. The half a billion dollars currently flowing to Planned Parenthood could instead be directed to the thousands of centers that provide health care for women without entanglement in on-demand abortion.

In a statement included in the 2016-2017 report, Planned Parenthood said it is proud of its work.

“Every day, doctors, clinicians, and staff open the doors of Planned Parenthood health centers across the country,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Naomi Aberly, board chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a joint statement. “Every day, more than 8,000 people walk through those doors to get birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and treatment, and safe and legal abortion. They don’t come to us to make a political statement. They come to get compassionate, expert care.”

Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, says Planned Parenthood’s focus is abortion.

“Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report demonstrates that the abortion giant’s bottom line is, as always, its bottom line,” Foster said in a statement. “Critical patient services such as prenatal care are dropping like a rock, while when it comes to abortion, Planned Parenthood continues to push aggressively to corner the market.”  

The report states that the organization has had 2.4 million patients and has provided 9.5 million services.

It also states that it has tested 706,903 individuals for HIV and diagnosed 222,365 individuals with sexually transmitted infections.

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Unions Gave More Than $1.1 Billion to Democrats, Liberal Groups

From 2010 to 2016 alone, unions sent more than $1.1 billion in member dues to anti-Republican advocacy groups, a nonprofit union transparency organization says.

“For decades, union officials have betrayed working Americans by spending their dues dollars to advance a left-wing political agenda—without prior approval,” Luka Ladan, communications director for the Center for Union Facts, said in a statement.

“Big Labor is now the ATM of the Democratic Party, whether employees agree or not. The Employee Rights Act would hold union officials accountable to their members, not Democratic elites.”

The Center said that the funds were sent to liberal and anti-Republican groups without members’ approval, to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the Clinton Foundation, and the Democratic Governors Association.

Planned Parenthood received $805,100 and the Democratic Governors Association received $14,126,000. The Center for American Progress, a policy organization known for its liberal stance, received $6,279,591.

The Center for Union Facts says such use of member dues is inappropriate, since “40 percent of union household members vote Republican in any given election cycle.”

Currently, union authorities can spend funds from dues on political advocacy groups without receiving prior approval from members, and the Center says Congress needs to pass the Employee Rights Act, which would require union chiefs to procure permission from members before spending dues on  political organizations and causes.

“Roughly 80 percent of Americans—including those in union households—support the paycheck-protection provision and other [Employee Rights Act] reforms,” the  Center for Union Facts says.

More than $8,000 in union dues also went to left-leaning media organizations, including the Progressive and the American Prospect.

“The rights of American workers were under attack during the Obama presidency, and it is time to restore those rights and work to foster a pro-growth, pro-employee environment,” Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., said May 25 in a statement when the Employee Rights Act legislation was introduced, adding:

This legislation will ensure individuals’ rights are upheld when considering whether or not they wish to join a union. The Employee Rights Act isn’t pro- or anti-union, it’s a commonsense measure to ensure a transparent and fair workplace.

 

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Jeff Sessions Should Go If He Won’t Ensure ‘Transparency,’ 2 House Conservatives Argue

Two prominent conservative lawmakers say Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop leaks to the media about the Russia probe or step down as attorney general.

Sessions “has recused himself from the Russia investigation, but it would appear he has no control at all of the premier law enforcement agency in the world,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, write in an op-ed published Thursday by the Washington Examiner.

“It is time for Sessions to start managing [the Justice Department] in a spirit of transparency to bring all of this improper behavior to light and stop further violations,” the lawmakers wrote.

Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, and Jordan, a former chairman of the group, write that the attorney general hasn’t done enough to stop leaks about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including alleged collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign:

The alarming number of FBI agents and [Department of Justice] officials sharing information with reporters is in clear violation of the investigative standards that Americans expect and should demand. How would New York Times reporters know any of this information when the FBI and DOJ are prohibited from talking about ongoing investigations?

They add:

If Sessions can’t address this issue immediately, then we have one final question needing an answer: When is it time for a new attorney general? Sadly, it seems the answer is now.

The FBI is part of the Justice Department, which Sessions runs as attorney general. The former Alabama senator recused himself from any Russia probe because of his role in the Trump campaign.

The two lawmakers specify a Dec. 30 story in The New York Times that they say used “four current and former anonymous intelligence officials to suggest that George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign volunteer, was a ‘driving factor’ who triggered the FBI’s spying on the Trump campaign.”

The Times reported that Papadopoulos, a low-level foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, told an Australian diplomat that Russia had emails embarrassing to Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent in the election.

The lawmakers lay out detailed questions, in five categories, that they say must be answered to understand why government officials leaked the information in the first place.

Their last group of questions:

Why won’t the FBI answer questions from Congress on this very topic? Why do they continue to refuse transparency on whether they paid Christopher Steele for the Russian dossier? We in Congress have asked them repeatedly to tell us what was in the application they took to the FISA court to get a warrant for spying on the Trump campaign. Did they use the dossier in their application?

Steele, a former British intelligence officer, authored a document containing allegations about Trump’s connections with Russia. Steele wrote the so-called dossier for Fusion GPS, a research company that was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

“It seems remarkably odd that instead of the FBI answering the critical questions that Congress has repeatedly asked, they instead leak a far-fetched and ill-supported story to the New York Times,” Jordan and Meadows write. “If this is the truth, then give us the documentation we’ve asked for to prove it.”

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Conservative Lawmaker Demands Answers to These 18 Questions About Russia, FBI

One member of Congress says “the American people deserve answers” to 18 questions he has regarding Russia and the FBI.

“We’d like for the FBI and the [Justice Department] to turn over the documents that Chairman [Devin] Nunes has requested, give the documents to Congress that we requested, that’s first and foremost,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview Wednesday.

“We’d like answers to the two fundamental questions, the questions that we started with: did the FBI pay Christopher Steele, [and] were they paying him the same time that the DNC and the Clinton campaign were paying?”

Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele authored a dossier, which contained allegations that Trump had connections with Russia. The dossier was written for Fusion GPS, a research firm that was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Fox News reported last week that “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blasting the Department of Justice and the FBI for its ‘failure to fully produce’ documents related to an anti-Trump dossier, saying ‘at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves.’”

“Unfortunately, DOJ/FBI’s intransigence with respect to the August 24 subpoenas is part of a broader pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated,” Nunes wrote in a Dec. 28 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to Fox News.

“As a result of the numerous delays and discrepancies that have hampered the process of subpoena compliance, the committee no longer credits the representations made by DOJ and/or the FBI regarding these matters,” he added.

On June 8, former FBI director James Comey said the dossier was unverified, and Jordan says nswers are still needed from the FBI.

“Did they substantiate the dossier?” Jordan asked. “Did they actually even check and see, is this thing accurate? [Former FBI Director[ James Comey said it was salacious, non-verified, right, so Comey testified under oath that it wasn’t accurate, but what work did the FBI do to figure out if it in fact was accurate?”

A full list of Jordan’s 18 questions is below:

 

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More Businesses Raise Wages, Give Bonuses in Wake of Tax Cuts

More businesses are announcing bonuses, higher minimum wages, and new benefits for employees after passage by Congress of Republicans’ tax reform bill. 

An email from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s press office highlights 33 businesses—including Aflac, Associated Bank, and PNC Bank—that have announced raises, bonuses, and other improvements for employees.

In moves that may defuse efforts to mandate higher minimum wages across the nation, at least nine of the 33 businesses announced they are boosting their minimum wage for thousands of workers to $15 or more an hour.

“Happy New Year and welcome to 2018, where Americans are waking up across the country with a brand new, pro-growth tax code,” the Wisconsin Republican’s press office says.  “Despite the doom and gloom rhetoric from the left and special-interest groups, millions of hardworking people are already seeing benefits.”

Among developments:

Insurance company Aflac says it will boost U.S. investments by $250 million and increase 401(k) benefits for employees, including a one-time contribution of $500 to every worker’s retirement savings account

Associated Bank announced a $500 bonus for  nearly all employees and an increase in its minimum wage from $10 per hour to $15 per hour, and PNC Bank is giving a $1,000 bonus to 47,500 workers and a $1,500 boost to workers’ existing pension accounts.

Southwest Airlines announced a $1,000 cash bonus for all employees, including part-timers, plus $5 million in charitable donations.

President Donald Trump, who made passing tax reform a top goal of his first year in office and signed the bill into law Dec. 22, has praised businesses for their positive response.

Republicans’ tax reform package maintains the current seven tax brackets but lowers rates to 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35, and 37 percent.

The package caps at $10,000 the state and local tax deduction, which allows taxpayers who itemize instead of taking the standard deduction to deduct from federal taxable income any property and income taxes paid to state or local governments.

The package repeals Obamacare’s mandate for individuals to buy health insurance, increases the $1,000 child tax credit to $2,000, and provides a $500 credit for child dependents who aren’t minors.

The legislation reduces the federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and repeals the corporate alternative minimum tax.

Hours after Congress passed the legislation, AT&T announced it would give a $1,000 bonus to over 200,000 U.S. employees and invest $1 billion in the economy and Boeing announced a $300 million investment, as The Daily Signal previously reported.

>>> Companies Announce Bonuses, Raises Following Tax Reform Legislation Passage

CVS announced it would hire 3,000 new workers and FedEx said it would increase hiring.

Adam Michel, policy analyst for economic studies at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email Wednesday that such announcements are just the beginning.

“Raises, bonuses, and new investments spurred by tax reform show that the Republicans’ tax reform is working how they said it would,” Michel said, adding:

Businesses across America are putting their tax cuts to work for the American people. This first wave of stories is great news, but the real benefits are yet to come. Tax reform expands the economic pie so that more Americans will be better off.

As businesses and their competitors continue to increase investment in the U.S., workers’ yearly wages will also go up and underemployed households will see the biggest benefits from new jobs.

Below is the list of the groups and businesses included in the email from Ryan’s office. The full list may be viewed here.

Aflac: $250 million boost in U.S. investments and increased 401(k) benefits, including one-time contribution of $500 to every employee’s retirement savings account.

American Savings Bank: $1,000 bonus to 1,150 employees, nearly the entire workforce, and increase of minimum wage from $12.21 an hour to $15.15.

Aquesta Financial Holdings: $1,000 bonus to all employees, increase in minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Associated Bank: $500 bonus to nearly all employees and increased minimum wage to $15 per hour, up from $10.

AT&T: $1,000 bonus to all 200,000 U.S. workers and $1 billion boost in U.S. investments.

Bank of America: $1,000 bonus for about 145,000 U.S. employees.

Bank of Hawaii: $1,000 bonus for 2,074 employees, or 95 percent of its workforce, and increase of minimum wage from $12 to $15.

BB&T Corp.: $1,200 bonus for almost three-fourths of associates, or 27,000 employees, and increase in minimum wage from $12 to $15.

Boeing: $300 million boost in investments to employee gift-match programs, workforce development, and workplace improvements.

Central Pacific Bank: $1,000 bonus to all 850 nonexecutive employees and increase in minimum wage from $12 to $15.25.

Comcast NBCUniversal: $1,000 bonus for more than 100,000 employees.

Deleware Supermarkets Inc.: $150 bonus to 1,000 nonmanagement employees and $150,000 in new investment in employee training and development programs.

Express Employment Prc: $2,000 bonus to all nonexecutive employees at Oklahoma City headquarters.

Fifth Third Bancorp: $1,000 bonus for all 13,500 employees and increase of minimum wage to $15 for nearly 3,000 workers.

First Hawaiian Bank: $1,500 bonus for all 2,264 employees and increase in minimum wage to $15.

First Horizon National Corp.: $1,000 bonus to employees who do not participate in company-sponsored bonus plans.

Kansas City Southern: $1,000 bonus to employees of subsidiaries in the U.S. and Mexico.

Melaleuca: $100 bonus for every year an employee has worked for the company—an average of $800 for each of 2,000 workers.

National Bank Holdings Corp.: $1,000 bonus to all noncommissioned associates who earn a base salary under $50,000.

Nelnet: $1,000 bonus for nearly all of 4,100 employees.

Nephron Parmaceuticals: wage increase of 5 percent for its 640 employees.

Nexus: wage increase of 5 percent and plans to hire 200 workers in 2018.

OceanFirst Bank: increase in minimum wage from $13.60 to $15, affecting at least 166 employees.

PNC Bank: $1,000 bonus to 47,500 employees and $1,500 increase to existing pension accounts.

Pinnacle Bank: $1,000 bonus for all full-time employees in Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.

Pioneer Credit Recovery: $1,000 bonus to employees.

Rush Enterprises Inc.: $1,000 discretionary bonus to 6,600 U.S. employees.

Sinclair Broadcast: $1,000 bonus to nearly 9,000 employees.

SunTrust: increase of minimum wage to $15, $50 million increase in community grants, 1 percent percent 401(k) contribution for all employees.

Turning Point Brands, Inc.: $1,000 bonus to 107 employees.

Washington Federal, Inc.: wage increase of 5 percent for employees earning less than $100,000 per year and increased investments in technology infrastructure and community projects.

Wells Fargo: increase in minimum wage from $13.50 to $15, and higher charitable giving by about 40 percent, to $400 million.

Western Alliance: wage increase of 7.5 percent for the lowest-paid 50 percent of employees.

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