Bloomberg urges Washington to stop bickering and fix immigration, and makes a joke about money
Michael Bloomberg urged Congress today, all of it, to stop acting partisan and get back to work on fixing the economy. In a speech about immigration, he credited the president with having ideas, and also credited the Republicans with having ideas, and urged them to work together on ideas they could all get behind. Maybe this is what his third-party candidacy for president might have looked like?
The mayor has, in fact, distinguished himself by speaking out on immigration, advocating the liberal idea of more lenient immigration rules, but framing the argument in terms of the business-friendliness of such a policy.
Bloomberg's opening remarks could distract attention from what was otherwise a quite populist speech: He joked about spending so much money on a gift, that his girlfriend would otherwise have had a better wardrobe and "my kids, another horse ... "
Today is Google's Bar Mitzvah. [@mikebloomberg]
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Cuomo's proposed state layoffs, by agency. [Cara Matthews]
Cuomo is planning on 643 layoffs at the mental health department. [Rick Karlin]
Cuomo's move to allow fracking upstate worries the cnvironmental committee chair of the New York City Council. [Colby Hamilton]
Bloomberg's "ally," Council Speaker Quinn, blocked legislation that would have required Bloomberg to disclose his itinerary when he leaves the city. [Michael Howard Saul]
Quinn was overheard "saying something colorful" but the New York Times decided not to print it, the metro editor said. [Kat Stoffell]
Occupy Wall Street is also occupying the news hole. [Joe Pompeo]
Investigators "will look" into an officer's use of pepper-spray on protesters standing behind police netting. [Joseph Goldstein]
More pepper spray, from the same cop? [Al Baker]
Bloomberg says the economy can get a boost if immigrants are allowed to stay in the U.S. and work or open businesses. [Anjelica Tan]
Bloomberg, in Washington for the speech, said it's not a partisan issue. [Erik Wasson]
Bloomberg's opening remarks seemed to provide further confirmation that he has no designs on a third-party bid for office, with a joke about buying his kids "another horse." [Ben Smith]
An editor in Queens quits the school board because it's "window dressing." [Philissa Cramer]