U.S. Congress (GOP Club)

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  • Dems prepare next steps after Trump's veto

    03/15/2019 7:01:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 15, 2019 | Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis
    Democrats are planning a vote that aims to override President Trump's veto of legislation blocking his emergency declaration, an effort that’s all but certain to fail...
  • The Senate's emergency vote showed Trump's enduring strength

    03/15/2019 10:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Brookings Institution ^ | March 15, 2019 | John Hudak
    Yesterday, the U.S. Senate joined the House in passing a resolution disapproving President Trump’s Emergency Declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The resolution—H.J. Res. 46—faces certain veto from the president, which will not be overridden; the House fell 45 votes short and the Senate fell eight votes short of a veto-proof majority. Although many, including my colleague Elaine Kamarck, see this as a striking rebuke for President Trump from several of his own partisans in Congress, there are multiple silver linings for the president. First, Mr. Trump won in his battle with Congress over his emergency declaration....
  • A political upside to impeachment for Trump? Some Trump advisers think so

    03/13/2019 3:53:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 13, 2019 | Jeremy Diamond
    President Donald Trump and his allies weren't shy about using the specter of impeachment during the 2018 midterm campaign to rally the President's core supporters to the polls. And for their 2020 campaign, they were prepared to use the real thing. With House Democrats newly in the majority and the prospects of impeachment surging, Trump and his political allies -- while certainly not hankering for it -- have eyed the potential political upside: using a Democratic impeachment as a powerful foil to galvanize Republicans in droves to re-elect Trump. Several of the President's political advisers, preparing for a re-election campaign...
  • David Bossie: Pelosi will lead Trump impeachment fight – Don’t believe her denials

    03/13/2019 2:42:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 13, 2019 | David N. Bossie
    Call me a skeptic, but I’m quite certain that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent claim to The Washington Post that “I’m not for impeachment” of President Trump doesn’t match her actual position on the issue. The California congresswoman is a crafty career politician who specializes in telling the American people one thing and doing the exact opposite. In fact, she’s risen to the top of the liberal pyramid because she is an extremely gifted manipulator. In January, Pelosi’s own daughter Alexandra described her mother as a political leader who could “cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re...
  • Nancy Pelosi just admitted that Democrats have nothing on Trump

    03/12/2019 5:44:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 11, 2019 | Editorial Board
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that she’s against impeaching President Trump “unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.” Which is exactly the point — there isn’t. The speaker is surely up to speed on what evidence Democrats actually have against Trump and has a fair sense of what Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s report will say. And she recognizes that it’s nothing that will persuade anyone who hasn’t wanted Trump ousted since Election Day 2016. Which means that moving to impeach him would be not just “divisive to the country,” as she says, but also bad for Democrats...
  • Dems slam Trump plan to move military construction funds for border wall

    02/27/2019 5:17:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2019 | Ellen Mitchell
    House Democrats on Wednesday hammered Pentagon officials over President Trump's plan to move Defense Department military construction (MILCON) dollars to build his proposed southern border wall after declaring a national emergency. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment Robert McMahon offered few new details on Trump’s plans to take $3.6 billion in MILCON funds for his project, effectively sidestepping Congress. The lack of more information angered Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who heads the Appropriations Committee's sub-panel on military construction. “I’m not sure what kind of chumps you think my colleagues and I are,” she told McMahon during a particularly testy...
  • Could Congress Block Trump’s Emergency Declaration?

    02/18/2019 7:56:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 18, 2019 | Perry Bacon Jr. and Nate Silver
    President Trump has declared a national emergency in order to pay for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, but will Congress block it? That’s a long shot — but we can’t rule it out either. Here’s the basic process, as the New York Times explained in an article after Trump’s declaration. Congress can take up a resolution to end a presidential national emergency declaration. If such a resolution passes in one chamber, the other must bring it up for a vote within 18 days. If the resolution passes both chambers and the president vetoes it, a two-thirds majority in Congress...
  • Call/Email The White House RIGHT NOW ("Don't sign the Omnibus Bill")

    02/14/2019 10:27:19 PM PST · by BTerclinger · 25 replies
    via Email | 02/15/19 | via Email
    Please contact White House RIGHT NOW - tell POTUS "do NOT sign the spending bill!" ********************* If You Don't Stand Up, You Will Be Stood On. ****** If you support building the wall, ending chain migration and instituting merit-based immigration, please contact the President RIGHT NOW and tell him do NOT sign the omnibus spending bill that went on his desk earlier today. Just declare a Border Emergency and FINISH THE WALL. Moreover, this [omnibus] bill will likely override Trump’s executive powers because of the sneaky limitations on wall construction. This is the sort of omnibus bill that ensnared Reagan...
  • Trump lays out his demands for border deal to top Republican as shutdown deadline nears

    02/07/2019 4:32:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Brainerd Dispatch ^ | February 7, 2019 | The Washington Post
    President Donald Trump met with a key Republican negotiator Thursday, Feb. 7, to lay out his demands for a border deal, as lawmakers sought an agreement to stave off another government shutdown. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters after meeting with Trump that he believes the president will support a deal bipartisan congressional negotiators produce - as long as it meets his parameters. Lawmakers face a Feb. 15 deadline when large portions of the government will shut back down absent a deal. Shelby declined to detail Trump's requirements, and he did not say whether the president had agreed...
  • Ocasio-Cortez is recruiting a Democratic challenger to Hakeem Jeffries

    01/29/2019 10:14:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 18, 2018 | Nikki Schwab
    Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hasn’t taken office yet, but she’s already looking to take out fellow Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), according to a report Tuesday. Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked the political world when she defeated veteran Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley, said last month she’d support challenges to Democrats who are not as left-leaning as their constituents. Politico reported that she’s recruited an African-American woman to challenge Jeffries in 2020. A source told the news website that running a primary rival to Jeffries, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, was the “highest priority” for Ocasio-Cortez. Jeffries was recently elected the...
  • Women invited to wear white to Trump's State of the Union

    01/29/2019 7:49:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    WISC-TV ^ | January 29, 2019 | Kate Sullivan and Ashley Killough CNN
    The House Democratic Women's Working Group is inviting female members of both parties to wear white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address next week as a symbol of solidarity. "Wearing suffragette white is a respectful message of solidarity with women across the country, and a declaration that we will not go back on our hard-earned rights," Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, the chair of the working group, told CNN. Frankel pointed out there have never been as many Democratic women serving in Congress as there are today. In 2017, the same group coordinated Democratic women wearing white...
  • Freshman Democrats Turn on Pelosi Over Border Wall, Seek Deal with Trump

    01/15/2019 8:47:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 15, 2019 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Several freshman Democrat members of the new House of Representatives majority have turned on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her steadfast refusal to fund President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and are instead seeking for Democrats to cut a deal on the wall with Trump. The ongoing partial government shutdown, which affects a quarter of the federal government and is now the longest shutdown in the history of the United States, began late last year just before Christmas. It dragged through New Years into the new Congress, and Pelosi–after she won the Speakership vote after fending...
  • Ocasio-Cortez picks a new fight, this time with the Democrat dinosaurs

    01/13/2019 4:57:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 12, 2019 | Monica Showalter
    So far, so good. Far-left socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has managed to P.O. more Democrats with her tweets, her latest one going after the age of Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, 76, who said he didn't think she was the future of the Democratic Party. With characteristic class, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this to Lieberman: "New party, who dis?" To be fair, Lieberman started it: "With all respect, I certainly hope she's not the future and I don't believe she is," said Lieberman, who was the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in the 2000 election. All respect? I didn't read any "all...
  • Trump won the night. Schumer, Pelosi lost.

    01/10/2019 4:25:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Sumter Item ^ | January 10, 2019 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case to the American people as a whole. Speaking from the Oval Office for the first time during his presidency, Trump embraced our country's tradition as a nation of immigrants, declaring "America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation." He then offered a cogent explanation for why he believes we face what he called "a humanitarian crisis - a crisis of...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: Trump Needs To Explain Why ICE Should Still Be Funded

    01/08/2019 10:23:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 9, 2019 | Mike Brest
    Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her appearance on MSNBC — following President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address on Tuesday night — to demand the president explain why ICE shouldn’t be abolished. Ocasio-Cortez began, “No one should feel unsafe in the United States of America. And that includes our amazing and beautiful and productive immigrant community and moreover, the one thing the president has not talked about is the fact he has systematically engaged in the violation of international human rights borders — human rights on our border.” During the president’s speech, he explained why he felt the border wall was...
  • Trump invites congressional leaders to White House for wall briefing

    01/01/2019 11:01:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 1, 2019 | Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan
    The meeting would be the first time the president has sat down with Democrats since the shutdown started. President Donald Trump has invited congressional leaders to a Wednesday afternoon briefing on the border wall at the White House, according to three congressional sources familiar with the invitation. White House officials on New Year’s Eve asked House and Senate leaders in both parties to attend the meeting. The session, which will include a briefing by top Homeland Security Department officials, comes as a partial government shutdown over Trump’s border wall reaches its eleventh day. The meeting would mark the first time...
  • Trump-Pelosi showdown over shutdown first battle of new era

    12/30/2018 11:23:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Index-Journal ^ | December 31, 2018 | Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
    Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It's a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico. The high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big battle between Trump and Pelosi as Democrats come into control ready to reassert the power of the legislative branch and confront the White House. Trump is counting on public support as he holds out for $5 billion to build the...
  • Government shutdown is bound to last into the new year. Democrats are starting to game out an exit.

    12/28/2018 11:26:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | December 28, 2018 | Li Zhou
    The government is seven days into a partial shutdown, and pretty much everyone has thrown up their hands until the new Congress is sworn in after the new year. Democrats are growing increasingly confident that President Donald Trump’s immovable demand for $5 billion for his southern border wall is going to land him with the blame, and indeed, polling is already starting to suggest that could be the case. Democrats are now weighing their options for a way to end the shutdown — something they plan to make one of their first orders of business after they take control of...
  • Trump: Democratic oversight of my administration could amount to 'presidential harassment'

    12/27/2018 5:27:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 25, 2018 | Kevin Liptak
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Democratic attempts at oversight in the coming Congress could amount to "presidential harassment." Speaking from the Oval Office, Trump again denied any collusion between his team and Russia when he was questioned about the investigative powers Democrats will assume come January. "It's probably presidential harassment and we know how to handle that. I know how to handle that better than anybody," Trump said. "There's been no collusion, after two years," he added. Trump has used the term "presidential harassment" multiple times in the past to refer to the investigation into Russian interference in the...
  • Potential 2020 hopeful Swalwell declares Trump’s days of ‘presidential immunity’ are over

    12/14/2018 7:45:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2018 | Paul Steinhauser
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- Congressman and likely presidential candidate Eric Swalwell predicts that when the Democrats take over the majority in the House of Representatives next month, President Donald Trump “will be held accountable.” And in a conversation with Fox News and local New Hampshire news organizations, the California Democrat highlighted that he’s “seriously looking at running for president” and added that his potential White House bid would not be “some vanity project.” Discussing Trump, Swalwell said, “we now have more evidence than ever that he – the president – was associated with a criminal campaign and a criminal transition...