Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that his colleagues in the Senate will follow House Democrats’ lead and move to block President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border.
In a statement, Schumer said, “This issue transcends partisan politics, and I urge all senators — Democrats and Republicans — to support this resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration when it comes up for a vote in the Senate. Identical companion legislation to the House resolution will soon be introduced in the Senate.”
“The House resolution is expected to pass easily, with Democrats in control. But it’s unclear whether the resolution will pass the Senate. Several Republican senators have voiced concern about Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine became the first Republican Senator Wednesday to say she would support a resolution disapproving of the emergency declaration. The Senate version of the resolution could place further pressure on Senate Republicans to decide whether to break with the president on his national emergency declaration.”
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“The Republican leader announced he’s going to bring up a resolution he intends to vote against,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “Now that is what the American people hate about Congress — the pointless partisan games.”
Schumer told McConnell to “bring it on” and insisted the vote wouldn’t “embarrass” Democrats.
“Bring it on. You think it might embarrass Democrats to vote on a nonbinding resolution that some of us may support but not others,” he said. “Trust me, we’ll be fine because the American people know that our entire party actually believes that climate change is happening and it’s caused by humans.”
Yesterday, McConnel told reporters, “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”The Green New Deal proposal would ensure that “all people of the United States” would be provided with healthcare, adequate housing and “economic security.” It would also provide higher education “to all people” in the country. It also guarantees “a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.”
The Green New Deal’s FAQ document–which has since been scrubbed from Ocasio-Cortez’s website–promised to make air travel “unnecessary” and offered “economic security” for those “unwilling” to work.
The FAQ document also tackled the dire issue of “farting cows.” It states, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”
A senior administration official told Fox News that the president had invited Democrats to join his lunch with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room shortly after noon. But moments before the session, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that nobody took them up on the offer.
Sanders said in her statement, “The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete. Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government. It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal.”
The President didn’t invite Speaker Pelosi to the meeting, and instead reached out to rank-and-file members. Pelosi gave her blessing for the members to attend, however, they ultimately decided to boycott the meeting.
Last Wednesday, the President walked out on a meeting with Pelosi and Schumer after they refused to budge on the border wall.
The President tweeted after the brief meeting, “Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
The caravan left the city of San Pedro Sula in the early morning, and as they walked, according to AP, some migrants were pleading with store owners for food and water for their journey.
Many of the migrants interviewed by Reuters seem to be looking for work. Twenty four-year-old caravan member Darwin Perez told the publication, “I’m determined to find a good job in the United States. It’s a difficult road ahead but I hope President Trump’s heart might soften, and that he won’t be so hard and will let us enter.”
Reuters writes, “Other migrants, some traveling with spouses and children, echoed Perez’s dream to find work in the United States.”
President Trump has responded to the latest caravan on Twitter, writing, “A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”
He also wrote that public opinion that there is a border crisis is continuing to rise, tweeting, “Polls are now showing that people are beginning to understand the Humanitarian Crisis and Crime at the Border. Numbers are going up fast, over 50%. Democrats will soon be known as the Party of Crime. Ridiculous that they don’t want Border Security!”
“We have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” he said. “This is security stuff. This is a national emergency if you look at whats happening…and you just heard the statement they came in last week or this week from Pakistan…[border patrol] got them.”
The President blasted Democrats for playing politics, telling Hannity that the border wall “would be virtually 100 percent effective and Nancy and Chuck know that but it’s politics. It’s about the 2020 campaign. It’s about running for president….it’s a shame. We’ve got to put the country first.
Newsbusters is reporting that Wednesday’s ABC, CBS and NBC morning shows criticized President Trump’s Tuesday night address to the nation eight times more than the Democrat response speeches by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
According to Newsbusters, the networks offered up “a staggering 43 statements critical of the presidential speech. By contrast, only a scant five critiques were made of the Democratic response…”
NBC’s Today show featured 13 negative statements about President Trump’s speech. ABC’s Good Morning America had 12 negative comments about the speech and CBS This Morning provided a whopping 18 negative statements.
There were few statements critical of the Democrats, however.
One of the few statements critical of Democrats on the NBC morning show came from White House correspondent Kristen Welker, who noted: “The fact is, some Democrats, including Schumer, have voted for border barriers in the past, including the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized a 700-mile fence between the United States and Mexico.”
Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Levin said, “Let’s keep a few things in mind when you watch Schumer and Pelosi, they are pathological liars. They have been in Congress over half a century. What the hell have they done about the border? They are part of the scam artists. They get amnesty, legalization, citizenship, and never secure the border.”
“Just spend billions and trillions more, more debt, more deficits on the redistribution of wealth, on $200 billion a year on illegal aliens,” he said. “One more time they fooled Reagan. They fooled Bush 41. They fooled Bush 43. But they are not going to fool Donald Trump who’s dealt with tougher than Pelosi and Schumer.”
Levin also praised Trump’s speech, telling Hannity it was “concise” and “truly compassionate.”
“He provided the context both in terms of what’s going on in the border, the expense, which is de minimis and who is really responsible,” he said.
“I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern,” the president wrote on Twitter yesterday.
Initially, there was some speculation as to whether or not networks would air the speech, however, it was announced last night that ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and Fox broadcast network will all air the address to the nation, as well as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demanded they receive equal time to respond to the president’s speech.
“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” they stated in a joint press release.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also announced yesterday that the President will visit the southern border on Thursday.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will not recuse himself from his oversight role of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the bogus Trump-Russia collusion allegations.
Fox News reports:
A source familiar with the matter told Fox News on Thursday that Whitaker met with Justice Department ethics officials this week, who told him he was not precluded from overseeing Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats have been fighting tooth and nail to get Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation because he had been publicly critical of Mueller’s probe in the past.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Whitaker as acting attorney general would create a “constitutional crisis.” He told CNN, “The appointment of Mr. Whitaker should concern every American. If he stays there, he will create a constitutional crisis by inhibiting Mueller or firing Mueller.”
In November, despite Democrats’ best efforts, even Robert Mueller acknowledged Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general would have no impact on his investigation.
Mueller’s top attorney, Michael Dreeben stated in a 17-page legal brief that Whitaker’s new role “neither alters the special counsel’s authority to represent the United States nor raises any jurisdictional issue.”
Dreeben continued, “The Special Counsel continues to exercise the same authority, and the jurisdiction of the district court and this Court is intact.”