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The DC: 💵 Trump threatens shutting down the government over the border wall, and... How can we improve the Daily Countable?

by Countable | 12.12.18

Welcome to Wednesday, electorate...

Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer offered a sneak peek of your holiday dinner as they got into a shouting match over the president's "big beautiful wall."

Trump has demanded $5 billion for the border wall, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has drawn a red line on providing no more than $1.3 billion—to be used for "border security," not a wall.

With a budget agreement looming, Trump told Schumer and and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) that he's "proud to shut down the government for border security."

Do you support shutting down the government unless Trump gets funding for his border wall?

What about Trump's threat to have the military build the wall if Pelosi and Schumer won't budge? Should the military build the border wall?

On the Radar

  • The Trump administration is planning a major rollback to clean water rules that were designed to provide pollution safeguards for tens of thousands of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands. The proposal would remove federal protection on bodies of water like creeks and streams that are only wet after it rains. Federal officials don't have data on the number of waterways the rollback would impact. Trump had promised farmers he'd institute the rollback to relieve regulatory burdens. Do you support this proposal?

Under the Radar

  • Customs and Border Protection paid $13.6 million to an outside contractor this year to hire thousands of additional Border Patrol agents, but only two agents have been hired so far. The Office of the Inspector General said the company, Accenture, is “nowhere near satisfying its 7,500-person hiring goal over the next 5 years,” as the firm had laid out in its $297 million contract. CBP officials disagreed with the inspector general's conclusion, arguing that Accenture may have recruited only two staffers, but they also set up a new hiring process that helped move “thousands” of applicants into the pipeline for consideration. Does the U.S. need to hire additional Border Patrol agents?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • TBA

The House of Representatives: In

The Senate: In

  • Voting on a bill to undo the Trump administration regulation that prohibits the IRS from requiring non-profits to disclose their donors.

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