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The DC: Should Congress defend Obamacare? and... 💻 We're hiring an engineer

by Countable | 1.11.19

Welcome to Friday, constituents...

When President Trump visited the border town of McAllen, Texas, yesterday, he was met by protesters opposing a barrier and counter-protesters shouting "Build that wall!"

Which will it be?

The president continues to demand $5.7 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have rejected providing any money for a barrier.

Shortly before leaving for Texas, Trump told reporters that he was still considering the possibility of declaring a state of emergency to fund the wall.

”If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely," the president said.

Should the president declare a state of emergency to fund his wall?

On the Radar

  • House Democrats have passed a resolution to defend the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, against a lawsuit filed by GOP states. A Texas federal judge ruled in favor of the lawsuit, saying the ACA is unconstitutional. The Trump administration has declined to defend the law. The resolution is largely seen as a way for Democrats to force Republicans to go on the record of whether they support protecting patients with pre-existing conditions. Should Congress fight to protect the Affordable Care Act?

Under the Radar

  • Belgium has banned the Muslim and Jewish methods of ritually slaughtering animals. The ban was pushed by animal rights advocates and right-wing nationalists. Europe and the European Union have regulations requiring that animals be rendered insensible to pain before slaughter, making the process more humane. Usually this means using a “captive bolt” device that fires a meal rod into the animal’s brain. But kosher and halal rules mandate that an animal be in perfect health prior to slaughter, then killed with a single cut to the neck. Religious authorities say this rules out stunning the animal first. Should the U.S. ban kosher and halal slaughter?

  • Yesterday, for the second time this week, Senate Democrats filibustered the bipartisan Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act. The (D)s argued that no other legislation should be considered until a bill ending the partial government shutdown is considered. The same four Democrats joined all present Republicans in voting for the bill, which needed 60 votes to advance but failed on a 53-43 vote. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed a new cloture motion for the bill, which could be considered when the Senate reconvenes next week. Should Congress pass these bills related to Syria?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • To be announced.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a bill to provide $35.8 billion in funding for National Parks, land management agencies, and the EPA.
  • Voting on a bill to strengthen the State Department's Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism.

The Senate: In

  • The Senate will hold a pro forma session, no votes are expected.

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  • Andy1
    01/11/2019
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    Protect the ACA, while working for the more efficient system of Medicare for all.

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  • Dicr
    01/11/2019
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    If Donnie is so keen on keeping his promises why doesn’t he get us that healthcare he promised? I’ll tell you why, he really could care less about YOU!

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  • Neal
    01/11/2019
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    Medicare for all! Defend ACA until Then!

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  • Monica
    01/11/2019
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    It’s your job to support the affordable health care plan because you are currently enrolled in one. As my representatives I need you to support Obama care and no wall

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  • Wallace
    01/11/2019
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    We need the ACA! Please keep it and refine it if necessary!!!

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  • William
    01/11/2019
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    Build the wall and get out of the health care business.

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  • Carolyn
    01/11/2019
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    Yes. You should defend Obamacare. And then you should put back into the law the things you took out that weakened it. And then you should tweak it to strengthen it. Because doing otherwise indicates you believe in a system where only those with money deserve to live.

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  • Ken
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    NO to the wall and YES to support and fix the affordable care act

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  • Chris
    01/11/2019
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    For nearly 10 years, the GOP has used the term ‘repeal and replace’. Where is the replacement bill?

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  • Caren
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    No, no, no to saving Obamacare! THAT garbage should have NEVER been passed to begin with! The ONLY thing that should be salvaged from Obamacare is mandates for insurance to cover preexisting illnesses. I am fine with the President calling for a State of Emergency for the wall to be built. I have an idea: figure out who are registered Democrats and charge them only for any illegal immigrant receiving healthcare or receiving government assistance. Better yet, mandate any Democrat advocating for illegals to be here that THEY must take them in indefinitely and provide for them until they acquire a job and housing on their own. They must learn their language and they are required to pay for any damages or crimes any one of them might commit even if it includes jail time. Get with the program and BUILD THE WALL!

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  • Shelley
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    Defend Obamacare.

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  • Linda
    01/11/2019
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    We must defend Obamacare! Pre existing conditions.. the poor .. come on This Unfit President can’t stay forever

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  • Gordon
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    Defend the ACA

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  • Ray
    01/11/2019
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    Our country and our people need to have healthcare protection. Let’s stop saying what insurance companies want. Insurance industry has been lobbying behind the scenes to take our healthcare away and maximize their profit while keeping the rest of us 99% to stay as slaves to corporations.

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  • Karen
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    Please do something with health care reform.

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  • Craig
    01/11/2019
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    ACA is a shield against the Health Care systems attempt to profit off the weak and ill. I would defend this bill like my child’s life depended on it, because someone’s child does. But for the grace of God walk I.

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  • Chuck
    01/11/2019
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    If they do defend Obamacare then they are defending Treason against We The People because 60% of the people were against it but YOU dictators in Congress being led by Traitors like Obama, Pelosi and Reid shoved it down our throats anyways and we will ALWAYS recent that! That’s why so many politicians have used campaign promises to repeal Obamacare so they would get elected to Congress then they so quickly forgot that promise once in office!!!

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  • Kimberly
    01/11/2019
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    Build that wall! If Politicians have walls around their properties then we should have a wall dividing Mexico and the United States other countries do it why should we be different we need that protection just as much as they do.

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  • Andrew
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    SUPPORT OBAMACARE !!!!

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  • Steve
    01/11/2019
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    Obama care will more costly than any alternative by 2020 so out it goes!!! And building the wall will save soo much $$ it could pay for itself

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