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.
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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