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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.
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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