The DC: 🛃 Trump's not thrilled with the border deal, and... Should Congress ban high-capacity gun magazines?
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Welcome to Wednesday, earthlings...
"I can't say I'm thrilled."
That's how President Donald Trump feels about the deal reached by a bipartisan committee to keep the government open past February 15.
Trump still hasn't said whether or not he'd support the bill.
The deal includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. It's far less than the $5.7 billion and 200 miles in wall funding Trump had originally demanded that led to the 35-day partial government shutdown.
On the Radar
- Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are criticizing the Trump administration for its failure to identify and punish those behind the death and disappearance of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The White House missed a Friday deadline to submit a report to Congress determining who was responsible for the brutal killing of Khashoggi. “The President maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate,” a senior administration official said in a statement. “The U.S. Government will continue to consult with Congress and work to hold accountable those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.” Lawmakers said that's not good enough. "This amounts to the Trump Administration aiding in the cover up of a murder," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said in a statement. "America should never descend to this level of moral bankruptcy." Should Congress punish Saudi Arabia?
- The Senate is expected to vote on the confirmation of William Barr to be attorney general this week, likely on Wednesday or Thursday. Barr, 68, would serve his second stint as attorney general if confirmed―he served in the role under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. After leaving the DOJ in 1994, Barr worked as the general counsel of GTE Corporation until 2008 and argued several cases before federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He then worked as a consultant to corporations on matters of regulatory litigation. Read everything you need to know about Barr here, then tell your reps if you support his nomination.
Under the Radar
- A Texas butterfly sanctuary that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border has filed a motion for a restraining order against the Trump administration to stop the construction of the president’s wall, which would require bulldozing the habitat. The motion accuses the Trump administration of “defy[ing] centuries of democratic values that shield Americans from government action depriving individuals of their rightful property without notice and an opportunity to be heard.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted on their website that they’re “committed to environmental and cultural stewardship while performing our core missions of border security.” Does national security preempt environmental concerns?
- As for who'll fund the wall...what about El Chapo? Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was found guilty Tuesday of drug and conspiracy charges in New York that could keep the 61-year-old Mexican crime lord in maximum security federal prison for decades. The federal government has been seeking the recovery of $14 billion in assets accumulated by El Chapo over the course of a 30-year criminal career—and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has already introduced a bill that’d put those assets to use in securing the border: The Ensuring Law Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act. Should El Chapo's seized assets fund the border wall?
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 12:30pm EST, the president will participate in a working lunch with the president of Colombia.
- At 3:00pm EST, the president will deliver remarks at the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Association Joint Conference.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to require the withdrawal of U.S. forces helping the Saudi coalition against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.
- Voting on a bill to require that federal agencies' legal settlements be posted online.
The Senate: In
- Debating and potentially voting on the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.
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And, in the End…
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17 lives.
In anticipation of the marker, a group of Democratic lawmakers are reintroducing legislation that would ban high-capacity gun magazines.
The "Keep Americans Safe Act” would make it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess any magazine that exceeds 10 rounds of ammunition.
The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), whose district includes Parkland.
"The fact is that these high-capacity magazines allow someone to fire off more than 10 rounds in a row," Deutch said. "You don't need that if you're a hunter, you don't need that for any purpose. You don't need that for sporting purposes."
Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA, dismissed these concerns:
“This is just more nonsense from anti-gun zealots who are looking to score political points by proposing legislation that would make criminals out of law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional right to self-defense while doing nothing to deter criminals from committing crimes."
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