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The DC: Lowering the voting age to 16, and... 🛑 Should Congress block Trump's emergency order?

by Countable | 2.22.19

Welcome to Friday, left, right, and centers...

Do we need an emergency order to block unauthorized immigrants? Or do we need to block that emergency order?

House Democrats are expected to introduce a resolution today that would terminate President Donald Trump's national emergency order over border wall funds.

"The president’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote in a letter.

"We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the president’s assault," she added.

Trump announced last Friday that he was declaring a national emergency to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress only budgeted $1.375 billion for physical barriers.

Do you support a bill blocking Trump's emergency order?

On the Radar

  • How young is too young to vote? Several states are considering laws that would lower the minimum voting age from 18 to 16. What do you think? Does that sound crazy or credible? Listen to the latest Daily Dose, then cast your ballot: Is Sixteen Too Young to Vote?

  • The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups, has found a 30 percent increase in U.S. hate groups over the past four years and a 7 percent increase in hate groups in 2018. "Much of the energy on the radical right this year was concentrated in the white supremacist milieu," the report says. "After a lull that followed the violence in Charlottesville, which brought criminal charges and civil suits that temporarily dampened the radical right's activism and organizing, newer groups gathered momentum." Not surprisingly, the impetus for the rise in hate group activity has been linked to Trump. But as various outlets have reported, the SPLC has been accused, as NPR said, of “blurring the line between watchdog and activist” in the Trump era. Read the story, then tell your reps: Are you concerned about hate groups?

Under the Radar

  • The House is expected to vote next week on two gun background check bills that aim to close the “Charleston loophole”, which allowed a gun to be sold to a prohibited buyer who then murdered 9 people in 2015 because the background check wasn’t completed in three days. The Bipartisan Background Check Act would prohibit a gun dealer from transferring a firearm to an unlicensed buyer until a background check has been completed. H.R. 1112 would extend the initial background check review period from three to 10 business days. Do you support or oppose these bills?

  • An Arizona state legislator had proposed a law that would have forced many residents to provide samples of their DNA to a state database where it would be stored with their name, birth date, Social Security Number, and last known address. Senate Bill 1475, introduced by Sen. David Livingston (R-Peoria), would require DNA to be collected from any Arizonan who has to be fingerprinted for a job and volunteers for certain positions. After public outcry, the bill was amended to only require DNA samples from “from professionals who care for patients with intellectual disabilities in an intermediate care facility.” Do you support a database of DNA?

Your Gov at a Glance đź‘€

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 2:30pm EST, the president will meet with the vice premier of the People's Republic of China.
  • At 7:35pm EST, the president will deliver remarks at the Republican Governors Association.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, February 25th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, February 25th.

What You're Saying

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

"The schedule has now been set. Looking forward to the American people hearing my story in my voice!"

So tweeted Michael Cohen, who's set to testify in public before Congress on Wednesday.

Cohen, Trump's former attorney and "fixer," is headed to prison in May after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, including paying hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with the president.

Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer, told ABC News that his client intends to share “personal, front-line experiences of memories, and incidents, and conduct, and comments that Donald Trump said over that 10-year time period behind closed doors.”

Republicans on the panel have called Cohen “an admitted serial liar” and are accusing Democrats of putting on a political show.

What do you want your reps asking Cohen when he testifies?

Pff, right, as if someone like you could do anything about International STAND UP to Bullying Day,

—Josh Herman

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