The DC: 📃 What should happen next with the Mueller report? and... Trump's budget would balance in 15 years
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Attorney General William Barr has released a summary of the "principal conclusions" from Robert Mueller's report: there was no Trump campaign-Russia conspiracy, and there’s not sufficient evidence to prosecute the president on obstruction of justice.
Now, politicians across the political spectrum are responding.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) tweeted that Democrats plan to call on Barr to testify before the committee.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that he hopes to question former FBI Director James Comey following the summary’s release.
When Democrats retook the House in January, they launched a sprawling investigation into the same topics that Mueller was researching. Following the release of Barr’s summary, however, myriad GOPers have called for a shuttering of the House Judiciary Committee investigation led by Rep. Nadler.
Then, of course, there are Democrats calling for a full release of the Mueller report, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bluntly tweeting: "I don’t want a summary of the Mueller report. I want the whole damn report."
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On the Radar
President Trump’s record $4.75 trillion 2020 “Budget for a Better America” projects trillion-dollar deficits for the next four years but would balance in 2035.
The 2020 budget proposes a 5 percent cut at non-defense federal agencies, including:
- $1.9 trillion in cuts to safety-net programs like Medicaid.
- $10 billion cut to the Social Security Disability Insurance program.
- Cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by 31 percent.
- A 14 percent decrease at the Interior Department, dropping its overall budget to $12.5 billion.
- A 10 percent cut to the Education Department.
- Shuttering the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – which helps fund PBS and NPR – and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Under the Radar
Kamala Harris' Teacher Pet Project
Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is calling for the federal government to invest in improving teachers' salaries nationwide.
"I'm declaring to you that by the end of my first term, we will have improved teachers' salaries so that we close the pay gap," Harris told a group of supporters in Houston on Saturday. "Because right now, teachers are making over 10% less than other college educated graduates and that gap is about $13,000 a year, and I am pledging to you that through the federal resources that are available, we will close that gap."
Conservative think-tank the American Enterprise Institute argues we shouldn’t raise teacher pay, but reform it. Some of their ideas: targeted pay increases (not across-the-board raises) and schools offering teachers "cost-neutral deals" where they receive a higher salary in exchange for a more modest retirement plan.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:45am EDT, the president will receive his intelligence briefing.
- At 1:00pm EDT, the president will participate in a Senate Republican Policy Lunch.
- At 3:15pm EDT, the president will meet with members of Congress on trade.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill that would terminate President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency in terms of border security.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmation of Judge Bridget Bade to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Taking a procedural vote on the 'Green New Deal' resolution.
- If the procedural vote on the Green New Deal fails, the Senate will take a procedural vote on a bill to extend expiring provisions in the tax code and provide tax relief to disaster victims.
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- HUD’s Inspection System Gets a Poor Grade in Congressional Watchdog’s Report
- Exclusive: DHS Data Show Growing Surge of Migrants at the Border
- Supreme Court Weighs Limits on Gerrymandering
And, in the End…
Before bills and nominations are brought up for a passage vote in Congress, they typically have to be considered and approved by relevant committees.
We take a thorough look at the hearings Congressional committees will be holding this week in our Committee Watch, but here are a few we're watching extra closely:
- On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to markup a resolution of inquiry that requests documents relating to the actions of former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe. 10am
- On Wednesday, the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space will hold a hearing titled “The State of Airline Safety: Federal Oversight of Commercial Aviation”. 3:00pm
- On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing titled “Putin’s Playbook: The Kremlin’s Use of Oligarchs, Money and Intelligence in 2016 and Beyond”. 9am
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