The DC: Jailing Trump officials who won't comply with subpoenas, and... 💊 Is big pharma responsible for the opioid crisis?
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by Countable | 4.29.19
Welcome to Monday, April 29, #BlueWavers and #RedWavers...
Who should be held responsible for the opioid crisis?
A new poll by NPR and Ipsos finds that 57% of Americans believe pharmaceutical companies are to blame.
These are sentiments shared by the president, who vowed last week to take on drugmakers in his administration’s efforts to end the opioid epidemic.
"We are holding Big Pharma accountable," Trump said at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. "I couldn't care less, they have to do what's right."
The NPR/Ipsos poll also found:
- 72% of Americans know someone who overdosed on opioids.
- 62% know someone who’s been addicted to pain medication.
- 70% support making drug companies pay the cost of addiction treatment services and cover the cost of the overdose drug naloxone.
On the Radar
Stonewall vs. Subpoena
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) has threatened jail time for White House officials if they continue to fight subpoenas and congressional oversight requests.
“We’re going to resist, and if a subpoena is issued and you’re told you must testify, we will back that up,” Connolly, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said during an appearance on CNN. He continued:
“And we will use any and all power in our command to make sure it’s backed up — whether that’s a contempt citation, whether that’s going to court and getting that citation enforced, whether it’s fines, whether it’s possible incarceration. We will go to the max to enforce the constitutional role of the legislative branch of government.”
Connolly's remarks followed President Trump announcement that his administration "is fighting all the subpoenas.”
“These aren’t like impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020,” Trump added. “They’re not going to win with the people I see and they’re not going to win against me.”
If It's Executive Overreach, You Have to Impeach
Five new cosponsors have signed onto a House resolution calling for impeachment proceedings against President Trump following the revelations of the Mueller report.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) introduced the resolution before the Mueller report was released. At that time, the only cosponsor was Rep. Al Green of Texas. Now, post-report, Democratic Reps. Filemon Vela (TX), Jared Huffman (CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Ayanna Pressley (MA) have also signed on as cosponsors.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) cautioned against launching impeachment proceedings, warning last week:
"This is about being totally free from passion, from prejudice, from politics, it's about the presentation of the facts. And when we the facts we'll have a better idea of how we go forward. Impeachment is one of the most divisive paths that we could go down in our country. But if the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice. But we're not there yet."
Under the Radar
Bet on Debt
The U.S. national debt surpassed $22 trillion for the first time this February, which has led many Americans to wonder whom the federal government owes all that money to.
Of the $22 trillion in gross federal debt, about $16 trillion is “debt held by the public” ― which is debt issued by the Treasury as securities (i.e. Treasury bonds) in capital markets. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), at the end of 2018 about 60% of the national debt was held by domestic investors while the remaining 40% was held by foreign investors.
This chart from USAFacts shows the growth in the national debt over the last few decades broken down by groups of debt holders:
"Have to Get the Shots"
President Trump, once a vaccine skeptic, is urging families to vaccinate their children amidst measles outbreaks in several states.
“They have to get those shots,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn Friday. “The vaccinations are so important.”
Trump made his remarks a day after the University of California and California State University imposed a quarantine on hundreds of students and faculty, asking them to stay home unless they can prove they’ve been vaccinated against measles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that the number of reported measles cases had hit 695—the highest number since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 12:45pm EDT, the president will have lunch with the vice president.
- At 3:45pm EDT, the president will welcome the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Champions: The Baylor Lady Bears to the White House.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to require the Bureau of Indian Affairs to work with Columbia River Treaty tribes to improve sanitation & safety conditions at fishing sites.
- Voting on a bill to give states more time to use existing grants to build public shooting ranges on federal land.
The Senate: In
- Taking a procedural vote and potential confirmation vote on the nomination of William Cooper to be general counsel for the Dept. of Energy.
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And, in the End…
Back from Spring Break
After a two-week break for Easter & Passover, Congress is back, and debates over climate change and war powers are set to dominate the week’s agenda on the floor.
You can read our full This Week In Congress here, but here's some legislation we're keeping our eyes on:
- S.J.Res. 7: Yemen War Powers Resolution
- H.R. 1876: Senior Security Act of 2019
- H.R. 9: Climate Action Now Act
Today we combine International Dance Day, Viral Video Day, and politics with this gem:
Keep on dancin',
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