The DC: Banning sanctuary cities, and... 🗳️ Do you support abolishing term limits?
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by Countable | 6.18.19
Welcome to Tuesday, June 18, high- and lowballers...
President Donald Trump wondered on twitter if “the people would demand” he stay in the White House after two terms in office.
"The good news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT)," Trump wrote.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1951, states that "no person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice."
Trump has expressed similar ideas in the past, including retweeting a post by Jerry Falwell Jr. arguing that the commander-in-chief’s first term should be extended two years as a reparation “for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup.” Falwell was referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
On the Radar
The Justice Department has issued a legal opinion backing the Treasury Department’s defiance to provide President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress.
"While the Executive Branch should accord due deference and respect to congressional requests, Treasury was not obliged to accept the Committee’s stated purpose without question, and based on all the facts and circumstances, we agreed that the Committee lacked a legitimate legislative purpose for its request," wrote Steven Engel, an assistant attorney general in DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hammered the DOJ over its legal opinion, tweeting:
“What is the President hiding in his tax returns? And since when does 'shall' mean 'unless it displeases Trump?'And, perhaps more importantly: What will be left of DOJ’s independence and reputation for impartial justice after Barr? The answer? Very little.”
Under the Radar
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has signed a bill banning sanctuary cities throughout the state.
"Sanctuary cities basically create law-free zones where people can come to our state illegally and our country illegally, commit criminal offenses and then just walk right out the door and continue to do it. In Florida, that will not happen," DeSantis said.
Prior to the bill’s passage, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida released a statement opposing the legislation, arguing “it raises several constitutional concerns and tramples on the civil rights and liberties of actual or perceived immigrants.”
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C. & FL
- At 11:30am EDT, the president will receive his intelligence briefing.
- At 7:30pm EDT, the president will deliver remarks at the Trump Victory Reception in Orlando, Florida.
- At 8:00pm EDT, the president will deliver remarks at a Make America Great Again Rally in Orlando, Florida.
- At 11:25pm EDT, the president will arrive in Doral, Florida.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to extend Medicaid provisions aimed at protecting vulnerable populations & enabling community-based care.
- Voting on a bill to provide $982 billion in FY2020 appropriations for defense, health, education, foreign affairs, and more.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmation of the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
- Taking procedural votes on the nominations of four district court judges.
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- Drug Companies Sue Trump Administration Over Rule to Display List Prices in TV Ads
- Trump Administration Ends Foreign Aid for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
And, in the End…
On June 18, 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote for president in the previous year's election.
At her sentencing, Circuit Justice Ward Hunt asked Anthony if she had anything to say.
“Yes, your honor, I have many things to say; for in your ordered verdict of guilty, you have trampled underfoot every vital principle of our government,” Anthony replied.
“My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject; and not only myself individually, but all of my sex, are, by your honor’s verdict, doomed to political subjection under this, so-called, form of government.”
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