The DC: Immigrant detention centers, and... 💸 Should the U.S. cancel all student-loan debt?
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#CloseTheCamps continues to trend on social media amid reports of unsanitary and dangerous conditions in migrant detention centers.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged the “heartbreaking” scene, blaming Congressional Democrats.
"No American should approve of this mass influx of people coming across our border," Pence said on "State of the Union." "I was at the detention center in Nogales, [Arizona]… It is a heartbreaking scene. These are people who are being exploited by human traffickers. Congress has to act."
Democrats, meanwhile, are criticizing the administration and immigration agencies for the conditions of detention centers.
“These radicalized criminal agencies are destroying families and killing children,” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN) Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI) said in a joint statement.
“It is absolutely unconscionable to even consider giving one more dollar to support this President’s deportation force that openly commits human rights abuses and refuses to be held accountable to the American people.”
On the Radar
President Trump signed an executive order Monday imposing new "hard hitting" sanctions on Tehran, denying Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, his office, "and many others" access to financial instruments.
"Today's actions follow a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of US drones," Trump said. "The supreme leader of Iran is one who ultimately is responsible of the hostile conduct of the regime. He's respected within his country. His office oversees the regime's most brutal instruments including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps."
- Iran has continued to dispute U.S. reports that the unmanned drone was flying in international airspace when it was shot down.
“The enemy dispatched its most sophisticated...and most complicated surveillance aircraft” to spy on Iran, and “everyone saw the downing of the drone,” Iranian Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi said Monday.
Emergency Border Funding
The House and Senate are each expected to vote this week on bills providing roughly $4.5 billion in funding to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the Southern border.
But key differences between the bills mean that unless a compromise is reached soon, the funding may be delayed until after the Independence Day recess.
Here's a preview:
- Immigration Courts: The Senate bill includes $65 million to facilitate 30 new immigration judges team and provide legal education to detainees. The House bill provides only $15 million for immigration judges and legal education for detainees.
- Congressional Visits: The House bill requires facilities to allow oversight visits by members of Congress without advance notice, while the Senate bill requires advance notice of two business days.
Under the Radar
Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has unveiled a plan to forgive all student loans—around $1.6 trillion dollars affecting 45 million Americans.
Sanders proposal would see the loans paid off through a new tax on Wall Street transactions, including a 0.5% tax on stocks and a .01% tax on bonds.
“The overwhelming majority of the people who are going to benefit from this legislation are working-class people,” Sanders said, surrounded by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who are filing a companion bill to Sanders’ proposal in the House.
"The American people bailed out Wall Street. Now it is time for Wall Street to come to the aid of the middle class of this country."
But as the Washington Post explained, proposals to cancel student debt have “faced fierce objections, including from some moderate Democrats, for giving taxpayer subsidies to educated Americans who, on average, have higher earnings than those with only a high school degree.”
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:45am EDT, the president will host a conference call with Veterans for MISSION Act Update.
- At 1:45pm EDT, the president will sign an executive order establishing a White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.
- At 7:00pm EDT, the president will participate in a roundtable with supporters at the Trump International Hotel before delivering remarks and returning to the White House.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to provide $383 billion in FY2020 appropriations for the Census, DOJ, EPA, NASA, VA, and more.
The Senate: In
- Debating a bill to authorize $750 billion in defense spending for FY2020.
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But wait, there's more!
- House Votes to Protect States With Legal Marijuana From Feds
- Trump Orders More Price Transparency From Hospitals
And, in the End…
It's Color TV Day. Want to guess which U.S. president was the first to appear in his natural hue on TV?
Answer: Dwight D. Eisenhower.
On May 22, 1958, Ike spoke at the opening ceremony of NBC's WRC-TV studios in Washington, D.C. He gave a speech touting the merits of the new technology.
Hope you have a colorful day,
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