The DC: Trump tells congresswomen to 'go back' where they came from, and... 📈 Should Congress raise the debt limit?
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by Countable | 7.15.19
Welcome to Monday, July 15, under- and over-the-hillers...
President Donald Trump is drawing fire for telling "'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" to "go back" where they came from.
Trump didn't mention anyone by name, but it's assumed he's referring to members of what's become known as "the Squad": Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The group has been in a high-profile spat with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” the president wrote on Twitter.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done,” Trump added.
Pelosi responded that the tweets are evidence that Trump's "plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again."
Later Sunday, AOC Tweeted that the country she "come(s) from" and "swears to" is the U.S.
Addressing Trump directly, she wrote:
"You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder."
On the Radar
House Democrats passed their National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 Friday on a party-line 220-197 vote despite a veto threat from President Trump.
Stark differences between the House's NDAA and the Senate’s bipartisan NDAA have left lawmakers scrambling to forge a compromise between the two.
We look at some of the key differences between the two NDAAs, including: Defense Discretionary Topline, Guantanamo Bay Detainees, Southern Border Emergency, Nuclear Weapon Development, and the Trans Ban.
Read our story about differences (and similarities) in the defense bill, then tell your reps: Should Congress compromise on this year's National Defense Authorization Act?
Take It Above the Limit
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned Congress that they may need to raise the debt limit before their August recess to ensure that the federal government doesn’t default on its debt.
The federal government reached its debt limit in early March and since then, the Treasury has used accounting procedures it refers to as “extraordinary measures” to continue paying interest on the national debt and avoid America’s first-ever default.
This chart from USAFacts breaks down the groups that have bought U.S. debt in the form of Treasury bonds, including foreign entities, American households and businesses, the Federal Reserve, and state & local governments:
Under the Radar
Under the Overpass
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is threatening to overturn a new Austin policy that allows camping in public areas, including sidewalks.
“Almost any strategy is superior to allowing people to camp out on places like Congress Avenue,” Abbott said, referring to the city’s main street.
Austin’s new policy makes public camping - except in parks – legal, as long as a person does not endanger "the health or safety of another person or of themselves" or make "usage of such area unreasonably inconvenient or hazardous."
People are also allowed to sit, sleep or panhandle on public sidewalks as long as they don’t engage in hazardous behavior or aggressive actions.
Police Chief Brian Manley told the Austin American-Statesman that the new policy will shift the focus of law enforcement from activities to conduct.
"I think the impact will be more on persons’ perceptions of their own safety and our inability now to act in cases where someone may have erected a structure in front of a business or is sitting or lying in front of someone’s business, but not necessarily being dangerous," Manley said.
Last week, the Democratic-controlled House approved an NDAA amendment to reverse the Trump administration's policy banning transgender individuals from serving in the military.
"Over the last three years, 14,000 transgender service members have served openly and successfully," said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who sponsored the amendment.
Democrats have dubbed the measure the "Truman Amendment," in honor of President Harry Truman's 1948 executive order integrating the military.
"Being from Missouri, I think Harry Truman would be shocked that this would try to be named after him," said Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). "I would remind my colleagues that the [Department of Defense] DOD policy is based on medical conditions, not an individual's fluid and preferred gender identity. It's based on deployability and readiness, not discrimination."
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:45am EDT, the president will host the 3rd annual Made in America Product Showcase.
- At 12:30pm EDT, the president will have lunch with the vice president.
- At 1:45pm EDT, the president will receive his intelligence briefing.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to establish a State Dept. program to offer rewards to combat global wildlife trafficking.
- Voting on 13 other bills.
The Senate: In
- Taking a procedural vote on the nomination of Judge Peter Phipps to be U.S. Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
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