Border-security deal may come Friday and include money for barriers: Many lawmakers from a bipartisan group that’s aiming for a border-security deal have sounded optimistic that they’ll reach an agreement Friday or over the weekend, notes a Roll Call report.
That would provide enough time to draft and file legislation that the House and Senate could pass and send to President Donald Trump’s desk before Feb. 15, when a deal is needed in order to avoid another partial government shutdown.
Details of the emerging deal are scant, but appropriators from both parties acknowledge it would include some funding for a physical border barrier, and that would be a hard sell to many House Democrats, according to Roll Call’s report. Democratic lawmakers last week made an opening offer during a meeting of the bipartisan group, saying they were willing to go beyond the $1.6 billion that they previously agreed to spend on border security, but they wouldn’t support the border wall that President Donald Trump has demanded.
Biden once praised George Wallace: Potential Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden once praised notorious segregationist George Wallace, says a Washington Examiner report.
“I think the Democratic Party could stand a liberal George Wallace — someone who’s not afraid to stand up and offend people, someone who wouldn’t pander but would say what the American people know in their gut is right,” Biden told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1975, according to the Examiner.
Biden’s 1975 comments came after he sponsored an amendment to prevent the federal government from enforcing busing policies to desegregate school districts, and that amendment appalled civil-rights activists, the report added.
A Hill article has noted that the former vice president and senator could be haunted by his decades-long political record.
Poll finds limited support for Medicaid for All: Just 13% of registered voters want “Medicare for All” if it means an end to private insurance, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.
A more popular option, finding favor with 32% of those surveyed, consisted of a universal, government-operated system that also would allow people to buy private, supplemental insurance.
Medicare for All has been a hot topic this year, with possible independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks
CEO, saying it’s unaffordable, while Democratic contenders Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have expressed support. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, got the ball rolling on the issue in 2017, when he introduced his Medicare for All Act.
Democrats’ “Green New Deal” mocked as “showing how bonkers” the party is: Conservative commentator Kimberley Strassel has mocked the “Green New Deal” resolution put forward by Democrats.
“If a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job,” the Wall Street Journal columnist wrote on Twitter. She also tweeted that the plan involves micro-managing Americans’ lives and questioned how the changes will be funded.
“At least some Democrats seem to be aware of what a danger this is, which is why Ms. Pelosi threw some cold water on the Green New Deal this week,” Strassel then added in a Journal op-ed, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s move to describe the plan, rolled out by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey as a “green dream.”
“They should be scared. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a freight train gaining speed by the day — and helping Republicans with every passing minute,” Strassel added.