On the Hill with Doug Christian
CAPITOL HILL – As Congress heads out for its July 4th recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), capitulates to the Senate’s $4.6 billion emergency aid package Thursday for the border with overwhelming bipartisan support from moderate Democrats.
Pelosi had fought for language demanding that the money be allocated in certain ways to protect migrant children and families at the border.
As this reversal was a rare defeat for Pelosi, tensions spilled into open view between progressive and centrist House lawmakers. The centrist Problem Solvers Caucus had worked to sink progressives’ attempt to make changes to the more moderate Senate-passed border bill, and a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) tweeted:
Since when did the Problem Solvers Caucus become the Child Abuse Caucus? Wouldn’t they want to at least fight against contractors who run deplorable facilities? Kids are the only ones who could lose today.
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) June 27, 2019
On the second Democratic debate last night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) of California took control over former Vice President Joe Biden, ripping into him on race relations. “I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” she scolded Biden. “But I also believe, and it’s personal and I was actually very – it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” she said.
In a seeming admission, Biden quipped to Harris, “Anyway, my time is up.”
Looking forward, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), counsels President Donald Trump to refrain from ad hominem attacks entering into the 2020 race. Grassley tweeted:
Thought long time how Trump can improve his approval rating majority of the people like his policies stick to policy don’t attack individuals but state why opponents policy wrong don’t denigrate them personally if somebody is stupid bite your lip
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) June 27, 2019
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill