On the Hill with Doug Christian
CAPITOL HILL – A September 30th deadline looms to reach a budget deal in Congress. Added to the short time frame and month-long August recess, there isn’t much time to strike a deal.
If a deal isn’t cut, stiff budget cuts from sequestration, paired with a debt default, are in the offing in October.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), fearful of a sequester that would forcefully cut spending if a budget deal isn’t worked out, is not bringing any budget deal to the floor of the upper chamber until both parties have worked out their differences.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Congress “could come up with a good budget agreement as long as President [Donald] Trump stays out of the way, but he and [Acting Chief of Staff] Mr. [Jim] Mulvaney repeatedly mess things up with their ideological demands.”
McConnell said during last week’s Senate leadership presser, “I’ve been disappointed that we have not been able to reach an agreement. The two key players in a caps deal are a speaker and the president. If they can agree how much we can spend, then we’re not spinning our wheels.”
In other news, Democratic lawmakers are fighting the Trump administration hard on immigration as they see an opening to defeat Trump. Texas democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, says, “I do think the intensity and the pressure have ramped up. The American people want us to deal with the issues of migration and immigration, and we intend to do that.”
Looking forward, Facebook and Twitter are not invited to Trump’s Thursday social media summit at The White House, as the president complains he is losing followers on both platforms. Facebook and Twitter claim that they are most likely Russian bots thrown out.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill