THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: MARCH 29, 2019
SUNDAY MARCH 23, 2019: ROBERT MUELLER REPORT CONCLUSIONS
On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr, released a summary on the report from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The investigation started almost two years ago, to investigate a possible Russian collusion with the 2016 Presidential Election and Trump administration. Mueller concluded that there was no Russian collusion found when it came to Pres. Trump’s 2016 campaign and the election. Even though there was no interference found with the 2016 Presidential Election, A.G. Barr included in his summary of the report that “The report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” The House earlier this month had voted for the report to made public and lawmakers have been requesting to see evidence that prove Mueller’s conclusions.
MONDAY MARCH 25, 2019: HOUSE DEMOCRATS DEMAND FULL MUELLER REPORT
After Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions, House Democrats are demanding to see the full report from the investigation. The report concluded that Pres. Trump had not committed a crime when it came to the 2016 election, and House Democrats are requesting to see the full report because they believe A.G. Barr’s summary was not “sufficient”. Six leaders of multiple House Committees, in a letter to A.G. Barr, are requesting to see the full report of the Mueller investigation. They have demanded in their letter to obtain the report by next week, and if not, they are willing to issue a subpoena in order to obtain it.
TUESDAY MARCH 26, 2019: U.S. BANS FOREIGN AID TO INTERNATIONAL ABORTION PROVIDERS
Earlier this year the Trump administration had announced that they would block Title X health care providers, such as Planned Parenthood, from referring patients for abortion. This ruling blocks such providers from receiving federal family planning money( Title X funding) if they do provide or refer patients for abortions. This Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, expanded that ban and mentioned that they would cut funding assistance to the Organization of American States. The reason given is that O.A.S. had at least two agencies lobbying for women’s health availability in the Western Hemisphere, which included abortions.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27, 2019: U.S. SENATE REJECTS GREEN NEW DEAL
The Green New Deal, a resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), was up for a vote at the U.S. Senate. The resolution needed 60 votes to pass, but the vote ended up being 57-0 against the resolution. The resolution was not expected to pass in a Republican-lead U.S. Senate. Fourty-three Senate Democrats were expected to vote, but only ended up voting present, not formally taking a position on the issue. The Green New Deal has been a controversial resolution that has been mostly favored in the House than Senate.
THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2019: PRES. TRUMP OVERRULES DEVOS’S SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDS CUT
Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, had announced earlier this week that she was planning on cutting around $18 million from the Special Olympics, which would have been a part of the Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal. Pres. Trump on Thursday, released a statement saying that he will overrule Devos’s funding cuts and the Special Olympics will continue to be federally funded.
FRIDAY MARCH 29, 2019: PRES. TRUMP THREATENS TO CLOSE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER
Pres. Trump threatened on Twitter that he could possibly close down the U.S.-Mexico border next week. He mentioned that unless Mexico takes action and stops immigrants from illegally crossing the border, he would take action by closing down the border. In those same tweets, he blamed the Democrats for the U.S. having “weak immigration laws” and Mexico for “benefiting” economically from the situation.
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