THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: JUNE 7, 2019
SUNDAY JUNE 2, 2019: PRES. TRUMP CALLS MEXICO “ABUSER” OF THE UNITED STATES
In a tweet on Sunday, Pres. Trump mentioned that Mexico is an “abuser” of the United States because they have not “stopped” the migrants coming in from Central America. Pres.
Trump is threatening to impose a 5% tariff on all exports sent from Mexico to the U.S., unless Mexico blocks the migrants trying to come to the United States.
MONDAY JUNE 3, 2019: CONGRESS SENDS DISASTER AID BILL TO PRES. TRUMP
After a 10-day recess, the $19B disaster aid bill for Puerto Rico is finally being send to Pres. Trump. The bill was first held up in recess by conservative Republicans, because they believed the bill should not be rushed through without a recorded vote since the bill was originally supposed to be voted on by a voice vote. There was also a feud between Democrats and Republicans on how much aid should actually be given to Puerto Rico for disaster relief.
TUESDAY JUNE 4, 2019: HOUSE VOTES TO PROTECT “DREAMERS”
By a vote of 237-187, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would end the threat of deportation for “Dreamers” who entered the U.S. when they were children. Out of the 237 Yes votes, only 7 Republicans voted to pass the bill. However, there is not much hope for the bill to also pass in the Senate since it has a Republican majority.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 5, 2019: SENATE LAUNCHES BID TO BLOCK SAUDI ARMS SALES
Senate Democrats and Republicans have united to introduce more than a dozen resolutions that would block the Trump administration’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This bipartisan stance displays a major push-back on Pres. Trump’s foreign policy regarding Saudi Arabia. Leading this effort is Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) who is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His effort is supported by many but two of the top ones are Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-K.Y.).
THURSDAY JUNE 6, 2019: DEPARTMENTS OF JUSTICE AND COMMERCE REJECT HOUSE SUBPOENAS
The Trump administration has been considering to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed the Departments of Justice and Commerce for documents that would validate the want to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Assistant Attorney General, Stephen Boyd, said the documents requested by the Committee are protected by attorney-client privilege and therefore cannot be disclosed with the Committee.
FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2019: JOE BIDEN REVERSES STANCE ON ABORTION FUNDING
Earlier this week, Presidential nominee Joe Biden had mentioned that he supported the Hyde amendment which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. During a speech at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Atlanta, Biden mentioned that he had changed his long-standing stance on federal funds for abortion, after the major backlash he had received. He also mentioned that he makes “no apologies” for his previous stance on the Hyde amendment. Biden had once opposed efforts to add abortion exemptions for victims of rape or incest when he was a senator for Delaware.
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