THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
SATURDAY SEPT. 7, 2019: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERS TO CUT REFUGEE ADMISSIONS
The White House has been discussing cutting refugee admissions to the United States in the upcoming year. They have been discussing different options, all of them hurting the worldwide refugee crisis. One option discussed would cut refugee admissions by half, which means only 10,000-15,000 would be admitted and many of those spots would be reserved for people with “special status”. That special status could simply mean that those people have cooperated with U.S. troops, diplomats etc. in the past. Another option discussed would cut the refugee admissions number to zero, and would allow the President to admit refugees only in the case of an emergency. The number of refugees admitted into the U.S. has been cut more than 70% since President Obama left office.
SUNDAY SEPT. 8, 2019: GOP SENATOR CALLS ON PRES. TRUMP FOR GUN LEGISLATION
Senator Roy Blunt (MO-R) is calling on Pres. Trump to “step up and set some guidelines for what he would do” with legislation focused on reducing gun violence. GOP leaders in the Senate are afraid that no comprehensive gun control legislation could potentially be passed, since Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R) has agreed to not vote on bills that Pres. Trump won’t sign into law.
MONDAY SEPT. 9, 2019: CALL TO ABOLISH GOP HOUSE LEADERS TERM LIMITS
Pres. Trump called on the House Republicans to abolish term limits for their congressional committee leaders, meaning they would stay as those committee chairs for more than 6 years (3 terms). He believes that the term limit should be abolished because it “forces great people, and real leaders, to leave after serving”.
TUESDAY SEPT. 10, 2019: GOVERNOR BANS OIL AND GAS DRILLING
The Governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu (R), signs a bill that will ban oil and gas drilling from the state’s coasts. The bill came in opposition of a proposal by the Trump administration that would offshore drilling in that state. The reason for the expansion of offshore drilling is to make the United States “energy independent”, but it will be harming even more the climate change crisis the world is facing.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 11, 2019: HEARING ON END OF IMMIGRANT MEDICAL RELIEF
The House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the Trump administration decision to end the consideration of requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for serious medical treatment and other hardships. The “deferred action” program allows people to work legally and receive health benefits while their family members receive treatment for serious medical issues in the United States, but the Trump administration ended that in August.
THURSDAY SEPT. 12, 2019: T.P.S. WILL NOT BE GRANTED TO BAHAMIAN REFUGEES
The Trump administration announced that they will not be granting Temporary Protected Status to Bahamian refugees affected by Hurricane Dorian. The administration chose to not grant them T.P.S. because of “statutory obstacles” and the time it would take to provide relief and assistance to everyone affected by the hurricane.
FRIDAY SEPT. 13, 2019: PRES. TRUMP AND BIPARTISANSHIP IN THE HOUSE
House leaders have been debating whether or not they should allow Pres. Trump’s U.S.M.C.A. (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement) deal to go up for a vote in the House. If they allowed the bill to be voted on in the House , it would potentially show bipartisanship but it would help Pres. Trump with his 2020 campaign in the long run. For House Democrats this is a debate of whether they should give in or resist Trump’s requests. If House Democrats oppose to vote on the bill, it is possible that Pres. Trump will start threatening on pulling out of N.A.F.T.A. (North American Free Trade Agreement).
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