THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: JULY 26, 2019
MONDAY JULY 22, 2019: CONGRESS REACHES BUDGET AGREEMENT
A fiscal deal was negotiated on Monday to lift the nation’s debt limit and raise federal spending levels. This agreement was negotiated by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin. Pres. Trump endorsed the agreement on Twitter, potentially helping convince Republicans in Congress who are against it. This bipartisan agreement is also expected to eliminate the threat of dual fiscal crises.
TUESDAY JULY 23, 2019: FAST-TRACK DEPORTATIONS EXPAND TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS
The Trump administration “fast-track deportation” ruling does not only effect asylum seekers, but now also undocumented immigrants in the United States. The new ruling started off as restricting asylum at the border and now it will also speed the deportation of undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they have been in the United States for more than two years. This new ruling will allow federal agents to arrest and deport migrants without giving them the chance to have a hearing before a judge. The American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.) has vowed to block the ruling in court.
WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 2019: PRES. TRUMP VETOES RESOLUTION TO BLOCK SAUDI ARMS SALES
Last week the House voted to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and three resolutions, including this latest one, were vetoed by Pres. Trump this week. The reasoning behind that veto is believed to be the same as that of State Secretary Mike Pompeo. Pompeo last month said that the “threats from Iran” are a reason for the United States to continue to the $8.1 billion arms sale.
THURSDAY JULY 25, 2019: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO RESUME CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
After a nearly two-decade stop to capital punishment, Attorney General William Barr ruled the Department of Justice to resume federal capital punishment. The federal government will resume the punishments by the use of lethal injections instead of the “three drug protocol” used in the past. A.G. Barr has already ordered for five inmates to be executed, which will take place in December.
FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019: ELECTION OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF DESTROYING EVIDENCE OF TAMPERING
In 2017 election officials in Georgia were sued by voters, alleging that the voting machines used were unsecure and vulnerable to hacking. In a court filing, it showed that Georgia election officials had repeatedly and intentionally destroyed evidence that could show unauthorized access to state election material and potential manipulation of election results. The destroying of evidence began after they were sued in 2017 by Georgia voters.
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