U.S. House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns

18 December, 2018, 11:55 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Pelosi makes a deal with dissenters on upcoming speakership

After a minor skirmish over whether Trump should initiate a bill in the House that would be sure to fail in the Senate, Pelosi, playing to the camera, said, "We're here to have a conversation in a prayerful way, so I don't think we should have a debate in front of the press".

Outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told another interviewer that her party concentrates too much on "gender politics".

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said last month that she planned to support Pelosi. "White working-class men were traditionally a huge party of our party". President Trump set the tone of the meeting, and it was decidedly cordial, saying it was a great honor to have Pelosi and Schumer there and acknowledging that they've worked very hard on various bipartisan initiatives, such as criminal justice reform and the farm bill.

"It's like riding a bull", he said, "You'll only be on for like one term, maybe two".

The California Democrat has agreed to limit her time as speaker to four years at most.

The story, by Guy Benson, says Republicans could indeed pass the measure through the House.

A looming, partial government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday.


Thursday was supposed to be the House's final day in session for the year, but lawmakers instead were told to return Wednesday night. In doing so, and if the vote passes, she sacrificed the careers of two deputies in leadership patiently waiting their turn at the helm: Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Jim Clyburn (D-SC), in Congress since 1981 and 1993 respectively, are effectively neutralized.

In so doing, Pelosi yielded to demands from junior lawmakers about new rules created to decentralize power from the speaker's office.

The Trump power play against the playbook is not sitting well with Democrats, especially since most of the supporters of President Trump favor the wall.

Homeland Security would be responsible for building the wall along the border with Mexico. In addition to resistance from Senate Democrats, there are also several Senate Republicans who have expressed doubt about providing Trump with the money he wants for a project that, at this point, looks like it will never be fully funded in any case.

Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY, another rebel, still plans to vote against Pelosi in January, as do at least a handful of incoming freshmen who campaigned against the Democratic leader this year. He is on record repeatedly saying that he wants to find a way for the vast majority of illegal immigrants (the "good ones", he calls them) to get right with the law and secure legal status, so long as we get rid of the rapists, murderers and drug dealers (aka the "bad ones") and secure the border.

Pelosi, in her trademark oblivious and muddled manner, gave herself every bit of praise for the score: "Over the summer I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders". "They have to put the people ahead of politics", he says, as brief clips are shown of a chaotic scene, apparently on the Mexican side of the USA border as migrants try to cross.

"I am confident we will have the will and the tools to finally expose Trump's financial history to sunlight", he said.

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