A majority of Americans give Barack Obama credit for the past year’s economic improvement, more than the nearly half who credit Donald Trump. …read more
Via:: Gallup Polling
Illegal immigration continues to be a hot-button issue in Congress, but fewer Americans now feel threatened that illegal immigrants are taking their jobs.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters think illegal immigrants take jobs away from U.S. citizens, but 50% disagree. Another 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 16-17, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Via:: Rasmussen Polling
The odds of a government shutdown have gone up.
This is a fast-developing story, so stay tuned, but a bloc of Senate Democrats has shifted towards a more aggressive stance on including an immigration provision in the government funding bill, increasing the possibility that the party will block any measure that does not create some kind of program along the lines of former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. There will be a government shutdown starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday if funding is not approved.
There is still some doubt over whether the House will pass a short-term funding bill. (GOP leaders are currently proposing an agreement that extends funding for one more month.) The House can pass a bill without any Democratic support, but members of the hard-to-please GOP Freedom Caucus there are balking right now. So that’s one hurdle towards avoiding a shutdown.
Another hurdle is what’s taking place in the Senate, where legislation can be stopped if it doesn’t have 60 votes. There are only 51 Republicans, and some of them are saying they don’t support a funding bill without the immigration provision either. Some Republicans are also frustrated that Congress keeps passing …read more
House Democrats are holding firm in opposition to a short-term spending bill, even as Republicans in both chambers struggle to round up enough votes to keep the government open beyond Friday.
House Democratic leaders have been preaching a message of unity to their members all week, emphasizing that sticking together is their biggest leverage point to force Republicans into serious negotiations to protect Dreamers.
“This is like giving you a bowl of doggy doo, put a cherry on top and called it chocolate sundae,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Thursday.
Lawmakers remain at an impasse over the fate of the roughly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants facing deportation, with enough members in both chambers threatening to withhold their votes on a spending bill that a government shutdown is a very real possibility.
“We’ve had plenty of time to address the Dreamers, now’s the time,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), whose northern Virginia district is heavily populated with government employees.
Connolly said given the demographics of his district, he would only vote for the continuing resolution if he was the “last vote standing” between a government shutdown or not.
A significant number of Senate Democrats have publicly said they will …read more
Via:: Politico Top Stories
Brandon Presley, Democrats’ top recruit for an acknowledged uphill campaign for Senate in Mississippi, announced Thursday that he would not run for the seat held by Republican Sen. Roger Wicker this year.
Sources familiar with the decision say that it was driven by a sense that Chris McDaniel — the conservative state senator who nearly knocked off Sen. Thad Cochran in an acrimonious GOP primary four years ago — would not be able to mount a strong primary challenge against Wicker, especially in the wake of the political collapse of Steve Bannon, who’d been pushing McDaniel to run again.
Presley, a distant relative of Elvis and chair of the Northern District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, had been approached by both Democratic Senate Campaign Committee chair Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.). He’d taken a harder look at the race after now-Sen. Doug Jones’ surprise win in Alabama — but in informal conversations around the state, Presley supporters became convinced that McDaniel wouldn’t run, and that Wicker couldn’t be defeated.
“I’m sincerely grateful for the words of encouragement, pledges of volunteers, financial support and prayers,” Presley said in a statement. “Had I run and been …read more
Via:: Politico Top Stories
CNN reported Wednesday night: Steve Bannon has struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and will be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before the grand jury, two people familiar with the process told CNN. He is expected to cooperate with the special counsel, the sources said. The sources did not say when […] …read more
Via:: Jennifer Rubin
Vice President Mike Pence still plans to depart for a trip to the Middle East on Friday evening, his office said Thursday, as a government shutdown appeared increasingly likely.
Pence has been the White House’s primary link to critical House conservatives in tricky legislative negotiations in the past, particularly with the House Freedom Caucus. On Wednesday, he met with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy about government funding, which expires Friday unless Congress extends it.
House conservatives will likely prove critical to passing any continuing resolution to keep the government running, especially if Democrats vote against it, as House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is urging.
Many Democrats want protections for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers included in any funding bill. But lawmakers and the White House have yet to reach a deal on immigration, and it is not addressed in the short-term funding package crafted by GOP leaders.
President Donald Trump’s early morning tweet about the Children’s Health Insurance Program left already fragile negotiations in greater confusion. The GOP bill would extend CHIP for six years in an effort to pick up more votes, even though it only extends government funding until Feb. 16.
Trump was also scheduled to leave town next week: …read more
Via:: Politico Top Stories