Trump Passes Responsibility on to Everyone Else
â€” CBS News (@CBSNews) September 5, 2017
PresidentÂ Donald Trump will eliminate the DACA program protecting undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents, reportedly, with a six month delay to give Congress the opportunity to address the issue with legislation. And while he was expected to tell the country his decision on Tuesday, President Trump has decided that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be the one to make the announcement.
Not only that, but the president gleefully tweeted out that Congress is now in charge of DACA, confirming reporting over the weekend, and washing his hands of all responsibility, as usual.
Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
The Dept. of Justice has issued a “Media Advisory” stating the Attorney General will hold a briefing to address DACA at 11:00 AM Tuesday. It also notes there will be no questions from reporters allowed.
The president’s daily schedule currently does not include any scheduled press conferences or briefings to the media or the public on DACA.
And while it is believed there is enough support on both sides of the aisle to turn DACA into law, there is no indication that either Speaker Ryan or Majority Leader McConnell have any intention of bringing immigration legislation to the floor.
Some responses via Twitter:
Former Obama-era Dept. of Justice Chief Spokesperson:
Sessions has been thinking about this day for years but he’s afraid to take questions from reporters? Weak. Looks weak, is weak. https://t.co/rDX7mxvMX1
â€” Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) September 5, 2017
Former Obama-era DOJ Civil Rights Division head:
Jeff Sessions, who will brief media at 11am tmrw on DACA, is repairing his relationship with Trump via cruel policies and racial pandering.
â€” Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) September 5, 2017
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama:
This is as cruel and capricious a public policy decision that any President has made in a very long time https://t.co/dfR08uLkyk
â€” Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) September 4, 2017
Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation:
Hard to imagine anything that undercuts the concept of the American Dream more than persecuting immigrant children. https://t.co/mrwxtTVFLh
â€” Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) September 4, 2017
Obama foreign policy advisor and speechwriter:
Instead of making Mexico pay for his stupid, divisive and pointless wall Trump is going to make 800,000 innocent people pay. https://t.co/Z1NJSo89bg
â€” Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) September 5, 2017
Democratic U.S. Senator:
Dear Republicans, your moment has come. Every Democrat will join you. Show the courage and grace to save these children, and our nation. https://t.co/M8bGZqpYmT
â€” Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 4, 2017
Editor and founder, ThinkProgress:
Trump in April: DACA recipients should rest easy
Trump today: Tune in at 11AM tomorrow & Sessions will explain how I’ll destroy your life
â€” Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 5, 2017
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Acting Speaker McHenry Did Not Have Authority to Evict Pelosi Says Top Rules Committee Democrat
U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Kevin McCarthy’s hand-picked temporary successor and acting Speaker, operated outside of carefully crafted House rules when he evicted Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the former Democratic Majority Leader, from their Capitol Hill offices just hours after Republicans ousted McCarthy as Speaker.
That’s according to the top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee, Ranking Member Jim McGovern (D-MA), who previously served as the Chair of the Rules Committee. He says the “Speaker pro tempore” has one job only: help elect a new Speaker of the House.
“I want to clear up some confusion,” McGovern wrote late Wednesday afternoon.
“As an unelected acting Speaker pro tempore, @PatrickMcHenry’s job is to guide the House toward the election of a new Speaker. That’s it.”
“His power is constrained by the plain text of Rule 1, Clause 8 of the Rules of the House,” said McGovern.
Rep. McGovern said he is “alarmed” by McHenry’s order evicting Pelosi and Hoyer.
“Given the plain text of the rule, I don’t think he has that power,” McGovern added.
McGovern further explained, “The rule says he can only exercise as much authority as is ‘necessary and appropriate’ towards the end of electing a Speaker. The Rules Committee narrowly described this rule in 2004: an acting Speaker pro tempore serves ‘for the sole purpose of electing a new Speaker.'”
“These rules were put into place after 9/11 to ensure continuity of government & quick election of a new Speaker in an emergency. Not to provide for a short-term Speaker due to Republican dysfunction,” concluded McGovern, who has served in Congress since 1997.
‘My Job Is Not to Put Pool Noodles Around Hard Corners for Republicans’: AOC Blasts Critics Over McCarthy Vote
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted critics across the political spectrum who are angered House Democrats did not vote to keep Kevin McCarthy as Speaker, after Republicans ousted him on Tuesday.
“Contrary to how McCarthy’s defenders are behaving, men failing up is not a Constitutionally protected right,” Ocasio-Cortez said on social media. “The man made risky decisions and faced the natural consequences of them. I am not his mom, and my job is not to put pool noodles around hard corners for Republicans.”
AOC also blasted 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who is now a former Democrat, after he criticized Democrats on CNN.
“Why did Dems vote along party lines to oust Kevin McCarthy? Not because they thought it was good for the country but because that’s what they were told to do,” Yang said on social media when posting his remarks.
“Yes,” Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez responded, “because strengthening someone who voted to overturn the election, held the entire US economy hostage, launched a baseless impeachment inquiry without a vote, and refuses to honor his word is what is in the best interest of this country.”
“Do some of you hear yourselves?” she asked rhetorically.
Tuesday night she also defended Democrats for not, as some have put it, “saving” McCarthy.
“Does anyone believe for one minute that McCarthy would help elect a Dem speaker ‘for the institution’?” she asked. “McCarthy’s hubris is a theme. He loudly stated he wouldn’t negotiate w/Dems, called virtually none, trashed those who helped w/CR, and then expected Dem votes for free?”
Karine Jean-Pierre Schools Peter Doocy for Asking if White House Is ‘Loving’ GOP House Chaos
In the middle of an interview with U.S Senator John Kennedy, Fox News interrupted the Louisiana Republican for some “breaking news,” as the right wing cable network’s Peter Doocy began to ask White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the chaos far-right wing Republicans caused by ousting Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday.
“All right. Senator, thank you for joining us. We got a little bit of breaking news here. We got to jump back to the briefing. Our Peter Doocy is questioning the Press Secretary,” John Roberts told viewers as the camera cut to the White House Press Briefing Room.
“Is any part of the West Wing here, just loving the fact that Republicans don’t appear to be able to govern the one part of the government that they actually control?” Doocy asked.
“Nobody’s ‘loving’ anything when it’s when we’re not when we’re not able to deliver for the American people. Nobody’s loving that,” Jean-Pierre replied, as she explained to Doocy what the White House believes is actually important.
“It is important for Congress to work, not for us, but on behalf of the American people. It is important to make sure that we meet the challenges of the American people. That’s what’s important. What we saw, you heard from the President, what we saw on Saturday should have never have happened, but we’re glad that a deal was made. We’re glad that we’re not in a shutdown. But House Republicans should have never gotten us that far.”
Jean-Pierre went on to tell Doocy that since Republicans “are the majority in the House, they can fix this.”
“They’re creating the chaos. That is not helpful to the American people.”
“That’s why you saw the President today talk about student debt relief, and talk about what else he’s doing to make sure that we’re giving a little bit of breathing room to the American people. That’s why you heard from the President yesterday talking about or our announcement, talking about how we’re continuing to beat Big Pharma so we can lower prescription drug costs for the American people. That’s what the President cares about. That’s what he wants to see – what can we continue to do to help Americans as they face really tough challenges? So this is not, we’re not loving it. It is not helpful to any any American across the country.”
Doocy, went on to ask if “anybody in the West Wing has heard anybody talking about the possibility of ‘Speaker Trump.'”
Watch below or at this link.
Fox News cuts off interview with senator for “breaking news,” which is Peter Doocy asking KJP the following questions:
– is the West Wing “loving the fact” that the GOP doesn’t appear able to govern the House?
– are you guys talking about a possible Speaker Trump? pic.twitter.com/Csr2E2CYI5
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