Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro Associated Press Published 5:29 PM EDT Apr 30, 2019 Washington – President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed Tuesday to work together on a $2 trillion infrastructure package – but put off for later the difficult question of how to pay for it. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said there was “good will in the meeting” – a marked departure from the last meeting between Trump, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which ended with Trump walking out in a huff. Schumer said the two sides agreed that infrastructure investments create jobs and make the United States more competitive economically with the rest of the world. Most importantly, Schumer said, “we agreed on a number.” “Originally, we had started a little lower. Even the president was eager to push it up to $2 trillion, and that is a very good thing,” Schumer said. Added Pelosi: “We did come to one agreement: … [Read more...] about Trump, Democrats agree on $2 Trillion infrastructure plan
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Donald Trump is probably the most extraordinary individual to ever be President of the United States. But his presidency is actually rather ordinary. This is not to argue that Trump is an ordinary President – far from it. In almost everything he says and does, how he projects himself in speeches, tweets and meetings with world leaders, Trump is unorthodox, unconventional, and anything but ordinary. But in substance, policy, and deeds, his presidency is largely conventional and conservative, rather than revolutionary or radical, while its outcomes to date have been meager, mediocre, and quite ordinary. US Presidents are constrained by a constitutional structure that deliberately makes it very difficult to get things done. The checks and balances were designed specifically to hold ambitious and potentially tyrannical executives in check. They are the constitutional equivalent of a dog leash and muzzle. Strong partisanship between Republicans and Democrats also stifles reform. It is … [Read more...] about Extraordinary? It’s business as usual in Trump’s White House
LAW AND ORDER The House has the authority to request anyone's tax documents. But, inexplicably, the leadership has taken it slow. Demanding the president’s tax returns “is one of the first things we’d do” when Democrats control the House of Representatives, now-Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her hometown San Francisco Chronicle less than a month before the November 2018 midterm elections swept her party back into power. “[T]hat’s the easiest thing in the world,” she added. Congress is a “co-equal body of government,” and “[w]e have to have the truth.” But more than two months after Pelosi took the speaker’s gavel, President Donald Trump’s tax returns are still sitting in an IRS file cabinet, and no member of the “co-equal” Congress has had a look. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J) says his party will issue a formal demand for Trump’s returns in mid- to late March, but the one House Democrat who has … [Read more...] about Democrats Demanded Trump’s Tax Returns. Then They Dragged Their Feet.
Holly Ramer, Associated Press Updated 6:39 pm PST, Friday, February 1, 2019 Potential Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during an event organized by the Young Democrats of New Hampshire at Stark Brewing Co., Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. Gillibrand is making her first trip to New Hampshire as a presidential prospect. less Potential Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during an event organized by the Young Democrats of New Hampshire at Stark Brewing Co., Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Manchester, ... more Photo: Elise Amendola, AP Photo: Elise Amendola, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Potential Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during an event … [Read more...] about Gillibrand promises bipartisanship, but not in her Cabinet
Updated 6:14 am PST, Saturday, January 12, 2019 An image of a boy is painted on the bars of the border wall, in front of coils of razor wire Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. The partial government shutdown was on track Friday to become the longest closure in U.S. history as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans looked for a way out of the mess. A solution couldn't come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements Friday but no pay. less An image of a boy is painted on the bars of the border wall, in front of coils of razor wire Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. The partial government shutdown was on track Friday to become the ... more Photo: Gregory Bull, AP Photo: Gregory Bull, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 An … [Read more...] about The Latest: Democrats challenge Trump, GOP to end shutdown