Congress House Democrats plan to put Republicans on the spot Wednesday with a vote to condemn future government shutdowns, even as the threat of another border wall showdown remains just weeks away. Democratic leaders will force a vote on a resolution that states that “shutdowns are detrimental to the nation and should not occur,” according to a draft of the measure obtained by POLITICO. Story Continued Below The symbolic vote, led by Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), does nothing to ward off the next shutdown threat. But it will draw unwanted attention to a House GOP conference that privately loathes the prospect of another shutdown battle when existing budgets run out on Feb. 15. Republicans will have to go on record on whether to oppose another shutdown even as President Donald Trump’s close advisers continue to insist it’s a possibility as a hard-line tactic to demand border money. The Democratic resolution is much more narrow than initially planned, … [Read more...] about House Democrats taunt GOP with vote to oppose shutdowns
By Andrew Ackerman WSJ Emily Glazer WSJ Thu., Jan. 24, 2019 WASHINGTON—The largest U.S. banks are expected to face scrutiny from House lawmakers in coming weeks, an opening salvo in House Democrats’ plans to put the industry back in Washington’s crosshairs. Representatives from Wells Fargo & Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other large banks are expected to soon receive requests to testify before the House Financial Services Committee, according to people familiar with the plans. The hearings come as Rep. Maxine Waters, the new chairwoman of the financial-services panel, has pledged to review the activities of the banking sector. In a speech last week, the California Democrat said she planned to hold many hearings on the biggest banks. Bank officials said they were aware the committee is considering holding hearings featuring their executives but that they haven’t been formally … [Read more...] about House Democrats Planning Hearings With Biggest U.S. Banks
For two years, Democrats, and their base of supporters, have craved the chance to conduct rigorous oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration. Thanks to the 2018 midterm, they now have it — but figuring out how to put that authority to use is no easy task. With potential topics of investigation into Trump administration actions numbering in the dozens — as many as 85, by one estimate — Democrats have to make choices about what to prioritize. Should they come out of the gate with an investigative salvo into the Trump campaign’s alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels in 2016? What about looking into how much Trump’s businesses are benefiting from his presidency? The administration’s response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico? Its botched ban on transgender Americans serving in the military? The list goes on and on, and Democrats aren’t exactly united on how best to proceed — both in terms of what to tackle … [Read more...] about With control of the U.S. House, Democrats have real power to investigate the Trump administration. But where should they start?
Far from being drained, the Washington Swamp at the beginning of 2019 seems swampier than ever: In the last year, Cabinet secretaries have resigned under clouds of corruption, sitting members of Congress have been indicted, and outgoing lawmakers waited mere hours after leaving office to ink lucrative lobbying contracts. That’s why the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House has introduced, as its first order of business, a bill that proposes a sweeping range of reforms to the political system, from curbing campaign spending to banning lawmakers from serving on corporate boards. Entitled the For the People Act — or simply called “H.R. 1” in legislative-ese to denote its primacy in the majority’s agenda — the bill is being branded as nothing less than the cure for a broken democracy. You’d think that in the current climate, an ambitious anti-corruption campaign on Capitol Hill would break through the noise and earn a warm reception from an … [Read more...] about Should tackling political corruption be House Democrats’ first priority?
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has agreed to deliver a classified briefing to U.S. House lawmakers on Thursday on his recent decision to lift sanctions on companies linked to a Russian oligarch and Vladimir Putin ally, marking the start of an aggressive new focus on Mnuchin by newly empowered House Democrats, according to two top Democratic aides. Mnuchin, who served as the Trump campaign's national finance chairman in 2016 before being confirmed to President Donald Trump's cabinet, has largely escaped investigative scrutiny. But because of his role in the campaign — and, most recently, the Dec. 19 announcement easing sanctions on companies aligned with Oleg Deripaska, the Putin ally with ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort — House Democrats believe Mnuchin should be a focus of and source of information for several planned investigations both related and unrelated to the Russia probe, according to the aides. These include examinations … [Read more...] about House Democrats asking questions about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin