KINNELON, N.J.—The retired high school social studies teacher in the light blue polo shirt stood up in the town hall clutching a clipboard to say what he wanted to say to his first-term, first-year congresswoman, Mikie Sherrill. “Thank you, Representative Sherrill,” Gary Schraft began. “We appreciate what you’re doing to make this district a much better district. And we applaud you for having these town hall meetings because our last congressman refused to have them.” Many of the people here last week in the packed-tight crowd clapped and cheered at this assessment. Sherrill let the ovation subside. “I sense a but coming,” she said with a smile.She was right. But the but was less a question and more a warning. Schraft invoked the name of an ill-fated congressman from this area who won in 1972, defended Richard Nixon in 1973 and lost in 1974. “And President Trump, I believe, and a lot of people believe, is 10 times worse than … [Read more...] about Mikie Sherrill Is Not Feeling the Pressure
House Democratic leaders gave their liberal lawmakers what they wanted on health care. Now they’re fighting to keep “Medicare for All“ from devouring the party. Progressives emboldened by this week's bill rollout are vowing to turn up the pressure on fellow Democrats to back the single-payer blueprint and build momentum ahead of the 2020 election. That’s already creating headaches for top Democrats who fear the political blowback of the plan’s most liberal elements, including abortion funding and the elimination of most private health insurance.Story Continued Below The leaders are trying instead to keep the chamber united behind popular but narrower proposals aimed at strengthening Obamacare and lowering drug prices. But Medicare for All has grabbed most of this week’s health care headlines and energized the party’s progressive base — leaving top Democrats to look for ways to avoid criticizing the bill publicly even as they express … [Read more...] about House Democrats just released Medicare for All. Party leaders would like to change the subject.
Mikie Sherrill had made a promise to the people in New Jersey who had made her a member of Congress. She would try to fire her boss on her first day at work. Now here she was. Would she? Could she? At 1:36 in the afternoon, in her opening salvo on the floor of the House of Representatives, she did—casting her vote for speaker not for Nancy Pelosi, arguably the most powerful woman in the history of American politics, but for … Cheri Bustos, the fourth-term congresswoman from Illinois. “It’s important to keep your promises,” she told reporters on her way out of the chamber. Still, a few hours later, as the sun started to set on Washington, after Sherrill dashed across a traffic-clogged Constitution Avenue from a cab to the Capitol in bright red high heels, I asked her if she was afraid of having crossed Pelosi. Of retribution in the form of committee snubs. Of being rendered somehow less effective before she’d even gotten started.Story Continued Below … [Read more...] about The Most Important New Woman in Congress Is Not Who You Think
TRUMP AGENDA: Emergency call Trump is set to announce a national emergency and announce $8 billion for the wall, with just $1.4 billion of that coming from the new spending bill. The Washington Post has a look at how the White House has been trying to cast a loss as a win. Trump asked for a wall. What he'll get is a constitutional crisis. Lots of lawsuits are coming. LOTS of them. Here's Ted Cruz's pitch in a Washington Post op-ed to make El Chapo pay for the wall. The DHS inspector general isn't happy with a Trump appointee who is dodging an inquiry. Trump's doctor says he's gained weight but is otherwise in good health. Here's what to expect from the new attorney general. Trump is giving up on his new hotel brand, saying that politics is holding back the new branding's success. DEM AGENDA: Split over Amazon New York Democrats are split over Amazon's decision to pull out of the city. The AP asks: As Democrats are moving to the left, how will voters react? POLITICO profiles Mikie … [Read more...] about First Read’s Morning Clips: Emergency call
Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Updated 9:58 pm PST, Thursday, January 17, 2019 In this Jan. 16, 2019, photo, freshman Congressmen led by Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., center, walk through the Capitol Rotunda as they deliver a letter calling to an end to the government shutdown to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Also pictured is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center left, Rep. Veronica Escobar, second from left, and at front left Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn. Two weeks into their congressional careers, newly elected House Democrats are cutting different paths on Capitol Hill. less In this Jan. 16, 2019, photo, freshman Congressmen led by Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., center, walk through the Capitol Rotunda as they deliver a letter calling to an end to the government shutdown to the office of ... more Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP … [Read more...] about Freshmen House Dems cut different paths across Capitol Hill