CONFIRMATION OF WILLIAM BARR AS U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL:
SENATE: It would have been great had the Senate voted to bar Barr from becoming Attorney General. However, only Democratic Senators voted against him, and three of them voted in favor. NJ Senators Booker and Menendez voted “NAY.” The vote was YEAs 54 and NAYs 45. Barr will play a pivotal role in deciding what will be released in the forthcoming Mueller Report.
THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR FUNDING HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHER AGENCIES, AND KEEPING GOVERNMENT OPEN:
SENATE: The vote was YEAs 83 and NAYs 16. Sen. Menendez voted YEA but Sen. Booker voted NAY. A few hours after the vote Booker, with over 4 million followers, tweeted, ”New Hampshire! Looking forward to spending a long weekend in your beautiful state.” But nary a mention of why he voted NAY. Nonetheless, he had decided to position himself along with some of the most progressive Dems, the four others who opposed the resolution: Gillibrand (D-NY), Harris (D-CA), Markey (D-MA), and Warren (D-MA). Later he alluded to the matter tweeting, “Trump’s inability to follow through on a campaign promise is not a national emergency. Let’s not forget those still struggling to rebuild their lives after this administration failed to respond effectively to real emergencies in places like Puerto Rico.”
HOUSE: The vote was YEA 300 and NAY 128. Nineteen Democrats voted against the measure, while 109 Republicans, representing a majority of their conference, were also opposed. All 12 NJ members, including the lone Republican Chris Smith, voted YEA. Among the Dems who voted against the bill were Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and a number of Texans who strongly disapprove of expanding the Wall or fencing in their state. (The bill includes fencing in Texas.)
As of early this morning Trump has not tweeted about the vote. A White House Press tweet indicates, “President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action—including a national emergency—to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.” Ignore Trump’s spin. Here’s what’s actually in the funding bill.
Trump is expected to hold a press conference today at around 10:00 AM.
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