Categories for Congress

27,408. 8/15/2019

CONGRESS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: Congress must adopt USMCA after its six-week recess, @GlennHamer writes. https://t.co/tcSrGKYlOt

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 15, 2019 6:38 am

27,342. 8/13/2019

CONGRESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 13, 2019 7:16 am

27,297. 8/9/2019

CONGRESS/GUNS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks. I have also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected. Guns should not be placed in the hands of…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 9, 2019 7:03 am

27,219. 8/6/2019

CONGRESS/GOP/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congressional Republicans, under intense pressure to respond to this weekend’s massacres, are coalescing around legislation to help law enforcement take guns from those who pose an imminent danger — a measure that, if signed into law, would be the most significant gun control legislation enacted in 20 years. Such ‘red flag’ laws might not be as momentous — or controversial — as the now-expired assault weapons ban or the instant background check system, both of which were enacted in 1994 as part of President Bill Clinton’s sprawling crime bill. The House, under Democratic control, passed far more ambitious bills in February that would require background checks for all gun purchasers, including those on the internet or at gun shows, and extend waiting limits for would-be gun buyers flagged by the instant check system. But those bills have run into a blockade that Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has erected for House bills he opposes.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “‘Red Flag’ Gun Control Bills Pick Up Momentum With G.O.P. in Congress,” The New York Times online, August 6, 2019

27,151. 8/2/2019

BUDGET/CONGRESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump signed a two-year, $2.7 trillion budget agreement Friday [8-2-19] that wards off $126 billion in automatic spending cuts and suspends the debt ceiling through July 2021, according to a senior administration official. The deal does not fund federal agencies, with a government shutdown still possible at the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. The House and Senate must still pass a dozen fiscal 2020 funding bills, which Trump must also sign. The bipartisan budget package increases military and non-military spending by $320 billion above the budget caps that would have taken effect if Congress failed to stop sequestration. Under the deal, defense programs would see a 3 percent hike in fiscal 2020, topping off at $738 billion. Non-defense programs would increase 4 percent over current levels to a total of $632 billion, which includes a $2.5 billion adjustment for the 2020 census. The agreement also includes about $77 billion in offsets, which are expected to kick in near the end of a decade and are unlikely to take effect.”

Caitlin Emma, “Trump signs 2-year budget deal,” Politico, August 2, 2019 1:19 pm

27,137. 8/2/2019

CONGRESS/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Friday [8-2-19] abruptly dropped his plan to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, as the nation’s top intelligence official after questions by Republicans and Democrats about his qualifications and concern over whether he had exaggerated his résumé. Mr. Ratcliffe, a vocal supporter of Mr. Trump, had come under intense scrutiny since the president declared on Sunday on Twitter that the lawmaker was his pick to succeed Dan Coats, who is stepping down as director of national intelligence on Aug. 15. The selection generated scant enthusiasm among senators of both parties, who would have decided whether to confirm him. Mr. Trump, in his post announcing that Mr. Ratcliffe would not be his nominee after all, spoke bitterly of the attention that Mr. Ratcliffe’s overstated claims about his experience as a federal prosecutor quickly received from the news media.”

Charlie Savage, Julian E. Barnes and Annie Karni, “Trump Drops Plans to Nominate John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence,” The New York Times online, August 2, 2019

26,962. 7/27/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Democrats were trying mightily to revive the badly & irrevocably tarnished Witch Hunt Hoax until Robert Mueller put on the greatest display of ineptitude & incompetence that the Halls of Congress have ever seen. Truth is, he had no facts on his side. Nothing he could do!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 27, 2019 3:15 pm

26,958. 7/27/2019

BORDER/CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 27, 2019 6:14 am

26,848. 7/24/2019

CONGRESS/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Robert S. Mueller III offered no new revelations on Wednesday [7-24-19] into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections or President Trump’s attempts to derail his probe. But he offered a stark warning on Russian election tampering — ‘They’re doing it as we sit here’ — and a sober assessment of where politics are after the Trump campaign welcomed foreign interference in 2016…In seven hours of highly anticipated back-to-back hearings before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, Mr. Mueller, the special counsel who led the probe into Russia’s interference and whether Trump associates participated in it, hewed tightly to his script — the 448-page report he and his team produced in April. He declined repeatedly to offer his opinion on key questions or even to read directly from the voluminous document.”  

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Mark Mazzetti, “Highlights of Robert Mueller’s Testimony to Congress,” The New York Times online, July 24, 2019

26,847. 7/24/2019

CONGRESS/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Robert Mueller failed to deliver what critics of President Donald Trump wanted Wednesday [7-24-19], but they must be getting used to that by now. For nearly two years, many Democrats have regarded Mueller as a Messiah figure who will deliver them from the plague of the Trump presidency through something akin to divine intervention. From the time the special counsel began rolling out indictments in 2017, liberals became convinced with each arrival and departure of prosecutors from the D.C. federal courthouse that a massive, unifying indictment was looming that would charge Trump campaign operatives with conspiring with Russia and WikiLeaks to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. Perhaps it was already under seal? Some expected a case sweeping in individuals who were charged, like campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump confidant Roger Stone, with others close to the president who’d not been charged, like Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. There was even talk Mueller might buck Justice Department policy and charge the president himself. When that round of speculation fizzled amid signs that Mueller was preparing to wind down his probe, attention shifted to the special counsel’s report.”

Josh Gerstein, “Mueller disappoints Trump critics, again,” Politico, July 24, 2019 12:36 am

26,841. 7/23/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/GOP/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Robert Mueller’s top deputy will appear alongside him as his counsel for his highly anticipated testimony on Wednesday [7-24-19], according to a committee source familiar with the preparations, a last-minute move that Republicans are panning as a breach of House rules that could jeopardize the hearings altogether. Republicans said Democrats’ decision to allow Aaron Zebley to accompany Mueller — at the former special counsel’s request — represents a breach of their tentative negotiations. Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, called the move a ‘stunt’ and said it could ‘jeopardize whether tomorrow’s hearing complies with the rules of the House’…Mueller spokesman Jim Popkin on Tuesday [7-23-19] confirmed Zebley’s appearance for Mueller’s five hours of combined testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees scheduled for Wednesday.”

Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney, “Mueller scrambles hearing by tapping top deputy as counsel,” Politico, July 23,2019 7:35 pm

26,822. 7/22/2019

BUDGET/CONGRESS/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “White House and congressional negotiators reached accord on a two-year budget on Monday [7-22-19] that would raise spending by $320 billion over existing caps and allow the government to keep borrowing, most likely averting a fiscal crisis but splashing still more red ink on an already surging deficit. If passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, the deal would stop a potential debt default this fall and avoid automatic spending cuts next year. The agreement would also bring clarity about government spending over the rest of Mr. Trump’s term, though Congress must still fill in the details, program by program…A statement issued late Monday by Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, echoed Mr. Trump’s tweet and urged both chambers to pass the deal quickly. But it is another sign that a Capitol once consumed by fiscal worries simply no longer cares — even as the government’s deficit approaches $1 trillion a year. Still, the accord would lift the debt ceiling high enough to allow the government to keep borrowing for two more years, punting the next showdown past the 2020 elections.”

Emily Cochrane, Alan Rappeport and Jim Tankersley, “Federal Budget Would Raise Spending by $320 Billion,” The New York Times online, July 22, 2019

26,821. 7/22/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Monday [7-22-19] that he had no intention of watching Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in the Russian meddling case, testify on Wednesday before Congress, denouncing Democrats for ‘wasting their time.’ Then he added, ‘Maybe I’ll see a little bit of it.’ Mr. Trump’s history of remaining glued to television news — especially when the coverage is about him — suggests that he is certain to be tuned in as Democrats on Capitol Hill use Mr. Mueller’s appearance to amplify the damning report about the president and the people in his orbit. But ahead of the congressional hearings, Mr. Trump and his aides sought to dismiss them as nothing more than a desperate attempt to elicit from Mr. Mueller something that could justify impeachment proceedings…Mr. Trump’s comments came after he posted about Mr. Mueller on Twitter earlier in the day, calling him ‘highly conflicted’ and saying that his testimony would be ‘bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done nothing but waste time on this ridiculous Witch Hunt.’”

Michael D. Shear, “Trump and His Aides Seek to Dismiss Mueller Hearings as a Desperate Act,” The New York Times online, July 22, 2019

26,818. 7/22/2019

CONGRESS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Justice Department wrote a letter to Robert Mueller on Monday [7-22-19] about his upcoming congressional hearing, telling the former special counsel his testimony must adhere to the 448-page report he issued earlier this year. The testimony, the letter stated, ‘must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege.’ The letter, sent in response to Mueller’s request for guidance about his testimony, is signed by Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer. Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence panels Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The former special counsel has been a reluctant witness, and is appearing before subpoena. Democrats plan to push Mueller on several aspects of his investigation as well as the question if he would recommend charges against President Donald Trump were he not the President.”

David Shortell, Jessica Schneider, Manu Raju and Paul LeBlanc, “DOJ tells Robert Mueller ‘any testimony must remain in the boundaries of your public report’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 22, 2019 7:21 pm

26,806. 7/22/2019

CONGRESS/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Highly conflicted Robert Mueller should not be given another bite at the apple. In the end it will be bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done nothing but waste time on this ridiculous Witch Hunt. Result of the Mueller Report, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 22, 2019 7:53 am

26,742. 7/19/2019

CONGRESS/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Friday [7-19-19] that he doesn’t plan to watch former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony, a long-awaited affair for House Democrats who have pushed Mueller to publicly answer questions about his Russia investigation…Mueller is set to testify next Wednesday [7-24-19] for three hours in front of the Judiciary Committee and for two hours in front of the Intelligence Committee, focusing on his 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The hearing will take place one day before the House is due to leave for a monthlong recess. Trump said Friday that Democrats were wasting their time trying to impeach him, as evidenced by the House vote to table an impeachment resolution from Rep. Al Green (D-Texas). The resolution was forced to the floor Wednesday, but it split Democrats: Ninety-five voted to keep the resolution alive, and 137 voted to kill it.”

Rishika Dugyala, “Trump says he doesn’t plan to watch Mueller testify,” Politico, July 19, 2019 4:36 pm

26,728. 7/19/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @realDonaldTrump: When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 19, 2019 9:30 am

26,682. 7/18/2019

CONGRESS/GOP/IVANKA/RACISM/RALLY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Nervous Republicans, from senior members of Congress to his own daughter Ivanka, urged President Trump on Thursday [7-18-19] to repudiate the ‘send her back’ chant directed at a Somali-born congresswoman during his speech the night before at a rally in North Carolina, amid widespread fears that the rally had veered into territory that could hurt their party in 2020. In response, Mr. Trump disavowed the behavior of his own supporters in comments to reporters at the White House and claimed that he had tried to contain it, an assertion clearly contradicted by video of the event. Mr. Trump said he was ‘not happy’ with the chant directed at Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a freshman Democrat who is Muslim…Pressed on why he did not stop it, Mr. Trump said, ‘I think I did — I started speaking very quickly.’’ In fact, as the crowd roared ‘send her back,’ Mr. Trump paused and looked around silently for more than 10 seconds as the scene unfolded in front of him, doing nothing to halt the chorus. ‘I didn’t say that,’ he added. ‘They did.’”

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Maggie Haberman and Michael Crowley, “Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant After Pressure From G.O.P.,” The New York Times online, July 18, 2019

26,673. 7/17/2019

CONGRESS/GOP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Together, we will continue unleashing the power of American enterprise, so every American can know the dignity of work and the pride of a paycheck. With your help, we will elect a Republican Congress to create a safe, modern, fair, and LAWFUL system of immigration! #MAGA2020 https://t.co/zxy6zRLGu1 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 17, 2019 8:15 pm

26,664. 7/17/2019

CONGRESS/GOP/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Forty of the 250 Republicans serving in the U.S. Congress as of Wednesday [7-17-19] afternoon have criticized Republican President Donald Trump over his attacks, widely condemned as racist, on four Democratic lawmakers, all minority women. Four Republicans voted on Tuesday [7-16-19] in favor a Democratic-sponsored House of Representatives resolution condemning Trump’s tweets, despite being told by Republican leaders to oppose it. Will Hurd, Susan Brooks, Brian Fitzpatrick and Fred Upton – along with independent Justin Amash, a former Republican – voted with Democrats to pass the resolution 240-187. Defying Trump is a politically risky act for a Republican lawmaker. The president, who enjoys strong political support among a core group of conservative voters, frequently lashes out against almost anyone he perceives to be an opponent.”

Reuters Staff, “Factbox: Forty Republicans criticize Trump’s inflammatory tweets,” Reuters, July 17, 2019 11:26 am

26,651. 7/17/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Democrats in Congress are getting nothing done, not on drug pricing, not on immigration, not on infrastructure, not on nothing! Sooo much opportunity, yet all they want to do is go ‘fishing.’ The American people are tired of the never ending Witch Hunt, they want results now!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 17, 2019 6:20 am

26,649. 7/17/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘In America, if you hate our Country, you are free to leave. The simple fact of the matter is, the four Congresswomen think that America is wicked in its origins, they think that America is even more wicked now, that we are all racist and evil. They’re entitled to their…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 17, 2019 6:18 am

26,641. 7/16/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen. If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more. They are now the top, most…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 16, 2019 10:05 pm

26,631. 7/16/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/POLLS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 16, 2019 8:59 am

26,625. 7/16/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party. Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public…..” 

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 16, 2019 6:20 am