Categories for Legislation

27,320. 8/11/2019

LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump has signed the LEGION Act, allowing the @AmericanLegion to extend benefits to 6 million addition…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 11, 2019 10:56 pm

27,268. 8/7/2019

CHUCK SCHUMER/DEMS/GUNS/LEGISLATION/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, put the brakes on Republicans’ quick embrace of ‘red flag’ laws as a response to last weekend’s gun violence, saying on Wednesday [8-7-19] that any gun-related legislation moving through the Senate must be accompanied by a House bill requiring background checks on all gun purchasers. Red flag laws allow the authorities to obtain a special type of protective order — known as an extreme risk protection order, or E.R.P.O. — to remove guns from people deemed dangerous. Republicans, including President Trump, are coalescing around the concept, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is drafting a bill to develop a federal grant program to help states pass and carry out such laws…Mr. Trump, on his way to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, where back-to-back massacres over the weekend left 31 people dead, told reporters he was open to expanding background checks for gun purchases — a surprising development, given that the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun lobby, and many Republicans are vehemently opposed.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Democrats Warn That Federal ‘Red Flag’ Law Would Not Be Enough,” The New York Times online, August 7, 2019

27,237. 8/6/2019

GOP/GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The deadly massacres over the weekend have sent Senate Republicans searching to find a robust response to help prevent future mass shootings amid loud demands that they quickly pass tougher gun control measures sought by Democrats. On a private conference call Monday [8-5-19], Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the steps ahead with three committee chairmen and Sen. John Cornyn, whose state of Texas was home to one of the shootings from the weekend. What was not considered during the roughly 15-minute call: Bringing the Senate back to session during the August recess and moving on the House-passed universal background checks bill as Democrats have demanded, according to sources familiar with the private call.”

Manu Raju, “Senate GOP scrambles to find legislative response in the wake of two deadly shootings,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 6, 2019 7:10 pm

27,217. 8/6/2019

CALIFORNIA/LAWSUIT/LEGISLATION/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump and the Republican National Committee filed a pair of lawsuits on Tuesday [8-6-19] against officials in California challenging a new law requiring presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to be placed on the state primary ballot in 2020. The R.N.C. suit, which was filed in the Eastern District of California and included the California Republican Party and several California Republican voters as plaintiffs, called the law a ‘naked political attack against the sitting president of the United States.’ It was filed against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California secretary of state. Mr. Trump and his campaign filed a second suit challenging the constitutionality of the new law, and it named the California secretary of state and the state attorney general. In that suit, they argue that states do not have the power to ‘supplement’ the qualifications for the president, set forth by the Constitution.”

Annie Karni, “Trump Campaign Sues Over California’s Requirement to Release Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, August 6, 2019

27,205. 8/6/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “With momentum comes movement in Washington, and everyone from President Donald Trump to his Democratic opponents thinks something should be done in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend. We have watched the sickening repetition of mass murders by gun-wielding young men across the country and in communities of every type. And we have stood by, stunned, as the lives lost in a moment mounted: 58 dead in Las Vegas, 49 dead in Orlando, 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School and then, last weekend, 31 in Texas and Ohio. Washington could not summon a collective will to act after the slaughter of children at Sandy Hook Elementary. But just maybe, this time might be different, spurred by the rapid succession of tragedies. After days of anger and accusations in which Democrats accused Trump of fomenting hate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of obstructing progress, there are signs that something is happening in Washington.”

Zachary B. Wolf and Jennifer Agiesta, “There may be actual momentum toward new gun legislation,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 6, 2019 2:51 am

27,200. 8/5/2019

GOP/GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump briefly raised eyebrows Monday [8-5-19] when he tweeted an endorsement of stronger background checks, tied to immigration reform, after the nightmarish mass shootings over the weekend. But skeptical Republicans familiar with Trump’s mercurial nature didn’t rush out to embrace the idea…Not 30 minutes later, Trump used a White House address to call for changing mental health laws and implementing ‘red flag’ laws — far more modest proposals — while condemning white supremacy and avoiding the topic of background checks altogether…Congressional Republicans are ignoring Democratic demands for stricter gun control after at least 31 people were killed over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. They’re far more comfortable blaming the increasingly frequent horrors on problems with mental health or American culture than in taking on the National Rifle Association and conservative grassroots activists.”

Melanie Zanona, Marianne Levine and Sarah Ferris, “Republicans hide behind Trump in gun debate,” Politico, August 5, 2019 6:41 pm

27,198. 8/5/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Today, I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the DEATH PENALTY – and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay. https://t.co/BDXdpelK7F

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 5, 2019 12:10 pm

27,184. 8/5/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 5, 2019 5:54 am

27,183. 8/5/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying….” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 5, 2019 5:54 am

27,125. 8/1/2019

LEGISLATION/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I would like to thank two Great Iowa Senators, @ChuckGrassley and @SenJoniErnst – for their support today on the Spending Bill. Their vote, and the vote of other Republicans and Democrats helped get this done in a bipartisan fashion. Thank you all!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 1, 2019 9:15 pm

27,082. 7/31/2019

CALIFORNIA/LEGISLATION/TRUMP TAXES: “Gov. Gavin Newsom said he spoke to President Donald Trump on Tuesday [7-30-19] — the same day he signed a confrontational bill aimed at forcing the president to release his tax returns — and insisted he is maintaining a line of communication with the White House. Newsom, appearing at a wildfire-related press conference, would not disclose the specifics of their conversation. But the Democratic governor said he and Trump are ‘continuing to try to work collaboratively together’ — a necessary partnership with Washington on mass shootings, natural disasters and infrastructure development. Newsom continued to defend the bill requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns if they want to appear on California primary ballots. Standing alongside state officials while announcing a surge in firefighting capacity, Newsom said the tax return bill provides much-needed transparency. California politicians, including Newsom, are also subject to CA SB27 (19R).”

Colby Bermel, “Newsom spoke to Trump on same day he demanded Trump’s tax returns,” Politico, July 31, 2019 4:36 pm

27,015. 7/29/2019

9/11/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President Trump signed into law the permanent authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which provides financial…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 29, 2019 10:55 am

26,996. 7/29/2019

9/11/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump walked into the Rose Garden on Monday [7-29-19] and signed into law a bill that would permanently fund the care of emergency workers who became ill after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He also revived an old claim that he spent time at ground zero alongside firefighters and police officers. Mr. Trump has a long history of making questionable and provocative statements about what he saw on the day of the attacks and how he reacted, some critical of Muslims. On Monday, surrounded by emergency medical workers who had lost colleagues and friends in the attacks, Mr. Trump sought again to place himself near the center of the recovery effort. WHAT TRUMP SAID: ‘Many of those affected were firefighters, police officers and other first responders. And I was down there also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you.’ This is exaggerated.”

Katie Rogers, “Fact-Checking Trump’s Claim He ‘Spent a Lot of Time’ With 9/11 Responders,” The New York Times online, July 29, 2019

26,678. 7/18/2019

BUSINESS/DEMS/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday [7-18-19] passed legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by October 2025, a big win for workers and labor groups, even as it remained unlikely the bill would pass a Republican-controlled Senate. The move comes at a time when the $15 minimum wage fight, first started by fast-food workers in New York in 2012, has been gaining momentum around the country with several states and large private-sector employers that hire entry-level workers. Cities and states including Seattle, San Francisco, New York state, California, Arkansas and Missouri have raised their minimum wage. Over the past year, employers like Amazon.com Inc and Costco Wholesale Corp have raised their base wages to $15 an hour while others like Target Corp have committed to going up to that level by the end of 2020. Even some opposed to the move like fast-food chain operator McDonald’s Corp said recently it would no longer fight proposals to raise the federal minimum wage.”

Nandita Bose, “House passes bill to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour,” Reuters, July 18, 2019 9:17 am

26,654. 7/17/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House gave final passage on Wednesday [7-17-19] to a series of measures that would block the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending to President Trump a fresh rebuke of his administration’s efforts to circumvent Congress to help Persian Gulf allies prosecute a disastrous war in Yemen. A scattering of Republicans and the House’s lone independent, Justin Amash of Michigan, joined Democrats in three back-to-back votes, submitting for the record their stewing anger at Mr. Trump’s resolute support of Saudi Arabia and his use of emergency powers to sidestep Congress, this time with a declaration of an emergency over Iran…It is the second time in recent months that Congress has passed bipartisan legislation condemning the administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.”

Catie Edmondson, “House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump’s Third Veto,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

26,108. 6/27/2019

LEGISLATION/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday [6-26-19] to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley. The encryption challenge, which the government calls ‘going dark,’ was the focus of a National Security Council meeting Wednesday morning that included the No. 2 officials from several key agencies, according to three people familiar with the matter. Senior officials debated whether to ask Congress to effectively outlaw end-to-end encryption, which scrambles data so that only its sender and recipient can read it, these people told POLITICO. Tech companies like Apple, Google and Facebook have increasingly built end-to-end encryption into their products and software in recent years — billing it as a privacy and security feature but frustrating authorities investigating terrorism, drug trafficking and child pornography.”

Eric Geller, “Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown,” Politico, June 27, 2019 12:43 pm

26,096. 6/27/2019

BORDER/IMMIGRATION/LEGISLATION/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Bipartisan Humanitarian Aid Bill for the Southern Border just passed. A great job done by all! Now we must work to get rid of the Loopholes and fix Asylum. Thank you also to Mexico for the work being done on helping with Illegal Immigration – a very big difference!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 27, 2019 5:22 pm

26,083. 6/26/2019

CRIME/DEMS/GOP/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….They came to me asking for help, and I got Criminal Justice Reform passed, with help from both Republicans and Democrats. Many said that nobody but President Trump could have done this. All previous administrations failed. Please ask why THEY failed to the candidates!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 26, 2019 6:46 pm

25,705. 6/13/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CELEBS/CRIME/LABOR/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Thursday [6-13-19] took another turn advertising his administration’s work on criminal justice, one of the only bipartisan achievements he can campaign on and an issue he hopes will win over at least some African-American and centrist white voters. Mr. Trump praised the First Step Act, as the law is known, as one of his major accomplishments. It was the third time he has commemorated it at the White House, where he also announced new government initiatives intended to encourage businesses to hire former inmates. He said that the Bureau of Prisons would work with employers to have jobs lined up for inmates upon their release, and that the Labor Department was awarding $2 million to states to support fidelity bonds, which help underwrite companies that hire former prisoners. The president singled out Kim Kardashian West, the reality television star who has become a high-profile advocate for reducing criminal sentences, who sat in the audience sandwiched between his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for pushing the administration to tackle the subject.”

Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman, “The Subject at the White House Was Criminal Justice.The Subtext Was the Election.,” The New York Times online, June 13, 2019

25,496. 6/7/2019

ELECTION/LEGISLATION/MITCH MCCONNELL/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, called a ‘sweeping and systematic’ Russian attack in 2016 is running into a one-man roadblock in the form of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The bills include a Democratic measure that would send more than $1 billion to state and local governments to tighten election security, but would also demand a national strategy to protect American democratic institutions against cyberattacks and require that states spend federal funds only on federally certified ‘election infrastructure vendors.’ A bipartisan measure in both chambers would require internet companies like Facebook to disclose the purchasers of political ads…But even bipartisan coalitions have begun to crumble in the face of the majority leader’s blockade. Mr. McConnell, long the Senate’s leading ideological opponent to federal regulation of elections, has told colleagues in recent months that he has no plans to consider stand-alone legislation on the matter this term, despite clamoring from members of his own conference and the growing pressure from Democrats who also sense a political advantage in trying to make the Republican response to Russia’s election attack look anemic.”

Nicholas Fandos, “New Election Security Bills Face a One-Man Roadblock: Mitch McConnell,” The New York Times online, June 7, 2019

25,486. 6/6/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump Thursday [6-6-19] signed a package that would deliver $19.1 billion in disaster relief to communities across the country that are still recovering from a spate of catastrophic hurricanes, wildfires and flooding. The House passed the bill, H.R. 2157 (116), on Monday [6-3-19] after Republicans successfully thwarted three attempts to fast-track the package. The Senate passed the bill before the Memorial Day recess, removing Trump’s request for billions in emergency border aid in a last-minute scramble because it was holding up the deal. The legislation was delayed for months prior to that amid partisan infighting. The more than 70-page bill includes $600 million in nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico, in addition to $304 million in new Community Development Block Grant funding for the island and language ensuring that Puerto Rico can access billions in already-appropriated CDBG funds that Democrats accused the Trump administration of slow-walking. It provides $3 billion for farmers to help cover crop losses, $1.6 billion to help repair damaged highways, $720 million for the U.S. Forest Service to help cover wildfire suppression efforts and $120 million to help the National Park Service repair damaged public lands.”

Caitlin Emma, “Trump signs long-stalled $19.1B disaster relief bill,” Politico, June 6, 2019 2:25 pm

25,420. 6/4/2019

CITIZENSHIP/DEMS/DREAMERS/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House passed legislation Tuesday [6-4-19] to provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers brought to the United States as children. The bill — dubbed the Dream and Promise Act — was approved, 237-187, along largely partisan lines. Nearly all Democrats voted for the legislation, with five not voting. The Democratic majority was joined by seven Republicans. In the closing minutes of the vote, several hundred pro-migrant attendees in the House gallery erupted in chants of ‘Sí, se puede’ and ‘Yes, we can’ — a familiar rallying cry of the immigrant rights movement. The bill is the House Democratic majority’s answer to President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration agenda. Trump and his top officials have pressed Congress, unsuccessfully, in recent months for billions to build a border wall, and changes to asylum and detention laws to discourage the arrival of migrants from Central America. The Dream and Promise Act carries a more welcoming message. The bill would allow an estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to apply for legal status and eventual citizenship, according to an analysis by the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute.”

Ted Hesson, “Democrat-led House passes Dreamers bill in rebuttal to Trump,” Politico, June 4, 2019

25,312. 5/27/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CRIME/ELECTION/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected. In particular, African Americans will not be able to vote for you. I, on the other hand, was responsible for Criminal Justice Reform, which had tremendous support, & helped fix the bad 1994 Bill!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 27, 2019 5:35 pm

25,311. 5/27/2019

CRIME/JOE BIDEN/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Super Predator was the term associated with the 1994 Crime Bill that Sleepy Joe Biden was so heavily involved in passing. That was a dark period in American History, but has Sleepy Joe apologized? No!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 27, 2019 4:16 pm

25,310. 5/27/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CRIME/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected. In particular, African Americans will not be ble to vote for you. I, on the other hand, was responsible for Criminal Justice Reform, which had tremendous support, and helped fix the bad 1994 Bill!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 27, 2019 4:08 pm