Categories for Legislation

28,802. 9/27/2019

LEGISLATION/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump met in the White House on Friday [9-27-19] with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, and discussed prospective gun legislation and whether the N.R.A. could provide support for the president as he faces impeachment and a more difficult re-election campaign, according to two people familiar with the meeting. During the meeting, Mr. LaPierre asked that the White House ‘stop the games’ over gun control legislation, people familiar with the meeting said. It was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for his support, or what that support would look like. In a statement Friday evening, an N.R.A. spokesman confirmed the meeting took place but insisted The Times’s account of the meeting was ‘inaccurate.’ He pushed back on the account of some officials that any offer of support for the president was in exchange for opposition to gun laws.”

Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, “N.R.A.’s LaPierre Asks Trump to ‘Stop the Games’ Over Gun Legislation in Discussion About Its Support,” The New York Times online, September 27, 2019

28,493. 9/18/2019

LEGISLATION/TAXES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: Thanks to President @realDonaldTrump’s historic tax reform legislation, 879 Opportunity Zones will stimulate investment in…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 18, 2019 6:47 am

28,229. 9/9/2019

CELEBS/CRIME/LEGISLATION/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump called the model Chrissy Teigen ‘filthy mouthed’ and the musician John Legend ‘boring’ in tweets on Sunday [9-8-19] night that trumpeted the president’s achievements in criminal justice reform, prompting them to fire back. Mr. Legend called on the first lady to intervene, and Ms. Teigen used vulgarities. The couple, who are married, are both frequent critics of the president. By Monday [9-9-19] morning, the expletives used by Ms. Teigen — including one that Mr. Trump famously used in a recording that surfaced shortly before his election in 2016 — were part of a trending hashtag on Twitter. A related hashtag, #filthymouthedwife, was also trending. In his tweets shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday, Mr. Trump appeared to be responding to Mr. Legend’s appearance at a criminal justice town hall that was hosted by the ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Lester Holt at the Sing Sing prison in Ossining, N.Y., and aired on MSNBC at 10 p.m. that night.”

Jacey Fortin, “Trump Insults Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, and They Fire Back,” The New York Times online, September 9, 2019

28,226. 9/8/2019

CRIME/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….A man named @VanJones68, and many others, were profusely grateful (at that time!). I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise. Guys like boring….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 8, 2019 10:11 pm

28,225. 9/8/2019

CRIME/LEGISLATION/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When all of the people pushing so hard for Criminal Justice Reform were unable to come even close to getting it done, they came to me as a group and asked for my help. I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close….” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 8, 2019 10:11 pm

28,136. 9/4/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump maintained Wednesday [9-4-19] that he hopes to quickly see legislative action to address a spate of mass shootings, but he remained coy about what exactly he would support. Fielding questions from reporters following a White House event on the opioid crisis, the president said that any gun reform proposal would need to be bipartisan. Trump also expressed hope that Congress’ imminent return following a month-long recess would bring an agreement ‘soon.’ And he explained that he is reviewing ‘many different concepts and many different things’ in response to recent shootings, ‘including mental health which is, to me, a very important element of it.’ That would include, he said, reopening shuttered mental institutions in some fashion.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump teases action on gun control ‘soon’ but is coy on specifics,” Politico, September 4, 2019 4:44 pm

27,784. 8/24/2019

ICE/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VETO: “North Carolina Governor Cooper Vetoed a Bill that would have required Sheriffs to cooperate with Ice. This is a terrible decision for the great people of North Carolina. He should reverse his decision and get back to the basics of fighting crime!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 24, 2019 10:35 am

27,694. 8/22/2019

CONGRESS/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT “…I am hopeful Congress will engage with my Team to pass meaningful legislation that will make a real difference and, most importantly, Save Lives!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 22, 2019 6:31 pm

27,414. 8/13/2019

COURTS/DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/LAWSUIT/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats took control of the House this year promising to use legislation and investigations to check President Trump. But facing substantial roadblocks to each, they are increasingly opposing him in a different way: Eight months into their majority, the House is going to court at a tempo never seen before. Fighting in courtrooms as much as in hearing rooms, the House has already become a party to nine separate lawsuits this year, while also filing briefs for judges in four others. More lawsuits are being drafted, according to a senior aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The fights include efforts to reveal Mr. Trump’s hidden financial dealings, force his aides to testify about his attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation, challenge his invocation of emergency powers to spend more taxpayer money on a border wall than Congress approved and defend laws like the Affordable Care Act that his Justice Department abandoned. While it is routine for the executive branch to be in court, it was once vanishingly rare for Congress, which has typically used its authority to pass laws, appropriate funds and investigate the executive branch, to balance out the president’s power.”

Charlie Savage and Nicholas Fandos, “The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts,” The New York Times online, August 13, 2019

27,348. 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

27,325. 8/9/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In 2013, Donald J. Trump said he supported background checks for gun purchases to ‘weed out the sickos.’ Two years later, as he prepared to run for president, he flip-flopped, telling Ammoland magazine that he opposed expanded checks because they don’t work. It is a recurring pattern. As president, Mr. Trump changed his mind again in 2018 after the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., insisting that stronger checks would be ‘fully backed’ by the White House. But that position only lasted a few days, until a late-night meeting with the National Rifle Association in the Oval Office, after which he backed off his support and later threatened to veto a background check bill. On Friday, in the wake of massacres in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Trump presented himself now as a deal-maker eager to bring Democrats and Republicans together behind tougher background checks. But the president’s long history on the gun issue raises questions about his real commitment to legislation that would improve the background check system and close loopholes that have allowed firearms to be bought and sold at gun shows without any knowledge of a buyer’s history.”

Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Past Flip-Flops Cloud Trump’s Position on Background Checks,” The New York Times online, August 9, 2019

27,317. 8/9/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [8-9-19] expressed optimism that he will secure bipartisan consensus on ‘meaningful background checks’ and other gun reform measures despite staunch opposition from the National Rifle Association and years of federal inaction on the deeply divisive issue. In early morning tweets, the president said he has spoken in recent days with NRA officials to ensure their interests are ‘fully represented and respected’ during negotiations on firearm legislation following two mass shootings over the weekend. But Trump also suggested resistance from the powerful lobby would not slow his push to ‘get something really good done’ to curb gun violence in America…The president Friday morning wrote online that ‘serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks,’ and confirmed he has ‘also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected.’”

Quint Forgey, “Trump is high on gun reform chances despite NRA resistance,” Politico, August 9, 2019 12:52 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