The Hill’s Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGovernment workers protest outside White House on shutdown day 20 Fed chief Powell: Prolonged shutdown will harm US economy Senators say questions remain on Trump strategy in Syria after briefing MORE seems nearer to declaring a nationwide emergency on the southern border to avoid Congress and safe the cash he’s demanding to construct a wall. 

“The regulation could be very clear. We have absolutely the proper to declare a nationwide emergency. … I believe we’re going to see what occurs over the subsequent a number of days. …We’re not going anyplace. We’re not altering our thoughts.” — Trump to Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity throughout cease on the Texas border

From The Hill’s Jordan Fabian:

“The White House is taking a look at $13.9 billion in funding accredited by Congress final yr to make use of for constructing Trump’s wall within the occasion he declares an emergency. That invoice supplied funding for varied Army Corps of Engineers tasks which were allotted however not spent.”

The White House has not dedicated to this route, though the president’s allies are urging him to take drastic measures to finish the federal government shutdown.

“It is time for President Trump to make use of emergency powers to fund the development of a border wall/barrier. I hope it really works.” — Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKey Democrat says Graham’s border-wall framework falls short The Hill’s Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days Blumenthal: DOJ denying Dems meetings with AG nominee Barr, citing shutdown MORE (R-S.C.)

The Memo: Trump strikes to brink of emergency declaration.

The Hill: Some House Democrats heat to Trump’s emergency declaration, believing it might finish the shutdown and lose in courtroom.

The Hill: Legal obstacles await nationwide emergency declaration for wall. 

Friday marks the 21st day of the shutdown, tying the earlier file for the longest authorities closure, which stretched between 1995 and 1996.

There’s no deal in sight. 

The White House will not be backing down from its insistence that Congress allocate $5.7 billion for the venture. 

“No wall, no deal.”Vice President Pence

House Democrats don’t have any plans to fork over the cash. The House handed stand-alone measures to fund several agencies on Thursday however the Senate will not take the bills up and the White House has already mentioned the president would veto the laws if it reached his desk.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell blocks House bills to reopen government GOP rep says he doesn’t expect any more Republicans to break ranks in shutdown fight Kasich: Dems, Trump both think they’re winning on shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) plans to adjourn the Senate right now regardless of protests from Democrats that he take up the House-passed payments. A final-ditch effort by a bunch of Senate Republicans to strike an immigration deal that may finish the partial authorities shutdown has fallen apart.

Amid that backdrop, the partial authorities shutdown is spilling into the actual world, with federal employees protesting on the White House, suing the federal government and occurring strike as they put together to overlook paychecks for the primary time. 

The Associated Press: Payday with out pay hits federal employees.

The ache will turn into actual for 800,000 individuals and their households on Friday, when about half of these federal employees shall be on the job however not getting paid. The Senate passed a bill guaranteeing back pay for federal employees and Trump has mentioned he’ll signal it, however it might do nothing to alleviate the strain for these residing paycheck to paycheck.

On Thursday, scientists, judges, NASA workers and members from dozens of federal employee labor unions marched to the White House to demand that their companies be reopened.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the most important union representing federal employees, has filed a lawsuit beneath the Fair Labor Standards Act to protest its members working with out pay.

“Many of our workers wrestle on daily basis to make ends meet, they usually can’t afford to overlook even one paycheck.” — AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.



A handful of federal employees filed their very own lawsuit towards President Trump, saying that being pressured to work with out pay is tantamount to indentured servitude. FBI brokers are lobbying Congress to finish the shutdown and Transportation Security Agency (TSA) employees are protesting at airports. 

The Washington Post: Travelers supply TSA officers ideas, items to point out help.

The Associated Press: Federal employees search loans, second jobs.

The rebellion from the federal workforce, in addition to scores of tales about authorities providers positioned on maintain amid the shutdown, improve strain on lawmakers to do one thing.

“I’m engaged on what I might take into account only a bare-bones funding mechanism that can pay the important workers, whether or not it is Coast Guard, TSA, [Customs and Border Protection], individuals concerned in nationwide safety, homeland safety. Making certain that so long as components of the federal government are shutdown, the important components can stay open and are funded.” — Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonWhat to watch: Five fights awaiting Trump, Congress Nauert faces questions about qualifications at UN Trump’s week of tumult shakes many in GOP MORE (R-Wis.) to Hill.TV

The shutdown can also be impacting the economic system at a time when many analysts are forecasting a worldwide financial slowdown.

Speaking on the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell mentioned an prolonged shutdown “would present up within the information fairly clearly.”

Politico: Shutdown’s financial injury estimated at $1 billion every week.




INVESTIGATIONS: House Democrats have landed their first massive witness for a public listening to on Russian interference within the 2016 marketing campaign.

The president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify earlier than the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7.

“I sit up for having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to present a full and credible account of the occasions which have transpired.” — Cohen

Cohen, who was as soon as one in all Trump’s most loyal lieutenants, experiences to jail for a three-year time period starting on March 6. He pleaded responsible to a slew of economic crimes, in addition to one marketing campaign finance violation that implicated the president. Cohen says that on the top of the 2016 marketing campaign, Trump directed him to repay two ladies who declare to have had extramarital affairs with the president.

“I’m not nervous about that in any respect.” — Trump



Meanwhile, CNN is reporting that particular counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE interviewed Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio.

That information is critical as a result of former Trump marketing campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMueller met with Trump campaign pollster, former Manafort associate: CNN Trump denies knowing Manafort shared polling data with Russian associate Mnuchin to brief House committee chiefs on sanctions relief decisions: report MORE’s legal professionals unintentionally revealed in a courtroom submitting this week that Mueller suspects Manafort shared marketing campaign information with two Russian oligarchs.

The president on Thursday mentioned he didn’t know what Manafort was as much as. 

“I didn’t know something about that.” — Trump

More from the investigations entrance … Beefed up White House authorized workforce prepares aggressive protection of Trump’s government privilege as investigations loom massive (The Washington Post) … In closed-door testimony to Congress, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump cancels Davos trip over shutdown The Hill’s Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days Mnuchin to brief House committee chiefs on sanctions relief decisions: report MORE defends plan to take away Russian aluminum large from sanctions blacklist (The Wall Street Journal).


POLITICS: A brand new survey from Morning Consult ranks the U.S. senators from the previous Congress from hottest to least.

Topping the record is Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersGovernment workers protest outside White House on shutdown day 20 Sanders apologizes amid harassment allegations against 2016 campaign aide Sanders, Dems unveil sweeping bills to lower drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) at 64 p.c favorable and 28 p.c unfavorable.

Sanders is gearing up for one more run on the Democratic presidential nomination however has run into some sudden early turbulence after experiences that some officers from his 2016 marketing campaign harassed their feminine colleagues. 

On Thursday, Sanders apologized and vowed to instill safeguards to make sure it doesn’t occur once more in 2020.

“What they skilled was completely unacceptable and positively not what a progressive marketing campaign or any marketing campaign needs to be about … Every lady on this nation who goes to work right now or tomorrow has the suitable to ensure she is working in an setting that is freed from harassment, which is secure and which is snug. And I’ll do my finest to make it possible for occurs.” — Sanders

At the underside of the record is former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSenators to reintroduce Mueller protection bill this week Flake defends Dem senator after Republican says she was only elected due to ‘dumb ass people’ Former Sen. Jon Kyl returns to K Street MORE (R-Ariz.), the outspoken Trump critic who retired in January. Flake was succeeded by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

The survey gave Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisElection analyst predicts 2020 Dem ticket will be split between a man and a woman Warren to make New Hampshire visit over the weekend Kamala Harris to enter presidential race on or around MLK Day: report MORE (D-Calif.) constructive marks, with the freshman senator at 43 p.c constructive and 29 p.c damaging. KCBS radio is reporting that Harris will launch her presidential campaign on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is Jan. 21, though Harris’s aides disputed the report.



Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandKamala Harris to enter presidential race on or around MLK Day: report The Hill’s Morning Report — Back to the drawing board as shutdown reaches 19 days Hill reporter says most voters undecided on potential 2020 Dems MORE (D-N.Y.) registered marks of 47 p.c constructive and 28 p.c damaging. The Associated Press experiences that Gillibrand is eyeing Troy, N.Y., for her marketing campaign headquarters.

Trump is raring to combat with the 2020 Democrats. On Thursday, the president blasted the sphere as delicate on crime and immigration.

“The Democrats do not care about crime. They’ve been taken over by a bunch of younger individuals who, frankly, in some instances – I’ve been watching, I truly assume they’re loopy. But they have been taken over by a bunch that is to this point left. I actually do not assume they care about crime. And , sadly, their view exists at the start of the 2020 presidential race, and that is OK with me. But they’ve been taken over by a bunch of individuals that do not care about gangs, they do not care about human trafficking and medicines, they do not care about something. I let you know what, they’ve gone loopy.” — Trump

Meanwhile, within the House, Republicans are turning on Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP lawmaker: Steve King’s ’embrace of racism’ has no place in Congress Ben Shapiro urges Congress to censure Steve King after he questions why term ‘white supremacist’ is offensive Iowa’s GOP governor won’t endorse Steve King in 2020 primary MORE (R-Iowa).

King provoked anger for his newest racial remarks, through which he questioned why it’s offensive to be a “white nationalist” or “white supremacist.” 

“Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes towards who we’re as a nation. Steve’s language is reckless, incorrect and has no place in our society. The Declaration of Independence states that ‘all males are created equal.’ That is a reality. It is self-evident.” — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGOP lawmaker: Steve King’s ’embrace of racism’ has no place in Congress Overnight Energy: Trump threatens to stop FEMA funding for California fire relief | Wheeler officially nominated to be EPA head | Wildlife refuges to get staff during shutdown On The Money: Trump rages at Schumer, Pelosi as talks implode | Trump threatens emergency declaration without deal | Trump insists party united as GOP senators challenge strategy | House votes to reopen Treasury, IRS | WH issues veto threat MORE (R-Calif.). 

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLiz Cheney on Christian Bale: He had chance to play ‘a real superhero’ and ‘screwed it up’ Church of Satan praises Christian Bale after Golden Globes speech Liz Cheney fires back at Christian Bale: ‘Satan probably inspired’ 2008 arrest MORE (R-Wyo.), the House GOP convention chairwoman, additionally responded:



ADMINISTRATION: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump cancels Davos trip over shutdown We can’t afford another failed state in North Africa Pompeo rips Obama-era Mideast policies during Cairo speech MORE used a speech in Cairo on Thursday to stipulate U.S. coverage in the direction of Iran and distinction it in private phrases with the method pursued by former President Obama (Bloomberg). Full textual content is HERE.

In the Middle East, analysts mentioned they discovered it difficult to sq. the seeming contradiction between Trump’s abrupt announcement in December that U.S. forces would go away Syria and Pompeo’s declaration that “when America retreats, chaos follows” (The New York Times).

U.S. forces exiting Syria: Meanwhile in a single day, some unspecified variety of U.S. troops started withdrawing from Syria, in line with a navy spokesman (The New York Times).

Trump cancels European journey: The president scrapped his deliberate attendance Jan. 22-25 in Davos, Switzerland, on the annual World Economic Forum scheduled (The Hill). He cited the shutdown, hinting that he thought it potential that funding lapses could proceed for no less than one other 10 days. The optics of Davos for Trump have been difficult properly earlier than this week, when federal spending data confirmed that the U.S. delegation sure for the swanky occasion within the Alps booked no less than $2.9 million in lodge bills alone (Quartz).

North Korea: A second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un could also be “imminent” or “come quickly” after Kim spent 4 days in China, in line with South Korea (The New York Times). Trump beforehand mentioned he hoped to satisfy with the North Korean chief in January or February to press for progress by Pyongyang on its denuclearization pledges. 



Don’t let Islamic State monsters get away with homicide, by Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSenators say questions remain on Trump strategy in Syria after briefing Senate Democrats hold talkathon to protest partial shutdown Rob Reiner accuses Trump of treason: ‘He is aiding and abetting the enemy’ MORE (D-N.H.) and Diane Foley, mom of murdered American journalist James Foley, opinion contributors (The Washington Post).

How Robert Mueller can write a report the Justice Department can’t suppress, by Benjamin Wittes (Lawfare).

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Hill.TV’s “Rising” program, beginning at Eight a.m., options Harold Schaitberger, common president of the International Association of Fire Fighters; Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist; and Nomiki Konst, a candidate for the New York City public advocate.                          

The House meets at 9 a.m 

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and resumes consideration of the Strengthening America’s Security within the Middle East Act.

The president hosts a border safety roundtable dialog on the White House at 1:30 p.m. with state, native and neighborhood leaders.

Pence will make remarks right now whereas visiting the U.S Customs and Border Protection headquarters, the place he’ll hear from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump cancels Davos trip over shutdown The Hill’s Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days Terrorism is not a thing to cry wolf about MORE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin Okay. McAleenan and Chief of U.S. Border Patrol Carla Provost. He’ll even be on the White House for Trump’s roundtable dialogue about border safety.

Secretary Pompeo is touring in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait by means of Jan. 15.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics at 8:30 a.m. releases experiences for December on client costs and actual earnings.



> Tech: The maturing of the smartphone trade could also be trigger for celebration (The Economist). … Apple plans three new iPhone fashions this yr, together with triple and double rear cameras (The Wall Street Journal) … CES, the most important client electronics expo, ends right now in Las Vegas. Gaze into the longer term, from 5G to digital assistants (The New York Times).

> Astronomy: A swarm of mysterious radio bursts are seen coming from 1.5 billion light-years away. Their trigger stays a puzzle, researchers say. There is quite a lot of enjoyable within the not understanding” (National Geographic and Nature). 

> Entertainment: The Oscars broadcast can’t discover a host, so film superheroes could go well with up (Hollywood Reporter).

> Food: The U.S. cheese trade is affected by its largest surplus in historical past — 1.four billion kilos, or 900,000 cubic yards, at the same time as Americans consumed 37 kilos per capita in 2017 (NPR).



And lastly … Kudos to this week’s Morning Report quiz champions! They paid shut consideration to information and tv experiences this week to appropriately determine who mentioned what associated to the unending shutdown.

We appreciated all of the guesses yesterday! Here’s who nailed 5 questions: Brittany Baker, Milt Mungo, Carl Hamilton, Katherine Ford, Dara Umberger, Diane McComb, Caroline Fisher, Susan Widmer, Sandy Sycafoose, Ashley Cummins, John H. van Santen, Bob Schneiderman, Norm Roberts, Jekka Garner, David Stevens and Linda Tillery.

These readers knew that The New York Times tv critic James Poniewozik compared Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFox affiliate fires employee for doctoring video of Trump Oval Office address Dem strategist says party’s leaders struggle to relate to Americans Immigration judge warns cases are at standstill due to government shutdown MORE of New York and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiFox affiliate fires employee for doctoring video of Trump Oval Office address GOP senator denies Trump misled voters over wall funding Pelosi: Trump wants ‘a distraction,’ not a wall MORE of California, each Democrats, to “a cross between Grant Wood’s `American Gothic’ and the twins from `The Shining.’ ”

At the White House on Tuesday, it was Trump who told network anchors off-the-record that his Thursday journey to Texas was “not going to alter a rattling factor.”

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump: ‘Cryin Chuck’ Schumer lied about ‘temper tantrum’ The Hill’s Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days Emergency declaration option for wall tests GOP MORE (R-Alaska) quipped to reporters, “I believe we will stroll and chew gum,” whereas advocating that senators reopen the components of the federal authorities not concerned within the deadlock over funding for a wall. A day later, the Senate rejected that concept.

During an MSNBC interview on Tuesday night time, it was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez slams ‘disgusting’ right-wing site for publishing fake nude photo Hundreds of environmental groups pressure Congress by backing Green New Deal Trump: ‘Surprising’ if I don’t declare national emergency for wall MORE (D-N.Y.) who mentioned, whereas referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, “right now what we are seeing is death.”

After watching the president’s prime-time border safety speech on Tuesday, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel shortly devoted his opening monologue to the duty. “This was Trump’s first handle from the Oval Office,” he famous. “Up till now, he’d been utilizing it for Kardashian meet-and-greets. But tonight, he received very critical”



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