The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine – Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama?




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Lawmakers are feeling the crunch as they rush to cross a spending and border safety invoice forward of Friday’s midnight deadline to avert one other partial authorities shutdown.

The textual content of the invoice was solely launched late final night time, giving members lower than 48 hours to evaluate the legislative language, cross the invoice by the House and Senate and ship it to the White House for President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers introduce bill to fund government, prevent shutdown Trump mulling 60-day delay for China tariff deadline Contractor back pay not included in shutdown deal MORE’s signature.

The Senate will vote on it first immediately, adopted by a vote within the House tonight, as lawmakers look to carry an finish to the months-long spending saga that produced the nation’s longest ever federal closure.

Jordain Carney dug by the small print and has a rundown of what’s within the 1,159 web page invoice (The Hill). The funding deal doesn’t embody again pay for federal contractors impacted by the latest shutdown and doesn’t lengthen the Violence Against Women Act, which expired late final 12 months.

The excellent news: The White House is strongly signaling that the president will signal the invoice and avert a shutdown, whilst a few of Trump’s core supporters blast the deal as inadequate.

You should ignore actuality to say something totally different … The deal we ended up with now could be worse than we had earlier than the shutdown.” — Rep. Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartGOP lawmaker: Border deal is ‘worse than we had before the shutdown’ Dems seize on Trump feud with intelligence leaders Man arrested after alleged sexual assault at Atlanta nightclub is streamed on Facebook Live MORE (R-Utah)

But Trump stated Wednesday that one other shutdown can be a “horrible factor.” He insisted that he’d evaluate the invoice for hidden “landmines,” however emphasised that along with the almost $1.four billion for border fencing, the invoice consists of almost $23 billion for the Department of Homeland Security to spend money on different border safety measures.

The Associated Press: Border safety brawl appears close to a serene decision.

Poll: Voters overwhelmingly approve of border deal, need Trump to signal it.

Of course, the showdown has all the time been about cash for the wall and Trump turned down the same deal in December, laying the groundwork for the present deadlock.

If and when Trump indicators a invoice into legislation, all eyes will likely be on the White House to see what the president does subsequent. Trump is beneath excessive stress from his proper flank to go huge on the wall. This invoice gained’t lower it.

Trump’s allies, together with Fox News host Sean Hannity and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: House votes to end US support for Saudis in Yemen | Vote puts Trump in veto bind | Survey finds hazards in military housing | Senators offer new bill on Russia sanctions On The Money: Lawmakers race to pass border deal | Trump rips ‘stingy’ Democrats, but says shutdown would be ‘terrible’ | Battle over contractor back pay | Banking panel kicks off data security talks Bipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia MORE (R-S.C.), predict Trump will declare a nationwide emergency to safe further funds or reprogram current appropriations to get the wall cash.

Trump would possibly do each, which might ignite a wholly new battle with Democrats.

With the wall [Congress wants] to be stingy, however we have now choices that most individuals do not actually perceive.” — Trump







CONGRESS: The Democratic-led House seeks to tighten gun legal guidelines one 12 months after the lethal Parkland, Fla., faculty taking pictures that killed 17 folks. Any House-passed measure is anticipated to falter within the GOP-controlled Senate or on the president’s desk, mirroring the nation’s divisions about gun security and the causes of mass shootings (The Hill). Last night time, the House Judiciary Committee superior laws that will require common background checks for gun purchases (The Hill).

Anniversary protection: The Miami Herald, in partnership with nonprofit information group The Trace, revealed a multimedia collection titled “Since Parkland,” discovered HERE. … “Parkland: A Year after the college taking pictures that was supposed to alter every thing” (The New York Times). 

> The Democrats’ “Green New Deal” is being politically rebranded by House and Senate Republicans as excessive, impractical and unaffordable (The Hill).

> A $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint was the topic Wednesday of a listening to organized by Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. They say they need the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice’s antitrust division to dam the deal (The Hill).

> Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOcasio-Cortez to be first guest on new Desus and Mero show Poll: Biden, Sanders, Harris early Dem favorites in New Hampshire Dems offer smaller step toward ‘Medicare for all’ MORE (D-N.Y.), who’s campaigning for president, reintroduced a paid household go away measure this week, hoping to speak up the difficulty as she visits major states (The Hill). Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpHillicon Valley: Lawmakers press officials on 2020 election security | T-Mobile, Sprint execs defend merger before Congress | Officials charge alleged Iranian spy | Senate panel kicks off talks on data security bill Apple, IBM, Walmart join White House advisory board Gillibrand offers to ‘sit down’ with Trump to discuss family leave MORE met on Wednesday with GOP senators, urging Republicans to take up a model that will let new mother and father solely pay for their very own go away with early withdrawal of Social Security funds (CNN).

> Moderate Democrats unveiled a measure on Wednesday that will enable folks 50 and older to purchase into the Medicare system as an alternative of ready till age 65. Democratic presidential aspirants are providing competing approaches to well being protection, guaranteeing continued nationwide debate by 2020 (The Hill).


WHITE HOUSE & ADMINISTRATION: Vice President Pence, who’s in Warsaw, Poland, seeks this week to underscore the Trump administration’s dedication to Israel and opposition to Iran, together with throughout a gathering immediately in Poland with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (The Washington Post). Pence hailed Netanyahu for “breaking bread” with Arab leaders in Warsaw (Times of Israel).

As a part of a U.S. marketing campaign to undercut Tehran’s army and isolate its financial system, the White House accelerated a secret program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets, The New York Times reports

The vice chairman is touring with Trump adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerWhite House security specialist files whistleblower complaint after reports Kushner received special treatment Both sides silent about foreign friends and foes — and that’s worrisome Ivanka Trump claims president had ‘zero’ involvement in security clearances for her, Jared Kushner MORE to take part in a joint U.S.-Poland convention on Middle East peace and safety on the similar time {that a} controversy emerged in Washington over what have been assailed as anti-Semitic tweets.

During an interview on Wednesday with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, the vice chairman known as Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: House votes to end US support for Saudis in Yemen | Vote puts Trump in veto bind | Survey finds hazards in military housing | Senators offer new bill on Russia sanctions Omar criticized for refusing to answer questions from CNN reporter McCarthy says tweet about Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg ‘had nothing to do’ with their religion MORE’s latest remark essential of a pro-Israel foyer group’s affect in Congress “a shame,” including that “anti-Semitism has no place within the United States Congress or wherever in our nation or the free world.”

On Wednesday, the House accepted a movement to sentence anti-Semitism, including the language to a separate measure days after Omar apologized for her remark (The Hill).

Trump took the freshman lawmaker to process on Tuesday, arguing she ought to resign from Congress or forfeit her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar, who chafes at among the consideration she’s acquired as considered one of two feminine Muslim representatives in Congress, waited till Wednesday to answer to the president:



Meanwhile, the House took direct intention on the president on Wednesday by adopting a decision calling on the administration to withdraw all U.S. army assist for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition concerned within the civil battle in Yemen. Eighteen Republicans joined Democrats in passing the measure. The Republican-controlled Senate additionally is anticipated to approve the measure, which might doubtless result in Trump’s first veto. (The Hill).

Iran: Against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s forceful criticism of Iran, a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence officer for espionage, alleging she spied for Tehran (The Hill).

Afghanistan: U.S. negotiators on Monday are to fulfill with Taliban representatives in Islamabad to proceed peace negotiations in an try to finish 17 years of battle in Afghanistan (Reuters). Meanwhile, Russia’s clout in Afghanistan expands (The Associated Press).

China commerce: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump mulling 60-day delay for China tariff deadline On The Money: Lawmakers race to pass border deal | Trump rips ‘stingy’ Democrats, but says shutdown would be ‘terrible’ | Battle over contractor back pay | Banking panel kicks off data security talks Businesses need bank accounts — marijuana shops included MORE and U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerTrump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks McConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs Companies brace for trade war MORE are in Beijing for commerce talks. Trump on Wednesday informed reporters he’s happy with progress to this point. President Xi Jinping is anticipated to fulfill with the U.S. delegation whereas the group is in China, growing optimism that Trump’s March 1 deadline for brand spanking new U.S. tariffs on imported Chinese items might be averted (CNBC). Trump is weighing a postponement of 60 days into May earlier than any new tariffs may be triggered (Bloomberg).

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Brock Long, the embattled FEMA head who final 12 months wrestled an ethics probe and quite a few pure disasters, introduced his resignation on Wednesday. Deputy Administrator Peter Gaynor takes over till the president nominates a successor (The Hill).


POLITICS & 2020: Trump’s approval score jumped 7 factors within the newest Gallup survey to 44 %, the president’s highest marks in months.

According to Gallup, contributing components embody the federal government reopening, a well-received State of the Union tackle and financial confidence (Gallup).

These ballot numbers present that Trump has recovered from a foul January and are another excuse Trump will signal the bipartisan funds invoice to keep away from one other shutdown.

The Democratic presidential subject

> The first Democratic presidential debates will happen in June or July. The Democratic National Committee remains to be determining tips on how to accommodate so many candidates. It’s potential there will likely be two debate levels, much like how Republicans did issues in 2016 (The Associated Press).

> The feminine Democratic contenders are hauling in huge cash (The Associated Press).

> Pressure is rising on former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenPoll: Biden, Sanders, Harris early Dem favorites in New Hampshire Holder says he will make 2020 decision in coming weeks Gillibrand endorses Denver teacher strike MORE as he agonizes over whether or not to hitch the presidential race (The Washington Post). Biden will give a speech in Munich, Germany this weekend.

> Irrespective of whether or not he runs for the Democratic presidential nomination, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $500 million to make sure Trump isn’t reelected president (Politico).

> Democrats are dealing with a chaotic major course of with so many candidates operating (FiveThirtyEight).

> Democratic presidential hopefuls are barnstorming South Carolina, lured by a condensed major schedule and numerous citizens that will likely be essential to securing their get together’s nomination in 2020 (The Hill).

More from the marketing campaign path … Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerChristie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects Cuomo to meet with Trump over SALT deduction cap Bill setting US policy in Middle East makes world safer MORE (D-N.Y.) is recruiting former fighter pilot Amy McGrath (D) to problem Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellContractor back pay not included in shutdown deal House panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales On The Money: Lawmakers race to pass border deal | Trump rips ‘stingy’ Democrats, but says shutdown would be ‘terrible’ | Battle over contractor back pay | Banking panel kicks off data security talks MORE (R-Ky.) in 2020 (Politico).


INVESTIGATIONS: Trump’s former lawyer and self-described “fixer” Michael Cohen will testify earlier than three congressional committees earlier than he reviews to jail on March 6.

It’s unclear whether or not any of Cohen’s testimony will likely be public, however his lawyer says he intends to talk with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee, House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Senate Intelligence Committee within the coming weeks (CNBC). Lawmakers had grow to be annoyed with Cohen after he postponed his testimony on a number of events.

Cohen has been sentenced to a few years in jail for mendacity to Congress, private monetary crimes, and a marketing campaign finance violation pertaining to election 12 months funds he made to girls who declare to have had affairs with Trump.

Cohen has since turned on the president and has vowed to inform lawmakers every thing he is aware of about Trump’s alleged “soiled deeds.”

More from the investigations entrance … Judge guidelines Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Judge’s ruling in Manafort plea deal Judge rules Manafort intentionally lied multiple times to FBI, Mueller Fox & Friends host says program will ‘absolutely’ accept Mueller report findings MORE lied a number of instances to FBI, particular counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE (The Hill) … The little-noticed change to House guidelines that may improve Democratic investigations into Trump (The Hill) … Drama is constructing across the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe after a break up among the many high two lawmakers on the committee (The Hill) …The Justice Department is investigating a leak of Cohen’s financial institution information (CNN).

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The House convenes at 10 a.m. Lawmakers count on to vote on a spending measure to fund 1 / 4 of the federal government by Sept. 30 after Senate motion immediately.

The Senate meets at 10 a.m. and proceeds to renew consideration of the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General. And the Senate expects to vote immediately on the 1,159-page spending measure, forward of the House.

The president participates in a nationwide anti-abortion-rights convention name within the morning from the Oval Office, and at 2:45 p.m. meets with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFEMA head resigns ‘El Chapo’ found guilty on all charges Kellyanne Conway: ‘I was assaulted at a restaurant’ by an ‘unhinged’ woman MORE.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: House votes to end US support for Saudis in Yemen | Vote puts Trump in veto bind | Survey finds hazards in military housing | Senators offer new bill on Russia sanctions Pompeo: US will hold Russia accountable for poisoning of ex-spy in UK The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine – Getting Trump to ‘yes’ on border security deal MORE is touring in Poland, Belgium and Iceland by Friday.

Economic reviews launched at 8:30 a.m.: U.S. jobless claims; U.S. producer-price index for January; U.S. retail gross sales for December.

Axios’s Mike Allen discusses Congress in 2019 with House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOn The Money: Lawmakers race to pass border deal | Trump rips ‘stingy’ Democrats, but says shutdown would be ‘terrible’ | Battle over contractor back pay | Banking panel kicks off data security talks Congress hits gas on border deal The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — House moving to vote on deal after signals Trump will sign MORE (R-La.); House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesCongress hits gas on border deal Trump: ‘Shutdown would be a terrible thing’ House Dems rallying behind border deal with 55 miles of barriers MORE (N.Y.); and Michigan Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America’s 340B Hospitals — Utah tests Trump on Medicaid expansion | Dems roll out Medicare buy-in proposal | Medicare for all could get hearing next month | Doctors group faces political risks on guns Dems offer smaller step toward ‘Medicare for all’ Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America’s 340B Hospitals — Powerful House committee turns to drug pricing | Utah governor defies voters on Medicaid expansion | Dems want answers on controversial new opioid MORE, chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, 8-9 a.m. at AJAX, 1011 4th St. NW, Washington.


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> Tech: Google and its guardian firm, Alphabet Inc., announced Wednesday it is going to make investments $13 billion in 2019 in information facilities that may lead to “tens of hundreds” of jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia (Reuters).

> Covington controversy: An investigation into the viral incident involving the Covington Catholic college students discovered that the younger males didn’t use “racist or offensive statements” towards Native American and black protesters on the nationwide mall (The Washington Post).

> Space: NASA’s Opportunity rover spent virtually 15 years exploring the floor of Mars, however stopped speaking with Earth in June when a extreme mud storm on the pink planet buried its photo voltaic capabilities. NASA made the chief determination this week to formally finish the mission (USA Today).




And lastly …  It’s Thursday, which implies it’s time for this week’s Morning Report Quiz! Inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s birthday this week, we’re longing for some sensible guesses concerning the 16th president.

Email your responses to or, and please add “Quiz” to topic strains. Winners who submit appropriate solutions will take pleasure in some genuinely-earned publication fame on Friday.

Where did Lincoln give what turned out to be his last public tackle?

  1. The Appomattox Court House
  2. The balcony overlooking the north door of the White House
  3. Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg
  4. Ford’s Theatre

Lincoln’s spouse, Mary Todd Lincoln, angered the president by overshooting her adorning funds on “flub dubs.” Which costly merchandise drew the president’s ire?

  1. The Lincoln mattress
  2. A portrait of George Washington
  3. The Resolute desk
  4. An ornate tea field

Lincoln is the one president to carry a patent. What was his gadget?

  1. A wood wheel with letters and numbers to ship coded messages
  2. A ship carry to dislodge ships that ran aground
  3. A drill to plow farm land
  4. A steel detector

What was Lincoln’s center title?

  1. Knox
  2. Henry
  3. Birchard
  4. He didn’t have a center title.

Which federal vacation did Lincoln set up?

  1. President’s Day
  2. Thanksgiving
  3. Christmas
  4. Independence Day



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