Border deal DOA

Information that Donald Trump blew up a bipartisan deal on the border upset a number of Republican Senators throughout the nation. However Florida’s Senate contingency stood with the Florida-based political chief and 2024 Republican presidential front-runner.

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican, prompt on-line that no acceptable deal would ever be reached with Democratic President Joe Biden in workplace.

“A ‘deal’ will enable Biden to faux he’s doing one thing in regards to the border, however it gained’t remedy the issue,” Rubio wrote on X. “If he gained’t even implement our current legislation, he’s NOT going to implement even more durable ones.”

Donald Trump helps block a border deal — for political acquire.

In keeping with reporting by CNN, this type of political calculus upset a lot of Rubio’s friends. After a GOP Senate caucus listening to the place Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, asserted Trump had strong-armed Home Republicans into opposing any deal, many voiced frustrations.

“The concept that somebody operating for President would say ‘Please harm the nation so I can blame my opponent and assist my politics is a surprising growth,” Sen. Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican and the 2012 Republican nominee for President, advised CNN and different gathered press.

However Sen. Rick Scott, who stands for re-election this 12 months, mentioned at a information convention he helps taking a tough line.

“If we can’t safe our border, we have to shut the border,” the Naples Republican mentioned. “If we’ve a President that doesn’t wish to safe the border, let’s shut the border till we get a President that truly goes to implement our legal guidelines.”

Democrats in Florida’s delegation referred to as such logic the peak of cynicism and mentioned they intend to pillory Trump and the complete GOP ticket on the tactic this 12 months.

“Donald Trump simply killed the Republican Invoice to cease the border and fentanyl disaster in order that he can use it as an election concern for the following 10 months,” posted Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a Parkland Democrat. “Donald Trump now owns the border disaster.”

However Rep. Byron Donalds mentioned handwringing by both Home Democrats or Senate Republicans gained’t change something. The Home is not going to settle for any deal that has come down from the higher Chamber up to now. The Naples Republican advised Real America’s Voice that Home members gained’t settle for a deal permitting 5,000 unlawful border crossings a day, which provides as much as 1.8 million individuals a 12 months.

“The Senate can negotiate something they need however having seen a few of the outlines from that negotiation, that invoice’s useless on arrival within the Home of Representatives,” he mentioned.

Weak deal

Scott mentioned the Justice Division negotiated a lenient deal for the person accused of leaking the Senator’s tax returns.

The Naples Republican intends to say as a lot as Charles Littlejohn’s sentencing listening to, the place he’ll testify as a sufferer. He additionally despatched a letter to Lawyer Common Merrick Garland demanding he attend.

“By harassing outstanding Republicans and embarrassing People, Mr. Littlejohn’s crimes have been totally aligned with the agenda of the Biden Administration,” Scott wrote within the letter. “And now the Biden Justice Division will enable him to plead to only a single prison rely.”

Rick Scott blasts Charles Littlejohn for his lenient punishment.

The federal authorities says Littlejohn leaked tax info for Scott, Trump and outstanding enterprise leaders, together with Tesla and X proprietor Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

In October, Littlejohn, an IRS contractor, pleaded responsible to at least one rely of publicly disclosing tax return info with out authorization. He faces a sentence of as much as 5 years, although tips sign prosecutors will search an eight- to 14-month jail time period.

“By utilizing his position as a authorities contractor to realize entry to non-public tax info, steal that info and disclose it publicly, Charles Littlejohn broke federal legislation and betrayed the general public’s belief,” Garland mentioned in an announcement after Littlejohn pleaded responsible. “In each case, the Division of Justice is dedicated to following the information wherever they lead and holding accountable those that violate our legal guidelines.”

Prosecutors say Littlejohn stole info from an IRS database and evaded protocols to cowl up that he sought the data. In keeping with the Justice Division, the contractor then saved the info and leaked it to the information media.

The New York Times revealed info from the returns in September 2020, a few months earlier than the presidential election.

Reside lengthy and prosper?

If the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH) now not prioritizes lengthening the lives of People, Rubio desires an reason.

The Miami Republican despatched a bipartisan letter with Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, to NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli about why the company not too long ago revised its mission assertion and dropped the phrase “lengthen life” from its objectives.

Monica Bertagnolli is grilled for dropping ‘dwelling longer’ within the NIH mission assertion.

“Amid the rising openness of some nations, resembling Canada and the Netherlands, in addition to a handful of states towards physician-assisted suicide, we’re involved that eliminating the acknowledged aim of lengthening life throughout the NIH’s mission assertion with out rationalization or justification might have a damaging affect on individuals’s current attitudes towards the standard of life of individuals with disabilities,” the letter reads.

Of be aware, Duckworth is disabled and makes use of a wheelchair after dropping her legs in a navy helicopter crash in 2004.

“Individuals with disabilities need to be handled with the identical dignity and respect as non-disabled individuals, however stereotypes and bias within the analysis and well being care sectors proceed to stop individuals with disabilities from getting the care they want, once they want it,” Rubio and Duckworth wrote.

“One survey discovered that over 80% of U.S. physicians who responded mentioned they imagine individuals with a major incapacity have a worse high quality of life than non-disabled individuals. Proof suggests this might result in discrimination in how docs advocate physician-assisted suicide. With such pervasive, dangerous views impacting so many People, it’s crucial that the mission of the nation’s greatest funder of biomedical analysis be crystal clear.”

McCarthy’s revenge?

The Ethics Committee has stored a probe open on intercourse trafficking accusations, at the same time as federal prosecutors deserted the pursuit of prison expenses in opposition to Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Seaside Republican.

This week, CNN reported the committee had introduced within the lady on the heart of accusations, a person who Gaetz allegedly traveled with throughout state and nationwide strains when she was 17 with an expectation of intercourse.

The disagreement continues.

Gaetz, for his half, has constantly denied having intercourse with an underage lady or paying for intercourse. As he has previously, Gaetz pointed CNN on the truth a few of the individuals who initially made particulars of the federal investigation public have since pleaded guilty to making an attempt to extort Gaetz’s household.

Nonetheless, CNN’s reporting suggests the Home probe has expanded, and lawmakers requested the Justice Division to offer all supplies relating to the accusations in opposition to Gaetz.

Of be aware, Gaetz led the cost to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and the California Republican steadily prompt the hassle was motivated by Gaetz hoping to keep away from additional investigation by the Ethics Committee.

McCarthy has since resigned his seat in Congress, however the probe of Gaetz continues.

Park and play

The Interstate 4 hall is about to get loads friendlier for truckers. The Division of Transportation awarded a grant price $180 million, bringing an additional 917 truck parking areas on-line at 4 websites alongside the federal interstate.

Democrats within the area heralded the deal, made attainable by the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) package deal signed by Biden.

“The announcement of an over $180 million INFRA grant so as to add greater than 900 parking areas alongside I-4 is fantastic information. This is not going to solely assist cut back greenhouse fuel emissions but in addition assist forestall accidents and prioritize the protection of our nation’s truck drivers,” mentioned Rep. Darren Soto, a Kissimmee Democrat.

Will I-4 change into friendlier for trucking?

“If truck drivers discover protected parking, they’ll correctly relaxation, take breaks throughout unsafe circumstances, and forestall points that additional gradual our provide chains. I’m proud to have voted to cross the Infrastructure Regulation in the course of the 117th Congress to increase these funding alternatives and create others. Democrats will proceed investing in America to enhance our infrastructure for future generations.”

Florida Trucking President and CEO Alix Miller cheered the deal and mentioned it will work with state management for optimum locations for that cash to be parked.

“Florida Trucking is proud to have partnered with FDOT on this funding request — I-4 is likely one of the busiest corridors for freight motion within the nation, with far too few parking choices,” Miller mentioned.

“Our state management prioritizes the trucking trade and the protection of our drivers, who usually haven’t any different alternative than to park illegally when they’re drained or for his or her federally mandated relaxation time. This challenge will make all motorists safer on our roads and enhance the environment friendly motion of freight as we drive the economic system ahead. We thank our state and federal companions for recognizing the significance of truck parking.”

Rep. Maxwell Frost, an Orlando Democrat, mentioned the funding is required on one in all Florida’s most infamously congested roadways.

“Central Florida’s I-4 hall has the best unmet truck parking demand within the state, leaving an enduring damaging affect on truck drivers’ security and our provide chain’s capability to ship for Floridians,” Frost mentioned. “I’m grateful that our federal authorities is stepping in to guard hardworking drivers who deserve protected roads and ample parking areas for relaxation when wanted. Securing an over $180 million funding in Florida’s infrastructure and the protection and well-being of all our drivers on the street is a win-win for the Sunshine State.”

College alternative

A bunch of Florida Republicans have been amongst these searching for to designate this week as Nationwide College Alternative Week.

A complete of fifty lawmakers served as introducing co-sponsors to a decision figuring out Jan. 21 by 27 as a celebration of vouchers, alternative scholarships and all types of nontraditional education. That included seven Florida Republicans: Reps. Aaron Bean, Kat Cammack, Donalds, Neal Dunn, María Elvira Salazar, Mike Waltz and Daniel Webster.

The Home has but to vote on the laws that encourages mother and father to discover sources obtainable of their house states relating to training.

Florida Republicans wish to designate Nationwide College Alternative Week.

Webster, a former Florida Home Speaker, mentioned it’s no shock Florida lawmakers make up such a big portion of College Alternative champions.

“From passing Florida’s first college alternative invoice to voting to cross H.R. 5, the Mum or dad’s Invoice of Rights Act final 12 months, I’ll at all times stand with college students and oldsters,” Webster mentioned. “Nationwide College Alternative Week acknowledges the significance of guaranteeing high quality instructional alternatives can be found to all mother and father and college students. I’m dedicated to supporting insurance policies that guarantee each baby has entry to a high-quality training.”

Reversing Dobbs

The Dobbs choice final 12 months ended a half-century of American girls having fun with a constitutional proper to abortion. May Florida suppliers put the problem again in court docket once more?

Rep. Kathy Castor met with Deliberate Parenthood leaders about legally difficult restrictions imposed in Florida and different states. She met with them on Monday, the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

“Everybody deserves the elemental freedom to determine their very own pathways in life,” the Tampa Democrat mentioned.

Kathy Castor meets with Deliberate Parenthood leaders about legally difficult restrictions on abortion. Picture by way of Castor’s Workplace.

“The anniversary of Roe v. Wade gives a possibility to name for the return of our rights and freedoms to find out when and if to have kids within the face of Republican-imposed abortion bans and expensive ready intervals. Congress ought to codify the best to abortion care as much as the time of viability — the usual for over 50 years beneath Roe v. Wade till the constitutional proper was taken away by an extremist Supreme Courtroom. I heard at this time from devoted people in regards to the many boundaries that suppliers and sufferers are going through relating to abortion care: obligatory ready intervals, nonsensical bans, harmful emergencies and extra,” Castor mentioned.

Elsewhere, Rep. Lois Frankel, a West Palm Seaside Republican, mentioned the necessity to reverse actions in 14 states, together with Florida, on limiting entry to girls’s reproductive care.

“Right now ought to be a celebration of reproductive freedom. As an alternative, as a result of Roe v. Wade has been undone, girls are perilously dropping well being care, docs dwell in concern of being prosecuted, and Republicans are racing full steam forward towards a nationwide abortion ban,” she mentioned.

“People overwhelmingly agree that girls — not politicians — ought to have the liberty to find out whether or not or when to start out or develop a household. Democrats are united within the combat to cross the Ladies’s Well being Safety Act and defend abortion entry throughout the nation.”

Castor mentioned these rights hopefully can come again.

“Republicans faux to be a celebration that protects kids and their households, however their actions converse louder than their phrases as they flip their again on households repeatedly by slashing sources for reasonably priced housing, crucial well being care, nutritious meals, baby care, breastfeeding assist and extra,” mentioned Castor. “I’ll proceed to combat on behalf of girls and households in Florida and throughout America, supporting the best of everybody to have management over their our bodies and their futures.”

Border blame

Throughout a Home Homeland Safety Committee meeting final week, Rep. Laurel Lee put a lot of the onus for the present border disaster on Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“For months now, we’ve been listening to the staggering statistics in regards to the disaster at our Southern border, the thousands and thousands of migrants coming throughout our border illegally, the human trafficking, the fentanyl, the misplaced unaccompanied minors,” Lee mentioned. “However at this time, we hear one thing that’s much more necessary than that.”

Laurel Lee desires Alejandro Mayorkas to take the blame for the Southern border disaster.

The listening to, entitled “Voices for the Victims: The Heartbreaking Actuality of the Mayorkas Border Disaster,” spotlighted victims of crimes tied to the disaster.

Lee mentioned the administration has actively ignored the disaster, even stepping in the way in which of states like Texas intervening.

“What do we’ve as an alternative? An administration that has intentionally subverted the legal guidelines, who’ve intentionally defied the orders of courts which have ordered that they desist these illegal insurance policies,” Lee mentioned.

Looking for forgiveness

A Supreme Courtroom ruling final 12 months stopped Biden’s sweeping scholar mortgage forgiveness motion, although the administration has explored extra modest applications throughout the court docket’s tips.

Nevertheless, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rating Member of the Home Increased Schooling Subcommittee, desires the administration to do extra. The Hollywood Democrat and different Home and Senate leaders co-led a letter to Schooling Secretary Miguel Cardona calling for a session with lawmakers to debate reduction for mortgage holders.

Frederica Wilson urges a gathering with Miguel Cardona over scholar mortgage reduction.

“Whereas we admire the efforts of the Division and the negotiating committee, we’re involved that, with out full consideration of cancellation focused towards debtors going through monetary hardship, the rule is not going to present enough debt reduction for essentially the most susceptible debtors,” the lawmakers wrote.

“The Division ought to announce a fourth session of the neg-reg to permit the suitable time for negotiators to debate and vote upon a reduction proposal for debtors experiencing monetary hardship.”

The letter was spearheaded on the Senate aspect by Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders with Majority Chief Chuck Schumer. Within the Home, Wilson labored with Reps. Jim Clyburn, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley on the language.

Cardona has held three classes with a negotiating committee on what loans will be tossed legally and lawmakers desire a fourth, this one on increasing the definitions of economic hardship “that’s not in any other case addressed by the prevailing scholar mortgage system.”

Journey to Taiwan

Taiwan welcomed Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart and the Congressional Taiwan Caucus to the Republic of China, a title nonetheless maintained by the tiny Asian nation separate from communist China. The Hialeah Republican, together with Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of California, led the bipartisan delegation of lawmakers on a trek to Asia following the election of latest President Lai Ching-te.

The delegation met with the brand new chief and outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen. Lai mentioned the assembly confirmed a continued relationship with companions within the U.S. authorities.

“I hope america can proceed to firmly assist Taiwan, deepen bilateral cooperation and relations and work with different democratic companions to make sure peace and prosperity within the area,” he advised Reuters.

Mario Díaz-Balart joins the Congressional Taiwan Caucus for a go to to the Republic of China. Picture by way of Díaz-Balart’s Workplace.

“I additionally hope that the 2 Co-Chairs and our associates within the U.S. Congress can proceed to assist Taiwan in bolstering its self-defense capabilities.”

Díaz-Balart advised the worldwide press the U.S. stays dedicated to supporting the nation amid persevering with rigidity with communist China.

“Relaxation assured that you’ve got the assist of america Congress,” he mentioned, in response to Reuters.

The Congressman additionally mentioned assembly with Lai and incoming Vice President Bi-khim Hsiao was an honor. He shared photos with members of the brand new administration and longtime associates from the previous, celebrating the democratic transition of energy.

“It was a privilege to satisfy with President Tsai Ing-wen once more and to have the chance to specific my gratitude for her tireless efforts to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan ties.

On at the present time

Jan. 26, 1961 — “John Kennedy appoints first female presidential physician” by way of Historical past.com — Nearly every week after his inauguration, President Kennedy appointed Janet Travell as his private doctor, making her the primary lady in historical past to carry the put up. Travell possessed a powerful resume that included graduating with honors from Wellesley School, internships in cardiology, a professorship in scientific pharmacology at Cornell College, and a longtime status as a pioneer in treating persistent myofascial ache. Travell additionally designed prototypes of what would now be referred to as ergonomic chairs. By the point she grew to become the official presidential doctor, Dr. Travell, an orthopedist, had labored intently with Kennedy for 5 years.

Jan. 26, 1998 — “Bill Clinton’s famous denial” by way of Time journal — Clinton uttered 11 phrases that might go down in historical past: “I didn’t have sexual relations with that lady, Monica Lewinsky.” Although the definition of “sexual relations” — and different phrases — could also be questioned, even in hindsight, Clinton did ultimately find yourself admitting to an affair. So why did he say these phrases within the first place? Whereas Particular Counsel Kenneth Starr was making an attempt to make his case, Clinton’s job was to influence the American individuals to order judgment, let the investigation proceed and bear with the Nice Explainer’s refusal to clarify a lot of something.


Peter Schorsch publishes Delegation, compiled by Jacob Ogles, edited and assembled by Phil Ammann and Ryan Nicol.

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