Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

U.S. House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns

U.S. House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns

Some experts have suggested this amounts to campaign finance law violations. Therefore, if Republicans are going to get this through the House, they're going to need a majority of their own caucus to support it.

House Republicans are struggling to come up with a strategy to fulfill President Trump's demand that the lower chamber pass a funding bill that includes $5 billion for his promised border wall.

"The president made it very clear: He does want a border wall".

Yet Democrats have already erected roadblocks.

Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security that includes fencing and other technology, but not a concrete wall.

Mrs. Pelosi urged a focus on those substantive issues nonetheless.

Knowing that she was not going to compromise and believing, based on the playbook, that she and the Democrats were in charge, she was certain the president would blink.

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The Trump power play against the playbook is not sitting well with Democrats, especially since most of the supporters of President Trump favor the wall.

"We see each other all the time, every time we go to votes", he said.

With Pelosi's pledge on Wednesday to serve no more than four years, Moulton said he could now support her elevation to speaker.

"Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple", Schumer said. In addition to resistance from Senate Democrats, there are also several Senate Republicans who have expressed doubt about providing Trump with the money he wants for a project that, at this point, looks like it will never be fully funded in any case. Pelosi and Schumer reminded him during the rare public meeting Tuesday that he failed to keep this vow. "We will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House".

Democrats have alleged Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause, which bars presidents from receiving gifts of value from foreign governments.

"The president is still interested in trying to get a deal", Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill as he emerged from a leadership meeting in Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) ceremonial office just off the House floor.

Thursday was supposed to be the House's final day in session for the year, but lawmakers instead were told to return Wednesday night.

"I think she deserves a lot of credit for how she handled the meeting with Donald Trump", he said.

Even if a bill with the wall funding passes the House, it is nearly certain to fail in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim majority, and Democrats have pledged to block it from receiving the necessary 60 votes needed to advance.

Perlmutter tells reporters he encountered supporters who didn't want a chaotic opening to the new Congress, which a battle over Pelosi would cause.

Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said Republicans will be responsible if a shutdown happens.

Fellow California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, the top Democrat on a subcommittee for homeland security spending, said it makes no sense to be "squandering" $5 billion on the wall when the nation has so many other security vulnerabilities.

Just as the mood was beginning to soften, Schumer again turned to Trump and accused him of wanting to shut the government down, and again Trump denied it. That class of GOP freshmen often clashed with Boehner because he could not deliver big wins with Democrats controlling the Senate and the White House.

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