As the clock winds down on a Republican-controlled Congress, House members are rushing to load down critical spending bills with their own priorities. Proposals including a farm bill, Saudi sanctions, and prison reform are being considered as add-ons to a massive spending bill that would keep dozens of departments and agencies funded through the next year. But Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby said, “You don’t want to overload the truck,” but he might consider the farm bill. Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham is pushing for a prison and sentencing reform proposal favored by President Trump, and the Democrats are insisting on a measure that would protect Robert Mueller from being fired by Trump—even though the Mueller investigation is in its final stages as we speak.
MEANWHILE—The GOP has passed just five of 12 spending bills necessary to keep the government funded, setting up another government shutdown showdown that will come to a head just before Christmas. Democrats are refusing to entertain even a red cent of spending on a border wall, even rejecting a “DACA” fix in exchange. Lawmakers need to pass seven spending bills covering NASA and the Justice, Commerce, Agriculture and Homeland Security departments to stave off a partial shutdown right before Christmas. Trump is insisting on $5 billion in funding for the border wall.
—QUOTABLE: “Over my dead body will we provide another nickel for these folks to do what they are doing here.” -DEM Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro of Connecticut
—QUOTABLE: “We want to protect Bob Mueller, and I’m not going to vote for any spending bill that doesn’t protect Bob Mueller.” -DEM Rep. Eric Swalwell
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Lindsey Graham are in a spat over AOC’s comments comparing caravan migrants to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. Graham replied to the inane comment that she should tour the Holocaust Museum in D.C. to get a sense of why the two aren’t the same. And on Monday, the Democratic Socialist replied by saying authoritarianism and violence are a “growing force” and not isolated to the past. She has suggested case workers be used to solve the border problem instead of armed troops.
—QUOTABLE: “…the point of such a treasured museum is to bring its lessons to present day…This administration has jailed children and violated human rights. Perhaps we should stop pretending that authoritarianism + violence is a historical event instead of a growing force.” -AOC
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday compared the migrant caravan to Jews fleeing the Holocaust, denouncing President Trump’s order that migrants who bypass the legal process for entering the country not be granted asylum. Asking for refugee status and asylum “isn’t a crime,” she tweeted. She made the comment as the migrants were making a run at the border in an effort to storm the gate, throwing rocks and bottles at U.S. border agents.
—QUOTABLE: “Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime…It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.” -AOC
MEANWHILE—Sen. Lindsey Graham isn’t having any of it. In a Twitter reply, the South Carolina Republican suggested Ocasio-Cortez takes tour of the Holocaust Museum in D.C. “Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana,” he wrote. “Americans will not be played for fools.”
ALSO—Despite the insistence of liberals, the majority of migrants arrested as they tried to illegally cross the border Sunday are adult men, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. 42 migrants were arrested after clashes with border officials—just 8 were females. And according to NBC the majority of migrants camped out in Tijuana are men seeking work, not women and children fleeing persecution.
Ultra-Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer has a self-loathing complex. The Democrat mega-donor complained on MSNBC over the weekend about “very rich, very entitled white men” wielding too much influence. His comments were in response to a question about Sen. Lindsey Graham, who became an outspoken advocate for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. People angry about that should go to the polls to remind Washington that “we exist and democracy exists,” he added. So maybe he’s identifying as a poor black woman now.
—QUOTABLE: “I think what Sen. Graham was saying was on evidence in Washington last week, which was, a group of very rich, very entitled white men wanted to tell the rest of the country, ‘we are going to have our way, and if you don’t like it, that is too darn bad.’” -Steyer on MSNBC
Dems are divided on whether to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Despite absolutely zero evidence to justify so much as a wag of the finger, some lefties are insisting that should they retake congress next month, Kavanaugh should be brought up on charges. Hair on fire leftist, some elected, think that would be a great way to win over a battle-weary American middle. But others, like Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, say not so fast—it’s the wrong message to send a month before an election. And Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed him, saying every Democrat running in a swing district should have to answer whether they’d support impeachment.
—QUOTABLE: “I think that’s premature…I think frankly we are just less than a month away from an election. Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate.” -Coons on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
—QUOTABLE: “I hope everyone running for the House in these purple districts will be asked the question, ‘Do you support impeaching Judge Kavanaugh based on five allegations, none of which could be corroborated?’”
Sen. Lindsey Graham has suddenly earned a reputation as a street fighter. And on Thursday he brawled, rhetorically, with a protester. After giving the media comments about Brett Kavanaugh’s upcoming confirmation vote, the South Carolina Senator was interrupted by a protester demanding Kavanaugh take a polygraph. “We’ve humiliated this guy enough, and there seems to be no bottom for some of you,” Graham said, turning directly to the protester, adding sarcastically maybe we could throw him in water to see if he floats.
—QUOTABLE: “It will never be enough. If you don’t believe he is a gang rapist, if you don’t believe he is a stumbling, bumbling drunk, serial sexual predator, maybe you will believe he lied about how much he drank in high school. Threw ice at a party. Or he doesn’t have the temperament. Lets vote. I’m more confident than ever.” -Graham
A Democratic Capitol Hill staffer has been arrested for doxxing Republican senators. Capitol Police announced they’d taken 27 year old Jackson Cosko, a recent staffer in the office of Dem Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, for the doxxing—a term of art meaning to post restricted personal details like contact information and phone numbers for political enemies on services like Wikipedia. That, of course, allows leftist thugs to show up at their political enemies houses, call them, and harass them. Cosko is accused of posting the personal information online for Sens. Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch in the midst of last week’s superheated testimony by Brett Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford. On top of the seven crimes Cosko is charged with, police say more could be added.