Jessie ----
by on November 26, 2018
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In other words, the more established Democrats are telling these newcomers, to back off, as they don't hold the power. As it stands now, the more senior Democrats are telling them, to focus on policy, at least at the outset. Senior lawmakers still believe an aggressive examination of the president is still needed, but priorities come first. Democratic leaders are trying to chart a measured path forward from early January when they will take over the House from Trump's Republicans.
Senior Democrats want to avoid igniting political battles, for now, over matters such as Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign and obstruction of justice.
But yet many Democrats want to probe these volatile topics, using subpoenas to get at documents and testimony they say Republicans have ignored for two years. They also said they want to dig into Trump's property holdings, son-in-law Jared Kushner's businesses and daughter Ivanka Trump's use of private emails for official business.
These plans though, aren't on the Democrat agenda for 2019.
Key committee leaders want to focus on immigration, rising student loan debt, high-cost prescription drugs and the federal response to hurricane disasters, especially in Puerto Rico.Representative Jerrold Nadler, likely chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is discouraging talk of an immediate push to impeach Trump. Other Democrats are doing the same.
And the House Intelligence Committee, members are debating whether to reopen the panel's 2016 Russian election-meddling probe. Representative Adam Schiff, on track to become the panel's chairman, is leading a faction that wants to hold off on reopening the Russian inquiry.
But at the same time, Schiff is talking publicly about investigating Trump's ties to Russia, which has denied interfering in the 2016 election to favor Trump. Democrat Joaquin Castro, an Intelligence Committee member, favors committees starting the 2019-2020 Congress with hearings on issues such as the separation of immigrant children from their parents.
The wide-ranging House Oversight Committee is likely to be chaired by Representative Elijah Cummings. He has called an examination of high prescription drug costs a top priority.
And last, one of the most ridiculous probes is to the administration's decision to add a question about citizenship to the U.S. Census. All if this remember, at taxpayer expense.
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