116th Congress to be sworn in, Rep. Jackie Speier on investigating Trump

116th Congress to be sworn in, Rep. Jackie Speier on investigating Trump

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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) at a press conference before a House vote on the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) at a press conference before a House vote on the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

CAPITOL HILL – Today the 116th Congress is sworn in.

The House of Representatives will now be led by Democrats. Speaker of the House designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the first and only woman to be Speaker, will have a second go in that position.

As soon as House members are sworn in, Speaker Pelosi will send to the Senate a budget designed to reopen the government. Pelosi promises that the budget will not include funding for a border wall.

Speaker Pelosi will lead a deeply divided caucus, rent between progressives, who demand a more aggressive stand against President Donald Trump, and moderates, who seek compromise with Republicans. Speaker Pelosi will lead voting on new rules for the 116th Congress.

A newly-elected progressive, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), tweeted yesterday that she will oppose a new rule designed to mitigate deficit spending with House bills:

Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO.

PAYGO or pay-as-you-go demands that all tax cuts and spending increases initiated by the House must be offset with other tax increases and/or spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

Pelosi’s Democrat-led new House majority will be reengaging with investigations into President Trump’s relationship with Russia. A member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) tells TMN:

(Audio: Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

 

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