Day 32 of the government shutdown, negotiations dead, Sen. Kamala Harris in...

Day 32 of the government shutdown, negotiations dead, Sen. Kamala Harris in the 2020 race

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Sen Kamala Harris at the Worldwide Threats Assessment Senate briefing Feb 13, 2018, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) remained silent when asked for her vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Friday morning. Moments later she walked out of the hearing in protest, along with several other Democrats. (©2019 Doug Christian)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

CAPITOL HILL – On the 32nd day of the government shutdown, negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill are deadlocked in a stalemate.

Congressional Democrats do not accept President Donald Trump’s proposal Saturday to institute a three-year fix for undocumented residents under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), to end the impasse. Democrats insist that if DACA is put on the negotiating table, they seek a permanent solution.

The President appears to be hemmed in from both sides of the bargaining table. On his right flank, Ann Coulter discouraged compromise with a tweet Saturday:

Trump proposes amnesty. We voted for Trump and got Jeb!

Ann Coulter rips Trump shutdown compromise: “We voted for Trump and got Jeb!” https://t.co/IuecTIlvTJ pic.twitter.com/Jf1JoZ5Z9k

Looking forward, three women, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, are the first declared Democratic candidates to jump into the 2020 race for President.

Kamala Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, announced her candidacy at an afternoon press conference on Martin Luther King’s Birthday at Howard University, the historically black college she attended in the 1980s.

At her announcement, Harris said: “The core of my campaign is the people. Nobody is living their life through the lens of one issue. And I think what people want is leadership that sees them through the complexity of their lives and pays equal attention to their needs. Let’s not put people in a box.”

On Friday, Sen. Harris will hold her first campaign event at the Pink Ice Gala in Columbia, South Carolina, where black voters are crucial in the Democratic primary. On Sunday, she will hold a kickoff rally at her hometown in Oakland, California.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

 

 

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