ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – As the 35-day government shutdown ends on Friday, Congress will negotiate with President Donald Trump to keep the government open after February 15th.
“21 days goes very quickly. Negotiations with Democrats will start immediately. Will not be easy to make a deal, both parties very dug in,” Mr. Trump wrote. “The case for National Security has been greatly enhanced by what has been happening at the Border & through dialogue. We will build the Wall!”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) spoke of President Trump’s wall as an ineffective means to prevent drug traffickers from entering the United Stated during her formal announcement for President in Oakland, CA.
She warned before a crowd of 20,000 on Sunday, “And folks, on the subject of transnational gangs, let’s be perfectly clear: The president’s medieval vanity project is not going to stop them.”
Tomorrow, the State of the Union was scheduled to be delivered from House chamber. Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned this weekend that the government shutdown had interfered with plans for the Presidential address. There are no firm plans when it will happen, but most likely in a week or two.
Looking forward, Democrats are concerned that Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks, could split their votes if Shultz launches a third-party bid for the Presidency. Schultz said in an interview on 60 minutes:
“We have a broken political system with both parties basically in business to preserve their own ideology without a recognition and responsibility to represent the interests of the American people.”
He continued, “Republicans and Democrats alike — who no longer see themselves as part of the far extreme of the far right and the far left — are looking for a home. The word ‘independent,’ for me, is simply a designation on the ballot.”
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill