Congress and the White House to get budget negotiations back on track,...

Congress and the White House to get budget negotiations back on track, House Judiciary Committee may call witnesses who never worked in the White House

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Michael Cohen testifying before the House Oversight Committee, February 27, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
Michael Cohen testifying before the House Oversight Committee, February 27, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: Pelosi goals they seek in a budget deal)

CAPITOL HILL – That was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) outlining the criteria Congress will demand on upcoming budget negotiations. Congressional leaders and White House officials will meet this week to get negotiations back on track, even as they are not close to reaching a deal.

(Audio:  Pelosi says most of this is bipartisan)

Congressional leaders involved in the negotiations are Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). White House negotiators are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought.

Unless spending limits are increased in the deal, $125 billion in mandatory spending cuts to the Pentagon and domestic spending will kick in automatically.

Looking forward, as President Donald Trump claims executive privilege to prevent executive branch staff from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) suggests calling witnesses who never worked in the White House.

They include former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as former top campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, also may be summoned back to the Hill for questions.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill.

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