Biden spars with rivals over remarks mentioning segregationists, Schumer seeks investigation over...

Biden spars with rivals over remarks mentioning segregationists, Schumer seeks investigation over delay of Tubman $20 note, budget impasse

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Revised prototype design of a $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing obtained by the New York Times
Revised prototype design of a $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing obtained by the New York Times.

On the Hill with Doug Christian

CAPITOL HILL – Former Vice President Joe Biden faces intense backlash from his Democratic presidential candidate rivals after he invoked two late segregationist Southern senators, James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, at a New York City fundraiser on Tuesday night, saying that he could work with them courteously, even as they disagreed. Of Eastland, Biden said, “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished.”

Rival candidate, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey says in a statement of his personal experience living as an African American: “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys’. Men like James O. Eastland used words like that, and the racist policies that accompanied them, to perpetuate white supremacy and strip black Americans of our very humanity.”

Biden lashed out to such criticism:

(Audio: Joe Biden reacts to backlash from his presidential rivals)

In other news, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling for an investigation into why the Trump administration decided to delay issuance of a new $20 bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

“I ask that you conduct an investigation into decisions made at the Treasury since January of 2018 regarding the delay of the redesign of the $20 note,” Schumer wrote in a letter to Treasury Department Inspector General Eric Thorson.

“I also ask that you review the involvement of other participants…to ensure that political considerations have not been allowed to infect the process for designing American currency.”

Looking forward, Congressional leaders and White House officials fail to reach a budget deal to raise spending caps and the debt limit, risking a government shutdown and/or sequestration of funding.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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