On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) says internment camps at Southern border are concentration camps)
Capitol Hill – That was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (AOC) saying that the internment camps run by ICE are concentration camps. She has been receiving a lot of push-back from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for her comparison.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) tweeted back to Ocasio-Cortez:
.@AOC I went to Auschwitz & Birkenau with Eddie Mausberg & Jonny Daniels with In the Depths. I went with a deep understanding of the Shoah and had a profound personal experience. Please accept their offer. https://t.co/9tjqgdP6N5
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 23, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez fired back at King on Sunday:
Mr. King, the Republican Party literally stripped you of your Congressional committee assignments because you were too racist even for them.
My Jewish constituents have made clear to me that they proudly stand w/ caged children who are starved, denied sleep & sanitation.
Bye 👋🏽 https://t.co/TQkaPEESoD
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 23, 2019
In other news, the House and Senate are set to negotiate competing budget bills this week before the July 4th recess. Both bills would provide President Donald Trump with $4.5 billion in U.S.-Mexico border funding, but they are not likely to resolve their differences how the money would be allocated among the Pentagon, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Looking forward, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will meet with 9/11 first responders tomorrow after he received criticism from comedian Jon Stewart over the September 11th Victims Fund.
John Feal, a first-responder who lost part of his foot at Ground Zero, told The New York Post, “Listen, we come in peace. But we also — we’re prepared for anything, whether it’s a street fight or Mitch McConnell saying yes.”
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill