Pelosi: AG Barr and Commerce Sec. Ross to be held in contempt,...

Pelosi: AG Barr and Commerce Sec. Ross to be held in contempt, new legislation to lessen migrant children’s suffering, Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at her weekly press conference explaining why Conor Lamb's victory is not a threat to her leadership of the Democratic House even as Lamb pledged not to support Pelosi. (©2018 Douglas Christian)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (©2018 Douglas Christian)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

CAPITOL HILL – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to colleagues that she will soon initiate contempt proceedings against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for failing to comply with “subpoenas for documents that would shed light on the real reason the Administration added a citizenship question [in the census].  We will be moving forward in the whole House soon.”

In addition, the letter addresses “the challenge of the horrible conditions children endure at the border.” Pelosi proposes imminent legislation that would mitigate migrants’ suffering.

Aspects of lawmaking include:

“Accountability: legislation introduced by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) to bring more accountability to the Department of Homeland Security through stepped up community engagement, best practices training for CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] and ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] officers to foster more professional conduct and fairer border enforcement, and a ban on the separation of families, except when it’s in the best interest of the child;”

“Medical Care Standards: medical care standards legislation led by Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) to ensure the health and safety of children and adults in custody;”

“Timing: reporting the death of a child in custody within 24 hours and no advance notice required for Member visits to facilities;”

“Influx Facilities: a limit of 90 days for any unaccompanied child to spend at an influx facility and replacement of contractors not meeting influx facility standards of care;”

and

“Compassionate Processing of Children & Families: a multi-agency, integrated, migrant processing center pilot program for families and unaccompanied children.”

In other news, as the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing approaches on July 20th, Gene Kranz, flight director of the seminal mission, will testify today before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to appraise Congress on NASA’s exploration plans, where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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