GOP anxious to take the House in 2020, California is key, ‘clean’...

GOP anxious to take the House in 2020, California is key, ‘clean’ CR needed by Sept. 30

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Tuesday briefing, July 24, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Tuesday briefing, July 24, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

(AUDIO: “A lot of power in this room. Wow, a lot of power.”) 1:14

CAPITOL HILL – That was President Donald Trump speaking at the annual Republican retreat in Baltimore Thursday evening.

Trump continued:

(AUDIO: 3:44-4:35 “Everyone in this room has a role to play…Democrats in Congress have engaged in an extreme radical agenda…You’re the ones you’re doing the defense.”)

Trump’s encouraging words to the GOP come as Republicans worry that they will not be able to retake the House in 2020.

The key to a GOP victory is California, where Republicans lost 7 of the Golden State’s 53 seats in November 2018. Orange County, the affluent and once-reliable Republican pocket borough, saw all of its four seats flip to Democrats in 2016. Randall Avila, executive director of the Republican Party of Orange County (RPOC), told Fox News, “We’re fully invested in winning back all of the four seats that we lost last year.”

Looking forward, lawmakers say they will not support additional border wall funding the Trump administration added into its 21-page wish list for a continuing resolution (CR) ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline to avoid another government shutdown. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), told The Hill that “The CR is going to have to essentially be clean in order to pass.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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