As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.
Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.
The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.
With President Trump’s immigration order on hold, the U.S. Justice Department filed notice Saturday evening of a formal appeal of a judge’s temporary restraining order, as the President repeatedly and publicly grumbled about the legal setback.
The official notice of appeal was a bare bones legal document filed by the Trump Administration, as this legal fight will now shift to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – an appellate court with a long legal history that shades to the liberal side.
No date has yet been set for legal arguments on the matter.
The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!
The filing came after a number of public complaints from the President about the legal setback on immigration.
“What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?” Trump asked in one of a series of tweets that took aim at the decision of Federal District Judge James Robart.
Meanwhile, the federal government was shifting border entry policy back to where it was before Mr. Trump signed the Executive Order which put the brakes on refugee admissions, and all but stopped travelers from seven different majority-Muslim nations.
With very specific court orders from several parts of the country aimed at their work, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service made clear they had re-worked their enforcement guidelines.
The note on the CBP website was very much like one that you can still find from federal immigration officials about the federal judge’s ruling that stopped President Obama’s executive actions on immigration:
In that legal fight, Mr. Obama’s plans never got untracked before he left office; we’ll see in coming weeks whether this legal detour is just a nuisance, or a judicial order that forces Mr. Trump to retreat.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.