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.
Four days after a federal appeals panel refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s order on immigration and travel restrictions, the White House and Justice Department are not making any swift moves in court to appeal that ruling, even as the President said again on Monday that his efforts have strong support among voters.
In papers filed today with Judge James Robart, a federal judge in Washington State who last week put the Trump immigration order on hold, the Justice Department made clear it was in no rush to litigate the underlying constitutional questions involved, opting to wait and see what the Ninth Circuit does next.
“Accordingly, at this time, defendants believe the appropriate course is to postpone any further proceedings in the district court,” the Justice Department wrote, as the Trump Administration waits to see if the full Ninth Circuit is going to hold a hearing on the matter, to review the decision of a three judge panel last week.
DOJ has just told Judge Robart that proceedings in district ct should be stayed while the 9th Circuit considers hearing case w/larger panel
Just as those papers were being filed, the President used a White House news conference to again reinforce his support for tougher measures at the border to vet refugees from Syria and other nations.
“We are getting such praise for our stance,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s a stance of common sense; maybe a certain toughness, but it’s really more than toughness, it’s a stance of common sense.”
The President made no mention of action to appeal last week’s Ninth Circuit ruling, and he gave no hints about any new or revised Executive Order that might be issued on the matter.
Last Friday, Mr. Trump had told reporters to expect something to be issued at some point this week.
The delay could also be looked at another way, running the clock in the hopes that President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court might be put on the bench at some point in coming months, ending the chances of a 4-4 split that would doom any appeal by the President.
At the same joint news conference with the Canadian Prime Minister, President Trump also spoke favorably of recent immigration raids, which officials said on Monday netted almost 700 arrests of people illegally in the U.S.
Trump on deportations: "We're getting them out; that's what I said I would do…when we won by a very, very large electoral college vote" pic.twitter.com/zUt0PXiAGI
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.