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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► A new bipartisan immigration plan may soon be debated in the U.S. Senate. As the Washington Post reports:
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) formally introduced a bill that would grant permanent legal status to undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” and start bolstering security along the U.S.-Mexico border. But the measure would not immediately authorize spending the $25 billion President Trump is seeking to fortify the border with new wall and fence construction. Some Republicans are seeking at least $30 billion.
The McCain-Coons plan also would grant legal status to dreamers who have been in the country since 2013 — a larger pool of undocumented immigrants than the 1.8 million Trump supports legalizing.
The bill says nothing about curbing family-based legal migration or making changes to the diversity lottery program — two other priorities for Trump and conservative Republicans.
► Congressional Democrats are planning to push for a vote today on releasing their “rebuttal” of the controversial “Nunes memo,” prompting President Trump to delve into his shallow bag of stupid nicknames. From CNN:
President Donald Trump accused the House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat Monday of criminally leaking sensitive information.
“Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!” Trump tweeted.
In case you were wondering, Trump did NOT provide any evidence whatsoever to indicate that Schiff was leaking sensitive information.
► It’s government shutdown time again for Congressional Republicans, as Politico explains:
With government funding running out Thursday night and bipartisan deals on budget caps and immigration still out of reach, House GOP leaders will meet with their members Monday night to decide how to avoid another federal shutdown. A vote to fund the government could come as soon as Tuesday.
Speaker Paul Ryan and House GOP leaders are considering whether to attach additional funding for the Pentagon to a continuing resolution to keep the government operating into late March, according to Republican lawmakers and aides. House leaders hope that will placate GOP defense hawks, who are upset that there has not been a big increase in Pentagon spending as they had hoped when President Donald Trump was elected.
But House Democrats — who want an equal increase in defense and nondefense spending — will not support such a move on the stopgap. That means Ryan and Republicans may have to pass a short-term funding bill on their own — even if the Senate may end up stripping the extra defense money later.
This is also scheduled to be a short work week for Congress, which may only have through Wednesday to figure out how not to shut down the federal government.
► House Speaker Paul Ryan had himself an absolutely brutal Twitter moment over the weekend that opens new wounds over the Republican tax plan passed in late December.
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