5 Things for Tuesday
Later today a procedural vote will be held in the Senate concerning health care. They’ll be voting on proceeding on the House bill that was passed back in May. If it passes the motion to proceed, the bill will most likely be changed with various amendments. Then the whole process will start again- the Senate’s new bill will have to be approved by the House, and on and on and on…
On top of this big vote, Senator John McCain will be returning after his brain cancer diagnosis last week. He will provide a needed vote for the Republican side, who have 52 seats in the Senate- just 2 over the halfway mark to pass something.
A member of the House is getting flack for using real audio of the gunshots fired at a Republican Congressional baseball game practice in an election ad. Mo Brooks is running for Senate in Alabama and says he used the audio to prove his commitment to the 2nd Amendment even after the shooting. The ad itself is drawing lots of criticism- even from Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise who was injured in the attack and is still recovering. His spokesman questioned the appropriateness of the ad and his chief of staff said it made him feel sick.
Early this morning, the President took to twitter to call out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on his “weak” position on Hillary Clinton’s emails. Mr. Trump also said the A.G. was “beleaguered”, highlighting recent criticisms of his chosen general. It seems that the President isn’t happy with Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation. But I’ll let the tweet speak for itself on how the President currently feels about Sessions:
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
Later today Jared Kushner will go into another closed-door interview- this time with the House Intelligence Committee. This again will concern the President’s son-in-law’s ties to Russia and the possible connection to the campaign and the 2016 election.
Driver James Matthew Bradley Jr. is staying in federal custody after his initial court appearance yesterday. Ten people died, nearly 30 are hospitalized, and dozens were in the back of the truck for hours without water or AC. Bradley claims he had no idea the immigrants were in the trailer (how tons of people sneak onto a truck with anyone noticing- I don’t know). He’s charged with transporting the people for the purpose of private financial gain, and if he’s convicted- he could face the death penalty.