Published: Sat, July 13, 2019

US House passes pro-Taiwan defense bill

US House passes pro-Taiwan defense bill

It gave Trump a blank check to continue caging people in horrendous conditions.

Trump reportedly approved military strikes against Iran in late June in retaliation for Iran's shooting down of an unmanned USA surveillance drone, before calling the strikes off at the last minute.

"It is a policy of dehumanizing", said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., one of four high-profile Democratic freshmen who testified.

The House passed its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, by a 220 to 197 vote, without a single Republican voting in favor of the bill and after some of the most liberal Democrats opposed it as they pushed for a reduction in defense spending.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters on Friday Trump again warned Tehran, saying Iran is entering a very "dangerous territory".

Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) was appalled by the freshman lawmaker's accusations, and the opinions of her staff. "It is one of morality".

But 27 Republicans plus Republican-turned-independent Justin Amash joined the overwhelming majority of Democrats in backing the amendment.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, accused Democrats of using their border trip to put on "a show in front of fences and the media" and of "vilifying" border agents for a problem they've not caused. The Senate passed its own bill last month. Cortez should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect, she should not be doing what she's doing.

Davids has also voiced support for Dreamers and, in a political podcast a year ago, expressed a willingness to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a position typically associated with progressives like Ocasio-Cortez. Also on the panel is Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. It says at least 30 children remain separated.

Pelosi has routinely dismissed far-left proposals such as the Green New Deal or moving forward on impeaching President Trump.

A committee Republican aide distributed a statement calling the report "political - not serious oversight" - and said it ignored that almost all the children were released to a parent or a sponsor. Democrats accuse Trump of seeking to satisfy his conservative base with harsh policies.

Trump and Pelosi have had an up-and-down relationship since she assumed the speakership and has led a House Democratic majority during Trump's third year in office.

"When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm's distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood", Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI.

Trump stuck up for Pelosi on Friday after freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY ramped up her criticism of the Democratic speaker.

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