Government shutdown threat grows as Democrats and conservatives dig in
The continuing resolution funding the federal government expires on Jan. 19, and negotiations for a bipartisan budget deal remain difficult. Democrats are tying budget negotiations to an immigration deal that would provide protections to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Passing another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government for another month also may prove challenging. These temporary funding strategies prevent federal agencies like the Department of Defense from starting new programs, making conservative defense hawks resistant to another continuing resolution. Read more here.
President Donald Trump disagrees with Senate DACA deal and scorns immigrants
The Trump administration continued brandishing its anti-immigration stance this week. A bipartisan deal in the Senate to protect young immigrants enrolled in DACA was rejected by President Trump. The administration also removed temporary protected status for 200,000 Salvadorans who had been allowed to live and work in the U.S. for more than a decade. Immigrants from Haiti and Nicaragua also had recently lost their temporary status. Trump also used disparaging words when describing El Salvador, Haiti, and countries in Africa.
Department of Energy officials testify at U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing
Officials from the Department of Energy discussed their plans to modernize the agency in a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday. They said that Energy Secretary Rick Perry will revive advisory board, implement efficiency standards for appliances that had been delayed, and defer to the Office of Management and Budget for the department’s 2019 budget request. Read more here.