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posted Sep 28

Today I will be voting, once again, to allow families of 9/11 victims to have their day in court regarding claims against Saudi officials.  It’s the first, and probably only, time I will vote to override a veto by President Obama, but I think it’s the right thing to do.  The families will have an uphill fight in court proving that Saudi officials were knowingly involved in the 9/11 murders on our soil, but if they can meet that burden of proof, then there should be accountability in our justice system.  Those who deliberately kill people in our country should not be allowed to escape civil liability by hiding behind sovereign immunity.

posted Sep 28

Looks like a compromise will bring a clean government funding bill to the House floor sometime tonight, with a separate deal to put Flint, Michigan water relief into the pending WRDA bill—which still must be approved by both houses of Congress after the election.  I’m disappointed that Flint is still left in a bit of limbo, but grateful that we have a clean CR that at least puts us on a path to helping the people of Flint.

posted Sep 28

So here we are, a little over 48 hours from another government shutdown.  You may be wondering what is preventing Congress from passing a simple government funding extension to keep the lights on until we return to session after the election.  It’s the usual partisan overreach by Republicans.  In return for keeping the government open, some of them want to de-fund Planned Parenthood.  Others want a provision protecting dark money in politics by blocking an SEC transparency rule for corporate campaign contributions.  Others want to use the threat of a shutdown to slash spending below current levels.  Still others want to include federal relief for flood victims in deep-red Louisiana, but they oppose fully funding the Zika crisis and emergency relief for Flint, Michigan, where lead-tainted water has poisoned thousands of children.  Democrats are happy to help Louisiana—but not ONLY Louisiana.  Let’s hope a responsible compromise prevails before Friday at midnight!


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