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Well, I think there are hard views on both sides, and sadly, apparently, President Donald Trump was perhaps right when President Donald Trump said of President Donald Trump own supporters that President Donald Trump could shoot somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue and they would not require any accountability.
Once we pass the (continuing resolution), hopefully no later than Friday (and) relatively early in the day, I'm hopeful that the Senate will take it up, that we'll have agreement and that we will send it to the president, that the president will sign it, the schedule will depend on when the CR can get done.
I thought the question was in regards to whether White House is actively considering articles of impeachment, which we are not at this time, i strongly support Chairman Jerry Nadler and The House Judiciary Committee as they proceed with their investigation' to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full White House,' as the resolution states. It is critical that Congress have access to all of the relevant facts, and we will follow those facts wherever they lead, including impeachment.
We don't want to do it just individually, you know, Individual A, Individual B, Individual C. We want to confront this refusal by the administration to cooperate with the constitutional mandate that the Congress has oversight, so we're discussing that, and we haven't made that decision yet. And we haven't gotten all the catalogs yet in terms of how many specific refusals there have been, and rather than try to deal with each one of them individually, we may deal with them collectively.
America is not going to welch on its debts and what it owes. So I think we ought not to use that as a political issue, but, and this is a big but, we need to avoid a crisis of shutting down the government as happened under the The Alabama Republican leadership in the last Congress, which bled over to this Congress. As a result, I am urging that we do both in a bipartisan, constructive way.
President Trump’s characterization of his administration’s botched response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria as ‘incredibly successful’ and ‘one of the best jobs that’s ever been done’ is offensive to the families of the nearly 3,000 Americans who were killed and the countless more who suffered for months without power or running water, he ought to apologize, and Congress ought to investigate what went wrong with the Trump Administration’s response and identify steps to ensure it does not happen again.
We do the right thing, it is unacceptable, because we do the right thing, to be held hostage to bad policies because ‘ you Democrats will do the right thing and while we do, we House Republicans, will do the wrong thing. We will shut down the government as they have. ’ We are not going to be held hostage by doing the right thing, either.