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DCCC Chair Dodges Multiple Times on Whether Ocasio-Cortez Is Good For the Democratic Caucus

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.) in a Sunday interview dodged multiple questions as to whether Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) is good for the Democratic caucus.

Asked by CNN anchor Victor Blackwell if Ocasio-Cortez is “good for the Democratic caucus in the House,” Bustos offered that “she has a lot of followers. I have respect for her. She brings a new voice to Congress.” Pressed by Blackwell, Bustos added, “We’ve got members from all different spectrums. I respect her, and she brings a new voice. I think that’s always welcome.”

Angling for an answer to the same question, Blackwell brought up Ocasio-Cortez’s fundraising prowess, noting that in the last quarter she outraised even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).

“I’m asking the chairwoman of the DCCC if this member, who is right now in the top ten of House members raising money, if she’s good for the caucus. You can’t give me a straight yes or no,” Blackwell said.

“Look, I have respect for all 235 of the Democrats in our caucus. She is bringing a new voice. The fact that she has raised unbelievable amounts of money and the fact that she just announced she’s willing to help our candidates who need—who could benefit with that financial help. That’s welcomed,” Bustos said.

“I’m trying to get to a simple answer. And I took four passes each at two questions. I didn’t get there,” Blackwell said.

Bustos’s comments are just the latest contribution to the controversy surrounding Ocasio-Cortez’s unwillingness to fork over the $250,000 in dues expected of all House Democrats. Responding to news of her nonpayment, several House Democrats publicly said they were angry about the freshman Democrats’s refusal to pay up. The self-proclaimed democratic socialist in turn defended her choice, saying her move was a protest against the DCCC’s policy of blacklisting any organization that helps primary opponents opposing Democratic incumbents.

The fundraising kerfuffle is not Ocasio-Cortez’s only recent clash with fellow Democrats. In an interview with New York magazine, she criticized the party for being “too big of a tent” and said that she did not belong in the same party as former vice president Joe Biden.

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House Dems Block Measure to Protect Unborn Children

House Democrats blocked a bipartisan proposal to include unborn children under the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of “vulnerable populations.”

The Democrat-controlled House voted 219 to 187 against approving the measure, which would have amended legislation designating a cancer-linked chemical as a hazardous substance. Democrats were responsible for all 219 votes against the language, though four Democrats broke ranks and voted with Republicans to support the inclusion of unborn children in the bill.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) introduced the measure using a procedural tool that allows the minority party to propose an amendment to a bill. The motion added the language, “including any unborn child,” to a section of the bill describing “potentially vulnerable populations living near likely destruction or disposal sites.” McMorris Rodgers said it helped protect “all Americans” from exposure to toxic chemicals and inform pregnant women about risks to the health of their babies.

“This amendment is a good faith effort to improve this legislation in a way that enhances its effort to protect all Americans from harmful chemicals,” McMorris Rodgers said. “When it comes to pregnant women who are at risk, there are two people at risk: the pregnant woman and the unborn child.”

Friday’s vote comes as House Republicans petition House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to hold a floor vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require doctors to provide life-saving care to babies who survive abortions. Senate Democrats, including 2020 presidential hopefuls Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Cory Booker (D., N.J.), voted to block such care.

McMorris Rodgers said the threat of potentially harmful chemicals extends to the womb, regardless of pro-abortion rhetoric.

“This motion to recommit is simple, it’s clear, it’s direct. It clarifies the protection of vulnerable populations must include any unborn child,” McMorris Rodgers said.

Reps. Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.), Ben McAdams (D., Utah), Henry Cuellar (D., Texas), and Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) voted in favor of the measure. Lipinski and Cuellar are both facing significant primary challenges from further left candidates backed by Justice Democrats, the super PAC that is working to defeat moderate Democrats in Democratic primaries.

After defeating the amendment, the House eventually passed the legislation 247-159. The chemicals the legislation takes aim at are considered “forever chemicals” due to the extensive amount of time they take to degrade in the environment.

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Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Freeloading on DCCC

Self-proclaimed democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) reportedly has yet to pay dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Fox News reporter Judson Berger reports that Ocasio-Cortez has not paid up, which has upset some of her Democratic colleagues.

“Do you want to be in a majority or do you want to be in the minority?… And do you want to be part of a team?” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) said.

Every Democrat in the House is expected to pay dues to the DCCC to help the committee protect vulnerable members and elect new candidates. The Intercept, however, reported last year that freshman congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez would not be paying. When Ocasio-Cortez joined Congress, she asked the DCCC if raising money online and social media for her colleagues would be counted as her dues. The DCCC said those funds would not count, prompting Ocasio-Cortez to notify the committee that she would not be paying dues.

Ocasio-Cortez has recently clashed with members of her own party. In a recent interview, she criticized her party for being “too big of a tent” and said that she did not belong in the same party as former vice president Joe Biden.

“They let anybody who the cat dragged in call themselves a progressive. There’s no standard,” Ocasio-Cortez said about the Congressional Progressive Caucus, adding that the same goes for the Democratic Party. “Democrats can be too big of a tent.”

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Barking Mad: PETA Slams AOC for Purchasing Purebred French Bulldog

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) after the freshman “Squad” leader bought a purebred puppy.

“We really couldn’t believe our eyes, because you are a role model for how to live, so we understand that you just didn’t realize what you were doing in this case—you couldn’t have,” PETA said in a letter. “With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter. Right this minute, on Petfinder alone, there are more than 110,000 dogs—including French bulldogs—who need homes.”

Ocasio-Cortez attracted the controversial animal rights organization’s criticism after tweeting out pictures of what appears to be a new purebred French bulldog puppy.

PETA said that French bulldogs suffer from extensive health problems due to inbreeding and that many of Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters may be inspired to purchase the pups despite lacking the means to take care of them.

“AOC had a chance to set a compassionate, responsible example in the face of the homeless-animal crisis, but instead, she apparently inadvertently contributed to the problem,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. “PETA is urging her supporters not to follow her lead in this case and to stick up for the underdog by choosing to give a lovable mutt a new lease on life.”

Members of President Donald Trump’s campaign’s rapid response team noted that purebred French bulldogs tend to be very expensive.

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Rep. Adam Smith Walks Back Criticism of Pelosi’s Impeachment Holdup: ‘I Misspoke’

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) is walking back his criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) impeachment holdup, claiming he “misspoke” when he told a national television audience on Thursday it was time for the proceedings to move forward.

Ilhan Omar Says Iran Tensions Are Triggering Her PTSD

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) said Wednesday that discussions about military tensions between Iran and the United States were triggering her post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I feel ill a little bit, because of everything that is taking place and I think every time I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” Omar said during a press conference held by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”

Omar has previously referenced her post-traumatic stress disorder to excuse a 2012 tweet that said Israel “hypnotized” the world, an anti-Semitic trope. “You know, I have PTSD around, like, guns and ammunition and bombs,” she told the New Yorker, citing her childhood in war-torn Somalia.

At other times Omar has used the term in a more joking manner, such as when she said the new Democratic House majority had “minority PTSD…. The kind of mindset you develop when you are in the minority is one that really is traumatizing,” she said.

Omar’s PTSD did not appear to affect her behavior later in the Wednesday press conference. She was seen laughing and talking in the background as fellow representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Tex.) spoke about casualties during the Iraq War. “Absolutely disgusting,” tweeted GOP rapid response director Steve Guest.

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Dem Rep. Gomez: House Democrats Turned USMCA Into ‘a Real Agreement with Teeth’

During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) stated that Democrats turned the original USMCA trade deal “into a real agreement with teeth.” Transcript as Follows:  “Hi, I’m Congressman Jimmy Gomez. I’m proud to represent California’s 34th Congressional District,

GOP Rep: Democrats Still Withholding Secret Impeachment Transcripts

Appearing Friday on the Fox News Channel, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) revealed House Democrats are still withholding transcripts of depositions conducted by the House Intelligence Committee inside Congress’s Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) as part of their impeachment inquiry. 

Gaetz: I ‘Believe’ Dems When They Say They Aren’t Done Investigating Impeachment

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) stated that he believes House Democrats are not finished investigating impeachment articles and are substituting investigating and impeaching for legislation. Gaetz said, “[W]hen they say

Watch — Ted Cruz: Democrats’ Mark First Time in History President Impeached Without ‘A Single Article Alleging Any Criminal Conduct’

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Breitbart News on Friday that the House Democrats’ unprecedented impeachment of President Donald Trump marks the first time in U.S. history in which a president has been impeached “without even a single article alleging any criminal

Tulsi Gabbard Defiant: Hawaii Congresswoman Votes Present on Impeachment

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) bucked the Democrat Party on Wednesday by voting present on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Dem Rep: If We Don’t Impeach Trump, We Will Live in a Dictatorship

Rep. David Cicilline (D., R.I.) on Wednesday said U.S. citizens will be living under a dictatorship if President Donald Trump isn’t impeached.

“He tried to cheat to win reelection. And this wasn’t an attack on Vice President Biden. This was an attack on our democracy,” Cicilline said. “If we do not hold the president accountable today, we will no longer live in a democracy. We will live in a dictatorship where any future president will be free to abuse their office in order to get reelected.”

Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said members of Congress must make a decision on whether they will turn a blind eye to Trump’s behavior or do what the Constitution demands.

“We are all Americans. Show the American people your devotion to your country is more powerful than your loyalty to your political party. United we can defend our democracy from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Cicilline said.

Cicilline isn’t the first House Democrat to compare the Trump administration to a dictatorship. Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) said in February that Trump has “the markings of a dictator.” Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.) said a couple months later that Trump has become a dictator.

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Party Switching Dem: Many Democrats Don’t Believe the U.S. Is Greatest Country in the World

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D., N.J.) said Tuesday that many of his Democratic colleagues do not believe in American exceptionalism and do not think the United States is the greatest country on earth.

MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake asked Van Drew, who is expected to become a Republican in the near future, if there are issues he aligns with the GOP on besides his opposition to impeaching President Donald Trump. Van Drew responded with “American exceptionalism,” adding that he believes “many” Democrats don’t think the United States is the greatest country in the world.

Van Drew’s colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) has criticized the United States for exporting American exceptionalism while failing to uphold its professed values at home.

“We export American exceptionalism. The Great America. The land of liberty and justice,” Omar said in a July speech at the Netroots Nation conference. “That is, you know, you ask anybody in, walking on the side of the street somewhere in the middle of the world, they will tell you America the Great. But we don’t live those values here.”

Van Drew, a freshman congressman from a pro-Trump district, has been critical of his fellow Democrats’ push to impeach Trump and announced that he opposes both articles of impeachment issued by the House Judiciary Committee. Trump, who has called Van Drew “very smart,” met with him recently to discuss the possibility of changing parties.

Meanwhile, Democrats have dismissed Van Drew’s defection as a reaction to his souring chances in next year’s Democratic primary. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D., N.J.), however, publicly expressed frustration over his fellow New Jersey lawmaker’s party flip. Pascrell on Tuesday appeared to threaten Van Drew, saying, “Do you know how we would have handled this back in Paterson?” He quickly added that he was not advocating for violence against Van Drew.

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Kevin McCarthy Says Republicans Will Not Abuse Power if They Take House Majority

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Politico this week that Republicans will not abuse power in the way that Democrats have, should they retake the House in 2020.

Dems Seek to Block Due Process for Mostly Male Students Accused of Sex Misconduct

Four House Democrats are seeking to block the Trump administration’s Title IX final rule that is expected to stress due process for those accused of campus sex misconduct.

Dem Rep: We Will Push Impeachment Again If Trump Wins

Rep. Karen Bass (D., Calif.) said Democrats would not stop pushing for impeachment even if President Donald Trump wins reelection.

TMZ founder Harvey Levin asked Bass on Tuesday if she would reintroduce articles of impeachment against Trump if Democrats gained control of the Senate in 2020. Bass said Levin was “absolutely right” to suggest House Democrats would pursue impeachment again, but clarified that new articles of impeachment could include more information about Trump.

“Yes, but I don’t think it would be exactly the same and here’s why. Because even though we’re impeaching him now, there’s still a number of court cases,” Bass said. “There’s a ton of information that could come forward. For example, we could get his bank records and find out that he’s owned 100 percent by the Russians.”

“The odds of that—sadly enough—is that he probably has other examples of criminal behavior,” Bass added.

The California Democrat has supported Trump’s impeachment since the beginning of Trump’s term. She was one of the 58 Democrats who voted to advance impeachment in 2017. Those articles of impeachment, which were filed by Rep. Al Green (D., Tex.) sought to oust Trump for his comments following a deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

Bass is not the only Democrat floating the idea of Trump being impeached twice. Neal Katyal, a former acting solicitor general under Barack Obama, said “double jeopardy protections do not apply” to impeachment.

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