Today in 5 Lines
Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced that he will resign amid a wave of sexual-misconduct allegations and criticism from his fellow Democrats. Democratic and Republican leaders met with President Trump at the White House to discuss a spending deal to prevent a government shutdown. Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting Walter Scott in 2015. Authorities said three people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Aztec, New Mexico. And Georgia Representative John Lewis said he won’t attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, calling it an “insult” that Trump will be attending.
- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he will resign from the Senate “in the coming weeks” amid allegations of sexual misconduct and after he lost the support of fellow Senate Democrats. Speaking on the Senate floor, Franken said there is “some irony” in him leaving while President Donald Trump is still in office despite allegations of sexual misconduct against him and while “a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate,” an apparent reference to Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore. (The New York Times)
- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said House Democrats will oppose a two-week stopgap spending measure, which is set to come to the floor today, because it omits protections for so-called “Dreamers” and doesn’t address other Democratic funding priorities. If no Democrat votes for the measure, Republican leaders will need support from at least 218 of their 240 members to ensure passage of a bill that would extend government funding past Friday and avoid a government shutdown. ( The Hill)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray defended his agency from Trump’s charge that it was “in tatters.” During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, GOP lawmakers pressed him about political biases at the agency, including messages sent by a person who had been on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe that could be interpreted as having a bias against Trump, with Wray saying that issue is “being looked at” by “somebody outside the FBI.” (CNN)
- The House voted 231 to 198 to pass legislation that would let concealed carry license holders conceal a handgun in other states, with opposition from 14 Republicans and support from six Democrats. The measure, a top priority for the National Rifle Association, is strongly opposed by Senate Democrats. (Politico)
- President Donald Trump is set to meet today with Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate to discuss a long-term budget deal as lawmakers prepare to pass a stopgap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown on Saturday. The House is expected to vote today on a bill that would keep the government open through Dec. 22, with the Senate expected to vote on the measure Friday. (Bloomberg)
- The Senate voted to begin negotiations with the House on competing bills that would overhaul the federal tax code, with the goal of resolving differences on issue such as deductions for medical expenses and state income taxes. The eight Senate GOP conferees include Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi of Wyoming, and Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. ( The Wall Street Journal )