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January 4, 2019

1-4-2019 Political Nuggets…

Washington Brief

  • House Democrats, joined by a few Republicans, passed legislation that would end the partial government shutdown without providing funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. Congressional leaders will head to the White House today for a second meeting this week with Trump, who threatened to veto the House package. (The Associated Press)
  • Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton are set to leave today for the Middle East, planning stops in Israel and Turkey to reassure allies after Trump’s troop withdrawal from Syria and James Mattis’s resignation as secretary of Defense. Neither official is yet expected to visit allies in Afghanistan, who were angered by Trump’s remarks this week appearing to call the U.S.-backed Mujahedeen “terrorists.” (Bloomberg)
  • Pelosi formally invited Trump to give his second State of the Union address, and his third to a Joint Session of Congress, on Jan. 29 in the House chamber. The White House hasn’t said whether he will accept the invitation. (Roll Call)
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