Top News Headlines-Sept 19, 2019

Top News Headlines-Sept 19, 2019

A Bipartisan House Group Rallies w/ Farmer’s For USMCA  

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and farmers from across the country held a rally on September 12 in the nation’s capital.  The rally was for the new free-trade agreement with Mexico and Canada that will replace the old NAFTA or the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Trump administration sent the latest proposal to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Some Democrats have raised concerns about USMCA as they want stronger labor and environmental provisions.  Pelosi has been facing growing bipartisan pressure to bring the USMCA agreement to the House Floor before the end of the year.

Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, one of the speakers at the rally, said that bipartisan lawmakers and various industry groups, “ Built a lot of momentum for this trade agreement over August.  For Democrats, this is a dream agreement that is so much better than the existing NAFTA.”

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico signed USMCA in November 2018.  The agreement must now be approved by lawmakers in all three countries.  In June, Mexico became the first country to ratify the new trade deal.  The agreement now needs legislative approval in Canada and the United States.

Angela Guentzel is a corn and soybean farmer from south-central Minnesota.  She was among dozens of farmers from across the country to join the Washington rally. She said, “ The sooner we can push the USMCA, the better. We’re getting to the harvest time and right after harvest is when we do all our marketing and all our work with bankers and lenders. So I cannot stress the importance of timing!”  She is urging Congress to vote for the agreement now.

 

Biden gaffes & stumbles. Fitness for office under fire in New Trump Campaign video 

There is a new video from the Trump re-election campaign that takes shots at former Vice President Joe Biden’s fitness for office.  The clip spotlights some of Biden’s recent gaffes, verbal fumbles, and clips of pundits questioning his readiness to run for president in 2020.  The video puts together everything from his recent debate-stage musing about record players to his statement that ‘poor kids are just as smart as white kids.’  The clip goes on to questions from his presidential candidate colleagues and pundits wondering about his stumbles, shakiness and mental and physical stamina, etc.

Biden’s mental acuity has been under question ever since he launched his 2020 presidential campaign in late April.  He is still considered to be the forerunner in the Democratic presidential race.  Many of his rivals are now raising concerns that if Biden were to win the nomination, he would not do well in the general election showdown against Donald Trump. Biden, 78, is not the only candidate where age could be an issue, President Trump is 72, Sen. Bernie sanders is 77 and Warren is 70.

Trump Heads to Heart of Resistance in California

President Trump beginning on Tuesday will leave on a two-day fundraising swing through California, a state that has made itself the heart of resistance to his administration and policies.  The president will hold fundraisers in Palo Alto and Los Angeles. On Wednesday he will head to San Diego.

The Trump trip is certain to trigger protests among residents.  President Trump also does not appear to hold California in high esteem and many times recently has pointed to the state as a bad example, a bastion of crime, squalor and liberal policies.  Trump’s allies and Republican strategists feel that a trip to California may have long term benefits beyond campaign donations.  Some think Trump’s visit can help Republicans win back House seats that were lost in 2018.

Trump has repeatedly feuded with California officials and has only visited California a few times since being in office. He visited San Diego and El Centro while pushing for the border wall. He toured the wildfire damage last year and held a fundraiser in Beverly Hills. He then stopped to play golf at his Rancho Palos Verdes Club.

Eric Schickler, co-director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California Berkeley said, “ I think there is just a lot of money he’d be leaving on the table if he didn’t visit California.. At the same time, Trump certainly likes to choose his enemies and California has become a kind of foil for him, in part by his own choice.”

ICE  Facilities To Receive Security Overhaul Following Violent Attacks 

The acting Homeland Security Secretary, Kevin McAleenan asked the Federal Protective Services to devise a plan to give additional security to ICE properties across the country.  This is in response to the growing attacks against ICE and other immigration agencies.  There was a recent attack on an ICE facility by a member of Antifa, a shooting in San Antonio and a molotov cocktail attack in Florida.  McAleenan wants a security plan presented to him in two weeks.

He said, “ Our ICE law enforcement partners are coming under increased and ever more violent assault for merely doing their jobs.  This is not just a threat to the law enforcement professionals within DHS but an affront to the rule of law itself.”  McAleenan said in a letter to DHS personnel on September 12,

“ Make no mistake; Peaceful protest is a constitutionally protected, time-honored American tradition firmly woven into the fabric of our shared American rights and values. But violence will not be tolerated!” McAleenan also said in his letter that those who are found to have committed violence against DHS personnel will be prosecuted ‘ to the fullest extent of the law.’

Today’s quote is from Ernest Hemingway,

“ There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”