Legislative Updates

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2020 Election Update:

  Last week, former MA Gov., Deval Patrick was considering entered the Democratic presidential campaign. Also as of last week, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has officially filed in the presidential race in both Alabama and Arkansas, the first two states to post candidate declaration deadlines.  Of note, but unlikely - Hillary Clinton again refused to rule out that she, too, will join the race was quoted yesterday as saying that, “many, many, many people” are asking her to run. Of those who are in the race - a new poll for the Des Moines Register (11/8-13; 2,102 IA active registered voter contacts; 500 likely IA Democratic Caucus attenders) was released over the weekend which found South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) now building a sizable lead for the upcoming February 3rd vote. According to Des Moines-based Selzer & Company, commonly viewed as the most accurate Iowa pollster, Mr. Buttigieg has 25% support.  His next closest competitor is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA ...

State Election Update:

 

After the elections on Nov. 5, all focus turned to the Louisiana governor’s race, as Louisiana was the final governorship on the ballot in these off-year campaigns. Incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) faced businessman and ABC member Eddie Rispone (R) in the highly contested governor’s race. After a hard-fought campaign, Gov. Edwards was declared the winner after receiving 774,469 votes.  The race was extremely close heading into Election Day. Polling showed that the two candidates were neck-in-neck across the board. The election came down to voter turnout with Edwards receiving 51.3% of the vote and Rispone receiving 48.7%.

 

Immigration:

 

Last week at the ABC Leadership Institute there was much discussion on Workforce and Immigration. For your reference, the ABC Priority Issue Brief on Immigration Reform can be found on the ABC website here.  In addition, below are recent Newsline stories pertaining to Immigration reform:

USMCA:

 

Last week, ABC sent a letter to members of the U.S. House and Senate in support of the USMCA. The letter highlights ABC’s position on the trade deal, which has been the White House’s priority legislation this session. The trade deal is estimated to add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy and create approximately 176,000 new jobs. ABC believes the USMCA will help to ensure certainty in the supply chain and reduce volatility in pricing for building materials from Mexico and Canada to further lift the economy, support more projects and help address the much-needed modernization of our nation’s infrastructure.

PRO ACT SIGN ON OPPORTUNITY:

  The ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is currently gathering sign-ons for the opposition letter to be sent to the House tomorrow. Please notify us of your willingness to join the other 175+ organizations that have joined the coalition in opposition to the bill.   The ABC Chapters that have already signed on to the letter are: Central California, Central Texas, Cornhusker, Florida East Coast, Georgia, Greater Michigan, Greater Tennessee, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana/Kentucky, Inland Pacific, New Orleans/Bayou, North Alabama, North Florida, Northern Ohio ABC of Louisiana, ABC of Ohio, Pelican, Rhode Island, South Texas, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania. The bill now has 216 cosponsors, which is a majority of the House due to the departure of Republicans Chris Collins and Sean Duffy and the death of Dem. Rep. Elijah Cummings. This bill is increasingly seen as the worst piece of small business legislation to ever come to Congress. It is critical that ABC members continue to reach out to the ...

King Retirement:

 

Republican Congressman from New York Pete King announced his decision to not seek reelection, leaving the open seat as likely competitive for Democrats in 2020. King has been the dean of the NY GOP delegation, serving in the House for 14 terms. King is the 19th Republican to announce retirement before the 2020 elections.

Immigration Update:

 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging President Donald Trump's 2017 decision to end President Obama’ s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, which granted qualified immigrants temporary residency and work privileges for more than 700,000 young undocumented immigrants. Approximately 84,000 DACA recipients work in the construction industry. A court opinion is expected in July.

Appropriations Update:

 

With only 10 days left before a government shutdown, Congressional leaders and the White House agree they will need another three or four weeks to conclude negotiations on 12 annual spending bills and are likely to pass a stopgap funding bill that would last until Dec. 13 or Dec. 20. The House has passed 10 of the 12 annual spending bills that fund the federal government, while the Senate has passed only four, and the two chambers have not resolved differences over the defense and non-defense discretionary funding and funding for the president’s border wall.

USMCA:

 

ABC will be sending a support letter to members of the U.S. House and Senate in support of the USMCA tomorrow morning. The trade deal is estimated to add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy and create approximately 176,000 new jobs. ABC believes the USMCA will help to ensure certainty in the supply chain and reduce volatility in pricing for building materials from Mexico and Canada to further lift the economy, support more projects and help address the much-needed modernization of our nation’s infrastructure

In comments to reporters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that “We’re on a path to yes, and I think every day brings us closer to an agreement,” but gave no certain timeline for a vote in the House. Trump administration officials have become increasingly concerned that time is running out for a vote on the agreement this year and that it won’t be possible to consider during the election year in 2020

 

Impeachment Update:

  After weeks of Republicans expressing concerns about the impeachment process in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a vote for Thursday, Oct. 31 on a resolution to formalize and establish the guidelines of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. The resolution is expected to pass along party lines. It also will initiate a public phase of the inquiry, establish rules for the public presentation of evidence and outline due process rights for the president. Democrats are hoping the vote will help to move along the process and prevent stonewalling by the White House. Democratic leadership is concerned that a drawn-out impeachment process could lessen public approval and lose momentum. Since announcing the inquiry on Sept. 24, Republicans have protested the Democrats’ investigation, even storming a hearing room and claiming the process was violating the president’s rights. On Oct. 8, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to top House Democrats stating the president’s ...
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