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Democrats seek agreements with Trump administration

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In 2006, when the Democrats won control of the House and Pelosi became Speaker for the first time, her first priority was to block any effort to impeach Bush for war crimes in Iraq, including launching a war in violation of international law and on the basis of lies about "weapons of mass destruction" and supposed ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. Later, she pushed through measures to fully fund the US military effort in Iraq, blocking any effort to use the "power of the purse" to force an end to the war.

In an interview on the CBS news program "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Pelosi was asked directly, "On immigration, would you try to block any attempt to fund the border wall?"

She responded: "Let's just enlarge that issue into what we need to do as a country. We certainly have to protect our borders, and Democrats know that, and we have always worked to do that. I support protecting our border, and we have done that, and there are many ways to protect the border before tens of billions of dollars building a wall where technology and personnel and the rest could possibly do the job. But whatever it is has to be tied to comprehensive immigration reform."

Pelosi went on to declare that her main purpose in staying on as the Democratic leader in the House was "to protect the Affordable Care Act. That's my main issue." She went on to cite the influx of new female members of Congress. "We have many women coming in with experience in national security," referring to the CIA agents Elissa Slotkin and Abigail Spanberger, and a half dozen female military veterans as well.

Schumer, appearing on the ABC program "This Week," cited the letter sent by himself, Pelosi and several other prominent Democrats suggesting that the new acting attorney general Whitaker should recuse himself from any decisions involving the Mueller investigation. Without that, he said, House and Senate Democrats "will attempt to add to must-pass legislation, in this case the spending bill, legislation that would prevent Mr. Whitaker from interfering with the Mueller investigation."

The incoming chair of the House Government Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, denied that he was about to go to war with the Trump administration, then cited drug prices and other health care issues as likely subjects for upcoming congressional hearings once the Democrats take control of the House. He also suggested there was a basis for agreement with the White House on infrastructure spending.

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