Capitol Hill: What You Missed (Volume 19, Issue 1)


Eric Fang

Protesters gather in Seattle’s Hing Hay Park to protest in favor of keeping the DACA program and protecting illegal immigrants from deportation. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with attorney generals and a governor from nine other states, gave President Trump an ultimatum to terminate the DACA program, an initiative which protects illegal immigrants who came to the United States when they were 16 or younger from deportation, before Sept. 5.

by Eric Fang and Maya Kumar


Despite President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, the GOP push to repeal the act has been effectively killed in the Senate by a decisive 51-49 vote with John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins saying no to the repeal. House Republicans first passed their replacement plan for Obamacare on May 4. The Senate Republicans then introduced their version of the bill on June 22 and a revised version on July 13. On July 26, the Senate rejected both a partial repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay as well as the so-called “skinny” repeal option, which would roll back parts of Obamacare without offering a replacement. Senator McCain’s unexpected no vote was what ultimately killed the bill in a 51-49 vote.

Dr. Anthony Scott Arend, a professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University, believes that the only way a GOP health care bill would pass will be through bipartisan cooperation to fix Obamacare and not to repeal it completely.

“With the Affordable Care Act having been in place now for a number of years, most individuals realize that there are factors in the Affordable Care Act that are good,” he said. Despite concerns about problems with the Affordable Care Act, a simple repeal would not be something most of the country would want. As a consequence, the only way there will be a new health bill is if there is cooperation in a bipartisan fashion towards something more like a fix of the Affordable Care Act, rather than a completely new bill.”

Staff Changes

Since President Trump took office, there have been dozens of cases in which White House staff members have either resigned or have been fired. First, White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned reportedly due to his disagreement with the president’s decision to appoint Anthony Scaramucci as the White House Communications Director. Only one week later, Reince Priebus, the former White House Chief of Staff, was unexpectedly replaced by John Kelly. After only a week on the job, Scaramucci was fired after publicly feuding with Priebus and prompting Spicer to resign in protest. The most recent case of staff change was this Sunday in which Sebastian Gorka was forced out of office, according to two White House officials.

Russia Investigation

This past summer, several new details regarding the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia became public.

The first major disclosure regarding the investigation this summer occurred on July 8, when news came out that Donald Trump Jr. had met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer.

According to Trump Jr., Veselnitskaya claimed to have potentially harmful information about Hillary Clinton, but the discussion largely focused around the topic of adoption from Russia.

On July 26, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided former head of Trump campaign Paul Manafort’s home in Alexandria, VA. With a warrant, the FBI came in the early hours of the morning to take documents regarding Manafort’s finances and historical involvement with Russia.

On Aug. 3, former FBI Director Rober Mueller impaneled a Grand Jury regarding the investigation. Grand juries have the power to level criminal charges.

This piece was originally published in the pages of the Winged Post on September 6, 2017.