Golden State Democrats in Congress are heralding plans to “resist” with every tool available as they relentlessly attack the new Trump administration.
Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Linda Sanchez declared that Democrats intend to employ every procedural device“to slow down or stop the worst of what they will attempt to accomplish,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Sanchez called public sentiment “the biggest tool in our toolbox.” She also said that Democrats plan to force Republicans into uncomfortable votes, like a recent party-line vote on the President’s tax returns.
“We cannot at this point stop the legislation. We can highlight to the American public what that legislation is, and what impacts it’s going to have,” added Rep. Alan Lowenthal, according to the report.
Though Democrats recognize that they are in the minority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, that hasn’t kept them from voicing plans for resistance and putting them into practice.
Rep. Maxine Waters, for one, skipped President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last week. She told media outlets that she refused to “honor” the President, “I won’t be a part of the ceremony, and that’s that.” Waters has gone so far as to say that her “greatest desire” is to lead President Trump, “right into impeachment.”
On Monday Rep. Ted Lieu declared on Twitter, “…We are #DeepState…”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 6, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 4, 2017
Lieu has also been adamant about removing Jeff Sessions from his position as U.S. Attorney General in the Trump Administration.
Lieu has also encouraged and instructed “whistleblowers” on how to “leak to the press”:
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 3, 2017
Rep. Susan Davis used “#resist” to oppose potential Trump Administration education policies:
— Rep. Susan Davis (@RepSusanDavis) March 4, 2017
As California Democrats continue to voice their “resistance” to the Trump administration, it appears the administration is poised to push back — for example, by denying California’s high-speed rail project federal funds that are necessary for its completion.
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