Holly Harris talked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent call for stricter sentencing guidelines. She compared the attorney general’s approach with Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder and states such as Texas and Georgia under former Governors Rick Perry (R-TX) and Nathan Deal (R-GA).
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) talked about the president’s budget, released this week, as well as the President’s revised ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries. Earlier that week, a federal appeals court rejected the administration’s appeal of a loss in a lower court on the ban. Senator Leahy also talked about the Senate investigation into Russia’s alleged efforts to influence U.S. elections. Senator Leahy is the vice chair of the Appropriations Committee.
John Brennan, the former CIA director, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He testified that the Trump campaign did have contact with Russia and that he told Russian intelligence in 2016 to end their attempts to influence the U.S. election.
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney briefed reporters and took their questions on President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. He detailed some of the driving ideology and priorities of the budget, and reiterated the administration’s commitments to law enforcement, border security, and the military. Many of the questions from reporters focused on the administration’s request for money to expand walls on the U.S.-Mexico border, and on its proposed spending cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the successor to the federal food stamps program.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as well as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY) , the ranking members of the Senate and House Budget Committees, spoke to reporters about President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget. They said the president was breaking his campaign promises with a plan that gives tax breaks to the wealthy and cuts funding for programs that benefit low-income Americans.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal for her department. The Department of Education proposal includes significant cuts to funding for public schools while boosting federal support for vouchers allowing parents to send their students to private schools instead. When pressed by Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA), Secretary DeVos refused to say whether she would block private schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students from receiving federal dollars.
Actor and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) gave a commencement address at the University of Houston. He talked about what he called the “myth” of the self-made man by recalling those who helped him advance his careers as a bodybuilder, actor, and politician. He also told graduates to remember those who help them and to give back to their communities by helping others.
Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping women get jobs in the technology industry, gives the commemcement address at Scripps College in Claremont, California.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), vice chair of the Appropriations Committee, talks about President Trump’s budget, the president’s trip abroad, and another rejection of the administration’s travel ban by a federal appeals court.
Concerned Veterans for America’s Dan Caldwell discusses veterans' issues, Issue One’s Michael Beckel takes a look at congressional fundraising, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Steven Rothstein talks about the centennial of JFK’s birth.
Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) speaks at a summit on after-school programs and criticizes the Department of Education funding cuts in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget proposal.
Lawyers' Committee’s Kristen Clarke discusses voting rights and voter fraud, Americans for Prosperity’s Tim Phillips discusses GOP tax reform efforts, Regina Hopper discusses the future of high-tech transportation systems in the U.S.
A panel of academics and political strategists including the Director of Speechwriting for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, discuss the future of the Repubican and Democratic parties. This was the final panel at an all-day conference on Trump’s First 100 Days, hosted by the University of California Unruh Institute of Politics in Los Angeles.
The Ethics Centre and Bard College hosted a day-long forum on pressing public policy issues titled “Shades of Red and Blue.” During this one-hour portion, panelists discussed the media and the rise of so-called “fake news.” Speakers included author Salman Rushdie, Daily Beast White House reporter Lachlan Markay and Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, senior editor at the Federalist. The panel was the last in a series of public policy conversations at the New York Public Library on April 1, 2017.