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Despite the record-long government shutdown, with over 800,000 employees not being paid, about 30 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend -- with their families and lobbyists -- for a winter retreat, where they also planned to see a special performance of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.”
Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC gathering in San Juan, also planned to meet Saturday with Puerto Rican officials to discuss ongoing cleanup efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to a report.
FLORIDA DEMOCRAT GOT 'HAMILTON' TICKETS FROM UNDERCOVER FBI AGENT, RECORDS SHOW.
“This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet, with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!” a planning memo said.
Trump vents fury over Russia stories and again threatens national emergency
Holed up at the White House, Trump turned to the other subject dominating US politics: the partial government shutdown which, going into its 23rd day, is now the longest in history, eclipsing the record set under Bill Clinton.
He called on the Democrats to do a deal and again threatened to declare a national emergency if they don’t “come to their senses”.
“I have the absolute right to call a national emergency,” he said. “Other presidents have called national emergencies for lesser importance than this. I’d rather see the Democrats come back from their vacation and act. It would take me 15 minutes to get a deal done and everyone could go back to work.”
With polls showing Trump getting most of the blame, the president is toying with the idea of declaring a national emergency, bypassing Congress and funding the wall from existing federal revenue. Republicans are divided on the move and it would be certain to face legal challenges.
The participants paid for the "Hamilton" tickets with their own funds, the Washington Examiner reported. "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda began a two-week run of his hit play Friday in Puerto Rico to raise money for artists and cultural groups still struggling in wake of Hurricane Maria. Tickets for opening night ranged from $10 to $5,000, according to the Associated Press.
The chartered jet that carried the attendees also brought 250 pounds of donated medical supplies.The trip is the largest congressional delegation to the island since it was devastated by the September 2017 hurricane.
Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, will attend a summit on the island on Monday, according to the Examiner.
I am in the White House waiting for Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy to call so we can start helping our Country both at the Border and from within!
originally posted by: BoscoMoney
So rather than do something useful you'd rather everybody take a vacation while holding the country ransom?
Puerto Rico - officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, lit. "Free Associated State of Puerto Rico") is an unincorporated territory of the United States
In this week’s address, Rep. Scott Peters discusses Democrats’ support for smart, effective border security solutions and calls on President Trump and Senator McConnell to re-open government now.