News Trump threatens to gut money for emergency California wildfire aid By Anna Paul Posted on January 9, 2019 Share Tweet Share Email Trump tweets: ‘Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money’ Trump tweets: ‘Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money’ The morning after his Oval Office address, Donald Trump had thoughts on forest management in California. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Trump weighs in on potential national emergency declaration Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump said he has the “absolute right” to declare an emergency. The “threshold” for declaring one is if he can’t make a deal with Congress. Since you’re here … we have a small favour to ask. Three years ago we set out to make The Guardian sustainable by deepening our relationship with our readers. 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Make a contribution – The Guardian Lauren Gambino The Democratic leaders on Wednesday joined affected federal workers at a press conference on Capitol Hill to urge Donald Trump to end the partial government shutdown. Echoing language they used in their rebuttal to Trump’s Tuesday night address, they accused the president of misrepresenting their negotiating position and called it a “dark time” for American workers. “To use them as hostages through a temper tantrum by the president is just so wrong, so unfair, so mean-spirited,” said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, pointing the workers standing behind him. “It ought to end and it ought to end now.” House Democrats are planning to start passing individual spending bills that would reopen closed departments in hopes of ratcheting up pressure on Republicans. But the Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring legislation to the floor that Trump has not explicitly said he would support. “Last night the president spouted more malice and misinformation, appealing to fear instead of facts,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “The reality is the president could end the Trump shutdown and reopen the government today – and he should.” Jeffery David Cox, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, stressed the economic toll the shutdown – which he called a “lockout” – was having on workers, noting that his members’ average take-home pay is $500 a week. “They need their jobs. They need their paydays. They want to service the American people and it’s time for this lockout to end,” Cox said. Clifton Buchanan, a cook supervisor with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Houston, is among the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who have been furloughed since 21 December, when parts of the government shut down. Buchanan, who participated in the conference in Washington, turned 50 years old on Friday but instead of celebrating the milestone, he sat around the kitchen table with his wife discussing which bills they could afford to pay without his income. “I’ve served this country for 29 years so it’s not like I’m against protecting our country” he said, referring to his service in the US army and his work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. “But,” he said, directing his comments to Congress and the president, “open up the government and then do your political thing. Free the hostages.” Right now I’m just trying to figure out how to pay my bills and feed my family. I’m not working. I’m not getting paid. I can’t pick and choose who to blame. I just know I have no income.” The New Hampshire Democratic Party has just announced that Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at the party’s major fundraising dinner in February. The speech marks Warren’s first announced trip to Granite State since forming an exploratory committee for a presidential bid on New Year’s Eve. Warren travelled to Iowa last weekend. The retirement of longtime Kansas senator Pat Roberts has sparked one statewide elected official to throw his hat in the ring already. Jake LaTurner, the 30-year-old Republican state treasurer of the Sunflower State, announced yesterday that he run for the seat being vacated by Roberts in 2020. Roberts narrowly won re-election in 2014 against Democratic backed independent Greg Orman. Former HUD secretary Julian Castro, who is expected to announced a presidential bid this weekend, has committed to not taking support from political action committees and similar outside groups. Reports Castro also echoed a promise made by another fellow Democrat exploring a 2020 run, Senator Elizabeth Warren: not to take money from political action committees — and challenging other would-be candidates to do the same. That promise was met with some consternation from one man in the crowd, afraid that Castro would be — as the candidate re-phrased it — “bringing a knife to a gun fight.” “The people are more powerful than the PAC,” Castro rebutted, eliciting cheers. Controversial Iowa Republican Steve King will face a primary challenge from Randy Feenstra, a state senator from the north-west corner of the state. In a statement, Feenstra said: “Today, Iowa’s 4th District doesn’t have a voice in Washington, because our current representative’s caustic nature has left us without a seat at the table,” Senator Feenstra concluded. “We don’t need any more sideshows or distractions, we need to start winning for Iowa’s families.” Feenstra though emphasizes his conservative credentials including support for President Trump and the second amendment and his opposition to abortion. In an interview with Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel this morning, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged that she was incorrect when she wrongly claimed that 4,000 terrorists had been stopped at the southern border of the United States. The correct number was six. “I should have said 4,000 at all points of entry, not just at the southern border. But the bottom line is whether it’s one, whether it’s four, whether it’s fourteen or four thousand – one terrorists coming into our country in illegal fashion to do us harm is one too many and we have to take every step possible to prevent that from happening, including protecting our most vulnerable points of entry, and we know that to be the southern border. We have to do what is necessary to protect our border, to protect the people, and that’s exactly what President Trump has done, and that’s exactly what he laid out in his speech last night.” Chuck Grassley, the outgoing chair of the Senate judiciary committee, met with Bill Barr, Trump’s attorney general nominee on Capitol Hill this morning. Confirmation hearings on Barr’s nomination will be held next week. Good morning, it is the 19th day of the partial government shutdown, Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Justice Department soon and Donald Trump is appearing on Capitol Hill. It is Wednesday in American politics. 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