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This Is Going To Be One Weird Week In DC

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To help you wrap your mind around how truly bizarre things are getting to be in DC these days, here are four quick items to consider.

Last Thursday, while Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee were tailoring a one-sided impeachment record a group of pro-impeachment anti-Trump legislators, including Democrats Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA-39) and Rep. Josh Harder (CA-10) and former Republican, now anti-Trump independent, Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3) were at the White House snarfing down free food and drinks at the President’s congressional Christmas party, while at the same time claiming Trump should be impeached for alleged violations of “national security.”

Other anti-Trump legislators spotted at the party included Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Susie Lee (NV-3), Elaine Luria (VA-2), Jim Costa (CA-16), and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.).

A senior White House official reportedly later Axios, “It’s kind of odd to be voting to say the guy is a clear and present danger to the globe but I’m going to come and hang out at the White House for a black tie affair.”

On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee voted out, on a strict party line vote, two articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Trump is accused, in the first article, of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival Joe Biden while holding military aid as leverage, and, in the second, of obstructing Congress by blocking the House’s efforts to probe his actions.

The vote took place after two rancorous days of debate in which Democrat committee members delivered partisan talking points in support of impeaching President Trump, but no fact witnesses testified to impeachable conduct by the President.

At more or less the same time Democrats were announcing their article of impeachment, they also announced their support for the USMCA trade agreement, an updated trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

The trade deal, a signature campaign promise of Donald Trump’s, supersedes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which Trump often termed the worst trade deal in history.

The new agreement includes provisions for digital trade and incentives that could shift some automotive manufacturing from Mexico to the U.S. or Canada.

"It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA," Trump tweeted. "Good for everybody - Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions - tremendous support."

In an op-ed published by The Detroit News, Vice President Mike Pence wrote, “Despite their partisan impeachment, Trump has remained focused on how to keep our economy growing, and he negotiated the largest trade deal in American history, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

“The U.S. International Trade Commission says that within five years, the USMCA could add up to $235 billion in new economic growth and 589,000 jobs to the U.S. economy…  The USMCA makes a strong statement to the world that the era of U.S. economic surrender is over, and that if other countries want access to the most prosperous economy in the history of the world, then they have to give American workers access to their markets, too.”

And, no sooner had Democrats agreed to advance the USMCA, after sitting on it for almost a year, they also agreed to a “compromise” on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

This year’s NDAA includes a 3.1-percent pay raise for our troops, provides up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for Federal employees, ensures survivors of deceased service members receive the benefits they deserve, and establishes the United States Space Force, an idea championed by President Trump and often ridiculed by Democrats.

Additionally, the NDAA preserves the President’s power to reprogram funds to secure our border and rejects progressive attempts to limit the President’s authorities as Commander in Chief, which is sure to set-off fireworks in the House Democrat caucus.

So, after partying with President Trump last week, this week House Democrats will impeach Trump, pass his signature trade deal, pass his signature Space Force plan, and leave intact his authority to reprogram funds to build the wall on our southern border.

And all of this is supposed to be debated and pass before Congress takes its Christmas break. Like the headline said, next week is going to be one weird week in DC.

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So now the "Resistance" is moving the Trump agenda forward? Very interesting!

I suspect this means that the Democrats are beginning to realize Trump may well win. Now they are hedging their bets, moving this legislation forward quietly so that they can try to steal credit for it after Trump signs it.

They need to show they have been doing something other than just impeaching Trump, and that they really don't just hate the guy. I suspect internal polling is forcing them to do this; the general public is disgusted with their impeachment antics.

So they need to get some things under their belts and then hope the public is confused on the timeline. And they just might have a poison pill or two in these bills, hoping Trump will be desperate enough to sign them.

Signing some of his signature legislation would be huge for the President, and I suspect it is a sign of desperation on the part of the Democrats that they are going to give this to him.