At least one Republican senator predicted a consensus was still several more weeks away, and few senators have been willing to defend the bill publicly
Republican senators left Washington more than a week ago without voting time a long-promised repeal of the Affordable Care Act or their unpopular plan to replace it. The GOP lawmakers return on Monday with the daunting task of crafting a bill still very much in front of them, amid swirling doubts concerning the prospect of finding a solution any time soon.
My view is its probably going to be dead, Arizona senator John McCain told CBS on Sunday. I fear that its going to fail.
A vote is unlikely to take place this week, with at the least one Republican senator predicting that his colleagues are still several more weeks away from reaching a consensus on a healthcare replacement. Last week at a town hall, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell compared the process of negotiating healthcare reform with intransigent Republican senators to solving a Rubiks cube.
Im in the position of a guy with a Rubiks cube, trying to spin the dial in such a way to get at least 50 each member of my conference who can agree to a version of repealing and replacing Obamacare, McConnell said. That is a very timely subject that Im grappling with as we speak.
Republicans were not meant to still be grappling with healthcare over the Fourth of July recess. When Trump took office and the GOP kept control of Congress, they laid out an ambitious agenda that included repealing Obamacare as early as January and then moving on to taxation reform and infrastructure.
But intransigent Republican opposition and a groundswell of political activism following the completion of Trumps election derailed that timeline. Now its summertime and with merely a handful of running weeks left before the August recess, the Senate Republican leadership is still searching furiously for 50 votes, a tally that would only push them over the finishing line with a casting vote from the vicepresident, Mike Pence.
The clearest sign of Republican resistance to the bill was how few senators were willing to defend the bill publicly. During the Fourth of July recess politicians typically relish the opportunity to march in patriotic parades and clasp hands with constituents. But this year those appearances were scarce.
And the few Republican senators who made public appearances were met with protests and pleas from constituents concerned about the Republican healthcare plan.
Politico first reported that Price was employing private charter airliners instead of commercial flights. The health department’s inspector general is reviewing the issue.
In a statement released on Thursday, Price said:” Today, I will write a personal check to the US treasury for the expenses of my travelling on private charter aircrafts. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those airliners .”
He added:” I will take no more private charter flights as secretary of HHS. No exceptions .”
Price will merely refund the governmental forces for his share of the private travelling- $51,887.37- not the full cost of the flights.
In a statement, a HHS spokesperson said:” What the secretary has done is say that while all of this travel was approved by legal and HHS officials, the secretary has heard the taxpayers’ concerns and wants to be responsive to them.
” That’s why he’s taking the unprecedented step of refunding the government for his share of the travel. Secretary Price will write a personal check to the US Treasury for $51,887.31. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for his seats on charter aircrafts .”
In his statement, the former Georgia congressman said:” I regret the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars. All of my political career I’ve fought for the taxpayers. It is clear to me that in this case, I was not sensitive enough to my fear for the taxpayer .”
Price’s flights, which included two journeys to locatings where he owns property, became a political flashpoint on Capitol Hill.
The Iowa Republican senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to the White House asking for information on the use of private airplanes by Price and several other cabinet members.
The House oversight committee, meanwhile, sent a letter to 24 government agencies regarding the use of” private non-commercial traveling for official reasons “.
Prior to his appointment to Trump’s cabinet, Price served 12 years in Congress, representing suburban Atlanta. While on Capitol hill, the former orthopedic surgeon was a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act and a leading Republican voice on health policy issues.
Prominent GOP figures have forged an array of groups to support the Democrat but some experts doubt the Republican rank and file will follow suit
Hours before Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the partys convention in Philadelphia, Doug Elmets strolled on to the stage. Simply 18 months ago, his speech would have been unthinkable.
Its an honor to be here, and candidly, its also a shock, told Elmets, a former spokesman and speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.
The existence of Republicans who support Clinton, such as Elmets, is one of many plot spins in an extraordinary presidential election cycle. Conservative men and women have rejected their natural nominee in favor of a candidate their party has expended two decades tearing down.
With less than 100 days left before election day, the Clinton campaign is accelerating its drive to recruit GOP donors, business leaders and foreign policy experts. According to people familiar with the effort, a visible alliance of independents and Republican backing Clinton will make it easier for conservatives dismayed by Donald Trump to cast their votes for a Democrat.
The Clinton campaign has been preparing for its Republican outreach attempt for months. Around the start of the conventions, it went into gear. Since then , notable Republican, military leaders and one GOP congressman have abandoned Trump and cast their lot with Clinton. Framing their defections as a moral imperative, the converts are advising fellow Republican and independents to set country over party and join them on 8 November.
Donald Trumps demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character, Meg Whitman, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard and a prominent Republican donor, said in a statement. America needs the kind of stable and aspirational leadership Secretary Clinton can provide.
Whitman was joined this week by billionaire hedge fund director Seth Klarman, who donated to Jeb Bushs primary campaign; GOP representative Richard Hanna of New York; and Sally Bradshaw, a top consultant to Bush who said she would vote for Clinton if the race is close in Florida.
On Friday, Clinton was endorsed by Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA, who used a New York Times op-ed to call Trump a threat to our national security and an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.
The Trump campaign did not return a request for comment.
Environmental and state departments face the greatest reductions in Trumps proposed budget, while the border wall would receive an immediate $1.4 bn
Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 tn budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a downpayment on a US-Mexico border wall.
Trumps proposal seeks to upend Washington with cuts to long-promised campaign targets like foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as strong congressional favorites such as medical research, help for homeless veterans and community development grants.
A budget that sets America first must make the safety of our people its number one priority because without security, there can be no prosperity, Trump said in a message accompanying his proposed budget, whose title, America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, borrows a phrase denounced by the Anti-Defamation League for its links to 1940 s Nazi sympathizers.
The $ 54 bn boost for the military is the largest since Ronald Reagans Pentagon buildup in the 1980 s, promising immediate money for troop readiness, the fight against Islamic State activists and procurement of new ships, fighter jets and other weapons. The 10% Pentagon boost is financed by $54 bn in cuts to foreign aid and domestic agencies that had been protected by Barack Obama.
The budget goes after the frequent targets of the partys staunchest conservatives, eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, legal aid for the poor, low-income heating assistance and the AmeriCorps national service program established by Bill Clinton.
This is a hard power budget , not a soft power budget, told White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.
Such programs were the focus of lengthy combats dating to the GOP takeover of Congress in 1995 and have survived prior attempts to eliminate them.
Lawmakers will have the final say on Trumps proposal in the arduous budget process, and many of the cuts will be deemed dead on arrival.
The administrations budget isnt going to be the budget, said Senator Marco Rubio. We do the budget here. The administration makes recommendations, but Congress does budgets.
Mulvaney acknowledged to reporters that passing the cuts could be an uphill struggle and said the administration would negotiate over replacing cuts.
This is not a take-it-or-leave-it budget, Mulvaney said.
Law enforcement agencies like the FBI would be spared, while the border wall would receive an immediate $1.4 bn infusion in the ongoing fiscal year, with another $2.6 bn planned for the 2018 budget year starting 1 October.
Trump repeatedly claimed during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall when, in fact, US taxpayers are almost certain to foot the bill.
Twelve of the governmental forces 15 Cabinet agencies would absorb cuts under the presidents proposal. The biggest losers are agriculture, labor, country and the cabinet-level EPA. The defense department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affair are the winners.
More than 3,000 EPA employees would lose their jobs and programs such as Obamas Clean Power Plan, which would stiffen regulations on emissions from power plants seen as contributing to global warming, would be eliminated. Popular EPA awards for nation and local drinking and wastewater projects would be preserved, however, even as research into climate change would be eliminated.
Trumps proposal covers merely approximately one-fourth of the approximately$ 4tn federal budget, the discretionary portion that Congress passes per year. It doesnt address taxes, social security systems, Medicare and Medicaid, or induce predictions about deficits and the economy. Those big-picture details are due in mid-May, and are sure to prove large probably permanent budget deficits. Trump has vowed not to cut Social Security and Medicare and is dead set against raising taxes.
The presidents going to keep his promises to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, Mulvaney said.
But the budget increases user fees, boosting the airline ticket tax by$ 1 per one-way journey. It would also slash subsidies for the federal flood insurance program thats a linchpin for the real estate marketplace, especially in coastal southern states and the Northeast.
The so-called skinny budget is indeed thin, glossing over cuts to many sensitive programs such as community health centers, national park, and payments for rural schools, offering merely a vague, two-page summing-up of most agencies, including the Pentagon, where apportioning its additional billions is still a work in progress.
Trumps proposal is sure to land with a thud on Capitol hill, and not only with opposition Democrats outraged over cuts to pet programs such as renewable energy, climate change research and rehabilitation of housing projects.
Republicans like Senator Rob Portman of Ohio are irate over planned elimination of a program to restore the Great Lakes. Top Republicans like majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate foreign relations committee chairwoman Bob Corker of Tennessee are opposed to drastic cuts to foreign aid. And even GOP defense hawks like armed service committee chairwoman Mac Thornberry of Texas arent satisfied with the $54 bn increase for the military.
Before the two sides go to war over Trumps 2018 plan, they need to clean up more than $1.1 tn in unfinished bureau budgets for the current year. A temporary catchall spending bill expires 28 April; negotiations have scarcely started and could get hung up over Trumps request for the wall and additional border patrol and immigration enforcement agents, just for starters.
Some of the most politically sensitive domestic programs would be spared, including food aid for pregnant women and their children, housing vouchers for the poor, providing assistance to special education and school districts for the poor and federal aid to historically black colleges and universities.
But the National Institute of Health would assimilate a $5.8 bn cut despite Trumps talk in a recent address to Congress of find remedies to the illnesses that have always beset us. Subsidies for airlines serving rural airports in Trump strongholds would be eliminated. It would also shut down Amtraks money-losing long-distance roads and kill off a popular $500 m-per-year TIGER Grant program for freeway projects created by Obama.
EPA plan to focus on hazardous areas that pollute air and water, often near low-income communities and minorities, was dashed by presidents budget proposal
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitts vow to shift the agency back towards the vital work of dealing with toxic sites that pollute air and water has been dashed by a White House budget plan that would slash funding for the clean-ups.
Donald Trumps 2018 budget plan proposes severe cuts to clean-up programs targeting some of the most toxic sites in the US, which are invariably situated near low-income communities and minorities, despite a push by the EPA to prioritize these hazardous areas.
This month, Pruitt issued a directive that instructed the agency to quicken its response to polluted areas known as Superfund sites, where industrial activity or toxic accidents have tainted the air, water or soils.
In an internal memo, Pruitt said he will take oversight of Superfund remedial efforts, promising that the clean-ups will be restored to their rightful place at the center of the agencys core mission. There are more than 1,700 Superfund sites such as shuttered factories, quarries and landfills in the US, with a disproportionate number situated beside communities of color.
But Trumps budget proposal, set to be fully unveiled on Tuesday, would reduce funding for those clean-ups by nearly a third, while the budget for enforcing Superfund remedies with businesses would be slashed by almost 40%. The EPA budget documents were obtained and released by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.
Furthermore, the EPAs environmental justice office, which champions the rights of communities burdened by pollution, would be closed down and the civil rights program would experience an 18% funding decrease.
Congress will have the responsibility for setting federal spending but Trumps budget request makes clear that the administration wants to pare down the EPA while increasing military spending and paying for a border wall with Mexico. Trump envisages cuts that would see the EPAs total budget shrink by nearly one third from $8.2bn to $5.65bn its lowest level, adjusting for inflation, in 40 years.
Trumps proposed budget eliminates several programs, with deep cuts to renewable energy and climate change-related initiatives. In March, Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, said climate research is a waste of your money. The 2018 plan would:
Reduce funding for the science and technology arm of the EPA by nearly 40% to $450m.
Cut grants to states for their own environmental protections from $3.6bn to 2.9bn.
Eliminate funding for the protection of major water ecosystems including the Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Puget Sound and the Great Lakes.
Remove all $19m in help for Alaskan native villages that are threatened by warming temperatures and sea level rise.
Reduce funding for drinking water health programs by $16m to $80m.
Scrap the $8m used to fund the greenhouse gas reporting program, which lists carbon emissions from industrial facilities.
However, it is unlikely that Trumps plan for the EPA will come to fruition, with some Republicans in Congress indicating that they believe the cuts go too far.
Charlie Dent, a Republican congressman who sits on the House appropriations committee, said: We want a functioning EPA and want their decisions to be based on best practices and science. I dont think anyone is here to kill the agency, were here to make it work better.
Catherine Lhamon, chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights, told the Guardian: If this budget is implemented, it will be at best a backward step and at worst extremely harmful to communities of color nationwide.
Last year, the commission released a report scathing of the EPAs extreme delays in responding to civil rights complaints in the area of environmental justice. It found that the agencys civil rights office had never made a formal finding of discrimination in its history.
The Obama administration created a new plan, called EJ2020, to address some of these problems but its future is now uncertain, with the EPA declining to comment on whether the strategy is to be scrapped.
An EPA spokeswoman said: We are still evaluating ways to comply with the presidents budget, and administrator Pruitt is committed to the idea that all programs need to work directly with communities who have been underserved by EPA.
Lhamon said: Civil rights and environmental justice are already seriously under resourced within the EPA. Cutting resources yet further will not help. Environmental justice concerns will exist even if the office doesnt and racial discrimination will persist even if the office of civil rights doesnt have the staff to address it.
Bill Becker, head of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, said: In short, these cuts will result in more people dying prematurely and getting sick unnecessarily.
These cuts will mean delays in meeting health-based air quality standards, less inspections against noncomplying facilities, decreased monitoring in metropolitan areas, and fewer agency staff to address air quality problems.
Florida senator and former presidential nominee says he will stray on the side of life even if newborns will have microcephaly
Florida senator Marco Rubio has said women infected with the Zika virus should not be allowed to have abortions, even if their babies have microcephaly, the severe developmental disorder than can result from infection with the disease.
If Im going to err, Im going to err on the side of life, the Republican told Politico. Rubio, who has championed Zika funding bills in the Senate, also blamed Democrat for the failure to pass such federal aid.
According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC) figures, Florida is the state second-worst affected by Zika, after New York, but is the only country to have infections caused by local mosquitoes. Most Zika examples in the US have been found in people who travelled to affected countries and provinces.
On Sunday, the Florida governor, Rick Scott, told NBC that despite his state having identified 16 occurrences of mosquito-borne Zika infections, what were doing is working.
Scott also called for increased federal assistance, in addition to the several million Barack Obama has released in existing grants. On Friday, the federal Food and Drug Administration cleared a private company to release genetically altered mosquitoes which could help the fight against Zika on an island in the Florida Keys. The project will be subject to a local referendum in November.
Rubio operated unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination and only recently decided to run for re-election rather than give up public life. During the presidential campaign, he said he was opposed to abortion in all instances, including in cases of rape or incest.
I understand a lot of people disagree with my view but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws, he said on Saturday. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, its a difficult question and a hard one. But if Im going to err, Im going to err on the side of life.
In the Senate, Rubio has supported the provision of funding for work against Zika. In May, after a $1.1 bn funding measure he sponsored passed the Senate, he quoth an estimate from the CDC director, Tom Frieden, that the lifetime cost of caring for small children born with microcephaly could reach $10 m.
Were going to be dealing with Zika for multiple years, Rubio told. Outside of the human expense is the economic cost of this. Were going to be spending money on Zika for the foreseeable future.
On Saturday, he added: Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, its a lifetime of difficulties. So I get it.
Im not pretending to you that thats an easy topic you asked me. But Im pro-life. And Im strongly pro-life. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life.
Obama asked Congress for $1.9 bn of funding, which is now being blocked in the Senate in June. House Republican had appended unrelated provisions to the bill involving, for example, abortion limiteds and the Confederate flag and Senate Democrats refused to pass it in its altered sort.
Rubio blamed the failure to pass any anti-Zika fund on Democrats, who have blamed Republican for inserting such poison pill clauses into the relevant bill. One such clause had a measure to defund Planned Parenthood, the womens health provider and a frequent target of anti-abortion campaigners.
The Planned Parenthood angle is something they basically made up to have a political reason not to pass Zika so they can come back in August and campaign on it, Rubio told. Thats what I entail by political volleyball. Both sides have played that game. I would have preferred the House only passed a clean funding bill and Ill vote for that if it comes out.
On NBC, Scott was asked if it was now safe to travel to Wynwood, the Miami neighbourhood in which mosquito-borne Zika has been found.
Absolutely, he told. I was there on Thursday we are doing a good job working to get rid of the mosquitoes. Our department of health at the local level is doing a good job. We have 16 lawsuits weve been able to reduce the region we had a concern about by 10 blocks on Friday, so were working on it.
Everybody pregnant has the option for a test if they want it; were picking everybody up. What were doing is working.
The CDC has cautioned pregnant women and their partners not to travel to Wynwood, and advised those who live there to try to prevent mosquito bites, wear a condom, and be tested for infection. Couples trying to get pregnant should also avoid the area, the health officials said.
What weve done is allocate the dollars better, he said. We reduced some fund originally but we dramatically increased the funding over the last five, six years Ive been in office. We have a very good mosquito board. Ive apportioned $26.2 m of state funding.
The feds need to become a partner, Scott continued, saying he had asked Frieden for 10,000 more Zika preparedness kits. We still need the federal government to show up. The chairman and Congress still need to work together. This is a national, federal issue , not just a Florida issue.
Our nominees for chairman campaign as if theyre running for king, and not only any king no quaint, hospital-touring emblem of national unity , no mere figurehead answerable to a constitution and a popular assembly. Congress? Whats that? If elected, our American nominee will, like an absolute monarch, resolve the thorniest problems of state simply by exerting his( or her !) will. Is the domestic economy on fire, and about to spread to our neighbours? He will fix it, because he knows how. Students drowning in debt? Hell induce college free! Islamic jihadists taking over cities in Syria and Iraq? Hell carpet bomb them until we find out if sand[ and innocent civilians] can glow.
Many Chicagoans swell with pride for Barack Obama, whose life and work were enshrined as the best of the south side long before his last presidential address
Zariff can recollect cutting Barack Obamas hair for his breakthrough speech at the Democratic national convention address in 2004. I cut it real short for that one, the barber said. He ran from medium to short. I thought it should be different.
On Tuesday, Obama will again sit calmly as Zariff, his personal hairdresser for more than two decades, prepares him to walk out before an ecstatic, expectant crowd. This time it will be to deliver his last address as US president. He will reflect on what he got done, what went undo, and what a Donald Trump future portends for America and the world .
Hopes are high that he has one more great speech left in him.
Unlike Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or George W Bush, Obama has opted to give his farewell address not in the White House but in his adopted home. Chicago, Americas third largest city, is guaranteed to give the president an adoring, raucous, never-let-me-go sendoff.
There may have been moments of high drama during the presidential debate, but its a contrast to 2012 when Republican were accused waging a war on women
An unusual election year has ushered in an unusual stillnes: the issue of abortion, almost always a cause for pitched battles between presidential candidates, has been all but invisible on “the member states national” stage as the campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton draws to a close.
There have been moments of high drama. Trumps call for penalty when women get abortions in illegal situations collided with Clintons demand, unprecedented for a major party presidential nominee, to roll back a 40 -year restriction on public funding for abortion. And the third presidential debate insured Trump unleash an inflammatory line of assault, telling Clinton supported policy allowing doctors to rip infants out of the womb days before birth.
But contrast that with 2012, when the Republican ticket struggled to escape accusations that the party had waged a war on women reproductive health. This year, merely a handful of ballot races have revolved around issues of abortions.
Its causing major abortion rights groups, a fixture in modern politics, to readjust.
Trumps record with women took up a lot of air in this election, said Marcy Stech, a spokesperson for Emilys List. The Democratic political action committee is focused on electing pro-abortion rights women and is throwing its resourcesinto several Senate candidates in swing states.
He turned Republican from the party of the transvaginal probe a 2012 dispute that Emilys List and groups like it deftly exploited into something else entirely, Stech said. Weve never had to poll-test before what happens when you construct fat-shaming an actual campaign strategy.
Kaylie Hanson Long, a spokesperson for Naral Pro-Choice America, acknowledged that this election had the group feeling a little out of its comfort zone. It is unprecedented how this race is unfolding. But it is unfold, she added, to Narals advantage. Abortion may not have been a staple issue of this election, but thats merely because the oxygen has been taken up by a candidate who has said such nasty things about women.
Deirdre Schifeling, the executive director of Planned Parenthoods Super Pac, agreed that the dimensions of the race were unusual, but to her groups advantage. In the days after the Washington Post published the infamous videotape of Donald Trump bragging that he could get away with groping a womans genitals, volunteer switchings for Planned Parenthood increased 126% in Ohio. The group deployed $30 mon voter turnout, and its canvassers have knocked on close to 2m doors.
Susan B Anthony List, the Republican answer to Emilys List, will by next week have knocked on 1m doors. Some of its canvassing is also intended to discouraging is supportive of Clinton. But a substantial proportion is aimed at keeping control of the Senate seats, in countries such as Missouri and Florida, that are crucial to a Republican majority.
These canvassers are highlighting Clintons longtime support for abortion rights, told Mallory Quigley, a spokesperson for SBA List, including her radical vote as senator in 2003 against a ban on a technique of second- and third-trimester abortion.
Trumps record as an anti-abortion rights crusader, by contrast, is much shorter. In an August 2015 primary debate, Trump said he could not commit to defunding Schemed Parenthood without considering how the organization was good for women. He did not commit to stripping Schemed Parenthood of federal monies until this past February. Then, in April, Trump suggested that as chairwoman he would attain no effort to overrule Roe v Wade. The statutes are defined, he told. And I think we have to leave it that way. He reversed himself one month afterwards, telling Fox host Bill OReilly that as chairperson he would nominate pro life judges to the supreme court.
But the reaction of pro- and anti-abortion rights activists alike has been to gloss over Trumps bumpy journey on abortion rights.
We can only go by what he has said in this campaign, Long said. That has ranged from saying that a woman should be punished for having an abortion if the procedure were illegal to taking advice, we assume, and talking points from anti-choice legislators like Mike Pence.
I dont doubt his seriousnes, told Quigley of Trumps current anti-abortion views. In the third debate, you could really feel his passion. Trump himself, she added, has acknowledged that he is a convert to the cause.
Still, it was only nine months ago that Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of SBA List, pleaded with Iowa caucus-goers in an open letter to support anyone but Donald Trump.
Pressed on this, Quigley replied: Well, when it came down to a general election scenario, and we had two candidates, there is no question. We would of course subsistence Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Policy not the person is the most important consideration.
One moment when the clash over abortion rights virtually resembled a normal election year went when Fox News host Chris Wallace requested information about abortion in the final presidential debate.
His questions touched a nerve on all sides. Asked about abortion late in a pregnancy, Trump opened up an inflammatory line of assault. If you go with what Hillary is saying, Trump told, you can take the baby and rend the newborn out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day.
Clinton shot back that many terminations late in pregnancy take place when something terrible has happened or only been discovered about the pregnancy.
Using that kind of scare rhetoric is simply terribly unfortunate, she said.
The exchange concerned one of the least understood and most controversial types of abortion those taking place when the fetus approaches or passes the point of viability.
It is a topic wracked by misrepresentations. Wallace raised the issue of partial birth abortion, a political term that doesnt readily correspond to a specific medical procedure, but which Congress nonetheless banned more than a decade ago. In 2003, the ban was upheld by the supreme court.
Clinton has never campaigned on overruling the ban, but as a senator she voted against it. In the final debate, she explained that she voted no because the bill didnt make an exception for the lives of the mother. Prior to the debate, she has said she supported late-pregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother.
Trump, meanwhile, has committed to signing a ban on abortion in the 20 th week of pregnancy before a fetus is viable outside the womb.
But his suggestion that pregnancies are objective days before a pregnancy is full term doesnt appear to be supported in fact.
The percentage of women having abortions past the midpoint of their pregnancy is very small. The latest calculate by the CDC is that fully 98.7% of abortions take place before 21 weeks gestation. Most fetuses are not viable outside the womb for another three weeks. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights thinktank, estimates that proportion of terminations after 20 weeks is slightly higher, or about 15,000 procedures every year.
Clintons statements, which characterized these terminations as being done in cases of severe fetal anomaly, do not fully capture what we know about later abortions.
We know very little about women who seek afterward abortions, reads a 2013 analyse published in the journal of the Guttmacher Institute. But data suggest that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.( The examine characterized later abortions as those taking place after 20 weeks .)
Dr Warren Hern, who is one of only a handful of doctors in the country performing third-trimester abortions, agreed to speak in as much detail as he could about his own patients.
Hern is forecast that in a majority of his later abortion examples, the women are there because of a serious fetal anomaly. The remainder of his clients are a mix. Hern objects to the word elective abortion. It makes it sound like you decided to have curls instead of bangs as a hairdo, he told. But he lets that many although not a majority of patients having later abortions are not there because of fetal anomaly.
Without doing the kind of analysis I would need to do to be sure, I would say that more than half of the patients who come in[ post-viability] are there because of fetal abnormalities, and this was a very desired pregnancy, he told. The other, smaller proportion are usually very young women, 12 or 13 years old, who are victims of sexual assault, of incest. Or they are adult women who have been told by a doctor they cant get pregnant, or who thought they were post-menopausal.
Hern says he turns many women away. For one, after about 33 weeks, termination carries more serious dangers.
One of the things I have to decide is, first of all, do I feel comfy objective the pregnancy at a late stage when “were not receiving” obvious problem, such a fetal abnormality or a rape? If I have someone whos 33 weeks pregnant, and she should have had this done four or five months ago, Im not going to do that, because theres a certain quantity of hazard involved.
Trump, he told, is totally and abysmally ignorant about this topic. His statements are highly inflammatory and obscene and designed to inflame his adherents, who dont need to be inflamed.
But it is unclear if Trumps commentaries won him any followers.
Wallace also asked Trump whether or not he wanted Roe v Wade to be overturned. Trump declined to answer, telling the issue will go back to the states. But when Trump reiterated his promise to appoint anti-abortion justices to the supreme court, his support among a group of undecided voters judging the debate for CNN plummeted.
US president due to sign off executive orders, including a temporary prohibition on refugees from the Middle East
Donald Trump is due to sign off a volley of executive orders on national security, including measures to start the construction of a wall on the Mexican perimeter and the imposition of a ban on refugees from the Middle East.
The new US president is expected to sign orders setting out federal funding for the wall during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, two administration officials told the Associated Press.
He will also impose a temporary forbidding on most refugees and suspend visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle east and African countries, congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the measures told Reuters.
According to a report in the New York Times, Trump is also considering measures that are even more contentious, including reviewing whether to resume the once-secret black site detention program, designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, and keeping open the Guantnamo Bay detention centre.
Trump appeared to preview the measures in a characteristic tweet late on Tuesday that told: Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will construct the wall!
His latest orders are expected to involve restricting access to the US for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts. By doing so, he looks likely to ignore Bana al-Abed, the seven-year-old girl whose tweets from Aleppo drew attention to the citys devastation, who has urged Trump to do something for the children of Syria in an open letter.
James Carafano, who led the Trumps homeland security transition team, was of the view that the schemed visa restrictions were prudent.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4s Today programme, he told: We have watched legitimate cases of transnational terrorism of people travelling from one country to another to do terrorist acts. We have actually considered a number of them in western Europe, so a country putting in place prudent measures to interdict terrorist travel by making sure you are screening refugees and visa applicants appropriately is not in any way imprudent. And dealing with that while youre also dealing with trying to prevent homegrown terrorist attacks at the same time to me just sounds like reasonable responsible national security.
It doesnt seem like an effort to persecutes any religion or any particular people.