House votes to restrain Trump on Iran amid tensions

AOC disavows her earlier suggestion Pelosi is racist

Reps. Veronica Escobar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley also visited the facilities this month.

The House bill also includes an amendment that would bar Trump from attacking Iran without first obtaining Congress' approval.

The lawmakers' trip to the border came the same day as a report that revealed a closed Facebook group in which current and former Border Patrol agents reportedly share jokes about migrant deaths, derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers and a lewd meme involving at least one of them. Iran shot down an American drone last month over what the USA claimed was global waters.

Ocasio-Cortez's distaste for Pelosi and other more "moderate" Democrats trickles down to her staff.

Chakrabarti responded to the House Democrats' Twitter handle Friday night, asking why they did not point out that he was responding to someone else who brought up Davids.

Friday's House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing offered a microcosm of the nation's red-blue chasm and, perhaps, a chance for each side to vent.

But 27 Republicans plus Republican-turned-independent Justin Amash joined the overwhelming majority of Democrats in backing the amendment. She criticized harsh policies "intentionally and cruelly created by a Trump administration dead set on sending a hate-filled message that those seeking refuge are not welcome in America". She claimed she saw migrants drinking out of toilets, which a Border Patrol official flatly denied, and that she felt unsafe during the visit.

Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Reps.


The figures reflected "a deliberate, unnecessary and cruel choice by President Trump and his administration", the report said. They're then supposed to be transferred to government-run shelters.

The Republican president says his immigration policies are meant to keep the country safe.

At a Wednesday evening meeting in Pelosi's office, Democratic Representative Derek Kilmer of Washington, chairman of the New Democratic Coalition, told Pelosi in stark terms that moderates were irate about Chakrabarti's tweet - specifically citing Representative Terri Sewell, Democrat of Alabama, a New Democrats cochair who is one of several moderate African-Americans representing a southern district.

The tensions in the House drew the attention of Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, who mocked the incident as a "major meow mashup".

The House will soon vote on one bill by Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, tightening oversight of the Homeland Security Department and another by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., establishing care standards for seized migrants.

Democrats and Republicans are fighting over the treatment of the arrivals, whose numbers have surpassed 100,000 monthly.

Liberal Democrats tried, but failed, to reduce that number even further Friday, with an amendment to strip $16.8 billion in war funding from the bill.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the 29-year-old progressive icon, was among the four Democrats - all women - who testified.

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