As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week.
1179. Moved to block deal that would allow Cuban baseball players to play in the United States
- Following up from #1015, moved to roll back Obama era mercury emissions regulations
1181. Blocked a pay increase for Federal workers
1182. Repeated lie about the FBI “deleting” text messages
1183. Sued by Federal employees for forcing them to work without pay
1184. Prolonged the shutdown by preemptively rejecting House Democrat’s budget deal
1185. Moved to roll back roll back of anti-discrimination rules aimed at curbing actions that have a disparate impact on different groups of people based on ethnicity, gender and other characteristics
1186. Failed to distribute billions in storm protection money
The big story this week continues to be the government shutdown. As Democrats took control of the house they came prepared with a plan to resolve the shutdown, however Trump and Republicans continued to dig in their heels over wall funding. Every day the shutdown drags on the consequences become more severe, especially for the unpaid Federal workforce. Just to rub salt in the wound, Trump also blocked an automatic pay increase for Federal employees. For their part, the Federal employee’s union fought back to a limited degree by suing over workers being forced to work without pay.
As always, I don’t expect to catch everything, so let me know if there’s anything you think I’ve missed. The full omnibus is being maintained here (a spreadsheet version can be found here). For an overall summary, click here.