On The Money: Trump issues emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets | Senate talks over emergency resolution collapse | Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks

On The Money: Trump issues emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets | Senate talks over emergency resolution collapse | Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks
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THE BIG DEAL-- Trump issues emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets:
President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE on Wednesday announced the U.S. will ground Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft, bowing to heavy pressure after two of the planes were involved in deadly crashes overseas.

"All of those planes are grounded, effective immediately," Trump told reporters at the White House.


The president called Boeing "an incredible company" that is "working very, very hard" to address issues with the aircraft, but said "the safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern."

Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoThe Hill's Morning Report - Report of Bolton tell-all manuscript roils Trump defense Mitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash MORE, acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Daniel Elwell and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg were all consulted and agreed with the decision, Trump said. The Hill's Jordan Fabian and Brett Samuels tell us why.


  • The FAA said in a subsequent statement that the decision came as a result of new data gathered and analyzed Wednesday at the site of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, as well as new satellite data made available Wednesday morning.
  • In a call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Elwell stood by the agency's initial refusal to ground the aircraft, even as dozens of other countries did so.
  • Three major U.S. airlines operate dozens of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft: American, Southwest and United. All three companies said in statements to The Hill that they would comply with the federal government's order, and work to accommodate passengers whose flights will be rebooked.

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Senate talks over emergency declaration collapse: Senate Republicans say talks to find a way to stop a House-passed resolution disapproving of President Trump's emergency declaration over the southern border are collapsing amid GOP divisions over what some see as a breach of separation of powers.

Senate Republicans said Wednesday afternoon that Trump will not support a proposal sponsored by Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe self-fulfilling Iran prophecy No patriotic poll bump for Trump, but Soleimani strike may still help him politically Senators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it MORE (R-Utah) to reform the National Emergencies Act of 1976 and require Congress to approve future emergency declarations after 30 days.

Lee announced Trump's position after taking a call from the president during the lunch meeting, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) told reporters after Wednesday's meeting that it's clear the disapproval resolution will pass.
"It's time to vote, everybody knows how they're going to vote. I don't think the president's going to win this one," he said. The Hill's Alexander Bolton tells us why.


  • There was a flash of hope Tuesday that a deal could be worked out with the White House whereby Trump would promise to support legislation curbing his power to declare future national emergencies in exchange for Republicans defeating the disapproval resolution.
  • But Trump decided against curbing his own presidential power, GOP senators said.
  • The disapproval resolution faces a certain Trump veto, and there's not enough support in either the House or the Senate to override it.


Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks: House progressives are pushing for the Democratic budget resolution to freeze or even lower defense spending, a key sticking point that could prevent the resolution from moving forward.

"We don't want to see an increase in defense spending, and certainly without some accountability and a stick that is able to be used around the audits and the implementation around the audit recommendations," said Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders says it's 'disappointing' he's not on campaign trail in Iowa MORE (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and a member of the House Budget committee.

Democrats are struggling to come to an agreement on a resolution that can garner enough votes within their party to pass in the House. Some moderates and deficit hawks are chafing at progressive demands that the resolution substantially increase spending, include elements of the Green New Deal or call for "Medicare for all." The Hill's Niv Elis fills us in here.