On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with $5B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena

On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with $5B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena
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THE BIG DEAL--Senate confirms Scalia as Labor secretary: The Senate has confirmed Eugene Scalia to lead the Labor Department, replacing Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFlorida sheriff ends work release program criticized over Jeffery Epstein The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena MORE who resigned amid questions over a plea deal he brokered for the now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Senate voted along party lines, 53-44, to confirm Scalia. He is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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At his confirmation hearing last week, Democrats questioned his record on LGBTQ and disability rights, noting his past writings and court cases. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday voted along party lines to advance his nomination.

The Hill's Alex Gangitano tells us more about him here.

 

LEADING THE DAY

Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena: Lawyers for President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE and the Manhattan district attorney's office have reached a "temporary arrangement" under which prosecutors won't enforce a subpoena for Trump's tax returns for a short period of time, the district attorney's office said in a court filing Thursday.

  • In a letter to Judge Victor Marrero, the district attorney's office said that it's agreed to refrain from enforcing the subpoena until either two business days after the judge rules on pending motions or until Oct. 7, whichever comes first. 
  • Absent a court order, Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, will immediately start a rolling production of documents responsive to the subpoena when the agreement expires.

The agreement comes one day after Marrero, an appointee of former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDemocratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment Political science has its limits when it comes to presidential prediction Walsh plans protest at RNC headquarters over 'nakedly anti-Democratic' primary cancellations MORE, ordered the parties in the lawsuit to try to reach an agreement on how to proceed before he rules in the case. The Hill's Naomi Jagoda tells us what it means here.

 

Bill with $5 billion in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections: Republicans at a contentious hearing on Thursday pushed through a Homeland Security spending measure that included $5 billion for President Trump's proposed border wall over the opposition of Democrats, who vowed to block the bill's passage on the floor.

"This is a waste of taxpayer dollars and bad for our country," said Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate opens Trump impeachment trial Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall Democrats vow to force third vote on Trump's border wall emergency declaration MORE (D-Vt.), the committee's top Democrat.

"It is not about solving real problems, it is about fulfilling a campaign promise. And let's not forget the president promised that Mexico would pay for the wall," he added.

With the exception of Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (D-W.Va.), every Democrat on the committee voted against the bill, which passed 17-14.

Dem amendments: The committee also rejected two Democratic amendments to the $70.7 billion bill that would strip out the wall money and block Trump from using emergency powers to reprogram funds from other accounts.

"I find it absurd that we are doing backflips to avoid exercising our constitutional role," said Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications MORE (D-Hawaii). Responding to complaints that such issues would be better addressed in the Military Construction bill, from which Trump reprogrammed $3.6 billion, Schatz incredulously pointed out that the bill had been withdrawn from consideration last week to avoid discussing the issue.

"I agree that this is not the ideal venue for this vote, but this is the only time we'll have the opportunity to express ourselves," he said.

Some Republicans on the committee expressed their frustration with what they said was executive overreach, but voted against the amendment anyway.

"He's speaking truth to all of us as appropriators here," Sen. Lisa Murkowsky (R-Alaska) said in response to Schatz's comments.

The Hill's Niv Elis tells us how we got here.

 

GOOD TO KNOW

 

ODDS AND ENDS

  • The Justice Department's antitrust investigation into four automakers is reviving concerns that the Trump administration is weaponizing its competition enforcers against political rivals.
  • The food-delivery platform DoorDash revealed on Thursday that 4.9 million of its users, vendors and delivery workers were exposed in a data breach to an "unauthorized third party."